Thursday, December 30, 2010

My Best Handmade: 2010

Laurie sent me an invitation asking me to participate in this year's crafty reflection on all things handmade for 2010, and I am thrilled to be sharing the linky love!

Though this blog is the newer of the two I post, it's now the home for all of my present and future crafty endeavors.  By day (and school year) I live amongst the general population as a mild-mannered kindergarten teacher, but by night (and weekends and school vacations) I indulge my need to play with paper in my crafty nook and have even taken the ultimate crafty plunge, creating a shop on Etsy.  

2010 saw me happily crafting in the first of my crafty nooks, making bunting, paper art for window charms, and prize ribbon gift tags:




Then, in mid-July, Mother Nature decided to throw a monkey wrench into our lives while my husband was deployed overseas, causing a flash flood which successfully destroyed most of my paper, crafts, and our furniture and belongings stored downstairs.

Thanks to the help, support, and assistance from friends, family, neighbors and even strangers, our family relocated and has happily recovered from the summer setback.  Friends and fellow crafters donated and gifted paper and other crafty supplies so that I could create "crafty nook 2.0" in our new home, and I've been back to my regularly scheduled (NEEDED) crafty rituals for several months now.  I'm grateful and proud of the crafty recovery, and know it will carry on into the new year!

Of which craft have I been most proud and pleased in 2010?  That would have to be my recent foray into altering adopted ancestors for art!  I've loved scouring antique malls and vintage stores looking for friendly characters:

I'm excited for the next round of papercrafting.... valentines and romantically themed altered art... and for all of the new crafty discoveries and creations that friends, family, blogging compatriots and amazing artisans will inspire me with in 2011!

Crafty Friends *KNOW* Why Their Thank-You Cards are Late...

Especially when they send you boxes like this for your birthday:


...full of not only crafting paper and pom poms and Christmas gifts for the family, but buttons galore too!

Yesterday I decided to get down with  my Mod-Podgey self to decorate clothespins to use on my twiggy branches:


After the clips were dry, I poured all of my buttons out and started digging, fun, fun, FUN!


Employing my new favorite adhesive (thank you for the tip Sheila!), the clothespins are ready for their clipping duty:


So dearest, darling *~Shannon*~, thank you for our wonderful Christmas gifts and goodies, and thank you for knowing me and my crafty heart so well.  It's YOUR fault that none of my other thank-you cards have even been started yet... because I've been busy, crafting.

Love you!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Making Next Year's Gift Tags...

... from this year's Christmas cards:


I LOVE my tag paper punches, one large and one with three different sizes (though the itty bitty one hasn't been much help yet), and managed to clean off part of my crafting table so I could recycle the festive scenes my family and I enjoyed on the Christmas cards we received this holiday season.

I cut the cards down to size and positioned the punches over images that would look nice on next year's Christmas presents and crafts:




Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree...Pretty pretty pretty!


Do you save and/or recycle your holiday cards?

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Birthday!


Yes, it's ME!

Christmas Decor 2010

As I reflect on our 2010 blessings and burdens, I appreciate all that we have: our family, friendships, employment, health, hopes and dreams.

Regular readers of my other blog will remember that we experienced a flood in July while Dear Husband was still deployed overseas.

Our Army Family came to our rescue and Uncle Sam sent DH home several weeks early to help us recover what we could, but our losses and the damage to the property (a rental, thank goodness) required that we move onto post.

The tenderheart in me cannot express how grateful I am that our family's Christmas ornament collection and the stockings my mother embroidered/needlepointed for us were spared the mud, silt, and water this summer.

We will be sharing our Christmas dinner and holiday hospitality with an adopted soldier~ please do remember our veterans and their families this holiday season.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happiness is...

... purchasing the BIG bag of all-purpose flour and bringing it home for holiday baking!


Just ~how~ big is this bag?

Uh, "377 servings" big.

Hellooooooo Christmas cookies!


Today's batch is Chocolate chip/Macadamia nut/cherry...

What's your favorite holiday cookie?