Wednesday, December 05, 2012

12 Days of Home for the Holidays Welcomes Angela Daniels

The crazy, incredibly talented, most wonderful person there is in Angela Daniels.  Although Angela served as Lead Fiskateer, Crafting Ambassador for Fiskars, and this summer was on Craft Wars, I got to know Angela while we both were on Two Peas in a Bucket.  Back in the day of Spider Girl.  I have enjoyed watching Angela create a scrapbook page....make a Duct Tape dress...dye a dress orange...make fairy outfits for her and her daughter...and the things Angela can do is endless.  FYI:  I would love to live in her neighborhood because she does some of the coolest things for and with her neighbors.  Welcome Angela Daniels.

Christmas has always been magical for our family. The days leading up to Santa's arrival are exciting and filled with anticipation. Each year, I try and do something a little different for my kids to get them into the holiday spirit. Sometimes, they get to pull a little tag that has a family activity on it. The less planning and stress these little family activities call for, the better it is for me and the more the kids like it. In the past, we've had simple activities like:  "camp out in mama and papa's room," "eat by candlelight," and "drive around the neighborhood and admire everyone's outdoor decorations." 
Another great activity is getting the kids involved in making candies or crafty gifts for neighbors. They love the activity, I love the time spent together AND we have lovely little gifts all ready when we need last minute hostess gifts to holiday parties.


The past few years, I've gotten ambitious and spent days sorting big holiday Lego sets into 25 logical steps (see my YouTube tutorial here: Easy DIY Advent Calendar). Once I have everything sorted, they go into plain paper bags which I've stamped 1 through 25. I hang these, along with lights and garland, down our stairs so my kids have to search for the number of the day while they get a real visual sense of the dwindling bags, marking the count down to Christmas day. This gives them a little something to build each day along with a great holiday set that we can continue to build together and put out each holiday season. 

Whatever your holiday traditions are, I hope you remember that beautiful crafts can build beautiful memories if you make them with and for your family. And don't hesitate to try out new traditions while keeping the ones that are tried and true. You never know which ones will become the start of generations of holiday traditions. But don't get caught up in the perfection game.  I always try to remind myself that, while I'd love the perfect Martha Stewart Christmas, she has a creative staff and professional photographers to create hers. My kiddos feel so much more invested in crafts that they have made with me than the ones I've worked to perfect while they are doing something else.

Happy holidays, everyone. And a crafty New Year.


Oh and do think about hosting a "tacky Christmas sweater party." I love those. I won last year, thanks to a roll of tulle and a few dollar store ornaments!

Angela Daniels
The Guilty Crafter
   
I think this countdown "calendar" is an awesome idea.  It is especially great with young kids that don't  really need the "chocolate" countdown calendars.  Thanks Angela. 

Giveaway

What an incredible giveaway from Graphic 45, X-ACTO, Sizzix, and May Arts!  Leave a comment for Angela 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 yards
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

Have a Wonderfully Crafty Holiday!

49 comments:

  1. i agree totally on the calendar...totally fantastic idea!! other ideas are fantastic too!! i can't wait to try some of those things!

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  2. Great ideas and I'm sure she would be a blast to live by!!! and the sweater wow!!! so creative!

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  3. What a grand idea to ring in the holidays!

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  4. Thanks for the ideas! Loving the ugly Christmas sweater party lol!

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  5. You've shared some really wonderful ideas, Angela! Thank you very much!...Nancy :o)
    Oh,and I love the outfit!

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  6. Angela is just so creative!! Great ideas!! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  7. GREAT idea....and awesome creative genious!...The paper bag Lego advent is FUN!creative blessings, Debbie/StudioBeeCreations

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  8. Hi Angela! You are always so much fun! I love the step countdown till Christmas!

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  9. You can always count on Angela for something fabulous and also something quirkily fun!

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  10. Hi Angela! It's great to "see" you! You're always up to somethimg fun and crafty!! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!!

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  11. What a great idea! My kids love legos so this would be a great idea for my family.

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  12. Love Angela's lego idea. Great for my grandkids. Nice "seeing" her again. I used to watch her videos when I first started scrapbooking.

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  13. LOVE the Lego countdown idea!

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  14. So many fabulous ideas, thanks so much for sharing with us some of your family traditions. pammejo1@yahoo.com

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  15. I miss seeing you at Fiskateers! Glad to see you are still hardcore crafting. Love the ugly sweater outfit. I have pics around somewhere of the year I wore mine along with a huge poinsettia head piece. Festive!

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  16. Love the lego idea and Ang it is great to see you!

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  17. Gret ideas, love the Lego advent calendar

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  18. Love the Lego idea Angela!

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  19. wow that is one hilarious outfit;p how fun!

