Sunday, November 28, 2010

JOY

I have taken about a three week sabbatical from blogging. I am having a hard time finding a good balance between sewing for my etsy shop and kids, blogging, and taken care of my family. Does anyone else ever feel that way? I have just come to the realization that I can't always do it all and sometimes I need a break:) So we took one and went to Atlanta for Thanksgiving! We had a great time visiting my in-laws. And since we have been back...decorating for Christmas is in full force! My mother-in-law had her house decorated to the nines when we got there. I was inspired to get a move on it when I got home.

I made this simple berry decoration for above our stove.
I feel like the kitchen often gets neglected when I decorate and needed a little Christmas "Joy."

Berry "Joy" was three things I love about a project...fast, easy and cheap! I bought five stems of "berries" at Michaels. They were on sale for 99 cents each. You really only need about four. You also need ribbon, command decorating clips and pruning sheers(regular scissors aren't strong enough to clip the wire. At least mine weren't).
All I did next was shape the stems into the letters, J-O-Y.
I twisted the top of the "J" into a loop so I could attach the ribbon.

For the "O" I used one berry stem and and tore off some little berry stems from another stem. Does that make sense? I didn't quite use two whole stems.
For the "Y" I had to cut a 3 inch piece of wire off and reattach it where I wanted to hang the ribbon. I just twisted it until I was happy with the way it hung.


I used Command decorating hooks to hand the ribbon from. These are easy to use and don't put any holes in your wall.
All finished!

I hope everyone has a "joy"ous holiday season!

These are some other ways I used my left over berries...
Happy decorating!
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6 comments:

Janine said...

Oh my goodness - yes! I also feel a little overwhelmed with the juggle sometimes! So nice to read I am not the only one =)
On the other hand - I am so glad you found some time to post your "joy" creation. It is so gorgeous! Have a wonderful week ahead.

Elizabeth said...

How clever! Would love for you to visit me and link up to Made with Love Monday at Sew Chatty! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com

Chrystie said...

So cute & SO simple! LOVE it!! Thanks for sharing! :) I saw you on http://sumossweetstuff.blogspot.com/
glad I did!!

~Chrystie :)
http://pocketfullofposies6.blogspot.com

The Hills said...

Super cute Christmas Decor...and maybe even something this un-crafty mommy could handle ;)

Susan said...

Just blogging around tonight and found your blog. As far as your decorations go, well it's beginning to look alot like Christmas. I think you'll always find time to blog. I get tired sometimes too, but then I miss it, if I don't do it at all. It's still more fun then doing dishes.
Have a great holiday and thanks for letting me visit.
Susan
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http://joininandgogreen.blogspot.com

2 Giggle Boxes said...

Thanks everyone for coming to visit. I love your encouraging comments:) They brighten my day. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!
-sarah

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