Sunday, November 3, 2013

Holiday Projects

The holidays are coming!  

It's the beginning of November, but Santa Season is already well on its way, taking over every empty nook and cranny in the stores vacated by Halloween and Fall decorations.  I've always found this to be a great time to buy additional Fall picks, flowers and swags, etc for Thanksgiving this year and next.   I love Fall.  The days are shorter, leaves dance in the wind and there's a nip in the air.  It's the time to think about crock pot meals, pressure cooker stews, a fire crackling in the fireplace, Thanksgiving turkey and - getting ready for Christmas!

I participated in the Handmade Holidays blog hop this year, so I got an early start.  I made Christmas decorations that were featured on the Smoothfoam blog.  The blog was 1-3 November, but you can still see all the projects.  These are the ones I came up with:

A Frosty Wreath

Peek-a-Boo Santa

and Zero Calorie Cupcakes!

You can find instructions for each of these projects on the Smoothfoam blog.  

I'm already working on some variations.  The Peek-a-Boo Santa can also be made using a 2" or 3" ball.  You'd make them in exactly the same manner, but use a red pony bead for the nose (or a red berry) and thick white chenille stems instead of the jumbo chenille rope.  Unfold a paper clip, cut it in half to create 2, "U" shaped loops then insert one of the loops into the top of the ball for a hanger.  The cupcakes can also be made from 1"- 2" balls, decorated with smaller trim then glued into petit four cupcake papers instead of the larger, standard size.  Make each one into an ornament, or string a few together for a fun garland.  Oh the possibilities!

Amidst the hustle and bustle of getting ready for December holidays, let's not forget that November is the month to give thanks and to say thanks to family and friends.  Here's a site found on Pinterest that you might enjoy.   Y'all come back now.....

Yours truly,
Julie :)


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