A Pinterest Christmas: Yarn Trees.

So I lied when I said I would only be a day late on my Pinterest Christmas post.  I underestimated wanting to relax/unpack the day after a trip to Indiana for Christmas and a 6 hour drive.  Oh well.  For this week of:

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I was sort of lacking creativity/motivation/etc. and it was especially hard to be excited to make another Christmas craft when Christmas is over 😦  Next year (if I participate in a series like this again) I hope to start making these crafts way before the Christmas season even starts so I can enjoy them longer. Oh well… my PINspiration this week came from this:

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BUT I would be lying if I said I planned this to be one of my projects.  I guess my REAL PINspiration came from Kendra & Michelle:

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Ab and I attempted to head out the day after Christmas to pick up supplies and complete together but the “Blizzard 2012” put a damper on this.

I planned on making the larger cone the red tree because I really loved Michelle’s color combo, BUT my larger cone was green styrofoam (smaller one is white) and it made more sense to put the green yarn on the green cone in case of any spaces while wrapping.  I had red spray paint but no green (and didn’t feel like venturing out) so red on the small and green on the big it is.  I also even made myself complete the large cone first because I knew that I would sick of wrapping pretty quickly (I completed the below project for a cute fall decoration so this wasn’t my first rodeo involving cones and yarn).

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I pinned the start of the yarn at the bottom of the cone and started wrapping. It took me a while to find out the best method but I settled with holding the cone upside down to do the bottom portion (resting the other end on my leg) and spinning the cone around as I pulled the yarn.  I also used my other hand to constantly push up the yarn as I laid each layer to eliminate spacing.  I have NO clue if the method I just described makes any sense but it’s the best I can describe.
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so if you’re looking at the above photo, I used my right hand to pull the string and used my left hand (thumb) to push up the string I just laid on the cone.  After I got through about half of the cone, I flipped it back right side up and did the same method.

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after finishing the wrapping it was as simple as heating up the hot glue gun and adding some pom poms!

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for the red tree, the only difference was spray painting the cone prior to wrapping the yarn.  This isn’t a necessity but I knew it would be better off.

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love these trees! I might have to look for cute little stars to put on the top! and I think I’ll add some more white poms to the red tree 🙂

be sure to check out the other pinterest chritmas projects from this week:

Amanda’s Cards & Wrapping

Kendra’s Mistle Toes

Michelle’s Sock Vase

Misha’s Magazine Bows & Chalkboard Art

A Pinterest Christmas – Take 1: Letter Wreath.

This year I was asked to participate in what I hope is a tradition for many years to come (or until I have no more space to put crafts).

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A group of us Pinterest lovers have decided to take one day a week during the month of December to blog about a different Christmas craft we’ve created for the holiday season.  Hopefully this will assist (or deter)  someone in their crafting future…. or maybe you will just enjoy seeing our different styles/techniques/crafting craziness.

My posting day is Thursday (hence why I am posting today) and for the first week I chose to make a wreath for the holiday season.

My PINspiration:

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You might ask yourself, why would Maggi choose a letter wreath when she lives with her boyfriend (yes, we aren’t married)? Well conveniently our last names start with the same letter so it allows me to do these things.

First things first… I had to track down the letter.  I found the one I liked best @ Hobby Lobby ($12.99 but had a 40% off coupon… score!).

Took some of Greg’s black spray paint from the garage and did one coat on the front.

Bought cranberry branches? from Michael’s  ($2.49 each + 60% off; I used around 6)

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Thankfully each little bunch pulled off the branch quite easily but this did get quite messy (definitely recommend a towel/blanket to be involved).

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After plucking the cranberry bunches off it was time to get the hot glue gun and get started.  This was honestly VERY simple but a little time consuming (mainly because I was extremely anal about leaving no spaces). I hot glued each bunch on like it was a puzzle until the front of the letter was completely filled.

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Last thing to do was tie a bow to hang the bad boy.  I bought burlap garland from Joann Fabrics ($8.99 + 50% off coupon) that you will also see me utilize in a future project.

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I am not the best bow tie -er in town but somehow it turned out OK.

Up on the wreath hook it went and ta-da (almost)!

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Ran into a slight problem with keeping it straight so my handy man attached some velcrow to the back and we were all set (ignore my reflection).

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Overall I think this was a successful project (not everything from Pinterest turns out this way). I’d say I spent a total of $18 (but I do have supplies leftover to use on future projects).

Be sure to check out the other ladies’ projects this week & tune in next Thursday for my next project:

week of thankfulness.

we have had quite the busy week here in Pittsburgh.  Monday evening, Mom, Dad, Ab, KP and Jack arrived.  Thank goodness they were able to come in early and help prepare for Thanksgiving dinner. I am fine with hosting, but all that cooking is a little outside of my comfort zone 🙂

this boy is a walking/talking monster. how can you not love that face?

Yaya bought the most beautiful thanksgiving flowers for our centerpiece.

after we ate, I think we all snapped into CHRISTMAS mode. this year it seems like everyone is decorating/shopping really early.  I have had the urge to decorate but had to wait until after turkey day.

Todd, Danielle, Karmyn & Sami arrived late Thursday night and then we ventured out to battle the crowds and did some midnight-5 AM shopping. I ended up buying an eyelash brush ($5) and a bath mat ($15) – ha! but everyone else got some great finds so it was totally worth it.

we woke up Saturday to SNOW and I had to start decorating immediately.

(yes, we need stockings but I couldnt pass the cute stocking holders up from Crate and Barrel last season)

the kids did a great job putting ornaments on the tree!

Henry attempted to get some Christmas photos of the kids in their matching PJs. This was more than entertaining to watch.

Greg and I now have an empty house and we aren’t sure what to do! It is weird to hear no kids laughing/screaming/playing. We have spent our day watching football and enjoying the sunshine.

OK sorry for the mini photo album i’ve just posted.

In other news- Meggy & Timmy just welcomed baby Silas into the world this week. He is adorable and I can’t wait to meet him over Christmas; Kendra & Greg moved into their new casa and I couldn’t be happier for them!; I have started my Pinterest Christmas crafts and I can’t wait to do my first entry and start seeing everyone’s outcomes.

Have a great last week of November.