I have decided that since Thanksgiving is this week, it is officially acceptable (in my house at least!) to start getting things festive for Christmas. I made these tags a few years ago and I still use them when we give out our baked yummies to the neighbors - though I changed the sentiment to "Sweet Wishes" which fits better when it is tied to a big tin of my famous "Evil Fudge". My husband calls it Evil Fudge because he can't keep himself away from it- it has power over him that he can only desribe as evil. I printed them on cardstock with a nice subtle sparkle to it. I think the paper is called Popset Cryogen White but I think Paper Zone has their own knockoff version. Then I add little dots of glitter and the bakers twine to hang them from. There is a link at the bottom of this post if you would like to print some out and use them too. I put little crop marks so that should help you cut them out. The bottom row is meant to be folded in half, which I use a bone folder for. I love my bone folder- if you don't have one and do much of anything with paper, they are great to have and inexpensive to boot. I think they are usually with the bookbinding supplies. Now that I have figured out this whole how to link to a pdf thing, I think there will be a couple fo more printables in the next couple of weeks so keep your eyes peeled!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I started my holiday gift making in earnest today. When I make gifts I like them to be cute and useful and these fit the bill. Plus they are nice and easy on the wallet. I bought a box of Microwaveable Soy Wax with my 50% off coupon at Michaels. I had my reservations because the directions made it sound like you had to fill them part way, come back later after they had cooled , poke holes in the surface to release air bubbles and then top it off. It also said that it might have trouble adhering to some surfaces. It made it sound sort of finicky. I wanted it to be more one step than that. But I bought a box anyways, brought it home and tried it out. I will say that they looked so smooth and pretty and then I poked the surface like they said and poured more wax over it and they ended up all lumpy looking. Then I poured one just straight to the top and that one is perfect. So one step it is and they haven't had any trouble in the containers I used. I bought my containers at a thrift store which had a huge selection of darling orphan glasses and teacups for good and cheap. I found some more modern looking mugs too for my mid century modern friends. I used essential oils to scent them and it worked great. I think it is a nice touch to add a little pretty paper wrapped match box. I went and bought two more boxes of wax tonight so I know what I am doing this weekend! Ack!! Gotta run! Glee starts in 10 minutes!!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
It was my father in laws birthday not too long ago so I made him this quilt for his daily nap. He is still working as an engineer and has a lot of get up and go and I think it might be because he makes sure to get a few winks mid day every day. Reason enough for me to subscribe to his plan.