holiday photo props

As I’m sure many of you do, I love Pinterest. I search for all sorts of things on the image sharing site, and find many things I wasn’t looking for either. This is one of those things. In preparation for the Christmas holidays this year, I put together some fun holiday themed photo props that I found from Oh Happy Day via Pinterest. They were a hit with the family and produced some very comical photos!

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graduation tassel christmas ornament

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I saw this d.i.y. somewhere on Pinterest months ago and thought it was so smart. We have a number of graduation caps around the house that occasionally float from one box to another, with no permanent home as we don’t know what to do with them. That’s why this d.i.y. seemed like such a great idea to me. You can keep that token of hard work and display it annually on your Christmas tree rather than stuffing it into a box in the closet.

I took the tassel and 2013 pendant off of the cap, and fit it inside a clear glass Christmas ball. The pendant didn’t fit through the hole of the ball (I tried three different sizes), but I think it looks great hanging outside as well. After playing around with it for awhile, trying to figure out how best to secure the tassel, I realized that I needed to keep the top closure of the ball in order to provide something to hold the tassel tight and cover the glue. I cut out a circle from the middle of the topper that would fit the width of the tassel, and carefully hot glued the topper to the ball to keep it all together.

I think it turned out well, and now we can proudly display my husband’s amazing accomplishment on the Christmas Tree.

recycling identity

Being a student in the Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management program at UNBC exposed me to many courses on sustainability, being “green”, as well as global climate change. I’ve always tried to do things as environmentally friendly as possible, which could be what has dictated my crafting identity. Most of the greeting cards that I make are made from cards that I have received over the years. I have always loved getting mail, not bills and junk mail of course, but letters and greetings from friends and family. I have however, never been a huge fan of cards. I mean after your birthday is over, or the Christmas season has come to an end, what do you do with them? I usually feel that they need to be kept and not thrown away as there are kind sentiments written into each one and someone put a lot of thought into writing and sending them to me. However, I find that it’s a shame to keep them hidden in a drawer for no one to see and for me to forget about until the next holiday comes along when I have a whole new pile to add to the drawer. This I believe is why I decided to use these beautiful pieces of card to make new creations. I do hope that I do not offend anyone by chopping up the card they sent me, but I see it as a form of recycling. Making new things out of the old gives me a sense of renewal. It may not be as big as bringing your old electronics to the recycle depot or composting your kitchen waste, but I do stand by the recycling aspect of it all.

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