Ornament #28 – Stamped Clay Christmas Tree {30 Days of Christmas Ornaments}

30 Days Christmas OrnamentsOrnament #28 – Stamped Clay Christmas Tree01ddd096eb03f9203a90f6589ceb1b87a5979d0c51

I found this tutorial teaching how to stamp into clay a couple of years ago and when the idea for the 30 Days of Christmas Ornaments came to me, I knew I had to include this one.

I followed the instructions to the letter, the only thing I did differently was instead of spraying my stamp with silicone spray (because I don’t have any), I coated it with coconut oil.  Worked beautifully.  I used Pluffy clay again, just like I did with Ornament #12, stamped my image into the clay and baked it according to the Pluffy instructions. (275 degrees for 15 minutes).  After the ornaments cooled, I spray painted them silver and gold, let them dry and added bows.

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Question of the Day:  Do you decorate the outside of your home for the holidays?

Grace

 

 

Remember to enter the giveaway – here’s how:

1)  Leave a comment on each day’s post by answering my “Question of the Day”.  The “Question of the Day” will be right above my closing.
It looks like this :: Grace

2)  Over the course of this blog series, you can enter a maximum of 30 times.

There will be Mini Give-aways on the 29th of November.

  • The winner of each mini give-away will get to choose an ornament from the previous week.  For instance, the winner on the 29th will pick from Ornaments 22-28, etc..
  • The Mini Give-away winners are still eligible for the Grand Give-away on December 1st.

On December 1, 2014, I will have a random drawing for one (1) lucky winner.  I will contact the winner for their mailing details and will mail to anywhere in the world.

Links to {30 Days of Christmas Ornaments}
Ornament #1
Ornament #2
Ornament #3
Ornament #4
Ornament #5
Ornament #6
Ornament #7
Ornament #8
Ornament #9
Ornament #10
Ornament #11
Ornament #12
Ornament #13
Ornament #14
Ornament #15
Ornament #16
Ornament #17
Ornament #18
Ornament #19
Ornament #20
Ornament #21
Ornament #22
Ornament #23
Ornament #24
Ornament #25
Ornament #26
Ornament #27

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Hey mom – only two more ornaments to go!  I can’t wait to see who wins the Grand Giveaway.

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Ornament #27 – Yo-Yo Turkey {30 Days of Christmas Ornaments}

30 Days Christmas OrnamentsOrnament #27 – Yo-Yo Turkey017f1e31759834d44f1cd30abd4646049ee6bc0541

Happy Thanksgiving Day to all those celebrating in the U.S. and Happy Ornament Day to everyone else. ;-)

I wanted to do an ornament that helped to commemorate today and found this little guy on Pinterest.  I unearthed some fall-themed fabrics from my stash and made a couple of fabric yo-yo’s.  I stitched the felt with a running stitch then hot-glued all the parts together.  I agree, he’s not Christmas-sy, but I’m smitten.

Here are some closeups.

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Question of the Day:  What are you thankful for today?

Grace

 

 

Remember to enter the giveaway – here’s how:

1)  Leave a comment on each day’s post by answering my “Question of the Day”.  The “Question of the Day” will be right above my closing.
It looks like this :: Grace

2)  Over the course of this blog series, you can enter a maximum of 30 times.

There will be Mini Give-aways on the 29th of November.

  • The winner of each mini give-away will get to choose an ornament from the previous week.  For instance, the winner on the 29th will pick from Ornaments 22-28, etc..
  • The Mini Give-away winners are still eligible for the Grand Give-away on December 1st.

On December 1, 2014, I will have a random drawing for one (1) lucky winner.  I will contact the winner for their mailing details and will mail to anywhere in the world.

