I know we are into January and all things Christmas are pretty much tucked away. However, this was my favorite project and most grossly miscalculated use of time all year, so I just have to share.
I'm not really sure when and where it started, I believe sometime in October. My crafting partner in crime and I decided that we wanted to make a Christmas banner for our mantels. Searching for the perfect glitter and letters immediately ensued. Pins on Pinterest were flying. Christmas was two full months away, surely there was plenty of time to make a little banner.
Glitter first. It had to be German glass glitter, the most luscious of all glitter. We found it and proceeded to order several types. After glitter, we moved on to the perfect letters. But wait, what would the banner say? Well, it had to be French, of course because the idea came to us during October which we dedicated to all things French as we were missing Chateau Dumas. We settled on Joyeux Noel. Eleven letters including a space. (Trust me, this becomes significant later in the story). Glitter, phrase, letters, check.
The letters arrived and we began the process of coating them with glue and then glitter. We glittered letters for days. J. O. Y. E. U. X. N. O. E. L. x two of us.
Once the letters were glittered, and looking exceptionally sparkly and wonderful, we were eager to start putting it all together. Wow, eleven letters and spaces, really? Calculations started flying. We determined the number of medallions needed (a lot) and chose our medallion from the Cricut cartridge. The Cricut machine buzzed for hours and we killed two cutting pads in the process. Oh, and of course each pennant will require base paper, several layers and embellishments. The Cricut buzzed for two days cutting out all the pennants and medallion pieces needed for (22) pennants. Twenty-two. What were we thinking??
The scrap paper left from the cutting was a foot tall. Those of you who know me well, know that I can't stand for a piece of paper to go to waste. I have to find a way to use it... FOCUS on the banner! There is more work to be done.
Once all the pieces were cut (did I mention it was A LOT?), we glued pennants and scored medallions for days (it might have been weeks, we became delirious and unable to feel our fingers). We had to beg our families to help us get it all done. In my mind, all embellishing was now out the window.
Well into December and with much work remaining, we were uncertain if the "the banner" would make its appearance for the 2013 holiday, but we pushed forward anyway. So much for Christmas cards and tags. The banner took over the crafting room and our lives for almost two months. Now granted, we were not working on it around the clock but every second of spare crafting time was dedicated to "the banner". Maybe Christmas cards for 2014 in January 2014?
Finally, just a few days before Christmas, we managed to bring it all together and put the banners up over our respective fireplaces.
The banner played one final joke on us.
At least we didn't settle on "Merry Christmas", we might still be working on them. Next time it will be something like "Joy" or "Noel". Maybe Christmas 2014 I can do a little embellishing...
It was a ton of work and took forever, but I really enjoyed the process and the quality is heirloom. We had a lot of laughs and feel we took our creativity to a higher level with this project. I love it and will remember its making fondly. It will reside over my fireplace for many Christmases to come.