Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Winter Wonderland Kits

I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas and Santa was good to you.

As I am looking out the window this cold, snowy December morning, it reminds me of glistening snowflakes and smiling snowmen and that's what our kits are this time around.



Sammy Snowman is covered with glittery snowflakes and "real" snow. With his rosy cheeks and warm scarf he is ready to put a smile on your face. Cost is only $8.00



Snow Letters are a fun way to bring a little of the outdoors inside while still staying warm and dry. Can you see the little traces of sunshine peeking through?
Cost is $18.00




The Winter Wonderland Saying is a beautiful reminder of walks in the freshly falling snow, of peaceful days and calm nights. Cost for this kit is only $12.00

I want to get these kits out to you as soon as possible so I will be taking orders until Friday, January 1, 2010. Kits should be available for pick up or delivery on Tuesday, January 5th.

I hope you enjoy these kits as much as I did. Email me (rushton_tracy@yahoo.com) ASAP before they are gone.

PS. don't forget, if you order all three you will get a $5.00 discount!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Santa Tags

We had our Activity Day Christmas Party last week. I wanted to give the girls something cute but I was running out of time!

I found these Martha Stewart Test Tubs I had bought for a Halloween project a year or more ago (sound familiar?) With my Silhouette, I whipped up a few of these cute little Santas and put them on a green tag. A little curling ribbon and some red and green M & M's and I was ready to go.






The girls loved them and they were so easy to do.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Mini Albums

This doesn't look like Christmas but it is.

I finally got my Grandmothers books done. I posted the pages a while ago but this weekend I got the covers done and they are now bound on ready to be shipped.





I cut all of the embellishments with my Silhouette (a new blade is an amazing thing!)and I bound them using the Bind-It-All from Zutter. Two of my favorite tools. For the outside of my books I used the Cover Alls. But good luck finding them. I needed one more and hunted high and low, I ended up just using chipboard but I still like it.

If I can get with it, I will be posting some of the projects I have been working on the last couple of weeks. And watch for the next week or two as I will be posting new Winter Kits. I am so excited.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Taking a small Christmas Break

Its just a little tiny break. Last week was my daughter's Birthday. She is away at school so we put together a little goodie box for her. I made this Birthday Banner using my Silhouette. It was a lot of fun to do.



She loved it and it is now hanging in her dorm.

Happy Birthday....
And now back to Christmas

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Stocking Tree

Every year its the same thing. We don't have a mantle so I hang, tie or tape our stockings to the banister. It works, kind of. Sometimes they fall off, or get knocked off or...

No more this year. This year I made a Stocking Tree and it is perfect.



I painted it white but it was still pretty plain so I spruced it up a little with some pine garland and Pinecones.





To give it a wintry snowy feeling, I added some white paint here and there. I am really happy with how it turned out and the best part, no more falling socks.

PS. I wasn't going to offer this as a kit, but if anyone is interested I will sell just the unfinished tree. Email me for information.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Candy Countdowns

First, before you get any farther, I know these pictures are awful. My front room isn't the best place for taking photos. Oh well.

This week we put together our traditional Candy Countdowns. They are so fun and easy to do, the kids pretty much do their own and I help with the knots.

Here are some photos with instructions to follow.









Supplies needed:
Plastic wrap
Ribbon ( I used curling ribbon this year but we have used fabric ribbon or yarn before also. Just what ever you happen to have on hand.)
Candy
Slips of paper with "elf services" on them
Number tags --I used two different ones. The round ones are from Kelly Brown at heartland paper that she used for a different countdown. (You will not need the secound page.) The others were done using my Silhouette.

Instructions:
1.Unroll a piece of Plastic wrap about 4 feet long.

2.Lay 24 pieces of paper with elf services down the middle of the plastic. (we do things like, help____ with a chore, Read a Christmas story to someone, Write 10 things you are grateful for, etc.)

3. Place a piece of candy on each paper.

4. fold the sides of the plastic over and "scrunch"

5. Tie a knot, with a number tag, between each piece of candy. Starting at the bottom with number 24 and work backwards.

6. Tie a tag with the childs name at the top. Tie another loop at the top to hang it up with.



How to use:
Each night before going to bed, cut off the bottom piece of candy just below the next days tag.
You should eat the last candy on Christmas Eve, just before Santa comes.

You can start this Countdown any day before Christmas. The kids will love it! (and so do the adults.)

I hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December Calendars

What? Its really December already? How'd that happen?

I found 5 Desktop Calendars for this month. So lets take a look





These first two come from 4shared.com
I just found them and I have never tried them before but for those of you who don't want to add photos this is perfect for you.





These next two are from A Cherry on Top (0ne of my new favorite website!) They also have one that doesn't use photos and one that does.



This last one is from Shabby Princess, of course.

Hmm, decisions, decisions. Which one are you going to use? I still haven't decided. I might have to change my desktop every week this month.

Well it's almost not December 1st anymore, I am going to bed. Good night!

PS. To all those who ordered Christmas kits, they are done and ready for pick up or delivery, just email me and we can make arrangements.