Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tags and trees

Still working my way through Tim's tags. Finished 3 & 4.

The original can be found here. I really like how this one turned out. Followed Tim's directions for the most part, but I didn't have any moss for under the bird. Searching through my stuff, I found this really cool packaging I had saved and thought that a little piece of it would look like a bird's nest. Inked it and crumpled it up a little and I think it turned out rather well. My package of memo pins is missing, so I wrapped my sticker with red wire. I like the memo pin better and may change it if I ever find them. I couldn't find any tiny tinsel garland, but I thought the silver beaded garland was pretty.

The original for #4 can be found here. This tag gave me fits! I didn't have any facets, so I tried using an oval fragment. It took several tries to get it to look right and then when I went to put a hole through, it cracked the charm. At that point, I used it anyway. :) Then my baubles kept falling off the jump ring and I'm still missing one. Have no idea where it ended up. Might be hanging out with my memo pins...

I used some snowflakes instead of Prima bling on the card...and when I was finished, I was looking for something else and found the exact package of bling Tim used in my stash. Oh well... I really liked the original but it is not my favorite finished tag.

It is getting harder and harder to keep holiday traditions as my kids get older. Notice that only half of the children are pictured. We ALWAYS go get a tree together, but not this year. It gets more difficult with teenagers who are always busy, always have something else going on. Micah was gone to the state robotics competition, Matt had swim practice and McKelle is on crutches. I get a little teary when I realize everything can't stay the same - always changing, always growing and probably sooner than I can handle, moving on.

(Just so you know, for any perfectionists that may be reading, I totally redid the ribbon this morning. With kids helping, one ribbon roll ended right smack dab in the front of the tree. I lasted 3 1/2 days before I had to change it...)


jamie long said...

now thats a tree! that first tag is the best ive seen.

Denise said...

Oh my gosh...your tags are amazing! Your take on Tim's is perfect. I get you on the traditions with older kids. All my photos of going to get a tree had one really happy little girl and two clearly not wanting to be there 12 and 13 year olds. LOL

Amy Coose said...

What gorgeous tags! I just love your tree. I get your perfectionism, LOL!

Jill said...

I love your blog header pic -- too cute! The tree is pretty. The colors are LOVELY. Our trees tend to be every color of the rainbow, but I've always wanted to try more of a color-scheme approach. My sentimentality always wins out and the mish-mash of ornaments from Christmases past appears every year.

Marshall Lynch said...

wow very artistic design.
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