Wait a Minute, Mr. Postman!

November 12, 2013 Personal 54

Howdy Bookworms!

We’re in the middle of our first snow of the season here in Central Illinois, and I’m feeling the beginnings of some holiday cheer. If you recall, I went to BlogHer this summer. Because BlogHer is a networking extravaganza, it was recommended that we bring business cards. I thought I’d be clever and order bookmarks instead. As it turns out, I’m not as outgoing in person as I am online (SHOCKER, right?) I have LOTS of leftover bookmarks. I want to share them with you!

This year I plan to send a Christmas card to any Bookworm who wants one. Cards will include a genuine Words for Worms bookmark, near-tangible cheer, and absolutely no demands for money. Seriously. Send your address to wordsforworms@gmail.com and I will send you a Christmas card and bookmark. Ho ho ho, y’all! Of course, I also realize that though Christmas is my holiday, it’s not everyone’s. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, you can still have a bookmark. I’m a greeting card ninja, I’ve got plenty of cards that have no holiday affiliation whatsoever. Just mention you’d rather not get a holiday card when you send your address, and I’ll hook you up. Tidings of comfort and joy- and MAIL THAT IS NOT A BILL! Wahoo!


Now, if you do the Christmas thing and you send cards far and wide, you probably get a bunch of cards in return. It’s a lovely feeling, all those smiling photos and pretty scenes, but I’ve run out of space to display them all. We go way ridiculously overboard at Christmas with the decking of the halls, and I hate the idea that so many of my cards have to get stuffed into my one inadequate card display… (Cue segue) You know my friend Joules, right? She blogs at Pocketful of Joules and she’s one of my favorite humans since ever. She’s also crafty… On a number of levels. When Joules asked me if I wanted to join her Pinterest project party, this happened:

Joules: Hey Katie, do you want to join my DIY Pinterest project blog party?

Me: You realize that me doing a DIY project will probably end in me hot gluing my face to something, right?

Joules: Well, you can just add glitter and be even more fabulous than usual.

Me: Damn. You have an answer for everything. Glitter mustaches for everyone!

Joules: And eyebrows. Glitter eyebrows would be hilarious! Especially with YOUR eyebrow! (Yes, Joules has met me in person, she knows all about my snarky eyebrow, first hand.)

Me: Snarky glitter eyebrows are where it’s at!

Joules: Remind me to photoshop that!

How am I supposed to say no to that?!?! I’m a sucker, and Joules is a craft pusher. (The cutest, sweetest craft pusher that has ever lived… Please don’t attack me with a can of spray paint!) Here’s the project I’ll be attempting not to glue to my face:

I found this on Pinterest, but it seems to have originated at makeandtakes.com

I found this on Pinterest, but it seems to have originated at makeandtakes.com

I’m going to be tweaking this slightly, but I think this idea is amazing. A ribbon garland on which to pin your Christmas cards? You can make the ribbon as long as you want, and you can just add more clothespins if you run out of space. This is so much better than my bulky metal thing-a-ma-bob! The only thing standing between me and this glorious piece of holiday perfection is a hot glue gun… And my face. Wish me luck, Bookworms!

Have any of you Bookworms ever actually attempted something you saw on Pinterest? Recipes, crafts, cleaning solutions? Anybody glue anything to their face? I’m really worried about this, you guys! Oh yeah, I don’t know why you’d want to, as I suck at Pinterest, but you can be my friend there if you like. Click HERE and we’ll pin things to digital boards together!Β 

The Glue Crew: Joules, Me, Kari, and Chrissy!

The Glue Crew: Joules, Me, Kari, and Chrissy!


54 Responses to “Wait a Minute, Mr. Postman!”

  1. April

    LOVE the bookmark and the ribbon garland! I have been banned from using a hot glue gun in most all 50 states, HOWEVER!!!!!, tis the season for breaking the rules to glue myself to a card garland.

  2. Sarah Says Read

    Ooooo I like that Pinterest thing you’re gonna try! I always just tape cards around my doorframe… it’s not the prettiest system by any means.

    I love your Christmas cheer this morning. It’s the perfect thing to make me feel less grumpy about the snow that’s on the ground this morning.

  3. Leah @ Books Speak Volumes

    Ooh, ooh, I want some Words for Worms holiday cheer! I’m emailing you πŸ™‚

    That card garland is so cute! I figured I’d string up some twine and hang cards over it (assuming I get cards? I don’t know how many people know my apartment address), but this is so much cuter! I’m wondering if I could make this project even easier by just finding Christmas-patterned washi tape instead of paper… Hmm.. Anyway, I’m totally going to do this!

  4. Megan M.

    I love hot glue guns! I’ve never glued my face to anything, though. I just get a lot of glue on my fingers. That ribbon project is super cute!

