Monday, November 9, 2009

It’s here! It’s here!

Christmas shopping is upon us, everyone, and I’ve been waiting ever-so-impatiently for this party! I need some ideas!

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Well, just to get this party started, I thought I’d show you my brilliant idea for inexpensive gift giving.  Frames.  Yup.  Frames.  Everyone needs them, right?  However, I decided to bling mine up a bit.

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The whole concept behind this party is to save money, so I didn’t allow myself to go out and buy anything.  Nothing.  And believe me, I’ll explain why that was so difficult in a moment.

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I used some plain ol’ picture frames, added some ribbon, and attached a broach to it.  It’s like a brand new frame!

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My issue with both of these frames is that I would have gone with a MUCH bigger ribbon.  However, we’re talking free here.  I get the shakes just thinking about the ribbon I really wanted.  Grr.

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The broaches are my grandmother’s, and I wouldn’t dream of giving them away.  However, I’ve seen similar broaches in numerous consignment and antique stores.  What an easy, inexpensive gift!holiday decor 052

Okay.  It’s your turn!  Link up to your specific post please.  We know you have great blogs, but we want just the post with the idea!  Thank you for joining us!

53 comments:

Nori said...

Thanks for hosting this party! I'm so excited to see what everyone has made and to get ideas for the holidays. I'm so excited that I've told people at work about it and promised to email the link. :O)

jenjen said...

What a fun party! I am so excited to see everything people have made. I love your frames!

XOOX
Jen

jociegal said...

I can't even tell you how excited I am so these posts. Let the DIY begin!!!

GroverFamily said...

thanks! i love all the ideas:)

Katy said...

chris, absolutely wonderful and FREE is so great......well, it is if you have some things on hand to throw together and make something pretty!!! I love it when things fall into place like that.

LAURA said...

those are beautiful frames...very classy gift. I'm going to check out my local thrift stores for some broaches.

MaryRC said...

you are so creative, and this is such a cute idea, ill be browsing your links thank you very much.

♥Amber Filkins♥ said...

Those are beautiful!! I love them. I love that top one with the gold ribbon. It brings out the gold hues in the frame. And the broach is gorgeous! Love em. Can't wait to see all the amazing ideas.

MAB said...

I made this adorable placemat purse. It was super easy, and it turned out adorable! Hope y'all enjoy!

http://persnicketypeacock.blogspot.com/2009/11/placemat-purse.html

Emily said...

Cute frames.....and that's something we ALL have extras of (you know it's true :) Thanks for the fun link-up party, i will definitely be making a lot of homemade gifts this year :)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Looks like a lot of ideas already! The frames are a great idea and I love the bit of bling you've added.

Sherri S said...

YEAHHHHHHHH! It's HERE! I'm so excited! I have been working on gifts already and had 3 projects on the CHEAP to link up. I have another one using recycled baby food jars and am waiting on a mom collecting them for me. I love getting all crafty and spending VERY little to make personal gifts for family, friend and co-workers. 90% of my gifts this year will be HOME made. Sorry Target and Walmart. LOL

Cindy said...

Thanks for hosting this awesome party! Looking forward to some great inspiration.

Richella said...

What a wonderful idea for a party! I've been looking forward to this. Of course, I would have loved to be among the first to join in, but I'm number 50. It's nice to see how many girls were eager to join the party! Thanks so much for hosting--and for the wonderful frame idea!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

HI, Chris, I added a post I did last week & linked back to you. Fun party! Thanks for hosting. Your ribbon frame is really cute.

Paige said...

What a fun party! I will be back by later to share my craft.. I hope!

Can't wait to go through all the great ideas!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I love the idea of the broach. Adding an inexpensive thrift store broach as part of the wrapping of the gift would be fabulous too.

Linda @ Craftaholics Anonymous said...

Just found your blog today. Linked up my holiday burlap pillows stuffed with grocery bags! Love your blog. Can't wait to look around.
Linda

Heather said...

Oh dear, we have the day off of school today, how am I supposed to get anything done with this post tempting me?!

Nissa said...

LOVE the frames, beautiful! Off to checkout all the links...

Nobody Puts Mama In A Corner! said...

I LOVE the fancy picture frames!!! You need to read my post about antique broaches at GOODWILL!!
They have an online auction!!!
Thanks for hosting this party!!! Glad to find your blog!! Bookmarking it!! Love it!
Mama Holli

Ivy said...

Thanks for this- this is wonderful!!

Jane said...

