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Popsicle Stick Christmas Ornaments

It's November, which to many over-enthusiastic holiday lovers means CHRISTMAS! Yes, I love Thanksgiving as well—it's just one big holiday celebration for me from now to the end of the year. So far, I've refrained from putting up my Christmas tree, but that doesn't mean I can't prepare, right? This past weekend, I spent some time making some ornaments. I love to create handmade ornaments to add to my little tree each year. 
Lately I've been interested in popsicle stick crafts. I found some super cute ideas on Pinterest (see the links to my Holiday Crafts and Food board and specific posts below). I like that such a simple material can have so many possibilities. Just add paint and glue!
I was able to get my kids involved for part of my craft day. They are ages 2 and 3, so they didn't do much beyond just paint a few popsicle sticks. I turned these painted sticks into little Santa Claus ornaments—two for each daughter as they're bound to ruin some of them …

Sharpie Shoes

A few weeks ago, my mom handed me a pair of white canvas shoes that she had recently bought. The first time she wore them, they got muddy and stained. Despite her attempt at bleaching, she could not get rid of the brownish-yellow marks on them, so she gave up and asked me to try decorating them instead to hide the stains. I thought it sounded like fun.
Of course, I procrastinated. The shoes have been sitting in my crafting area, waiting for me to finally get around to making them pretty. Then finally, I realized that Mother's Day was coming up, and what better time to present my mom with her new shoes. First, though, I bought a cheap pair of white shoes in my own size that I could use as a sort of warm-up, as I had never done this before.  
I sat down with my collection of Sharpies and went to work. After some initial sketching, I came up with a floral pattern for each pair of sneakers.
Here is a breakdown of the final patterns:




Then it was just a matter of putting those patterns…

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It's no secret that I love pictures, and my poor iPhone is filling up with all these random images that have nowhere to go, so I've decided to start posting more regularly to my Instagram account. If you are a member yourself and would like to subscribe to my feed, feel free to look me up. My username is nikijin.