  5. kristinshafel

    What a sweet idea! Who doesn’t love more bookmarks? πŸ™‚

    I, however, am not a Christmas person. My birthday (Dec 8) is overshadowed, the music bores me quickly, and the consumerism madness is a real turn-off for me. So bah humbug, I guess! For real though, the only parts I love about Christmas is hanging with the family, the food, and the football. So basically I’d rather have a 2nd Thanksgiving. And I do like reading about alternative ways to celebrate like this one πŸ™‚

  6. Morley Bisquick

    I would like to have card sent to all members of the LSSGT stat. We will salivate at the sight of a penguin on a bookmark. Can we eat them? Are they at least penguin flavored?

    I will be forwarding you an excel spreadsheet with the LSSGT member list soon.

    Yours in delicious penguin fashion…

    Morley Bisquick, Esq.
    Attorney for LSSGT Chapter #503

  7. Heather

    That ribbon card thing is so cute! Last year, I made one that was kind of similar with baker’s twine. Although – I totally cheated and found super cute Christmas printed clothespins online. So it was a half-crafty project. My cards looked cute though.

    I have indeed made several Pinterest projects, and nothing has been glued to my face. Now – I can’t say the same thing about things being glued to my pants, however. Word of advice – don’t wear clothes you don’t want to ruin when you’re crafting. πŸ™‚

  8. Rachel

    Um, we used the glue gun to make the boutineers and you did not have any glue on your face. Glitter…that’s a whole other ball game! πŸ™‚
    I have not picked a project yet this year, but I usually try to do something crafty during the holiday season. Many times it ends up being food related. Mmm. I did see a yummy hot chocolate crockpot recipe with Rumchata. I WILL make that!
    Oh! I forgot my big project is attempting to recover the top of a cedar chest from Scott’s grandma. It currently has old worn fabric on top so that has to go. There are just so many options of fabric to replace it with, I’m kind of stuck.

    • Words For Worms

      We didn’t use hot glue on those, did we? All I remember was a lot of wire and sticky floral tape! They were glorious though- I’m craftier when you’re around!

  9. Kari

    Hot glue is an angry biotch.
    And just like that your blog went to Rated R.
    Glad to be in good company for my first DIY challenge. πŸ™‚

  10. lostinliterature108

    I will not get on Pintrest until I have finished my reading goal. I know I’m gonna love it when I do.
    And you should know, I’ve been in Pier 1 twice in the last few days and they have several cute penguiny things for Christmas. You should go!
    And I want a Bookmark. Still have my other homemade one. I sending you the email, and I totally do Christmas. Thanks!

    • Words For Worms

      Oh Darlene! Now I’m going to go into Pier 1 and probably get MORE penguin things… And then have to do two penguin trees… That’s okay. One wasn’t enough anyway!

  11. It's A Dome Life

    I love the garland too! I may have to make one. I usually put my cards on a shelf, but last year I had so many they were falling off! I have made a bunch of things I found on Pinterest. Some have been amazing and a few pretty horrible. Good luck!

  12. Karen Marino Marino

    Great project. I get progressively fewer and fewer cards. I think it’s gotten too expensive for people lately. But I do enjoy getting cards so I’ll be signing up for a “Holiday card” As for craft projects, I used to love doing them. I still have tons of craft supplies around the house but I haven’t done one in over 2 years. I have made some cool Holiday decoration. I celebrate Winter Solstice so I decorate in a winter theme.

  13. Ashley F

    Ooo I want one…..they’re adorable…..and I secretly (or not so secretly) get great joy out of thinking of you mailing anything to Canada.

    • Words For Worms

      I did some research- there are some cool international stamps I can get so I can send cards worldwide with zero hassle. Bring it on, world! Cards to EVERYONE! Canada especially :).

  14. Silvia

    I think the trick to not hot glueing anything to your face is to make projects that don’t use glue. At least that’s always worked for me. Otherwise I wouldn’t be so sure…
    I like the idea of a Pinterest project party and your project is both totally cute and totally doable, go for it!
    I’ve used Pinterest as inspiration for minor DIY and organising projects as well as nail art and that’s worked out alright – and here’s an easy project I’m thinking of doing this year, a propos Christmas cards: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/460915343084794181/ Though on second thought, it does look like it involves glue…

    Oh yeah, in case you were wondering, I’m the strange nail person who started following you on pinterest yesterday πŸ™‚

    • Words For Worms

      Ahhhh I love your boards! I’m a nail polish fiend, but lack the hand-eye coordination to do it particularly well. Nail polish ladies UNITE! (My dream job is naming the OPI nail colors. Do you think I can convince them to pay me for that? LOL)

      • Silvia

        Well, they’re paying someone for it, so why not you? Can we share the job though? I love OPI’s names!

        Glad you like my boards! I feel a bit weird admitting to nail art on a book blog because it’s like hey, books, that’s cultural and sophisticated, while doing your nails is kinda frivolous, even when you’re painting literary characters πŸ˜‰

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