Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas House Tour, Cool Ideas, Links and Samples

Hi Everyone, I have a bunch of fun things to share today including a little Christmas tour of my house, crafty ideas I'm doing, funny letters to Santa, the best letter ever by a mom with truth about Santa, wonderful new samples by our talented DT Ladies and Sale News!

 This is one of my fave Christmas decorations, our nativity set we bought over 30 years ago on a trip to Mexico.

 These aren't Christmas but I wanted to show you the darling fairies my dear friend Debi use to make from Fimo with little outfits and hair.

We often look for some trinket to remind us of our vacation and or buy ornaments to mark milestones so the tree is full of memories and fun to decorate each year.


 View from my dinning room so you don't see the treadmill, bouncy ball or junk I need to put away.   I struggle with too much stuff.


 This looked way more 'Christmasey' when I took the photo but the snowflake lights don't show up and you can see the stuffed Rudolph head better below. Pretty ornaments can get buried on the tree so I hung some from the kitchen light. 


I bought Rudolph at a craft fair over 20 years ago and I need to go in the backyard and find him some new antlers. I still love him and think they would be a great seller with the 'deer craze' if you could make a pattern. UPDATE:  I love Google - it can find almost anything and I thought I would type in Deer Head Pattern and look I found a FREE one from charmingdoodle.com and she has a tutorial! She did two and they have fabric antlers but you could modify it if you wanted to use branches. The original branches looked so much better.


 My husband is a sucker for buying ornaments when they go on sale and I didn't know what to do with these because they are so big. I hung them over the sink but I need to re-do my valance with good velcro as the dollar store stuff is junk. You can also make these with glue and different size balls. Do you like my piggy pic from the late 1800's?  I was going to scan it and sell prints as they are so cute.


 I like this Ikea star light which also shines through the window over our door. It's hard to beat Ikea for unique  inexpensive lighting. That's my niece Arissa who comes weekdays while my brother is at work. She's a great helper and super crafty.

 I came across these hilarious letters kids have written to Santa and had to share the link.  I also heard a great tip on the radio to not make all your most awesome presents for kids from Santa because other less fortunate children may wonder why they get such a little gift from Santa when the other kids at school get 3 or 4 amazing presents.


 If you still have little children around the house I thought this idea to make Santa footprints with a wet boot dipped in flour would be fun. 


Okay, this is the best explanation I've ever read on the truth about Santa Claus letter written by a mom to her daughter who asked for the truth. I wish I had explained it like this when my kids found out!

 The whoot.com, an Aussie site has some fantastic ideas for hand and thumbprint art (not all Christmas) but all really great for creating some special family keepsakes. I'm making one of these with my niece and nephew today.


I love these ice candles by Oh My Creative and have fresh cranberries and the greenery to make some but it's so warm right now they will melt real fast. I'm going to do some and hope it gets colder in the next couple of days or save them for our new years party.

  
I thought this recipe sounded yummy - Cranberry and Rosemary Christmas Sangria and it looks so festive I'm going to make a pitcher for New Years. 


 Look how cute this card turned out that DT Leader Kathy Clement made with our Deer Christmas Digital Stamp Set


 I decided to include the PNG files I colored for my Christmas Card Tutorial in with the stamp set. If you bought our Deer Christmas set you can log back in and get the colored postcard and mouse. I'm also going to try and look up the emails of the people who ordered it and send them.


 I love seeing the ideas the DT ladies come up with using our new sets and Darlene Pavlick has been busy making a bunch of cool cards like this one using our Deer Christmas Set. I posted some in our store when you scroll down under each set.


 DT Member Melody Clement created this lovely Christmas card using our Vintage Santa Digital Set and popped up Santa for dimension.

I like this idea DT Member Shantaie Fowler used reverse embossing with white embossing powder to create faux snow on her wreath card. The wreath is from the Deer Christmas Set and if you shrink it the 'deer mouse' can also hold it.


DT Member Diane Hoover created this pretty Christmas card using theDeer Christmas Set as well. Love how she did the holly.

 If you like you can read the list I posted last year of Festive Healthy Holiday Treat Ideas.

Wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas! Come back for our Big Boxing Day SALE starting 12 midnight Christmas Day until Jan 1 at 12 midnight and save up to 35% off sale price stock!
 
Sandy Redburn
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2 comments:

Lorna said...

What a beautiful home you have Sandy! I love the little clay figures your friend made. they are exquisite. I love things like this. Merry Christmas.

Vicki Chrisman said...

OH, the house looks SO beautiful!! Makes me homesick for your house and you guys. Your tree is gorgeous.
All the samples look so good! I was so planning to get some stuff made but have been having headaches.. and when I'm not,I'm catching up! Merry Christmas to all of you! Love you, Vic