Crafty Christmas Decorations

Heather and I love doing crafty things, and she came over last week and brought all kinds of great ideas and supplies for us to do some hand made Christmas decorations. She is going to highlight some of them on her blog, so for now I am just posting pictures of two of the projects we finished.

On this first one, we started with plain cardboard letters ($2 ea at Michaels). We painted the outer edges green and traced the shape of each letter onto the back of decorative paper. We used a glue stick to attach the paper to the letter, and voila! I also added gold rick-rack to the outer edges, but I took the picture before I did that.

This next craft was also a paper craft. First, we cut circles out the size of some lids that I had in the kitchen (around 4 inches). Then we cut 1 1/2 inch by 10 inch long strips and folded them accordian-style to make the next layer. The next layer we just cut a shape and topped it off with a precut chipboard letter. We used hot glue (our best friend!!!) to assemble. Next, we punched tiny holes in the top and bottom of each large circle to thread our ribbon and bells to. We used a washer (from a nut and bolt) attatched to the ribbon at the top to hang it on a nail. n from noelMerrynoel

Craft post

I was invited to a birthday party for a friend of mine last week and since I did not have any money to spend on a present I decided to make one for free. This cork board was originally hanging on my wall in the kitchen but I didn’t really need it and thought it would be a cute simple crafty gift (she’s crafty too). It started out as a simple black framed cork message board. I painted the frame brown and hot glued brown grossgrain ribbon around the front edges of the frame. I could not remove the cork from the frame to wrap it in fabric so I took some craft glue and spread a thin layer all over the cork to adhere the fabric to. I didn’t worry about the edges of the fabric showing because I decided to cover the unfinished edges with cream colored pipe cleaners around all four edges. I wanted some of the board to be magnetic and I thought the easiest way to do that would be to hot glue mason jar lids to the frame (I left them gold colored because it looked good with the fabric). I used regular push pins and wrapped them in brown pipe cleaners for the cork board, and glued decorative paper and pipe cleaners to magnets for the mason jar lids. I had some wide cream colored grossgrain ribbon that I tied in a bow and hotglued to the center top of the frame. (I misspelled her name so I removed the paper that said “Christy” -it’s actually “Cristi”- before I gave it to her.) The end.

“New” Chandelier

I meant to take a “before” picture, but unfortunately I got in a big hurry to get it done and forgot to take one. 😦 So, I’ll tell you what it looked like before. First of all, I bought it at Goodwill for $3.03 a few months ago and had planned to put it in a bathroom. But I decided we needed a new fixture in the bedroom instead since we had a hideously ugly and dusty fan/light fixture before. Anyway, it was brass with no shades when I bought it. Probably at least 20 years old. I bought silver metallic spray paint for under $5 and 5 new shades for $10 (half price sale at Hobby Lobby!) and for a grand total of $18 I have a great new chandelier! We have a LONG way to go for the bedroom to be presentable (thus the really bad paint job on the trim in the background) but at least now I have something pretty to look at while I’m in bed!

SOLD!!! (almost…)

I am so excited! I’ve been trying to sell our bedroom set that we (foolishly) bought when we bought this house. I say “foolishly” for 2 reasons: 1. because it was way too big for our bedroom, and 2. because I could’ve found some used furniture that I liked just as well for hundreds less (I know because I have seen some I would have liked to buy!). So anyway, we put it in the Credit Union bulletin and on Craigs list over a month ago, and I had gotten several calls and one looker, but no buyers. I was so aggravated with it that I was just gonna stick it in the yard sale next weekend and hope for the best. But, alas, last nite I got a call from a young fella who wanted to come by and see it today. As soon as he saw it, he said that was what he wanted and gave me a $200 deposit for it until he can procure (that word’s for you, Matt :)) the rest of the funds. He is getting a divorce and already has a loan taken out but he hasn’t gotten the money yet. So anyway, I’m pretty sure it’s a done deal, but it is unfortunate that it will still be clogging up the front room (where it sits and has sat for over a month) for a few more weeks.

Farewell, big mistake!Big mistake

UPDATE: He came by and picked up and paid for it today! Less than a week later! YAY!