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  20. Angela always has a lot of fun idea...I love her way to count down to Christmas!

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  21. I really like the "doing" something and will include your ideas for a 12 day countdown, maybe! One year for Chanukah, I devised an activity for each of the 8 days... something for people (collecting food and working at a foodbank), for animals (Helping at a Reptile Rescue), something for the earth (we toured a recycling center), something for the mind (we each chose a favorite holiday story to read aloud), A baking day, a get-together with friends, a Dreidle and latkes night...etc!

    I ALSO do the LEGO advent calendar! Years ago, I purchased one from LEGO for my son, but saved the pieces and instructions and packed each into a tiny zip baggie and stuffed them into a wooden advent calendar with numbered doors. My daughter wanted one, so I created hers from a set of city scenes--people, house things, animals. Now every year, each day the assembled creation is hung on a wreath on their bedroom door.(I substituted a piece with a hole from Technics so I could add the string.) When the decorations are put away after Christmas, my kids disassemble and put back into the baggie with the instructions for next year.

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  22. love the holidays! our family always made lots of homemade candy and special treats which we then would put together in baskets to give to friends and family. always lots of fun...especially with kiddies :)

    thanks for the chance at some fabulous prizes!!!! keeping my fingers crossed! :)

    divinity :)

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  23. I always LOVE seeing the ideas that Angela comes up with as she is so clever and crafty!!! What a cute idea. Thanks for a chance to win some amazing prizes. Love all the holiday inspiration being shared!!

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  24. Melissa Hall3:04 PM

    This is such a great idea!!! How clever of you and sooo out of the ordinary!! Love that you use what you already have around the house and something that the kids LOVE! I have grown girls but I do have a 2 year old grandson who would love this idea!!! Im going to do this!!! (If you don't mind me stealing the idea!!) Have a great day!

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  25. What a cool idea! I love it.

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  26. I always love Angela's wacky holiday takes-she puts the fun back in the celebration.

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  27. Such a creative count down! Love to see Angela on the internet!

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  28. Luv the homemade hard candy!

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  29. Nice idea! Love what Angela did in Craft Wars!

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  30. what a great family holiday tradition ~ love the countdown~ TFS

    Susan
    nargoplace91@comcast.net

    P.S. love the "tacky" Christmas outfit :)

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  31. Such fun photos of yourself, Angela, love them! Also love the Lego idea. Thanks for shring her with us Debby!

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  32. Wow, my son LOVES legos. This is a great idea! I am hosting an ornament swap this week but next year, maybe a tacky sweater party!

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  33. I love the Holidays. This season is so much fun! Thanks Deb for these amazing posts!

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  34. The Lego idea is fantastic! Thank you.

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  35. Angela always has a lot of fun idea...I love her way to count down to Christmas!

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  36. You've shared some really wonderful ideas, Angela! Thank you very much!

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  37. Hi Angela...Missed seeing some of your idea's for sure. I love your idea of the legos. My son loves playing with them now. That is something I think I need to see about doing. Thanks for all of your idea's and inspiring us.

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  38. Love the lego idea! Your fun family projects sound warm and wonderful!

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  39. love the Lego idea and all other ideas you have. I'm doing some crafty things with my kids too. they love it and I love the fun time we're having together.

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  40. Great holiday traditions, Angela. You are right, the simpler and less stressful, the better!

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  41. What a fabby idea!!! Our boys have just gotten into legos, I am soooo doing this next year! Love your tacky Christmas sweater too! The tulle adds the perfect elfish touch!

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  42. The advent calendars have always been one of my favorite traditions. We had a variation we called 12 Days of Christmas, which started mid-month and ended on Christmas Eve, and we used a set of nesting boxes for it - having those all stacked up next to the tree was pretty awesome!

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  43. Lovely holiday traditions, and I agree that including the family in craft making is always so much more fun. TFS with us.

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  44. Always love to see what Angela is up to--- and I agree--- getting the kids in on the creations is an integral part of Christmas-- as I sit here scraping frosting from our gingerbread house decorating.

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  45. @Angela- ok, you're my crafting crush... master craft and all!! Thank you for sharing with us!

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  46. Angela, you are a CRAZY crafter! And by that I mean CRAZY talented and you make it all SO MUCH FUN! Thanks so much for all the hard work you do ;)!

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  47. What's Christmas without an ugly, and ugly is in the eye of the beholder, top, LOL!?! Just purchased a Hello Kitty Christmas T that I'm way too old to wear in public, LOL, but I think I'm going too!
    Thanks, Angela! Loved your take on the 12 Days.

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  48. I Love your ugly sweater and skirt..too cute

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  49. Kam mccallan8:41 PM

    Your Lego idea is inspired! The best!

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