Upcycling Christmas Cards

Yes, I know that it is the end of January and that I am a bit late… but I have a confession to make.  I still have an entire room filled with wrapping paper and gift boxes!  All of my other Christmas stuff was put away in quick fashion a few weekends after Christmas, but the giftwrap and boxes stayed.  The Christmas cards that we received also stayed hung in our dining room coat closet door – I love to keep them up longer, but gosh they needed to GO!

This is how I’ve upcycled my cards – I simply used my gifttag and circle hole punches and punched out great shapes!  Later on I’ll add a single hole punch to each and use these for Christmas gifts next year.  No need to buy Christmas tags, and I didn’t have to recycle the entirety of my cards!  Win win!! I wonder if my friends and family can spot their cards just by looking at the tags 😉 Check them out:

Upcycling Christmas Cards @ HappyWifey.net

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Goodbye, Christmas

I, like many people I know, boxed up all my lovely Christmas things today and packed them back into the attic.  I feel great about being organized but am always sad to see it all go!  I know that we should never be overly materialistic, but Christmas for me means getting to see our special ornaments – especially ones that remind me of the people I have lost.  Check out this super cute Snoopy angel:

Snoopy Angel - HappyWifey.net

It makes me think about my mom, grandmother, and grandfather – all smiling down.  I couldn’t have asked for a nicer Christmas and am just so so blessed with how fulfilling this holiday season actually was.  We saw friends and family, ate great food, received lovely gifts, and counted our blessings many many times :)

The Irish Prayer - HappyWifey.net

And how about this cutie?  I wish I could say Isaac helped pack up all the stuff.. but let’s be serious.

Isaac Close Up @ HappyWifey.net

Have a great week!

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Merry Christmas!

Colorful Swirl Cookies @ HappyWifey.net

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! (In pure *NSYNC fashion)

The above cookie recipe is available here – I really had a blast making them!  They will grace our cookie tins for some of our neighbors, along with Cinnamon Stick Cookies and my husband’s glazed sugar cutout cookies (which I hope to feature here, someday!).  Tonight we’ll welcome MANY of our friends into our home and celebrate in style at our first Christmas party at the homestead. Tomorrow we’ll welcome one of my best friends and her family and probably bake a little bit and eat a whole lot more, and party straight on through Christmas. I’m super excited for my dad and stepmom to visit on Christmas too along with some other family members that I adore.  I’m on vacation until January 2… and life is good :)  Best wishes to you and yours!

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Pin Gone Wonderful: No-Sew Tutu’s!

I absolutely loved making these adorable no-sew tutu’s.  I am gifting one to each of my nieces and one to my “honorary” niece (my best friend’s daughter).  I am also going to be making two for another friend’s two daughters.  The tutorial I used can be found here from Simply Real Moms.

No Sew Tutu @ HappyWifey.net

When I was looking for a craft to make for the tots this year, I knew it had to be girly, cute, and EASY.  I do not know how to sew at all so this craft was absolutely perfect.  I also got most of the tulle really cheap.  When I layered the tulle, I used 2 pieces each of a darker and lighter color tulle (which equals four layers) and then went on knotting like the tutorial I linked above explains.

I cannot wait to gift these on Christmas and when I see my nieces! Thank goodness they aren’t old enough to read blogs 😉  I am hoping to update this or another post later with some IN ACTION shots. The tutu’s would only fit my leg.. and let’s face it – my leg isn’t a very good tutu model! Give these a shot if you have little ladies in your life, you won’t be sorry!

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Hangin’ On the Christmas Tree

Last night and this evening I participated in our staff holiday choir – those of that joined in had the honor of performing a Christmas song at the High School’s winter musical.  It was a TON of fun but I couldn’t help thinking about the terrible tragedy in Connecticut.  I am incredibly heartbroken by it – it hit way too close to home as I frequent elementary schools in our district often.  I can’t stop thinking about everyone involved – they will be in my prayers for a long, long time.

Oh a different note, Christmas is here at Happy Wifey.net!  I saw SO many bloggers posting their trees that I knew I had to get in on the act.  My tree is a 7.5′ tree from Big Lots – classy, right?  And:  IT SPINS.  My husbands uncle bought us the rotating tree stand last Christmas.  Thanks! <3

Christmas Tree @ HappyWifey.netAnd here are some of my favorite ornaments (below)!  Top left to bottom right: An old ornament belonging to my grandfather that my mother (both passed away in 2009) made in 1988 – Cavin: a new soft clay ornament for our “baby” cat and a look at our old wooden vintage ornaments from my grandmother – Our dashing 2010 wedding ornament (does’t she have a dashing groom?!) – Our 2010 house inhabitants!

Ornaments @ HappyWifey.netAnd one of my ultimate favorites, our engagement ornament that we got in New York City, just about a month after Michael asked me to marry him.

Engaged Snowpeople - HappyWifey.netLinking up to: The Christmas Tree Link Party!

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