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A Tour of Our Substantial Christmas Tree

A few days ago, I wrote about our substantial Christmas tree. I thought you might like a look at it. I got a little carried away and took pictures of 32 of our ornaments (and that’s not even half of them). I didn’t want the page to take forever to load, so I made them into a slideshow. Each picture has a caption explanation. You can either view them as slides or view the itty bitty thumbnails below. [nggallery id=1 template=caption] What’s your favorite Christmas ornament?

Substance Over Style – Our New Old Christmas Tree

Decorating the Christmas Tree

When I was a young, single girl, I decorated a fabulous Christmas tree. My ornaments matched – only blue, silver, and white. The lights were blue, and the garlands were blue. My decorations matched. I even had a blue poinsettia once. My stylish Christmas tree adorned the front window of my clean and tidy house (ignore the vacuum). The first year Joe and I were married, I begged him to leave his multi-colored, mis-matched Christmas tree ornaments in their boxes in the basement. He refused, hanging them on my Christmas tree, the same artificial tree my mom bought when I was five. … Read more

Homemade Valentine’s Day – Gifts for the Home

Valentine wreath

Yesterday, I shared ideas for food gifts you could make and give for Valentine’s Day. Continuing with my theme of homemade gifts, I want to share valentine items you can make to decorate your own home or give as a gift to decorate someone else’s home. Gifts for the Home *The name of each project is linked to the tutorial. Heart garland – This is really simple to make (Have a heart-shaped paper punch and a spool of thread? You’ve got all the materials!) and allows you to recycle an old magazine. I think these would be nice strung across … Read more

Another Pom Pom Ornament to Make with a Preschooler

pom pom ornaments

Another day, another crafty ornament with Grace. This one was impromptu. Joe totally made it up while surrounded by mounds of pom poms that were left over from another ornament, so it’s not on the Ornaments to Make With a Preschooler list. Pom Pom Stuffed Christmas Ornaments Materials Small glass ball ornaments (we used 4-inch size) Pom poms A pencil or chopstick (or other thin but not sharp tool) Glitter (optional) Instructions Carefully remove the top from a glass ball ornament. Be very careful. The ornaments are thin glass, and it is easy to break them. Ask my husband. Help … Read more

Making Ornaments with a Preschooler – A Painting Success

painted ornaments

This project didn’t make my Ornaments to Make With a Preschooler post. In fact, I almost didn’t write about it at all. Because it’s embarassingly simple. Really. Embarrassing. It’s a three minute project. I decided to post it anyway because sometimes we need three minute projects. For our sanity. Or to satisfy the I want to make a prooooooojeeeeeeeeeect whining. Wait, that’s still for our sanity. That kind of whining never happens at my house. {ahem} Here’s how this one came to pass. Last weekend, I noticed a ribbon organizer in the Joanne Fabric ad that was on sale for … Read more

Making An Angel Tree Topper with a Preschooler

angel tree topper craft

This project did not appear in Ornaments to Make With a Preschooler. Probably because it’s so ugly that nobody else would ever dare make one. I asked Grace if she wanted to top her Christmas tree with an angel or a star. I explained the significance of both stars and angels. She chose an angel. I researched crafty angel projects online, and I found beautiful angels made from doilies, scrapbook paper, and even beads. None of them would really work for a 3-year-old. So. I made up something else. Angel Tree Topper Craft Materials 1 sheet of 12×12-inch scrapbook paper … Read more