Well, in the meanwhile... I thought I'd show you another little goody I came up with.
I have an old embroidery hoop of my grandma's. It used to be in active service when I did counted cross-stitch. But, not so much since my kids have been out of diapers. Yep. That's a long time. I saw it sitting on a shelf the other day, and wondered what I could do with it.
Immediately, I thought of my old hymnal, and wondered if I could combine the two old items -- but the hymnal pages were a little too small to fit in the hoop. Plus, they would've ripped so easily. THIS ORNAMENT actually ended up being my inspiration. I might make these Christmas tree ornaments some day, but for now, I cut trees out (using a cookie cutter) for another purpose.
I stretched red wrapping paper over my hoop, and tightened the top hoop up. I tucked the edges behind the hoop, so they don't show at all. <I thought I might cut the raw edge with decorative scissors, but I like the edge hidden. It gives a more finished look.>
I cut some trees cut out of hymnal pages, outlined them with Elmer's glue, and sprinkled on some Buffalo snow flakes. I glued two trees to my framed wrapping paper, tied a little red and white twine bow on, and taa-daa. Easy-peasy. Oh, I know it's nothing fancy, or difficult. But, guess what? It didn't cost me a cent. And... it looks pretty hanging above my stove.
I couldn't resist stringing up some extra Christmas tree cut-outs with more baker's twine, sprinkling on a few Buffalo snow flakes, and hanging them at the patio door. Simple.
There's no real snow at our house yet -- and that's okay with me. I can wait... I wouldn't want anything to slow down my shopping schedule!!! *wink*
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