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Another Christmas has passed, I hope yours was as great as mine.  With the exception of all of my step-siblings missing out on Christmas Day because they were either sick or working, it was a whole weekend of celebrating with friends and family.

I wanted so badly to share this year’s Christmas projects but it would have spoiled the surprise for a lot of the recipients so it had to wait.  So this week I will share my little projects with you, starting today with this one:


Some of you will recall me mentioning Older & Wisors 31 Ways to Wrap Your Crap and this tag idea she featured. As soon as I saw it I knew which picture I wanted to use:


This is my dad dressed up like Santa Claus, circa 2006ish.  Who better to put on your tags than Santa?!  And since I already had the photo, it was FREE.  I like free.


I resized the photo and printed multiples out onto white cardstock.  The white cardstock cost me a couple of bucks for the entire pack because I found a small pack at Michael’s on sale.  I think I used 3 sheets of the cardstock so the cost for this project was pennies.


I bought this tag die cut at Michael’s right after Thanksgiving with a 50% off coupon, I think it cost me about $7 and I will get so much use out of it.  Using the die cut I punched out the tags and attached them to the gifts with ribbon.


It took people a few minutes to recognize the photo but once they actually did they were cracking up laughing, especially my dad.  A few people even saved it after they opened their gift.  I thought it was as special memory and a nostalgic way to celebrate yet another year of giving.

So there was Project #1!  Using my Michael’s coupons wisely I was able to recreate this project for less than $10 and have cardstock and the die cut to use for future projects.  Stay tuned for the rest!


1) The 31 Days challenge was by far the hardest thing I've participated in, blog-wise that is.  I had the best of intentions- I was going to write at least the first half of the posts ahead of time so I didn't have to worry about writing every single day.  I did not manage to pull that off, in fact, I don't think in the whole 31 Days I prepared a single post ahead of time.  And there were many days I was writing at 11:30 pm, just barely getting it under the wire.  It didn't kill me, but next year I will be better prepared.

2) As much as I enjoyed my personal writing process and hearing from all of you (site comments, Facebook comments, comments from people I ran into, phone calls, texts) I really, really, REALLY enjoyed reading the 31 Days threads from other writers.  Many of the "regulars" I read participated, of course, but through this process I found some other sites that I have so enjoyed and I learned some great stuff from their 31 Days journeys:

Ashley at One Ordinary Day- I was very interested in Ashley's topic right from the start because "rest" is not something that comes naturally to me.  My brain does not like to shut down and at times I struggle with feeling guilty for needing to take a break.  Every day of Ashley's 31 Days were filled with honest encouragement on the topic of rest.  She shared quotes, songs and her own thoughts but nothing impacted me more than this video on "testimony"
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Cardboard Testimonies from College Park Church on Vimeo.

She reads Jane Austen & L.M. Montgomery which makes her a kindred spirit and I am so happy our little worlds collided.

Rebecca at Older and Wisor- You better believe I'm going to read a thread that is called "31 Ways to Wrap Your Crap."  For 31 days she presented some of the most clever and fun gift wrap ideas I have ever seen.  This one was my favorite:

You can catch up on all her ideas here.  Thanks, Rebecca, for all the great ideas!

And lastly,

Hayley from The Tiny Twig- Talk about good timing!  Hayley did a 31 day series called 31 Days to a No Brainer Wardrobe.  I have been staring at my closet for months knowing I needed to clean out all the clothes that no longer fit, have no "matches", etc. and put some order to the whole mess.  Her advise was straight forward and very doable.  She even provided lists like this one:

Which prompted me to finally buy these:

Source: zappos.com via Carey on Pinterest


I am partly through my Great Closet Clean Out and I have Hayley to thank!

All in all, October was a terrific learning experience around here and I am already plotting the course for next year's 31 Days.