every year i try to hit up the after christmas sales at stores like target, hobby lobby, michaels, etc.
if you wait a couple of weeks, you can usually get the merchandise 75-90% off.
last year i quickly ran into hobby lobby a couple of weeks after christmas (i don't remember the exact date because i threw away the receipt to hide my shopping from don....he was still unemployed at that time and i wasn't supposed to be spending any money, heh!)
but i think it was somewhere around the 7th or 8th of january.
everything i bought that day was 90% off. 90% off!!!!
10 cents on the dollar. i really felt like i was stealing (it was a little thrilling, i must say).
these are a few of the things i bought
a paper cone, beaded garland and a mini christmas tree topper. i had the ribbon in my stash.
do you see these prices? at 90% off that equals out to $1.11 for the cone and garland. the star tree topper was $1.19 so that comes in at a whopping $0.12. since i had the ribbon and the paint that i used to spray the cone with, this project totaled out at $1.23. i did buy double of everything so i could make two of them so $2.46. wow!!!
the first thing i did was paint the cone off-white. i knew that you would be able to see the base through the beads and i wanted it to be a little more cohesive. if you use red, green or silver beads, i would recommend that you paint the cone the same color.
i attached the beaded garland to the cone with a hot glue gun. you can see the little gluey strands stuck to the beads...no problem. these pull off very easily when you are done.
when i made the first cone, i glued the beads on in concentric rows.
you can see that the rows are kind of on top of each other.
when i did the second one, i snuggled the beads closer to each other so it covered the base a little better. this is very easy to do while the hot glue is still hot.
add the topper and continue all the way up over the bottom of the topper covering the springy looking bottom of the star. i added the ribbon trim to the very bottom of the cone.
here they both are when they are done.
either way, a very cute, super cheap christmas decoration. these would make great hostess gifts to take to a christmas party too!! i'd love to see what you do with your bargains.....
one of my favorite things about christmas is the tree. we get a real tree. i have been
waffling about getting a artificial tree for the past few years but i just can't do it.
christmas is not christmas in our house without the pungent smell of the fraser fir we get every year.
and we love to dress the tree in it's jewelry. we have been collecting ornaments
every year since we have been married. i've been collecting ornaments since i was a teenager.
i love the german glass ornaments and have several dozen in my collection.
i really need two trees to display all of them that we have but i don't have room in my house for a second tree.
here are some of my favorites...
who doesn't want a little froggy in their tree??
this one just screams christmas to me.
this bird in a cage is one that i have had for about 30 years. (i know, i know, i'm old but like i said, i've been collecting since i was 2. hee-hee)
so, so colorful, isn't it?
i am all about the vintage, even if it is a reproduction.
my knight in shining armor...
this bird ornament reminds me of the sugar eggs that people make at easter time. maybe i'll add a couple of small pine branches to the inside of it.
more of the vintage....this reminds me of the old bottle brush trees.
i love her......
this ornament is a tribute to both of our kids. shannon was a basketball player in high school. at 6'1 it was inevitable...her jersey number every year was 25. austen has followed suit in every sport he has played. he always requests # 25 so he could be like his sissy!! he always calls her sissy. come to think of it, i don't think i have ever heard him call her shannon. ever.
i love these red birds....
we have lots of glass pinecones...
and a coo-coo clock
and santa, of course!!!
this pretty shoe is the ode to my love of all things turquoise...
i remember making ornaments similar to this one with my mom. we loaded beads and sequins onto large straight pins and stuck them into styrofoam balls. i wish i still had them.
i love these christmas lights. they are very vintage looking.
this one reminded me of fao schwartz...
and this sweet little angel was made by shannon when she was about 7 years old. it goes on the tree every year....
who new hobby lobby had such pretty ornaments? me!!!! i got this one last year after christmas at 90% off and i think i paid about .49 cents for it. make sure to check out the hob lob a couple of weeks after christmas this year. i hit the motherlode last year. more about that in an upcoming post...
i leave you with some christmas love...
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I am mama of two, a nonna of two and a wife to my adorable hubby. I am also a budding photographer who sees life through the lens of a camera. I am constantly on the lookout for a new photoshoot site and love taking natural light photos for my sweet families.... I have recently started repainting thrift store and discarded furniture and bringing it back to life.