IN THE SHOP: JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS

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This month is the one-year anniversary of my Etsy shop, and for the past few months, I’ve slowly added an item or two here and there but haven’t really vamped it up with a slew of new products since launching it last Christmas. And now, a year later, it just seems right to bring in some newbies. Something I’ve learned about myself is that I need goals. Goals help people. Goals help me. With the recent Fall craft show on my radar for so many months, I was forced to develop some new and fresh products, which I probably wouldn’t have done otherwise. And I’m glad I did. I had so much fun this time around, challenging myself artistically, trying to really hone in on my design style while also giving myself the freedom to be ok with where I’m at creatively.

So… here we are. Introducing my new goodies, just in time for Christmas. Let’s do some shopping, shall we? (Click on each photo to take you to it’s corresponding shop listing.)

CHRISTMAS PRINT & CARDS

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CHRISTMAS STICKERS

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TEXAS & SOUTHERN PRINTS

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RECIPE CARDS

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EAT, DRINK, & GIVE THANKS PRINTS

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QUICK & EASY DIY: CHRISTMAS PENNANT

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Well, it’s that time of year again. Two days of 20-degree temps and ice covered streets will practically close a small town down and keep everyone inside. Which is actually really great, giving us a long three-day weekend (work was cancelled on Friday, woot woot) with no where to be. We’ve had the fire going non-stop, I made some homemade chicken tortilla soup, and we’ve had the chance to do some reading, movie-watching, house projects, and lots of lounging. I really do love these times when we’re forced to slow down. We even played outside with the dogs, and Chris pushed me down the alley on a cookie sheet. Oh ya we did. Sliding down a hill on a makeshift sled like a bunch of fools will just never get old. Ever.

So, with all this time on my hands, I had an itchin’ to do something crafty. And of course, I photographed the whole process so I could share with YOU. It’s seriously one of the quickest, easiest, cheapest projects I’ve done. And we all know those are three ingredients for the perfect DIY. So, get your materials out, roll up your sleeves, and read on.

GATHER YOUR MATERIALS:

– pair of scissors
– linen/burlap scraps
– black sharpie
– whatever twine or string you have on hand
– hot glue gun and extra sticks

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TRACE & CUT OUT YOUR FLAG
I made mine about 9 inches long and 3 inches wide, so I can fold it over the twine to attach it. Once you cut it out, fold it in half, then cut out the triangle to make two points. Now, you can trace this pattern several times over your fabric. Amount will vary depending on how many letters you are making.

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DRAW YOUR LETTERS ON EACH FLAG
Once you have all your flaggies traced and cut out, you can now draw on your letters.

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ATTACH YOUR FLAGS TO YOUR TWINE
I had some sparkly cream twine I got on clearance at WalMart a couple years ago and a roll of red/white holiday twine from Paper Source that I wanted to combine together for more interest and texture. Make sure to measure how long you want your pennant, then cut your string and lay out your flags where you want them. I don’t have a photo for this part, but open up your flag, turn it upside down, lay your string on the crease, and spread some hot glue down the crease. Quickly fold over the flag and press carefully, so the fold sticks to the string.

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HANG IT UP
I decided to leave the flags undone on the bottoms rather than gluing the whole thing together, so that the layers still show and give some depth. When you’re pennant is complete, just hang on your mantle with a few tacks, and you’re done!

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