When I saw Jess's clothes pin Christmas wreath tutorial from Craftiness Is Not Optional it was a done deal for me!
This was so quick and easy I couldn't believe it. I literally sprayed the pins while my kids played outside and they even helped me string the beads on the wire. This could be a great school craft project for kids to give to their parents... hum.... file that one away in my mental note box!
I did a few things differently than Jess, like spacing out the pins with 2 instead of one bead so the cards didn't overlap as much. I also didn't bother gluing... I might see why later, but it seemed to stay just find without it??
Hers looks fuller and a little better to be honest, but I didn't know how else to fit all these wonderful Christmas cards!
Speaking of which... I have a secret confession that I can now confess because it's completely a thing in the past....
Why would anyone "hate" Christmas cards.
What do you do with all those lovely cards that collect in your "too nice to just toss out" pile?
And now I keep checking the mail obsessively hoping that we'll get more and more of them.
I love them so much now that I even, for the very first time since we've been married, sent out Christmas cards of our own with this cute Grinch smile from Sienna!
And because it's just me, I simply had to write a little poem to go with it.
Wanna read that too???
Of course you do or you would've stopped scrolling!
Twas a month before Christmas,
when all through the house not a Da Da was stirring, where was my dear spouse?
His boxers were hung by the laundry with care,
In hopes that I’d wash them for when he’s next there.
The children were nestled all snug in my bed,
While visions of sanity danced away from my head.
Two days had passed since he went on his way
to a new job in Portland, here with the children I stay.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the very far edge of the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
To see a For Sale sign nailed down with a smash!
The bump on my belly of a new baby bro
Gave the lustre of change, much more than we know.
When, what to my wondering mind became clear,
that we’ll have 3 under 3! Oh me, oh my dear!
With a little walking Jonah, so lively and quick,
He’s all boy for certain, rough, tough and quite slick!
More fun with Sienna as she grows faster each day,
She tries hard to mirror mamma in every single way.
“No Sienna! No Jonah! Now Children please listen!
To sell this big house each corner must glisten!
To the park! To the zoo! Let’s get out of this place!
Can I do it? I must! Oh where’s my poker face??
And then, in a twinkling, I heard a small voice.
Your family and friends will help you;
for this just rejoice!
As I drew in my head, and wiped a small tear.
We have beautiful children & lots of reason to cheer!
So thanks to you all for the love and support,
We’re sad to leave Phoenix, our time was cut short.
But knowing the friendships we have just won’t end
A visit to Portland, may we subtly recommend???
You see... we have some big changes to announce this year, and you know, this Christmas card thing was a pretty convenient way to spread the word!
Thanks Jess for changing my heart about Christmas cards and for the great tutorial!
P.S. If you read this and think "HEY! Why didn't I get one this year? Well... this is my first year and I drastically underestimated how many I needed to order, so actually, only a very select few got them this time around. BUT, rest assured... there will be more. Oh yes, there will be more!