Days Until Christmas....

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Pink Saturday!

Hopefully your Thanksgiving went well!

Now, if your like me, you'll do some internet shopping (in your pajamas, from your lounge chair) to find the perfect ornament for the special people in your life.  If pink is your thing, then why not add it to your Christmas tree too?  I know it's not a traditional Christmas color, but it's easy to love pink!

Here are a few of my favorite pink ornaments.  Check out my shoppe for more pink (and other colors to....I'm also a huge fan of purple!)  If you don't see what you want, send me a message and I'll make your favorite color.  In the meantime, check out these pinks!

Happy Shopping,

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Oh My Stars!

It's the week of Thanksgiving and I'm cooking, cleaning, blogging, and making stars!  Well, it wouldn't be a holiday at our house without these geometric sparkles at each table setting.  I place one at each table setting (this year in festive fall oranges and browns) to decorate the table.  They make wonderful bowl fillers too.  One bowl in the center of our table will overflow with German Stars.   (I'll take photos of Thanksgiving table settings and post that at a later date, but due to time limitations right now, I'll post a few other German Star photos).

I started making stars for a dinner party about five years ago. I needed a bit of sparkle on a budget.  Yet, I wanted something for each guest to bring home to remind them of our time together. Since then, they've become a tradition in our home.  They are the favorite place setting decorations, decorative bowl fillers on the coffee table, and Christmas Tree Ornaments (my favorites!)   We hand them out to the teachers, Sunday School teachers, friends that visit our home to show them they are a star in our lives!
I've made them for wedding favors!  White is a very popular star color this year, as that is what I've made the most of! Strung on clear thread, they look as though they are floating in mid-air.

One of my friends calls me every year as she decorates her tree, to tell me that she has just put the German Star that I made on her tree!  She remembers this star ornament had time and love put into it so it would match our dinner party decor years ago.  She remembers the laughs we had at dinner, and the quality time our families shared together.

A German Star......light-weight, geometrical-origami-magic, created in a rainbow of different colors.  And when they are glittered, they are like a little bit of heaven!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sugar Plum Cone Ornaments!

It's been so busy at our house, that my crafting time has been limited, but I did get a few things made in the past few weeks and I wanted to share.  They're so cheery, that I have these little cones hanging all over the house.  I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet and I'm already thinking of Christmas Ornaments, but they're so much FUN!  And before we know it, those Christmas cards will be arriving in the mail's right around the corner!  I just can't wait!
I have fond childhood memories of cranking the homemade ice cream maker! Sugar Plum Cone Ornaments bring back those memories. These zero-calorie cones were made with the thoughtful suggestions from my professional ice cream crew, (my two little guys).

The countdown is on.  Just over a month left to plan, create, and prepare!  Are you getting ready for Christmas?

~ There's Nothing Like A Homemade Christmas ~

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Decor Tutorial

It's November already!  To celebrate the beginning of the most wonderful season there is, the boys and I took some time out to do pumpkin art.

These charming little pumpkins are so simple!  My little guys did a great job helping me.  We even made a few extra to deliver to daddy's work, and a neighbor or two!

I've included a few photos as a quick tutorial of how to create these little goodies!  Take a look at this simple, yet fantastic little project!

Fabric Fat Quarter in festive fall colors
Batting - to wrap a bit around the toilet paper roll to make your pumpkin a bit rounder
Paper Bag

Optional:  Ribbon and Leaves for extra embellishment

Almost done!  Add some fun leaves, and maybe a bow.  Another stem option is cinnamon sticks!  

Project completion!  Now make a few and deliver them to someone you care about!