Friday, January 10, 2014

Projects one by one getting done

I made gift tags out of some of the Christmas Cards.

Christmas Card Gift Tags

Recycling at its finest.  Cut out whatever part of the card you can save and then fold it over.  I make my gift tags all different sizes…just because I am anal retentive and want to change things up a bit.  Years ago I would have measured them so they would  be exactly the same size.  I would not made use of the cards with glitter either years ago..too messy..this year I threw caution to the wind and had a bit of glitter all over the table and me.  You could punch holes for a bit of string or ribbon like in the olden days before sticky tags.

Gift Tags

See all different sizes and some glitter too!

All the addresses were updated in my address book and in Far Guys data base for labels.  All the Christmas letters made it to the “library” and all the photos were marked with the year and put into a photo storage box.

I sent off my Altered Book for the book exchange and wrote cards and some notes to people who were heavy on my mind.  Another sympathy card was sent out too.

My Mother brought me a gift of four Shiny Brites or Shiny Brite relatives from a church sale.

Shiny Brites from my Mom

The far one was made in Austria, the gold one was made by the Coby Glass Company, the pink one is an unknown and the blue one down front is a Shiny Brite.

This year I added two boxes of the new Retro Shiny Brites that are sold at Menards. I was there on a 50% off day..so it was two for one…so now I have one box of Retro Shiny Brites for each of my grandchildren.

Shiny Brites new box

Yes the Shiny Brite tree is still up.  I have really enjoyed it after Christmas this year.

Shiny Brite Tree

I will begin the un-decorating soon.  It is quite a project. Every ornament has its place!

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28 comments:

  1. I don't blame you for leaving the shiny barite tree up, so beautiful to look at.....great idea about the cards, think I will do that next year, some are so beautiful, Blessings Francine.

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  2. I love your SB tree! Glad you found the ornaments half off for the grands. Your mom's finds are very pretty!

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  3. Wow! You are really organized. Making use of the Christmas cards is a great idea. Now you are set for next year's tags. The tree is such a great reminder of Christmas from my younger days. I love the ornaments.

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  4. I love your Shiny Brite tree. I used to recycle cards into gift cards. I just don't "do" that many presents anymore so I'm using up what I have. Have a great weekend. Hope you are starting to warm up a little.

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  5. Love the idea of cutting up the cards in preparation for next year. I've always saved them, but how nice to have them waiting for you, done.
    And the Shiny Brite tree is gorgeous!

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  6. That's a great idea, reusing cards like that. And I do love to see your Shiny Brite tree, so thanks for including it at least once more this season! :-)

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  7. I do have a few shiny brights, but I don't want/need any more ornaments. So, I'll be happy with what I have. I save cards too, but your tags are beautiful!

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  8. Great idea! How do you get them so even? Do you use a paper cutter? I can't cut even with scissors...I know that! Is your tree real? It's beautiful...sure looks real. I miss Menards..I used to go there all the time. You're so organized. I'm trying to get there. I was until I got sick and then moved and I've never caught up since...not really fair since I was always organized before and my house was always clean....I think it's all downhill from here! LOL! Just speaking for myself. I too love Shiny Brites. Take care and stay warm and safe above all....heat wave coming!

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  9. I did see the retros at Mennards. They were neat but my schedule seems never to work out to be there when they are put on a super sale. I didn't think I was going to work today so was planning to start taking some things down. I got called in late in the morning so I went to work. The shiny brites is a Christmas decoration but it can be just a winter decoration too.

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  10. I'd love to see your Shiny Brite tree in person and admire each and every bulb.

    I make postcards out of the useable fronts of Christmas cards to use the following year for short notes or greetings. Some are appropriate as Winter cards, too.

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  11. I too love seeing the shiny brite tree. It is beautiful. You must have the patience of Job! It is fun and encouraging to see how much you get done every day!

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  12. Excellent progress. I am truly impressed with the updated Christmas addresses. It does make sense to do it while it is fresh on your mind and not when it's super busy in December. I think it's great you still have the Shiny Brite Tree out to enjoy. You have more time to look at it now.

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  13. Your love of Shiny Brites has rubbed off on me. We have a handful (the style if not the brand) from our parents' trees, but I've begun to keep an eye out for the real thing when I'm in an antique shop. Such a nice tradition!

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  14. You are so very organized with all of your ornaments...I do love those shiny brights.

    And yes, the cranberry lemon scones were delish.

    Jen

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  15. Loving your SB tree and the gift tag cards you made. It pleases me when I can reuse/recycle items! I too decorate my tree with SB's and micro white lights. Missing my tree all ready :)

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  16. The card idea is a great one. I think I should pull out the christmas cards I got this year and see if I can do this.

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  17. Your shiny brite tree is beautiful! I can see why you want to leave it up longer to enjoy it.

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  18. I love recycling, and it love your gift tags. It seems I mostly got photo cards this year so I will only hav a couple of the usual ones to recycle. I think people find it easier to send a photo collage and skip the Christmas letter.

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  19. Stuff like this keeps us in the game. You connect with others and make plans for the future.

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  20. I always hated the "taking down" of Christmas. You indeed have a super large project in that one!

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  21. What a great idea for gift tags! If your shiny bright tree is artificial, maybe you should just leave it up year round. :-)
    How wonderful that your mother found you those shiny brites!

    Have a great weekend!

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  22. Wonderful idea for the cards . Such pretty shiny brights to. Mild warm melt down and rain for us this weekend gona be a sloppy mess ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good weekend !

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  23. Many of the cards we get are photo cards. Starting last year, I take all of those , punch a hole in the corner, and put them on a binder ring. I'll save them in a box to pull out in future years to compare with new ones. I did save parts of a few cards to make tags out of, but was not so organized as to actually cut them into tags like you. I keep a copy of our letter and my daughter's letter, but not the rest. It was just yesterday that I dispensed of the Christmas card basket. It was the last of the signs of the holiday season around here. But I love still seeing your tree.

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  24. You're so organised! Love those gift tags.

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  25. I make gift cards also! A nice way to save and reuse, me thinks!

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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  26. that is a lot of balls! This year I mostly just had icicles and lights. Even then it was a lot of work to take down.

    I'm intrigued by your gift card creations. Wonder if it is something grandchildren would enjoy as a craft.

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  27. Did my comment go through? - I think it is a great idea to make those cards - but of course, I only received 2 actual cards this year. The others were photo-cards. Hard to make anything out of those.

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  28. I just popped over from Linda Reeder's blog. I'm so glad I did. You've got such a fun blog to read. I've never heard of Shiny Brites. They sure are pretty.

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