Monday, November 12, 2007

Christmas ideas revisited

I spent the entire weekend getting all of the Christmas stuff up. I still have to do the big trees, which take forever, but everything else is out already. Early? Yes. But I want time to craft! I have a few ideas brewing and they are going to need to get out soon.

I realized while I was pulling things out of the tubs that some of the things I made last year still make my heart go pitter patter, so I thought I would revisit them while there is still enough time for you to make your own.

The button tree is in a piece of pottery piece this year, but still as gorgeous as ever. My directions for making your own are here .
This little craft is several years old at this point, but everyone needs a tiny pastel bottlebrush tree forest, don't they? (I have seen the trees at K-Mart already this year.) My directions are here .
I love these little paper dolls so much that I am considering making another crop with Jack this year. Man they are cute. I originally got the idea from Kiddley , but there are other cute downloads available at The Small Object that might work too.
What nifty things are on your crafty list this holiday season?

P.S.Can you believe it is Thanksgiving already next week?

27 comments:

  1. Good for you! I think we should decorate whenever we want to, and I hear you about having time for crafts/other things. I always get things set up before Thanksgiving at least, so when I come home everything is done!

    Your decorations are very cute, I love the pastel trees.

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  2. We make ourselves wait until the day after Thanksgiving- because of allergies we have to use a "fake" tree so we can put it up early.I'm making a cool ornament for a Christmas party- I volunteered to do it this year- I have to make 75 of them! I'm making these little wreaths made out of spray painted puzzle pieces and mini red pom poms. I hope to post a picture of the finished ornaments later this week- ambitious since I haven't started them yet! For me the idea is the hardest part- since I've decided what I'm making, I'm more than halfway there. ;0)

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  3. Ooooo....love the button tree. Reminds me that me mother-in-law gave me her little vintage sparkly mini tree kit. I must get started on that.

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  4. I have good grammer don't I? I meant "my mother-in-law". In my defense, I am fighting a rolly, polly 10 months old that really wants the computer.

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  5. My heart just skipped a beat, I swear, when I saw that button tree!!! THAT is the MOST AMAZING Christmas decoration EVER! (says the button addict).

    Thanksgiving is long gone here in Canada, I've been thinking of Christmas for weeks!

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  6. Love the new banner! my mother is already decorating too! I hold of until Thanksgiving,but it is definitely hard sometimes!

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  7. Oh ,I've been shopping and halfway done does that count?

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  8. No--I can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving--where in the world is time going these days. I don't feel prepared at all!

    I love the button tree. I remember admire it from last year.

    I'm not sure what Christmas crafts I'm doing this year-I did make a batch of cinnamon dough ornaments for another project I'm working on and I think I've mastered the technique enough to make more for my tree so that's probably one thing. I also saw a cute project involving wooden spools glued together in a shape of a tree that I want to try. As soon as I get some spools...LOL

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  9. claire12:02 PM

    that tree is so cute!

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  10. I pulled my Christmas stuff out and put it in front of my closet to start decorating the day after Thanksgiving, but heck, if you already started it's ok for me too- right?!?!
    We're going to be out of town for my husband's surgery for most of December, so I really want to decorate early.
    I LOVE BOTH YOUR TREE IDEAS! I'll have to add them to my to-do list! Thanks for sharing!!!!

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  11. I've pulled the stuff out of storage (just to assess if I need to buy more ornaments) so you're def ahead of me. I LOVE the button tree! May have to make one of those. And so clever to have thought to bleach the bottlebrushes. Good one!

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  12. I thought about decorating for Christmas early this year. My inlaws are coming and since we never have family for Christmas this would be the only time any family saw the apartment decorated. I'll have to bring it up with dh at dinner.

    I made a ton of gifts this year while on my off track time, so I am a bit crafted out already. I do have an idea for a garland for the Sweet Goodness Swap using IKEA star lites and tied on scraps.

    I made a pillow with an aplique of a Dolly Dingle type girl for my swap partner and I may do another to keep.

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  13. Akk I want pink trees. I forgot about your post. Thank you for the reminder !!! Clarice

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  14. That button tree is the prettiest one I've seen! Love the colors!
    Sandra Evertson

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  15. Those paper dolls are super cute. Will have to give that one a try!

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  16. Paper dolls are adorable! :)

    And yes, I can't believe Thanksgiving is here but I am so thankful it is this time of year again! :)

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  17. that button tree is wonderful!! I love it!

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  18. I love Christmas! Your little trees are so cute :)

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  19. You have to be one of the most creative, busy mums I know. Your creations are so beautiful, and I have to have those pastel bottle brush trees!! They are, handsdown, my favourite Christmas idea ever!!

    So glad you are enjoying your extra day of solitude...

    Linda

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  20. I love your trees -- both kinds -- sooo cute. Thanks for the bottle brush instructions -- those would be really fun to try.

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  21. I love the ideas with the buttons

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  22. Jennifer10:48 AM

    Truthfully? Nope, I can't believe that Thanksgiving is next week! And I haven't even started on the Christmas stuff yet.

    I always make a Christmas print that we send out as our card. A lot of our family and friends frame them; so they're like a little gift! I also hand paint all our wrapping paper every year. Plus, I make homemade cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning breakfast.

    And then there's the knitting, quilting, and other handmade gifts. I'm WAY behind schedule and I can't even start on it until after Thanksgiving! I'm working on a HUGE stitch marker order for a vendor, hubby needs a new curtain for his office ASAP, and my Sweet Goodness swap sister still needs her November package, which I haven't even started on yet! And then, we're going to LA for Thanksgiving!

    I better get to work... ;)

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  23. that button tree is very cute!

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  24. ok...I'm adding a button tree to my to-do list (already have the trees from gum drop trees last year). love your tree in the dish idea.

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  25. Sarah, I love your button tree, I want to make one too this year!

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  26. That button tree is wonderful!
    Lori

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  27. Thanks to your instructions..i picked up a bag of 21 bottle brush trees today at Michael's. They were 40% off too. Can't wait to give them a bleach bath.....yours are so pretty.

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