December 17, 2010

Christmas Countdown 2010 - #5

Christmas brings out the creative side in many people. I always wonder why I didn't start making things sooner, since I never fail to have more ideas than time in the end. I think I'll start using my Outlook calendar to tweak my crafty bones around September or so. That's not too over the top is it?!
This gift was put together for the inevitable office gift exchange in my DH's department. We came up with a homemade loaf of bread, wrapped in a vintage kitchen towel, and a jar of cherry preserves from Trader Joe's. The saying goes that you should give something you'd like to receive, so hopefully the "giftee" likes what we do!


A much more skilled crafter than I made this ornament and gave it to us at our recent "Dinner for 10" gathering. This is the art of Scherenschnitte, a German paper cutting craft. Our friend made one for each family and this one was chosen for us because of our gardening habit! You can see the tulip and bird features - very thoughtful and beautifully done. Thank you again!


Here's a box full of bookmarks that I made for the residents at my Grandmother's nursing home. I recycled Christmas cards from years past to make these. Simply cut them down to size and back them with card stock if the paper is too flimsy. Then punch a hole, tie the ribbon at the top, and glue on a sequin for a little holiday bling. It was a lot of fun to make these and I had 35 of them done in about three hours.

We took the bookmarks down to the nursing home when we attended the residents' Christmas party, and we had a really delightful afternoon. The entertainment was a group of women and men from the area who sang with gusto and were thoroughly charming! The little lady standing in front of the choir is a poet, who's had seven poetry books published. They incorporated one of her Christmas poems into the program and after she recited each stanza, they sang a song linked to it - very clever touch! The staff graciously served homemade cookies, candy, and punch, and a jolly Santa made the rounds. Best of all, we had a great visit with a very special aunt and uncle and of course a very special visit with Grandma, who was smiling more than usual!

"Joy to the world, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ..."
Isaac Watts



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