It’s sort of becoming a ‘thing’ around here that I share my Christmas tree with you on Christmas Eve. I am not sure why I started it, but it seems to be a fairly popular post – so I thought I’d keep it up!
This year, we are in a new (to us) home, and while it’s dated and pretty uh.. well… let’s face it, it’s ugly… we’re really loving the extra space. So we have added another tree to our (my) collection! More on that, but first – here’s a tree you’ve seen before.
We have a space that will become a family room when we’re finished renovating, so this tree is in that room. It’s my ‘matchy matchy’ tree, and until this year it was red and white with some silver. In my crafting I’ve grown to just LOVE that combination with the addition of aqua. So over the year, I collected enough aqua ornaments to add it to my tree, and I love how it looks!
You might remember that earlier this year we lost my mum to cancer. Up until things took a turn a few years ago, she would buy me one special ornament every year. So I thought I’d share a couple of those this year…
When she started the tradition, my tree was gold and burgundy, so a lot of them follow that theme. But that’s okay, it works with red! This is a Laura Ashley enamel ornament and I think the grosgrain must be silk or something, because it just has such a nice drape to it. This is a heavy one, though!
This is one of my favourites. It’s hand-painted, and the jewel tones really pop. She always told me what made her choose them, and this one she said, “I don’t know why, I just did!” I can tell why – this is a very ‘her’ ornament!
This is another one that is ‘so’ Jacki… she loved untraditional details, especially in traditional icons. The twirly hat and curly beard would have been what attracted her to this one.
And sometimes, it was just the obvious choice. This is actually an acrylic snowflake, and yet it sparkles like crystal. And of course, you know me and snowflakes!
I love love LOVE handblown glass, so when she saw this one, even though the colour was off, she knew I would love it. It’s definitely one of my favourites!
These are just a sampling of the ornaments from my mum, but they were the ones that jumped out at me. Just a little something to share!
For our living room (which is stuck in the 60’s – desperate for a facelift!), we were a bit stuck as to where to put our big tree. It was my husband who suggested we find a smaller tree for that room. You don’t have to suggest more than once that I add a tree!
My love for all things old and vintage has spilled into the holidays, and I also started collecting some antique tree ornaments. Shirley came in handy – she always has something tucked away it seems!
I found this tree at IKEA, and loved it’s realistic look and modest stature. I think it’s perfect for all the old ornaments and fits the bill wonderfully.
Do you know anyone looking for wood panelling? We have plenty…
Well, that’s it for me this Christmas Eve! Don’t forget your stockings, a cookie or two, and of course a carrot for Rudolph!
My friends… it’s been weeks since I posted! I know most of you are probably as busy as I am, so you get it, right?
It’s been crazy, lots of preparation, wrapping, baking… and I’ve worked on a couple of projects that didn’t even get photographed to share with you, because I’d fly out the door to deliver them before there was time. It’s just how it is.
So here’s a photo-packed post for you now, okay?
I know it’s late to post my teacher gifts, but here they are, nonetheless!
Emma has an *amazing* teacher. She goes above and beyond every day. And because I have a lot of friends and family who are teachers, I am so aware of how tough their jobs are, and how limited the resources they have to work with are. So I wanted to make sure our teacher knew just how much she is appreciated.
For part of the gift, I put together this little pouch to hold her card, a sweet treat, and a gift certificate to the local teacher’s store. This was just one small part of her gift, of course.
I used my Peaceful Poinsettias set – I can’t get enough of it! – adding gold embossed accents. LOVE the look.
Next, I decided to try out the Palmolive hand scrub we’ve all seen on Pinterest… the only downside I would give it is the fact that the sugar and soap separate, so it will need a stir every time one uses it. But it does make your hands feel wonderful!
Then, we put together a box that included some handsoap, a Christmas towel, and some hand sanitizer (that has to be essential in a Kinder classroom!). Then I threw in a small candle because every teacher needs relaxation, right? Everything but the towel was from Bath and Body Workds, of course!
A simple tag to dress up the simple box:
I also included a set of handmade note cards, which I’ll share with you in another post!
With all of this, Emma and I went to the dollar store and filled a *giant* bag with classroom essentials – most of which come out of a teacher’s pocket (did you know that, fellow Canadians?). It blows my mind how much teachers have to spend just to make the classroom an engaging environment, so I wanted to help out. So we bought lots of fun things like pipe cleaners, googly eyes, feathers, doilies, even styrofoam cups and cotton balls. $25 took us a long way!
