Saturday, December 07, 2013

12 Days of Home for the Holidays Welcomes Katrina Hunt!

Katrina Hunt

Hey everyone!  I am Katrina Hunt from Paper, Scissors and Glue. When Debby asked me to do the 12 Days of Home for the Holidays I had to think about it.  I always see all these traditions, festive parties and happenings going on.  My holidays are not quite like that.  But then I got to thinking, why not?!  No one thing defines the perfect Christmas or holiday season, it’s what YOU make of it!

Three years ago, we lost my roomie’s mother in a car accident right before Thanksgiving. Andree was like a mom to me also and she was the center of the holiday season.  One Christmas she tried to teach me how to make pie crust her way.  She said to me "Uhhh, I think you are done now" after I had beat the dough to pieces. She sat the container to the side and said it would be fine by morning.  I still say to this day that she redid that pie crust and never told me! 

After the accident, we were not in the mood for the holidays.  We ended up making a gingerbread house from one of those kits at the store.  We found we COULD laugh.  Roomie's dad, Carl, even got involved, which made everyone happy and a little sad at the time.  Andree was the center of Carl's world and he probably misses her the most.  It was not perfect, but it was made by all of us!  Here are a couple of pictures from that.

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So, one thing that we do around here is make Christmas cookies, which is definitely a tradition.  But we have changed it up since we did the gingerbread house.  At our local grocery store we found gingerbread people decorating kits in their bakery section.  They come with a tray of people and then bags of icing.  And the plus side is that they are soft cookies and GOOD!  This has become our new tradition since.  I did a layout about it and the "secret" recipe!

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Then we have also started the Elf on the Shelf tradition as just something silly for us to do.  We might not do it everyday, but Penny the Elf was found randomly around the house this past December!

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And I cannot forget the dogs in this post!  We try to take them for Christmas pictures every year.  Sometimes it works and well, sometimes it doesn't!  Here is last year's Christmas card photo that was taken by April Turner of UTurn Studios.  I turned it into a layout. (If you want to know more about them, head over to my blog!  They are the stars of the show over there on layouts!)

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And one last thing I have been doing over the past few years is donating a holiday themed item to a children's hospital auction.  One year was a banner and this year is going to be this canvas.  It is just a way for me to give a little back and clean out some of my altered projects that I do not have room for!

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As you can see, sometimes traditions change, but that doesn't make them any less important than previous ones.  I want to thank Debby for asking me to join in this holiday season!  Blessings and Happy Holidays to all!

Katrina
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56 comments:

  1. Katrina,
    I loved your share. It is what we make of it isn't it? I could almost smell the cookies and loved the story of the pie crust. Precious. Thank you for sharing! Brings warmth to the heart.
    Debby, as you know, please don't enter me into the contest as I am a co-guest. Love all the shares and warm festive traditions, creations and more!

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  2. Life sometimes can throw some sadness in during the most joyous of times. Your note is very inspiring and made me smile. Things will be hard, it is up to us to get swallowed in or move forward. Thanks for sharing

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  3. Sent friend request on Facebook

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  4. What a wonderful mix of traditions! Thank you.

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  5. Wonderful, love traditions. I also love that christmas tree. Beautiful.

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  6. Katrina,
    I am so sorry for your, Carleen and Carl's loss. I am glad that you are all able to laugh and celebrate the season! Just remember that the stars in the sky at night are our departed loved ones smiling down on us! :-) Love your 4 legged loved ones in the layout! They are beautiful! The only normal Christmas is the one that we each celebrate. I love that you shared your Christmas traditions with us! It sounds like lots of fun! Merry Christmas!

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  7. I am now following Katrina's blog!!!

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  8. I am following Katrina on Twitter!

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  9. I left a little love for Katrina on her blog!

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  10. I am following Katrina on Pinterest!

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  11. I liked Katrina on Facebook and left her some love!

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  21. Love Katrina's creations - she never fails to inspire me. Her dogs are so great... such gorgeous eyes & even the photos ooze personality.

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  22. I'm a longtime FB friend

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  23. for the sponsor prize I follow many of them on FB (hydrangea hippo, stampington, coredinations, etc so this is my one entry for that.

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  24. Katrina!
    I love your tree canvas. It is beautiful and it is a but of joy for sick children. That is a special gift. I also make a candy house from a kit it is fun and easy to have more time to spend with love ones.

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  25. Gloria L.10:54 AM

    Such special traditions - thanks for sharing!

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  26. Dear Katrina....I truly understand what you are going through this year during the holidays. For the past three years I have lost someone dear to me during the holidays. It saddens my heart! However, it also makes the past memories more dear. I felt as if I know you from just reading todays post. With my kids getting older we have had to make new traditions to meet everyone's schedule. Newness is inspiring and brings you exciting things to look forward to. Merry Christmas to you!

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  27. I am following Katrina on Pinterest.

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  28. I am following Katrina on twitter.

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  29. I am following Katrina's blog.

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  30. Seeing all of the cookies and talking about pies, I am really hungry. I never did many cut-out cookies. I liked the kind you did by spoonfuls. guess I'm lazy. Your cookies look great. thanks for sharing.

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  31. I follow Katrina through e-mail.

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  32. Oh Katrina. What a sweet story! This is the true meaning behind Christmas scrapbooking! I love your layouts and your canvas. So beautiful!

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  33. Katrina's projects are beautiful! She is so talented!

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  34. I follow Katrina's blog.

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  35. So sorry for your loss...
    Your projects are gorgeous.

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  36. thanks Katrina for sharing some of your holiday traditions...I already follow you on I think all the places, lol...see you on facebook.

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  37. What a wonderful tradition!

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  38. Following katrina's blog!

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  39. Following katrina on twitter.

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  40. Following on pinterest

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  41. Pooh-I wrote a really long comment and blogger died on me.Loved Katrina's take on Christmas.In my old age I like a laid back approach.I was pretty sure the cuties in the layout were Corgi's.I have always wanted one I'm following her blog so I can see more of hers.

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  42. I am following Katrina on FB.

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  43. I already followed Darkroom Door and I thanked them for helping to sponsor D's 12 Days of Christmas on FB.

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  44. I already followed X-acto/Elmers and I thanked them for helping to sponsor D's 12 Days of Christmas on FB.

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  45. wonderful story and goregous work:):)

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  46. Loved reading about your holiday happenings, Katrina!

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  47. Once when I was a teenager, my pie crust kept splitting and my mother said the pie would fall completely apart. But we baked it anyway. To her surprise, it turned out perfectly, crust did not have a crack. She never could figure that out. She passed a week before Christmas. I know how lonely holidays can be. Be sure to surround yourself with friends.

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  48. Beautiful reflection photo. Thank you for the advice, I am going to get that app.

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  49. Anonymous9:58 AM

    Wishing your family joy, joy, joy this Christmastime! Becky J abcjones@comcast.net

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  50. I like your thoughts Katrina.

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  51. Thanks for sharing. I love your pages.

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  52. Thanks for sharing from your heart. I know from experience how life can alter our traditions. Great layouts, love the Bella Blvd I saw in them. I love that you've used your experience to create new tradtions and make something good come from the bad!

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  53. I love making gingerbread houses - we should try one with our toddler this year.

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