Ladies and Gentleman, Meet Dark & Twisty Meredelf Grey, Our Elf on the Shelf

I never PLANNED to get an Elf on the Shelf. In fact, the first I ever heard of the damn thing was when a co-worker told me about Jen Mann from People I Want to Punch in the Throat being a hilarious mom blogger who wrote about the Elf on the Shelf. Until then, I was blissfully unaware.

After that point, I jumped into the elf judgement. The elf hatred. The oh-my-god-really-Santa-isn’t-good-enough-for-you-people judgy judgy bullshit. I swore I’d never get one. I planned a life without an elf. Even if tiny humans were to happen upon my world, it would be tough cookies for the kids, because their elf was still secretly hidden (and never coming out to spy visibly.) I was down with this plan. Until I wasn’t.

A Skypeversation with Katie

A Skypeversation with Katie

I still think the elf is SUPER creepy. But I kept thinking of all the fun I could have with the elf.

And so a few weeks ago, I went out and bought one. And then I took her home and put her on a shelf. And I thought about names for her… I wanted someone strong, and maybe a little sassy. So I came up with a little list of possible names for her.

Name ideas for your girl elf on the shelf

Grown-Up Names for Elf on the Shelf

Okay…Sort of grown-up names… *cough* kid at heart *cough*

Elizabelf Bennet. She won’t settle for less than love.

Princess Elfsa. She can build ice castles in her sleep.

Britnelf Spears. She’s stronger than yesterday…and she’ll probably do it again.

Katniss Elferdeen. She fights hard, and she’s not afraid to say no.

Jennifer Lawrelf. She might fall down a lot, but she’ll laugh with you about it.

Hillary Clintelf. Because she gets more flack than she deserves. And she’s a pretty strong lady.

Meredelf Grey. She’s stronger than she thinks, and she can really hold her tequila. Sold to the tequila drinking doctor with mommy issues who’s bad with sisters.

When I brought her out for the holidays, she BEGGED me to take her Black Friday shopping at the liquor store. She said tequila was on sale, and she just HAD to get a bottle. While I shopped for wine and whiskey, Meredelf scampered off to another aisle. I found her in the tequila aisle swooning.

Elf on the shelf at the liquor store Meredelf Grey loves tequila

I really had to drag her away from the booze, but we made it home safely, and sober. She was practically pleading with me to buy it. Unfortunately, I tapped my budget with other shit. I think she’s going to take it out on me. I’ve heard she’s really good at holding grudges.

Do you have an elf on the shelf? What did you name her (or him)? If you don’t have one, what would you name your elf?

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Quirky Chrissy’s Adult (Not DIRTY Adult – Just Grown-Up Adult You Sicko) Holiday Gift Guide Extravaganza!

Shopping for kiddos is easy. Shopping for grown ups? Not so much. As adults, we tend to buy what we want when we want it. Okay, Brian and I do, anyways. So from November 1 through December 25, Brian is under a strict no-purchase rule, as he has, on more than one occasion, bought what I was planning to buy him for Christmas/birthday/etc.  But I’ve crossed paths with several really fun and unique gift ideas (okay and some tried-and-true ideas too) that you can steal (don’t actually steal the products, homies – just steal my ideas) to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Okay, fine. Everyone above the age of 12. And in some cases the age of 21. I’m not encouraging illegal gift giving here, people.

Holiday Gift Guide

The Best Gifts for Him

I may not be a dude, but I’ve got a dude in my life who is REALLY flippin’ hard to shop for. Last year I made him a romantical (slightly funny) book of looooooove swoon and he actually really loved it. He’s sentimental like that. Here are a few top picks from Brian (okay fine. I added a few of my own too, since he was mostly unhelpful…Amazon gift cards are not PRESENTS Brian.

Wireless, keyboardless keyboard

Brian was a big fan of this gift I got him for his birthday. It’s gadgety and techy and cool. It works pretty well too! My cousin sent me a link showing me how sweet it was, and I knew that was exactly what I needed to get for Brian. We’ve used it for the internetty stuff we do on the TV, because it’s way easier than trying to navigate with the regular remote.

