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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Christmas Traditions

I'm always wanting to hear other people's traditions around the holidays.  I never thought I had a bunch growing up but the more I think about it, the more I remember and do now with my own family.

We always went out in the back woods and picked out our "real" Christmas tree the first Saturday in December. Now that I'm married to a man who didn't have a real one, but fake, we put ours up the Friday after Thanksgiving. I love that we can enjoy it a week longer! We always have a pizza for dinner, even when I was young we did too!

Every year I either make or we go pick out a new ornament to put on the tree. Ian has his own 3 foot tree in his room where he has one ornament, his hand print. This year we will add another to his tree. When he grows up he can take all his ornaments with him.

Last year Ian and I read a few pages a night in Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. I plan on doing it every year with the family- proud of myself for coming up with that all by myself :) We also read other Christmas books.

We open new PJs on Christmas Eve and read the Nativity Story and go to sleep. The next morning we open stockings and presents and then make French Breakfast muffins and orange juice. We play the rest of the day.

Now I want to know what you girls do! Post all of your traditions so we can all create new ones in our homes.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Shutterfly Christmas cards

I LOVE Shutterfly. Who doesn't? 
I've used them for my
Christmas cards and baby announcements. 
They make some beautiful cards and the hard part is choosing just one!

They have calendars, stationary photo books and amazing cards for all occasions! They have it all.
"Shop the Most Wonderful Cards of the Year"
I love using the photo cards and this year we may put our family picture up. But I do love the ones below. Shutterfly's cards are durable and very well done. Envelopes included.
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 You can add some personal touch, not as much as the next card

  I love this one because you can really add alot on just one card.

This is a great way to show the progress of a little one.

They have something for everyone!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Gobble Gobble Gobble

Felt- fall colors
Felt glue
Googly eyes
Cut a piece of felt 30x37- or make it as big or as small as you want it. I had plenty leftover from my Halloween Advent.

Cut out your "Give Thanks" or Thanksgiving, Gobble Gobble. I used my Cricut to cut out the letters on paper and traced them onto felt.

Cut out feathers. I just eyed them and cut out at least 28, or you can do enough for the whole month
Arrange the feathers how you would like them. At this point place Velcro behind each feather.

Fold an inch of felt at the top over and sew straight across, this will make a little pocket to put you dowel through to hang it.

When you take the feathers off you will see your Velcro and the next step is to glue them to the felt. This keeps them in place when sewing them.

While you're waiting for the glue to dry sew "Tom" onto the felt

Sew the Velcro that is on the orange felt, I found that the glue doesn't stay put when you put the feather off.

Cut out your numbers and glue them to the feather. You can arrange them however you like. You need 1-28 but the date obviously will vary.

I sewed a piece of brown ribbon on the bottom of the calendar just spice it up a bit, you can use ric rac around the whole square or leave it empty, you can really make it your own. You can even put your family name on the bottom.

Oh, and when you put it on the wall, use a skinny dowel to keep the calendar lying flat against the wall! I also sewed a brown ribbon to the top to hang on the wall.