Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Ideas!

****Hola, folks! Just got back from Puerto Rico. It was fantastic! Until I have time to post something new, here is a post from last Christmas Season****

I know! I know! You don't want to see another Christmas Tree or Gift Idea! BUT, I have to share this now since I didn't have time before the holidays and I don't want to wait to show you these ideas because they require a little planning (and drinking!).

These wine cork Christmas Trees were circulating blogland this year. I had a nice {little} collection of corks {ok! 64 to be exact} and I was excited to put them to use. I came up a little short, so I put a shout out on Facebook for friends to give me their corks. I got enough to make three trees! So, if you think these are as adorable as I do, start saving your corks now for next year!

And if you are so inclined, here's my advice for glue: use Gorilla Super Glue and work one row at a time. Hot glue simply did not work for me.

Second idea for next year: Fabric Gift Bags! My friend over at My Year in Haiku wrote about her attempts at a paper-free Christmas two years in a row. I was immediately inspired last year and started a collection of alternative packaging right away. This year she showed a picture of gift bags she sewed and I remembered a stash of Christmas fabric my mother-in-law gave me years ago and I got to work.

This yardage of fabric, plus another, yielded 9 gift bags! As you can see, it was perfect fabric because of the square images.

What do I post this NOW? Because I think now is the perfect time to head over to your fabric store, look at the Christmas clearance section, use a coupon, and start your stash for next year!


  1. I love the tree! I featured you today! Hope you had a great holiday!


  2. I think I'll start saving wine corks.... love that tree.

    My paper free Christmas was a hit. I felt great watching everyone open their bag and felt even better gathering them up and putting them in the box for next Christmas. You got great fabric for your bags. Now the Christmas fabric will be on clearance - you are right - a great time to buy and you'll have all year to sew your bags instead of all in one afternoon like I did!

    Happy New Year!!!

  3. I love the fabric mom has been doing a paper free christmas for a few years now. You've inspired me to go check out the clearance fabrics tomorrow!!

  4. Thanks for linking up to Take-A-Look Tuesday at Sugar Bee Craft Edition - I featured you today! - Mandy,

  5. Haha! I posted my trees after Christmas anyways... I like your wine cork tree! I will have to start saving them! So I can add to my collection next year!
    You should come link this up to my weekly Thursday Making It With Allie Link Party! I think it would make a Fabulous addition!

  6. I found you from sew much ado and I love this. I am thinking that I will have to start collecting some corks for next year!

  7. Fabric gift bags are brilliant! Thanks for posting the tips now so I can find bargain bin Christmas fabric. :) I'm also going to keep an eye out for fun fabrics for some birthday bags.


  8. I have the cork tree project saved for next year as well! It's a great idea.

  9. Adorable oh and I am drooling over the yarn in on your title. Seriously drooling!


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