ThinkGeek Goodies

Brian suggested shopping around ThinkGeek for cool stuff. If you’re like me, and hoard Amazon gift cards from the internet, you can find a bunch of Think Geek products available on that big box digital retailer of joy. Plus free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime. Please note, Brian also suggested Amazon gift cards as gifts. I only half acknowledged that. Because I prefer to find the best presents for the people.

 

The Best Gifts for Her

Speaking as a lady, I’ve got some adorable ideas for lady gifts that I have, love or want. These are those.

Get Fit for the Holidays with terrific yoga gifts from YogaAccessories.com

Handmade art jewelry

My pal Lily makes the BEST art jewelry. With glass stones and alcohol ink, Lily creates one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces that any lady would be lucky to have. I have one of her pendants and always get the best compliments when I wear it! The prices at Dome Life Studio are also quite reasonable, so maybe pick one up for yourself, too.

Dome Life Studios Jewelry

Zazzle Home goodies

I LOVE Zazzle. I’ve actually bought Brian a ton of gifts from Zazzle (a couple of mugs with octopods and a really sweet wall clock for his zone in the office), but I recently had the opportunity to try out some of the Zazzle Home products and thought they were super awesome. Zazzle offered to send me a product of my choice from their home department.  I spent hours perusing the pillows, lamps, blankets and poufs. I eventually settled on the polka dot pouf beside my reading chair, and it was the perfect addition to our home.  Not only is it adorable and (sort of) matchy matchy with my polka dot blanket, but it served as additional seating when we had 64 people in our house a few weeks ago. It was easy to pull up to the circle and join the conversation, and it was comfortable too! It’s a little squishy, but mostly solid and ideal as a foot rest or seating. A few days after I received the pouf, I found myself scouring the pillow collection to see what else they had. I really wanted something with chevrons, so I got a pillow in the same colors, but with chevrons. I think it turned out pretty well, if I don’t say so myself.

Zazzle Home Pouf and Pillow (the blanket was already mine)

Zazzle Home Pouf and Pillow (the blanket was already mine)

The Zazzle Black Friday sales are happening all week. So check them out and use this code for super savings: ZWEEKOFDEALS

60% Off wrapped canvas, posters

50% Off wrapping paper, all cards, stickers, calendars

25% Off ornaments, bags, jewelry, speakers

$15 Off pillows, chocolate boxes, lamps, watches

20% Off all orders

FREE shipping with zBlack (I’ve been a zBlack member for several years now, and the free shipping is so worth it.)

And if you’re in the mood for some of Brian’s art on Zazzle products or you want some random and ridiculous things I’ve created in my Zazzle store, you should check out the Quirky Shop. Just make sure that your content filter (left navigation bar) is off. Because some of my designs are not appropriate for tiny humans. Like this flask inspired by The Bloggess.

Cunt flask

This doesn’t make me a bad person, right?

Gifts for Kids at Heart

If you’re like me (or your gift recipient is like me), these fun and lighthearted gifts will brighten their day in a way that only a child at heart can understand. From toys for grown ups to grown-up things featuring toys, you’re going to appreciate these epic finds as much as I have.

Fun Wall Art

I received a really fun canvas from Patents Wall Art in order to tell you about it. You guys! I couldn’t decide what to get. While there were some cool mechanical/sciency/adulty patents available on canvas, I opted for something a little more my style. My decision was wavering between Mickey and LEGO patents, and ultimately, I went with Mickey Mouse. Because Walt Disney is one of my creative heroes. And he created Mickey Mouse. With Patents Wall Art, you can choose any pattern in several different colors. My personal favorites were navy, green and natural. Ultimately, I went with the natural shade, so I could match it in any space (as we hadn’t bought our house or moved yet). Now it lives in my office nook, waiting to get hung on the wall. The product itself is pretty nice. The canvas comes mounted on wood and looks really cool in our office. I’m a fan.

Patents

Patents Wall Art

You can see it’s currently living beside my computer screen with my Disney pins and vision board.

Games

Last year, Brian stocked my up on Cards Against Humanity, Munchkin holiday cards and other choice gamer games. It made me happy. So I am an advocate for game gifts. I even put together a widget of games you should buy on Amazon. You’re welcome. You can find it here in the sidebar——————————————->

Of course, when I was at the ChiTAG Fair last week, I came across another adult game, that seems to be even more random and inappropriate that Cards Against Humanity. The game is called Utter Nonsense, and the logo is dudes without pants. I repeat. DUDES WITHOUT PANTS.

