Wednesday, December 26, 2012

merry christmas

i had this post ready for yesterday, but in a twist of christmas fate, we were snowed in at my in-laws.  snowed in on christmas in north texas.  gotta love that!


hope you all had a magical christmas! 


see you next year!
-julia

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

wish i had thought of that

every once in a while, i come across a saying or a slogan where i think, "man, i wish i had thought of that!"  well, that's how i feel about hallmark's slogan...




i had been meaning to do a post about it for a while.  now with christmas around the corner, and in light of recent heart-shattering events, i thought now would be a good time.  because life is a special occasion.  it's why i wear gold eye shadow, even though i have on a tshirt and jeans, just because i feel like it.



it's why i sit outside with silly boys for two hours in the freezing cold to see a christmas parade...


and stand in line on a saturday to see santa.


 it's why we spend a sunday afternoon taking gifts to people we don't even know...




and why i have lunch with a bunch of preschoolers when i really need to be working.



it's why i order prints from an artist i have loved for a while...just because i want to look at them...



and why i let them stay up a little past their bedtime watching a christmas movie.


don't wait around...life is a special occasion.  thank you hallmark for reminding me.

sending love and prayers to newtown, and to all you.

here's to that special occasion called life,

merry christmas!

-julia



Wednesday, December 12, 2012

something old, something new...

something old..

last year, my art students made these cute santas from upcycled light bulbs (click the pic to see my original tutorial)...


and my sons and i made these super easy christmas tree ornaments.  they stuffed some of the glass balls with shiny pipe cleaners (which they gave away as handmade gifts)...


and they stuffed the others with shiny foil shreds i bought at the dollar store. 

 i love these, and they are hanging on our christmas tree right now.  see...



and last year, i displayed our photo christmas cards on a sparkly ribbon running down a door in our living room.  i attached the cards with tiny clothespins i spray painted gold.




and since i can never do the same thing twice...

something new...

this year, to display our photo cards, i made another version of the clothespin wreath i made for the 4th (you can see that one here.)

i used a $3 wire wreath from michaels (the original color was green) and wooden clothespins, all of which i spray painted gold.  i staggered the clothespins around the wreath until i liked the way it looked.  




now, i clip on photo cards as we get them.  can't wait to see it filled up!




 here's to the old and the new,

-julia



Wednesday, December 5, 2012

handprint christmas trees

last week, i showed you how i put handprints on ceramics.  this week, i wanted to show you some more super cute options for christmas, using craft acrylics and sharpie markers.  of course, you could do these on canvas.

but you could also do it on paper, like this card...



here's how i did it.  just make sure you let the paint dry in between steps!



i also love it on presents wrapped in plain paper...


 

or on a white gift box.  (no wrapping necessary!)


and, my personal favorite, on plain gift bags!


and after christmas???  you can cut out the print and stick it in a photo album or scrapbook, put it in a frame, or even stick a magnetic strip on the back for the refrigerator.


 how cute are these under the tree?!




here's to a hand made christmas, (sorry, i couldn't resist!)

-julia
 























 







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