Fun Getting To Know You Christmas Questions

Dec 19, 2014

Here are some fun get­ting to know you Christ­mas ques­tions you can share with friends and fam­i­ly at a fam­i­ly gath­er­ing or par­ty. I always find it inter­est­ing in how oth­ers cel­e­brate the hol­i­day sea­son. If you don’t cel­e­brate Christ­mas you can eas­i­ly change the ques­tions to fit your hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tion. My sis­ter and her fam­i­ly arrive late tonight and I can­not wait to have some fun with every­one. You know I’m on “best week­end ever” notice for Made­lyn and Isabel­la. I LOVE being their aunt. I have a week­end of fun all planned out that includes lots of hot choco­late, s’mores, cook­ie bak­ing, hol­i­day light look­ing and presents. It’s going to be a fab­u­lous week­end. 1. Wrap­ping paper or gift bags? This year it’s all about Gift Bags.  2. Real tree or arti­fi­cial? We...

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I believe…

Dec 17, 2014

Orig­i­nal­ly Post­ed Decem­ber 12, 2011 and to this day it’s still one of my favorites. Just recent­ly my 8 year old niece was ask­ing if San­ta was real. My mom asked Made­lyn what she thought to which she replied, I think he is real. Mom left it at that and Made­lyn went on her mer­ry way. I remem­ber when I found out about San­ta and for a moment I was sad but then dis­cov­ered since I had younger sib­lings I was in a spe­cial secret club… I got to be a secret elf and help with wrap­ping and shop­ping which I just loved. I found this part just as reward­ing if not more on Christ­mas morn­ing. Watch­ing my broth­er and sis­ter run down the stairs, through the hall­way and into the liv­ing room star­ing in amaze­ment...

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Needle Felted Santa with Fir Tree

Oct 13, 2014

I’ve been hav­ing loads of fun nee­dle felt­ing. I start­ed this San­ta over the week­end and thought I would share with you a few pho­tos of him in the works. If any of you are inter­est­ed in learn­ing this art form let me know and I will glad­ly put togeth­er a tuto­r­i­al of a sim­ple project for begin­ners. Here is my San­ta before adding his rosey cheeks, eyes and eye­brows. It’s fun to see the per­son­al­i­ty of your piece come to life once you add these fea­tures. Every nee­dle felt­ed piece has it’s own unique look. And here is San­ta with his facial fea­tures and a bit more fluff added to his beard. Love his rosey cheeks. I decid­ed this San­ta need­ed a prop so what bet­ter item than a small fir tree for him...

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Needle Felted Santa Ornament

Oct 2, 2014

Yes­ter­day, I thought I would try and nee­dle felt a San­ta orna­ment. Today, I’m going to try to make him a pair of glass­es. I love try­ing and dis­cov­er­ing new art forms. One nev­er knows if they can until they try. I will always try. I hope I inspire you to do the...

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Cleaning Out The Studio

Dec 3, 2013

I know I have been bom­bard­ing you all with kits, art and oth­er items in my Etsy shop but seri­ous­ly, I have got to get this stu­dio cleaned  out and under-con­trol. I do not have room for any addi­tion­al prod­uct not one bit more. It’s ter­ri­ble and San­ta will put me on the bad list if he sees this mess. Thank good­ness I don’t have a lit­tle elf on the shelf to rat me out or I would be super wor­ried. So since I’m clean­ing out I am pass­ing on some awe­some prod­uct deals. I just list­ed a Scrap­book Embell­ish­ment Grab Box that comes to you filled with lots of assort­ed Maya Road prod­ucts that’s per­fect for any scrap­book or craft enthu­si­ast and get this, SHIPPING is FREE on this item! Each filled to the brim...

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Dear Santa ~ Card

Nov 7, 2013

I was­n’t kid­ding when I said I LOVED this jin­gle bell stamp. Here’s anoth­er card I made using the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Win­ter Girl, Jin­gles and Jin­gle Bell stamps. I could cov­er every sin­gle thing I cre­ate this hol­i­day sea­son in these jin­gle bells I love them this much! And attached with foam squares makes them even cuter too!!! I’m head­ing out to do some junk­ing with mom and dad this week­end and can­not wait to see what trea­sures we find. Walk­ing around flea mar­kets and antique shops is not only fun but so...

