If you have little tots enjoy them now, because before you now it they will be all grown up. I actually had to force my boys to take a ride in horse-drawn carriage over the weekend. The local shopping center takes shoppers on a quick turn around the parking lot. I was super excited. The boys not so much. My 12-year-old actually used the phrase, “Hurry up. I don’t want her to get mad if we miss the carriage ride.” They grow up so fast. And Christmas is a little less magical.
Posts tagged ‘Christmas’
Isn’t it amazing how your Christmas decorations can tell the history of your family. I was looking at the tree today and I was amazed that I knew the story behind almost every ornament. My tree may not look like a designer tree, but it records a million fleeting moments.
Do the ornaments on your tree remind you of the things you used to love? It really is a very simple way of recording your family’s interests.
If you are looking for affordable, original photo Christmas cards you should have a look at Paper Coterie. The cards are sold in sets of 6 or 12, and are priced between $18 and $30.
Here are a couple of Christmas decorating books I’m thinking of buying. Don’t know why though. I’m not creative and have given up on trying. I’m sticking with super simple, super traditional Christmas decorations. I am no longer trying to keep up with all those blogging mommies with too much time on their hands. Martha Stewart I am not.
The Art of Gift Wrapping: 50 Innovative Ideas Using Organic, Unique and Uncommon Materials by Wanda Wen.$17
I will wrapping my gifts in gift wrap I bought on sale after last Christmas and ribbon. Said ribbon will be in plain bows. Any fancy bows will be store bought.
Christmas with the First Ladies: The White House Decorating Tradition from Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama.$20
I dream of a room with higher ceilings for one reason, I want a huge Christmas tree. But alas, my family wants to stay in our tiny house (despite the serious increasing risk of being shot), so it’s low ceilings for me.
This tree in an old copy of Blueprint magazine is my inspiration for my Christmas decorations this year. Only mine will be more traditional, and not so over styled. I think that the iridescent ornaments would be the perfect neutral base for the ornaments we have collected over the years.
I bought my bulbs at Hobby Lobby, but you can find similar bulbs here.
I found the perfect way of getting my Christmas cards made this year. I called it a craft project and made my sons and grandmother assemble them. This is a project that a tweens could accomplish easily. I do recommend glue instead of a blade if your children are younger.
What you will need:
- a photo
- a flat card
- an envelope
- a band for the envelope
- a xacto knife, glue, or photo corners
- a cutting board if you used the knife
All you need to do is attach the photo to the card using your chosen method, stick it in the envelope, and wrap the belly band around the envelope. The band is secured to the envelope using a piece of tape on the back and a dot of glue on the top.
The photos (Which were taken on a rainy day when my youngest had a fever of 103. I needed a set up that would take no time, and the photo took less than 5 minutes. I think tug of war with tinsel would be so adorable with toddlers.) were printed using Fuji Pearl paper. The paper has a wonderful metallic quality. The tinsel is actually metallic red just like in real life. And the sky isn’t depressing gray, it’s a pale silver. I cannot say enough about how great the Fuji Crystal Pearl is.
Photos: MyPhotopipe Warning, it took two weeks for me to receive the photos. But they always print lovely pictures.
I managed to find the perfect mini pie tin. Usually mini pies are cooked in a muffin pan. But I wanted pie tins. And I managed to find real 3-inch pie tins. Aren’t they adorable. Now I just have to bake 100 pies to give as Christmas presents to friends. Wish me luck.
update: buy them here.