Ugly Christmas Picture Frames!

It’s Christmas time, fools!  Yay!!!  I did a quick, fun, on the fly Christmas craft that I wanted to put out into the interwebs- world wide style. I had a few Santa pics without frames and everything in stores was like $15-$20 for a simple seasonal frame.  I’m a cheap ass.  I’m not ashamed of it.  I HAVE to be.  We don’t have a lot of dollars.  So that price wasn’t happening. Now, I don’t think that price is a rip-off…I feel like I need to say that.  I just can’t pay that.  Just not in the budget.  So I went into the dollar store thinking about making one.  I had a few simple plans and then BAM!  I looked around at all the crazy glittery décor and new what had to be done.  Just like an ugly sweater, I was going to deck out a cheap frame and start a new personal tradition.


The tutorial is pretty simple.


  • Glue Gun and glue sticks
  • Dollar store Christmas shit (they sell frames there, so that’s included here)
  • Sandpaper or steel wool
  • Christmas Music (optional)


  • Turn on Christmas music
  • Scuff up the frame a bit with some sand paper or steel wool, so the glue will stick.
  • Glue Christmas shit on (don’t burn yourself)- the more shit the better.
  • Bask in the glory of the ugliness.


That’s IT! Happy Crafting!

Be Ugly, Y’all!




Christmas Garb: 2017

Every year I make matching outfits for my kiddos for Christmas.  Right now they enjoy it.  I know that someday, they will definitely not. I’m soaking it up before they start rolling their eyes and writing the forwards to their autobiographies that have a main focus on how their mother ruined their lives.  I think they’re cute, though, so I’ll just start saving for some therapy or chocolate or something.  But look at how adorable they are!

Let’s start with the boy.  He looks so dashing, after all.  I pretty much just made a vest and a bowtie.  He apparently LOVES bowties…even though he HATED them at Easter time.  He was insistent that he get one: non-negotiable.  I decided to make and actual tie-able bowtie instead of my normal slide on tie. I used this pattern. I would make it longer and wider next time.  It juuuuust barely fit him even though I made it even larger than the pattern calls for. He may have called it “chokey”…but he still wanted to wear it!  At a young age, he’s learning that beauty is pain.  His vest was a super easy sew and  I really love the fit.  It’s the Schoolboy Vest by Sew Much Ado. It comes with the option of real or faux welt pockets and a back tie, but I made a really simple version since my fabric was so busy.  His shirt and pants were already in his dresser, so they were REALLY simple to make ::wink::wink::
The girl’s dress turned out better than I had hoped for.  I made a version for this dress (The Nori by Paisley Roots) when I tested it in August.  My girl is very picky about what she’ll wear and she chose this pattern straight away.  She just wanted it long, so I obliged.  I just made a gathered maxi skirt instead of using the circle skirt that the pattern comes with.  It’s such a lovely dress and she told me that she felt like a princess.  WINNING!

The fabric used is by Michael Miller and it’s the Glitz confetti border in Navy. It’s actually a much deeper navy in person, but it wanted to be photographed with a blue PAPOW.  It’s gorgeous, though.  I’m so glad I had some on hand.  I bought it a few years ago.  My New Year’s Resolution for 2017 was to buy no fabric all year.  I actually only bought a total of 7 yards this year including Halloween fabrics. I think I can call that a success.  I’m glad I finally finished these.  The next 9 days are going to be a festival of crazy requiring copious amounts of spiked coffee.  The kids got to see Santa today as well (and I finished these LAST NIGHT).  So I barely met my deadline.  WHEW!  These may be my favorite Christmas outfits so far.  Can’t wait to see what next year holds!

Merry Christmas, Y’all!