It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Hey! How are you??? It’s been a while! I feel like I never have time to sit down any more and write. I guess that isn’t a bad thing because I have been working quite a bit in real estate and sold two houses in a week. For someone new to the game I feel like that is a big deal. I wasn’t sure if I would succeed in real estate. It is tough to get clients. Despite what HGTV tells you they don’t just fall into your lap. Things are coming along though and I feel like I made the right decision to leave the school board and start a new career.

It’s funny how things work out the way they do. I was so scared to leave a steady pay cheque and the people that I worked with, but if I hadn’t made the leap I wouldn’t be as happy as I am right now. Looking back I am not sure what was so terrifying. I mean I can work from home, sleep in and spend a lot more time with my kids. I knew all that going in but all I felt was fear and panic. Where was the money going to come from? What if I was a total failure at real estate? Would the stress of not have a pay cheque every two weeks cause problems between Chris and I? All I feel now is relaxed and stress free. I have so much more patience with my kids, and Chris too. I no longer have a constant knot in my stomach and I am sleeping through the night.

I also have time to be crafty which I love. Yesterday I made this Christmas wreath with the kids. It was so easy that my four year old did most of the work.

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All you need is some ornaments from the dollar store, I think it cost me $12.00 for all of them. Some ribbon for the bow, also from the dollar store. Finally a wire hanger.

Untwist your wire hanger and shape it into a circle. Okay try and shape it into a circle. It is hard to do and will look wonky but just try your best.

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As you can see my wire looks nothing like a circle, but it also doesn’t look like a hanger so I consider that a success.

Pop off the top bit and glue it to the ornament. If you don’t you will regret it. Just trust me on this. I speak from experience.

Start to string the ornaments onto the hanger.  After the first 5 or 6 ornaments go on you are going to think it looks awful and how on earth will this work. Have some faith. The more you cram on there the better it will look. You will probably need 50-60 ornaments of varying sizes.

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When you are done wrap the two ends of the wire around itself. Do it quickly so the ornaments don’t fall off and make you so angry that you start kicking them across the room.  That totally happened.

There were a few places where I could see the wire so I used my trusty glue gun to fill in the gaps with some tiny ornaments.

Add the ribbon to the top of your wreath stick on a bow and you will have a beautiful wreath that only took 5 minutes to make and cost a grand total of $13.00.  Wreaths like this usually retail for $30.oo or more. I love saving money at any point in the year but especially at Christmas. I think I will take the money I saved and buy myself an early Christmas present.

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You can’t see the wreath that well because of the glare from the storm door. I just like the picture.