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~*~*~*~*~*~*~HAPPY 2012!~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

My Christmas holiday was a whirlwind of traveling and fun filled with loving family and delicious foods, accompanied by a 2 week sinus infection/ allergy situation. On the road to recovery (and pumped full of antibiotics, allergy pills and, cough syrup) I am back!

I got so many new “toys” for Christmas that I can’t wait to use and share with you all! I have a feeling things are gonna be rather crafty around here this winter πŸ˜€ and of course, organized πŸ˜‰

But before any of that I wanted to share a little something we did last night for New Years Eve… We made a time capsule! I’ve been obsessed with time capsules since we decided to do one at our wedding, I can only imagine the things we’ll find in there in 2020!

20111230-001909.jpgWe started our 2011 time capsule with a plastic food storage container from the dollar store and a newspaper from New Years Eve, set out some scrap paper and markers and a couple disposable cameras…there’s just something fun about the “old fashioned” mystery of not being able to see and retake every photo – it was pretty funny how many times we tried to look at the (nonexistent) screen to take the photo! We had a few family and friends over to ring in the new year, mixed with our martini making bar…we’re already anxious to see whats in this time capsule πŸ˜‰ I will exercise my patience and pack it away today with the Christmas decorations so we can open it next New Years Eve…

So I wanna know…What are some of your New Years Eve and New Years Day traditions? Corned beef and cabbage? Black eyed peas? Wearing yellow underwear? Eating grapes at midnight?


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There’s just something about a gift wrapped up with ribbon and handmade bows. I’m kind of a sucker for pretty ribbon and like to keep it handy for projects, but it gets messy when you have several spools all tangled up in a box or bag together — it’s sort of like hangers in a laundry basket, neat and tidy when they’re all organized but a stressful disaster when they get hooked together! So, I made ribbon organizers (for barely over $1.00 each!)

For this little project I picked up a couple plastic containers at the dollar store — any size size or style will work, I wanted to make sure mine had lids so I could stack them. If you aren’t concerned with having a lid, then you could use the plastic containers that have small holes on the sides (this will save you the step of making holes in your container). I used wooden skewers because I have a huge pack of them, but a small wooden dowel would work the same.


1.) Begin by using a ruler or tape measure and a permanent marker to mark the center of each end of your plastic container…

2.) Make holes just large enough for the dowel or skewer to have a snug fit. I planned on doing this with the hot tip of my hot glue gun…BUT, my hot glue gun is M.I.A. 😦 Soooo, first I attempted slowly drilling a hole, and this happened…Again, I’d like to say I recommend using a hot glue gun, but sometimes ya gotta get creative…Whatever your method, if the plastic is being melted make sure to do it in a well ventilated area!

3.) Turn the container on it’s side and make holes for the ribbon to “dispense” through. On one container I made the holes circles for thin, curling ribbon – on the other I made the holes flat slits for thicker ribbon.

4.) Poke the dowel or skewer through one end of the container and begin adding spools of ribbon, threading the end through the dispenser hole on the side. When you have addedΒ  all of your ribbon, poke the dowel or skewer through the other end of the plastic container…

5.) Trim the end of your dowel or skewer so that just an inch or so is sticking out on both ends, my skewers cut easily with scissors but a dowel or anything thicker may require more heavy duty shears…

Now get busy wrapping gifts! πŸ™‚

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