Monday, November 28, 2011

Budget Blues: The Tree is Up- The Garland is Short.

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.


  1. My tree is pretty much done, I just have to pick up the topper from the post office. But oh yowza, I went way over the $20! By about double.... What can I say, I went a little nuts at the Michael's Thanksgiving sale...

  2. It's looking great so far! I always think I have way too much garland, too. Our tree is up because we just bought a new one & wanted to try it out to make sure all the lights lit.

    If you have a spare moment, check out my acorns:

  3. Anne- it's hard not to go a bit crazy at those sales! LOL. can't wait to see your tree!

    Thanks Jane!

    Craftymoose- Thanks, I swear the tree grew, or my garland shrunk because is sure seemed like I had enough. Can't wait to check out your acorns!

  4. The cool thing is that your garland is so pretty that if that is all that is on the tree it will be very festive!

    Posting a couple more things tomorrow - Meg inspired stuff!

    Having so much fun! Thank you!

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