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Making Christmas

Dear Readers, I know.

“CHRISTINE! Halloween was only two days ago!”

Yes, I realize this but–

“IT’S NOT EVEN ANYWHERE NEAR THANKSGIVING!”

Hey now–I’ll have you know that Thanksgiving (AKA The Greatest Holiday That Is Not the Fourth of July) is a mere twenty-two days away! So that argument is invalid.

“CHRISTINE!”

I KNOW! Believe me, I know. But guess what? As a girl working THREE jobs with a list full of people living overseas whose packages have to be mailed early in November to ensure delivery by Christmas, it is NOT, in fact, too early to be thinking about Christmas.

“Uggggggghhhhh–”

Quit your moaning! Look, you can skip this post and come back to it the end of November if it makes you happy. Okay?

“Okay.”

As I was saying…

As a girl working three jobs with a list full of people living overseas whose packages have to be mailed early in November to ensure delivery by Christmas–I have to start Christmas shopping early. Which I don’t mind at all. I LOVE buying people gifts. It’s honestly one of my favorite things to do. If I won the lottery, after I bought a bunch of real estate, traveled the world and put half of what was left in savings, I would probably spend the other half buying gifts for the people I love. Wouldn’t that be amazing? But I digress.

This year I miraculously finished shopping for my BFF & little nephew in New Zealand absurdly early and was ready to wrap everything up by mid-October. That is when I discovered not only was there no Christmas wrapping paper to be found in my house, but there was no Christmas wrapping paper to buy in the stores either. Well, there wasn’t any Christmas paper in the three stores I went to one Tuesday night. So, I did what a girl in the Year of Making Do would do—I improvised. Call me smug, but I like my version way more than any paper I could’ve bought.

Making ChristmasArmed with coupon for Michael’s (seriously, if you buy something at Michael’s for full price, you are doing something wrong) I bought a large roll of plain brown craft paper. I pulled out my box of Christmas related craft goodies I picked up last year on clearance (most of it from Martha Stewart—man, do I love her stuff) and decorated the plainly wrapped presents with stickers, crafty tape and glitter. Lots of glitter.

Making ChristmasIn lieu of tags, I wrote the first initial of the recipient in glitter (or microbeads). The above is my favorite. Simple yet oh so pretty. I had so much fun wrapping and crafting that I will definitely do it for the rest of my presents this year. Thankfully, I have enough glitter to go around.

Happy crafting!

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Book and Heart Garland

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Hello, dear readers! I got a bit sidetracked the past week or so and—-oh my gosh, I just realized I haven’t changed my banner from the Christmas one yet. *sigh* I’ll get on that.

One thing I have been working on this past week is recycling some old and well worn copies of Jane Eyre and Pride & Prejudice into Valentine’s Day themed garland. I know, it’s a bit sacrilegious to tear up a book—much less a classic!—for a craft project, but these darlings were at the end of their life span & I think they will enjoy being seen decorating walls rather than sitting on a shelf. I put four different garlands up in my etsy store and I have plans to sew up some non V-Day themed book garlands this week. Be sure to keep an eye on my twitter for more listings & perhaps a secret sale, hehe.

 

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Happy Merry

Happy Merry

Garland Detail

How Many Days Til Christmas?!

Guys, Christmas is only a few days away and I am strangely calm. All my gifts are wrapped (well, except for two, but they are in transit & there is nothing I can do about it), I have a poinsettia, some twinkling lights and paper garland up in my room, so I’ve got my Christmas cheer going on. I made a bunch of this paper garland that I have either sold or given away to friends. I think it’s pretty nifty—I made it out of a copy of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Stories that was falling apart and colored card stock. I’m kind of in love with this idea and am now scheming up ideas for Valentine’s Day (I know, this is crazy talk, ’cause we all know I pretty much hate V-Day).

In other news, Sarah was totally right about this discontinued red lipstick from Dior—it’s my new favorite thing.

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Harry Potter Bunting

Harry Potter Bunting

Sometimes when I get an idea in my head for a project, I spend a lot of time researching, planning and writing out all the particulars in order to execute the project—and that is all that ever becomes of it. Then there are times when I throw together a project without much planning or thinking. Sometimes they turn out and sometimes they don’t—but I’m pretty happy with the results of this silly little project. All it required was a book (extra copy of Deathly Hallows I got at a library sale for fifty cents), a bit of ribbon or some such (I used some bias binding lying in my trim box) and time to cut the pages. I had it all sewn up and hanging on my wall in a few minutes.

Harry Potter Bunting

That was how I spent my Saturday—how about you?

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The Mail Is Here!

{July} Thursday the 8th

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Today was an exciting mail day. Not only did The Brother’s new records arrive moments ago (“Where is it? It’s been on the truck since 4:50….AM!” he was complaining not an hour earlier) but also my new fabric! I still had some credit over at Pink Chalk Fabrics so I ordered some of Lizzy’s new fabric line, Castle Peeps! Isn’t it adorable? I love it so much it has inspired me to take the plunge and sew my first quilt. How could I resist this amazing pattern?

Who knows when I will start it or how it will turn out—but I’m sure you’ll read all about it.

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For my mom’s surprise birthday party, I decided to order cupcakes from our favorite local cupcake shop, Sugar Mama’s, instead of baking them myself (which was a smart decision, as I wound up working 6 days last week, blah). But because I’m me, I couldn’t just throw the cupcakes in their boxes out on the table. I decided to make some cupcake stands following this tutorial from Threadbanger:

I scrounged around Goodwill and my local thrift stores in search of suitable dishes for a few weeks, but the stores were sorely lacking. Then, one magical Wednesday evening, the thrifting and crafting gods smiled down upon me and presented me with the perfect dishes. A bit of glue, my heaviest books (there is a reason I have so many hefty tomes in my bookcase—for craft projects!) and several hours were all it took to make these beauties.

Cupcake Tier
Cupcake Tier

I made four of these lovelies for less than the cost of one new ugly stand from Target. I love them! The large white and middle glass plates are all different, so they aren’t too matchy-matchy. Two of them have the green custard cups and two are these coffee cups, but my favorite part is obviously the polka-dot shot glasses I found for the top tier.

Cupcake Topper Cupcake Topper

I also made cupcake toppers, but I didn’t quite think everything through as, excepting the cupcakes on top, they were too tall to use. Oh well, now I have loads of toppers ready for future birthday celebrations.

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Casting On…

Casting On

I’m a bit ashamed to confess that it has been over a year since I last picked up my knitting needles. But the cold weather (by Austin standards, that is) has inspired me to cast on a new project. I bought the most scrumptious merino wool/silk yarn in a deep eggplant color to knit up a hat for a Christmas gift. I had nearly forgotten how to cast on and I knitted several rows before I remembered I was supposed to be knitting a 1×1 rib. It’s going to take me a while to get used to double pointed needles again. The pattern is the Le Slouch beret from Knit and Tonic—which oddly enough I can’t find on her site anymore, but you can find the pattern here. Here is hoping I can finish it with plenty of time to spare for it to arrive in time for Christmas.

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