Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Can you guess what this is made from?

I have had numerous comments on the way I display my holiday cards. I LOVE mail. I mean I even can detect the sound of the mail truck before it reaches my neighborhood. So needless to say I really enjoy getting all the holiday cards in the mail. It seems such a shame to me to put them in a basket, or a pile somewhere. I am not sure exactly where I got this idea but here is a picture of how I display my cards.

If you guessed a tomato cage you were right. I spray painted the cage white and turned it upside down. I put felt pads used for furniture and other objects on the bottom to not scratch my hardwood floor. I twisted the top portion together and secure with some floral wire. I glued some ribbons using a hot glue gun into the larger wooden bowl found at the craft store (which I had painted and glittered) and then glued the small bowl on top (actually the bottom of the bowl). This went on top of the "tree". Then using a variety of ribbons, I lost count at how many rolls, I tied all the ribbons around the rings of the "tree". This way I could have the tree out without it looking plain. I use small wooden clothes pins to attach the cards as I receive them to the ribbons and the tree itself.

Having two children born both in February I usually keep it out to display their birthday cards too.
By the way it is really hard to find tomato cages in the dead of winter. I did manage to find them at a local Southern States store. So if you get the urge to create this you might wait until the spring!

Monday, January 3, 2011

How to information & New Years Send off!

I apologize for the delay in getting this information out to you! I found the inspiration and instructions for the snow men I posted previously from a Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Crafts magazine. These came from Johanna Parker, you can find her instructions here. I am in absolute crafters envy . . .her designs are just so whimsical and fun! I did enjoy working with this medium and plan on experimenting sometime in the future.
Right now my crafting adventures have to be kept to a minimum as we have our home STILL up for sale. I am very much looking forward to the time when my home won't be on display and can craft to me hearts desire. It is looking like we will possibly build when we relocate to Nashville TN. Which also means temporary housing of some manner. Has anyone reading this blog ever done this with two small kids? I know I am jumping the gun but I am a planner and a control freak. This basically boils down to insomnia because I go to sleep running all the what ifs, do we stay here and finish out school, how will this affect my children questions running through my head. So please post and share any tips you may have.
I truly hope that all of you are looking forward to 2011 with a full and joyful heart. With everything going on in the world I am fully aware that this is a daunting task for some. I know that the only way I can face 2011 with a full and joyful heart is because God loves me, is for me and even though it is hard sometimes I need to trust in that.
My seven year old daughter reminded me of this the other day. We were in the car and she said "Mom you know what I like about myself? I like that I have parents, that God made me and that God loves me!"