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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Gift Idea: Growth Chart

Earlier this year, Shannon made me a beautiful growth chart for my sweet Anna.  Here is a picture of it in here room. I need to take a better picture of just it though!
Getting this growth chart, gave me the idea of making one for my Mom.  Every year at Christmas she takes the measurements of all the grand-kids.  She was mentioning at Thanksgiving that she wished it wasn't on the wall, but on something she could keep.  Aha!  Anytime she gives me an idea for a gift, I just on it.  Therefore, I made her a growth chart for measuring the grand-kids.  We just gave it to her today and she already has it hung up.
Here is a longer view of it.
If you are interested in making a growth chart for someone, here is a great tutorial on how to do so:  How to Make a Wood Growth Chart

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Day 9 Winner: Christmas Tree Shirt

The winner is...
# 2 wrote:
2. Cari said...
We will be spending Christmas Morning at home as a family..husband and 2 kids and I. Rittman, Ohio. Then we will travel to Wooster, Ohio to my mom and dads to celebrate with my parents and brother and his family (wife and 3 kids). Then we will head back to Rittman to see my in laws! Busy day but filled with much fun and memories! Special treat this year...my sister in law and her family (hubby and 2 kids) will be coming in from Mankato Minnesota and we will get to celebrate with them at my in-laws with the whole extended family over Christmas weekend! Very excited!! Cari Leatherman
Congratulations to Cari!  Please email us at oursevendwarfs@gmail.com with your address so that we can send your shirt ASAP!  Merry Christmas!

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Sparkle Wreath Tutorial

For an earlier giveaway I made a Sparkle Wreath.  Now I want to share how easy it is to make one of your own.  You can make it with any garland of your choosing.

Supplies Needed:
2-3 Nine feet sections of garland
1 small foam wreath

I found both of these supplies at the Dollar Tree.  That means if you buy 3 garlands and the foam wreath, you just spent $4 on your Holiday wreath!

Take your garland and tie it around your foam wreath.  It doesn't have to be really tight, just enough to stay while you wrap the garland.
Wrap the garland around the wreath and push it snug to the other garland as you go.  You can get away with less garland but you may have gaps.  I liked using about 2 1/2 of the garlands for a thick wreath.
When you are finished fully wrapping the garland, tuck the end under a previous piece.  Voila!  A simple, easy yet elegant wreath. 
Since it is a small wreath, you can also use it on a tabletop as a candle holder or centerpiece.  The wreath is  red and silver, so you could even use this for Valentine's Day decorations.

I'm a huge University of Kentucky fan so I made a wreath for March Madness.  While I wait for March, it looks nice in my dining room with my cobalt decorations.

Head out and get your inexpensive foam wreath and garland for a great gift or decoration!

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