I started my 3rd attempt of P90X on March 29th, 2012 (read here about my last attempts).
30 days into it, I already...
This is another DIY Christmas gift that I completed. I wanted to find a creative way to give gift cards, so I put together gift cards as 4 different seasonal surprises (date night, shopping spree, etc), placed them in fun envelopes corresponding to each season, and packaged it all together with a 2012 calendar.
I used scrapbook paper to make the envelopes. Here’s how it went down….
I then wrote out labels to place on the front of the envelopes, filled them with the gift cards, and placed them throughout the calendar! Here’s the finished package…
I saw a cute idea on Pinterest for framing seasonal words and placing them around the house. I just happened to have 3 matching frames that had never quite made it up on my walls anywhere, so I decided to give it a go. I chose the phrase “Merry and Bright” and used Picnik to create the words because I knew of a few fun fonts on the site that I really liked. I just printed them out, placed them in the frames, and ended up with this….
Simple and cute. But not quite enough (notice that it’s been denoted as a “before”). I decided that I needed to add a pop of color to the display and brainstormed a fun way to achieve this…
Flannel! That’s right. I decided to cover the boring white mats with flannel to incorporate some holiday warmth. This was a Joanna’s own process that would probably make any serious crafter cringe (Scotch tape was involved), but it worked surprisingly well! See below for the steps:
Annnnnnnnnnnnd…….. here’s the final result! I love it! And it goes great with the color scheme of our basement!
Thanksgiving hadn’t even passed and J and I were busy getting our home ready for the Christmas holiday. Decorating our one bedroom apartment last year didn’t provide nearly enough room to deck out for Christmas. This year we have not 1 but 2 trees and lights trimming the outside of our house. I’m not 100% done, but I still have a couple of weeks before the Creighton alumni party we’re hosting later this month.
Our work in progress
Our finished work!
Basement Christmas tree with the first presents!