Saturday, December 17, 2011

Burlap Garland

I know it's bumping up on too late to be starting new projects, but I just couldn't help myself!! I spotted a fabric garland that was similar and I just HAD to try it with burlap. 

This was both simple and time-consuming at the same time (of course it wouldn't have been quite as time consuming if I hadn't chosen the longest strand of lights that we own!)

It is just a whole boatload of 1 inch strips of burlap (I used about 3 yards) cut into about 6-7 inch lengths. And knots, lots and lots of knots.  Tie each little strip in a basic knot around your light cord.  Man is it gonna stink when this string of lights goes out....

This was one of those impulsive-don't-feel-like-pulling-out-my-camera-to-take-during-pictures-so-I-can-do-a-proper-tutorial projects.  I know all of you bloggers out there have projects like that... don't judge.

 I cannot WAIT until next year when this is wrapped around my big tree with all my family ornaments hung all around around it.  Yes, I am already planning my decorations for next year.... hopeless is a good word to describe me.

It gives such a simple, natural, homespun feeling to my mantel that wasn't there before and I am in love.  If I try it again, maybe I will look a little closer at the length first :)

FYI: if you, too, make the mistake of choosing a length that is entirely too long and decide that there is no way in the world that you will finish this project in the next 3 Christmas seasons.... you can simply fold the lights over on themselves 3 or 4 times at any point and tie your strips around all the lights.  It makes it look a little brighter and fuller anyway :)

Do you have any last minute christmas projects that you are dying to do?  It's not too late!

Friday, December 16, 2011

A Letter to my Husband on our Fifth Anniversary

Dear Hubby the Great,

I can't believe that we have already been married for 5 years (and together for 10?!?!) Time flies and things change... but there is one thing that has stayed constant.  More tomorrow than today, and more today than yesterday.  

December 16, 2006

I feel like I have said that a lot over the years, but I know I haven't said it as much as I should.  I love you more today than yesterday, and more tomorrow than today.

December 2006, Gatlinburg, TN

I respect you more today than yesterday, and more tomorrow than today.

December 2007

I am so thankful that God chose you to be my husband and I am so proud of the husband that you have become.

December 2007
Thank you for making the decision for me to stay at home with our babies and for taking the financial burden so that I can be a full time mommy.  Thank you for cherishing and encouraging me.

December 2008
And thank you for being the greatest daddy in the whole world to our two little girls.  If I had a quarter for every time someone told me how lucky I was to have a husband who loves his girls and wife as much as you do....

December 2009
I wish I was perfect.  I wish you always had a home cooked meal on the table when you came home.  I wish you always had all your clothes clean (and smelling good).  I wish that I took the time to make you feel as appreciated and respected as you are.

December 2010

As we start a new chapter in our life with our new home and your new job, I pray that the next 5 years are as good (and better) than the first 5.  

More tomorrow than today, and more today than yesterday.
Happy 5th Anniversary!


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Gift Wrapping- Think Outside the Box

For those of us that aren't all done wrapping our presents.

Here are a few fun ways to make all those presents a little more fun to look at!


Perhaps you have a burger fan in your life?

via Gift Couture at KickStarter

Maybe you like your bows to be the size of the present itself?

via Martha Stewart

Maybe you have more ribbon than you know what to do with...

via Martha Stewart

or no ribbon at all.

via Martha Stewart

Some extra cupcake liners can always come in handy.

via Martha Stewart

And don't even think about throwing away those old potato chip bags!

Maybe you want your kids be involved.

Or do something they would never be able to undo.

Extra dress shirts anyone?

I know you could go for some big, beautiful, homemade tags!

Or would you rather go tagless?

You could always wrap your presents in a scarf.

Or adorn them with a photo (and if you don't happen to have a road name for all those folks on your Christmas list you could always just pop a picture of them on top :o)

via Merriment Design

Or if you are like me, you could wrap them up in comic strips.  Glad that I am not the only person who does this!!

via Organizing Madison

I hope that gives you some fun wrapping inspiration.  One day I might actually try some of these :o)

Only 2 weeks to go... so go get wrapping!

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