Oh it is that wonderful time of year, the time when we know the year is halfway done and the holidays will be here before we know it! With the summer heat, the last thing you probably are thinking about is snowflakes and sledding but I find this is a great time to get started on those holiday projects. December 24th will be here sooner than we all plan on it!
Several of my friends have organized "Christmas in July" Card Camps which are tons of a fun and a great way to get ahead on your holiday projects. Dress in your finest Christmas sweater, bring warm apple cider and gingerbread cookies to the potluck, and spend the day stamping snowflakes and "Warm Winter Wishes" as you get all of your Christmas Cards created.
I like to have my family make their holiday wish lists now. It helps my budget but also, it helps me schedule out projects I can make versus buy. And let's not forget the added benefit of holding those high priced gifts over the kids heads during summer break (Santa's making a list and checking it twice.....).
But one of the most lovely things I enjoy about the holidays is decorating. Every year my decorations seem to go up later and later. This year I have decided I will start working on my decorations now. If I create just one decoration a month, I will have plenty of wonderful, handcrafted items to decorate with come the end of November.
I decorated this acrylic stocking with nothing more than a bit of trim, Top Boss Embossing Powder, and Colorbox Pigment Ink. Easy Peasy!
Top Boss Embossing Powder in White
Colorbox Full Size Pigment Inkpad in Silver
Colorbox Fluid Chalk Cat's Eye Inkpad in Chestnut Roan
Pom-Pom Trim - Bazzill
Other Trim, Brass Rings, Satin Ribbon, Chandelier Crystals - hydrangeahippo.etsy.com
Gold Cord - Michael's
Stocking - Clear Scraps
Pearl Bling - Prima
Paper - KaiserCraft
Heat Gun, Punch, Stamp - Other
Tutorial here: http://hydrangeahippo.blogspot.com/2011/06/christmas-in-july.html