Christmas Decorating is DONE!!!!

I set today aside to do ALL of my Christmas decorating because we are heading down to Kim’s place tomorrow and next week is so full of plans I don’t know if I will surface until next weekend when I think Kim and I are going to have a Christmas baking day!

The tree is decorated!  Chris bought me a new, pre-lit artificial tree this year and what a time saver it is having the lights already strung!  We normally get a real tree but decided this year to go this route, and I love my new tree!  Thanks Chris!!!

Here it is in all of it’s decorated glory lol, if I say so myself! (To the right of the tree you can see the stocking holder we made last year.  We used a 4 x 4, a few pieces of 1 x 6, a whole lot of ribbon, a nice finial and some coat hooks.  So much neater looking than where I had them hanging before…. and easy to do)

Because the tree was pre-lit I had a whole crap load of indoor Christmas lights in the bins.  I decided I wanted to do something I saw on Pinterest.  I saw somewhere on that wonderful idea heaven where someone put Christmas lights in the space above their kitchen cupboards and it just seemed a perfect way to use those lights.

I tacked up some Poinsettia garland first and then just sort of shoved the lights in bunches in between the fancy serving bowls I keep up there. I was really happy with how it turned out!

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I decorated the patio doors in the kitchen with some of the Poinsettia garland, some snowflake window stickers and a few ornaments… just so it didn’t feel left out!

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I had an old enamel roast pan that my mother in law gave me a few years back instead of it going to a charity shop.  I kept saying I was going to do something with it and never got around to it…. until this year.  I put some batting, pinecones, fake candles, ornaments and a bunch of other stuff in it.  I think it could still use a few pine bows but other than that I don’t think it looks too bad.

It went from just batting and the candles….

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To a centerpiece for our kitchen table.  Hopefully the damn cats leave it alone lol…. one of them has already been trying to chew on one of the wreaths and into every bin while I was decorating!!!

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I also found a few things that I had completely forgotten making last year.  

One of them being a “Days Until Christmas” platter.  All I did was use chalkboard paint in the centre of the platter to write the numbers on.  I used some white acrylic paint to do the wording, hot glued a nice bow on it and it was done!  All I have to do is remember to actually do the countdown.  When I pulled it out of one of the bins from last year, it was still at 7 days left lol!  Guess I got too busy… imagine that!

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I also found the cute little 2 x 4 reindeer I made last year! 

Opening the Christmas bins is sort of like opening gifts for me because I forgetfrom one year to the next what I made lol!

Sandie

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Cake Plate Christmas Cloche 

Yes, I know it’s still early but I really wanted to try this.I think I saw something like this in a store window, it just wasn’t Christmas themed.

The kids bought me a beautiful cake plate for Mother’s Day probably almost 20 years ago and I thought it was perfect for this craft!

Sandie 

Here is what I started with. 

I just used batting because it’s fluffier. 
I cut out a circle to fit the cake plate and laid it on the base.

I arranged, and yes rearranged, the village items I bought until I found a scene I liked.

Then I used two sided tape to adhere them to the cake plate base.
I sprinkled a few sparkles over the scene, then put the lid back on. 

And to finish it off, I added a nice bow to the ball at the top, the handle!

WIP for Christmas 

Seeing as I don’t have anything actually finished today, I thought I could at least show you what I’m up to!

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but if not, I hate base painting.  I just want to jump into the fun part lol. But base painting does have to be done, so I generally try to do it all at once!

That’s what I’m doing today.  Or at least starting! I think this is about half of it!

I will try to get at least one thing done today to post tomorrow because tomorrow is Thursday, my new weekly appointment with the new specialist! 24 weeks worth 😔

This is what I’ve started!



Sandie 

Gingerbread Man Wooden Spoons

This morning’s craft is another quick and easy/dollar store craft.  I picked up packages of wooden spoons for just over a dollar for a pack of three!

This would be a great craft to do with the kids, let them personalize their own Gingerbread Men!

I made these ones to add to our Christmas Preserve Baskets, just as a little decoration.  I will also be making some Snowman Wooden Spoons later in the week!

The time has come for me to get my butt in gear to get ready for Christmas.  In the coming weeks/months, I will be posting both Christmas gifts and Christmas decorations.  Hopefully I don’t accidentally give anyone a sneak peak at one of their gifts!!!

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Sandie

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