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Merry Christmas

Dec 25, 2012

I hope you and your fam­i­ly are all enjoy­ing a won­der­ful hol­i­day sea­son. I cer­tain­ly do wish you all the very best and hap­pi­est of hol­i­days. Now that every­one has opened their gifts I can final­ly share all the projects I cre­at­ed this Christ­mas to give to my fam­i­ly. Today’s can­vas was my gift to my dad. As you all know he is San­ta and has quite a col­lec­tion of San­ta’s so I thought I would add to it. I’m hap­py to report San­ta’s sit­ting in his reclin­er with his feet up and a tum­my full of milk and cook­ies rest­ing from all his trav­els dur­ing the night. I real­ly did have a lot of fun cre­at­ing this 4″ x 4″ can­vas for dad. I  tried hard to make each gift I cre­ate per­son­al....

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25 Day Countdown to Christmas

Nov 23, 2012

Today, I’m mak­ing a 25 day Count­down to Christ­mas project with my nieces Made­lyn and Bel­lie. As you can see from the pho­to they are lov­ing their new match­ing jam­mies. New flan­nel jam­mies are the best espe­cial­ly when you find match­ing ones like my mom did with a mon­key print design. Ok sor­ry, back to the project. Both lit­tle sweet peas will dec­o­rate 12 stan­dard sized card envelopes using stick­ers, self adhe­sive gems, then stamp the num­bers need­ed on each of their bags. Made­lyn will stamp the odd num­bers and Bel­lie the even num­bers. I will dec­o­rate enve­lope 25 for them to either use as a sam­ple or for inspi­ra­tion. Once all the envelopes are dec­o­rat­ed I’ll fill each one with 2 pieces of can­dy and a print­ed strip of paper that has one...

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The little cousins

Aug 17, 2012

Mom, dad and I have been stay­ing with mom’s sis­ter “Aunt Wil­da” and broth­er-in-law “Uncle Jim” since we arrived in West Vir­ginia. Yes­ter­day, my cousin “Ang­ie” brought her three boys (Patrick 7 yrs., Michael 5 yrs., Nicholas 3 yrs.) to see us and boy did they keep us enter­tained.  As you will see by the pho­tos Nicholas was the major source of enter­tain­ment. Love that he still calls me his “lit­tle skunk” Makes the best jel­lo sal­ad ever! Nicholas blow­ing bub­ble after bub­ble after bub­ble. While look­ing around in an antique shop dad found some pieces from an old pipe organ for only $3.00 and had to buy them. Mom thought they were $3.00 to much. Nicholas on the oth­er hand had fun mak­ing sound come out and thought it was the best $3.00...

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Favorite Toy EVER

Dec 23, 2011

I remem­ber when I was lit­tle being so excit­ed Christ­mas eve, that falling asleep was near impos­si­ble. My broth­er, Richard and I would talk back and forth between our twin beds try­ing to think of what San­ta would bring us. One Christ­mas when I was 5 years old I got a Sketchy Doll… she is the most amaz­ing doll ever as far as I’m con­cerned. Well, through the years she got mis­placed but I nev­er for­got about her. Now fast for­ward to 2008… my Dad decid­ed to do a lit­tle search­ing around, found her on eBay and pur­chased her for me. Talk about a won­der­ful sur­prise. Now she sits proud­ly on the top of my book­shelf in my scrap­room where I see her every sin­gle day. Richard and me Christ­mas Eve 1970 Richard (love...

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Not a creature is safe in our house

Dec 22, 2011

I thought I would share with you some pho­tos of  the sweet dogs we have had through the years. I vol­un­teered for a gold­en retriev­er res­cue orga­ni­za­tion for sev­er­al years and if there was an old gold­en need­ing a home Alan and I were the ones that took them in. We had such a soft spot for a needy, home­less, white faced old gold­en. Since most of the oldies came into res­cue with seri­ous health issues we only had them for 6 months to two years. But before they passed away they were spoiled like crazy and loved tremen­dous­ly. I admit I have slight­ly tor­tured these sweet pups with a sea­son­al head­band or two but I did reward them great­ly with loads of treats. So to them it was worth it because hot dog...

