Gift Ideas- Wrapping a Necklace

Hey Friends!

Christmas is over but there are always more gift giving occasions on their way.  Here is an idea of how to wrap a present elegantly.

For Christmas this year, I made necklaces for my mom and my sister-in-law.  They were simple necklaces with the birthstones of each ladies children/grandchildren.

To package them, I cut out a piece of cardstock the size of a small brown box (you can find these at some craft stores).  I then cut some diagonal slits in the top of the paper.

To decorate this, I added a piece of fabric tape and stamped the word mom on it.

You can finish by wrapping another piece of fabric tape around the outside of the box.  You could also stamp on the outside of the box.

Fabric Christmas Wreath

Hey All!  I wanted to share my latest project with you.  Sadly I forgot to take pictures of the process, but I think you can figure it out from the finished piece.

I started by painting a piece of plain green fabric with various shades of blue, green, white, and silver.  After it dried, I cut out leaf shapes and traced each with sharpie.  I then did something similar with red fabric to make the berries and the ribbon.

Finally I used hot glue to attach them all to a wooden wreath base.  Done and done!

Toddler Christmas Tree

Christmas is coming and the crafts are happening.  If you have little ones running around your house, here is a project for you!

I’ve seen several felt Christmas trees on pinterest so this isn’t really a new project, but I wanted to show you how I did mine to help inspire you!

I had a large piece of green felt that I cut into a Christmas tree shape (fold in half and cut a tree shape).  I then stuck the tree onto the wall using Command mounting strips.  I was pretty concerned that the kids would rip the tree right off the wall, but after about two weeks we are still good.  But if you have the type of children that will immediately rip things off the wall, you may need to experiment with something else.

The ornaments came from Michaels.  I found a kit for making a garland that was basically a set of felt Christmas shapes.  These worked perfectly.  Obviously you could cut your own, but this was easier for me.

Finally, I added a garland that I found in the Target dollar spot.  I used more Command hooks and attached one on either side of the tree.  The pom pom garland can then be hooked onto it.  My one-year-old doesn’t get this at all but the three-year-old does.  So you may or may not want to use this with your kids.

I’ve been storing the ornaments in some Christmas gift boxes at the base of the tree.  They look pretty and also add some fun for the little boy who loves opening and closing boxes.

Christmas Cards: Under the Mistletoe

Hi All!

I recently got some Christmas cards printed up with one of my hedgehog paintings and I am VERY excited about them.  This is actually my third time trying to make these cards; I had some problems with my print shop.  Well, two print shops.  But third times a charm and thanks to Minuteman Press in Redmond, things are looking good.

You can buy these cards in my etsy shop both individually and in packs of five.  Order soon so you can get them by Christmas! (Order by December 19th to get them by December 24th- sooner if you want to send your cards in the mail! More info from USPS here)

Show Prep and Christmas Ornaments

Tomorrow I will be participating in an art show at a local animal shelter.  After my recent blustery day show, I am pretty excited to be doing an indoor show.

As typically happens, this week I got ideas for several new projects that I wish I could complete by my show.  I started working on some new Christmas ornaments.

I’ve accepted the fact that I won’t get that many done by Saturday so I probably won’t have them out on my display, but I am having lots of fun and am excited to sell them at a future time.