Dates for a Year

So I must start this post with mentioning that it is not the most successful Christmas gift but we will see how it goes for the rest of 2013.

I gave this to my fiance because he didn’t want anything for Christmas.  I figured what better way to spend my money then paying in advance for some of the things we would do!

I apologize because I forgot to take a picture before I wrapped the gift!  Since I got the idea from Find Joy In The Journey, I will use their picture and explain it.

Here is the Christmas gift:

The basic concept is for every month there is an envelope with a pre-paid date idea inside.  The hardest part about making the gift was that I had to come up with 12 quality date ideas that don’t break the bank.
I decided on this gift because Eric didn’t really want anything for Christmas and this is a great way for us to still go on dates together even though we will be saving money for all of our new bills!
All you have to do is put a note explaining the date and the money needed in a sealed envelope with the month labeling it.  In the blog that I read, she bought gift cards for each place but Eric hates gift cards so instead I just put the actual cash in the envelopes.  It is also nice in case we don’t spend everything so we can keep what is leftover or spend it on other dates!
What isn’t posted in the other blog is that no one wants to wait to open a gift for every month.  Well at least my fiance didn’t!  Eric told me I was crazy for thinking he would wait until that month to open it so he opened them all right there but oh well!  He opened every single one right in front of me.  I was so disappointed but hopefully your significant others won’t do that too!
Since he opened them all, I thought I would share our future dates!  Even if you need a regular date idea, check them out!  Keep in mind we are geting married in August and are currently engaged and getting ready for the married life.
  • January – Recreating our engagement with dinner!
  • February – Ice skating and money for hot chocolate
  • March – Order in dinner and Bride and Groom Challenge.  If you are married, they have one for Husband and Wife as well!
  • April – Make a craft for our apartment (Look forward to this blog post!)
  • May – Going for a hike or bike ride and taking a picnic with us
  • June – Free cooking class at William-Sonoma
  • July – Drive-in movie
  • August – We are getting married and have our honeymoon so just a simple relaxing night making dinner together and watching a movie.  Since this will probably be our first weekend married at home, it might be the best date!
  • September – Simple spa night of his choice.
  • October – Buy a carving book with patterns and carve pumpkins.  Since this can take all day, money for ordering dinner as well so I don’t have to cook!
  • November – Inviting a couple over and hosting our friends for probably our first event!  I am sure we will be busy and won’t get to see many people.
  • December – Bake Christmas cookies and watch a Christmas movie!
I am excited for our first date in January!  Let me know how your basket goes if you make one!
Happy Crafting,

Invitation Ornament

Happy Day After Christmas!  I hope everything went well and you enjoyed time with your family and friends!

Now that I have given out all of my Christmas presents, I can finally share what crafts I have done this season!

My fiance’s sister got married in June so I found a pin on Pinterest from Christy Robbins for an adorable ornament from the wedding invitation!  I highly suggest checking out her blog post because it is wonderful.

Here is what my ornament ended up looking like and I love it!  This is actually the first time I have seen someone opent the ornament too and the two of them absolutely loved it which made it even more special!

I want to share some tips as well that I learned from actually making the ornament.

Before I begin I need to mention that I do not suggest doing this project until after the wedding or make a copy of the invitation so you can look back at it if you wanted to make it as gift for the wedding.  I cut up the invitation before the wedding and I felt so stupid asking my Future Mother In-Law the details over and over again.

When you cut the invitation, I suggest cutting it so that it is with the lines of the text.  you may have different size pieces but it will give the ornament character.  This particular invitation was a cream colored sheet of paper with the text on top of blue paper and they separated easily so I cut both sheets.

The next thing I suggest doing is splitting up the strips into what text is important and what is not.  You won’t be able to fit every strip in the ornament so it can help you prioritize.  In addition to the text, I also included two of the blue strips of paper to give the ornament color.
Next, we want the strips to be in curls.  This was my favorite part of making the ornament because it was so easy!  All you need is a pen or pencil.  Wrap the strip around the pencil tight and take it off, simple as that!
Once you are finished, stuff the curls inside the ornament and you are all done!  This is one of my favorite ornaments and it is so sentimental and attractive.  I can’t wait to make one for myself!
It is also a great idea for any other kind of invitations especially baby announcements!
Happy Crafting,

Popcorn Ornament

Three more days until Christmas!!

I can’t believe Christmas is coming so soon!  I have some great posts for you to look forward to after Christmas.  I can’t revile the crafts now but as soon as gifts are open, I will post my holiday gifts!

My mother is a middle school science teacher so last night, she decided she wanted to do a science experiment.  So she pulled out a clear glass bulb and some popcorn kernels!  Here is what our final product looks like:

As a good scientist, we had several attempts.  I thought I would share our fun before releasing the proper way!
Attempt 1:   Put exactly 16 kernels in the ornament and put it in the microwave until they all popped.
This does not work because some of the kernels fall out since it is on its side and there isn’t enough in there and the popcorn was burning
Attempt 2:  Put more kernels and use paper towel to hold the ornament up.  Do not try this because the paper towel catches on fire.
Now, the attempt that actually works!  
Put a handful of kernels in the ornament.  Don’t worry about putting too many in there because we will get rid of them later.  
Add more kernels than shown
Place the ornament in a glass custard container in the microwave.
Microwave until either the ornament is full with popcorn or right before the popcorn is about to burn.  
Let the popcorn cool off before taking it out of the microwave.
Shake the ornament to get the remaining kernels out and put the top back on the ornament.
Enjoy your ornament and Merry Christmas!  I hope everyone has a great holiday with your family and/or friends!
Happy Crafting,

Angel Feather Ornament

Only 7 days left until Christmas!!

Every year, my mother and I make a gift to give to all of our family and friends.  Usually we get the idea the year before so that we can buy the supplies after Christmas on sale.  It is always a great way for us to spend time during the holiday season.

Last year my mom received an ornament with a feather inside and a poem attached as a gift.  She loved it so much that she decided she wanted to make it this year.  This ornament is a great idea if you need a last minute gift or to plan for next year!

A feather from an Angel is one we rarely see.
But this is quite different and as special as can be.
I am an Angel feather, sent from God above.
To serve as a reminder He watches and sends His love.
I’m from your Guardian Angel, which the Lord assigned to you.
She dropped it in her struggles as she watched over and protected you.
Each time you almost stumble, each time you almost fall,
Thank God and all His angels for answering your call.

For a single ornament, all you need is
  • Clear Bulb
  • Feather (the length of the feather doesn’t matter)
  • Paper to print on
To start, you need to print the poem from the caption of the picture that explains what the feather inside means.  I have made the document that we used available on my Google Doc page.  Cut up the individual tags and use a hole punch to put a hole in the corner.
Putting the ornament together is very simple, take the top of the bulb off and put the feather inside.  If you happen to have a longer feather, you can cut it into smaller pieces to use for other ornaments.  Untie the string that is attached to the ornament and slide the poem on before retying it.  Simple as that! 
Have fun creating this ornament, I know my mom and I did!  I am also always looking for new ornament ideas, have you made any favorites recently?