Happy Monday everyone!!
Well it was another cold weekend in Kansas. I spent the weekend getting the house cleaned up for Thanksgiving and doing my absolute favorite thing: putting up the Christmas tree!
Nothing makes me happier.
This year it is silver, white, and I am changing things up a bit and adding in some aqua. I know, me adding aqua … what a shock.
Topher puts up the tree and hangs the lights. He was so frustrated! We bought all new strands of lights last year, and when he went to put them on only one strand worked. So rather than testing them out bulb by bulb, off to Lowes he went. After grumbling something about manufactures creating Christmas lights designed to fail and his hourly wage is worth more than replacement strands … the tree is finally, beautifully lit!
The unnamed child and I handle the decorations. We had Christmas music on all day, which makes the child and I giddy — but I could tell Topher was done with it already.
Let me tell you this, I am obsessed with everything Christmas. Christmas trees, Christmas lights, and most of all Christmas music. I start listening to it the day our local radio station starts it, and my radio (or Topher’s car radio when I’m in it) does not change stations until Christmas day is over. It is the law in our household, so Topher has finally given up trying to win that one. Pick your battles.
I still have to get the rest of the house decorated, and I am definitely needing some inspiration for my mantle.
Growing up, Christmas Eve was always spent at my maternal grandma’s house. She passed years ago, but this time of year I am always thinking of her. One thing I have of hers is her sewing basket. I was looking through it the other day and found a package of vintage buttons. They had been in there forever, so I decided to make a button ornament with them.
Here is what you will need:
- A Styrofoam ball
- Some buttons (mine where vintage but any kind will do)
- A hot glue gun
- A piece of twine or ribbon
- Four straight pins
- A small piece of fabric (just enough to cover your ball)
First off, I cut out a piece of fabric that would cover my entire ball and hot glued it on. I had an old lace table cloth that had been ruined and used that.
Once your fabric is glued on, measure a piece of twine or ribbon around 5 inches long (that is going to be the loop that holds your ornament on the tree). Fold your twine in half and insert two straight pins on either end through the ball.
Next start gluing on your buttons. Try to cover as much of the fabric as possible. I used several different sizes of buttons to get the most coverage.
Once the whole ball is covered with buttons, you are finished!
Like I said, super easy. The most time consuming part is gluing on the buttons.
I am so glad that I did this! Now every time that I see it on my tree I will think of my Gram.
Do you have any holiday traditions to honor or remember your family members who have passed?
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