Merry Christmas from our family to yours. May you enjoy time spent with family and friends making many wonderful memories. I think this is one of the only years that we have not hosted Christmas. I think that's a good thing this year as I am way behind. Everything is done that needs to be done, but I was not as on top of things as normal, so thank you to my sister for hosting tonight and to our nephew and his family for hosting tomorrow. As much as I love to have family at our house, I am thankful that this year we get to travel.
I just love sharing, especially artwork. Our Post Prom Committee at school had asked me to create the table decorations for our little dinner theater one night. Well, of course, I was up to the challenge. I created about a dozen of these little votive candle holders. When you put one of those little battery operated votive candles inside, they glow and look beautiful.
After the dinner theater, I had some of these left and happened to send one to my friend Lynn. She is always sharing her artwork with me so I thought it would be nice to just share a little with her, too.
Well, look what arrived in my mailbox a couple of days ago...she took my idea and made it into a winter snowman votive candle holder. She said she made a bunch of these for a craft fair and they went like hotcakes.
See why I love to share?? We get so many wonderful ideas from each other, copy them, make them our own, and look at all the beautiful artwork we end up with. I love this Close To My Heart business. I think it is the best in the world!
Here are a few pictures of our Christmas tree this year. We finally got it put up last weekend, which is very late for us, but couldn't be helped this year. Usually we have it up the weekend after Thanksgiving, but with me taking that last minute vacation, it didn't happen. Oh well, it's up now and we are enjoying it. One of the pictures even has our cat 'Punkin' laying under the tree. He loves to hang out under there (at least it's better than climbing up into the tree like he did when he was a kitten :)
All of the ornaments on our tree have special meaning to them. They are all either old (from our childhood), handcrafted, gifts, or purchased because of special meaning. Even the angel on the top of the tree was handmade by my Mother-in-law.
My Mom has a tradition of getting a dated ornament for each of the grandkids every year for Christmas until they turn 18. Wow, what a collection they will have by the time they are on their own!
Here is my Mom and Rhonda with this year's ornament. I always get a few pictures of them together because I have made an ongoing scrapbook for Rhonda that tells about each of her ornaments...who or where they were from and the story behind them. It really helps as the years go by to remember all the little stories that otherwise may have been forgotten.
Every time we go someplace new on vacation, we get a Christmas ornament. This is one of the new ornaments from my most recent trip. A pink flamingo from Key West, Florida. I think I could almost do an entire tree just with the ornaments from our trips :) I love it!
Well good COLD morning to you all. My thermometer read -10 degrees this morning, but the wind chill is -35 degrees. I do not want to go outside at all, but will have to this afternoon to go to work. I think I better head down to my scrap room to create some Christmas cards...no I am not done with them yet, but I WILL have them out before Christmas! I promise!
Yesterday my Club girls created these Christmas-y Santa and Mrs. Clause pages (with thanks for the designs to my friends Lynn and Liz). They were very simple to create and actually had no stamping involved. Then I showed the girls how to make these fun little gift boxes out of cardstock. I provided the gift to them for inside, but they made the boxes so they would know how it was done. Credit for this box goes to my Great, Great Grandma Upline, Tina.I just love that everyone on our team is so creative and generously shares their artwork. I feel it is absolutely fine to scrap-lift ideas, as long as credit is given to the original creator.
After club yesterday, we went to a family Christmas gathering on my Mom's side. It is so much fun to get together with everyone and see them (some of them it's the only time of the year that we see each other). Here is a picture of Rhonda with Santa and the scarf she got from him. We look forward to Santa's yearly appearance at our family get together. A special thanks goes out to Aunt Elaine and Uncle Larry for hosting this year.
I hope it is warmer where you are at than it is here, the high for today is only supposed to be about 4 degrees. I want to go back on vacation someplace warm!!
You are PAPER! You are an all natural basic person who likes to act as a foundation to others. You are willing to take a backseat in most of your relationships and let others take the spotlight, while you show your support and help them shine! Underneath it all, you are the one who makes it all happen. You are the focus and stability in any group, even if you are not the leader. Others look to you to set the pace and provide ideas for ways to get things done. But Paper Beware - sometimes you get a little edgy with the people who look to you for support and can give them some papercut remarks that can hurt their feelings. Remember to watch what you say, because you are best when leading by example.
My mailman and my UPS man sure know where my house is. They are always delivering packages here and I LOVE it!
When I returned home from my trip, I had 7 boxes waiting for me ~ and 6 of those were Close To My Heart related! Whoo Hoo! I received my new Spring 2009 Idea Books (I will show you a sneak peak in a few days, you are just going to have to wait :), I received swap items from a Stamp of the Month swap I am in, and I also received another gift from my Secret Sister! I couldn't wait to open all my great packages. Here is what my wonderful Secret Sister sent me this time...
I got this HOME wordbloom album done up with one of my all-time favorite paper packs, It's a Guy Thing. Now I just need to put some pictures on it!
Look what else I received - some cute cards all packaged neatly in a cute card holder. My Secret Sister is so creative and I am so spoiled! I love it!
Close To My Heart has a fabulous Heart of Winter special that starts next week. I will be posting some pictures of that, too. Just wait, you won't want to miss it!
I am home from my wonderful vacation in the Caribbean. Wow, it was a whirlwind of activity and fun, but also very relaxing. I had such a great time, I think now I need to take a vacation to rest up LOL! On November 30th I boarded the Carnival Freedom ship with my friend Sandy and a couple of her friends (no, that is not my husband, but it sure looks a lot like him). I have to say, it was the most interesting cruise I have ever taken. We really had excitement after we left port in Grand Cayman as we were headed to Jamaica. There was a report of "Man Overboard" so the ship had to make a figure 8 in the ocean. I have never done that maneuver before. If you ever had, you would know it. There were a lot of things falling off shelves, food off counters in the kitchens, items crashed to the floor all over the ship. Even the water came out of the pool and into the dining room. It was really something. The Coast Guard was notified and helicopters were overhead. It turned out that it wasn't a person after all, but a very large, fully dressed inflatable monkey (named Julius) that fell overboard. Even so, our ship stayed in the same location until every person, guests and crew, were accounted for. 3 1/2 hours later we were on our way. It was a pretty rough night on the ship. Not only were the waters rough, but the captain had to speed up for us to make it to our next port on time. I think my favorite port was Jamaica. We had a ton of fun and the weather was gorgeous!
I had better spend some time this morning in my scrapping room as I have a bunch of swaps to get done. I will post pictures of them as I get them done.
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