Christmas Crafts

2014 PC Blog Hop: Delft Blue Windmill Ornaments

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Windmills have always held a special fascination for me - whether fabulously beautiful designs with a multitude of grilled blades or a tumbledown old relic rusting away on American prairies. I can not help myself. I must stop and gaze at every one I encounter - and listen while the wind gently nudges the blades into action. Now, thanks to a "gentle nudge" from Diane's 2014 PC Blog Hop, I have fashioned my very own windmills to sit on my mantle, hang on my holiday tree and to take their place at my "St. Nicholas table" in December.

Mini Tips and Tuts: Non-Woven Interfacing Scraps = Frosty Looking Snowflakes

Non-woven interfacing snowflakes

Seems like almost everyone is cutting paper snowflakes this month! And indeed, cutting snowflakes is a great way to use junk mail and scrap paper.

Personally, I prefer cutting snowflakes out of non-woven interfacing - like Pellon.

For two reasons!

Feliz Navidad! How-to Celebrate by Making Easy Mini Ristra Ornaments and Gift Toppers

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Today, December 16th is the beginning of the 9 days of Las Posadas - a centuries old tradition in Mexico and in many towns and villages in New Mexico in which the search for "a room in the inn" is re-enacted every night until Christmas. Children and their parents wander through their neighborhood visiting home after home until finally they are welcomed in for delicious holiday treats and singing and sometimes breaking of a pinata.

Mini Tips and Tuts: Christmas Countdown Fridge Magnet Advent Calendar Tree Has Grown a Foot Taller!!

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Recently, my brain enjoyed a particularly perfect storm!

Why not print out another "bottom" portion of the Fridge Magnet Advent Calendar Tree so that the tree would be much taller than originally designed. Taller tree = much more room to "hang" all 25 magnetic advent ornaments?

Winter Wonderland Trees Made From Fresh Corn Husks

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Finally! My "frightful" trees have made the transition from Halloween table toppers to sparkly, snow covered winter holiday trees.

A couple layers of spray snow, a few weeks of obsessing and finally a liberal application of fine, snowy glitter transformed what began as fresh corn husks - into a winter wonderland of holiday prettiness.

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