Utter Nonsense Game

So obviously, I bought it. They were recently funded on Kickstarter (LOVE KS) and are locally based out of Chicago.


The premise is simple: Read cards in funny voices to impress the rotating judge. You can paraphrase to match the voice of your chosen person/dialect/accent. For example, on Instagram, I spoke in my best Caveman voice(and I suck at Caveman), saying something about a photo app and math. Here. I’ll show you.

Playing the Instagram version of @utternonsensegame. #Cavemanspeak #nopantsgames #contest #stopjudgingme

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Stocking Stuffers for Grown Ups

Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you don’t deserve your very own stocking chock full of goodies! As a teenager and adult living at home, Mom used to fill our stocking with the best stuff. Razors. Hair stuff. Beauty stuff. Candy. All the things you need or want, but don’t really want to pay for, amiright? Here are my picks for the best grown-up stocking stuffers this Christmas. Brian, take note.

Nail polish and makeup stocking stuffers

You all know about my Julep obsession, I’m sure. I’ve been a maven since July and I’m addicted. The nail colors are spectacular, and the paint goes on so smoothly! They’ve also got some stellar make up products that I’m a big fan of. The lip gloss has a sweet smell to it that makes me happy. Plus if you sign up to be a maven, you get a 4-piece welcome gift for free. If you don’t sign up to be a maven, they’ve got an awesome clearance section full of fun colors and products, so you don’t feel like you’re breaking the bank on stocking stuffers.

Snow Day Welcome Box Offer

Razors make excellent adult stocking stuffers

Mom always put razors in my stocking stuffers. And I always put them in hers. So it seems like a great idea. Of course, my friends over at ShaveMOB also wanted me to let you know that they’ve got the perfect razor stocking stuffer gift for the holidays, so they sent me a starter set to test their product out. They have razors for men and women, so you can stuff anyone’s stocking. Pink lady razors make me happy, so I was pleased to discover that they sent me a set of pink blades and a pink handle to win me over. You all remember what a pain in the ass it is to shave…so I had a little NoshaveNovtemtober (November/September/October) experiment. When I took to my woolly mammoth legs last week, the ShaveMOB razor did the trick. No cuts, either. Okay fine…just a mini scratching on my wrist. But in general, the razor rocked it. I recommend adding a moisturizing shave cream or gel to the stocking, as these razors don’t have added moisturizers. But the price is right – so I’m totally down with them!

ShaveMOB Razors

Mini bottles of booze

Don’t want the whole gift to be liquor? Stuff his or her stocking with their favorite mini bottles or give them a collection of new and exciting flavors/brands/etc to try. In addition to mini liquor bottles like vodka, whiskey, Bailey’s and tequila, you can find mini bottles of wine and champagne. You can even pick up a pack of pre-mixed shots like Twisted Shotz (which we had at our housewarming party and were oh-so-good) to toss in a big stocking.

Fun socks

Funny story. Amazon suggested that I add these socks to my cart based on my wishlist of slothy stuffed animal joy. I already own them. It’s like Amazon KNOWS me.


Handmade soap

There’s something so natural and fabulous about using handmade soap instead of store-bought soap with all sorts of adding chemicals and stuff. My friend, Kelly, started making her own handmade bars of soap and we’ve been using them. I’m in LOVE. Soft, gentle and aromatic. Brian smells like man with the beer soap and I smell like happiness and girlishness with the White Whey of Delight. You can visit her Etsy Store, The Little Blue Hippo for really fabulous homemade soap.

The Little Blue Hippo Phone and device cases

So a couple years ago, Brian stuffed both of our stockings (he likes to buy BOTH of us Christmas gifts…like last year when he gave me two tablets and said, “pick one.”) with phone cases for our new-ish phones. Speck is one of my favorite products when it comes to protective cases, as they’ve encased my phone in the past, and they currently encase my iPad mini. (I’m not going to lie, after seeing how cool the ShowFolio was, I wanted an iPad mini all to myself just so I could use a ShowFolio and I don’t even like Apple products. Thankfully, my friends at Netflix hooked me up with an iPad mini so I could play with my case.) They’ve got cases for all the most popular devices whether you’re an Android or Little i person. They come in several cool colors for everyone on your list, too!