Thanks for hosting this party. This is my first time visiting your blog and I can't wait to have some time to read through it.
I loved your frames. I have seen old broaches at some of the thrift stores I visit so I know I will be making some of these.
I've got a lot of blogs to go visit!
Jane

Embellished Bayou said...

I make frames like those all the time, yours look great! I love hunting for vintage jewelry in antique stores and at estate sales & flea markets.

I'm off to add your button to my blog so I can join the party!

Lara Harris said...

These are beautiful!Wow!

MiriamR said...

Wow this is amazing! I bought a bag of these beautiful clip on earings at a garage sale in the summer and they are specifically mismatches and they are gorgeous so this is the perfect idea! I was going to try to do something ornament like with them but this works too. Thanks so much! I had no idea what I was going to do with them and now i know!

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

I think that ribbon looks perfect! And I am absolutely an advocate of using what you have.

Astrid said...

So I don't have any projects to post. I'm in the middle of some and they aren't all that brilliant to begin with. However, I'm going to have fun visiting all the other blogs and maybe get inspired!

Chris, do you use that etsy vinyl calendar you mentioned a few months ago? I'm thinking of ordering something like that but I'm wondering how useful it is. I need to come up with a better family organizer.

Amy {The Red Chair Blog} said...

Your frames are darling--the broaches are a great idea...and if someone had a vintage pair of earrings, they'd get a "two-fer"!

Sunny Tuesday said...

Thanks so much for hosting this! I've found a treasure trove of ideas I can't wait to try out!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Beautiful frames, what a great gift idea! Thanks for hosting an awesome party, I can't wait to check out the other entries!

BlueCastle said...

I've been looking forward to this day! :) I lurk on your blog and it's fun to get to participate today.

Thank you for hosting!

debra said...

How cute!! Thanks for hosting the party. I can't wait to see what everyone has come up with!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Thanks for hosting this party...I have a ton of reading to do now...smiles~

Country Dreaming said...

Cool idea.

Melinda

Little Big Nest said...

Thanks for doing this party! There are some great posts in here!

Mandi @ Finding Home said...

Yeah for this party!! I've been waiting for it! Let the inspiration begin!

LuckyStarLane said...

Thanks so much for hosting! I am glad I found your blog. Crafting gifts is my favorite thing to do (and love receiving handmade gifts as well!)

edie said...

Chris,
Thanks so much for hosting! Love your blog and hoping to get some more fun easy ideas for handmade Christmas gifts!
Hugs,
edie

bringing up boys said...

I linked up to your party without leaving a comment. When I came home from work tonight, and signed into bloggy world, I saw that I had comments on my blog! Thanks for hosting, this was fun! I am kind of new to the seasonal decorating idea, so it is really nice having all these creative people to glean ideas from.
Blessings, Karyn

Restyled Home said...

Your blog looks amazing!! Congrats on a great make-over, and for adding the advertising option. You will be so very successful and have that camera before you know it!

Cheers,
Linda

Crafts and Deals said...

This is so much fun! Thanks for all the links!!

Michelle Rayburn said...

What a great idea for using brooches. Cool!

Michelle
www.TrashToTreasureDecorating.com

Its So Very Cheri said...

Hi-I'm your newest follower--well at least for the moment. By time you get this message I may not be. This is my first time to your blog but I just love it and there is no question--I love your blog so much Iclicked to follow--hope you'll come by and do the same. I love meeting new people and getting to know them.
Cheri

Ali Mae said...

I'm dying--these ideas are amazing! Thank you, Thank you.

Michelle said...

Wow, thanks for hosting such a great crafty party. I can't wait to visit all the links!

Red Lipstick Style said...

I love this frame idea! I want to try to make something this year. I'm still having fiscal year reporting crisises (I know, I know, its NOVEMBER!!) I've already had some days off cancelled, but I'm still going to try! I love the holidays. You are a doll for hosting this and I'm excited to visit all the links!
Shari

Richella said...

Oh, my goodness, Chris--

I just checked back here so that I could take a look at a few more of the wonderful entries. . . I'm guessing that a lot of us are visiting you often this week so that we can take a peek at all the fun projects. But I see that you have more than 150 people participating! Good night! You know how to throw a party!

Kathie @ my net finds said...

what a great idea!

I'm stopping by from Misty's The Queen of My House :-)

Lei said...

Love the idea of using the brooches. Is that spelled correctly? I'm too lazy to look it up.

D.I.M. Incorporated said...

Chris, thank you so much for this post! I'm so excited about all these Christmas projects. I always enjoy visiting you blog. Cheers!

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Champagne Online said...

I love this idea! I am always looking for new ways of making the house look more festive over the holidays. Thanks for sharing :)

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