Saturday, December 26, 2009

Merry Christmas!

On Christmas night, after my husband and sweet (but exhausted!) kids were tucked into bed, I finally had a moment to myself. I sat in my living room, surrounded by Christmas present and Christmas past. Christmas present; the million pieces of Lego's, Littlest Pet Shop, various games, dolls, stocking stuffers and of course, Zhu Zhu pets! Christmas past; mainly my memories, but also tangible things that remind me of times gone by. I have ornaments that I made as a child, as well as ornaments made by my own children. Snow globes and homemade treasures from special friends. All kinds of visual memories. But one of my favorites sits atop a pine pole tree in my front room. A tree that is filled with little paper mache houses, and other vintage ornaments. She is a Noma Christmas Angel, circa 1940. She belonged to my beloved Grandma, and was a huge part of Christmas while growing up. It just wasn't Christmas until the angel was lovingly placed on top of the tree. When her silver and white paper dress wasn't "hip" anymore, Grandma sewed a new one of pink felt, complete with little pink pearls. Oh there were a couple of years when a star tried to take her place, but she always seemed to find her way back to the top of our family tree. And it was there she stayed for 40 plus years until my Grandmother passed away. What a sad Holiday that was. It just wasn't the same without her, and still isn't 23 years later. What I do have to bring those wonderful memories back is my Angel. So that's what I did Christmas night. Reminisced about the past, the present and the future. It was a wonderful Christmas present, just for me. How about you? Do you have a special treasure that conjures up wonderful memories of the past? If so, keep it close to you always.

And speaking of treasures, look at what my friend Sandra Evertson sent me....

Isn't it beautiful? I have the perfect spot in my office:) Thanks Sandra!!! I love it! Check out Sandra's blog at www.sandraevertson.blogspot.com She is one of the most talented women I know:)

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous New Year!
Oh, I have one more thing I wanted to share. This is my nephew, Briggs with my other nephew Quayden. In November of 2008, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Last Christmas it was touch and go, and he spent most of 2009 in and out of the Children's hospital. Three days before Christmas he had his last Chemo treatment, and was able to spend the Holiday at home! He's on the mend at last! I just wanted to share this little miracle from my neck of the woods! Yeah Briggs!



Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Snowman Conundrum ....

What in heavens name can I put in Mr. Snowman's hands? I'm leaning towards a felt flower with a painted stem... Any ideas? Christmas is coming!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

My Favorite Holiday Vintage Image ...

..and what I did with it! Created a holiday fold out card! Here's the link in case you'd like to do the same: http://www.hgtv.com/holidays-and-entertaining/holiday-fold-out-card/pictures/index.html . Hoping to post a Snowman pic tomorrow. I need some advice, as my creative train has stopped at the station. How do I get it to start again? Especially since Christmas is coming soon and I've got gifts to finish? AAACCCKKK! Advice please:)





Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Build a Snowman!

No, there's no snow here yet, but that doesn't mean I'm not building snowmen! I'm putting together a bunch of stuffed snowmen for Christmas gifts this year. Not getting very far, but maybe this weekend I'll get one posted. Until then, I thought I would share Snowman In A Can! Wouldn't these make great neighbor gifts? To save time (what? save time?), you could just purchase a scarf and mittens. You could also use a different container, I just thought the idea of a Snowman in a Can was cute:).

Here's what you'll need:

Black Fimo Clay
Light green patterned paper
Pinking shears
Craft glue
Red Brad
Sewing Machine and thread
Craft stick (tongue depressor)
Red rick-rack
Cream colored cardstock
Round tag (Making Memories)
Embroidery floss:
red, bright green, and orange
Craft wire
Scissors
Excelsior (to fill the can)
Snowflake charm (Making Memories)
Felt:
red, bright green, and orange Craft wire
Large paint can (I found it at Home Depot)
Page protector (like you use in Scrapbooking)
Copy, paste and print out this mitten template. It should be about the size of a toddlers mittens....


Put it all together:

Cut a strip of the green felt 5x46”. Cut another small strip of the green 2x11 inches. Cut two red squares 5”x5”. These are for the scarf. Double the red felt and cut two mittens (you will have four mittens). Do the same with the earmuffs. Out of the orange felt, cut the nose. Cut two primitive hearts out of the green felt, and two out of the red. Next, cut two green stars. Hand stitch a star to the right side of both mittens. Make sure you sew on the correct side (thumbs up). Do the same with the earmuffs. Sew one of the red squares to the bottom of the scarf-Right sides together. Do the same with the opposite side. Cut fringe in the red square. Next, hand stitch the two red hearts on the topside of the scarf. Sew the mittens-wrong sides together, All along the outside seam. Cut the seam allowance down with the pinking shears. Do the same with the earmuffs. Next, sew the nose right sides together on the long end. Turn right sides out. Sew a running stitch with the orange floss along the top of the nose. Next, stuff with excelsior, glue the stick in place, and pull the threads tight. Cut a piece of wire about 11 inches long. Using a zig-zag stitch, sew the wire to the small strip of green felt. Cut close to the wire using the pinking shears. Glue to the earmuffs. Using the clay, sculpt the “Coal”. Follow the directions on the package to cook the “coal”. Sew a small bag out of two small pieces of the page protector. Place the coal inside, sew shut. Place the excelsior, mittens, scarf, nose, and bag of coal inside the can. Attach the earmuffs to the top of the can with two pieces of wire on either side. Using the patterned paper, solid cardstock and ric-rac, make a label. I laminated mine using a home laminator (xyron). Place on the front of the can. Place the snowflake charm on the vellum tag and attach with the colored brad.

*I wrote this pattern years ago, so I hope it still make sense. If you have any questions, please let me know! Have a great day~Paige