Right now, Speck’s on sale!. Here are some current and upcoming deals.

  • November 24-27: 15% off site-wide*
  • Black Friday (Nov 28) – Cyber Monday (Dec 1): 25% off site-wide*

Handmade Scrabble ornaments

Hey! Something you don’t have to buy! I stock up on Scrabble games through the garage sailing season, and then hot glue those bitches together for adorable Scrabble ornaments.

Book Scrabble Ornament

Giveaways and Christmas Cards

In honor of the holiday spirit, I have TWO wonderful things to offer you.

The first is an invitation to recieve our annual holiday card. If you’d like to receive a card from Brian and me, send your mailing address tochrissy@quirkychrissy.com.

The second is a big, fat holiday giveaway! I’ll be giving away a huge surprise collection of stuff, including the razor stocking stuffer from ShaveMOB, a Speck iPhone case, Julep products, a game or two and so very much more! To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment that says which of these gifts you think would be best for someone you love. You’ll get two entries if you visit any of the aforementioned sites to name specific products not mentioned here. Three entries if you share it on social media and tag or mention me. The giveaway ends at 10 PM on Friday December 5. The total prize is valued at more than $100. Just saying…

UPDATE: CONGRATS to Stephanie for winning the giveaway. You should have received an e-mail from me for your contact info!

Which of these gifts would be on your list? Will you be shopping online or in stores this season? What OTHER gifts would make great presents or stocking stuffers?

Disclosure: I received some of these products to review, while others were already on my list. I didn’t include anything I wouldn’t buy again. Additionally, some of these links are affiliate links, which means I make a tiny commission off your purchase. The Etsy sellers are my friends, but I do use/love their products. Basically, all of the above has my stamp of approval.

*Excludes iPhone 6, 6 Plus, custom cases, and Best Buy exclusives.

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Santa Shops at Sam’s Club

I mean, I’m not surprised, really. With less than 50 shopping days left until one of my favorite holidays on the planet, Santa’s probably already working his butt off. I vaguely remember seeing presents that looked as if they came from Sam’s Club once or twice in my Christmas morning experience…

Or Santa’s a procrastinator like me. And he and Mrs. Clause were just doing their stock-up shopping for the winter rush when things get too busy up at the North Pole. I forgot to ask.

Brian and I joined Sam’s Club a few weeks ago. We thought it was the responsible, grown-up thing to do, being new homeowners and all. (Before you get your panties in a twist about the Costco vs. Sam’s Club thing, we got a Living Social deal for Sammy’s. And with all the bonuses and shit, it was practically free.) Also, some friends of ours had these caramel cheetos-like snacks from Sam’s that were SO good. I wanted them.

 

Caramel cheetos…thanks @annamstroh

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So anyways, we’ve made it a weekly routine to hit up Sam’s on Sundays for free sample lunch (you know you do it too) and a few Sam’s Club type purchases. Bulk tortilla chips. Bulk tasty cheese. You know, the important stuff.

As I was browsing the berry selection, I looked up and saw him. He was right there, ready to make my Christmas wishes come true. And just like that, he was gone again. I looked around, and he had disappeared. I told Brian, “I saw Santa!”

He didn’t believe me.

A few minutes later, I saw Santa adding a few sweets to the cart that Mrs. Clause was protecting so carefully. She teased him about the cookies, but they headed toward the milk…and I chuckled.

I thought back to the last time I encountered Santa Clause prior to Thanksgiving. I was working at a bar (that’s a really good story, by the way…I recommend it to anyone who’s ever worked in the service industry. Don’t worry, I’ll still be here when you return), and I stopped into Caribou Coffee for a quick pick me up. Santa was there, handing out candy canes. I took one and thanked him and told him I was really good that year, could he please bring me the love of my life? Okay, maybe I thought that last part about being good and looking for Brian…but a few days later, Brian (whom I had not met at that point) showed up at the pub, so Santa MUST have been listening, right?

So it only seemed right that I saw Santa a few years later (now), when Brian has become a permanent part of my existence.

A few minutes later, I ran into Santa again standing in line for quesadillas. I was building up the courage I needed.

Finally, right in front of the frozen food aisle, I walked up to him and asked, “Can I take your picture?”

