Christmas Crafts

Christmas in July: Old World Shaved Wood Ornaments Made Easy!

Festive Heart ornaments

Combining the little ready made shaved wood curls from Olsen's Shaved Wood Ornament Kits and shaved wood strips called "Spon or Bastelspan" sent to me by a friend in Norway has allowed me to make ornaments I was not able to make using only one or the other alone. And these hearts are some of my favorites!

Christmas in May! Kanzashi Tree Ornaments

Kanzashi ornaments

Diane and I finally were able to schedule a play date so we could indulge in some crafty experimentation with the lovely Chirimen Japanese crepe fabric Arielle sent to me before she left Okinawa last fall.

Kanzashi ornaments seemed a perfect way to use this gorgeous, fluid, drapey rayon crepe material.

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?

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