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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Wreaths that are knit ... I mean *fit* ... for the nifty knitter 12/10: NEW PICS on: January 02, 2009 12:58:06 PM
Thank you, habitat-lady!

spurtiic, your comment crackd me up. Hot glue burns?!? Uh, yeah. I can sympathize.  Tongue Cheesy At one point, I totally gave up; I couldn't do anything with my hands for about a week. I was gluing one ornament in particular (I didn't realize it was foil  Huh ), and it burst into a million pieces while I was pushing it in the styrofoam.  Shocked Needless to say, I got a shard of foil stuck in my finger ... and just for kicks, I guess, the hot glue decided to try to keep it in there. Ouch!!!

But no worries. I'm feeling better now.  Wink Cheesy

Here are a few of the wreaths I promised I'd post. I think I'm gonna take a little break now and work on some other things. By a little break, I mean probably a week.  Cheesy

Here's the "Asian-inspired" one (I was inspired when I saw black Christmas ornaments. Yeah, just don't ask   Tongue ) :





Here's the Valentine's (my anniversary!!) wreath:



And (because I just couldn't help myself), a St. Patty's Day wreath:





2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Wreaths that are knit ... I mean *fit* ... for the nifty knitter 12/10: NEW PICS on: December 29, 2008 05:51:29 PM
You guys are toooo kind! Thank you so much for your encouragement.

Because of you, I went out the day after Christmas and spent a small fortune on 50-percent off Christmas ornaments!  Cheesy I've already made a Valentine's wreath and a wreath for my mom's bakery, etc., etc., etc. One really cool thing about these wreaths is that you can make any color combo ... and they don't have to be brought out just at Christmastime. I'm getting ready to start working on an "Asian-inspired" wreath. I'll post it ... and the others ... once it's done.

Thanks again, everybody!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Wreaths that are knit ... I mean *fit* ... for the nifty knitter 12/10: NEW PICS on: December 16, 2008 05:35:21 AM
Yay!!! It's beeee-you-tiful!!!!! I'm so glad you have one now! Great work.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: A new spin on a time-honored holiday decoration on: December 14, 2008 06:15:29 AM
Thank you, to all of you! I've finished my third one -- he has silvery tinsel hair!  Shocked The idea behind him is that he kinda ran into a Christmas tree. I haven't taken photos yet, but I'll post them once I do.

I had no idea that Hobby Lobby sold unfinished nutcrackers! I was looking online the other day and didn't find any unfinished ones at decent prices. I'll have to check out the nearest Hobby Lobby (which, unfortunately, isn't really that "near") ... I've already thought about starting to paint some of these for next-year gifts! One of these years, I swear I'm going to actually start early on Christmas! Wink Cheesy
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: A new spin on a time-honored holiday decoration on: December 10, 2008 02:50:37 PM
Thanks so much, guys! It took me a while to figure out which section of these things to paint first -- and I ended up spending waaaay too much time on them. But I sure do love 'em! I love, love, LOVE to upcycle things. It's my favorite! Smiley
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / A new spin on a time-honored holiday decoration on: December 10, 2008 09:47:29 AM
I love nutcrackers. But I'm not a fan of the traditional colors with which many of them are painted. I have four or five nutcrackers that I haven't put out in a few years since they don't match my decor ... or really my wacky style in general. But I hated to see them just lying there in a box, waiting until next year ... when I probably wouldn't display them ... AGAIN! Since it *is* the season of giving and all ( Wink ), I decided to give these guys new life, with a little paint, some yarn and clay, a sprinkle or 80 of glitter ... and *a lot* of style!   Grin And now, the two completed nutcrackers are proudly displayed, front and center, on my mantel. I can't wait to finish the others!

This is a great way to recycle old, worn-out nutcrackers. I'd love your feedback, as always!








7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Wreaths that are knit ... I mean *fit* ... for the nifty knitter 12/4: NEW PICS on: December 10, 2008 09:16:56 AM
Thank you so much!

HHjamie: Pink and red. Peppermints. Candy Canes. Valentine's Day! You could keep *that* wreath out for months!! I love that idea!   Grin

So, I was watching the Grinch the other day (one of my all-time favorites), and got another wild hair to use up more of my ornaments. So, here's my newest wreath ... Grinch-y style!  Cheesy








8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Wreaths that are knit ... I mean *fit* ... for the nifty knitter 12/4: NEW PICS on: December 04, 2008 08:11:28 AM
Thank you, LunaKitten! I was kinda worried about this one because I'm not sure if anyone decorates in the silvery blues and whites. But I just had to try it. And I love how it makes me think of sitting in a cabin on a ski slope or something!   Smiley One thing's for sure: The wreaths take on a life of their own ... sometimes completely different than the original "vision."

Thanks, again. I'm so happy to know that these colors appeal to someone other than just me! Cheesy
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Wreaths that are knit ... I mean *fit* ... for the nifty knitter on: December 04, 2008 07:55:19 AM
 Cheesy Thank you, guys!

I guess I just can't get enough of these guys ... here's my most recent one. It makes me wanna snuggle up under a blanket:





10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Wreaths that are knit ... I mean *fit* ... for the nifty knitter on: December 03, 2008 10:42:13 AM
Well I think ALL OF YOU ROCK!!!  Grin

Thank you all sooo much! I'm so glad I could help inspire some of you! Now, go ye forth and make some wreaths! I wanna see 'em!

Thanks, again, guys. I needed this! Smiley
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