Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Share a Story winners!

Thanks to all of you for sharing your stories. I loved reading them. I decided I love an interactive blog! Anyway, I wish I had enough for all of you, but since I don't, I had my son pick 4 winners. Since I have no idea how to use to choose multiple winners, I was forced to revert to the old fashioned method of writing numbers on bits of paper and having someone choose. That someone was my home from college son, Danny. So, thanks to him, the following ladies will be receiving a twine sampler of 9 colors:

"missstamper said...

When my oldest daughter was a toddler some mornings her dad would be the one to get her ready and take her to daycare. He tried to fix her hair, but to no avail. The daycare ladies were so nice, because when I came to pick her up, her hair would be nicely braided!"
missstamper....I need a way to contact you! Send me an email address or let me know if you are on the Cricut message board and I can contact you there!
"Teresa said...
Okay this is my second attempt at typing out this story...The first one got eaten by my iPad!! LOL!

My story also has to do with decorating the Christmas tree and some lessons learned this year. Decorating the tree at my house is a family affair, including grandkids. We decorated really late this year due to my being out of town the first week of December due to a death on my side of the family. So we decorated this past week. I learned three major lessons through all of this. First, we usually decorate with all the grandkids. Due to the lateness and just lack of being able to get it all together the older two grandchildren were not there. Well since they do not really seem to be into it usually anyhow I didn't think that really mattered much until this past weekend when the oldest (almost 15) said "where is my ornament?" and that made me think that no matter how old or how uninvolved they may seem a tradition is still important.

Second, as we were decorating the tree I pulled out what I thought was an old and "lost its usefulness" ornament. I stated I don't think I am going to put this one on the 29 y/o daughter looked at me and replied "well I made that and I think it needs to go on the tree" so second lesson learned no matter how old the child is or how much I think an ornament has lost its luster it is still important.

The final lesson I learned this Christmas season I learned while sitting at the bedside of my dying aunt. I am a huge procrastinator and the reason we did not decorate the tree is cause I kept putting it off. Well being with family the week of my aunt's final days and then her viewing and funeral made me realize that it is really important to make time to do things with family. So no more procrastinating about doing things. That tree was up the weekend after Thanksgiving and I had the whole week off school but needed time to recoup so did not want to bother doing all that. Well, God did not promise us tomorrow so I plan on doing things with my children and grandchildren while I can and not putting things off anymore.

Sorry for rambling on...but those are the three main lessons I learned this Christmas far anyway."

"BethanyR said...
My favorite Christmas story is about my middle son. When he was in fifth grade his social studies teacher asked the kids, when they returned back to school after Christmas break, to write about their family holiday traditions. Food seems to be important to my son Jon because from early on whenever he had to write about his family it mentioned food. One of our traditions is on Christmas day I make crepes for breakfast. Jon didn't know how to spell crepes but he gave it his best shot. His teacher called him up to her desk to ask him what he was trying to say as his essay read...."My mom makes crap for Christmas breakfast. She makes the best craps in the world, beside my presents her crap is my favorite part of Christmas day". I have the essay and it is framed!..."

"Scrappin Dhilly said...
My favorite Christmas story was when my youngest of two children was 9 years old and questioning whether or not Santa really exists. I have always told my kids that "You must believe to receive". Well, one day when Mom isn't around, my 9 year old son asks his Dad, "is Santa real?" My husband responds, "no". He doesn't bother to play along or anything, plain and simple, "no". As soon as I get home my son bursts out, "you have been lying to me, Santa is not real, and you even lied about the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny, you're a liar!" I was totally heart broken, my poor baby. That was about four years ago, I still tell my kids, "you have to believe to receive!" Happy holidays and thanks for the fun giveaway!'

Congratulations, ladies! I will be contacting you for your addresses. Oh, here's a picture of the 4 twine will be coming your way very soon!

Have fun with your twine!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Yikes! It's almost Christmas! Share a story....

Hi, all! Carole here. I have no projects to post. Well I have projects to post, I just have not taken pictures of them, and considering how behind I am on my Christmas preparations, I am probably NOT going to get to it any time soon. Look for one of my New Year's Resolutions to be "Do Not Neglect My Personal Blog".

Even though I am behind on my Christmas to do list, I had to take the time to share a "Things that make you go hmmmmmm" with you all. A few weeks ago my dear husband decided to put up the Christmas tree. Thank goodness or we probably would not have a tree up yet. He also decorated it with ornaments he found in the Christmas box. Now, we have enough ornaments to decorate at least 3 trees, but given how bad I am about having time to decorate at all, we usually only decorate one tree. But I digress.

While examining his fine work I could not help but notice that somehow he managed to find the ugliest, least sentimental of all our ornaments and decorate the tree with them. In other words, he used the "reject" box. Well, I couldn't tell him that after the effort he put into it, but tonight I will be adding all the sentimental ornaments. The ones picked out by the kids, given to us in ornament exchanges or from co-workers and friends I've long lost touch with, and of course the handmade ornaments made by our children while in school.