Links to {30 Days of Christmas Ornaments}
Ornament #1
Ornament #2
Ornament #3
Ornament #4
Ornament #5
Ornament #6
Ornament #7
Ornament #8
Ornament #9
Ornament #10
Ornament #11
Ornament #12
Ornament #13
Ornament #14
Ornament #15
Ornament #16
Ornament #17
Ornament #18
Ornament #19
Ornament #20
Ornament #21
Ornament #22
Ornament #23
Ornament #24
Ornament #25
Ornament #26

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Know what I’m thankful for?  Leftovers that mom mixes in with my kibble.

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Ornament #26 – Dog House {30 Days of Christmas Ornaments}

30 Days Christmas OrnamentsOrnament #26 – Dog House019e036df1a6a55f1767bf52862110be4f777cea61

The first, and only, dog house we owned was for our first dog Sugar.  It was used for precisely two weeks.  Sugar would stay outside while we were at work, but since she was a barky girl, we had to keep her indoors.  And that was our only experience with a dog house.

I thought it was time to add one more dog ornament to the collection.  I’m going to be decorating a tree for the dogs this year and I felt it needed a dog house.  So here it is.01360fb0d7f4c792ef097037801b9fb1ae10a819fc

I used my Silhouette Cameo and a purchased cut file to cut out the house from white cardstock.  Before I assembled it I colored the structure with Ranger Distress Ink.  I made one with red walls and another with beige/brown walls.  I then assembled the walls, glued on the window frames, the roof, the dog bone decoration and the snowflake.

Here are some closeups.

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Question of the Day:  What do you buy your pets for Christmas?

Grace

 

 

Remember to enter the giveaway – here’s how:

1)  Leave a comment on each day’s post by answering my “Question of the Day”.  The “Question of the Day” will be right above my closing.
It looks like this :: Grace

2)  Over the course of this blog series, you can enter a maximum of 30 times.

There will be Mini Give-aways on the 29th of November.

  • The winner of each mini give-away will get to choose an ornament from the previous week.  For instance, the winner on the 29th will pick from Ornaments 22-28, etc..
  • The Mini Give-away winners are still eligible for the Grand Give-away on December 1st.

On December 1, 2014, I will have a random drawing for one (1) lucky winner.  I will contact the winner for their mailing details and will mail to anywhere in the world.

Links to {30 Days of Christmas Ornaments}
Ornament #1
Ornament #2
Ornament #3
Ornament #4
Ornament #5
Ornament #6
Ornament #7
Ornament #8
Ornament #9
Ornament #10
Ornament #11
Ornament #12
Ornament #13
Ornament #14
Ornament #15
Ornament #16
Ornament #17
Ornament #18
Ornament #19
Ornament #20
Ornament #21
Ornament #22
Ornament #23
Ornament #24
Ornament #25

 

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Is this your way of telling us we’re getting dog houses? If we are, can we keep them inside?  I’m too old to become a outdoor dog.

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Ornament #25 – Crocheted Christmas Stocking {30 Days of Christmas Ornaments}

30 Days Christmas OrnamentsOrnament #25 – Crocheted Christmas Stocking01e6bd47a0dfe2259bf6349c2b25720f8169c4afa5

So I was all ready to ‘sew’ a stocking today, but then I read the latest post from ukcrochetpatterns and decided I needed to ‘crochet’ a stocking.  On their blog, they’re sharing a free pattern designed by Littlefolds and posted by Petals to Picots.  The link to the pattern is in their post.

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Littlefolds Pattern

The pattern was really well written and used single crochet 01c111392a39fd701796660637a1218ef105e00418throughout.  In essence, you’re making a tiny sock, but don’t let that freak you out.  The pattern author walks you through every step.  I found these packs of Lion Brand Bonbons.  Oh My Goodness!!!  While I didn’t squeal out of sheer delight out loud in the store, I definitely did in my head.  Three skeins fit in my hand and I don’t have a big hand!!!  The package has 8 tiny skeins (28 yards each) of 100% cotton yarn.  It’s a fine weight and I 0130d9ba58a3470987951489d7ebaf57546d40de1dwas able to make the body of the stocking using only one skein.  The contrasting color for the heel and the toe used maybe 1/4 of a skein.  The fuzzy top part was made with Lion Brand Fun Fur.  I definitely plan to make more; they would make a great garland or stuffed with candies or tiny goodies.