He laughed, and his belly shook like a bowl full of jelly. I knew it was him.

It had to be.

He said, “Of course!”

I heard someone in the background mutter, “Well SOMEONE has some Christmas spirit.”

I got ready to snap his pic when Mrs. Clause appeared out of nowhere, “You’re going to be in it, right?”

“Umm…YES!”

I handed my secret phone to Brian and hugged Santa. Mrs. Clause quickly licked her hand and patted down Santa’s cowlick. “There, that’s better!”

I thanked Santa and Mrs. Clause and told them I couldn’t wait until Christmas.

Santa Shops at Sam's Club

And just like that…they were gone.

A woman passing by asked me, “How old do you feel, now?”

“Same age I always feel. Twelve.”

Blog Friends, have you ever had a serious encounter with the red-clad man from the North? Do you still believe?

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How to Sneakily Wrap a Present

Brian. Don’t Read This One Either.

How to Sneakily Wrap a Present

Our first Christmas together, Brian spent an hour in my bedroom at my parents’ house on Christmas Eve wrapping my present. He found several different sized boxes in my wrapping station and even accidentally opened the glitter wrapping paper. Basically it was a wrapped present inside of a wrapped box inside of another wrapped box. My godson thought it was the funniest thing EVER. After the second one, he said, “Auntie Chrissy! I bet there’s another present in there!” Aaaaand there was. Actually there were 2 more wrapped boxes.

He started the battle and I made it a war. So I always wrap at least one present a hundred thousand times. Or 3. Whatever.

But the lightness of the book inside several boxes is still too light. So in the last box, I added leftover Halloween candy (Jolly Rancher suckers and boring Hershey bars. But not the good stuff. I ate the only remaining Kit Kat and Twizzlers.) That way, there will be added weight to the gift AND when he shakes it, it will sound like anything but a book. Which will add to the suspense!

Because, OBVIOUSLY, the first thing Brian asked when I told him his present was wrapped under the tree yesterday? “Can I shake it?”

And I said, “Yup.”

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All I Want for Christmas is You? A Random and Ridiculous Christmas Wishlist

Okay. That’s a total lie. But this is the 2013 Christmas list of things you should buy for the people you love.

Last year, I offered you my Christmas wishlist and I didn’t get ANYTHING from it, BRIAN. But I did get a Keurig. And it was wonderful. And just this morning I was obsessively organizing all of my K-cups like a good little OCD gal. So it all worked out in the end.

This year, I’m not putting out a Christmas list for myself…except for the toy dinosaurs.

Because there’s really not a lot that I need, and very little that I want, I thought it would be fun to offer a list of things that we can all appreciate. And that you should want too. Because the following items are awesome. Or I really like the person who makes them and am sharing their awesome with you. Or both. Obviously.

OKAY FINE. Aside from the dinosaurs… this list of gifts comes from people I know and love.

If you’re Brian, you’ve been redirected here because I don’t want you to see your Christmas present. Obviously.

Oh and on a side note, for those of you waiting patiently for a Christmas card from Brian and I…there’s been some sickness going around that has deterred us from a proper photoshoot, so they will be coming closer to Christmas time. That also means if you haven’t e-mailed me your address, you can still get a Christmas card (and possibly a surprise Scrabble ornament) from yours truly.

The Random and Ridiculous Christmas Wishlist

Because you know you want this stuff!

Toy Dinosaurs

OK, this one isn’t for you. It’s for me. I really want a bunch of toy dinosaurs of varying sizes. Please don’t ask me why. I don’t want you to steal my brilliant idea. And I do have. A. Brilliant. Idea. Trust me on this one.

Anything from Dome Life Studios

Lillian Connelly makes whimsical jewelry, original paintings and prints, and so much more! Below, you can see yours truly modeling one of the unique and beautiful necklaces. You want her stuff. You know you do.

Cool Wall Art

Simply Shelli is a new Etsy seller with this really cool hand painted wall art. Ok, and she’s my college Mama.

Wonderful World

Fancy Pants Quilts

Nicole Maroon, The Girl Who Quilts offers unique and beautiful handmade quilts, pillows and bags on her Etsy store. You’ll seriously love them.

The girl who quilts

Random Gifts for Everyone!

