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Christmas Decorations

I LOVE CHRISTMAS!  The reds and greens and garlands and wreaths and glitter, I love the fact that you can glitter ANYTHING for Christmas and get away with it.  My house is not as decked out as I would like it, but being newlyweds we just don’t have the money to afford all the beautiful decorations that I would love to have, we’ll accumulate it over the next several years.

One of my favorite decorations we have currently is our advent calendar, which I’ve been talking about recently because of our homemade Christmas!

I made my advent calendar last year because those tiny ones just were not what I wanted.  I just used cute decorative lunch bags, chip board numbers, a little glitter, some kitchen twine and Command hooks. Between this and our October engagement party where I glittered lots of spiders and skeletons and pumpkins for an awesome wreath and party decorations, we’re still trying to get the glitter off the floor and everything we own…it’s totally worth it!  Here are a few close ups of the individual days!

There is also the tree, which is of course the focal point.  It’s full of ornaments that mean something to either me or the mister or both of us!  We try to get ornaments from each trip we take, as well as an ornament to remember the year by.  We have a snowtflake for our first Christmas together in 2007, a really sad clear ball with horrible writing on the front and glitter and crystals inside to remember 2008.  We actually have 3 ornaments to remember 2009 by, but it was the year we got engaged, so it was a big year, our Just Engaged ornament, which I still need to put the date on, a cute picture frame with a picture of us playing in the snow, and a bronzed leaf from Mammoth Cave, we bought on the day we got engaged there.  This year we have a bride and groom to commemorate the year we got married, awww, how cute!

I almost forgot about the ball we bought on our honeymoon at Sandals Antigua!

I love having all these decorations out, even though it effects the set up of my living room.  It will make me sad to take it all down at the end of them month!

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Homemade Christmas Day 1

As I mentioned in a previous post, we’re having a homemade Christmas this year.  Using our homemade advent calendar, we give each other a gift every other day.  This year I get my gifts on the even days and the mister gets his on the odd days.  On the first of December I only had 2 gifts finished, so I knew pretty much what I would give him.  Sadly the 2 gifts I had finished were really good ones, so I’ve kind of falsely given him hope for 12 really awesome gifts, but I’ve told him this much.

This magazine wreath was his first gift.

I got the idea from Rag and Bone Boutique.  It was not very difficult to make, just time consuming.  I started off by searching through magazines for colorful pages, it’s much more difficult than I expected.  You roll the pages up from corner to corner, so what you see most in the finished roll is the edge and the majority of the magazines I had had white edged on most of the pages, which would make for a boring wreath.  I used mostly Food Network magazine, which is a really tall and wide magazine, I took additional pages from Southern Bride magazine because it was the same height as the Food Network pages.

Putting Modge Podge in the corner that I wanted to be the tip on the outside of the roll, I rolled from opposite corner, using a thin paint brush to roll at a constant diameter….well that’s the idea, it didn’t really happen for me.  Some were really nice and small, some were rather big.  I made 75 rolls, but only ended up using 68.  The bigger your inner the more rolls you’ll need.  You can see the milkiness of the modge podge in the corner.

I used a bowl top to determine my inner circle size.  Then I lined the rolls up around top to get my colors my right and to make sure I had enough rolls.  I used a circle of cardboard to anchor my rolls to with hot glue.  This really isn’t sturdy enough, I need to figure out some other type of reinforcement, but I’m not sure what yet.  I started by gluing 4 on and filling in from there.  I lined the points up at the bottom, because it was one or the other and that seemed to be more noticeable to me than the other edge.

Testing my set up with my red bowl top

Getting started with just a few

I loved the turn out and so did he!  It looks really neat, I can’t wait to see it up on the wall in his office!

He’s also gotten his second gift too which was a book business card holder, pictures and tutorial to come soon!

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I’m working on it!

Well, it’s been a buy couple of weeks.  Between work and prepping for the upcoming semester and animals and husband and our homemade Christmas I just haven’t had time.  I have been crafting, but seeing as the Mister reads my blog I can’t blog about the awesome crafts that I’ve been working on for him.  Let me explain.

We spent a lot on our wedding, way more than we should have, but it was amazing and if I had to redo it the only thing I would change would be our heifer wedding planner who was basically useless….but, that’s another post!  Last year I made an awesome advent calendar with cute chrimtmasy paper lunch bags, so it’s huge, and we decided to just do that this year.  We gave ourselves $20 each to spend on supplies and we have to make all of our gifts.  It was pretty difficult coming up with 12 different handmade gifts for the mister, but I did it, I think, I might have to rethink a few.  As the days in December click by I will be blogging about the gifts that I’ve given him, don’t want to spoil the fun, the Mister HATES spoiled surprises, he tells me I spoil something ever year, maybe I do, but not on purpose!

The other project I’m working on is my office!  I’m so excited about this, but it’s slow going.  I’ve bought a beautiful desk from the Goodwill that I just need to sand and finish, then I can really start work on my space, I’ll let you know as I get things done.  The only thing so far is I’ve painted my office, from horrible green to beautiful chocolate brown, pics to come, I’ve got to get them off the camera.

I’m off to wake up the mister and to get our first married Thanksgiving started, I’m so excited about the holiday season with husband!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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