Friday, November 23, 2012

Deck the Crochet Halls

How was your Thanksgiving? Did you eat yourself sick and then go back for seconds? Or did you stuff the turkey then your face then your buggy? I couldn't believe it when I saw the ads this year for Black Friday (which is the fastest growing anti-holiday in America). Did you know that some crazy people, yes I went there, were lined up NINE days ahead of time for deals on TV's (not to mention the store would only have 8 of said TV)? Oh, and did you ever wonder if those crazy people take into account the money they lose in pay from real jobs, buying extra food for the camping trip, possibly new tents and sleeping bags?

I can see it now .... 
  • Man #1: "Hey Bob! How was your vacation?"
  • Bob: "Oh, it was great! I was first in line at Blah Blah store to save 25%!"
  • Man #1: "You don't say? Wow, I only saved 20% when I bought that TV in September."
I say Boycott Black Friday and save yourself a lot of hassle. I might make shirts next year.

ANYway ... enough politicking, more crafting! A couple weeks ago I posted a rather sad ornament here. I mentioned then "This one still needs some embellishment" so here's the newer version and hence the name of this post; Deck the Crochet Halls (in my world) refers to adding embellishments to a finished product. 

Adding some ribbon and matching gems took this from boring to eye-catching!

By adding purple ribbon and some gems, this ornament is now Christmas Tree ready. You can do a number of things to ornaments like this; adding glitter glue, beads, ribbon, raffia, different color and textures of yarn. By doing so, you've taken something very plain and ordinary and turned it into something personalized for a friend, co-worker or family member.

How much or little you do depends on your taste and maybe even the taste of the person that will receive it. Take this next pic, for example. I added a LOT of stuff to it. Well, really just some very small buttons and different colors of glitter glue, but it looks much busier. Some people like it, some love it and others wouldn't look at it twice if it were on a craft table somewhere. Adding embellishments or deciding to leave something plain is entirely up to you, it's your creation, do with it what you will.

I call this Snowflake Carousel, it reminds me of the horses on a Merry-go-Round .

Whatever you decide to make this holiday season, consider "decking" to take your masterpiece from ordinary to extra-ordinary!

Now if you'll pardon me, I hear left-overs calling my name .......


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