7/15/09

Christmas in July and a secret

Dear Family and Friends who read this post,
In an effort to have my act together for Christmas (A mere 5 months away) it has become necessary for me to begin making your gifts early. You see, while I am pretty organized... you ought to focus more on the "pretty" part of Pretty Organized... not the beautiful definition. I'm the one that means... fairly or moderately. In other words: I don't completely have my act together.

Then I found this gorgeous beauty and I thought, "Self, you can spray paint a ceiling medallion... you can spray paint 20 before Christmas!"

And... I can sew trim on to tea towels for neighbor gifts.
And... all of those beautiful memories of summer don't have to be tossed in a box, they saddle up fine with sparkly bulbs and glittery crystals or floral for a fresh earthy winter wreath.
Christmas on the brain already? Yes! Why?!?! Because right now there are NO Christmas parties at school to attend (times 4 kids), No crazy lines at JoAnn's, No sugar stuffed children rearranging all of the ornaments on the tree and I have the time.

I'm uber Pretty Organized... that is- fairly or moderately so, and I'm hoping to make this Christmas a little calmer than last. Why... okay, shhh... I'll let you in on a secret... Promise not to laugh, hate me, or shun me because I've consequently had to cut down on my chocolate intake.... I'm training for my first triathlon. {Konk, gafaw, snort... stop laughing family and friends} No worries though... it's a Sprint triathlon-- those are triathlons for chocolate bingers like me! Race day is December 5th.... so if you visit December 6th and there's no triathlon post it's most likely due to the fact that I drowned mid way through the swim portion and my relatives are reading the will to find out who has the "laundry for 7 life sentence". If that is the case, I'll be in heaven resting, eating heavenly chocolate and watching all of you do your laundry.

16 comments:

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love these ideas!

Is the medallion one as easy as it looks? Just spray pain, some ribbon and (I'm guessing) some kind of hook for hanging?

Thanks for sharing!

slip4 said...

I love the medallion idea especially! Do you just find those at Home Depot?

Jane In The Jungle said...

Love the medallion idea.....and will there be Santa letters in the future as well??

mary said...

I love the ceiling medallion and it looks like I'm not the only one!

Jane In The Jungle said...

OK I'm REALLY interested in those medallions. How heavy would they be?
Our church youth group is having a fundraiser in the fall and those would be perfect for it. Can you get the medallions in plastic?

Myrnie said...

Ooh, I saw those medallions in the BHG newsletter yesterday- so wonderful! I've had Christmas on the brain, too- I'm always disappointed when December 25th comes and my gifts are rushed out the door :o(

Good luck on your sprint tri! My husband did his first last month- LOVED it. Absolutely a blast to do!

lkjatl said...

LOVE the medallions! Am going to go purchase some today!! My girlfriends/mom/sil would love something like that for a gift. And, as my husband likes to say "she'll spray paint anything that isn't nailed down!" Thanks for the fabulous ideas, keep them coming.

ST. MICHAEL'S WIFE said...

Wow! I have a medallion in my craft cubby right now! (The garage sale lady GAVE it to me 'cause I bought so much other stuff!) Now I know what to do with it! FABULOUS idea, you brilliant sista! And maybe I'll start on Christmas early this year, too, since I'm now so inspired by your incredible-ness! Woo-hoo to you!

Grins! Pamm

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Hurray for you for signing up for the triathlon. :)

As for Christmas in July, I have also been thinking about Christmas gifts. We need to spend LESS this year, and I'd love to make some gifts. We have a 4 yr. old bday in December, then Christmas, then a 2 yr. old bday in January. I do NOT want to be broke until February. ;)

The ceiling medallion is wonderful!!! Is that photo yours? I'm wondering how it would look in bright green with Christmas ribbon....

JadeLD said...

The ceiling medalion is gorgeous - I never thought of that! I have also started buying things here and there for people for Christmas time, I find this really helps but I have to keep a note or I end up with 3 presents for 2 person. It also relieves some of the must buy fever of the sales!

Melissa Miller said...

You have a wonderful blog!
I'll be back to visit often. :)

Valencia said...

oooooo you've done it now...lol Now I've got the Christmas bug...fa lalalalalalalala....

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Oh. my. goodness. That ceiling medallion/wreath is the coolest thing EVER! What a great gift idea, I'm going to find some to paint!

HeathahLee said...

Do you have posts about those projects? That medallion is GORGEOUS! I have Christmas on the brain, too, and I can't wait to get started! I promised myself I wouldn't wait until the last week of November to get ready.

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Is my computer just not loading the color right, or is your text yellow on white background. I can't see it unless I highlight it.

Erin said...

Love the Christmas ideas and I'm right there with you! Congratulations on your goal of a triatholon and I can't wait to read about your training...

 
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