Monday, December 22, 2008

Because I'm not busy enough

Warning: Lots of pictures. We're leaving today to go back home for the holidays, but I thought I'd leave you with a couple of projects I did last night. So what if it's 3 days before Christmas, right? Because Blogger has decided to jack up how they load pictures, I don't know if you'll be able to enlarge any of these. I moved them around a lot.

If you've got a good dollar store in your area, you've probably seen these. If you're anything like me, you probably have 10 of them.

I don't really decorate in silver or cool colors except for in my dining room. Red just doesn't fit. So...I had some fun stepping out of my comfort zone with these colors.

I found an old frame in the basement, covered the mat with some pretty paper, and glued the ornament in the middle. Voila.
I bought a couple of these frames for .99 cents last week at the consignment shop. No plan, but I knew I'd find something.Of course, if you know me, you know scrapbook paper had to be involved.
The "Believe" came just like it is on a piece of paper. It fit perfectly into the frame, so I just cut it out and put it in. I love a project that easy!
Not bad for $1.66, eh?
And for the final project...I bought these scrapbooking signs months ago for $3.99 (all 9 of them!). I knew they'd come in handy some day.
Grab an old frame from the basement (don't you love basements full of frames?), put in some of my favorite paper, and stick it to the front. In case you're wondering, I don't use any of the glass from these frames. I like the dimensional look of it without the glass.
She's perfect! I was going to attach some ribbon to it and hang it, but I ended up liking her here.
Of course, my original thought was to give these away as presents, but I think I'll keep this one for myself. Merry Christmas to me.

Well, hopefully that sparked your interest for a couple of days. My in-laws live in the stone ages, and they don't have a computer. GASP! They might as well churn their own butter, right? I'll take lots of pictures and make up for it upon my return.
Merry Christmas to all of my blog friends! Be safe in your travels, hug your family and friends more than usual, and take time to enjoy the laughter around you!

51 comments:

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Love your projects Chris! Merry Christmas to you!

Brian and Kirsten said...

As always, you have fed the right-side of my brain with some new creative treats!

kirsten of b&k

Carmen said...

Those are wonderful! So easy...right up my alley since I am not very crafty. Thanks for the ideas! Merry Christmas! :)

bretsgirl said...

These are so great! So crafty!!! So Easy!!! Thank you for the inspiration!

Caren said...

Super cute! I have a love of scrapbook paper (and ribbon) too! Merry Christmas, safe travels!

birrrd said...

Those are really cute. Thanks for the idea! I'm always picking up frames here and there even though I don't know what I am going to do with them :)

Momofgirls said...

Cute, as always! Merry Christmas!

coco said...

Great projects! Safe travels and Merry Christmas!

sandra/tx said...

Chris, those are all great projects. You always inspire me to go to the dollar store.

I heart your house. Crummy camera or not, you have a gorgeous house.

Have a Merry Christmas!

~ Jamie ~ said...

I can't believe your doing projects this close to Christmas! You are either totally prepared or crazy! :) Only kidding. I love these ideas. I am putting this in my craft file to try at a later date. Merry Christmas!

Gina said...

These are lovely, and so frugal. Great job!

Valarie Lea said...

Love those! The "Believe" looks great, what luck on that paper.

I did something similar for a demonstration at a Homemakers club meeting about a month ago. :)

Kelly said...

Very, very pretty.

unDeniably Domestic

Jerri-Lea said...

Love it!! I'm popping by from Saucy's. AND next year I'm suggesting that our school staff adopt the 'ugly sweater' for the last day!

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

oH mY! I am having withdrawl symptoms for you. Aaaaackkk! No computer? I didn't know those people still existed. I'm sure you'll make the best of it and churn some yummy butter!

Merry Merry Christmas!
~Amanda


p.s. LOVE all the frames you put together. I know I can always count on you for super projects that I can copy!

Kim Layton said...

They look so good in the frames! I have words on my wall at home, but they are red, green, blue, and more! Yours look very festive and easy!
Have a wonderful Christmas!

Lori said...

Wonderful projects.

Lacy said...

Kris...all of your decor looks so classy. I love them all especially the believe!!!!!Great work in your "spare" time. Merry Christmas.

Kris said...

What fun! You are so great at coming up with the cutest things!

Merry Christmas Oprah! Enjoy your time with Stedman at your Santa Barbara ranch. Is Bob Green coming to dinner too? I'm so sorry I can't see you over the holiday but we'll get together via email son and I'll tell you all the fabulous things that I received. Maybe Obama will give you a night in the Lincoln room at the White House - gasp!

