You know what I miss most about the holidays? Pulling out the old Charlie Brown Christmas VHS tape, popping it in the machine, grabbing a big comfy blanket, and piling up with my sister for 45 minutes of Christmas bliss. Now, I get the blanket, make hot chocolate, pile up in bed and desperately try to get Charlie Brown on Hulu to work only to find out it’s not available via VierraCast on our BluRay since they only have the rights to show it on computers apparently. Maybe we can hook the computer up with the HDMI cable? It freezes every 5 seconds. 10 minutes later and only about 30 seconds into “Christmas Time is Here,” we gave up. Gone are the simple days clearly.
Rant over. On to the point of this whole post…
I was watching an episode of The New Normal the other night and one of the ornaments on their tree was a very simple popsicle stick framed photo ornament that one of them had made. While I love the beautiful ornate trees you see all over the blog world and Pinterest, I started to realize that one of the other things I missed about the holidays was hanging up ornaments that I’d made. Ornaments that brought back memories. Some sort of pride in the imperfection. And hey, we’re crafty people right?
So I went out to Walmart and picked up a pack of craft clay for $6 and the Mister and I got in touch with our crafty (albeit slightly elementary schoolish side) and took a stab at making some fun ornaments for the tree.
At first, I tried to make that owl one that’s been floating around Pinterest recently. Cute. Doesn’t look half as good as the one online. And I have ZERO emotional attachment to it. Maybe if I’d come up with the idea on my own I would, but I don’t even have that since of pride of “I made that” when I look at it. Maybe I will next year.
So I tried another idea. I grabbed a snowflake cookie cutter, part of an entire set given to me for my birthday this year, and made one for Bug. Sure she wasn’t thrilled that I chased her around the living room only to mash her paw into a wad of clay and then left out the all important step of feeding her. A step she seems to feel entitled to at every moment we’ve shown her the slightest bit of attention. Bad mom. Clearly.
But you know what? This is the ornament I love. I’ll love pulling that out of the box of ornaments every year.
Steven took a very similar approach to ornaments this year. At first, he also tried his hand at a bird ornament and made a turtle dove like the ones in Home Alone. And then, in a great show of affection, he made one to look like little Bug. And sure, to the passerby, it may just look like any old cat, but we know that face. This pic was mid progress. It actually looks quite like her once it was finished.
For the holes, we just created them with a paperclip as you can see in the first picture. We threw them on a cookie sheet still on the waxed paper, and baked them for 15 minutes at 275 per the instructions for this particular type of clay. You can either tie string. I might get around to painting a couple of them, but for now I’ll leave them as they are.
Anyone else making their own ornaments this year? Still have any popsicle ones from your elementary school days?