First of all I hope if you live in U.S. I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving. I took a break from blogging last week to enjoy family, cook a giant meal, and take it easy.
But now I'm back to my usual crafting and I have a great week planned for posts! The tree went up this weekend and I'm more excited than ever to be doing the Crafty Christmas Tree Challenge.
Except... that I've hit a bit of a bump in the road and I think it's going to take a bite out of the $10.27 I have left in the budget.
I was definitely winging it on the garland length. I knew that. But I based it on garlands I've bought for the tree before. I thought those were either 9 or 12 ft but since the ornaments were packed away with the tree I couldn't exactly check.
When I got my handmade garland to 9ft it seemed huge- HUGE. Definitely long enough to go around a mere 6ft tree. But I hedged my bets, bought some more wool, and left an extra 3ft of string on the end just incase I needed to make it longer.
Once the tree went up I checked the garland I usually put on the tree and I was wrong- it's not 9ft, or 12ft, it's 15ft! Then just because reality (and math) weren't really sinking in I wrapped my 9ft garland around the tree.
It only reached a little more than halfway around.
I'm making more felted balls. I think I'm going to double the length. But that means I'm going to have to be REALLY creative with the rest of the budget because this is going to take a big 4 dollar-ish shaped bite out of it!
But on a good note- I love how the garland looks on the tree. Now I just have to remember that while I'm felting all those little balls.