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Christmas crafts, decorations

Happy 2013, everyone! I had been meaning to have this post done earlier, but somehow didn’t have the time. So although it’s a little delayed, here’s a quick post on a Christmas craft project Chip and I did for family gifts and as well as some of our holiday decor this year.

Last year, Chip and I baked two different types of bread and mailed them out to family as a gift. It was fun, but definitely wore out our little oven and also meant our families had to eat the bread pretty quickly after receiving so they would get to enjoy it before it went bad. This year, we decided to do a small variation based on an idea I saw on Pinterest. Instead of mailing out already baked bread, we decided it would be fun to layer all of the ingredients in decorated mason jars to send out. This also had the benefit of allowing our families to bake the bread whenever they chose since the packaged ingredients have a three month shelf-life.

First things first, we had to choose which bread we wanted to send. After doing some searching on Pinterest, we found a chocolate oatmeal bread that looked promising. We tested it out ourselves and liked it, so the decision was made pretty easily. Next, Chip went to Costco and bought our ingredients in bulk to be cost efficient. It was pretty entertaining to see him come home with huge bags of flour, sugar, oatmeal and chocolate chips! We next went to Hobby Lobby and bought just about all of the mason jars they had in stock… Hope they didn’t mind!

We got to work one Saturday morning and tried out a first mason jar to see how we should best layer the ingredients. That’s when we hit a roadblock. The site I found from Pinterest said to use a one-quart mason jar. However, there was a total of five cups worth of ingredients. That’s more than one quart. Fail. We tried super compressing the ingredients to see if we could somehow defy the laws of matter and get the five cups to fit into one quart, but that didn’t work… shoot. While I was starting to get flustered that our gift idea was going to go to waste and that we had bought 14 mason jars for nothing, practical Chip spoke up and reassured me that it would not be tacky to send a smaller one-cup jar along with the mason jar. Problem solved. So Chip went off to Hobby Lobby to get some small jars while I re-packed our first mason jar. By the time Chip came back, I had decided which way I wanted to sort the ingredients so they could look as cute as possible. Before I could get started on the second jar, however, Chip stepped in proving that his efficiency minded personality is valuable. He (politely) bumped me out of the kitchen and set up an assembly line of bowls full of all of the ingredients for this bread. Chip then worked on the first two ingredients for each jar and passed them on to me as he finished them so I could then add in the next two ingredients before we switched again. This helped us work so much faster; so thankful for the ways his mind works differently from mine! I’m not sure how long it took us to finish, but it was a surprisingly smooth process.

Chip's assembly line

Chip’s assembly line

Chip working on the mason jars

Chip working on the mason jars

Completed jars!

Completed jars!

With the jars filled and ready, I then cut the fabric I bought at JoAnn’s and fitted them over the tops to make them look a little more festive. I then filled out some labels from Hobby Lobby with the steps on how to bake the bread. We then divided up the jars and shipped them off! They all successfully reached their destinations before Christmas (nice job, mail system) and we’ve heard lots of sweet compliments from our family (although lots of the ingredients did get jumbled up despite how tightly we did each layer… boo). We hope everyone has (or will!) enjoyed this gift!

Baking instructions on the back of the jars

Baking instructions on the back of the jars

Since this was only our second Christmas as a married couple, our Christmas decorations are still a little sparse. We buy a little something new every year, so I know we’ll slowly build our supply of holiday decorations. Here’s a glimpse of what we had up this year in addition to our Christmas tree and wreath on our front door.

Simple centerpiece on our dining table

Simple centerpiece on our dining table

back when we were dating, Chip got me a basket of Christmas candle tumblers; it didn’t take him long to realize my love for the holidays! The little snowman is from our day at Clay Casa last year when we decorated a few ornaments together.

Decorations on our wine cart

Decorations on our wine cart

 

Reindeer candle holders on our TV stand

Reindeer candle holders on our TV stand

This year, we decided to display our Christmas cards on a mini-clothesline in one of our kitchen windows. This is another idea from Pinterest (what would we do without that site?!) and I love how it adds color to our kitchen and let’s us see all of this year’s pictures.