I couldn’t have a wishlist post without sharing my own Zazzle store…where you can find silly things I say on tee shirts.

I feel bitchy tee shirt

Do you have a small business online? Etsy? Zazzle? Deviant Art? Share it in the comments section!

What do you think, Blog Friends?

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DIY Fill Your Own Glass Ball Christmas Ornaments

Confession: I originally wrote this a few years ago when I was working at marketing-esque company as a blogger and copywriter. I’m pulling it from my archives since it’s no longer live on a site and my Pinterest peeps are clicking on the images.

DIY Christmas Ornaments

This weekend, I had a little bit of fun with Christmas crafts. Crafting Christmas ornaments, to be specific. I thought that homemade Christmas ornaments would be just the thing to get you started for the holiday season. (There’s no need to mention that much to the chagrin of my peers, my holiday spirit started 4 weeks ago with holiday music).

Growing up, my mom was all about the holiday crafting. She makes gorgeous wreaths for all of the holidays and seasons, but she would let me help with the Christmas designs. We would also create fun and colorful beaded Christmas ornaments to hang on the tree. Though many of them have long since disappeared, they hold a sweet memory in my heart.

The Raw Materials

DIY Ornament materials

Materials to Fill Glass Ball Christmas Ornaments

In the spirit of holiday fun, I made six glass ball ornaments with simple items that I had lying around the house. I started with a pile of household materials: Clear glass ball ornaments, buttons, ribbon, Mardi Gras beads, and leftover fabric from Halloween costumes a few years ago. You may have other materials that would also be perfect for this project, so be creative with your ideas. You never know until you try it.

The Christmas Ornaments

Mardis Gras Beaded Ornaments

I made two Christmas ornaments with the Mardi Gras beads, the first a plain colored purple, and the second multicolored with traditional Mardi Gras colors of gold, purple, and green. I really liked both of these, and I loved the way they shimmered in the light. It was really easy to make them too!

For the purple ball, I just guided one strand of uncut beads inside through the small opening. For the multicolor Mardi Gras ball, I cut all three strands, and guided them in together through the opening, cutting the remaining beads off once the ball was filled. I used the scissors to push the beads all the way inside.

Memory-Inspired Ornaments

My next set of Christmas ornaments was in homage to our 2011 Halloween costumes, Poison Ivy and Ras Al Ghul. For those of you who love keepsakes, this is a great way to preserve any fabrics or materials that have meaning to you, whether you are using extra fabric from your wedding gown, a child’s favorite piece of clothing that they’ve outgrown, part of a blanket, or anything else that you can think of. Our family Christmas tree has always been loaded up with keepsake ornaments that didn’t come from Hallmark.

I cut a long strand of gold and black fabric that my boyfriend had used for his Ras Al Ghul costume, and a long strand of green velour fabric that I had used for my Poison Ivy costume, and guided them in the same way I guided the beads in. Again, I used the scissors to push the fabric into the glass balls. I also considered adding little pieces of ivy to the exterior of the green ornament with a hot glue gun to add to the Poison Ivy nostalgia from the costume.

Button-filled Christmas Ornament

The Christmas ornament idea that inspired me to get this ball rolling was the button-filled ornament. I had so much fun picking out the buttons from a huge collection that I came across at a garage sale over the summer. I knew my aunt was big into crafting with buttons, so I thought I might test the waters…

The buttons sat in my room untouched for several months before I finally decided what to do with them. I slid them into the opening of a glass ball ornament for a cute and fun little decoration. This one was probably the most time consuming, considering I had to make sure that the buttons fit, and choose the colors to have a decent variety.

Red & Silver Christmas Ornament

My last ornament, and personal favorite, is the ribbon filled ornament. I used a tinsel cord ribbon and a small thin red sheer cloth ribbon and laced them through the opening in the ball and let them intertwine with themselves throughout the ornament.

The result was a lovely red and silver shimmering ornament. I’ve always loved the red and silver combination of colors, and I think that the multiple mediums made for a cute combination inside the glass.

Overall, I had a great time crafting these Christmas ornaments, and it only took me about an hour to do 6 of them. At 10 minutes per ball, you can easily make a beautiful set to give to someone you love.

Happy crafting!

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What do a Glue Gun, an Exacto Knife and Pain Have in Common? A DIY Challenge. With Scrabble Tiles. And Christmas Ornaments. Obviously.

