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Teagan got new shoes.

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Nate did good this year and picked out an awesome tree.  Isabel sits like this entirely too often these days.

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Mom (me) got her Christmas present early this year…all the better to whip up cookies, candies and breads!

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All the kids (even the un- photogenic  Teagan) had fun with the Black Apple paper dolls.

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Someone graduated with his BS in Biology.  Go Charles!

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We celebrated by going to Incredible Pizza.  Teagan gets the big picture ‘cause we so rarely see him.

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We’re making Borax snowflakes….tonight!

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Yippee, I got two more ornaments from the swap!

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And in case you were wondering the trays that most Melissa and Doug toys come in make excellent drawer organizers!

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O Christmas Tree!


This is my ornament, the one I sent out to the other nine people in my swapping group!  It’s made of a couple of old cardboard boxes, upholstery fringe, hot glue, and glitter glue.  I hope that they all enjoy it and I’m thinking about making some more to hand out to friends and start my own little ornament swap tradition.

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This fringe was the inspiration.  When I found the giant spool of it at an antique store I knew immediately that I wanted to make little trees with it!

I began by cutting out triangles of cardboard from an old shoebox, warmed up the glue gun and began wrapping the triangle with the fringe.

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Next come the glitter glue to add a bit of color to the trees!087   108

Gold floss through the top and viola!

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