Thursday, December 18, 2014

Egg carton bells with the kids

I have one more little Christmas tree to show you, but Jack is down hard with a virus (negative flu test though), so I am running like a chicken these last two days!

On Monday the little kids and I made some Christmas bells out of an egg carton.  I feel like I had another idea of something to make with them, but I have forgotten it already. (And I was at the craft store last night darn it!)

One of Sammi's bells.
And one of Ginty's bells.

Maybe we should break out the gingerbread houses today since we are all home and it's snowing a bit!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The vintage glass ornament tree, aka the family jewels

Every year I try for an hour to get a really decent photo of my Christmas tree. I am starting to think I need an actual photographer to pull it off! LOL

Here are way more photos than anyone ever needs of our tree. I wish I had straightened out the curtains before I went through this exercise though!

The best photo is actually the one where the camera was busy focusing on the kids! They were playing batman, but according to Samantha Batman needed his hair fixed before he could go get the joker.

She also informed me yesterday that she is three, but soon she will be 4 and then she will be 87 and she cannot wait to be 87!

Both  my father and Jackson are sighing about the number of ornaments on the tree. My father asked if  was trying to win some sort of competition. Jackson says "mom! There are already like 150 ornaments on that tree, what are you doing?"

Given the current cost of these ornaments on the open market, it's not really a joke anymore that these are the family jewels.
And so far the only near disaster was when Jack was vacuuming and somehow waved the vacuum wand IN THE TREE and sucked an ornament into the tube! I ran across the room screaming and trying to shut off the vacuum! Thank goodness it was too big to fit in the tube. And it was a purple one too! (Purple are so hard to find.)
Although yesterday I dared to eat a piece of toast and Grant started taking all the light bulbs out of the light strands on the other tree. He came in holding a handful of light bulbs. Oy.
Never a dull moment with this clan.

Honestly, I love this tree so much.

If I had any free time this year I would just sit and stare. :-)

Ho ho ho! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A little more Christmas decor

This morning there is little denying that the children's snot has started to invade my own head. Oy.

This year I was trying REALLY, REALLY hard to sort through all those boxes in the basement and get rid of the things we never use. My next agenda was getting all the "like" objects together, so that when they are put away I don't have wreaths in 6 bins or baby Jesus in 4 bins.

I am mostly there. Or as close as I am going to get with a 2 year old and a 3 year old.

The vintage wreaths.  Those two small chenille ones need some of their decorations repaired. I have the stuff to do it, but meh, no desire.
The Santas.

The kids art. Obviously this is only some of it.
I hung all my vintage stockings on the line that I hung the Halloween masks on. I need two more to fill in the middle, but none of have turned up so far.
The family tree. It's a real tree this year and it's awful. There is a meme thing going around facebook with the stages of your Christmas tree based on the age of your kids and all I can say about that is - yes! You will notice the bottom is empty. The kids keep breaking everything down there. I was too scared to put out a lot of the old family made ornaments because of the wreckers.  Things keep having to move higher and higher and then eventually to the counter because they  break them.

Good times!
Because of the wrecker problem, every last piece of every other Christmas collection is locked away in the china cabinet.

The old nativity pieces are always my favorite. They are so beautiful.

I put them at wrecker eye level so they can enjoy them too.

Back tomorrow with that glass tree!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Some Christmas decor

Man, this Christmas thing is really sneaking up on me!

How about a few days of Christmas d├ęcor? Of course, its gray here again, so dark photos. (Is it a la nina winter or something? We have so little sun it seems.)

The village tree is in the foyer.
I sold the plastic houses this year, so only cardboard are left. I still have loads!

Next year I am TOTALLY draping all my glass garland above the fireplace a la Shara, but for this year I just stuck some on Sammi.
My Santa suit is hanging out on the quilt ladder.  Yesterday at the flea there was an AWESOME 1940s Santa costume, but I didn't have enough money. Sad.
Back to the fireplace mantle with the tree topper collection this year. This collection didn't really grow much from last year.
But it was a busy, busy glass bead garland year!

