touches of love

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darla brought a few touches of love home with her from her weekend with the grandparents. it’s starting to look very loverly around here (misspelling intended).


homemade holiday decorations DOS

more family craftiness that i now sit back and say… “why did i think this was a good idea?”

we use a sombrero as a tree topper instead of a star or angel. why? i don’t know. it’s what we had handy last year. also, i think the traditions around the mexican christmas seem very fun and lively.

so we use a sombrero.

this year i thought it would be a good idea to hang streamers in festive mexican colors around the house.

it looks like a pinata threw up in here.

but it’s been fun and it’s certainly not something you see anywhere else. probably because it doesn’t really look that tasteful. but we have fun doing it!

it involves a lot of taping and cutting. the end result is rather festive, especially when coupled with a popcorn garland. regular christmas colors can get a little boring after a while.  it’s also making me want to do a homemade pinata for christmas. they do that down in mexico for christmas, yes?

homemade holiday decorations


we’ve endeavored to make our own winter wonderland decorations for the house again this year. we add some pieces to our holiday decorations annually but making them is by far my favored option. what better to do while sitting around watching the classic holiday films than string some popcorn garland or cut out snowflakes over breakfast. here’s our first project:

coffee filter snowflakes

this is a throwback to first grade. all that is needed is a package of coffee filters, some white thread, scissors and tape. we’ve had a really good time experimenting with shapes and using it as geometry lessons for darla. “Darla, repeat after me: line of symmetry.”

just fold the suckers up, cut shapes and unfold to see what ya got. we then flatten them under a stack of books for a couple hours before we string them up and affix to the ceiling with packing tape. scotch tape seems to be too wimpy. also, we cut the strings to all different lengths so the falling effect looks more real.

it still gets oohs and aahs from darla.

i thought i was all artistic edward scissorhands until our art school friends came to town and really showed me up. can we say ‘minor in snowflake art?’ actually my friend james did say that. and then the following morning darla said “james is a good snowflaker” over breakfast. soooo, with this activity, not only can you make beautiful holiday decorations AND holiday memories but apparently you can make up new words too.

my friend katie posted a link from michele made me for making snowflakes out of junk mail which i think is brilliant and must be added to our project list. maybe a garland out of these to add to the falling flakes?