Saturday, September 25, 2010

3 months and counting

I'm sure you've seen it. you many have even cringed the first time you did. hallmark has it; today qvc had an entire day dedicated to it; magazine covers will soon be all about it; and michael's and joann's...they have it too. you know what I'm talking about...Christmas! today we're just three months away from that joyous celebration!
if you haven't started thinking about your gift giving ideas yet, it might be time to start a list. start small; make a list of five gift recipients; jot down an idea for each. there, you've started.

the past two weeks, I've been focusing a lot of attention on my Christmas quilt top. my first attempt at this process has been time consuming and challenging. but as each row comes together, I inch one step closer to completion. stay tuned, I'll share all the details next week when it's sewn and ready to sandwich.

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last year I picked up this book 75% off at Archiver's. it has plenty of ideas to keep any crafter busy, but I knew my first project had to be this paper wreath.
printed supply list:
*one 12" foam wreath, painted green
*100 strips of double sided paper, 1" x 6"
*small pins
*ribbon for hanging and bow
my project notes:
*I chose a 12" green foam wreath and skipped the painting.
*I used an 8"x 8" single sided holiday paper collection I had in my stash. I glued my favorite papers back to back to make double sided paper and cut each piece into one inch strips.
*the wreath actually took me just 64 strips of paper, because mine were 1"x8" instead of the size recommended.
*I used cranberry grosgrain ribbon to create the hanger and bow. note: be sure to form and attach the ribbon hanger before you add your paper strips.

I was so tickled with this project I used my remaining paper strips to make a second wreath for connor's teacher.

finished gift count: 11
finished santa count: 5
finished home deco count: 2


~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

That wreath is amazing....I never would have thought to do something like that. I'm thinking seasonal for each holiday. Hmmmm. I'm so glad you're blogging about the holidays -- you'll keep me on track. Deadlines are a good thing for me.

From All Stitched Up said...

I was just thinking this am with coffee that I need to see if my great ideas will really work. My imagination is sometimes bigger that my abilities ! I love the wreath - If my car worked I'd be dashing off to Micheals !

Stephanie said...

I was in Macy's yesterday and was in shock when I found myself singing along to the Christmas music that was playing! Although I'm not ready for it yet, I'm glad someone is talking about it to get me ready :)

stitching under oaks said...

LOVE the wreath...I'm thinking like Jodi, one for every season would be adorable. So cute. I'm glad you're reminding me of the importance of planning ahead for the holidays. It'll be here before we know it! (I haven't gotten my life beautiful yet, but I'll be ready to be inpired when it does come)

Ally Johnston said...

The wreath looks awesome, what a great idea. I love the idea of making gifts but sadly I think I'd need Christmas to be a bi annual event inorder to have a chance of making any deadlines.

Larissa said...

What a great wreath! I totally thought it was ribbon - but paper will hold up much better. Love thecolor combination you chose! Ninety days til Christmas doesn't shock me nearly as much as the fact that Hannukah is on dec 2 this year, just one week after Thanksgiving. I have very little done but i'm taking it one season and one holiday at a time and right now i have mini pumpkins and gourds all around the house and i feel like i'm ready for fall celebrating. How awesome that you have 11+ gift completed!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Love your wreath. What a fantastic idea and it is so beautiful. I have done a little bit of shopping for Xmas. The plan is to go out once a week and chip away at it a little bit at a time. We'll see how it goes. Thanks for the reminder!

Imene said...

I love this wrath!! I love that I can use all that scrapbooking paper that is gathering dust ;0)

Gloria said...

That is a great wreath!! You are keeping us all on our toes, reminding us of the fast approaching Christmas gift-giving Season! I admire your determination and drive to get all of your gifts made so early. Beautiful job on all of your gifts you have finished!!

The WoodLand School said...

I love and *adore* that wreath! You did such a great job. What a wonderful use for all my dust-covered (and sadly neglected) papers!

Rebekah said...

I can't believe Christmas is only three months away!

Your wreath is adorable! I've been in a wreath making mood lately...I'll have to find something to whip together.

Jessica said...

Thanks for the Christmas encouragement. I can't believe it! We are really only 3 months away? Whoa! Time has got to slow down a bit. You've accomplished so much in the last 10 months! It's been so much fun to watch.I love that amazing wreath! Great job! I have always wanted to learn to quilt but I find the whole process overwhelming! Can't wait to see yours. I'm sure it's amazing!

a friend to knit with said...

i absolutely adore you and how ORGANIZED you are.
oh, you are such an inspiration. when i get back i am making my list. see. you've done it again.

love love love that wreath. and what a great idea for a teacher gift!