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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Snowed In

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ok ok ok ok ok.  I know that Christmas is long gone, I get it really.  And on that note I promise that today will be the LAST Christmas related post until next season.  But that still leaves today...so prepare yourself!

My snow day was pretty productive.  Neither of these projects are new, I've showcased them on here before, but I was just happy to finish up and be done with the holiday season crafts.  First up, I finished off another set of holiday coasters.  I'm loving not wasting the wrapping paper I had left over from gifts, and I think they came out looking pretty festive!
Father Christmas!
I also added a square of felt onto the back, to avoid scratching table tops or whatever other surface the coaster might be on.  I simply attached with my best friend, the glue gun.
Small square of felt gets glued to the back

Pretty little stack of coasters ready to go
I tied 'em up, and chose a thinner ribbon this time, to avoid covering the entire Santa face.  And now I just need to store them away for next year.  Only...346 days until Christmas next year!
The other day my mom popped into our neighborhood Walgreens and what do you know?  All holiday items majorly on sale!  You betcha.  Being the recipient of one of my ornament wreaths last year, she's a big fan.  So she stocked up on a cart full of ornaments and came home bearing gifts.  Today I finally had the time to sit down and tackle gluing all the tops on to prep the ornaments for wreath making.  I really wasn't kidding when I said the glue gun was my best friend...
174 ornaments later...and I was good to go.  Now don't be fooled by the picture above, the majority are red, but there were some pops of color in there as well!
Blue, green, gold, and silver bulbs are hiding!
Some of these bulbs are glass, but I would highly recommend sticking to plastic or shatter proof ornaments.  Inevitably you will end up dropping one and breaking it, which is always a disappointment.  I only broke one, but still...go the plastic route!

One of the advantages to finally tackling this project helped with my New Years Resolution...less clutter!  This got 7, count them baby, 7(!) boxes of ornaments up and off of my floor!  Now that's impressive.  Some of the glass ornaments had these dividers in the container:
I decided to save them because while a typical paint palette isn't incredibly expensive, you can't beat free!  For the next project I work on that needs a palette for dividing paint colors, I know just where to go looking!

Anyways, here's a peak at the finished product!
All it's lacking is a nice ribbon bow at the top...one day.
 I love how colorful and fun it looks!  Unfortunately I still have tons of ornaments left...looks like sometime in the near future I'll have to make at least one more wreath, but we'll see!  I know you all must think I'm crazy for still making holiday related projects when January is half over...but now is the time to do it!  Get all the materials after the holidays while they are ridiculously on sale, and then you will be super prepared for next year!  At least that's what I tell myself...

I promise my next post will be something totally unrelated to Christmas.  I swear my ideas branch out a lot farther...

Off for another riveting, I'm sure, episode of Grey's Anatomy.  And then...my 1 day work week!  How shall I ever survive?
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