Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Deck The Rails With Crocheted Balls and Snowflakes...

Fa la la la la la!

Sorry, just couldn't resist!
Guess who is pretty much d o n e and ready for Christmas?

That would be me.

Well, except for the baking (which we'll do today or tomorrow depending)
and the gift card I have to buy because someone (not me) forgot to make a phone call to check on any gift ideas until I asked (again) last night.

I'm usually a last minute Lucy when it comes to wrapping gifts. I have visions of dolled up fancy wrapped gifts, but the reality is, the people in my house don't care about that, so they remain just visions in my head. I bit the bullet the other night and wrapped up a storm. 

I had to wait until my bedtime to even start because Jessica, who has only lost two teeth so far, has one loose tooth right now and it had been bugging her all day. She consistently refused ibuprofen the entire day (she kept saying it hurt) until well after she went to bed, when she came out and said she couldn't sleep because it hurt. THEN she said okay to ibuprofen. I tried sending her to bed then, but she wanted to "watch a show" with Daddy (kid's show-her delay tactic). After that, I had to wait to be sure she was really asleep, you know? I almost nixed even trying to wrap, but decided to throw caution to the wind and get ready a little bit early. LOL Got those done. I had a few more gifts tucked here and there that I didn't get to. So yesterday, while the girls were playing with a neighbor friend at his house, I took a chance that they wouldn't come home for awhile and finished the rest off. What a relief!

So, with gifts and Christmas cards sent off, presents wrapped and most everything done, I had some time to finish off a project I've been working on in fits and spurts for a couple of weeks now.

I totally copied it.

From a garland I saw at Joann's.
The garland was $20 full price.
I could have gotten it for half off.
But even $10 seemed too much to pay for something I could make myself.

So, I took a few notes and studied it real well and
came up with this.

And now I know why it was $20 in the store.
It was a lot of work and tweaking to get it finished.
The crochet part was easy.
The put together part took more time and patience than I anticipated.
But, I like it.

It's too short to put on the tree (guess I should have made it longer) and too heavy to put on the mantel, too light in color to hang on a curtain. So, the porch it is. I like how it nestles in the garland.

Let Christmas come...I'm pretty much ready!

Hope you are too, or are enjoying the getting ready for it part.


Laurel said...

What a 'cool' garland! Love it!

Erica said...

oh my gosh...that is gorgeous! i LOVE IT!

Sharli said...

Oh my goodness Jeanne! This is incredible!!!! Once again, I am flabbergasted by your crochet talents! Holy Batman! You are amazing. This garland it so pretty! Wowie!

I love your comment (something like) $20 was too much to pay for something I can make) - you are the smart one!

So did she ever lose the tooth??? I'm dying to know!


Carolyn said...

Very pretty! Amazed by your talent!

Kim Burmeister said...

Holy Moly, Jeanne! This is wonderful! I have never seen a more beautiful garland. WOW!

Jackie said...

Love your banister rope :)