If you recall from two weeks ago, I joined some rockstar bloggers in a DIY challenge. Not a competition mind you, a challenge. I’m also pretty sure that by challenge, Joules meant, “I challenge you to make something artsy without hotgluing your hands to your forehead.” or some nonsense like that. Therefore, Joules, I call this a success. 2 cuts from an exacto knife, a cardboard paper cut and one tiny hot glue burn later…My hand is not hot glued to my forehead. AND I have FOUR masterpieces!

I started with a bazillion Scrabble games that I’ve collected through my estate-sailing, garage-sailing summer.  The below picture is a mere sampling. Each box is FILLED with either boards, tiles or tile slats.Scrabble Obviously, I had a lot to work with. Scrabble Tiles And so I took this challenge on with the goal to REALLY get going on my plans…of Christmas presents for everyone! (OK, maybe not everyone…but if you want a Christmas card and MAYBE a present (5 randomly selected Christmas card recipients are getting Scrabble ornaments!) e-mail me your address (quirkychrissy@gmail.com) and you’ll at least get a sweet holiday card, and you might get a sweet ornament for your tree!

How’d I do it though? Oh. Right. The DIY project. I got carried away with…well Christmas joy.

How to Make Scrabble Tiles Your Bitch…Err…Ornaments

This was SO easy! The hardest part was collecting the Scrabble Tiles. Something along the lines of hundreds of man-hours went into the hunt for all the games. I’m hardcore. I know.

I started with the exacto knife and one very unlucky Scrabble board. I cut out two pieces from the board to make two board ornaments, which I hot glued Scrabble tiles to for authenticity (and because I have a shit ton of tiles). This part was the hardest in the actual project, so I decided that I would only do two exacto knive pieces…Brian apparently thought that a dull blade would be better for me…didn’t he learn in school that the sharper the blade, the LESS likely to cut yourself? (Unless you’re me, and you’d probably cut yourself anyways…)

After the tricky pieces, I thought it would be fun to make some easy pieces.

scrabble Tile OrnamentsYou’re probably catching onto my theme, aren’t you? Well, wait my patient little pretties. I’ll get there.

After I glued all of my letters together for the final two words, I was ready to glue ribbon to them! I chose a more festive ribbon for the tiles alone and a simple gold ribbon for the tiles with board pieces (Mission: Not to have Polish ornaments that look how I dress. Goal: successful.)

For the travel edition tiles, I sliced the ribbon in half with scissors (no cuts!) so as not to be overwhelming.

The final products are the perfect addition to my mini book Christmas tree.

What do you think, Blog Friends? How’d I do? Do you want your own? Should I sell them on Etsy like a boss?

If you want to check out more of the DIY challengers, go visit them!

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Mission Impossible (Or Possible): DIY Scrabble Joy for the Holidays!

I’m on a mission. A DIY mission, to be exact.

Let me start by introducing you to Joules, who writes an adorable blog about her life as a DIY maven, a mom and overall cool person. I met her in real life and she’s just as adorable. Joules has ideas. Lots of brilliant ideas. DIY brilliant ideas. And she inspires me. She even inspired me to paint canvas and use it as a display for my Disney pins, as shown below:

Disney Princess Pin Display Disney Maleficent Pin DisplayPretty cool right? I love my Disney pins, especially the Maleficent pins. (I had 2 others, but lost them at Disney (sad face). So displaying them seemed like a great plan.

Anyways, so Joules put together this challenge. This DIY challenge. In which 4 bloggers take on the world of DIY…or a project…maybe three projects. Whatever. One of those. Basically, today, I’ll be announcing my project. And the 3 other LOVELY ladies will be announcing theirs. And then we’ve got 2 weeks to make it happen.

So, as I mentioned on Sunday when I was talking about getting steampunk gear at estate sales, I spent a lot of time going to garage sales and estate sales and resale shops. A lot. Like full work days, 8 hours a day, every Saturday, all summer long, a lot of time. Searching for Scrabble. In total, I probably collected about 15 boxes of Scrabble games, some travel size, some full size, some deluxe size. Some old, some new. All for less than $3/pop. But it was tough work.

