Here are some answers to recent comment section questions regarding the Christmas projects:
Q: RE: Star Lights. What are you doing with the star lights from Ikea?
A: I hung them up last night in an entry way that separates Simon’s bedroom and my office from the living room. Loving the twinkle. See below:
Q: RE: Framing Project. Where did you get the Christmas stamps?
A: I found those at my favorite local antique store called Ruthie B’s. It was in a little bag with a bunch of other small holiday paper pieces.
Q: RE: the button trees. Did you already have all of those buttons or are those purchased from somewhere?
A: I have been collecting them here and there for quite awhile in one big jar. Many of them are from Autumn Leaves and can be found here and here and here.
Q: How do you find time for all your traveling, projects + housework?
A: And family. I am a full-time working-at-home mom. Simon goes to school full day. Chris goes to work (or works from his office here at home). My day time is spent working on projects, writing, planning, etc. I am always behind on something and possibly ahead on something else. I don’t watch TV much at all (we Tivo The Office + a couple political shows). After Simon goes to bed around 7pm Chris and I get back to work or hang out until we go to bed. I schedule a ton. I make mistakes. I cook very simply. I think about exercise. I have stopped traveling so much and this has made a big difference in my ability to feel more balanced. I clean as I go. Balance is always my goal and family comes first.
Q: RE: the button trees. Do you know where can I buy online those Styrofoam cones (with international shipping)?
A: Anyone have a good source/recommendation for these? Here’s a starting place: google search for cones.
Q: Are you making some of your gifts this year? If so can you share??
A: I love the idea of making gifts, but it is not likely that I will be making many this year. Have you seen this Buy Handmade? I am seriously considering going this route for many of my gifts. I also loved this post from Soule Mama about wood toys. I want to get more creative with my gifts this year – not "hands-on creative" but more from the "thinking creative" angle.
Q: When and where are you teaching soon?
A: I will be teaching a new album track at CKU events in 2008. The site should be updated soon with more information.
Q: You take a lot of pictures in unexpected places. Does Chris ever get aggravated with it?
A: At some point along the way he made the decision that photography would be his way of participating in my crazy love for this art. He has a great eye and is a willing participant + idea generator for lots of different shots. I think he may take more photos than I do…
Q: Did you plan that reflection or just get lucky?
A: As we were walking back to the car I spied that great big mirror and wanted to take a picture of the three of us together. Simon decided he was not interested in that and instead walked over to the pole. Totally a lucky shot with him hiding behind the pole – one of those times where it was not my intention but the result was cool.
Q: RE: Advent Boxes. Do you know where I can find similar boxes?
A: Anyone have a good source/recommendation for these other than Ben Franklin Crafts? Here’s one place I found with a google search: Paper Mart. Here’s google search results for chipboard boxes with lids.
Are you going to be making a 2008 calender for Cafe Press?
A: I am in the process of putting a new one together – look for it soon.
Q: What kind of adhesive do you use on the acrylic and acetate pages?
A: As soon as I get this album back from CK I will share more specifics on adhesives (so I can include visuals). For the cover star I actually used red paint around the edge as an adhesive. Often I just use my favorite regular adhesive and will add an element on the back that is the same size and shape and will cover the adhesive.
Q: I was wondering about the bottle caps. My friend and I have been saving
bottlecaps because we wanted to make pins, but we don’t know what to
fill the caps with after we put our design in them. Any help will be
A: Check out this post for information on the bottle cap project.
I also wanted to make sure to say thank you to you all. As I read back through the comments from the last week or so I found so many cool ideas I want to implement into our holiday. Thank you for sharing the things you and your family enjoy.
I am taking off for a little weekend getaway tomorrow. Will post again when I get home. Have a great weekend.