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NYE Weekend Craft

Do you believe all things Christmas have to end on the 25th?  Like waking up and the radio station that plays Christmas music 24/7 starting before thanksgiving is suddenly not Christmas music anymore on the 26th.  

I don't believe in this.  I don't even think decorations should come down until the new year.

Karen's in town this weekend to ring in the new year in Chicago so we went to Waffles (yes, again) for brunch.  Last time we went I informed her it was byob once we were already there (she was a bit upset with me).  This time we walked out my door and she requested we stop for champagne.  That girl can have some memory when she wants to.  We did walk right by a grocery store so we bought the cheapest one ($5 Heeeeyyyy!).  Yes, it had a screw top because we're classy like that.  And made some mimosas at the restaurant.
clearly I was excited about this photo... not

After eating (& drinking) too much we walked over to the craft store and got supplies to make these.  (We used one rolled up package of red felt (36"x36") & 5 squares of white felt for 2 and had leftovers.)

I finished mine before Karen finished and had a few tips to share:
-Leave some space on the bottom to fold over.  It creates some weight to the banner & I like the look.
-Figure out your spacing before gluing.  Yes, this may be common sense, but I get excited.

I'm excited to use it as a wonderful decoration... next year.  (Karen is excited to use her's too, although I don't think she likes it as much as I do.)  Hey 2013, I'm excited for you!

On the topic of wrapping up Christmas... I got that sweater above which was originally $128 for about $20 so that's always nice.... Thanks, Mom.

I also hit up one of my local stores for their 50% off Christmas stuff and got and abstract Cardinal ornament for $3.  We know what that stands for!  Excited to use that next year too.  


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