Tuesday, December 01, 2009

1st Day of Home for the Holidays with Erin Bassett

Welcome to my "home" Debby's Dare. For the next 12 Days I have the privilege of introducing crafters from around the world that have influenced my crafting as well as others. I asked each crafter two questions to bring us insight into their holiday traditions. You might find you have something in common or be delighted with something new. 

What is one Family Holiday Tradition that was handed down to you from someone in your family that you continue to observe? 

How do you preserve those traditions?

 Welcome to my blogger guest Erin Bassett. I met Erin via chatting on Paperclippings, Facebook, Twitter and have been amazed by her talent and her beautiful spirit. Erin recently joined the Design Team with Imaginisce. In her "About Me" on her website she admits her addiction to crafting but I love that she confesses to her other addictions as well.
Other addictions: coffee (decaf), water,
chocolate, chicken tacos (well, Mexican food in general will work),
bright perky colors,
Twitter, organizing & labeling things, lists, and I'm sure there's more!

Ms. Erin Bassett
My family has a lot of holiday traditions that we continue to celebrate year after year. From baking special cookie recipes to cutting down our own Christmas tree each activity helps us to reconnect with the legacy of our family and help make new holiday memories.
One of my favorite holiday traditions is “decking the halls” and an important part of that for my family is the manger. As a little girl I remember my Grandmother letting me help her set up the manger scene in her home. The hay, the animal, and baby Jesus captured both my attention and the attention of my cousins, every time we saw it we wanted to play with it. I’m sure Grandma got tired of having the grandkids lose baby Jesus so many times!

Now with my own home and my own manger I smile every time my niece wants to play with it, and I freely give her permission to get hay all over the floor and have a great time recreating her version of the Christmas story. And when she’s through playing we do search and rescue missions to find baby Jesus again.

Since I’m an avid photo taker, I love to preserve all the memories we make in scrapbooks. Here’s a scrapbook page I did last year about my niece and the manger:

I am also a craft addict, especially around the holidays! Besides scrapbooking I love to paint, sew, and other crafty things. Please stop by my blog and see what creative projects I’ve been working on. You can also follow me on Twitter.

Merry Christmas to you and you family, Erin!


Gratitude List
1.  two amazing ladies I call friend
2.  my husband
3.  God love and grace
4.  remembering the reason I celebrate, Jesus Christ
5.  unending, unquestioning love of God for me

37 comments:

  1. Wow Erin your work is gorgeous....

    Janie Boots

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  2. Anonymous7:48 AM

    What great pictures and memories of your niece Erin. The page layout is wonderful and so is your manger. I love having and making new traditions with my grandchildren.
    Debbie C (#4668)

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  3. Hi Erin. Love your Christmas story and your work :)

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  4. Anonymous8:24 AM

    Erin love your work.Thanks debbie for the chance to win a great prize.

    Joan Fiskateer #808

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  5. I like the layout. The single large photo and smaller closeups works well for lots of xmas pages. Cute story too - especially the "search and rescue" part.

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  6. I love the Away in a Manager layout. What a neat way to capture a young child's fascination with Christmas. Thanks for sharing. I love the two questions you asked. I will add those to my JYC album. Thanks so much.

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  7. Beautiful layout, Erin! Nativity scenes are a very important part of our Christmas decorating too. It's important to remember the real reason for the season! Thanks very much for sharing!...Nancy :o)

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  8. Anonymous8:42 AM

    Love your Blog Erin. The fabric flowers are gorgeous !~ I remember laying in front of the tree when I was little arranging all the manger pieces. Seemed like I did that for hours !~ Have a great Holiday Season !~

    Debbie B.

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  9. Tina S9:10 AM

    Great layout! The Nativity is my favorite part of Christmas. Thanks for the opportunity to win those fab Jenni Bolwin tags.

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  10. Love this page, thanks for sharing Erin.
    You had me at Chicken Tacos and Twitter... :-)

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  11. I love your work Erin! The nativity reminds me of one I used to have out for my kids.

    This is going to be fun Deb!


    Sandy fiskateer 4165

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  12. Awesome job, Erin! Such cute photos!

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  13. I love the LO Erin. Thanks for sharing.

    connie #2909

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  14. What a beautiful lo of your niece. I have a Nativity Scene too and the kiddos love bringing it out and rearranging it every day. Some pieces are broken but I still use it . Thanks for sharing...

    OOPs my hubby's name will appear...lol..


    Lorraine Fiskateer #3700

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  15. I love Erin and all of her work! Great way to kick off the 12 days of Christmas!

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  16. what a cool concept...i will definitely have to check back on your blog!! beautiful layout, and i love the snippet about your guest!

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  17. Beautiful layout. I love the adorable little faces. SO CUTE!

    And love your Gratitude list. How wonderful to see. BTW, love your blog. Thanks for sharing =)

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  18. I love what you're doing here. I'll be checking back daily. I need to scrap those questions too. Great inspiration.

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  19. Erin's layout is adorable and so sweet! I'm definately checking out her other work!
    Thank you for sharing, Debby!

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  20. So beautiful!Thanks for sharing Erin and Debby!

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  21. Erin - Great traditions and a wonderful scrapbook layout to preserve those memories!!

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  22. Wonderful job on the layout. Love the photos!

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  23. Love Erin's work! Thanks for the chance at a great prize Debbie. Looking forward to meeting new talented people each day!

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  24. wanda6:27 PM

    I love your layout Erin. The Nativity story was all to familar. Thank you for making me smile today.

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  25. Looks like some interesting inspiration coming our way. You never disappoint with your guests and the wonderful things they have to show us.

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  26. Nice layout! Thanks for sharing

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  27. WOW.. awesome Lo.. thanks for sharing your work with us..Mariah 2457

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  28. Erin, your page with your niece is just so sweet! Thank you for sharing it with us through Debby's blog and giving us the link to your blog to check out more of your fantastic stuff!

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  29. Love the layout!
    Baking cookies is a holiday tradition that has been passed down to me. It wouldn't be Christmas without them. :)

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  30. Wow, Ms Erin, you work is beautiful. LOL TOO bad for me, when I saw the post on Fiskateers under Debby's post, she was holding her dog and I just KNEW she was talking about her dog, MS. ERIN BASSETT!! Her dog looks like a bassett hound, (I know I am probably spelling that wrong somehow it doesn't look right!) I had this pic in my head of her dog having her own blog and doing her crafts. When I jumped to the blog and was reading it, I was still thinking the same thing till I scrolled down further and actually saw your pic there. Sorry, I had a good chuckle out of that. I promise you do NOT look like Debby's cute puppy!

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  31. great layout, Erin! My favorite holiday tradition is baking all kinds of cookie. This is something my mom, my sister and I do every years, I can't wait to do this with my daughter.

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  32. Wow Ernie great Lo i love my dogs also . Thanks for sharing

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  33. Love Erin stuff, thanks for doing this Debby great inspirations

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  34. Wow what a wonderful Lo..TX for sharing!!

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  35. I'm so glad I met Erin at Sparks in Salt Lake City a couple of weeks ago. I love the pages she made for her cousin getting his pilot license.
    Silly Sal

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  36. Thank you everyone for your nice comments! :D

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