Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Ornaments.

A few years back, Hallmark began creating ornaments to house photographs. I got a bunch of them that year, and gave each one of them as gifts to my husband's aunts. They loved them so much, it sparked a tradition.

This year, I decided to start collecting ornaments that hold photographs too. So I got to playing, and this is what I have so far. Each one of the photos is from a Christmas past. And this entire tree are pictures from either my childhood, or favorite old photographs. I am now working on my husband's childhood Christmas pictures, and those will go on another tree on the other side of this sofa table. They're not large trees, but walking by them brings a big smile to my face...

I made a ton of these block ornaments in 2004. I made them by the dozen and gave them to family members and neighbors, and they make me happy. Becky Higgins had the idea originally and I believe it was in a CK somewhere...
On the bottoms of the blocks, there is a name and a date representing each person on the block. You could do individuals or entire groups could be done easily. Buy the plain wood blocks, use paint pens (they cover so much nicer and only require one coat and I love them!). Print out your photos, leaving room to see the wood block underneath. Then place an epoxy sticker (clear ones) over the top of the picture, to give it that raised look. I also added the epoxy sticker to the name on the bottom as well. Put in a small eye hook on the top (didn't even require a drill--just a strong wrist) and some ribbon, and you're done!

And for the 3 people who asked about my return address label stamp, I got it from sweetpaperie.etsy.com.
Enjoy your evening!

5 comments:

Valerie said...

Those photo trees are stunning, Trish. And those photo block ornaments...yep..onto the list. (check!) Keep inspiring me, girlfriend!

forby01 said...

I LOVE the photo block ornaments...I know what I'm planning for next Christmas!! :)

Anilu Magloire said...

Absolutely beautiful!

I love Sweet Paperie!!

Gina (frazzledmom) said...

I love those blocks - I started a set of 3 last year - spelling out J-O-Y, and am trying to get them completed this year. Should I even be publicly admitting that it takes me a year to complete a project!?! 8O

Love your photo ornaments!

Joanna said...

I LOVE, LOVE those soap dispenser ideas!! Simple, Quick and oh soo cute! TFS!