Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A look back at last year's Christmas Crafts and a COUPON CODE

Happy Black Friday everyone!

**I've added a coupon code in my shop for 20% off everything! Just type THANKS11 to receive your discount from now through Cyber Monday!**

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving! We've had two celebratory meals already and have two more to go. Last night, however, was all about shopping. My sis and I do Black Friday every year- can you guess where?
And can I just say that I loved being home by 1:25 am this year and going to bed INSTEAD of having to wake up at 1:25 to go stand in line. Midnight shopping was the bomb-diggity! Did any of you go out shopping last night? Or this morning? Or do you shop QVC-style in your pajamas from home? I do a mix of both...
Anyway, since my attention has now been turned to Christmas and decorating and yuletides and whatnot, I thought I'd take a look back at some of the things I made last year to prettify our house.

1. Ribbon Trees- saw similar trees on the Shanty 2 Chic blog and immediately made my own. The great thing about these trees is that there are SO many ways to make them- with ribbon, burlap, fabric, tulle... the possibilities are endless. **I'll be teaching a class on how to make these at Art Off Main next Tuesday night (Nov. 29). If you'd like more info, you can check out their website HERE or shoot me an e-mail. If you're local, I'd LOVE to see you there!**

Tutorial for the ribbon trees HERE, and the burlap tree HERE

2. Burlap Stockings- I made my own pattern for these and used burlap and muslin. Love how they turned out. Tutorial HERE.

3. A Christmas Yarn Wreath- I'm planning on a completely different color scheme for Christmas this year, so I'll be making a new wreath. Loved my bright greens/pinks/blues from last year, (and the year before and the year before) but I'm ready for a change.

4. A December Daily Album- this project is the invention of Ali Edwards (scrapbook extraordinaire) and is basically an album with a page for each day in December leading up to Christmas. We all have parties and gift swaps and special events and tree trimming and family get-togethers to document and instead of trying to cram all of that into my Project Life album, I loved being able to have space for ALL of it, or as much as I wanted to include anyway...

I used a small 3-ring binder I picked up at Target and numbered a page for each day with some cute FREE printables I found online.
That's it.
It can be as simple or as ornate as you want it to be (I went for a mix between the two) and really helped me to keep up with all of those Christmas cards, and  lists for Santa and receipts from special things we did and programs from Christmas plays/musicals.

Pocket pages were perfect for holding all of the Christmas cards we received in the mail. Need to put together another album for this year...

5. Christmas Pillows- These were both super-easy and while I didn't give full tutorials, one of them required about 8 runs through the sewing machine and the other required me to rip open about 4 inches of the seam on a leaf placemat, stuff it with polyfill, and stitch it back up. That's right. A placemat.

Can't wait to share with you what I've been working on for THIS Christmas, but I will tell you that a lot of my inspiration came from West Elm. Love their stuff.

Happy Thanksgiving/Family time/decorating for Christmas/Black Friday!

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