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2014 Christmas Ornaments

Before I unveil the 2014 ornament, I though it would be nice to see the last five years.
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And now, without further ado, the 2014 Godkid Christmas Ornament:

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Paw Print Ornaments

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I saw these ornaments on Pinterest and they were so easy I had to make them. From left to right: Toby, Rodney, Auggie.

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Christmas Tradition

Ashley, Ed, and I have a Christmas tradition that started accidentally… In 2008, we took our group photo in front of the Christmas tree and some time later (probably when I printed the photo), we realized that we were all wearing Aeropostale hoodies. We decided we had to do this every year.

2008 AeropostaleNow, each year, Ed gets a hoodie for his birthday, so that we can continue the tradition.

AeropostaleThis year, we are adding Carrie to the photo (so we got her a hoodies for her birthday). We are also adding baby Carter… Now, they don’t make Aeropostale hoodies in children sizes, much less baby sizes. So, I had to improvise and make my own. I can’t wait to take this year’s picture!

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2013 Glitter Animal Christmas Ornaments

I saw this on Pinterest and absolutely loved it. I mean, they’re covered in glitter!

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More Indiana Jones Crafts

For each kid, I sewed a satchel to carry their gear in, which includes a compass, a magnifying glass, a glow stick, and a travel diary.

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Homemade Boulders

I built paper mache boulders to hide the Indiana Jones treasure under. I used the tutorial here, to create them. Instead of having the bottom and one side open though, I just have the bottom open, so that I can hide the treasure underneath them. They didn’t turn out as amazing as I had hoped–you can see the strips of newspaper, but they’re still pretty cool. I used grey primer spray paint because it covers well and isn’t shiny. After a few coats, I did a light spray of flat black to give it some depth.

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Indiana Jones-esque Adventure

This year’s God-Kid Adventure is going to be an Indiana Jones style adventure… I created the invitations and printed them on cream-colored resume paper. Because I planned to use a wax seal on them, I wanted nice heavy paper. Instead of including the address (which their parents already know), I used the Latitude and Longitude coordinates. It seems like something Indiana Jones would do. Especially since the treasures he finds aren’t generally at a street address. I downloaded the Adventure font, which is what I used for “Indiana Jen”.

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After printing them, I planned to sign them with “Indiana Jen and Short Round,” except I couldn’t remember how to write a cursive capital I. I hadn’t written one since middle school. Thank goodness for the internet. After googling it, I realized why I don’t use cursive capital Is… they’re ugly and cumbersome.

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trying out the letter I

Once the invitations were ready to go, I cut envelopes from the same paper, using this template. I folded them and glued the sides with double-sided scrapbooking adhesive. I could’ve used a glue stick, but I’m impatient and I didn’t want to wait for it to dry.

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I bought a wax seal supplies from the local dollar store for super cheap. It’s easy to use too! You just put it in your glue gun. I bought a seal from Big Toy Custom Supplies on etsy.com. The price was reasonable and I can use it for other things, since it’s a J.

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They turned out pretty good, I think.

I also put together an “old” locket with a clue to the treasure, that I enclosed in the package.

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For the final packaging, I cut up cereal boxes and taped them together, inside-out, into pouches. I placed the wax-sealed envelope and the locket inside. I then wrapped them in brown kraft paper and taped them. I really, really wanted to tie twine or string around them, but the post office won’t mail them like that, so they are plain.

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6th Day of Christmas

On the sixth day of Christmas, I made dog treats for all of Toby and Rodney’s “friends”. The red treats were made with beets and the green ones with spinach. The tan ones are peanut butter based.

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2012 Wreath Christmas Ornaments

On the third day of Christmas, I made the Godkid Christmas ornaments: wreaths. (Check out the ornaments from 2011, 2010, and 2009.)

The buttons were a collection purchased as well as dyed using Rit dye.

 

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2nd Day of Christmas

On the second day of Christmas, I made cinnamon ornaments. The whole house smelled wonderful while they baked. Now my tree smells wonderful too.

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