Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas is only 7 days away!!!

Did the Christmas season sneak up on ya'll like it has me? I can't believe that we only have a week to go!! At least I did get my tree up and finished all the decorating, but the buying and wrapping of gifts is not yet done. Today I spent touching up some of the decorations and just tidying up a bit. Snapped some pics of the decorations, too, so I thought I would share them with ya'll. So sit back and enjoy!!!'

I found the glittered JOY, along with some other words a couple of years ago for $1 each

Star on top of the tree with a fancy bow and swirly sticks

Some of the ornaments on my tree :)

This is my mantle. I have collected Santas forever it seams.
Some of these are old, some are new. My friend Katie made the wreath last year.

the little white elf/fairie is new, the Santa is old.

close-up of the wreath that Katie made. she is so talented!!

I hang the stockings on this old door because
we have a big ol' tv hanging below the mantel
(the fireplace hasn't worked for 20 years) I would love
to build a cabinet for the tv so I could at least
put candles in the fireplace. Maybe one of these days
Our Christmas tree.

I have had this desk and hutch since I was a little girl.
Just a hodge podge of things I have collected over the years


I just purchased the little ceramic ice skates this week.
I've been collecting Coca-Cola stuff for years and
love the crates that I found many years ago.

My Grandmother Harmon made this
musical snowman for me in 1973.
I treasure it so!!!

The True Meaning of CHRISTMAS!!
My Mom gave this manger scene to me several years ago.
The poor angel lost part of it's wing when I was putting
it away one year. Now I keep this in the bottom of my
curio cabinet all year instead of
packing it up and storing it.  

I don't think that I will have much to post between now and Christmas, so I will wish ya'll a very Merry and Blessed Christmas now!! I hope you all are able to spend time with family and friends and just enjoy this special time of year. I know that I have been so blessed this year and pray for many more blessings in 2012!!

Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Everything!! 

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Table Decorations

I finally got my Christmas decorations done! I told ya'll a couple of weeks ago that I was working on some ribbon trees and I finally got a picture of them. Well, actually Mariah took them because I could not get any decent pics of them with my camera. I set the three trees on some white tinsel and added some cupcake ornaments and other ball ornaments around them. I placed gumdrop garland around the whole thing.

Above the table, I hung an elf holding a large "lollipop" and some more ball ornaments using fishing  line. Here are a couple of close up pics of the elf and the trees.

Well, that's all I have today. Until next time....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Amour House card

One of the blogs that I absolutely adore is Lilybean's Paperie by Melissa Phillips. That girl is some kinda talented! She sells some of her cards and other things on Etsy. A few months ago she posted some cute little houses made from material scraps and bits of lace. I had to have one! As soon as I received it I was inspired. That little house was stuck in my head and I had to create this card. Just like the original little house, I used scraps of paper that I had on my desk from other projects. The butterfly on the door has a little key as the body. I made that key out of shrinky dinks a while ago and was saving it for the perfect project. I added faux stitching with a marker on all the little pieces to make it look sewn.

It rained here today and has been overcast and almost dark anyway when I got home, so I still haven't gotten any pics of the ribbon trees yet, but hopefully tomorrow.

That's all for me tonight! Until next time....
Hugs and Happy Creatin'!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas is the Season

I love cards with lots of layers and this Christmas card has many layers! It is so cute in person, not sure the pictures do it justice. I bought the sheet of heartwarming vintage cuts that the image is from last year and then never used it. Well, I am using it now! I have many other ideas floating around in my head about how to use the other images on the sheet. They are all so sweet and nostalgic.

I have added a list of supplies at the bottom of this post :)

I finally finished the ribbon trees I have been working on! I had run out of floral pins so I was at a stand still for a few days, but Mariah braved the Walmart crouds and bought some for me last night. I have to set them up to photograph and then I will post them. They turned out so darned cute! I think I am putting them on my mantle this year. I won't know for sure until I get everything out of storage and weed out some stuff. Oh, I dread it!! It will get done on Tuesday when I have help to get it all down.

Well, that's all for me tonight. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!

Supplies used to make this card:
Ruby Red, Old Olive and Kraft cardstock, Vintage Music by The Paper Studio, patterned paper from The French Country Stack, image from Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Cuts "Christmas Time", Sizzix medium Pine Tree die cut, Sizzix Scribbles Swirls die cut, green crinkled seam binding, fire brad, earth elements button and linen thread

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Slight Addiction

Yeah, I think I am addicted to making Christmas ornaments! Funny, concidering I haven't even taken the Christmas decoration boxes out of storage yet. Everyone is way ahead of me on their decorating. I am such a procrastinator when it comes to changing out things for the seasons. Who am I kidding, I am just a procrastinator. Like with these ornaments that I have been posting here lately. I got so much inspiration last year from so many other blogs and put off creating my own until it seemed pointless to make them at all. I mean, who makes Christmas ornaments after Christmas? Oh, probably a lot of people, but not me. By January, I am ready for Spring to be here already! But, I digress. This is another angel ornament similar to the one a few posts back. The angel is from Crafty Secrets Heavenly Christmas heartwarming vintage sticker sheet. I mounted her on a Tattered Angels framed font frame that I painted pink, added irredescent embossing powder and rubbed a brown ink pad on the edges. I don't think that they make these frames anymore because I couldn't find it on their website. I wish I had ordered more of them because I have used the heck out of them. I mounted the frame on a coaster that has two layers of patterned paper from The French Country paper stack by DCWV. I added the lace behind it and mounted that on a square coaster that has another layer of paper from the same paper stack. For the hanger I just glued a strand of pearl beads and I also added some decorative beads to the bottom. This ornament is about 10 inches long from the top of the hanger to the bottom of the beads. It is also very pink and shimmery! Who doesn't like pink and shimmery? Here is a close up.

I have also been working on some Christmas decor that I will share in the next day or so. I am not quite finished with them yet. There are also some other ideas swirling around in my head. I have so many projects that I have started and not finished yet, too. Maybe one day I will get my rear in gear and get it all done!

Well, that's it for me today. Until next time.....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!

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