Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Forget the Magi!

I love (LOVE) decorating the Christmas tree(s) - we always have more than one. I use one for all my hand-crafted paper ornaments and display it in my workshop room. We have a main tree in the living which holds the bulk of our ornaments. And then we usually put little trees in the kids' rooms.

I enjoy unwrapping each ornament and finding the perfect place for it on the tree. I love the sparkle and shimmer of the glass in the soft tree light and the way the ornaments feel so delicate. This year my kids really helped for the first time and they did a great job and had a ton of fun. They didn't bunch any up and just like their mom liked to search out the best place for each bobble. I taught them how to put the hooks on the branches the right way, and how to showcase the special ornaments by a light, and how to hide Daddy's Star Wars ornaments at the back of the tree. Except for one.



I have this great collection of little glass ornaments of the nativity. There is Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, 3 wise men, 2 shepherds, and an angel. But, one can never be to careful about keeping the Baby Jesus safe, you know. One other ornament is always placed close by ready to defend the stable, just in case of a Wampa attack. It could totally happen.

And when it does, you have to break out the big guns...



Thanks, Boba.

Hey, at least we don't own THIS!!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Big Foot


Zeke is almost 5 months old and HUGE. He went to the vet today and he weighs in at 40 pounds - it's always a bit scary when the vet is frightened by how big his feet are. He is on some new medication to help his skin allergies, and hopefully help him feel better! Isn't he a pretty boy? :) He'll be on the antibiotic for 30 days and then we can take him back for his "alteration." Merry Christmas, dude. Snip!

Bonus picture:


Crazy ears, crazy hair. Ready for a nap!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Stamping with Old Friends

Last night at my Stamp n' Scrap Night we skipped scrapping and made several Christmas cards and gift tags. There were a few special guests, too, which always makes it more fun. First, my friend Dora Lee came with her two adorable daughters. Dora and I have been friends since high school where we shared many wild adventures. We've always stayed in touch, but we haven't seen each other in probably 12 years. Here she is stamping with her 3-year-old:


The other special guest was the daughter of my friend, Leslie. Leslie and I have also known each other since high school and are really lucky to live right up the road from each other since we both love crafting! She is a scrapbooking diva and I totally wish I could scrap like her! Since we were just making cards she asked if she could bring her daughter, who is in 2nd grade. Like her mother, she was brilliant and creative.


All the first-time stampers had a wonderful time and everyone got to take home some cute cards and tags. I love stamping with friends!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Chloe was here

Can you tell that Chloe has been in my closet?


I just don't know where on earth she gets those tendencies from.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fun with Glitter!

Chloe had the best homework ever this weekend! She was supposed to enlist her family's help in decorating a turkey coloring page to hang up at school. She wanted to go for a bling-y turkey, and I was more than happy to provide the shimmer!

We used a LOT of glitter, glitter glue, 2-way glue, and flocking velvet. Even Bradley helped pour on the glitter. Chloe colored him, first, with colored pencils. Then, we used 2-way glue and glitter (by SU! and Doodlebugs) on his feathers. His feet, and (what's that thing called?) wattle? thing are flocked. We used Crystal Effects on his beak and to stick on his googlie eyes.



Here's a close-up - you can really see the glitter and flocking:


I wish *I* had homework like that. I guess there's not much I can add glitter to in grad school work, huh?

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