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Mysteries, polka dots, California Rolls, TJ Maxx, cozy blankets, rainy days and getting the first spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar make me smile. Spiders, rude people, cold fingers and toes, baby leashes, people that don't wrap their packages before going to the Post Office, poison ivy and Math (pretty much all of it) make me want to scream. My perfect day would be spent with my wonderful husband and sweet girls- watching movies in our jammies! Of course, having the movie theater to ourselves would be great, too. Please pass the popcorn and M&M's.:) I am saved by the grace of God. He is my constant companion and hears my every prayer. What a blessing! I'd love to hear from you! Lori at toosillysisters@cox.net

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Deck the Halls Part 2 & Tutorial

   Tonight the girls and I set up garland and stockings on the stairs.  I love the look of the winter white and twinkle lights.  So dreamy...  These stockings are just for decoration as our "Santa" stockings are over the fireplace so Santa can find them easily.:)

   The stocking in the middle was made for me by my dear friend, Heidi.  It fits in perfectly with my collection.  You must stop by Heidi's shop as she makes the most beautiful treasures!

   This is what I made tonight!   A whimsical garland that was inspired by something I saw in Country Living magazine this month...

   You start with papier mache ornaments (called unfinished ornaments at Hobby Lobby) and add fun scrapbook paper to the front after you paint the sides and back with a coordinating color.  Isn't it fun how you can decorate with any color at Christmas now?  I remember when I thought it had to be red, green and/or white.  By the way, the papier mache ornaments are 40% off at Hobby Lobby this week- yahoo!
   Then you add scrapbook chipboard letters (or stickers) to say something festive (mine says "Be Jolly").  Once everything is dry you hang your finished letters on a garland of tinsel OR a fabulous feather boa!

   This is how it was pictured in Country Living and I love this look, too.  Polka dots are so fun!  They used fabric to wrap around their ornaments, but I think scrapbook paper is easier.  If you make any, please let me know- I would love to see!:)

   Mandy learned a new hairstyle tonight.  The upside down ponytail!  She did it all by herself and was so proud.

  Katie's projects was making the Twelve Days of Christmas ornaments.  (Don't you love those 90% sales after the holidays?)  We were singing the verses all night and I loved every minute.:)  Pictured below is Katie with her 7 Swans a Swimming and 9 Ladies Dancing.:)

   Here she is creating...

   We like to put paint in our old egg cartons.  It's a great way to keep it separate and recycle at the same time.
   Hope you all had a wonderful evening, too!:)


Robin Beck said...

I love Mandy's hair it turned out great! Katie's 12 days of Christmas ornaments are adorable as is she.
I love your stockings on your stair railing and aren't you just Crafty Cathy with your darling whimsical garland-I'm going to try that! I will show you when/if I get them done! Something like that would look cute in the girls room with their names on it in their favorite colors! (AND a shabby Chic one for Noel~♥)

Tristan said...

your girls are too cute!! Oh..and funny thing, i totally bought baby carrots and veggie dip today..it looked good, and then I got home and was like NO..I can't eat a carrot..lol. I LOVED THE BOOK, loved it..now the movie has disapointed me though..lol..but I still loved it too!! I'm sending you a little package..but I won't be in town until monday..so sometime next week..lol..you should get it :)

cherry said...

Cute hair do...and the Christam cheer is too. cherry

Artfulife said...

Your house looks so festive. Thank you so very much for my bracelet. It is perfect! I love the colors and I can't wait to wear it this weekend. Lori you are the best. Big hugs to you and the girls.

Shell in your Pocket said...

I love your banner...so very cute!!!
What fun pictures of your daughter painting..so cute! Love egg cartons..they can do a lot of things!
-sandy toes

Heather said...

Oh what to comment on first??? Love Mandy's new do! The garland is so fun...I want to make one right now. I love the stockings(oh, how I wish I had stairs)...it is so cozy.

We weren't painting the 12 days of Christmas(genius,by the way)but, we were painting those wooden ornaments Wed night. Guess great minds think alike:)

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Lori
Your white stockings look beautiful hanging on your stairs. The garland you made is wonderful. You are so clever. Katie looks to be having fun painting and Jessica loves Mandy's upside down ponytail.
Have a great weekend.

KKJD1 said...

Love the ornies that Katie painted and the stairs look so nice. Warm and cozy looking. Hope yall have a great weekend! Blessings, karen

Darlene said...

I LOVE your Christmas garland...CUTE!! The ornaments being painted are adorable! Great job Mandy on your hair!

Beth said...

Love the egg carton idea.

Where do you keep all of your decorations? Your home is amazing! Beth

Elise said...

Cute stuff!! Love the stockings on the stair rail, I want to do that this year, too. Tell your girls they are awesome!! And I was not doing my own hair at that age. I am impressed!!

www.AForestFrolic.typepad.com said...

So pretty...all of it :-) Love that garland...I was thinking of doing something similar and will definitely share if I get to it!

OMG, I just realized you weren't on my blog roll...I mean...Hello, you are like the best and most creative of course! Blogging has taken a back seat this week as I've been trying to get the house under contol ;-) and now I'm trying to dwindle down my blog roll because it go way to long. But you'll be one that gets to stay and hang out, hehe!

Anyway, thanks for sharing! Now, if I can just decide what bracelet I want from your shop!?!

Yarni Gras! said...

I don't know WHERE to begin. I love everything. I think that garland is tooo cute. I love the whimsey of it. The stockings are perfect too!
We didn't do anything crafty last night. Curly Girl has been busy making clay ornaments for me to bake for her...she has been at it for a couple weeks now. I finished up some aprons and slippers this week so took a break last night....but am getting crafty today....crocheting!

~ Roxanne said...

What does Jeff think of the bright green boa?

I truly don't know how you do it all.

I am having a hard time keeping up with our blog.