So, it’s a few days before Christmas and I’m cleaning the house, wrapping the last of the gifts and baking, but…I still had one more project that I wanted to try. It wasn’t a must, so if it didn’t turn out it wouldn’t be the end of the world. That fact was good to keep in mind, because (like most things) I was totally winging it.
I made personalized ornaments using ordinary glass ball Christmas ornaments, some alphabet stamps and a little paint. I think they turned out pretty good. I plan to use them as place markers for Christmas dinner.
Earlier in the year I had found a minature set of alphabet stamps at Walmart. They were super cheap, so I just couldn’t pass them up.
To fill in the rest of the ornament, I used the blunt end of the skewer and painted white dots randomly around the ball.
After I had paint on the ball I was stuck with a problem. I couldn’t set it down to dry. Problem solved. I attached a wire ornament hanger to the ball and hung it on our Christmas tree to dry.
Not including drying time, each ornament took about five minutes to complete.
****Two weeks before Christmas and all through the house,
Scents and sights of the season filled the rooms and pleased the spouse.
The stockings were hung on the buffet with care.
Oh well, no fireplace! I will not despair.
Above the entertainment center was festooned with charm. With no mantel, it couldn’t do any harm.
The snowman decor was stuffed into a birdcage, and I was writing my Christmas lists as another year turned a page.***
Yep, that’s all I got for that parody. I have been thinking about these two weeks remaining before Christmas though. There is so much to accomplish in a short amount of time. I can happily say I am miles ahead of where I was a week ago. The decorations are mostly complete and the pile of baked goodies is making me very happy.
But, all is not calm. I still have masses of Christmas shopping to do and Christmas gifts I really want to craft. So…in keeping myself on track, I am posting a few of my Christmas tutorial links. They are, of course, frugal and fast, as I know everybody is in need of quick, inexpensive holiday ideas.
Donna may cringe if she sees my results, but I was inspired by her December 5th post on Funky Junk Interiors. I live in a 100+ year-old farm house in the Midwest. The rooms are small, and I don’t have a fireplace. My entertainment center (predictably) serves as my living room’s focal point. I use the top as my “mantel”.
I worked on a (failed) project to fill the wall, but I just didn’t have the items I was envisioning in the garage. The freezing temps and windchill prevented me from shopping the barn. I had a brainstorm, but I needed to run to the shop where I store my finished crafts. In the meantime, I created the “landscape”.
Lastly, (drumroll please) the finished masterpiece! The window frame is the added piece I needed from the shop, and the barn star was already in the room, just in another location. No, my display is not all natural, nor all rustic, but it’s not supposed to be a copy of someones else’s work, just my interpretation of the idea.
Okay, Funky Junk Donna does it much better, but she inspired me to use the junk I already have. And, I like it. That’s really what matters.
I do love her blog and ideas, but the inspiration I am drawing from her is using things I already have to create a display. I am using things that I have out everyday, incorporating a few of my garage/finds, my crafts and Christmas decorations I normally use, but never have in this way.
I didn’t notice any snowmen, Santas or other Christmas characters in her displays. I love my collections, so that will probably never change. I did find a fun way to display my snowmen. The ladder tree on her post gave me the idea. I have a large decorative birdcage that I stuffed a tree into. I then squeezed my snowmen between the branches.
I love it, and a big plus is…the cage takes up a lot less real estate than the way I used to displayed my collection.
Thanks for the wonderful ideas, Donna!