Monday, November 28, 2011

Holiday Projects

I mentioned last weekend that I've been in a funk because of my inability to run as much, so I was good on my word and not only purchased a glue gun but also made something with it. Before I left for Chattanooga I made not only a Christmas ornament wreath but also a pecan pie for Tim. Both were really easy and a lot of fun to do. I've got more craft projects in the works, and I promise to post about them. I included the tutorial below as well as the pecan pie recipe.
I probably spent about $20 on supplies for the wreath, but I had to buy a glue gun and could have gotten the small and teeny ornaments at Walmart or somewhere cheaper than Joann. But I was there, so that's what I got.
I found the basic tutorial here, but basic instructions include gluing the balls in circles around the wreath and then continuing. I'm sure it could have been more methodical than I made it, but I'm happy with how it turned out. If I did it again I would spray paint the foam green or gold or something so that the white didn't show through.
Because I wasn't going to be in Tampa for Thanksgiving, I wanted to leave Tim with something that I know he loves and wouldn't get if I didn't make it. Pecan Pie is his favorite for the holidays. I used a pre-made crust (shh...) but followed a Food Network recipe exactly. I ended up baking it about double the amount of time they said, but I'm starting to think there's something wrong with my oven.
I shopped on Small Business Saturday and have to share with you what I bought, because it will be the inspiration for my next project. 

And I enjoyed my time at home so much; I'll share more pictures over the next few days. I'm lucky because I'll be seeing my family this weekend for our engagement party and next weekend for a shower in Chattanooga as well as for Christmas. I'm going to get spoiled and used to seeing them this much. It's when I get to spend so much time with them that I realize how much I miss them when I don't see them for a long time.  

I hope you had a wonderful long weekend and are ready for December! It's almost here!
Do you have any fun holiday crafts that you're wanting to try or can share with me? I'm looking for other ideas...

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Sarah said...


brlracincwgrl said...

I'm loving your wreath! I've been wanting to make one of those for quite a while and just haven't yet! I need to!

My boyfriend would love that Pecan Pie, that's absolutely his favorite dessert!

Emily w/Amazing Grapes said...

You did such a great job on the wreath! Love it!

Your pecan pie looks delicious, i'm sure Tim loved it. Hope your oven gets fixed..twice as long doesn't sound good. =/ I have oven problems too. Darn things!
Emily at Amazing Grapes

Jules said...

I've been meaning to make an ornament wreath for the longest time. I just finished a felt tree craft project that I need to post about. Maybe I'll make this next. I love the colors you used and it turned out really pretty!

Pecan Pie is my favorite!

Sonja said...

Weeee! Yay! I'll email you tonight! :)

Also, was the wreath pretty simple to make? I've been wanting to try it but it intimidates me!

Laura said...

I love your wreath! I'm going to try and make one this weekend too! Muah!

Bonnie said...

Your wreath is just gorgeous! I love the use of the ornaments. I would definitely hang this on my door!
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Carolina On My Mind said...

Your wreath turned out great! I've put it on my craft list for this month...let's hope I get around to it!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Great job - with the wreath and pies! They all look amazing :)

Annie said...

Love that wreath...looks fantastic. And pecan pie...YUM!!

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Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

ok both of those look great..seriously I'm craving pie!

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