More Christmas craftyness

In addition to the pillows that I intend to use through the winter, I have a small vine wreath that, up until this month, has had fake $1 fall sprigs of flowers, pine cones, fake pumpkins and such stuck on it. Last month while shopping with my Mom, I found a couple spools of Christmas ribbon at Target for again, a buck each! I thought it would be cut to wrap the wreath with the ribbon and then create some fabric flowers to attach to it. To my surprise when I unwrapped the ribbon from the spool there was just enough glue on each end to keep it tacked to the spool and that meant there was just enough to attach it to the vine wreath too – bonus!

This sad little wreath has sat for over a week with only the ribbons while I made the fabric flowers.

Here are the flowers before going on the wreath…I used an assortment of fabrics, from red slinky knit scraps to different colored polar fleece scraps. I’ve found that the best way to use up long fabric scraps is to make fabric flowers. I didn’t really want to hot glue the flowers to the wreath so instead I used 3 large safety pins to attach the flowers and you’d never know unless you took it down and looked at it. Now I can remove all the ribbons and flower to store away for next year and start over fresh in the spring!

I really like it! It brightens up our drab front door/foyer area with the right amount of Christmas-eness.

On a side note, I just wanted to share I received my Christmas present on Saturday. It wasn’t scheduled to arrive until this Tuesday at the earliest. Adorama not only has Free Shipping this holiday season but fast shipping too! I just wanted to pass along a good deal I found this holiday season from Adorama Camera!

Christmas at our house, er cave…

Speaking of looking like Christmas yesterday, we decorated this past weekend. Now Caveman is kinda the Grinch when it comes to Christmas trees. He hates the commercialism surrounding them and thinks that it can take away the true meaning of Christmas – Jesus! This is the first year Caveboy has been interested in Christmas trees though, like “so excited – can’t stand it” interested. Every time he see’s a Christmas tree no matter where it is magazine, shop-window, our neighbor’s yard (that’s been up and lit since Halloween – I kid-u-not), he exclaims “Christmas Tree”!!!!!

When Caveboy was a baby my in-laws declared he needed a Christmas tree and bought him a 3-footer. This has been the perfect tree for us. He loved looking at the lights on the tree his  first Christmas when he was 3 months old and especially this year at 2 & a quarter! Last year when he was 15 months old we didn’t put up the little tree but he enjoyed Christmas lights on our fireplace just the same. I’ve never gone all out decorating this little guy, even though I have 2 plastic totes in the attic of pre-Caveman Christmas ornaments and decorations. Most of the ornaments that I use can be stored in the skinny box the tree comes in, so without further delay I give you our Christmas tree this year.

I made Caveboy’s hand-print Christmas ornament when he was 3 months old. I made a bunch of them and gave them out as Christmas gifts that year. I searched everywhere for finger paint, but couldn’t seem to find anything that year except “gel” finger paint. It worked, just not really well. :(

All we did last year, as mentioned before, was hang lights like this on the fireplace. We all liked it so well we did it again this year. It’s the perfect place to hang Christmas cards and to keep little hands from touching the lights or cards. We are always sad to take them down because it gives off such a warm glow at night. It gets even better with a roaring fire in there too! I’ll post some photos when we have a fire soon. It’s getting cold here this week with possible snow!

See these pillows? I’m so proud of these, I made them last weekend. OK, so I actually made the green knit panel a few years ago when I when through a cable-knit purses phase, but I never got around to turning this one into a purse, so now its a new pillow. I took some cheap plain white material and made “slip-covers” for my existing pillows then got busy and created the nicer covers using the cable-knit panel and some remnant fabric I found recently (I always check the remnant bins at Joann’s & Hobby Lobby). Both covers are removable so I can change things up for the spring and summer.

This was how Caveboy & I started out the evening last night; however this didn’t last long because Caveboy need a bath after 20 or so minutes with the play-dough and then Mommy had to clean up said play-dough, but there was lots of snuggles before bed-time!

PS: Do you like the new blog header and background? I thought I’d really get into the Christmas spirit this year, LOL!

Day 5: Belt It

I’m loving that each day when I go to get dressed, although I’ve been tossing around a few choices for the challenge, I really have no idea what I’m going to wear! Every time I go into the closet to pick something out, I come out with something completely different than I think I’m going to wear when I go in. So cool!

Sorry for the terrible photos today, I’ve got to enlist some help!Dress – Target; Belt – Forever 21, Sandals – Pay-less

I love this dress! I found it at Target last spring and it has seen a lot of wear. It’s very comfortable and isn’t as short as it looks in these photos. It’s a small even though I wear a medium, just another reason to love it huh?

It came with a fabric belt and I’ve worn it that way a lot, but today I wanted to use the fabric belt as a headband and wear the black belt instead. I’m looking forward to remixing this dress later this fall as a jacket, should be so cute.

Day 1: Remix

Day 1 of the 21 Day Challenge Remix one item of clothing. (As always I’m a day late with these things!) This shouldn’t be too hard, but since I’m in a hate-everything-in-my-closet funk lately it’s definitely a challenge!

The Remix: I’ve had this olive green sweater for about 8 years now.  It’s from Eddie Bauer Outlet and I got it for a song. I have always liked it because it was the perfect summer sweater, not too heavy but enough coverage to add a little warmth in a meat-locker freezing cold office.

20110815_refashionSweater: Eddie Bauer Outlet; $6 Tee: Target; Pants: Chadwick’s years ago; Fabric Rosettes: by Me this summer

During it’s first years of this sweater’s life it was worn only by itself, but as I’ve been trying to be more creative with my clothing lately, I usually layer it with a short sleeve denim shirt. I’ve never tried this combo before, so today in addition to my most recent purchase – a $6 Tee from Target, I grabbed the fabric rosettes I recently made for summer on my way out the door. Still rockin’ the weekend hair here :P , don’t worry I fixed it today.