Okay, Craft Planning Has Officially Begun! Here’s Your Prep List!!! YAY!

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Making Our Crafting List and Checking it Twice…
Don’t throw your paper-towel rolls away if you plan to make ornaments. =)

Here are some PHOTOS of various things we hope to be working on… You will also find a list of items to “Start Saving” along with a list of items to “Dig Out.”  Hopefully, this will help you prep a little as we plan out some FUN!!!  Check out the pics:

Paper Towel Roll Ornaments & Snowflakes

Paper Towel Roll Ornaments & Snowflakes

Pondering the journey of the Three Magi while making these star ornaments.
Matthew 2:9-11 says,
“After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”
Making a cardboard box into a faux basket.

Making a cardboard box into a faux basket.

Had such a fun time turning this cardboard box into a faux basket. It has a reinforced bottom that I  sealed… The box is wrapped in twine (I’d use a better quality twine in the future).  You could also make a removable and washable fabric liner. Here’s the fun part… Making a liner without sewing! Fusible sewing tape!!!  How’s that for a quick and easy option when putting together a larger gift basket, when you don’t have an extra $60 laying around to purchase a basket, but would still like to present something beautiful?  The great part is, the twine makes the box stronger than a basket!  So, it’s not that it just a disposable item.  It’s reusable year after year.

Growing Paperwhite Narcissus is easier than pie!

Growing Paperwhite Narcissus is easier than pie!

  When forcing Paperwhite Narcissus, you will have blooms within 3 to 4 weeks from planting them.  We’ll do it together!  Oh, and this is another thing I use Vodka in.  It may sound like an old world myth… but wait and see.  You won’t have wobbly paperwhites!

These are my "Vintage Kate" Coasters... Fondly named after my niece Kate Chiarelli.

These are my “Vintage Kate” Coasters… Fondly named after my niece Kate Chiarelli.

These coasters are made with tumbled marble tiles, napkins, modge podge, cork, and few touches here and there.  We try and make these part of our Craft List too.

Transferring Laser Printed Picture to Wood

Transferring Laser Printed Picture to Wood

This is another project that I thoroughly enjoyed doing last Christmas.  It was simple, but gratifying!

Stick Lamp designed by Amie Joy Wylie - built by Tim Wylie - A Work of ~ the loon and the grebe

Stick Lamp designed by Amie Joy Wylie – built by Tim Wylie – A Work of ~ the loon and the grebe

If we get around to it, and there’s been enough interest generated to merit the effort… We may make another (but different) Stick Lamp.
Stick Lamp is my buddy.  He was a figment of my imagination, and the Grebe was able to somehow understand my lousy description and still create Stick Lamp exactly how I imagined him to be.  He will always be my favorite.  Someone bought him from us for $90.  I was sad.  The Grebe was glad.  The End.

Just wanted to post this so you could see the homemade paper towel ornaments hung on our whimsical tree last year.  So fun!

Just wanted to post this so you could see the homemade paper towel ornaments hung on our whimsical tree last year. So fun!

So, there we have it!

Check out the video I made for you all…

http://animoto.com/play/RT5KQmQbyhadgSK0FaMPRw

And DON’T forget… IF you want to be entered to win a Autographed Copy of Tyrone Well’s “The Christmas Album”
(Singer featured on the video) be sure to go to the blog post with the actual video and either “like” it or “leave a reply” so that you’ll be entered!  Fun!  Fun!!  There needs to be 50 people involved for the free CD to be sent out.

Okay… Now, here are your lists of info:

Here are some lists that will help prepare~

START SAVING:

  • Paper Towel Rolls
  • Cardboard Boxes
  • Nice Thick Sticks and Thick Twigs
  • Old Tomato Cages
  • Old Fabric
  • Twine
  • Left Over Unused Printed Paper Napkins
  • Any Wood You Have
  • Nice Flat Pieces of Wood w/ A Nice Surface
  • Mason Jars
  • River Rocks
  • Paperwhite Narcissus Bulbs (they proliferate, so often times a neighbor will have some to share)
  • Nice Pine Cones
  • Old Beads and Things of That Nature

DIG OUT:

  • Glue Gun and glue sticks
  • Silver and Gold Glitter
  • Spray Glue Adhesive
  • Modge Podge (Matte)
  • Scissors
  • Paper Cutter (You don’t need it, but you’ll want it.)
  • Sponge Sticks
  • A GOOD Christmas CD!
  • _________________  I’m saving this spot, because I know I forgot at least 5 things.  =)

Things to Purchase:

  • We’ll get to that later.  Once we figure out which craft we are starting on FIRST!Okay, you all!!!  Have a blessed evening!!~Amie Joy© COPYRIGHT Amie Joy Chiarelli Wylie (reyajoy)ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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4 thoughts on “Okay, Craft Planning Has Officially Begun! Here’s Your Prep List!!! YAY!

    • Thanks! You too! I do usually wait until after Thanksgiving (except for the crafting for Boutiques… that can start in the summer) to craft or decorate, but my sister, her hubby and my 3 nieces are moving Russia at the very first of the year, so they asked me to start early, so that they can get a little more time in before they leave. So, we switched things up a little this year. But I do boutique crafting, and most of the boutiques happen in early December, because people want their Christmas stuff right away… So, I have to have the stuff done. That’s why I’ve put the FYI for the tutorials out this year, since I won’t be at the Boutiques this year. =)

      Blessing to you!!
      Amiejoy

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