I felt like a fairy god-mother today—everywhere I went I left a trail of glitter and tinsel…It was Ugly Christmas Sweater Day on my Ward today. I have one Christmas Sweater. It’s much too hot to wear it, and quite frankly, I have no clue where it might be. It’s actually a two piece, sweater and pants set. Besides, it's much too cute to be an ugly sweater anyway.
WalMart had all of two Christmas sweaters for sale. And a couple of meds t-shirts with a Christmas theme—none of which I liked. So what’s a girl to do?This girl gets crafty.
I decided I could wear my Dancing Christmas Tree hat and wrap a t-shirt in tinsel or ribbon shaped to resemble the bottom of a Christmas tree. And I could add battery operated lights and ornaments. Hey—I’m an “Over the Top Girl” so why not take Tacky Christmas Sweater to new heights?! All I had to do was find the Dancing Christmas Tree hat.I have plenty of Christmas Hats to choose from—somewhere—since I buy new Christmas hats every year. [Note to Self: This years New Year Resolution could be: Get Organized! My 2-fold goal could be: 1) toss, sell, or gift a bag of “stuff” each week, and 2) label storage boxes with contents of the stuff I keep].
It was getting late and I still hadn’t found the Dancing Christmas Tree, so it was time for Plan B.I would develop a UCS based on what I could find in the next five minutes.
I came up with four choices: the deep purple zebra print stocking cap I wore to the Spadettes Christmas party the night before, the lilac stocking cap w/white battery operated lights, the red “I’ve been good” stocking cap w/battery operated colored lights, and the Dallas Cowboys flap-cap. In writing this post I wanted the correct term for the flap-hat, so I googled it. Flap-cap, ear-flap hat, snow (or ski) beanies with ear-flaps, Ushanka (Russian Trooper hats), and Chullo (Peruvian or Andean hats) all have ear-flaps. With the colors of my four easily obtainable hats in mind, I went to WalMart at 10pm in search of ideas. Surely, I could come up with something tacky from WalMart.By the time I went to bed at 2am, my SUV was packed with goodies for our brunch and all the supplies I would need to quickly assemble the shirt after I attended my daily Bed Huddle meeting.
Pre-made stuff and safety pins are a costumers best friend. I have even more stuff I could have pinned on—I just ran out of break-time. Gotta love my co-worker who thought I needed even more bling and gave me a strand of tinsel with snowflakes intertwined—it became my boa and finished off the outfit.
BTW, while glitter and tinsel provides a nice blingy effect, it also leaves a trail that a blind man could follow.Make sure you don’t do anything illegal when you wear it…