Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas Cards

Hello friends,

Well, I did it.  I got all my Christmas cards finished and in the mail.  Every year I tell myself I'll start earlier, but every year I find myself scrambling at the last minute.  Hopefully all of them will arrive by the day after Christmas, maybe some will get there Christmas eve!

Speaking of Christmas eve, what are your plans?  We are heading up to Little Bear Lodge.  In the town of Bradford they are having a Christmas Pageant.  I do not know if I've ever been to a Christmas pageant, but I'm going to try to talk the family into going.  Its outside and involves kids, caroling, hot chocolate and animals.  I'll be sure to take pictures.  I'm guessing it's going to be adorably small town.


Since we'll be away for Christmas, we went to Christmas eve service last night (12/22.)  I know, isn't that crazy that they offer Christmas eve service on Christmas eve, eve, eve?  It was really nice.   There is a lovely church in Lexington, Grace Chapel, that I've been checking out.  They did a very nice service, lots of traditional music and an uplifting message.  I counted over 50 musicians - it sounded awesome as they led us all in traditional and modern Christmas hymns and carols.  Of course it was a candlelight service and of course we ended with silent night.  It was really nice.  I wish I could go back Christmas eve!!!  I'll be definitely going back in the New Year.



So, back to the cards.  Below are all the various designs I made.  For those that know me, I do not like make 'assembly line' cards, so I pick a few designs and make 4 or 5 of each.  Which is your favorite?









I'll be back with two more Christmas cards and a project to show you on Saturday December 26th for the papertrey ink blog hop.  

I wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas!  Enjoy!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Create along with us Papertrey ink

So one of the first Christmas cards I worked on this weekend was a card that was inspired by Papertrey Ink's December release.  Here is the card I made.

Below is my inspiration from Amy Scheffer.  You can see the details of her card on her blog.

http://pickledpaperdesigns.blogspot.com/


I hope you are enjoying pre-Christmas festivities.  We had a fun weekend up in NH at Little Bear Lodge, our little cabin in the woods.  Sarah, Ivan, Eric and Jessa all joined us.  We found a great tree (at a nice last minute price) and did some very simple decorations on the tree.  We have a pile of pinecones still to add, once they dry and open.  We can do that when we are up later this week.  The lights are on and some red berry garland. We also added a bunch of white crochet snowflakes.  It looks rustic and pretty with the burlap and fleece tree skirt.

Sarah decorated this adorable sled she found at a yard sale this summer and it looks great under the sign Bob had made for us.  Even though there is no snow (and no expectation for snow this week) Little Bear Lodge is all festive.


After decorating, I got busy making cards.  I'll post them over the next few days.  Today we got to go for our traditional long walk.  To go to the top of the hill and down to the road again is 4.2 miles. Today we didn't go all the way, we turned around early, but it was a good 3.5 miles.  We don't bring Joey, he's not up for those long walks anymore, but Tank enjoyed the brisk winter air.  Don't you love the New England stone walls that are just out in the woods?  It's kind of a neat and unique feature of a walk in the woods in these parts.


Friday, December 18, 2015

Preparing for Christmas

Hi friends,

Well, Christmas is one week away and I have lots to do.  I still haven't made my Christmas cards, much less got them ready for the mail and I have not started holiday baking yet either.  Thankfully I have all of next week off from work, so if I get busy, I still can do these things - but the cards may not get mailed till Tuesday.  Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

I made a few Christmas themed cards a few weeks ago.  Let me show you those.

This first one is quite retro and fun.  I actually really like it and plan to make several more.

This one is a fun new image I found at a stamping store in NH.  There are two versions of this image on a card.  The first is a 'flat' image where I just color her outfit and face.

The second version is with the button.  In the store this looked super cool and fun, but now that I have the card in front of me, it looks weird to me.  It is a fun technique to add the 3 day element, but somehow I'm not a huge fan.  What do you think?
So, in addition to having some cards to make, I also have some baking to do.  I found the following fun Christmas food on pinterest.  I love chocolate covered pretzels, so I'm sure these will be delicious.  I also love that they are super easy.  

How do you make these?  Super easy.  I used Snyders butter pretzel squares.  Layer your cookie sheet with the pretzel squares.  Unwrap the rolos (this was the most time consuming part of the whole process) and put a rolo on top of each pretzel square.  Bake in the oven for 10 minutes (250 degrees) then take them out and put your other pretzel square.  Smoosh it down.  After it's cooled, melt some white chocolate and dip the corner in.  Dip again in colored sprinkles.  Yum.

What else am I baking?  Betty Crocker Christmas cut-out cookies.  These will take much more time to make.  Make the dough, refrigerate it, bake the cookies, then frost them.  I usually set aside 2 days to finish these and every year I wonder if they are worth it, but I love them.  Best Christmas Cookies around.

If you want the recipe for these, here is the link.

Hopefully I'll get my cards & cookies made and my gifts all wrapped by Tuesday.  Then the rest of next week I can start reading some of the many books I've recently checked out of the library and relax a bit to start the Christmas vacation.  I have two work books ('Multipliers' and 'the Challenger Sale'), one social justice book ('Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria') and one self help book ('Thanks for the feedback') all on my shelf to read.  Oh and I have a few movies as well.   How about you?  What does your week before Christmas look like?

Stop back next week, if all goes as planned I'll have some cards and cookies to show you.