Back tomorrow with some more. Hopefully we can get a peak of sun soon so I can get a good photo of the 1 million twinkling glass ornaments on the vintage tree this year. :-)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Flea Market Sunday

Working from home has been both great and well, exhausting. This morning NOTHING was going right - the computer wouldn't work, I had calculated shipping on an item that sold incorrectly (by a lot), the kids were I decided we should go to the flea market right then instead. It's 65 degrees here today, better make use of it. 
Dave and I also had hit up an estate yesterday when my tracker notified me that they had listed fabric. I could not find any fabric in this house, but lordy be! It was so crowded and claustrophobic and had SO MUCH STUFF in it I thought I would die in there for SURE. I grabbed a few things and then just got in the line long to get out. (And then I got in the car and swore that I would spend the rest of my days getting rid of my own crap.)
 A pair of Santa lights. I think. It seems like some kind of light went up the bottom part?
 Brick crepe paper.
 Delicate glass garland.
 Party horns for the New Year's mantle.
 Party horns for the fourth of July. (The rest of these just went in the shop.)
 A huge gaggle of much coveted crepe paper party hats! Squeee!

 I paid quite a bit of money for this bag full of little wooden figures. There are all different kinds in there, these are just a few of them. They are SUPER tiny. 1/2 inch tall maybe?

If you will be doing the heart to heart swap you will likely be the owner of one. I think they have ignited an idea for that swap in my wee brain.

Not too bad a day junk wise!

Friday, December 12, 2014

A vintage altered journal binder for Christmas Cards

 Every year I try to make sure there is one extra Christmas card left over for me to keep.  I had been keeping them in a big pile of cards in my sewing room, but when I cleaned that out I decided I needed to get them all together in ONE place stat or they would be lost.

As it is I am already missing at least one from when Jack was really little. :/

I googled and googled and googled. I asked on facebook. I really just wanted one of these scrapbook companies to sell a book ready made to save Christmas cards in. Bonus points if I could keep the Santa photos in the same books.

Nothing turned up. Not even a blog post from someone with a great idea!

I finally found an 8.5 by 5.5 inch three post binder from We R Memory Keepers on Amazon after someone mentioned they sell that stuff in Wal- Mart. (I REFUSE to go Michaels now.) Black would not have been my first choice, but frankly it was the cheapest option.
 Then I glued on some vintage things to the front.  A page from a vintage Frosty book, some pieces from that 1940s wrapping paper I bought this summer, old foil stars, one of the Christmas seals I have been selling, and the hardest cut of all - the top of the box of ornaments I showed you yesterday. I REALLY wanted a tree on the front and I couldn't find one in any of the paper things I have lying around to cut up.  Since the box was in really dreadful condition I just cut it apart.

Now I need to figure out how to protect the cover!  Packing tape? Mod Podge? Maybe one of you is a scrapper with the answer! (Color me clueless. The Christmas stickers on the bottom are dimensional and right now their life span will be short if I do not get them stuck on their more permanently somehow.)
 It only comes with 5 pages, but there were more on Ebay.  I just cut scrapbook paper for a background and stuck the cards on with washi tape.
Well, Sammi stuck on the washi tape. She would like to steal all my tape and hoard it away in her nest.

I think I need to order one more pack of pages when our bank mess is sorted out to make sure I have enough pages in there to get the kids through high school at least.

Now if only I could find a copy of this card. :(

There you have it! Maybe that will help some other crazed mother who is googling her brains out trying to find  a quick way to store those cards. :-)

P.S. My original plan had been to just eventually make the card photos into a shutterfly book. But meh, I spend time designing the card and that method would lose the spirit of the card.  The santa photos are digital now, so the same could be done, but the first 8 years of Jack's visits to Santa are only preserved on paper photos in my file box.