Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sealed with a {Reindeer} Kiss

Those lovely Shutterfly Christmas cards of ours arrived in the mail today.
Just in time for the 1st of December!

We want to send them out beginning tomorrow, so we set to work prettying-up the envelopes.

We began with some silly, over-tired kids and their goofy smiles.
Well...their smiles are really not part of the plan...but they are sweet, aren't they?!

We used those little fingers that they're showing off...
Added some antlers, eyes and a very, shiny nose {sing it with me!}.

And we sealed each Christmas card with a Reindeer Kiss.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Fabric Bracelets

So, a while back I agreed to participate in a craft show with my sister-in-law.
My obsession with rosettes was in its early stages so I had all sorts of ideas swirling around in my head.
I also figured I had a all sorts of time to get prepared.
Fast forward 2 months.
The craft show is one week a way and until yesterday, all I had prepared were the items I posted about here.
I'm happy to report that I've made some progress!

I've seen fabric covered bracelets floating around blog-land, but I have never actually seen them at a craft show.
You know where I'm heading, don't you?!

A few weeks back {when I still thought I had loads of time to prepare!} I stumbled upon cheap {14-cents-each-cheap} metal bracelets...and I bought out the place!

I paid a visit to the local fabric store and forced myself to visit only the bargain corner...
I'm glad I did, because I found some treasures...just check out these beauties!

Then I set to work tearing fabric into strips.
I learned a valuable lesson...not all fabric tears easily.
Who knew?
Probably the rest of humanity...but not I!!

I warmed up the glue gun and put a little dab on the inside of the bracelet.
I attached the fabric to the still-warm glue and began wrapping.

Each strip overlapped the previous...and so on.

I applied a dab of glue every now and again to keep the fabric snug.

Finally, I trimmed the fabric strip to fit and hot-glued it to the bracelet.

So far, this is what I've come up with...

What do you think...would you wear one?
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

It's Beginning to Look a Lot...

...like Christmas.
Ev'rywhere you go;
Take a look in the five and ten glistening once again,
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Toys in ev'ry store...
For those of you who have followed my obsession with every thing rosette...you won't be surprised to see how I embellished my wreath!

I began with some fabric remnants and an old curtain, that I twisted and glued into these beauties.
I fiddled with their placement and added some dollar store mirror-ball ornaments for a little bling.
This is for my hubby, who always thought my Country-Christmas decorating scheme {of days gone by} lacked the glitter and glam that the holidays deserve:)
I gave my wreath a place of honour above our antique piano, hanging on a mirror that I redid here.
  It's the first thing you see as you walk in to our little home.
It welcomes us home.
With Charlie our insanely crazy puppy who ate my camera beautiful Chocolate Lab milling about around my feet and my favourite Christmas Carols playing in the background, I added some garland, more glitter, some lights and few of my favourite things.
  It truly is beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

I didn't stop there! The decoration on our coffee table may just be my favourite.
I rescued an old wooded box that my husband had claimed as his own.
{I'm not sure what he was thinking either!}
I filled it with Christmas greenery to match the one on the piano and to give a backdrop for our antique skates.

I love the story of these skates...
My hubby's grandparents had a farm near the town where he grew up...a quaint little homestead filled with memories of weekends with family and gopher huntin'!
In the tiny little basement beneath the tiny little house lay a treasure-trove of memories.
Old jars, bed frames, furniture, skates, you name it...each piece with its own story.

These skates once belonged to someone special.
No one knows for sure who that special someone was....
Baba, Old Gido, an uncle, an aunt? No one knows.
What we do know is that they are precious...they remind us of where my hubby came from. They remind my kiddies of where they came from.
They remind me how lucky I am to have found this family when I was just seventeen.
I am thankful everyday.
The 'b' is from Micheal's. I wrapped it with fabric and added a  rosette.

What are you thankful for this holiday season?
Leave me a comment...they make my day!

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

{thirty-one days of memories}

{the celebration begins 01/01/11}

The process of creating our Christmas card sent my mind reeling.
Reeling with memories of times gone by.
Memories of first words, first times, funny moments, milestones.
I've decided that it's time to celebrate these memories.

 But before I begin...I have a little confession...
The picture-situation in my house is dismal. No joke.
I have boxes and baskets of photos waiting for a home.
My computer is over-run with photos waiting to be printed...so they can be placed in those boxes and baskets...and wait for a home:)

This little project is barely going to make a dint in my stack of photos going to help remedy that dismal situation.

{I made it my goal to not purchase a single item to create this project.}
{So far...so good!}

thirty-one days of memories is like an advent calendar.
A post-Christmas advent calendar.
Each little bag contains something to get excited about.
Each little bag contains a photo {for each kiddie} and a memory.
We will open a bag every day in January ~ beginning the new year by remember the past.

Let's begin..

I made my own tags out of scrapbooking paper that I already had.
I embellished each tag and decorated each bag with items from my craft supplies.
Only 28 more to go:)
I spent hours wading through photos, looking for the perfect ones...having a little chuckle and a few tears along the way.

I wrote a note on the back of each tag, to accompany the photo.

Pip = Soother/Pacifier/Plug;)
Every day in January we will celebrate times gone by.
I plan to have photo-albums at the ready...after they look at the picture and we read the note, they can slip them in the album for safe keeping.

So...what do you think?
Will you give it a whirl?

Thanks for stopping by:)

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