Day 280: Acorn Ornament

Part of my December Adventivities.
This was one of the ornament crafts that I found on Pinterest and altered. Many of the acorn cap balk ornaments were a little more fancy than mine. It took some time to complete, so I would only make this again if I wanted to do some crafty gifts.

I was picky, which means this craft took a lot more time than it should have. I finally found some foam balls that appeased my expectations. They were white, of course, so I first painted them with a deep brown and allowed them to completely dry.

Next, I prepped my tools. I heated the hot glue gun, made sure all my caps were clean, and cut an appropriate length ribbon.

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I can’t give you an exact length for ribbon everyone likes their ornaments to hang just right on their tree. I took deep brown ribbon. I think the ribbon was either a half inch or 3/4 inch width.

I recommend taking both ends, overlapping and gluing them to the bottom of the ball. Glue little by little up the side of the ball and mash the ribbon flat. This will enable you to glue the caps down flat on top of the ribbon. Once you glue the ribbon you should have a loop left over for hanging.

After your ribbon is glued down, you can begin gluing on the acorn caps. Start by putting one at the bottom so it hides your ribbon overlap. From there, just do what feels right. I packed my acorns pretty tightly but perhaps you want a little brown paint to show through.

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I also added little silver bells in periodic places. If you do this as well, be careful how much hot glue you stick it to. One of my bells doesn’t ring because I buried it in glue. They should have a nice tinkling sound not a dull sound.

Even though I burned my finger tips a bunch this was really fun to make! I might make some as gifts for next year if I get started early enough.

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Day 260: Popcorn & Cranberry Garland

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Popcorn air popped and ready. Cranberries rinsed and drained. Thread, scissors and needles poised.

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Making cranberry and popcorn garland. I believe this was an idea that was popular in Victorian times. I don’t know of they had garland parties but Kit and I had lots of fun stringing everything.

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If you’re interested in doing this with your family or Boo. Here is HOW we did it:
Embroidery thread (six strand), separate into two parts. I cut the length quite long–double the length of my finger-tips to elbow. Double knot one end of the thread so the popcorn won’t come off the end.
Thread your needle and go to town. We alternated two pieces of popcorn to one cranberry and we still had about half a bag left of cranberries.
When you come to the end of your thread tie it off and tie multiple together if you want more length. Hang it on the tree!
Very cheap date for us.

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Tips from our household:
Don’t be discouraged if your popcorn falls apart. Pierce the fattest part of the popcorn to help avoid splitting and if you can pop the popcorn a day ahead and let it get a little stale.

Be careful when picking up your garland. It will be more fragile than a storebought ornament.

We’re adults and had no issue with the occasional needle prick. However, this may not be the best activity for smaller children. It requires patience and honed fine motor skills. Depending on your child’s abilities, I might recommend it for youth 10 and up.

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Part of my December Adventivities.

Day 256: Movie Night

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Lit up some movies and boy was it at a good time. We had both gotten home from work and were pretty well beat.

If you haven’t had a chance to pick up or borrow a copy of We’re No Angels then do yourself a favor.
Find a copy of this movie somewhere. This is a lighthearted film about the spirit of Christmas brought to you by a failing shop owner, a ditzy daughter, an evil Uncle, three criminals, murder, venomous snakes and other craziness.

Humphrey Bogart is awesome in this movie. In fact, the whole cast is a hoot. This is your sign. Watch the movie.

Just part of our December Adventivities.

Day 253: Angel Tree

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This was the first Angel Tree that Kit and I have done together. I didn’t realize how mushy our insides were until we went shopping for a child that needed a coat.

The first time I looked at the Angel Tree, I had to (literally) fight back tears in the store because they all needed coats and mittens.

A few days later we came back and chose Jacob. He wanted Hunger Games books and anything with his favorite sports team on it.
They also had his clothing sizes on the card.

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Kit’s favorite color is orange so I wasn’t surprised a bit that he picked out a bright orange coat for our kid. “You even dress our imaginary child in orange!”
Yes, by the time we got to the first rack of coats he was ours. The orange one turned out to be the buffest and best one.

During most of the shopping trip we had cracking voices and moist eyes. Being the bleeding hearts we are, we spent $40 over our limit.

If we see any kid in our area wearing an orange coat we will likely burst into tears.
I hope you had a good Christmas, little Jacob!!

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Part of our December Adventivities.

Day 247: Deck the Halls!

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This is part two of three of the Christmas Tree decorating blogs. Don’t miss the first Christmas Tree blog which features a sweet Christmas memory.
Once we got the tree indoors we wasted little time covering it in our white and colored twinkly lights. Shortly after we started hanging our ornaments.

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I made Kit pose for this picture a second time—Can you read he irritation? He is very much goal oriented and didn’t want to pose for pictures. The ornament he is holding is a hand painted one we got out West on our way to visit the Grand Canyon.

imageKit is also impatient in taking a million pictures of me looking dumb in front of the tree. I really wanted a picture of me decorating the tree, but none of them them looked quite right.

We were watching Frosty the Snowman while we decorated the tree. By this time both Frosty and Frosty returns had played through so I switched it to spoken Spanish and played it again.

This is part of our December Adventivities project. 

Day 242: Reading Christmas

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We started reading our Christmas book before we went on our road trip but it is difficult to take pictures of people reading and make it look exciting.

Kit and I read Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich as part of our December Adventivities.

The book was decent and amusing. Our favorite characters were the black best friend because of her shopping on Christmas Eve insanity and the horn-dog grandma who looks for potential boyfriends at funerals.

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Day 241: Holiday Pops

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Part of our December Adventivities.
This was our the destination for our Road Trip.

Fun times were had by all. The orchestra and the choir did an awesome job.

Selections from Puccini, some wild song about shepherds and mutton, and a freaky arrangement of 12 Days of Christmas.

After the concert we went back to my brother and sister-in-law’s house for pajamas, wine and Squeak (until my eyes refused to stay open).

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