When she was younger, we used to have a million nicknames for her. "Telly" "Tubby" "Tubster" "Toilet" (Not kidding) etc. and she'd answer to any of them. But "Tel" is the one that really stuck.
I sent out a survey to each of my sisters a few weeks ago. It was short and easy, and helped me get a feel for the way they decorate, and what kinds of presents they wanted. Chantel has plenty of Christmas stuff, but since she is a newleywed, she needs more non-seasonal decor. She and her husband Mike are arguing between a Tuscan and a Modern theme. So I needed to come up with things that fit both.
...which was really hard. In the end I used a lot of green (her favorite) and called it good.
She really likes my frames, and I chose papers that were more toned down, so they'd fit with any season.
It was super simple to make- We bought the plack already assembled at Wal Mart. Then we just printed "Keys" on stripey scrapbook paper, and cut out the oval. And what did I use as both the glue and the finish? Why, Mod Podge, of course! This turned out to be a great gift. They got really excited when they opened it, and started planning which keys go where.
And now, for my absolute favorite. A Magnet Board. Tons of people make these, and I don't really know who to cite. I've seen them everywhere. All you need is an old (or new) cookie sheet. Grab some pretty paper (or fabric) and Mod Podge it on. Seal it with a top coat of the same gooey stuff.
Now here is where I got creative: I've just discovered Burlap. And I thought "why not add my new favorite fabric?" I love the results.
Sorry guys, I don't have any pictures of the process. But if you look at the finished product while you read this, you should be able to understand what I'm saying.
I cut out a burlap rectangle a little bit bigger than the cookie sheet. I set the cookie sheet down in the center of the burlap, and then pulled the edges over the sides, and hot glued them down right next to the paper. Next I trimmed the edges of the burlap right up to the glue. So basically, the back and sides of the tray were covered in burlap, and it framed the green paper in the center of the tray.
I attached a pretty striped ribbon to the back using both Mod Podge and hot glue, and then attached a 2 Minute Fabric Flower to the bottom left corner (which I learned how to make here, at Craftaholics Anonymous).
Then I made 3 more little flowers in white burlap, and hot glued them to magnets. I love how it turned out.
I think Tel and Mike liked their gifts. But if not, they can just pretend they did, and pull them out of the closet whenever I visit. As long as I can go on thinking that they loved them, I'll be happy.
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