DCC: Holiday Decorations
I love the Holidays. It's the most wonderful time of the Year.
I've been thinking about Christmas for months and it's finally time to
officially start decorating.
I had two goals this week-end, one to get my outside lights up and the other
to finish my little village for my mantel. Luckily for me we had a warm day
and I got the lights up with only a minor hassle.
Now on to my little village... I love tiny little houses.
(but, you already knew that, didn't you?)
When I saw these tiny little houses I knew I had to have them.
I found the "It's a Wonderful Life" sign at JoAnn Fabric and fell in love with it.
I knew the sign would go on my mantel, I decided to paint my little houses
to match. They are so easy to put together. (I think I'm addicted.)
If your interested, the houses come as a set of 5 little houses for around $10.
If you're local you can pick them up at The Paper Forest.
Or you can get them online at The Heart of Texas Studio.
I just may have to pick up another set to decorate. So many possibilities.
This months Designer Craft Connection Blog Hop theme is:
If you'd like to see what the other designers have come up with click on
the Designer Craft Connection Logo on the upper right side of this site
to start hopping.
I live in an idyllic small town in the heart of Illinois.
It's a great town with amazing schools, charming old houses, brand new
neighborhoods and a historic town square.
It's a place where the whole town rallies around it's undefeated football
team. I have lived here for almost 30 years, it's been a great place to
raise my family.
It's a place where you feel safe and nothing bad ever happens.
That is until last week-end.
Last week-end started like many others.
While the High School team won another tournament game getting them
even closer to the state finals. I was teaching an intense project at my local
scrapbook store which was affectionately dubbed the “class from hell”.
Sunday came with warm temperatures and stormy skies.
We showered and got ready for church.
We were running a little late trying to decide if we should go out.
My husband usually doesn't take his phone with him, but thought maybe
he should. As we were getting in the car the alert went off on his phone.
We went back inside, turned on the TV.,
I grabbed the flashlights, candles, laptop, a soda, bag of chips and went
downstairs. After the storm passed we had no power, phone or cell phones.
Everything around us looked fine so we weren't particularly worried.
My teenage son had spent the night at a friends and I figured we'd go
get him later. About an hour later my brother was finally able to get through
to my husband's cell phone and told us what had happened. We still couldn't
get through to my son. When we finally got through, he answered with I'm
OK. The neighborhood he was in was miraculously spared, one of the boys
that was there lost everything. As they took him to meet his mother, my son
got to witness first hand the devastation that hit our town.
It is completely unbelievable. Approx. 1500 homes have been destroyed.
It took our friends a couple hours to get the boys home.
By the time they dropped off our son, they were no longer able to get back
in town. They had to leave their car at our house and walk the several miles
back home. The town was closed from our neighborhood on.
All we had was a portable radio to find out what was going on.
Tuesday, Justin and I were able to walk to a friends house and help.
Wednesday, we went and helped sort mountains and mountains of
donated clothes. Still I feel helpless, useless.
Every day I hear of another friend and their families that are homeless.
Yesterday, the high school reopened and we were able to drive the main
road through town. I felt like crying as I drove through, seeing one missing
landmark after another. This is my home, my hometown, my community.
Don't feel sorry for me, I am fine.
I feel guilty for even writing about my experience because I can't even
imagine what those truly affected are feeling.
As a community, when one is hurting we all are hurting.
We are strong, we will rebuild.
Through it all we will become even stronger as a community.
If you would like to help please consider donating to the Red Cross.
Here's more information.
The Robin's Nest and Smoothfoam Blog Hop
for the Holidays and I jumped at the chance to play along.
As you all know I just love Holiday Crafting.
Here's a quick and easy ornament to make.
I started with a 3" smoothfoam block which I painted red.
I used fun Holiday Paper and Dew Drops from The Robin's Nest.
Isn't this just the most yummy bowl of Dew Drops?
Even though I only used the silver dew drops on my ornament I see a lot
of other dew drops uses in the near future.
Another quick and easy trick.
I couldn't find the perfect silver embellishment for the top of my ornament
so I took a Vintage button and colored it with my silver calligraphy pen.
For the Blog Hop and more Holiday Inspiration start at
The Robin's Nest Blog and leave a comment to be eligble for a prize.
DCC: Thank You Gifts Blog Hop
I know, I know... Halloween is just over and it's not even Thanksgiving.
But... I just can't help myself. I'm having a blast Christmas Crafting.
Maybe it stems from my birthday being a few days before Christmas.
Maybe it's because I just LOVE the color "red".
(Or maybe I love the color red because of my Christmas birthday? Hmmmm.)
Anyway... As a crafter, it's my favorite time of the year to create.
This week-end I went running around picking up additional supplies for
my upcoming Holiday Workshop and at the first stop,
one of my favorite stores were having their Holiday Open House.
I walked inside and gasped.
In front of me was this wonderful red and white Christmas display.
(A $20 planned stop ended up a $55 stop and a order for more.)
Anyway.... since I love Christmas and being creative
and I'm somewhat frugal, I like to come up with thoughtful,
consumable gifts that I can give as "Thank You" gifts.
I picked up this cute little jar at a sale this summer for fifty cents
and with a few little embellishments and some peppermint candy
it's a perfect little gift.
This month's Designer Craft Connection Blog Hop is "Thank You Gifts".
If you'd like to see what the other designers have created
look for this Logo and start hopping.
Have you started your Holiday Crafting Yet?
Christmas Cottage Lantern
Mary at The Paper Forest Scrapbook Boutique was so impressed by the
Steampunk Lantern and tutorial on the Graphic 45 blog designed by
Olga Struk that she asked me if I could make one for a Christmas class.
I used Graphic 45's "Twelve Day of Christmas" collection for my version.
Saturday, November 16th
at The Paper Forest from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
The cost of the class is $35.00.
Please contact The Paper Forest at 309-745-3440 to sign up.
You can see additional pictures on my
Facebook Page: Sue's Creative Workshop
DCC: Deck the Halls with Sticky Sticks
Lately, I've been working hard on my upcoming Sue's Holiday Workshop
and a Fall Bazaar that I have a table display at this week-end.
So of course, with all the Christmas embellishments and stuff all over
my desk, when it came time to working on a special project for Sticky Sticks
naturally I choose Christmas.
I along with several other designers with the Designer Craft Connection
signed up to make a special project for a Sticky Sticks Blog Hop.
I decided to go old school with my project, starting with a basic frame
construction consisting of 10 Sticky Sticks.
I trimmed off the rounded ends of the sticks with scissors and used an
additional couple drops of glue on the ends without the adhesive.
I painted it with a couple coats of Colonial Red spray paint.
The background paper is from Graphic 45's "12 days of Christmas"
collection and the die cuts are from Authentique Paper's "Joyous"
collection. I didn't have the right color of letters for the "welcome" so I just
used cream letters and sponged on green ink edged with vintage photo
distress ink. I added a piece of black mat board on the back to give it a
finished look and added twine to hang it.
Every once in awhile a project just comes together easily.
This one just makes me happy.
If you'd like to see what the other designers have come up with click on the
Designer Craft Connection Logo on the upper right side of this site to hop
along with the Sticky Sticks Blog Hop.