Friday, December 31, 2010

Warm Wishes

I hope all of you have a happy and safe New Year.
May all of your dreams for 2011 come true.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Mittens

I participated in a wonderful swap with some fabulous friends earlier this month.
We swapped handmade mittens and little packets of artsy goodness.

This is the mitten that I made.
It's made from an old sweater and embellished with some vintage trims.
So much fun to make.
I love its simplicity.

Now for the sad part ~ this is the only photo that I have of the entire swap!
I really don't know what I was thinking!
My friends did an absolutely amazing job, and I feel terribly that I don't have more to share.
I hope that you will visit their blogs to say hello and see what they did!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Little Gifties

Less than two weeks to go!
Can you believe it?
Our house is bustling with excitement.

My girls and I made these cute earring sets for some special friends.
The girls picked colors for each recipient
and I made the earrings with vintage stones and brass findings.
Easy peasy.

I attached the earrings to these lovely bird tags and added some ribbon.

And then we packaged them in a nest of paper shreds in kraft colored boxes.

Sweet and simple.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Surprise Snowballs

I've seen several ideas for crepe paper surprise balls posted over the years.
Such a cute idea!
I've been wanting to make some, and thought that they would be something fun for the kids to do while waiting for Santa on Christmas Eve.

They are super easy, and fun to make!
All you need is white crepe paper streamers and small toys, candy, or trinkets.
I used a roll of 150' feet of crepe paper and about 12-15 small toys for each ball.

To make one, just pick a toy and start wrapping!
(I used the largest items first and then finished with the smallest.)

Once that item is completely covered in crepe, add another toy and continue...
Just like you are rolling a ball of yarn.
I tugged a little at the crepe paper to help smooth it out along the way.

When you are finished just secure the end with a sticker.
I left mine pretty simple, but you could really go all out in embellishing these!

I put them in clear bags and added a tag that read:
Find the sticker on the snowball.
Then unroll the paper to find some fun surprises.

They will be a fun treat for Christmas Eve ~ even with the mess of 1000 feet of crepe paper floating around my living room!