Christmas Crafting

No, this isn’t a post about Christmas crafts – I’m crafting a Christmas present! Or trying to. I’ve run into a bit of a snag… First off, source image:

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I’m not entirely sure how theirs worked, but it’s supposed to be a family tree. I did it so each generation is a shade of blue. And here is my first question… Layout. I’m pretty sure I know which one I want to go with, but I’ll wait until you can see the pictures and decide for yourself before I say it:

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My first thought was an individual for each piece of paper. So the top four dark ones would be my grandparents. The two in the second row are my parents. The six that are kind of squished there are my siblings, myself, and our spouses. My sister and her husband are the only ones with children, so the bottom three are their three kids.


My second thought was lumping us in with our spouses. So it goes four grandparents, two parents, three siblings/spouses, and three kids.


Alright, so the one I think I like best is B. A just looks awfully crowded. But now that I’m looking at the picture, the geometric shape that makes is kind of cool. So what do you think??

Instead of writing with my own unimpressive handwriting, I decided to use stamps! I went with a little box of letters and silver ink.

Christmas Crafting | The Wilson BuzzNow. For the problem…

Christmas Crafting | The Wilson BuzzYeah…it doesn’t really show up on the two lighter shades of blue. Which was one of my fears! But I was afraid that if I went with a darker ink it wouldn’t show up on the darker blues. Of course, on hers you can’t really see the names at ALL in the original. I think she wrote them in tiny silver letters on the wing corners. I don’t really want to use two different inks… Maybe I could use black with silver on top of it? I’m just not sure…

You’ll also notice I don’t have her fancy butterfly hole punch. Heck if I know where to get that one. Also, hole punches are friggen EXPENSIVE. This bad boy was over $20! The frame was over $30… So this is the only gift my parents are getting. WHICH MAKES IT EVEN MORE IMPORTANT.

I’m going to buy some black ink for the gallery, anyway, so it won’t hurt to try the black/silver out to see what it looks like… I really want to get this finished so it’s one less thing to worry about before Christmas. Mr. T’s present is already not getting finished. I chose a very elaborate cross-stitch pattern and am not focused enough to finish it in a timely manner. SO SORRY.


So I got black ink and have a couple more pictures. Let me know what you think.

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just black black, then silver

4 thoughts on “Christmas Crafting

  1. wow this looks like an amazing project to not involve your husband with because he loves you and doesn’t want to stifle you creativity. also it’s like you’re the same person and when one of you has an idea, the other has the same idea, so what’s the point…….. what’s the pooooooooooiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnt

    • That’s what I ended up doing, but lining them up was a ***** so they’re kind of all over the place. A couple of letters were WAY out of line, and some totally covered up the black. But whatever. GOOD ENOUGH. lol!

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