129 days until Christmas–Inexpensive Gift for Friends

$1.99 inexpensive.
3 for $5.00 inexpensive.
You can’t go much cheaper than that!
It’s this flexible kitchen magnet with an illustration from ‘TWAS THE LATE NIGHT OF CHRISTMAS. The message is one we all need to remember.

You can order the magnets here. Just scroll down to the bottom of the page for details.

These are great for year round giving to mothers, friends, teachers and small enough to make fun Christmas stocking stuffers.

You may be sweltering in summer heat, but consider yourself lucky. Up here at the North Pole, the summer temperatures reach a balmy 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Still whatever the weather, it’s never too early to start thinking Christmas cards. The sooner you do, the less stressful holiday you’ll have. That’s why we’ll be discussing them in my next post.

133 days until Christmas–Santa Decoration

Since we just finished a poem about Mr. Saint Nick, let’s make a decoration in his honor. I discovered this charming one on Etsy.

Unfortunately when I went to the creator’s web-site, the language was not one I could read. So . . . I winged it.

You can too. Download directions here.

How long did it take?
Less than the length of a TV movie.
Think of how many you can make between now and December. Your tree could be filled with this sweet decorations or you could give them as hostess gifts or to your special friends.

Speaking of friends, stay tune for my next post for a darling, inexpensive and meaningful gift for all the special girls and women in your life.

136 days until Christmas–A Gift of Poetry, Part Three

Want to try another poem for a loved one?

Acrostic Poems like the repetition poem doesn’t have to rhyme or have rhythm although if you like to do that, go ahead.

Spell the name of your special person down the page like this

M
R

S
A
I
N
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N
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C
K

Then write your poem, each line beginning with a word that starts with its letter. Notice that I made each letter bold and left a space between the letter and the rest of the word for emphasis.

M erry, my merry man. I love your
R osy-cheeks and that Christmas is your favorite

S eason. I can’t believe how you work
A ll year long so
I ntensely preparing for that magic
N ight when you
T ravel the world—

N ever stopping—from Australia to
I celand and beyond, bringing gifts to
C hildren. No one I know is as
K ind and giving as you.

So now I have written two poems for my dear husband—won’t he be surprised and won’t your special people be surprised with the ones you’ve written for them?
Speaking of poems written for my husband, I hope you all know about that book, ‘TWAS THE LATE NIGHT OF CHRISTMAS written about ME. Christmas_cover - Copy Order your copies hereor from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your local bookstore. It’s about time someone recognized that I play an important part in Christmas, too. These make perfect hostess gifts.

In my next post, I’ll show you how to make charming Santa decorations that also make great hostess gifts. Best of all, no special talent is needed to create them.

140 days until Christmas—No-Fuss, No-Sew Flannel Blanket

Don’t you love LOVE the internet?

There are so many great ideas out there in the atmosphere and many of them are free. Find instructions here http://www.craftelf.com/Craft_elf_general_no_sew_fleece_blanket.htm for this blanket I made for my dear Mr. Claus. Although you always see him in red, I’ll let you in on a secret. His favorite color is blue. That’s why I chose these fabrics.

The only difficult part here is making the tassels, which require tying like you would a balloon, Even then, it probably took me three hours from start to finish. Won’t my husband be surprised?

Using different fabrics, this makes a great baby gift.

Any fun projects you’ve found on the internet you’d like to share?

142 days until Christmas—Vacation Shopping

We’re into the last month of summer. Perhaps you’re on vacation. Why not pick up one-of-a-kind gifts that your family would never see in their local shopping mall.

My friend—I can’t tell you her name in case her family is reading this—bought her children hand-carved puzzles,
her neighbor a distinctive box,
her daughter a new spread for her bed
a mitt for her favorite chef
and for those people who still write letters by hand, these beautiful pens. 003 (4)

Think Christmas on your vacation and by the end of the summer your shopping will be done. And the special people in your life will be thrilled to receive such unusual gifts.

143 days until Christmas—Yarn Frames

In the last posting we decorated old frames with buttons.

Now let’s decorate a frame with yarn.

Nothing could be easier. Just wind your yarn around and around, gluing it in the back every so often to keep it in place. It’s mindless work, perfect for watching a baseball game or TV movie. Using a perfectly boring, perfectly plain frame, I worked two different strands of yarn—one bright red and the other with variegated various colors. One and a half hour later, I had this bright, cheerful frame.

Now all I have to do is find a picture to put inside and attach wire for hanging.

Here are some easy-to-follow online directions

What are you waiting for?
Get busy.
Use up your extra yarn and give those old frames a new life and a great gift for someone special.

August 2–145 days until Christmas

I so loved Caroline’s suggestion about filling a vase with layers of beans that I had to quickly try it myself. The results were so pretty, they now sit on a shelf in my kitchen.
What beautiful fall colors–not that we get much fall up here in the North Pole. Still when we celebrate Thanksgiving, I’ll use them as table decorations.
Thank you, Caroline.
Anybody else have suggestions for different things to put in glass vases to give them new life?