Hi everyone-My name is Debbie Buckland and I live in New Zealand. That also means that I am in the Southern Hemisphere and have my Christmas' in summer! I have never had a winter Christmas in all my 40 years of being on this earth. I know that's mind blowing to most of you.
It may also sound weird that my family never really has stuck to family Christmas traditions or either that never could stick to them when tried to enforce... It's just not fun when forced to do anything....But when I really thought about it we do actually do some fun things regularly... I have never really thought of these as traditions as they have only just started happening when my kids where born... 8 and a half years ago.
First and foremost at Christmas I am a crafter... I love crafting Christmas things... And even though I have been in denial this year my work with Fiskarscraft.typepad.com prompts me every year to start thinking about Christmas in October or sooner! Most of the time in September after all family birthdays are over.. ;)
I love making Christmas cards...
In the past every year I have loved making decorations... Last year it dawned on me that I have always wanted one of those mega expensive knee high sculptures of something Christmas... So I ended up researching on the net how to make one myself..... And this is the result...
This reindeer is made out of chicken wire, toilet paper and glue mix - decorated with White House paint, rhinestones and artist paint. I hope to make Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus this year.
The most weirdest thing to me at Christmas time is that even tough it's summer most kiwis (New Zealanders) decorate windows in snow decorations, hand make snow flakes (traditional school activity), and buy expensive cans of fake snow to spray on our trees... It's nuts!
Two years ago I went from snow on my windows to making large versions of Tim Holts Christmas tags on my windows....
I also love making cookies for my neighbors every year too. This is a Christmas cookie decoration kit I gave last year...
And to my local friends I make mint sauce and other pressies...
I have picked up the American tradition of making gingerbread houses from scratch... No kits here... I make the gingerbread over two/three days... Bake the shapes... Put the house together and the kids decorate... It is also eaten on Christmas Day by the kids. It's hard for them to see it on display for 2 days!
When I have time - I also log onto one of my fave websites and dabble I some Christmas challenge painting.... Wet Canvas.
Locally there has been a Christmas Santa's Grotto set up at a local church... Minimal cost of entry and its displays change and get better each year...
The kids really enjoy going every year... Been two times in a row now. Can't wait till this years display!
I also put heaps of stuff on my blog over Christmas... I have a Christmas tutorial page there too... Every tutorial is free. Arty Crafty Christmas tutorials
I do hope your Christmas is a fabulous one.
This is incredible. Multi-talented and a mom of young children. I hope you will give Debbie a follow on her blog. Her creativity is endless.
What an incredible giveaway from Graphic 45, X-ACTO, Sizzix, and May Arts! Leave a comment for Debbie and I’ll put your name in the drawing. Leave a comment on each of the 12 day's posts to be entered for 12 opportunities to win this gorgeous prize package! You can also go to X-ACTO's, Graphic 45's, Sizzix's, and May Art's Facebook page and “like,” leaving a comment you came from D’s Paper Studio and leave another comment on one of the blog posts letting me know to be entered again. One blog reader's name will be drawn and announced on Monday, December 14th. On your Mark, Get Set, Go....!
Included in the Giveaway:
Graphic 45: Nutcracker Sweet 12x12 paper pad; both sets of coordinating stickers; Ornate Metal Keys; Ornate Metal Key Holes; Flower Staples, Envelope Tag Staples
May Arts: (as pictured) Red and Green Center Strip 25 yards; Jute 400 yards; Mini-Pom Poms 30 yards; Velvet 50 yards; Cotton Strip 30 Yrds
X-ACTO: X-ACTO Designer Series 9’’ Fixed Blade; X-ACTO Designer Series Precision Scissors; X-ACTO Designer Series Corner Punch; X-ACTO Designer Series Gripster; X-ACTO Designer Series Shapes Templates; CraftBond Glue Spots; CraftBond Quick Dry Dual Tip Glue Pen; CraftBond All Purpose Glue Stick
Sizzix: The New Tim Holtz Texture Fades; They include: 658269 Holly Pattern & Wreath Set; 658273 Brush Poinsettias & Winter Berries Set; 658270 Textured Poinsettia Pattern Set; and 658272 Holly Branch & Pine Branch Set
Winner of Jennifer Gallaher's personal giveaway of the Echo Park kit is
Have a Wonderful Crafty Holiday!
Have a Wonderful Crafty Holiday!