Luckily for me, I managed to acquire plenty of Scrabbles, so that I could play a DIY project that I’ve been dreaming about since joining Pinterest in 2011 (Before it was cool). I want to make Christmas ornaments (among other things, but we’ll start with ornaments.) Because I have a LOT of Scrabble pieces now!

So with my very busy next 2 weeks, I’m going to make some crazy Pinteresting shit, while seeing 2 pre-screened movies, attending a gamer fashion show, a toy and game fair, a midnight showing of The Hunger Games, creating Christmas cards to send you, decorating for the holidays and working a full time job.

I’m like Wonder Woman without a cape. Except when I have a cape. Or a hood. One of those.

So if you’d like to go visit those other lovely bloggers (because you know you want to) you can easily check them all out with the links below.

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Of course, I can’t just leave you with that! Because if you’re interested…and you should be…you can play on your own! If you’d like to be featured here on Quirky Chrissy, play along and send me your DIY project by November 24 (because it is a VERY busy week, Blog Friends…and I want to have time to show off your sweetness if you send me sweetness). I’m very excited about this and I hope you are too!

Blog Friends, what DIY project would you love to take on this month?

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Merry Christmas!

Now get off the internet and go spend time with your family and/or friends.

What? You don’t celebrate Christmas? That’s totally cool. Go to the movies and out for Chinese food like everyone else.

What? You don’t have any family or friends? I’m sorry…GO MAKE SOME.

What? Your family is driving you crazy and you want to escape to the internet? Think about the people who don’t have family or friends and need to go make some.

What? You think I’m being a bitch? Put your big girl panties on and learn to take a joke.

Merry Christmas for real, blog friends. Merry Christmas. (I’m serious. Get off the internet. Take a break. It’ll be right here when you get back.)

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The Oplatki Tradition and Holiday Wishes

Every year since before I was born, my family has had a Polish Christmas Eve tradition. We wash our hands with a silver dollar before dinner, starting with the oldest and ending with the youngest members of the family. It’s like…the sweetest tradition ever. This is to bring a year of financial goodness for everyone (I’m still waiting for mine to kick in…since 1997…)

My family celebrates Christmas Eve with oplatki and other Polish traditions, granting each other wishes for the coming year.

Then we feast on the Polish delicacies: pierogi (stuffed dumplings), gwumpki (cabbage rolls), kapusta (saurkraut), kielbasa (sausage–even though traditional Polaks don’t eat meat on Christmas Eve), and kolacky (cookies).

After the feast, we bust out one of my favorite parts of the evening: the oplatki (communion-like wafer of goodness). With the oplatki, everyone walks around to the members of the family, and shares with them three wishes and three pieces of their oplatki. When I was a kid, we all hated it. We would try to give Grandpa the biggest pieces, and ask for just the tiniest little bites for ourselves. As we got older, my sister and I would fight over the leftovers.

The thing was, three wishes to each family member can seem…tedious. I wish you happiness. Oplatki I wish you health. Oplatki I wish you lots of money. Oplatki Repeat for each person. From the time I turned 12, my aunt would always wish that I found love. Oplatki And so it would go until everyone had shared wishes with everyone else in a big happy family love sharing wish sharing circle. Oh and they hand fed the oplatki into your mouth, just like communion. (Click that if you’ve never read about my First Communion. Seriously. Go. I’ll wait.)

Anyways, back to wishes… I’ve already told you about my super awesome Christmas List… April, the sassy-pants behind First Time Mom & Dad granted me some wishes. Five of them for the holidays. Here they are in all their beautiful glory.

  1. I wish for the perfect job. One in which I am appreciated as a member of a team. One in which I can ask questions and offer answers/suggestions. One in which I make a decent salary, so that I can take my amazing boyfriend out to a fancy dinner once in a while. One in which I don’t feel worked to the bone, but I want to work hard for. One that makes me feel needed. You hear that, potential employers? I’m looking for the perfect job. Are you it?

  2. I wish for cancer to go away. Someone near and dear to our hearts is battling and I wish for her. To fight it. To beat it.*

  3. I wish for sponsorship from a cheese company. (Come on, we’ve got to lighten things up after the last one!)

  4. I wish for world peace world travel.

  5. I wish for cookies.

Cookie Monster Meme

 What are your 5 wishes?

*Brian’s mom passed away in March of 2013. We still miss her.

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