01b775477d619959d29e357da18987462df5aac916We have a wonderful tradition in our family, actually my husband’s family has the tradition.  All the members of the family have stockings.  In the early days, as their kids started to date, the boyfriends/girlfriends would also get stockings and if you became an official member of the family through marriage or birth, well, your stocking was also a permanent fixture on the mantel.  The thing I love about this tradition, though, is that Mike’s mom and dad always make sure EVERYONE has a stocking.  They never wanted anyone to feel left out of the stocking opening tradition.  We always open our stockings first and marvel at the goodies and cool gadgets that they’ve collected over the year.  And we can always count on getting a Swiss Army Knife.  I’ve been officially apart of the family for 26 years and I probably have 20 or so pen knives.  Some have been lost, or misplaced, but the bulk of them I keep stashed with various craft projects.  They also come in real handy for present opening time.  Everyone has their own knife to snip the ribbons and tape!

One of my Quest46 items is to make stockings for my dogs.  My goal is to do that this year, within the next couple of weeks.  I’ll post them when they’re done.


Question of the Day:  Do you put up stockings for Christmas?

Grace

 

 

Remember to enter the giveaway – here’s how:

1)  Leave a comment on each day’s post by answering my “Question of the Day”.  The “Question of the Day” will be right above my closing.
It looks like this :: Grace

2)  Over the course of this blog series, you can enter a maximum of 30 times.

There will be one more Mini Give-away on the 29th of November.

  • The winner of each mini give-away will get to choose an ornament from the previous week.  For instance, the winner on the 29th will pick from Ornaments 22-28, etc..
  • The Mini Give-away winners are still eligible for the Grand Give-away on December 1st.

On December 1, 2014, I will have a random drawing for one (1) lucky winner.  I will contact the winner for their mailing details and will mail to anywhere in the world.

Links to {30 Days of Christmas Ornaments}
Ornament #1
Ornament #2
Ornament #3
Ornament #4
Ornament #5
Ornament #6
Ornament #7
Ornament #8
Ornament #9
Ornament #10
Ornament #11
Ornament #12
Ornament #13
Ornament #14
Ornament #15
Ornament #16
Ornament #17
Ornament #18
Ornament #19
Ornament #20
Ornament #21
Ornament #22
Ornament #23
Ornament #24

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So is there anything I have to do to get a stocking on the mantel?  Nothing you say? Not even be a really, really good dog?  Not even that?  You mean to tell me that just because I’m part of the family, I get a stocking?  Well, I don’t know if I can contain my joy!

 

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Ornament #24 – Paper Flower {30 Days of Christmas Ornaments}

30 Days Christmas OrnamentsOrnament #24 – Paper Flower01ba3e1a63237b2159978bb82ea81ecd0674119839

I have always loved paper crafts.  I’ve always loved paper.  Any kind.  ***Nerd alert***  When I was old enough to appreciate school supplies, I couldn’t wait for summer to end so I could go to the store to buy my supplies.  I loved them all: the pens, pencils, rulers, markers, crayons, clear pencil holders, calendars, Trapper Keepers and especially the paper.  I don’t care what kind of paper: lined, 20lb weight, watercolor, blank, cardstock, patterned paper, vellum, linen, card board – I see potential in it all.  College ruled was my favorite, still is.  To this day, around back to school time, I’m always so tempted to buy a 200 sheet pack of college-ruled binder paper.

