Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Cricut Vinyl Snowman Jar

Several weeks ago, when I was playing with vinyl on my Cricut machine, I cut out designs for two jars for Christmas gifts for my crafting buddies, Susan and Neena.  One jar said 'ho ho ho' but I forgot to take a picture of it.  This is the second one I made but I haven't seen Susan yet so I took it out of the bag and snapped a couple of pictures. 

I got the jar and peppermints at Wal-Mart.  The "let it snow" sentiment is a one cut word but I can't remember what cartridge it's from.  The snowman is from one called Doodlecharmed. 

Here's a close up.  It's nice when you don't have to cut all the words separate or weld them together.  It's doable but much quicker with the one-cut buttons.

The snowman had buttons for the face but the pieces were so small, I figured it was just as easy to use a Sharpie marker in black and orange.  It was a fun project and I would like to play with vinyl some more.

Monday, December 26, 2011

It's a Wonderful Life!

Yes, it's the title of a wonderful classic holiday movie but it's also a description of some of our lives, if we're lucky enough to have our children, friends and family around us this time of year.  I had a wonderful Christmas and hope you did too.

Our little living room only allows me a few options for putting up the Christmas tree and a certain amount of space.  This picture is pretty much exactly like last years post of our tree but it works and we found a nice full Noble Fir but not too big so it fit in our tight squeeze of a corner.  :o)

This was the Christmas card I made this year and barely mailed them out on time (if Saturday, December 24th was on time!!!!).  With no postal deliveries today, I'm sure most people won't get them until tomorrow and some later than that. least they got mailed.  It was a close call. 

I used Stampin' Up paper that I just love.  It's called Holly Berry Bouquet, the pine cone stamp was from a set called Pines and Poinsettias and the greeting was from Christmas Lodge.

I got some clothes for Christmas which I was really in need of.  Two of my favorite gifts were nesting dolls from my daughter, Kelley.  Adorable and priceless, in my personal opinion (and proud mama)!

This is my favorite color, red and denim britches.  :o)

This was my other fav.  Oh my gosh, I'm going to have to dust off my knitting skills to make some of these adorable monsters.  This book was a gift from my youngest daughter, Ashley.  I can only knit and can't even remember how to 'purl' but my sister said she can help me in a few weeks when we get together for Road to California.  Woohoo on both parts of that sentence!!  lol

I don't think will be my first project since it has color changes but it's so cute!!  Someday........

Unfortunately, back to work tomorrow.  :o(  Oh well, at least it's a short work week.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Peppermint Jar giftie

I am a little poorer this Christmas with that hoopla wedding last month.  :o)  I needed a gift for the sweet gal that does my hair.  With helping Kelley do those mustache jars, I thought I could do something similar with the vinyl I have on hand.  Not knowing if Kristy was into mustaches, I figured I would play it safe by making a candy jar.

I got this jar at Goodwill.  I used red, black and white vinyl and the Simply Charmed cartridge.  The layering was a bit tricky with the vinyl and I'm sure there's a youtube video out there with hints but I was on a time restraint and didn't want to get lost in the black hole of cyberspace.  LOL

Here is a close-up of the little face on the "Peppermint" word.  It is a 'one cut' on the Simply Charmed cartridge, although you couldn't see the little face so I touched it a little bit with a fine-tip Sharpie.  I have a few bigger jars that I got at Wal-Mart so I may be trying a few more gifts for Christmas.  Geez, I have 11 days left!!!  Why rush.........  lol

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Happiest Place On Earth....

***I started this post last week and never got back to it.  Where is the time going???  Argh....***

Just a few photos to catch you up on where I've been.  Here's a little hint (in case my Post title wasn't enough of a hint for you).  :o)

Sleeping Beauty's castle is a beautiful site any time but especially during the holidays!

My friends (If you can call them that! lol) wanted to ride the Tower of Terror.  "Uh, okay.  I'll go.  How bad can it be?"  OH-MY-GOD!!!!  We are in the second row on the right.  I am the one with my hand over my face, Susan is in aqua and neena is the one with her hands in the air laughing.  The ride went to the top and then they opened the doors so you could see all of Anaheim.  When I saw how high up we were, I had to cover my eyes and I believe that is when I started screaming at the top of my lungs like i was being chased by a murderer!!!!!  Susan was laughing at me so hard that she was crying.  Yeah, whatever.....

After that ride, I needed to go to a happy place so Neena and I went to It's a Small World. Ahhhh, that was better. lol It is normally such a cute ride but done up with Christmas decorations, lights and holiday music, it was wonderful!

Here are a few shots of Main Street with poinsettias, lights and the beautiful Christmas tree. 

And here are two of my daughters at a craft show they did in November.  Yes, I am definitely behind with my blog....just posting about this!!  Stephanie (on the left) did hair bows, headbands and flower clips.  Kelley (on the right) is the artsy daughter and had some prints for sale, post cards, compact mirrors with cute pin-up girls and a couple of patterns.  She also sold soaps for a friend of hers.

My contribution to the sale was minimal.  With the wedding, the girls were all struggling to have anything on that table.  I did have these little metal chairs I found so I made them into pincushions.  I saw them on Lori Holt's blog, Bee in My Bonnet, here.  I only made 10 and sold 7 so that works for me.  I have two for gifts for Christmas.  :o)

Kelley's prints and patterns.

Stephanie had a co-worker stop by with her daughter.  She made a great little model for some of her headbands.  Look at those adorable rosey cheeks!

Onto some crafty news.......Kelley saw some jars on Pinterest.  (Pinterest....that's a whole 'nother blog post!!!!)  Some of her co-workers wanted them so she hit up thrift stores and Ikea for jars and I got to cutting on my Cricut.  (Yeah, I can hear all of you asking, "I thought Kelley was making them?")  LOL  I don't mind helping when I get crafting time with my girls!  Can you believe how popular mustache stuff is?  I've seen it everywhere.  How about you? 

I got all my Christmas decorating done last week and here are a few of my favorite things.  My little kitchen tree and the garland in my dining room doorway.  Love, love, all makes me so happy.

And hubby and I got our lights up outside.  My big christmas lights make my walkway look like a "runway".  lol  Maybe next year I'll change it to the side planters.

So, I have a party at my house tomorrow night and the big family gathering on Sunday.  A little clean up, a little baking and I'll be ready to go.  Sleep?  Who needs sleep?  :o)