December 24, 2012 Home Made Field Notes Ornaments
Some weeks ago, when the tree was fresh, we began looking through our boxes and wondering whether 2012′s ornaments would be store-bought or home-made. The two previous years Melissa and I had made them ourselves. I liked the idea of making them, but I was a bit stumped as to the design.
It may have been during Emily Henderson’s 2011 Christmas special or at some other point (the past month is a complete blur to me), but whatever the occasion, Madison threw out the winning idea: Field Notes.
Her idea was actually to make folded up “snow flake” ornaments with actual Field Notes. Daddy doesn’t butcher Field Notes, so that was not going to happen. Melissa mentioned making a purple and pink covered version for the tree. The brain wheels were turning.
On a trip to Joann’s, Melissa reminded me to get the card stock for the outside. By this time I had forgotten about making two different colored mini Field Notes. Did I mention how mushy the old grey matter has been this December? I emerged from the scrapbook supplies with the perfect shade of brown (even had a nice texture too).
I made a prototype with white card stock and presented it to Melissa. I played around with the scale until it was perfect. Then I began making them in earnest. Basic recipe was 1.25″ wide strips cut into 3.75″ segments (folded in half), staples in the middle and handwritten letters. Curving the edges was the most difficult part, but it had to be done for authenticity. To finish the ornaments I cut some red ribbon and looped that inside the book. I used Duck Brand rolling tape to put everything together.