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Snow for Christmas

Dec 21, 2011

I LOVE snow and hope we get some this win­ter… so far all we’ve had is rain… which we need ter­ri­bly BUT snow sure would be awe­some. We have a chance for flur­ries Fri­day and Sat­ur­day but most like­ly it will be short lived and turn to rain. We will see and you can bet I will be watch­ing the fore­cast like a lit­tle kid. I have a true love for any­thing with snowflakes so when Maya Road came out with their adorable “Let It Snow” stamp set, I was thrilled. And their Blue 1″ Ink Pad is a gor­geous win­ter blue ink, so keep this in mind for any of your win­ter projects. If you would like to recre­ate this card cut a piece of white card­stock to 8″ x 11″ then fold...

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Keeping it simple

Dec 20, 2011

Yes­ter­day, I received a gift from a friend that had the cutest stamped tag attached. Her tag was so adorable, sim­ple and sweet that I just have to share it. I tend to get lost in the details when I’m cre­at­ing and then end up stress­ing myself out think­ing if I have to make 10 or 15 of these all sewn, glit­tered, altered, etc I will snap. Well, I’m going to do my best to try and keep some things sim­ple, espe­cial­ly things dur­ing the hol­i­days… because sim­ple is adorable and sweet and appre­ci­at­ed and cher­ished immense­ly. Thank you sweet friend. And here is a San­ta sto­ry for you… it makes me gig­gle and wish I could have seen this lit­tle boy’s face… noth­ing like being bust­ed face to face by all peo­ple… San­ta!...

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Growing up with Santa

Dec 19, 2011

No mat­ter how old San­ta’s grand­kids are they’re nev­er too old to have a pho­to tak­en with San­ta. This year, Laren (SIL) and Ter­ri my old­est daugh­ter went to Beau­mont for Thanks­giv­ing. This meant they were able to get their pho­to tak­en with San­ta. It’s been sev­er­al years since they’ve been able to make it down for the hol­i­days and Mr. and Mrs. Claus were very hap­py to see them. This pho­to is of San­ta and my sis­ter Belin­da’s kids… from left to right is my adorable nephew Brit­tain (poor boy he is the ONLY boy out of 6 grand­kids), Isabel­la, Paw Paw San­ta, Made­lyn hold­ing Grand-Dog Zeus and niece Aman­da. Believe it or not this pho­to was the first one they took! Talk about a Christ­mas mir­a­cle. Even Zeusy was good and looked...

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Inspirational Baubles…

Jan 21, 2011

Not that I don’t already have enough to keep me busy with CHA  just around the cor­ner, I thought it would be fun to make some­thing small to ran­dom­ly hand out to a few peo­ple each day at CHA. Just lit­tle ran­dom acts of inspi­ra­tion and kind­ness. And yes, it does involve UTEE. I tell ya this stuff is so fun. And I am so glad to hear some of you are going to wipe the dust off your jars and use yours. I got lots of email yes­ter­day thank­ing me for the UTEE inspi­ra­tion. Just remem­ber I WARNED YOU… this stuff is addict­ing. I plan on alter­ing 14 of these lit­tle hearts. Each one will have a dif­fer­ent word and dif­fer­ent embell­ish­ments. I will post a tuto­r­i­al on how I made them in...

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A Christmas Mouse

Dec 22, 2010

Mom and I love all the lit­tle fig­urines of Christ­mas mice that can be seen dur­ing the hol­i­days. My grand­moth­er on the oth­er hand could not STAND see­ing any­thing which slight­ly resem­bled that of a mouse. I can remem­ber once when I was very, very young being at my grand­par­en­t’s camp in Acton, Maine and gram run­ning out of the camp scream­ing. It was years lat­er I found out my mom had dis­cov­ered a lit­tle mouse nest in one of the kitchen draw­ers that had a baby mouse sleep­ing inside. Well gram did not want any­thing to do with that and left in a dash. Poor gram. So in the spir­it of all the adorable Christ­mas mice mom and I see dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son I thought it would be fun to make one for her...