His choosing the rejected box of ornaments reminded me of how he would do something similar long ago. When left to take care of our daughter, in the days before she could dress herself, he somehow always managed to find the stained shirt and the one size too small pants/shorts/skirt to dress her in.  Of course, they didn't match either. I would come home and wonder how the heck he even found the outfit, knowing it was in the back of the drawer, under tons of newer, nicer clothes. He had to WORK hard to find those crappy clothes! Anyway, something that annoyed me terribly back then has turned into a story that I hold dear to my heart. Because really, he had no clue the outfit was hideous. He thought she looked beautiful in it.

Share a story.....and I'll give you a sampler of twine. I only have 4 so if more than 4 people post, I'll pick names randomly. I guess I'll give you all some time. How about until Wednesday, December 28th? Around 8:00 pm That's when I'll choose. Oh, and leave a way for me to get a hold of you, please!

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Starbucks Gift card winner

Hi, all. I forgot I was supposed to pick the random winner of my Holiday Blog Hop prize last night. Sorry about that. The prize is a $10 Starbucks gift card. The winner, as chosen by is

True Random Number Generator  19This is so funny because 19 is my lucky number! And today it is also the lucky number for:

Congatulations, marg0006! I will send this to you as soon as I get your mailing address!

marg0006 said...

This is such a cute wreath. Thanks for such a creative and fun idea.

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Tissue Paper Candle

Happy Sunday! Not sure why I said that because after Sunday comes Monday and I'm so NOT ready for the new work week to begin....yet. Today my Tissue Paper Candle is being featured at TheBugBytes. I hope you will take a peek.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Holiday Blog Hop-Paper wreath

Happy Holidays to all of you Blog Hoppers! Carole here, and you are On my craft room wall. You should have hopped here from Jen's blog. If you started here, you should go back to The BugBytes  and start at the beginning. There are lots of great projects and prizes being shared and I would hate for you to miss any of them!

Pam -
Jeannie -
Jen -
Carole -   YOU ARE HERE
Lisa Brooks -
Audrey -
Mila -
Sheila aka sassylady -
Elizabeth -
Kelly Millet -
Dayna Sabrina -
Lori -
Denine Vajja -
Melissa -
Allison -

Now on to my very simple project. 

I am in love with making these paper wreaths!

Now, I must confess, this is the only picture of my project I did not delete. Well, I did delete it but luckily I still have the one I sent to Pam (thank goodness you asked for one, Pam!) I took at least 8 pictures last week of this process and when I just went to upload them to this post, I noticed that I did not save them to my computer and deleted them from my camera. Considering I rarely delete photos from my camera, the irony is not lost on me. Oh well, this is such an easy project I should be able to adequately describe the process.

8" styrofoam wreath (I used the green hard styrofoam)
straight pins
12 X 12 double sided paper or cardstock (about 3 or 4 sheets)
ribbon-18" length
mini ornament balls
pen, pencil or something similar

Cut paper into 1/2" strips. Then cut each strip in half. You will have a pile of 6" X 1/2" paper strips. Take a paper strip and wrap it completely around a pen or pencil. After wrapping the entire strip around the pencil, let it drop from the pencil. The paper should be curly. Do this with at least half of your cut paper strips. Once you have a nice pile of curls, you are ready to start pinning them to your foam wreath. First, tie your piece of ribbon at the top of the wreath to create a hanger. Next, push a stick pin through the center of a paper curl and pin it to the styrofoam wreath. I always start at the top of the wreath, by the ribbon hanger and then work my way around the wreath, clockwise. I do not cover the back of the wreath as it will be against a wall or flat surface once I hang it. Curl more paper strips as needed. Once you go completely around the wreath, give it a good once over and fill in any spots you feel you need to. You can make the wreath as full of paper curls as you want. The look is entirely yours.

OK, I've decided I must have pictures to share....luckily I can recreate a few to help explain the process.....

Tie ribbon at top of wreath

Curl paper around pencil

Curled paper 

Place pin through paper

Start by placing paper curls at top of wreath and keep adding working around wreath in clockwise direction

Once you are done with attaching the paper curls, you can add the decorative ornaments. I used a 12 cluster pack of ornaments I got on sale at Michael's for less than $2.00. I separated the ornaments, which were each attached to a long wire. I cut the wire in half (it was too long) and stuck the wire into the styrofoam wreath in various spots around the circle. At times it was difficult to poke the wire through the hard styrofoam, for these times I first poked a hole with a straight pin and then stuck the bulb wire into the styrofoam. Once again, here is the finished project:

This is a simple and quick project to complete. If shouldn't take more than a few hours from start to finish, and that's if you are chatting with friends and snacking during the process. Little skill is required and it is a nice project to do with friends who may be new to the crafting world.

Now, for my giveaway. If you are a follower of my blog and you leave a comment here, you will be entered in a random drawing to receive  a $10 Starbucks gift card. Who can't use a little extra caffeine during the holiday season? The drawing will be held at 9:00 PM on Tuesday, December 13th.

Next up on the blog hop is a really good friend and someone I am lucky enough to get to craft with frequently, Lisa Brooks. Please hop on over to her blog Rather B Scrappin and see what she has to share with all of you.

Happy Holidays!

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