Wednesday, December 17

Beaded Christmas ornaments

We've been making our own Christmas ornaments again since we're still in that stage where having store-bought ornaments proves a danger to the ornaments and small children. Last year we stuck with paper. Chains, candles, stars. This year, we're stepping it up a notch to include beads, pipe cleaners, buttons, wire. And probably still paper.
Last week, while we were in the beginning stages of illness and confined to our home, we had beaded ornament-making sessions every afternoon. Now that we're still sick, we've moved to buttons, but more on those later. The first picture above includes some ornaments I made, some we made together, and a few the kids made themselves (minus the tying off and making a bow). The second picture is made up primarily of their creations. I hadn't anticipated the kids would be so excited, or at the least satisfied, with merely bending a pipe cleaner and hanging it on the tree. Shows what I know. They're proud of them all and so am I.

Personal Update: Thanks to those of you sticking with me through my sporadic posting. Our computer is still shot. Yes, I'm posting with ESP again. No, not really. I'm using something so old I can't even get the italic function to work. You know we were out of town the entire week of Thanksgiving, came home to a dead computer, all became sick, I spent a long weekend visiting my sister in California (more on that later), came home still sick to a still dead computer, and am now just waiting for our new one to arrive and be installed and whatnot. I really do plan to post more regularly once we have a working computer. Thanks to the new folks who've commented recently. I'll be back. (You can say that like Arnold if you want and I won't think any less of you).

Oh, and by the way, we recently uncovered our baby fingernail clippers, my wedding ring, and our green Thomas the Train wagon. I may have to continue posting my ads publicly if it brings that kind of luck.

12 comments:

Amy said...

Woohoo! Fresh post! It's a great day. :)

Lucky Me! said...

Very cute ornaments!! Good luck with your computer. I know just how frustrating it can be too!

moomer said...

I can just imagine the kids pushing those little beads onto the pipe cleaners. Wish I'd been there with the video camera to catch the action & conversation. Cute stuff!

Maggie Ann said...

I always love to see what you've been up to making! You inspire me. Sorry about your pc...but thats good a new one is on the way. I'm taking a quick break here....just googled plantain/jello but came up with not one recipe. I can't eat bananas but love a ripe plantain...(when the skin turns black, they get sweet). I'm wanting to know how they do in jello but guess I'll just have to try a recipe and find out the hard way. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Susie C said...

These ornaments are awesome! We're always on the prowl for fun, simple and cheap. Way to fit the bill.

More pressingly, though, where was the ring? And how did you find it? Please, do tell! As one who also has a strong tendency to lose important, small items, I love to hear fellow sufferers' stories!

Megan said...

Lucky Me,
Thanks for the empathy. Funny how important computers have become.
Maggie Ann,
Thanks! And good luck with the plantain jello. I, too, love eating plantains (typically sauteed or maybe pan-fried?) but I can't say I'd be enthused about eating them in jello. Maybe you can report back about that.
Susie,
You know, my wedding ring stories are never very interesting. I've lost it repeatedly (for long periods of time) and it has ended up somewhere I purposefully put it that I thought I'd remember and never did. I come across it when finally looking for something else I've hidden it with. BUT, the baby fingernail clippers were found in a freezer mug. In the freezer. Hmmm.....

Rachel said...

We love doing these type of crafts

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so easy for little fingers!

I've enjoyed your blog - hope things get better soon.

Demand More said...

Great idea! We're also down with illnesses, this will be a good thing for the kids to do while I lay on the couch :)

Miller Moments said...

I love the bead ornament craft and can't wait to try with my kiddos. What a great activity for fine motor skills.

Alison said...

Very cute ornaments. We have been having a little pipe cleaner fun as well. It is amazing how entertaining these things are! My little buddy loves them.

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