Hello again crafty ladies!!
Since our big move, we really have minimal Christmas holiday decorations compared to the lovelies that I have posted in the past... boohoo... okay enough crying over that.... So it is with great necessity that I make my Christmas decor this year with minimal Michael's intervention and whatever I have on hand in my crafty stash... which is pretty huge :-) Not gonna lie :-)
The first project I made was this wreath for my front door featuring my family here in Texas. I had purchased a grapevine wreath at the Goodwill and I found these decorative frames in the $1 bin at my local Michael's. I printed the photos myself and used ribbon from my stash. The berries were on super sale plus coupon at Michael's (I won't pay full price for anything these days :-) Here are photos of my supplies and the finished product:
These are more $1 bin frames that I decorated with 3 layer stickers from an Anna Griffin Christmas card making kit I purchased earlier in the year off one of the shopping networks... I am going to string some satin ribbon through the backs to hang them on the tree...
This tray is a hybrid of two examples that I saw and wanted to make this year - one was from Katie Watson's blog, and the other was a painted try found in Country Woman magazine. The tray was originally a dollar store plain silver tray - I actually found it at Goodwill so apparently I paid too much for it (found the dollar store sticker on the back a little too late :-( Anyway - I spray painted it white first then I used chalkboard paint to line the inside. I used glue dots to hold the berries in place - not sure how long they will last... I might have to hot glue it but I don't know if hot glue will hold up to painted surfaces or pull the paint off.... I started out with chalk on this but it wasn't showing up very well - so I ended up making it permanent wording with a sharpie paint pen. Pops a lot more now... I will place it on an easel for Christmas day....
The ugly before...... yucko!! But potential :-)
I'll post more projects as I go and maybe you all will be inspired to have a hand made Christmas and skip the Pottery Barn catalog this year :-) Seriously... you don't know how much I wanted to whip out the credit card and order everything in that catalog for Christmas this year!!! I am sure no one would fault me since my worldly Christmas possessions were spread out on my driveway in Washington and given away to strangers.... but I am trying not to be bitter, and I am trying not to go into debt replacing things:-)
Hugs and I hope everyone has a nice warm meal and reflects on their thankfulness on this glorious Thanksgiving 2011!!!!