Pie Pops

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I will be making pies for Thanksgiving. And yes, you read that right. Pies, plural. With an s on the end. As in more than one pie …   When my sister-in-law asked if I would like to bring a pie to the Thanksgiving feast she is so generously hosting this year, I responded with a resounding … [Continue reading...]

Monogram Ornament

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The pile.   If have/had/will soon have (or have ever been) a teenage girl, you know exactly what I'm talking about. A visual should pop up in your head; a visual of a heaping mound of clothes. A mix of clean and dirty. With a few random bits of paper and some pens and maybe a Tupperware … [Continue reading...]

Bottle Brush Tree Ornament

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Sure it’s a challenge to create and photograph and post about 12 ornament projects 12 days in a row. But you know what I find more challenging? Coming up with interesting things to say 12 days in a row …   I fear I may have hit the wall.   The words have dried … [Continue reading...]

Stuffed Candy Cane Ornament

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 Shhh ...   Don't tell the other ornaments, but this one might be my favorite.     Maybe it's the fabric. Maybe it's the cute little bows. Maybe it's the stuffing ...   ... one thing I DO know, it's not the easy-to-make factor.   Turning it … [Continue reading...]

Snow Globe Ornament

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There’s a radio station in Chicago that gets an early start on the holiday season, switching over their format to play holiday music 24-hours-a-day. I thought this happened sometime after Thanksgiving but, to my surprise, realized they start much earlier …   as in last Friday … [Continue reading...]

Mason Jar Lid Ornament

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It was only a matter of time before I made a mason jar related ornament, wasn’t it?   In fact, you’re probably wondering what took so long. I mean, we’re already 7 days into the 12 Days of Christmas ornament crafting, after all. So I won’t make you wait even a second longer … Ta … [Continue reading...]

Picture Frame Ornament

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Every Christmas my mother would pull out our sitting on Santa’s lap photos and hang them on the wall. Right in the center of the house.   You couldn’t miss them if you tried.   There they were. On the first wall  in your line of vision when you walked in the front … [Continue reading...]

Cookie Cutter Ornaments

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On this 5th Day of Christmas crafting, I have to face a hard truth. A harsh reality …   my flip flop wearing days are over.   The 2014 flip flop season has officially come to a close. Much like the Chicago Cubs, there will be no playoff season. Their last hurrah has … [Continue reading...]

Chalkboard Paint Ornament

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So, are you inspired yet? Motivated?   Feeling the Christmas spirit?   I’ve been humming Christmas carols to myself for the past two weeks as I’ve wrapped and glued and painted and created by my 12 Days of Christmas ornament crafts ...   … and that makes it sound like … [Continue reading...]