11 Dec 2009, 4:14pm

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  • In my napsack stash

  • Snowflakes and Lanterns

    (no I did not make this particular snowflake but it is a part of our deco)

    I don’t care what anyone says, making your own decorations is magical.

    It’s nice to buy them because it’s easier.  But taking the time to scout around for family friendly crafts is so rewarding.  Last night, I pulled out the construction paper, scissors, tacks, glue and ribbon in hopes of making as many lanterns as possible for the playroom.  Skyler, my brother, was reluctant at first but when he saw how cool it looked he was all smiles.  And of course, Cylas is right handed while I am a lefty, so helping him cut the lantern was a little difficult, if not awkward.  In the end, we had a lot of fun snipping and gluing to the tunes of “Silver Bells”, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and so on.

    If we’re being honest, and I am, I bought some decorations this year.  It’s necessary to have a base to work from and good ol’ Target never fails.  (Also, taking into consideration we gave away EVERYTHING when we moved back East.)  As I’ve mentioned before, my creativity is undeveloped.  So, I tend to find nifty things and grab everything cute only to have missed the whole point of a theme.  Uhg.  Why are themes so hard?  Don’t ask.  A theme is a theme, right?  Nope, not to me.  A theme is something complicated and I like a lot of different themes!  Can’t I just do them all?  The color palette, shapes, sizes, animals or candy, people or towns.  It’s so confusing to me.  So, that’s why I have lanterns and snowflakes.  I’m doing it again.  The whole ‘underdeveloped creativity’ thing.  My flakes and lights go together, right?

    I think they do.  It reminds me of Christmas time in an old town with only lanterns hanging from the posts for light.  And Cylas thought his lanterns were pretty cool, too.  He was jumping and staring at everything.  But his delight turned into a challenge — and here is where I groan.  Who thinks of trying to throw plastic fish at the decorations in your room?  Cylas does.  So now I’m on snowflake and lantern duty.  If those things fall or rip, I’m going to bust my capillaries. 
    They were hard work!

    Thank you gods of imaginitiveness for gifting me with the most confused version of creativity — ever. Amen.

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