Monday, December 14, 2009

Santa Clothes

Today I made these cute little Santa clothes out of felt with 24gauge wire clothes hangers. You could hang these on the tree but I put them on a "clothes line" in the bathroom as if Santa had hung them there before hopping in the shower. Hey, I thought it was funny! :-p

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Glittery Banner

To make this banner I printed the letters out in Copperplate Gothic Bold font size 500 in Gray 10% color so that I wouldn't waste too much ink. I used those letters as a stencil and cut them out of red and green cardstock. Then I sprayed them with adhesive spray and sprinkled on glitter:

One the glitter part was dry, I flipped the letters over and hot glued matching embroidery thread to the back (make sure to leave extra on the ends to hang it with) and I used a ruler to make sure the letters were spaced somewhat evenly.

That's it! I suggest having someone help you hang it. I had a bit of trouble with it and lost some glitter fumbling around trying to hang it myself. I so happy with it though! Its all sparkly and festive. :-)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Decorations

Here are some pictures of our Christmas decorations so far. I still have a few projects that I want to do over the next few days to add to it but so far I'm pretty happy with how things are turning out. :-)

You might notice that the star on our tree is a little crooked. I usually have to make sure everything is straight and symetrical but this one is actually intentional! We love the movie "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" so this year we decided to go for over the top Whoville-style decorations and the stars on their trees are usually tilted or bending down.

Our son loves playing with this Veggie Tales nativity scene...which is why we currently have a missing wise man. ;-)

We hang our keepsake ornaments on the wall so they can't get knocked off of the tree and broken.

These icicle lights in the doorway are just magical at night!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Peppermint Candy Wreath

I found the tutorial for this sweet wreath here on Martha Stewart's website. I just used peppermint swirls instead of black and orange candies and it went from being Halloween wreath to a Christmas wreath!

I didn't have a hoop so I made my own out of 16 gauge wire that I had gotten from Home Depot (found with the picture hanging supplies). It was a little too weak to support the 2 pounds of candy though so after finishing everything I had to make two more hoops and secure them to the back of it with embroidery thread. In the end everything worked out great and it only cost me $2 in candy from Dollar Tree (in case you haven't noticed yet, I love that store!). I think next year I might get some of the green peppermint swirls and alternate them with the red ones.

You could even give one of these as a gift that is not only a cute decoration but a snack as well!

***Check out my new tutorial here.

Monday, December 7, 2009

My Christmas Soundtrack

We have a Christmas party coming up and when thinking about the music I decided that I wanted a mix of classics and fun new versions of old favorites and this list is what I came up with. It has some upbeat songs that will put you in a good mood as well as some slower songs that remind me of the real reason for the season.

I'm not very good at putting them in an order that flows well so I just put them in alphabetical order and hit "shuffle". I also just found this website called Grooveshark where you can play songs for free. You should also be able to find my playlist here and just hit play.  Or you can listen to it from this widget:

Baby It's Cold Outside - Zooey Deschanel & Leon Redbone
Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley
Christmas Baby (Please Come Home) - Darlene Love
Christmas Time - Sarah McLachlan
Deck The Halls - Relient K
Do You Hear What I Hear - Copeland
Frosty The Snowman - Rev Horton Heat
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Bare Naked Ladies
Green Christmas - Bare Naked Ladies
Happy Christmas (War Is Over) - Sent By Ravens
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Relient K
Heat Miser - Thousand Foot Krutch
Here Comes Santa Claus - Elvis Presley
I Celebrate The Day - Relient K
I'll Be Home For Christmas - Frank Sinatra
I'm Getting Nuttin' For Christmas - Relient K
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Jackson 5
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear - Sixpence None The Richer
It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - Bing Crosby
It's Christmas Day - Family Force Five
It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Andy Williams
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day - All Star United
Jesus Gave Us Christmas - Emery
Jingle Bell Rock - Newsboys
Joy To The World - Aretha Franklin
Let It Snow - Dean Martin
Little Saint Nick - The Beach Boys
Merry Christmas Baby - Otis Redding
Merry Christmas, Here's To Many More - Relient K
Mistletoe - Colbie Caillat
O Come All Ye Faithful - Jeremy Camp
O Come Emmanuel - Haste The Day
O Holy Night - Ivoryline
O Little Town Of Bethlehem - Hangnail
Rockin Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - Rev Horton Heat
Run Run Rudolph - Chuck Berry
Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt
Santa Claus Is Back In Town - Elvis
Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town - Burl Ives
Santa Claus Is Thumbing To Town - Relient K
Silent Night - Sarah McLachlan
Silver Bells - Twisted Sister
Silver Bells - Dean Martin
Sleigh Ride - Relient K
Snow Miser - FM Static
So This Is Christmas (War Is Over) - Acceptance
The Chipmunk Song - The Lost Boys
The Christmas Song (Chesnuts Roasting) - Stevie Wonder
The First Noel - Weezer
We Wish You A Merry Christmas - Relient K
What Christmas Means To Me - Stevie Wonder
White Christmas - Dean Martin
Winter Wonderland - Newsboys
Wonderful Christmastime - Family Force 5
You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch - Sixpence None The Richer
Yule Shoot Your Eye Out - Fall Out Boy

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Paper Roses

These paper roses are so easy to make and the best part is that my black thumb can't kill them!

Start by drawing a swirl onto a 4"x4" piece of paper. I used heavy cardstock paper but really any kind of paper would work.

Cut out the swirl and roll it together starting from the outside.

Keep rolling until you reach the end of the paper and you're done! So easy right? I put a drop of glue on them to keep them from unrolling and then hot glued them to a branch that I had spray painted white. Then I put them in a vase from Dollar Tree and filled it with shredded red paper.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Beaded Snowflake Ornaments

I got the idea for these from Martha Stewart's website. Mine are just 24 gauge wire from Home Depot (you can find it with the picture hanging supplies) and clear seed beads twisted into snowflake shapes using needle nose pliers.

I also twisted some 18 gauge wire into a swirl shape for an ornament hook. I'm still getting used to my new camera so I wasn't able to get very good pictures but they really add sparkle to our tree and would make a great inexpensive gift since each one costs less than 50 cents to make!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Beaded Stocking Initials

Personalize a 99 cent stocking and add a touch of sparkle with some thread and beads!

Type out your name or initial in your choice of font. Then trace it on to the stocking. String your beads onto the thread using a beading needle.

Using a regular sewing needle sew a loop around the string of beads to attach it, following the pattern that you have traced on. You can also use this method to make other beaded embellishments like snowflakes!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas Story Time Box

Previously I had bought some of those IKEA organizers with the little drawers but I didn't really have a use for them at the new house. So I took the drawers out and used them as dividers in my kitchen drawers. That left me with the box that I kept around just in case it could be used for something. Yesterday I took the shelves out and this:

Became this cute box for my son's Christmas books. I just used wrapping paper and a glue stick!