My family mocks me mercilessly about this.
My nephews’ efforts to humiliate me for saving cat food cans know no bounds. They love to remind me of the empty Sweet ‘n Low packets I collected—the sales receipts I saved. They allege I’ve crossed the line—stepped off the edge separating the safe side of sanity from the abyss that is crazy-ass receipt saving by strangely aging aunts.
Regular readers of my blog will be well-aware that sanity’s not my strong suit—that I’ve had my own up-close-and-personal encounters with literal madness.
But that was a long time ago and has nothing to do with my more recent eccentricity.
In the past I’ve used cat food cans to make this:
The labels to create this:
I’ve used empty Sweet ‘n Low packets to make this:
But I’ve stopped collecting cans. I no longer save evidence of my sick obsession with the artificially sweet or my misadventures in retail therapy.
Now I’m mad about maps—crazy for cartography. But before you laugh like the rest of my relatives, take a look at this Christmas tree ornament that features a map of downtown Lexington, the city where I live. I admit it’s not a complete success. It may be a little heavy on the pink, which is not exactly a Christmas color—but not every foray into elving can be Santa successful:
But this one, which includes a map of Africa, may be a bit better:
However, if neither of these epitomizes happy holidays in your mind, you might prefer your own ornaments made from found and repurposed fabric. Here are a few I didn’t share in my last post:
But still, my favorite is the following:
Yes, I know I showed you these the other day, but I’m sharing them again, because I’ve run out of canned tomato labels and could really use your help recycling Del Monte or maybe even Hunts.
Would you mind saving some for me? I promise I won’t tell my family you’ve contributed to my hoarding habit.
I swear on an empty cat food can, I won’t!
(Note: For directions on how to make the ornaments, click here.)