017c52bbc16e62360a8c014998a32dead7cb352d29Today’s ornament is based on my love of paper.  It’s a flower shape, but it really looks like a snowflake.  The base is kraft cardstock and the petals are patterned paper pieces rolled and stapled at the end.  I inked the edges of each petal and then attached the petals to cross the points of the cardstock.  I attached everything with a glue gun and folded some ribbon underneath a white button.  I used a white marker to draw the snowflakes and the outlines on the kraft petals.

0197c71b34aeec5cff6ce4f1709d6fa6469a9c4671010f2ccc7251f80f2b14ce581ea2661aef3419259dThis is a very large ornament, measuring 6″ in diameter.  It would look lovely on a large tree or possibly as the top of a tree.


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Item #46 – Be a better blogger and blog-reader. Post consistently. Comment regularly.

This is the final item on my Quest46 list.  Today is my 46th birthday so my Quest starts tomorrow.  Thank you for supporting my efforts up to this point and I hope you’ll join me as I walk (blog) through the next 365 days.


Question of the Day:  Have you ever built a gingerbread house?

Grace

 

 

Remember to enter the giveaway – here’s how:

1)  Leave a comment on each day’s post by answering my “Question of the Day”.  The “Question of the Day” will be right above my closing.
It looks like this :: Grace

2)  Over the course of this blog series, you can enter a maximum of 30 times.

There will be one more Mini Give-away on the 29th of November.

  • The winner of each mini give-away will get to choose an ornament from the previous week.  For instance, the winner on the 29th will pick from Ornaments 22-28, etc.
  • The Mini Give-away winners are still eligible for the Grand Give-away on December 1st.

On December 1, 2014, I will have a random drawing for one (1) lucky winner.  I will contact the winner for their mailing details and will mail to anywhere in the world.

Links to {30 Days of Christmas Ornaments}
Ornament #1
Ornament #2
Ornament #3
Ornament #4
Ornament #5
Ornament #6
Ornament #7
Ornament #8
Ornament #9
Ornament #10
Ornament #11
Ornament #12
Ornament #13
Ornament #14
Ornament #15
Ornament #16
Ornament #17
Ornament #18
Ornament #19
Ornament #20
Ornament #21
Ornament #22
Ornament #23

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Oh sorry.  We saw the ***Nerd Alert*** and fell asleep.  What were you saying?

 

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Paws || Walk On – 11.16 – 11.29

Every now and then when I’m walking dogs, I will just stop, ask them to sit for about 30 seconds and then I will say “walk on”. That is there cue to start walking again. I do this for a couple of reasons: 1. They’re super focused when they’re on the walk and I like to know I can get their attention any time I need it. 2. It’s good to continue to incorporate training into their daily routines. Just as we need to continue to refine our skills, so must dogs.

This always reminds me how important it is for me to pause and reflect on the past week and then think about the next one as I “walk on”.

Paws | Week of 11.16-11.22

• Worked on and posted about Ornaments every day.  Join me for the Mini Give-aways and the Grand Give-away.  Details here.Lawsons Christmas tree
WWMD Dog Paw Winner• gave Mary Jane her Purple Paw ornament for the 2nd Mini Give-away.  Here is a picture of it on their beautiful tree.
• called my Grandpa in England.
• contacted Sara for the Craftaholics Anonymous Handmade Gift Exchange.  Started planning out what I want to make for her.
Stranded• still reading Stranded by Dani Pettrey.
• worked on a knitting project.  Details to come later.
• made a couple of dog beds.
• Skyped/Knit with a friend who lives in San Diego.
• met with friends for coffee and knitting.
• finished The Bletchley Circle, Series 2.
DrWho12• watched 3 episodes of the new season of Dr. Who with Peter Capaldi.
• posted to Instagram for the #dogphotoaday challenge.  I fell behind one day, but caught up and am still having so much fun!  My favorite from the week?  Family
• mailed my first letter to my pen pal in Australia.  It was difficult to keep the page count down.
• walked the dogs everyday.
Serial• started listening to Serial, a podcast.  So awesome!
• planned and mapped out the next month and a half of activities.  I know that sounds bizarre, but I was starting to feel overwhelmed with how fast the days are flying and I’m afraid I’m going to run out of time.  The schedule I’ve made for myself is punishing, but do-able.  Good thing, is it’s all fun stuff!


