Holiday time in our house means a number of different things. One of the very first things we do each year, even before Thanksgiving, is attend the Sweet Creations Gingerbread House display at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. This exhibit features upwards of 100 gingerbread house creations made by families, scouting troops and professionals. I am always so impressed by the creativity I see (and the spicy smell of the gingerbread is pretty amazing too). This is a layout I did about our 2010 visit.
Making holiday cards is also at the top of the list. I like to make them over the course of the year, whenever the mood strikes me, and I start mailing them out right after Thanksgiving. Here are a couple of cards I will be sending out this year. The cat theme was my daughter's idea since she LOVES cats.
Once the cards are mailed, it’s time to turn our thoughts to decorating. Although we put decorations throughout the house, the biggest task is the tree. You’ll find an eclectic mix of ornaments on our tree — everything from handmade crafts to items my daughter made as a preschooler to ornaments we’ve collected during our travels (the most recent from our summer trip to Disney World). As an interfaith family, Hanukkah gets equal coverage on the tree. You’ll find Hanukkah-related decorations, like menorahs and Stars of David, mixed right in with everything else. This is a page I did about our 2009 tree.
Every once in a while I like to try my hand at making an altered item or two. This year I transformed a plain pre-lit wreath into a piece of home decor that I look forward to taking out of storage year after year. I used embellishments from Little Yellow Bicycle’s Once Upon a Christmas collection and an assortment of small ball ornaments to create this.
They say it’s better to give than to receive, so homemade gifts are always on the to do list. This year’s neighbor gift is a treat jar filled with Twizzlers red licorice and the sentiment, ‘Twiz the Season.
In year’s past, my daughter and I have made pretzel treats to give to friends and neighbors. These are really simple to make with only three ingredients: small waffle pretzels, Hershey’s Kisses, and M&Ms. I made sure to include the recipe on this layout, as well as the tag we attached to the packaged treats.
Sometimes pretzel treats are more fun to play with. My daughter wanted to pretend she was Rudolph. :)
Thank you so much Lisa. Your holiday season is full of making wonderful memories and crafting.
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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
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Have A Wonderful Crafty Holiday!