Browsing my long list of teacher gifts on Pinterest, which you can access here, I came across this gem from Paper Wings.
Is it cute? Check. Does it look easy? Check. Should it be fairly inexpensive? Check. All my requirements are met, and then to sweeten the deal, Staples had 18 packs of sticky notes for $5 this week. All that meant was that I had to track down acrylic frames I thought. She got hers at Dollar Tree, but there were none to be found when I went looking at the three nearish to me. I got two at Joanne’s for $1.19 each and a few at Hobby Lobby for $1.99. I also found them at Kohl’s. They were twice to price, but on sale 50% off and an additional store sale. I think that made them $1.79.
Since I had yellow sticky notes, I picked some coordinating paper and grabbed my beloved Fisker’s paper cutter. The 12×12 paper cuts into 6-4×6 pieces. I cut the trim paper 1×4. I used double-sided tape to hold the paper in place, and I put some double-sided tape on the back of the sticky notes for extra support. You might need to halve the sticky pad if it seems to heavy.
Next you grab some ribbon, tie a bow and if you are like me, you are finished. The example on Pinterest included some cute tags. I might go back and do that, but right now they look just fine.
The Wool Acorn has a kit to make this cute Christmas tree. You can find it here. Or you can use something similar with mini pom-pons.
Kids can paint pinecones to add to any of your decor. Here is a cute example from Mothersniche.
Turkey Options for Thanksgiving are as follows:
This one from Jinxy Kids uses feathers. I found a bag of assorted feathers at Hobby Lobby.
Catch My Party featured this turkey with crayon tail feathers.
Lady Sandra has these cute google eye birds.
Family Fresh Cooking has this great pinecone center piece.
This turkey from Susan B. Anderson has leaf tail feathers.
Here is a hub pages link with tons of ideas.
How fun would these glitter Sharpies be for your teens and crafters? Not sure how I missed them, but I think I need some ASAP.
Are you constantly losing things like your keys or purse? Did your kids play hide and seek with your keys? Add this neat little tile to your missing item and track it remotely. Some other applications include your pet, your kids, remotes, a workman used it to keep up with his tape measure. I think the best use might be tiling your passport.
One of the stories on their website included details about each family member taking a tile at an amusement park so they could locate each other on their cell phones. https://www.thetileapp.com/stories/the-family-plan
Tiles are $20 each or 4 for $60. Pre-order yours here. https://www.thetileapp.com
Pinecones are falling, and there are some really cute things you can make from the fruits of your collecting labor. The FIRST thing you should do is bake the bugs out of pinecones, bark or even acorns if you collect them from nature. How do you do that? Check this link here from House of Hepworths.
What can you do with your bug-free pinecones? So many things!
Make a fall garland with this example from Better Homes and Garden. BHG suggested you change out the burlap ribbons to red ribbons for the Christmas holidays. Heck, that might even include Valentine’s decor.
Here is another Better Homes and Gardens garland swag you can make.
Make beautiful pinecone topiaries. By Stephanie Lynn has a great tutorial for making these beautiful holiday topiaries from pine cone pieces.
Ekester Antiques had this wreath on their website. I wish I could just buy it, but I think it is an older post.
Martha Stewart has this great tutorial for a garland. Find it here.
Tom Turkey can be purchased on Heather Donohue’s site or she has a great tutorial here if you want to make your own. They are only $12, so you might just want to purchase them to have them in time.
There is a great tutorial for this wreath at Home Talk.
Pinecone Flowers from Twig and Toadstool.
Apartment Therapy has a great tutorial for these fire starters here.
I adore this wreath from Mothersniche.com. I would love to make one similar.
I know many people have discontinued sending Christmas cards. I have not. I tend to send cards to three groups of people. The first group is close friends and family that want the cute photo card. The second group is simply “Christmas Card Friends” that if I didn’t send a card, we have no contact at all. I feel that old college roommate or neighbor from my childhood is worth the dollar it costs to send out a card. The third group I classify as people who appreciate the card, because they don’t expect it. This category consists of my close friend’s parents, old school teachers, former babysitters and other people who really enjoy keeping up with us.
One of the big stressers in my house at Christmas is finding a picture for the Christmas card. Look through all your pictures since last Christmas, and see if there is something you can use for your card. If you find one you even tolerate, online photo cards are a lot cheaper now, the line at Sam’s Club is short, and the machine isn’t broken yet. Life is good.
If you don’t find a picture you like, go out and take some. Schedule a photographer, go to a public display, or throw up your Christmas wreath to take some pictures. You don’t have to have the full holiday display. Give your kids one plastic ornament and poof, it’s Christmas! I also suggested yesterday that you can use those pictures with Santa from the mall or your local Bass Pro Shop.
Look through your address book and contact any people who might have moved and get correct addresses. There is nothing more frustrating than getting cards returned the week after Christmas because you forgot they moved and sent it to the address from last year.
Any other great tips for making Christmas cards easier?
I spent hours and hours on the phone as a child. The new cell phones are almost impossible to put on your shoulder and talk. Grab one of these and your problems are solved. Throw your phone in your pocket and chat away while your do dishes or other activities dangerous to your cell phone. They are around $10 here.