Thrift Store Shopping

Thrift store shopping at the St Vincent de Paul! I was hoping to get in before all the Christmas things were picked through – turns out I went before most of it was put out. But nevermind, I still left with goodies. 

Baskets for organization around the house, but the little wooden ornaments, once repaired and painted with cuter faces have many uses.
Why they have such beady little eyes I do not know, but I can remedy that with a little acrylic paint.
First they went to use as a stocking holder, seemingly sledding the slopes! I felt like a little elf repairing broken legs and giving a horse with no legs a spot on the sled! This is made from some rocks from the garden attached to a spare board- the only thing heavy enough to hold a stocking with stuff in it. Note the ever present little hooks. A package of these has served me well. I think I find something to do with one of these every day. 

Some of the plastic ornaments I spray painted white. I was lucky to have a glossy spray paint on hand, so they all turned out beautifully. I used this idea on a few ornaments I had lying around that I wasn’t that crazy about either. The misfits made a pretty team!
Since donating my little tree to a play last year, I have been without. So I thought maybe this lamp might make a fun tree. With a little wire and some garland, it actually does!
Voila! Lamp Tree plus thrift store ornaments! The garland is a paper one made of discarded wrapping paper. That’s from last year.
The crochet pieces were a gift from a cousin, made by her grandmother.
Christmas horn looks great now!

What do I do with all of these Christmas cards?! A Christmas saga.

Lots of things.  Some are pretty enough to be framed as Christmas art!  See below.

Put this one in the living room with your Christmas village

This one in your guest bedroom to make them nostalgic for old times
This goes with Santa’s plate of cookies!

This one in your living room, by the tree.

This one in your baby’s room.

This one in your kitchen, to remember not to kill everyone who gets in your way this Christmas.

Two By Two…

…or just the one, or more. Whichever.
Here is one project that is gift, ornament, and year-long fun all in one! Sweet little felt animals have gone from Martha Stewart Living to Real Simple to and still they don’t lose their appeal!

You Will Need:

Felt (different colors)
Paper and Pencil
Inspiration for animals (online or a children’s book)
Needle and thread
Gold or silver thread for hanging
Cotton balls
Roll of flexible magnet strips

You Will Do!

Draw (or trace) an animal silhouette using your favorite inspiration, the sillier the better. Cut two pieces of felt from two different colors (like the red and gold for the rooster) laying the silhouette on top as a stencil. Place one color on top of the other, then use your discretion to cut away pieces of the top layer so the bottom layer shows. Stitch smiles, noses, and eyes with the same color thread used to sew the two layers together. You can go crazy and make them two sided by adding a top layer to both side and sewing them on simultaneously! You could even add a little cotton between two layers to fatten them up. Add gold or silver thread for hanging last. For year-long use as a Refrigerator Zoo, add a strip of magnet  to the back with a dab of hot glue (you can buy a large flexible roll at craft stores).

Warning: No one is saying that this might not take forever. I spent hours watching t.v. and sewing these things together. In my opinion, they are great companions for When Harry Met Sally, While You Were Sleeping, Sleepless in Seattle, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days. And I just lost my male readership.

If after doing this you decide you love felt and want it to be your best friend,
here is a link to Martha’s felt animal silhouette pillow project: Martha’s Animal Pillow
a link to a blog all about felt! Feltorama Blogspot (this link is specifically about more Martha felt)