• belated Christmas greetings

    Date: 2014.01.02 | Category: Christmas, crafts | Tags: ,,,

    Well hello!  Even though I’m the most erratic blogger E V E R, I thought I’d get a post up with the details about this year’s Christmas ornament… mostly because the story behind it makes me happy.

    When my dad died this past April, we spent time a lot of time reminiscing about our favorite dad quirks and sayings… my dad sure had a lot of them!  He was always saying things like “Mess with the bull, you get the horns” and “I’ll give you something to cry about!”  Or when he’d come into the house he’d shout “Don’t pay the ransom, we escaped!”  One of his funny quirks was that he hated pennies… he thought they were worthless and would sometimes go on about how he wouldn’t bother to bend over to pick one up, or how when he got a handful of change he would throw away the pennies on his way out the door.  This, of course, led to a general sense of outrage by the rest of his cheapskate family, and resulted in several practical jokes involving pennies- glued into jars, covering a box containing a gift, an April Fools Day penny tree, over the years there were many.  On the day of my dad’s burial we each placed a penny on his coffin before it was lowered as a way of sending him off.  So I knew early on that I wanted this years Christmas ornament to somehow involve pennies in his honor.

    I started trolling Pinterest and came across these two ideas, and decided to meld the two together…

    Penny Wreath on Etsy

    Tutorial for a penny pendant

    I ended up with this!

    front of penny wreath ornament

    back of penny wreath ornament

    I am very happy with how they turned out… but man, it was tricky to get them to come together!  It took several different tries before I found a glue/circle size/orientation that was sturdy enough to stay together.  I ended up using Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to cover the green wrapping paper circles- I liked that it didn’t require time in the oven to set, but did find that it took well more than 24 hours to fully cure.  It also kept lifting off with the E6000 glue I used to assemble the wreath, so I finally made the ornaments reversible (I originally envisioned two layers of green facing up with a plain penny back side) so I was only gluing metal to metal and not metal to Dimensional Magic.  I think that ended up turning out nicely anyway, since you often see the backs of ornaments.

    It makes me happy to have a Christmas ornament in my dad’s honor and makes me laugh to think of what his reaction would have been to receive one.  Of course our first Christmas without him just wasn’t the same.  We missed you, dad!

    Since I’m on here posting I thought I’d attach a crummy photo of our Christmas card…

    and a copy of the actual picture since the card came out so dark…

    Happy New Year to you and your family… make the most of your time together this year.