I designed my own Christmas cards and took our own pictures this year…then I used a few of the extra pictures to make ornaments for the grandparents.
Something about Christmas makes me want to craft like a wizard. Once Halloween is behind me, I have this grand idea to make EVERY gift myself, but by November, my good intention has transformed into “I’m only going to buy directly from local artisans!,” and then, by Mid-December, I make the inevitable run to Target…
The 2013 Christmas season will forever be known as “The Wreathing.” Since Thanksgiving, I have made and sold piles of wreaths for friends and family to give as gifts or to hang in their homes. Who knew attending a crafting party at my friend, Denise’s, would turn into such a lucrative endeavor? While I enjoyed making them, I am relieved to retire my exhausted glue gun and can now attempt to clean up every ounce of glitter that has invaded my home.
Next year, I will start early and rent a booth at one of the local craft shows – that’s my plan anyway. If I write it down here, I have to follow-through, right? :)
Here are a few of the wreaths and crafts that I have made for the 2013 holiday -
Secret Santa gift for one of my sister-in-laws (don’t worry, she doesn’t read my blog) featuring a few of my favorite things: coconut water, Pacifica face-cleansing wipes, flower hair pins and a chocolate potato chip bar. I used Mod Podge, shrink wrap and baker’s twine to decorate the box.
For this gift, I repurposed vintage thrift shop china into a pretty jewelry stand.
The wreath that started it all.
Chicago Blackhawks Wreath
I also designed my parents’ Christmas cards this year. My sister and I took pictures of our kids at my house, in front of the tree, and made the cards the next day.