For a long, long time now, I've upheld the tradition of gifting my family and friends with a Christmas ornament each year. Like many of the sweetest traditions, this one was not planned. I distinctly remember standing at the Old Orchard Crate & Barrel one year - I think the first year of my married life - and drooling over their collection of precious Scandinavian-style wooden ornaments. Originally intending to buy a few for my own tree, I quickly realized I could not narrow down my preferences to a reasonable number.
So I bought one of each, with a few duplicates, in the very noble but self-serving intention of giving myself more time to decide on my favorite, then gifting the rest to my newly doubled family.
And thus a tradition was born.
This year, I thought I had figured it all out by midsummer. Oh yeah, I had a plan. Using a stockpile of old Christmas tree trunks that could be cut into slices, I would use a wood burner to decorate the wooden discs with snowflakes, topped off with a twist of baker's twine for hanging purposes.
As of December 20, 2013, that was still my plan.
Frustrated, I cut my Friday night work session short and wandered around the internet instead, waiting for something - anything! - to jump start my creative juices.
Right on cue, Blogland delivered up a DIY post from Young House Love with almost the exact same idea as I now envisioned. Consider it kismet, karma, or a simple case of great minds thinking alike. In any case, I grabbed my paintbrush and got quickly to work.
Which means I've already begun dreaming about my ornament for 2014.
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