Saturday, December 13, 2014

TToT56: Tis the Season for Glitter

It's been a good week. Butyet, the thankfuls are not flowing. Let's see:

1. Tree's up.

2. Most presents have been purchased.

3. They're also mostly wrapped.

4. After a strangely difficult order process, the holiday cards are in and addressed (mostly).

5. Leo has some new vocab: glitter glue. He loves the stuff. He's had too much fun with it and some popsicle stick stars this week.

6. Speaking of glitter, the highlight of my week was my discovery that glitter in a spray can is something that exists. Which leaves only one question: What can't be improved with a little gold glitter? Sarah and Leo, tree and apple.

7. Our old toybox was decrepit and tended to litter wood and wicker bits and pieces in its general area. I found a new one on someone else's curb. I painted it and recovered the top bench.
What you can't see are the scuffed bench and stained material in the 'before.'
8. As a result, I now own a staple gun, something I have wanted for some time.

9. I also now know how to cover buttons. Granted, it's not at all difficult, but I didn't know how to do it before.

10. This season is full to the brim with "sing-outs." Today, my chorus sang at the National Christmas Tree, on the Ellipse behind the White House. I admit to getting a kick out of singing in the shadow of the Washington Monument.

Red hat in the left-middle. Closed eyes. That's me. And yes, the National Christmas Tree es muy llame.


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35 comments :

  1. LOOK AT YOU! SINGING! I love Leo's star! and I agree with him about the glitter glue!
    Nice job on the bench ... I like to make buttons its strangely satisfying! hahaha... Im not kidding I do like it for some reason!
    Have a good week... hey am I frist?

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    1. I AM FRIST!!!!! FRIST FRIST FRIST!!!!!!

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    2. FRIST for you!
      Yes, it is strangely satisfying. I was very disappointed that I only needed two.

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  2. Ack, you just reminded me of what still needs to be done!

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  3. The popsicle stick star looks lovely.

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  4. I'm so behind this year on Christmas prep. All I've done so far is bake. Now that my sons birthday will be out of the way after today I'll be able to bring up the decorations. Have quite a few busy days ahead of me.

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  5. I love the rehab on the toy box. My sister and I are trash pickers from way back. I did many popsicle stick ornaments with my preschoolers. There's the triangle that becomes a reindeer with a red pom pom and some brown pipe cleaners. Or a snowflake from 3 crossed sticks. Would look great with glitter glue! The chorus event is wonderful. Have fun, fun, fun.

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    1. I saw that somewhere recently. Probably Pinterest. Thanks for the comment, Val.

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  6. That toy chest is AWESOME! I would love to be able to do those things. Covering buttons? Now I'm super curious. I'm trying not to be jealous of your staple gun, and just be happy for you :) if anyone's earned, it's you!
    I love those popsicle stars, soooo cute! I like to have the kids make those and put a picture of them inside as a Christmas present. Hard for anyone to call you cheap when your kids make something with love. and GLITTER! December is like "Finally, we can dump glitter everywhere and it's socially acceptable."

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    1. You know, the damn staple gun was all of $15. Why did I hold out? I feel so powerful with it.
      Not just dump it, but wear it! I want to wash my hair in it!

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  7. I LOVE that popsicle star. I have one which I made as a toddler, and it still goes on the tree every year. That's a very precious ornament you have right there, my dear :)

    YAY YOU for singing and making and GETTING THINGS DONE! You are DOING IT :D

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    1. Yes, but sometimes I think we are overflowing in precious handmade artwork. Oh, slap me.

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    2. *grins* Can I flick you in the forehead and poke my tongue out instead? :p

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  8. Okay number one..... there is no such thing as too much glitter glue....it doesn't exist. When we did the kid's room in the old house. We used fairy wallies. and we sprayed glitter trails behind them with spray can glitter. So there is an idea......

    Oooohhh so handy. That toy chest is amazing!

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    1. That sounds beautiful! Thanks for the compliment, Erin!

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  9. First of all, why is the National Christmas Tree in a cage? Are they afraid it will try to get away?
    You live in SUCH a cool place that you can go sing (with your eyes closed) at the White House. Were the Obamas home? Did they come out to listen, offer you some hot chocolate?!
    You need to start your own repurposing business with all your furniture-in-trash-heap finds! You're so good at it!
    How do you cover buttons?!

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    1. A good question. And I have no good answer. But if I were guessing...to keep the birds out?
      How cool would it have been if the Obamas came out? I'd settle for the girls. How long has it been since you've been to DC? The WH is so barricaded off nowadays.

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  10. Your #10 is so awesome and I loved how you wrote (mostly) after present wrapping and Christmas cards. I haven't started writing mine at all and no presents are wrapped on my end. So in my world, you are way ahead of the game. Congratulations. And Merry Christmas too!

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    1. Yeah, it was awesome. Thanks so much for commenting!

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  11. This is the season of "mostly done" or "nearly started." I'm more on the "nearly started" side this year, but that's OK.
    Eyes closed or not, it looks like you had a great time. "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear." :-)

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  12. The first thing I thought when I read your post was "shit - I totally forgot about cards - dammit"
    But I moved on because I am convinced I will never actually manage to get cards out. Pfft.
    Then I went on to the glitter glue. When we have our awesome in-person get-together we need to bring a lot of glitter glue (and newspaper) because Kidzilla also believes that there is no such thing as too much glitter glue. It's like her favorite thing.
    I love that you sang by the Washington Monument!!! I am such a sucker for US History and I would be completely fangirlish if I got to do that. I would probably forget to sing.

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    1. Yes, to GG being part of the get-together!
      You know, it does not get old being so close to all these monuments. I still get a thrill from seeing them and knowing I can just hop on the Metro and be in the heart of all these historical buildings.

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  13. Wow - that trunk you remade is dah bomb! How did you....never mind. I won't understand. And even if I did...I won't do it. I was craft for like ten minutes once.
    Look at you all cute in your red hat, singing yer heart out. How cool is that??

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  14. I see you in the photo - how cool! And clearly I need to consult you before I attempt any more DIY. I'm going to recover my dining room chair cushions next. If it works, it will be a Christmas miracle.

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    1. I look so dopey in that red hat. I skipped it at the next singout. Good luck with that project!

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  15. Nice job on the bench! I would be too intimidated to take on a task like that. I also like your keyword "most"

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