Monday, December 3, 2012

Jingle Bell Junk Swap

Well hello there!!! How has everyone been? I have missed all of you so much!  Life is good but my priorities have taken a major shift and unfortunately I am still not able to make a commitment to blogging on a regular basis. I know you are all out there making and doing amazing things and I am sorry for not being around to see it all!
Speaking of amazing people and things...I have been lucky enough to be apart of a super groovy holiday junk swap featuring some of my nearest and dearest...
The idea was to spend less then $5 on a vintage item and send it to the person whose name you had picked.  I was picked by Janel from Nellie Bellie. Once you received the item(s)the challenge was to use it somehow to make an ornament or decoration of some sort.
Well here is what I received from Janel...
I am going to be flat out honest...until this weekend I had NO clue what I was going to make. I was hoping that procrastination would be the key to my inspiration. And thankfully this time I was right! Ha!
I have been wanting to use this vintage Christmas book for awhile now but was having anxiety about cutting it up.

 So I bit the bullet and picked out this page...
 I cut out the bear family riding in their sleigh and glued it onto a larger circle of scrapbook paper.
I reinforced the paper by gluing it onto a piece of cardboard. 
So where does my items from the swap come in?? 
Well you can't see them in the picture but in my items from Janel were these cool plastic ovals...

Cool right?! Here's what I decided to do with them...

Oh and I added some aqua of course!!  What do you think?? I love it!

Now we were supposed to make one ornament but I was on a roll so I made another...

The money clip came in my goodies...and since the images were angels I just felt 'Noel' was the best caption.  The whole thing took 5 minutes to make. I glued scrap book paper in some cardboard, glued on the money clip, wraped some trim around and then stamped on the 'NOEL'.

Feels good to be creating again!

Now make sure you go check out everyone elses creation for the junk swap and snoop around their blogs too...they are some very talented ladies, and good people too! :)
Here are direct links to everyone's blogs:

Bliss Ranch, Five Days..Five Ways, Junky Vagabond, Nellie Bellie, Primitive and Proper, My Third True Love, The Bold Abode. The Thriftress, Vintage Drama, and We heart DIY

And if you are curious who got my item, click here.


  1. it looks SOOOOOO good and so creative!!!! LOVE, andi! i pinned it!

  2. How awesome! I love those little bears and the ovals were the perfect addition! 5 minutes and you're a rockstar!!! Thank you again for my awesome item! I love it and will treasure my Junk Swap Christmas Craft forevs!!!

  3. I knew that book pages would be the perfect thing!! And you rocked the these!!! Thanks for are a crafting rockstar!

  4. I feel the urge to type a lot of "O"s. Like O that's a lot of vintage O's. O, I have book cutting anxiety too. O did you use all of the stuff you received? O have a Merry Christmas dear Andi.


  5. Glad to see you and your amazing creativity Andi! I thought my stuff was hard, but yours might've been at teensy bit harder...but you rocked out a super cute ornament! Yay for procrastination :)

  6. Awesome!!! I love what you made with your junk! I'm happy you got the guts to cut up that book. Well done!

  7. I'm all into Starbursts right now so this ornament is right up my alley!!! LOVE IT!! and missed you :(

  8. So cute!!! That little book page ornament is perfection. And the one with the money clip is super pretty too. Nice work :)

  9. Glad to see you creating again! Love the ornaments!! I want to do this next year!

  10. I love what you did with your "junk"! How cute are those ovals!?

  11. That book comes out every Christmas at my house. My kids loved it and now my grandkids do too.

    Cute ornament you made with it.

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