A Pinterest Christmas 2014 – Week 1

It’s that time of year again, where I  promise I will blog more often participate in A Pinterest Christmas with some lovely, crafty ladies.


Each week the hosts will be sharing Pinterest-inspired projects related to the holiday season. The projects could be anything from decorations and crafts, to traditions and recipes. Each of us will be sharing our projects in the weeks leading up to Christmas. We would love for you to join in on the fun. Plan your projects, post them, link back to one of our posts, and leave us a comment!

Not a blogger? No problem, we’d love to see your projects on Instagram! Use the hashtag #PinterestChristmas2014

The hosts:

[Emerald City Diaries | Greg & Maggi |  The Gilbertson Family | The Pena Family | This Grey House | Without A Doubt]

Need some inspiration? Check out the posts from the previous two years here.


For Week 1, I decided to continue on the theme of my recent hobby and create a Moss Covered Reindeer.


The site I used for my PINspiration made this a lot more difficult than it needed to be.  They used styrofoam and traced/cut out the reindeer.  I however found the exact same shaped reindeer at Michael’s for $2.99 – SCORE! He even had the twine already attached and ready to hang!

wood reinderr

I also got a bag of moss from Michael’s for $4.79, but used my 50% off one item coupon on this guy.  I pinched off some globs of moss and started hot gluing away!  I did small sections so I could make sure it would cover up the wood.  It took about 10-15 minutes to complete, then I was left with one furry reindeer.  As you can see, the moss was quite “full”, so i went back and trimmed.  It felt a little like giving the reindeer a haircut.

partial moss


tall moss

The haircut resulted in this lovely mess…

moss mess

The final product…

final no nose

But how would he be complete without a cute, red nose? I stole from my bathroom decor and put on the final touch!



Right now he is hanging from our stocking holders since I still haven’t purchased stockings (waiting for the right ones to catch my eye!).


Be sure to check out the other blogs this week for the Week 1 Pinterest Christmas projects! And come back next week for my next project. Sneak peak!

A Pinterest Christmas: Odds and Ends.

Kinda disappointing but I don’t have a fabulous craft to share with everyone this week.  I was tempted to go out on Tuesday night to buy supplies and make the adorable Yarn Trees that Kendra posted.  I’ve decided maybe next week I will try to do another “intense” project when I am home with Abbi so I can convince her to join in.

So anywho – here we go for week 3 of:

pinterest christmas logo

I did some small projects around the house that I am going to attempt to share with little pictures or tutorials.

First – how should we display our Christmas cards? Our pantry door is white and boring so I attempted to jazz it up.  I bought ribbon and some plain clothespins from Michael’s.  I thought (for maybe 13 seconds) about buying glue and loose glitter and making my clothespins very pretty but I opted for less of a mess and went with glitter spray paint. I taped the ribbon on the inside of the door (top and bottom) and just added cards as they came in!

Close up of the clothespins (thanks for modeling Gilbertson family)


Looking like lonely people with 2 cards…


And then finally they started rolling in…


Maybe next year we should think about sending a cute Christmas card to friends and family.

Next up:  Felted Garland. My PINspiration:


So Misha was a rockstar with her felted garland a few weeks ago.  I planned to do this until I saw words like wool and roving… eek. My savior (Amazon) had these cute felt balls (already made) for sale.


Thanks to Amazon Prime, they arrived in 2 days and I took a trusty needle and some twine and went to town.


Turned out to not be like what I imagined but I guess it’s still cute.  Because the bigger balls (ha) are heavier it doesn’t lay like I would prefer but imperfection is in from what I hear.


my stocking holders were perfect for swooping? the garland (yes, we still don’t have stockings but I am determined to buy these after Christmas)


OK now for my fail of a project that I don’t have time to complete before heading to Indiana for Christmas.

My PINspiration:


I thought this was so simple/cute for the front porch. Who would’ve thought putting lights on an upside down tomato cage would make it look like a tree?

Issue #1 – Greg and I went to Home Depot and the only tomato cage I found was 5 ft. tall. Yikes. (Rodney likes to keep me company while I craft)


Issue #2 – I worked on this late Tuesday night and only had 9 ft. of garland and a set of 100 mini lights. See below for how far that gets you.



Although it didn’t pan out like I planned with my initial supplies, I think once we return from the holidays I will get more lights & garland (hopefully on a good sale!) and finish.  I might also look for a 3 ft. tomato cage to put next to it.

LAST thing… my boss thought it would be nice to give some of the teams we work with a 6 pack of holiday beer.  I agreed but of course knew we had to spruce them up!  Ab made these last year and I thought they were adorable.

My PINspiration:


We bought 12 6-pack’s and I signed up to complete 8 of them (big mistake when you are trying to wrap presents, pack for home, do laundry, etc.). It actually went quite quick after I got the hang of it.  For 12 6-packs I’d say the supplies only cost about $10 (which in my opinion is pretty cheap to give it a little holiday spirit).  All you need is some brown pipe cleaners (5 for every 3 beers), red fuzzy balls, eye balls, scissors and a hot glue gun!



Enough of my random projects. Check out the other ladies’ projects this week and come back next week for yet another Christmas craft.

Misha & Amanda’s Paper Tree Forests

Kendra & Michelle’s Yarn Trees

Sally’s Stocking

Abbi’s Christmas Goodies