I hope your stocking is full or argyle socks and Taco Bell gift cards. Be safe and have fun!! Merry, merry bloggy friend!

Kris said...

See all the typos? I was typing with LuLu in my lap...sheesh.

Jodee Leader said...

These turned out sooo cute! I have a basement full of old frames. You have inspired me!

My in-laws have dial up so I can relate to the stone ages!! Hope you have a safe trip!

countrygirl3031 said...

Hi Chris ~ wonderful projects...too cute! You are so very talented.

You enjoy the holidays with your family too...Merry Christmas!

Hugz,
Michele

Wendy said...

Cute projects!

AJ said...

Hey Chris! Hope you have fun with the in-laws:) Love your projects, especially those little signs!! Merry Christmas!

Kerri said...

I really love those ideas! Now I know what to do with all of my words!

Sandy said...

ooh, i love that project!

AndreaLeigh said...

I love your projects! Merry Christmas!

Natalie said...

great thinking! I love that idea!

Windy said...

Beautiful stuff - now I feel the need to run out to the $Tree and see if I can find those things!
You have yourself a great Christmas and safe travels and fun and hugs and good food:)

Suzanne said...

cute, cute, cute! have a great trip! merry christmas, too!

DESIGN BY CATHLEEN said...

So Creative! Love your idea.... :-)

Cathleen

The Graves' House said...

i love those metal words! i'm going to search hobby lobby :) love all your creative ideas. may you and your family have a blessed christmas and safe new years. can't wait to catch up with everyone when we return to blogland.
~nicole

restyled home said...

You must have a lot of furniture (and wall space) to display all of those frames! I love framing things too, but have very few spots to showcase them...sigh.

Your home looks so lovely and I wish you a wonderful Christmas with your sweet family.

Linda
xo

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

No computer? Well, I do think those were the good ole days when stress was at a minimum. Maybe they're on to something? NAW!

To The Moon and Back said...

Great projects as always. Thanks for sharing & have a Happy & Safe Christmas!

Nikki said...

Merry Christmas, have and great trip, and I love the projects!

Ashley said...

Beautiful, as always!

Merry Christmas and Feliz Navidad from Colombia!!

jennifer said...

pretty!

i saw those little signs and thought that they would be cute in frames too! nice work.

Scott and Megan said...

beautiful! what was your process for painting the frames? I tried to spray paint some old cheap ones and it didn't stick. I sanded a little, tried again...three coats later... no dice. Any advice?

Hopefull said...

next time I buy a house I will request one with a basement with frames in it -they look great and merry christmas to you too!

HouseMama said...

I just love, love, love those scrapbooking signs. They are so cute! Thank you for the great ideas.

Joy said...

Those are some fun frame projects!
Have a wonderful Christmas with your family.

Laurel MacD said...

I love that your projects are ones I can do while my little ones are awake - and they look lovely! Merry Christmas.
Laurel

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

You are OUT OF CONTROL girl...in a good way-Hee-hee! I'm in love with everything you made in this post. Way to Go!!!
Also, loved the photos of the house and banaster garland on the inside. LOVELY!
Merry Christmas Chris!

Gina @ Six in the Country said...

How pretty! I love it!

Melissa Wertz said...

I hope that you and your family had a wonderful and Merry Christmas this year!

Blessings,
Melissa

Blissful Nikki said...

I am so glad you had a good Christmas Chris! If you dont mind, I would love to post this idea on my "secret gift" blog, which isnt a secret anymore, but still overflowing with great projects!!

Just send me a comment over on my project domestic bliss blog when you get a chance! :)

Casa Mia * My House * said...

Beautiful ideas! Too bad our Dollar store doesn't sell the beautiful glittered ornaments. I've been looking all over for them. Happy Holidays!

CocoJ126 said...

I used your idea for Valentine's Day...and blogged you...Thank you! i love your blog.

Corrie

http://cocojdesigns.blogspot.com/2009/01/framed-love.html

CocoJ126 said...

Oh...You might also like to see Martha Stewart make scrappaper landscapes if you didn't see it...I am going to try these soon. The link is posted in the same blog that I blogged about your framed paper idea.

Thanks...Corrie

Georgia Peach said...

I bought those exact same little signs and made them into fridge magnets, now I am considering changing them!

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