He fell on his rump-a-pum-pum! Sorry, I couldn't resist posting another one. That Buddy, he's been such a jokey-jokester lately.
So we finally got the tree up this week and managed to do the decorations this afternoon. Thank goodness! But Buddy didn't seem to mind the bare tree with just the lights, which made me feel even more guilty that it took almost a week to finish all the decorating.
I've been crazy busy at work, so most of my Christmas plans have fallen by the wayside if not crossed off the list all together. Sometimes I think I should skip all blogging during December as it tends to make me feel worse seeing all the fabulous crafts and decorating everyone's doing while I barely got the tree up a week before Christmas. But the tree is up and most of the shopping is done, so who am I to complain?
Speaking of complaints, a lump of coal to the electronics retailer on Amazon who wanted to charge me $59.00 in standard delivery shipping charges for an item that cost $64.95 and only weighs 3 pounds. Hawaii may not be a part of the continental United States but that doesn't give you the right to rip us off on shipping. Auwe!
And on that same note, three cups of good cheer to whoever invented Starbuck's Cranberry Bliss Bars. They are aptly named and always a delight. Buddy and I whipped up a batch this afternoon after we decorated the tree. We used this recipe for a mock version I posted in January.
I can't believe it's already December. We were supposed to put up the tree this weekend but never found the time to squeeze it in. Hopefully we can get it done this week, I know Buddy can't wait. I did manage some Christmas crafting during the game last night.
We tend to give out a lot of gift cards this time of year, and I always feel a bit sheepish just giving them out in those cardboard holders they provide at the store. So I came up with these felt reindeer pouches sized to fit a standard gift card (sans cardboard holder). I made two different versions one hand-stitched with felt antlers and a quicker machine sewed version with pipe cleaner antlers. I didn't want to have to fiddle with too many little pieces so the ears are part of the back pattern piece. Here's what it looks like from the back.
Wanna make one? Here's a pattern with instructions for the hand-stitched version.
(Update: I noticed a small error on the pattern where I wrote "ear placement" instead of "antler placement". Sorry if that confused anyone. I reloaded the file with the correct wording and some revised instructions. Thanks!)