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Sugar Cookies and a Glittered Bow

Dec 19, 2010

Okay well not the actu­al sug­ar cook­ies but I want­ed to share with you the kind I used to look for­ward to mak­ing each Christ­mas with my Mom. I knew San­ta had to have loved mine the best as he nev­er left a crumb on his plate. I think the rein­deer helped in lick­ing the plate clean. The week before Christ­mas mom and I always head­ed to the store to get the rolled Pills­bury Sug­ar Cook­ie dough. Click here for a coupon. I loved mak­ing these San­ta and Angel cook­ies so much. Each one always looked a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent after bak­ing but they all were dec­o­rat­ed the same… such a type A per­son­al­i­ty even back then. San­ta had a red hat, white pom pom and trim on his hat, white mus­tache, red hot...

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Merry Christmas Gift Tag ~ Ornament

Dec 14, 2010

Here is anoth­er tag I plan on attach­ing to a gift this Christ­mas. It can then be kept and used as an orna­ment lat­er on. I loved adding all the lit­tle details … pearls, but­tons, jin­gle bells, flocked flow­ers, seam bind­ing and lots and lots of Stick­les. One can nev­er have too much Stick­les. I’m try­ing to con­vince San­ta that I need a huge VAT of Plat­inum and Dia­mond Stick­les this year. I know I have been good, good, good and real­ly deserve them. Sup­plies Used: Tim Holtz Alter­ations Bigz Die Caged Bird, The Girls’ Paperie — Tin­sel & Twig (Deck the Halls, Snow­fall), Self Adhe­sive 2mm Cream Pearls, Rhine­stones, Flocked Flow­ers, Vin­tage But­tons, 6mm Gold Jin­gle Bells, Brown & White Bak­er’s Twine, Dusty Olive Seam Bind­ing, Creamy Brown Ink, Dia­mond & Plat­inum Stick­les, Foam...

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Creative Fun…

Dec 5, 2010

Sat­ur­day, Trisha Con­lon and I got to spend the day with this won­der­ful group of artists at “The Crafty Scrap­per”. Each one cre­at­ed their very own snow globe. I taught the paper part of the project which includ­ed alter­ing the base of the snow globe, build­ing the lit­tle house, cre­at­ing a crepe paper rosette and then of course sprin­kling every­thing with glit­ter and mica. It was so fun watch­ing every­one’s project come togeth­er. Each lit­tle house was the same yet so dif­fer­ent as every­one used dif­fer­ent parts of their Melis­sa Frances pat­terned paper. Once every­one fin­ished their sweet lit­tle house they then began to add every­thing to the altered base of the snow globe. Once every­one go to this point we all took a break for lunch, which came from “The Dove’s Nest”, next...

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Super fun gift for both Dads and sons

Nov 26, 2010

I have got to tell you about this neat toy my broth­er-in-law Dou­glas has that I think will be a great sur­prise gift for all the men in your fam­i­ly. Last year he thought these remote con­trolled heli­copters or the Phan­tom 6010 as he calls it were so cool he bought one for Alan. Let me tell you Alan was enter­tained for hours which I deeply appre­ci­at­ed and I am sure you would too. Although, Buster our schnau­zer thought it was an alien com­ing down from out­er space try­ing to invade his ter­ri­to­ry, so he was set on see­ing it destroyed. I sug­gest if you have dogs in your house you might be a tad bit care­ful fly­ing this thing around them. If it ends up in their reach it will expe­ri­ence instant death....

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All Things Winter

Nov 14, 2010

I’m so excit­ed to tell you about my next upcom­ing online work­shop. This work­shop “All Things Win­ter” will include win­ter and hol­i­day themed projects from my book “Delight In The Details”. This work­shop will include step by step instruc­tions, col­or pho­tos and tips to help you recre­ate the projects list­ed below. Page 15 Mer­ry & Bright Orna­ment Page 26 Joy Ban­ner Page 30 Joy Mini Album Page 42 Snow Day Lay­out Page 44 Win­ter of 78 Lay­out Page 72 Gift Tag Page 76 Christ­mas Cook­ies Lay­out Page 91 Silent Night Christ­mas Card Page 95 Christ­mas Greet­ings Christ­mas Card Page 125 San­ta Baby Lay­out The cost for this online work­shop is only $19.95. FYI… I will not be teach­ing the tech­niques as those are in the book, just the instruc­tions need­ed to make recre­at­ing these...

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