This year's Christmas cards

This year’s Christmas cards

Below is the awesome chalkboard tray Haley made for us as a Christmas gift. We love it! It’s definitely going to stay in our kitchen with different notes on it throughout the year. Behind the chalkboard tray is a candle holder we’ve been looking for forever to hold our wine corks (found it at Kirkland’s). We like saving our wine corks and writing on them with the date and event (like our birthday dinner at Fralo’s, etc.), so we may need to get another one of these candle holders!

Chalkboard from Haley

Chalkboard from Haley

Lovely Christmas cards from friends and family

Lovely Christmas cards from friends and family

First Pinterest project complete!

Over the past couple of months, I have become slightly addicted to the website Pinterest. It’s to the point where my day doesn’t feel complete until I’ve spent at least 10 minutes quickly perusing the new pins and pictures. When I first started using Pinterest, I quickly started a craft/DIY board, but didn’t really know which project to start with. So one evening, I showed Chip the different projects I was interested in, knowing he would encourage me and hold me accountable to trying some of these out. It was no surprise to me when my take initiative, problem solver husband immediately said “let’s go to Lowe’s after church on Sunday and buy this stuff.” That was the kick in the butt I needed to pick a project! So with that, I decided to start with this jewelry organizer I had found on the website:

Pinterest inspiration

Now up until this project, I had my jewelry spread out over two different jewelry boxes and one earring rack on our bedroom dresser. It’s slightly ridiculous these three different items were holding my jewelry considering I don’t even have that much jewelry to start with. This also meant that our dresser was a little cluttered with these three items, something that I’m sure irked Chip more than he let on :) It also meant that if I wanted to wear something different from my everyday jewelry, I would have to go through these different boxes to find something in particular. I know that doesn’t sound like it would take a lot of effort and I may seem slightly dramatic over this work, but since my jewelry is the last part of my getting ready routine, I would usually forgo looking for a certain pair of earrings or necklace and just wear my everyday jewelry so I would have time to eat breakfast or make sure all of my stuff was packed up for work.

Now unfortunately, the picture I loved above didn’t have a tutorial or anything attached to it like most Pinterest pins do, so we had to figure this out a bit on our own (I’m so thankful Chip helped me with this!). With that, we spent a good hour at Hobby Lobby last Saturday and bought some burlap, a staple gun and different drawer handles and knobs (for anyone wanting to do a project like this, I recommend going to Hobby Lobby because they are always having sales – most of these items were 30-50% off). We then went to Lowe’s to get a piece of wood and some screws to help get all of these items on the board.

Wrigley likes Pinterest projects, too

So the first thing we did when we finally got home after our shopping trip was wrap the wood in burlap and staple it in place. I had originally thought we could use hot glue or fabric glue to get the burlap on, but turns out I was wrong which is why we went the staple gun route – good thing we bought as a “just in case” at Hobby Lobby! Once we got the burlap on I spent a bit of time trying to figure out where each handle and pull knob should go. At this point in the project, we realized that all of the screws for these pieces were longer than the thickness of the board, so we would have to figure out a different way to get these on. Chip volunteered to go to Lowe’s for some options and came back with some gorilla glue, which proved to get the job done perfectly.

Figuring out the layout for the board

Everything glued down

Once we let the pieces sit in the gorilla glue for a couple of hours (weighed them down with my old marketing textbooks to make sure they really stuck) it was time to figure out how to get this board up on our bedroom wall. We had bought some small hanging brackets at Lowe’s, but they were too small to go through the burlap and on to the wood on the back of the board. So instead, I cut some pieces of the leftover burlap and braided them into a handle and stapled in onto the back. Only think left to do was to hang it up in our room and put up my jewelry!

Finished jewelry board!

I have to admit, I’m pretty proud with how it turned out! I would still like to try to add some trim ribbon to it at the top, but haven’t found any yet that I really like so this will have to wait for now. I also love how practical this board is. Now I can easily see all of my jewelry while I get ready, instead of having to look through the three different places I had been storing everything. So now I have a pretty board with my jewelry and Chip has a more clutter-free dresser. And yes, I’m already picking out my next Pinterest project :)