I tried another new thing this weekend! One of my aunts decided to have a crafting party for the women on opening day of Hunting Season, and invited the women in the family over for crafts and lunch. I think I use to be more creative and enjoyed craft type activities, but it has been a long time since I have spent my time doing it, with the exception of the apron I made.
When I arrived at my aunt’s she had several options of wooden signs to make that she had found ideas for on Pinterest. I ended up making two different signs.
This first one took a long time. We didn’t have stencils so we were using tracing paper for the lettering. After the lettering was traced on then we used paint markers. It was looking nice, but I wanted the big letters to be a little bolder so I broke out the white paint. After I started painting letters I ended up doing them all and then decided to add a little glitter to the star. I was thrilled with the way it came out, not perfect, but good enough for me.
The wooden tree was a different kind of project. My mom and I decided to work on these little trees while the others were finishing up their projects. My mom was putting the words “Unto us a child is born”, but she pointed out there were 5 lines just like the 5 members of my family, so I took her advice.
Only the tree was already a brownish greenish color (it was leftover wood from my parents’ house siding). I used red paint for the letters but when I was finished it reminded me of blood and I couldn’t leave it like that. So when it dried a little I painted over it with dark green lettering and that wasn’t good either. So I decided to take it home and finish it later (at this point we had been crafting for over 5 hours and I was guessing Dustin was ready for a break from the kids).
On my way home I stopped quick and picked up some paint colors I wanted to try on my tree. When I got home I went to work and came out with this:
I wish I had a picture of the first one to show you the improvement!
So I ended up with two fun Christmas signs to put up in my house, which I easily could have spent $40 on and all it was is leftover wood, paint, and a little glitter.
I do have to say though; the best part of the crafting day was how much I enjoyed spending time with my family. We have had normal family get togethers, and tea parties (my family is big on this), and cookie exchanges, but this was our first crafting day. I got to spend a few hours with my mom, Grandma, an aunt, two cousins, and two cousins-to-be. We had amazing food like homemade soup, salad, bread, cookies, cupcakes, mini quiches, and a lot more.
It was a great way to spend a Saturday and something out of the ordinary that hopefully will become something we do more often.