I think we have evil elves living in our attic,
who are Christmas decoration thieves.
Every year, our family somehow has the knack
for losing Christmas decorations.
Seriously, how do you lose Christmas decorations?
I mean, I pack them all up at the same time,
and logic would dictate that I put them all in the same
place - it's not like we live in a mansion.
But it's the same story every year - things are missing.
This year we couldn't find the
star for the top of our tree, several other decorations,
and half of the family's stockings. I *know* I
would not have put half of the stockings in
different boxes...much less not in the same
storage area in our attic...I know it.
Nonetheless, they are missing.
I wish I could say this was the first time,
but several years ago, we managed to lose
ALL our Christmas stockings and our tree skirt.
Evil elves, I tell you.
I picked up a stack of stockings someone
else made at the thrift store last week, for 50 cents
each and planned to just use them - even
though I wasn't crazy about them, but
then it occurred to me that I had some leftover
drop cloth, so I decided to whip up the
quickest stockings you ever saw.
They have a simplistic, tattered look that
I was in the mood for, rather than the
bright Christmas prints I've had in the past.
and pinned them on the drop cloth, then cut them
out with pinking shears.
from the drop cloth as the hanger for them.
I didn't turn them inside out to hide the raw edge,
because I wanted them to look very rustic
(and I was feeling too lazy to press the seams).
then printed them out on Transfer Artist Paper (TAP).
Since I didn't make cuffs on the stockings,
I just ironed the names on the toes of the stockings instead.
Remember, remember, remember to print in reverse.
I always forget and waste a page, which drives me crazy.
Normally when I make stockings, I make
a liner for them, so there are no raw edges inside or out,
and each stocking has a cuff, and
the seams are nicely pressed, but I was
going for primitive, quick, easy and neutral-colored.
lot of time making fancier ones, since
the evil elves would just steal them anyway.
Maybe I'll just leave them hanging all year,
where I can keep my eye on them.
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