So that was MY gift for the teacher this year. Emma and Josie always create handmade gifts, so we made sure there was one for Em’s teacher as well.
This was inspired by this post that I found on Pinterest. We bought the bowls at the dollar store, and Emma chose 2 shades of porcelain paint which she brushed on all on her own. I think she did phenomenal!
Another thing that’s been keeping my interest lately is photography… I have so much to learn, but I am trying! I had found some photos on Pinterest that I loved, so I decided to grab my two favourite models and see what I could do…
You’ve seen the ‘blowing snow’ photos, right? I thought I would give it a shot…
They had a hard time using one continuous breath, so this one was a challenge. But we still had fun!
Next, I gave them my vintage sleigh, and they did the rest. This is my favourite one from the bunch!
I have a long way to go, but I’m trying!
I have a few things to tackle, but really, this has been a relaxing season for us so far, thankfully. It’s been a bit of a wild year, I am grateful that we’ve managed to take it easy. I’ll be back on Christmas Eve to share my Christmas Tree post, which is becoming a bit of a tradition around here!
Thanks for peeking in my friends! Have a wonderful couple of days, and a beautiful Christmas!
Happy Hump Day!
Uh, apparently, 3 weeks from today we’re opening gifts and eating turkey. How on earth did that happen so quickly?!
It’s time for a new 10 Minute Craft Dash over at Pretty Pink Posh, so I am here to share my latest quick creation with you. And you’re going to think I am lying to you, I am sure. But I have photo evidence to use in my defense!
This week, the colours are red, green and yellow, so of course I had to go a festive way with it!
I had seen this card on Pinterest, and loved it so much I wanted to make my own version of it. And since I had a lot of elements on my desk already, I thought I could probably make it happen quickly.
Here is proof that a lot of the die cutting, bow tying and element gathering was done simply by poking through the ‘extras’ basket on my desk:
The banner pieces were left over from a cake topper bunting I made a year and a half ago. The candy cane and mini clothes pins were extras from some kits I put together (keep an eye out for those on the blog in the next few days!), the twine was cut for another project, then scrapped when I picked red instead. The bows – who knows, I always seem to have extra bows on my desk! The lace came from my little glass of extra trimmings, and finally, I just so happened to have a red card base on hand. So here’s how the pile started before I hit “go” on my timer!
And here’s how it ended:
All I had to die cut was the lace border, the heart border and the house. And if you look – I again left behind the gold twine and went with something different! The sequins, rhinestones and little heart die cut were scattered debris that happened to fit the bill as I was creating! Seriously, sometimes it pays to have a messy desk.
I completed this in 9:55. I promise. But truly – so much of this was laying there already! And fast hands people, fast hands. There’s no time to waste with thinking about whether your house was adhered straight (it wasn’t – you can see that)!
Head on over to Paulina’s blog to find out more about this week’s sponsor, and see the other beautiful creations from the team!
Hello my friends! It’s the first Monday of the month (December, already?!), which means already, we’re taking you on another inspirational tour around the globe with Flourishes! I feel like we were just posting for November, and suddenly there’s only a few weeks until Christmas… talk about gone in a flash!
This month, I am excited to be your hostess for the Beautiful World Tour! You should have arrived here from Aleksandra’s blog, but if you’ve happened here by chance, you should pop back over to the Flourishes blog to start at the beginning!
Because I love this time of the year so much, I thought that it would be fun to pose the challenge, “White as Snow” to the girls. Initially, I had plans to create an all-white card when I dreamt this up, but you’ll see I quickly detoured pretty far from that!
Don’t forget while you’re hopping to leave comments for all of the designers along the way, because your travels could win you some free stamps! You never know which designer will have the random winning comment, so make sure you leave one at each of your stops!
As I said, I quickly veered off of my original plan, and created something accented by snow, rather than focusing on White.
I used the holly sprig from Naturally Merry, and coloured it with my markers. Then I stamped some flakes from the Handmade Snowflakes set in a light aqua colour, before inking the edges of my panel to distress them. The sentiment is from Winter Berries, and was designed by my fellow Beautiful World designer, the hugely talented Dina Kowal!
For my snow, I painted on a product called Snow-Tex. I found mine at Michael’s, and it’s so easy to use. Just be patient, and paint it on – it goes on lumpy and thick, just like snow! While it was still wet, I coated it with glitter – which adheres perfectly.
I wish you could see this card in real life, because it’s so much more impressive. The glitter really brings it all to life!
That’s it from me, so now it’s time to head off to your next destination, sunshine-y Australia with
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