Friday, September 14, 2012

Annual Ornie Exchange

We are doing our annual ornie exchange - if you are interested, please e-mail me at and I will send you the details.
(The picture above  is what I did last year for the exchange. 
A friend sent me this pix and I don't know who the
original picture belongs too. 
If it is your's please let me know so I can post it here.  Thanks!)

Adorable Santa

I saw a picture of this and wanted to make it for my niece who was getting married. 
APOLOGIES - I am getting ready to paint so their are a few brushes of paint on the sides of this picture - I MISS PICNIC to crop pictures!!!!!
Step One
 I dug out my Christmas Scraps and I have enough to make like10 of these if I wanted to do it.
 I cut out 24 squares and pieced them together like a mini quilt.                   
Step Two 
 Then I put a back on it - like a mini quilt and ironed it well.
 Step Three
Then I turned the corners down once
 Step Four
Turned the corners over again, ironed and stiched them.
 This is how it looks from the right side
Step Five
I used a dinner plate and traced a circle on a piece of fleece. 
Cut a cirlde of cardboard and then cut it in half.  (Saving the other half for another Santa)  Then I covered the cardboard and glued the fleece on.  Blushed up the cheeks with some red paint, added eyes, a wooden nose and glasses bent from a hanger.
Glued everything on.

I had made the day before yo-yo's with a perler bead in the middle, while watching a movie so they were ready to go.  I made 5 bigger yo yo's and 20 smaller ones.  A big yo yo is the bauble on the top of the hat.  Then there are 4 that go across for the brim and one in the middle of the beard at the chin.  The rest just fit in.
 Here is the finished Santa - sorry again about the paint!  I really need PICNIC!

 Thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, September 7, 2012

Welcome to my Christmas Blog. 
I looked at the Christmas Countdown and saw that we have 108 days until Christmas!  That means it is time to dust off  the Christmas Planning Calendar.

I have been so busy being a grandma that I haven't done a lot of anything else for a while, (we had 7 babies in 2 1/2 years).   I am getting caught up and ready to get my routine back and enjoy all these little people that surround me in my life!
So I am challenging you right now to take a few minutes and make a rough draft of what you want to do for Christmas.  What people you are buying or making gifts for, decor you want to do and activities you would like to add to your Holiday Celebration. 
(Don't overplan!!!!!!)
The gift I am making right now are ABC books for the seven oldest grandchildren.  I went to  and created books there.  I have tons of pictures and I found several for each letter of the alphabet for each child and made them there own ABC book featuring them! 
They are adorable. 
 I have them complete and everytime Walgreens has a 40% off coupon for books I order a couple.  I made 32 pages for each of them.  With the 40% off coupon with shipping each book is going to cost about $23.00.  You can do less pages of course.  If you do 20 pages your cost would be about $10.00 less. Also if you pick them up from the store (they have to be under 30 pages to do that) the shipping is free. (p.s. I don't get any kind of kick back from Walgreens!)
  I hope these are treasures they keep all of their lives.  They are literally a history of all the activities they did with me and my husband during the past year.
 Thanks for stopping by!  Thanks for being so patient with me for the last little while.
I hope to add a post several times a week through December.

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