Monday, December 8, 2008

My fingers hate me!

All because of this little project that I just HAD to do...



I took an antique soda crate (Coca Cola, of course), and used it to showcase my collection of vintage Shiny Brite ornaments. You have no idea how difficult it was to get those eye hooks screwed into each one of those little compartments. I thought I would be able to pull out the divider slats, and work on them outside of the crate. Or not. I had to cram my fingers in there, and work inside those itty bitty spaces. My poor fingertips are bruised and sore from pushing and screwing those darn eye hooks into that wood. But, about 2 hours later, I ended up with that nifty little display! I have big plans for this little holiday vignette area in the years to come. This year, however, I'm just a little too much "bah-humbug" to put a lot of effort into it. Plus, I am in dire need of some major flea marketing to complete my projects. On the list: vintage candlesticks (to mount my collection of vintage tree toppers on... a couple are on top of the crate here), ornate frames for a wall-hanging involving some gorgeous vintage light reflectors I just snagged, 3-D papier mache letters for the same wall hanging, and some vintage alphabet building blocks to adorn the top of the crate and spell out something Christmasy. Well, at least I know I have some projects to keep me busy while Bryan is deployed next year.

We spent most of this weekend at Hazel's first cheerleading competition (that's her on the top)...





So precious! And, she had the best time! Her team was champions of the "Tiny" division (it helps when you're the only team competing in your age group...LOL!). But, look at that trophy... it's almost bigger than she is!



That pretty much took up the whole weekend. Well, that and some outdoor decorating and serious dollhouse building. What did your weekend hold in store? I'll be back later with some updates from my December Daily album. Amazingly, I'm keeping on top of it... sort of.

13 comments:

Aimee said...

okay, so that is super cool. i love it. i think your fingers won't remember the pain next year and you'll be super glad you did it. you're so creative!

Mel G said...

Girl, that ornament display is genius!!!!! Definitely worth the pain you feel in your fingers!! hehe

KhrisW said...

Go Hazel! Congratulations! She earned it!

Callista said...

Look at Hazel go!

Cute idea for the display... I haven't even gotten my tree up yet. Not really feeling the season here... maybe later in the week.

Micayla said...

I popped over from Lizee's blog to say hello to another Jammie pant wearer! Love your blog, looks like you have a new reader!

~just me said...

omg! that is alot more advanced than i thought they would be doing (she is new at the whole cheerleading thing). wow! i guess being teensy tiny means she gets to be the flyer from here on out huh =0)

cute christmas display chicky
~k

Angie Tieman said...

Wow! Your ornament display is AWESOME!! I'm green with envy! Sorry for your sore, bruised fingers, but totally worth it!

mushroommeadows said...

seriously precious! what an amazing smile! :)

Dena Berg (SugarShop) said...

So I guess you won't be making any to sell? haha Awesome idea, totally worth the pain. :)

Michelle said...

What a fun idea. Sorry your fingers hurt so much. Hopefully you'll never have to do that again. Congrats to Hazel for winning the competition, even if there wasn't another group to compete against. :)

Jocelyn said...

I love the ornament display. Wow, that is so adorable. I need to make one and the pics of Hazel are so stinkin cute. Look at how little they are and the trophy is HUGE! I remember those days and what fun we had! Sorry about the sore fingers, but your hard work sure paid off! Have a great Wednesday!

~Sasha Farina~ said...

the display is oh so gorgeous!

Lainey-Paney said...

Oh, I love the crate though! I know it was hard work, but it looks awesome.

:)