A Pinterest Christmas: Ornaments and Junk!

Before we get to this weeks’ Pinterest Christmas projects, did you all check out Misha’s adorable reindeer wreath!? I need to figure out a way to make that Florida-friendly…I know that if I make it and put it away for next year, silverfish will eat half of it and that would be sad and gross. I was actually thinking about this while driving the other day and was wishing I was at camp so I could make it out of wood in PA! :) Any other ideas?

This week for A Pinterest Christmas, we’ve been busy making ornaments (or “or-da-ments” if you’re Charlie)!

Here’s our (p)inspiration from Creature Comforts:

and

and from Fa La La La Felt

I LOVE the glitter clothespins!. Mainly because I got to use some of my “junk.” In college, I went to New York City every Veteran’s Day weekend for three years in a row. This may seem like an odd weekend for me to be making an annual trip, but it was because I was on the executive board of the Chocolate Club. Yes. You read that correctly.

1)There is a Chocolate Club at UCF

2)I was on the executive board.

The club traveled to New York on this weekend every year to volunteer at the International Chocolate Show. One year we corralled models wearing dresses completely made of chocolate. Another year, we found ourselves doing prep work for random celebrity chefs doing chocolate demonstrations. Needless to say, there was never a dull moment while volunteering.

You may be asking yourself what this has to do with me making Christmas ornaments. Well, our only obligation on this 4 day trip was about 4 hours of volunteering at the chocolate show. The rest of the time was up to us to do whatever we wanted. Every year, I would high tail it to my number one most favorite junk shop, (ok it’s not a junk shop, let’s call them treasures!) Tinsel Trading Company. If you’re ever in New York and are needing some junk/treasures, THIS is your place! Bring your wallet, preferably with lots of money, because this junk is definitely not free or even really cheap.

On my last trip,  two toothpicks (among other things) were calling my name: one with a Santa head on it and one with a snowman head on it. Most reasonable people would look at those and think what the heck am I going to do with two random toothpicks with heads on them? It’s a good thing I’m not reasonable. I just knew I needed them. Well guess what, four years later, I really did need them!

Here’s our finish products!

Charlie helped me out with the next ornaments. We gathered the acorn “hats” together while on a bike ride and he drew on the faces!

They came out so sweet! He had lots of fun using the permanent marker, because he is obviously usually not allowed to use it. I love that we captured the little faces he always draws. Maybe one day when he’s all grown up and has his own house/family/tree, I’ll let him have them. MAYBE.

Last up is the sweet little felt gingerbread house. I found it on Pinterest and knew I wanted to make it, but didn’t really look for the pattern or where it came from. One day last week, I got out one of my favorite holiday craft books, Fa La La La Felt and told Charlie to pick out a project for us to make. Imagine my shock when he picked out the exact gingerbread house! Isn’t it fun that Charlie and I have the same taste in crafts? Here it is!

Take a look at all the other fun Pinterest Christmas projects happening!

Amanda @ Without a Doubt –

Kendra @ The Gilbertson Family -

Michelle @ this grey house -

Misha @ emerald city diaries -

Maggi @ Greg, Maggi & Rodney -

 

Yum!

Margot turned 6 months old this week! This is how we celebrated.

Those two sure are cute together.

If Charlie’s mouth looks blue, its because he just had a haircut earlier that day and ate a blue lolly pop afterwards :) During the video, he keeps asking to open another window on our pop up advent calendar. One week in and he still hasn’t quite figured out that we only open one a day!

Can you spy our Elf on a Shelf, Weegee?

 

Margot’s Baptism

Margot was baptized on November 25 at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church in Clearwater Beach. It worked out perfectly that nearly all the aunts, uncles, and grandparents could be there!

A little bit of rascal-ness happened, but overall, everyone was very well-behaved!

With her godparents, Lisa and John

She started to have enough after a while…

Afterward, we had a delicious lunch at my parents’ house. Charlie approved the cake!

Thank you to everyone that made it such a special day!

A Pinterest Christmas: Pom Poms All Around!

It’s week one of the Pinterest Christmas series! This week, I was (p)inspired by the adorable pom pom wreath over at The Little Things.

 

I love making pom poms, whether they be for a baby’s head, present, or wreath! I picked up my wreath at Joann’s for only about $11, such a bargain. Kendra (and Kenley and Margot) and I made this project together, so head over to her blog to get the lazy girl pom pom tutorial, no extra tools needed! I’m sharing the adorable bow tutorial here.

What you’ll need:

  • fabric- about 1/4 yard or less
  • sewing machine, or a needle and thread
  • iron
  • hot glue
  • wire/yarn/string to attach it to your wreath

First, you’ll need to decide how big of a bow you want. I had 1/4 yard of fabric, so I just eyeballed how big I wanted the bow and then doubled the length and height of that for my bow. The finished bow is about 8″ x 4″, so I cut out a piece about 16″x 8″. You don’t need to worry about exact measurements, just make sure you have the general size.

Next, fold it in half lengthwise with right sides together. Sew a 1/4″ seam along one small end and the long end. Make sure you leave one short end open so you can turn it right side out!

Turn your tube right side out. It helps to trim the corners before you do so to get a nice point. You can use a pencil eraser to help poke them out.

Iron it so your bow doesn’t look like you picked it out of the trash.

Fold over your raw edge on the skinny side about 1/2″ and iron them.

Tuck your skinny side that is sewed shut into the open part. You should now have a loop.

Next, you’re going to sew that seam together. Make sure you don’t sew through both layers of the loop!

It will look like this:

 

Okay, put the loop to the side. Now you’re going to make the little tie part in the middle of the bow. Cut a piece of fabric that is about 2″x5″. Iron it so that it looks like this:

Here it is all ironed flat

Back to your bow loop. Bunch it up so that it looks like a bow.

Decide what side will be the back and hot glue your skinny strip that you ironed onto the middle. This will cover up the seam that you stitched on the loop earlier.

Wrap it around the bow and hot glue the other end to the back, too.

Now you have a bow!

I used some wire to loop through the skinny strip to attach it to my wreath. You could also use string, yarn, or whatever else you have lying around. I just twisted it around the bow and then twisted around the wreath.

Hang up your wreath and admire your craftiness!

 

Don’t forget to check out the other fun projects happening each week during A Pinterest Christmas:

Amanda @ Without a Doubt – DIY Sweater Wreath

Kendra @ The Gilbertson Family – DIY Pom Pom Wreath

Michelle @ this grey house – Quick and Easy Wreath/Garland

Misha @ emerald city diaries – Reindeer Wreath and Felted Garland

Maggi @ Greg, Maggi & Rodney – Letter Wreath