Monday, December 31, 2012

Champagne Wishes for the New Year -Free Project Download

   I love Christmas week. The time of preparation is done, the holiday is here and to be enjoyed. I am able to set aside my (usual) unrealistic expectations and just embrace the moment. One of my favorite holiday memories is coffee klatching with a couple other young-mother neighbors. We sat around a kitchen table full of  remnants of the previous nights holiday party  sampling Uncle Vinnie's nut roll, and B's spritz cookies. Some of us were in our PJ's and we were all either nursing infants or quite pregnant.  When I say quite I mean hugely, the stage of pregnancy when waddling segues into a Frankenstein monster sort of lumbering. 
   It was a perfect winter day, the sun shone in a sky blue, the air dry and cold, keeping the recent snow light and powdery.We could see and hear the children playing in the yard.
   There was a knock at the back door, and a police officer walked into the kitchen leading a large smiling  black dog. The officer had been passing the house when one of the children opened the back gate and the dog make his escape.  The young officer's expression shifted from stern to nervous to shocked as he scanned  the room taking in the sight of a group of women in pajamas, babies at breast or looking like  labor was eminent. About that time we ladies realized that amid the party clutter on the table were bottles of booze and glasses from what had been a very well stocked bar from the previous nights party.  A moment of silence ensued. Suddenly a young boy burst into the kitchen excited to share the news that an actual police car was parked in front of their house.  B offered the officer coffee and a cookie, he refused graciously and got the heck out of there.  B did the only sensible thing. She followed the officer out, removed the belt from her robe and used it to secure the gate, came back in and refilled coffee cups.  
   As I recall that new year  was full of new life, health and friendship, luxuriant gardens and early morning bicycle rides. Life as sweet and crisp as a cold champagne toast at the stroke of twelve on New Year's Eve.
Champagne Wishes for a Happy New Year!

Pink sparkles and feather hats! What's not to love? I'm making these in a variety of sizes and some with trees some with champagne bottles. I used an empty ribbon spool for the base.

Project Sheet plus some extra trees in smaller and larger sizes.

I used three tree shapes to make a dimensional tree.



These bells look fabulous glittered up.

 Champagne bottles  assorted sizes. How fun are these?

I like the angle and popped cork on this bottle. Think I'll try adding some tinsel  'bubbly'.  

This tree is a favorite. Super versatile. Hope you enjoy it too!
Large tree.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Happy Vignette Christmas

Happiness is some glue, some paper and some glitter!
This ornament vignette was inspired by high school era memories. Our first home as a blended family was in a charming house built in the 40's which was rumoured to have been a Sears Dream Home. It had a white fireplace.
Back in the day driftwood was plentiful and most days included at least a quick trip to look at the ocean and scavenge up enough wood for a fire.

 My beautiful mom had the  impressive but  annoying  knack for guessing every Christmas gift without a hint-something that flabbergasted my Original Stepfather.  One Christmas during their Honeymoon Years he bought her a pretty little gold and amethyst ring. He taped the box to the inside of a cinder block, thoroughly disguised the block and wrapped that.
I still remember the look on his face and how hard we all laughed when she guess what it was.

IF you keep penguins for pets snow blocks for seats make perfect sense...
Frosty approves!

I love the little dog singing with the snowman.

The penguins may be dreaming of a white Christmas but I'm dreaming of a second cuppa coffee. Time for a refill and to get to work.
 Happy Friday!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Free Vintage Christmas Card Ornament Download

I was inspired by a recent blog at Creative Breathing to make some ornaments using Whitman candy boxes.  Creative Breathing features a tutorial that I found very helpful.

I particularly liked the carolers ornament and  it's an image  I have digitally. Perfect place to start!

I have a cache of cream cheese boxes which I'd been using  to create ornaments before I saw the Creative Breathing tutorial. They work well, but the Whitman's boxes are just perfect.  I layered some of the objects and Santa is double sided so there is no 'bad' side.

The trimmings  were all purchased at the Dollar Tree. They had some wonderful plastic 'greens'.  Santa cruises by with a sack full of toys.
 Back of the ornament. Enlarged image to cover outer sides of box.
Remember to click on image to save largest image possible. 

                         I hope you enjoy the download. I'm going to refill my coffee cup and go see what Creative Breathing is doing today!   

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Nativity Project - Shh! It's a Christmas present!

Crafters hate to let a good box go unused. The replacement hard drive for my Cassie's laptop came in a box about the size and shape of a hardcover book. It had been dutifully placed in the household recycling bin, but two minutes later I fished it out and added it to the small stack of boxes that were just waiting for the right project.

The right project turned out to be this Nativity vignette.

 The chipboard figures were a small splurge at Michael's. The wonderfully crinkly paper garland was found on Etsy.

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I've had the sheet music so long I don't remember where it came from. I believe Graphics Fairy has some. It may be Vintage Feedsacks.  I've also 'liked' some on Pinterest. I can't honestly remember who to credit - but it is widely available so I don't think sharing this should upset anyone.
Some scapbooking paper, a few silver pipe cleaners and a couple snippets of verse...
And I was done. I hope my sister enjoys receiving it as much as I enjoyed making it.
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