Walk On | Week of 11.23-11.29

• call my Grandpa in England.
• make more dog beds and collars to sell on Etsy.
DogPhotoADay• post daily to Instagram for the #dogphotoaday challenge.
30 Days Christmas Ornaments• prep, organize and post my November blog series, “30 Days of Christmas Ornaments”.
• celebrate my 46th birthday and the start of Quest46 – finally!
• begin planning and prepping December Card Series || Cards for 2015.
• make birthday cards for December birthdays.
• decorate tree at local Zoo for the Wild Nights, Holiday Lights event.
• finish reading Stranded by Dani Pettrey.
• celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends
• celebrate November birthdays with out of town family.

My favorite quote from the week:  “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”  Charles Dickens.

Have a wonderful week,
Grace

 

 

01b75feaa0d0e1cfdfbae74f9b41330109a9bc7fc8Happy Birthday, Mom.  We want you to know that on your birthday you can do whatever you want.  And we think ‘whatever’ should include a long walk, food, playtime, more food and a nap.  We love you!

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Ornament #23 – Dr. Who Tardis {30 Days of Christmas Ornaments}

30 Days Christmas OrnamentsOrnament #23 – Dr. Who Tardis 01d0fca706fa673fb80699d27c43086030e72db701

According to Brownielocks (a website dedicated to Bizarre, Crazy, Silly, Unknown Holidays & Observances) today is Dr. Who Day.  November 23, 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of Dr. Who and so, it seems, November 23rd has been deemed ‘Dr. Who Day’.  Google marked the day with this fun Doodle:  Google Doodle.

Mike and I are huge fans of the series.  Mike loves all 50 years of the 12 doctors, whereas I’m more partial to the series that began with the 9th doctor.  My favorite doctor by far is the one played by David Tennant.

01d0fca706fa673fb80699d27c43086030e72db701I made two Dr. Who related projects today.  First, the ornament, a felt replica of the Tardis (the Dr.’s -Time And Relative Dimension In Space- ship).  It’s actually a British Police Call Box that’s bigger on the inside.  This is a fairly large ornament (2 1/2″X4″), but because I was using felt and needed to cut very detailed pieces, it needed to be bigger.

 

01a8fdce570ed23d746a2392914ef5f65e4da1f24c01fdb96598878ee0a54b4c443f5ba61d642ce00a80The second project I made today was an apron for Mike.  Mike is a wonderful cook and when he cooks or bbq’s he always wears an apron.  He also cooks for kids on Thursday nights at a teen center where he works and we thought he needed a unique apron.  We found Dr. Who fabric at Spoonflower.com – an awesome website where you can design your own fabric or use designs that other people have made.  We chose two different designs because I wanted the apron to be reversible and have adjustable straps.  I used his current apron for a pattern and am really pleased with how it turned out.   He is too ;-).

Here are some closeups of the fabric.

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Item #45 – Knit 1 square per week for Knit-a-square.

Knit-a-square is an organization in South Africa that collects knitted and crocheted 8″X8″ squares to make blankets for orphans affected by AIDS.

This video does a wonderful job of describing the organization and their mission.


Question of the Day:  What is one of your favorite moments from any Christmas movie?
Mine is from White Christmas:

Susan and the General enter the ballroom to find two rows of soldiers forming a path to the stage.
Bob Wallace: [Stepping up to the General and saluting] Troops ready for inspection, sir!
Joe, Adjutant Captain: [at the General’s side] Just routine, sir.
Gen. Thomas F. Waverly: [“inspecting the troops” at the inn] I am not satisfied with the conduct of this division. Some of you men are under the impression having been at Anzio entitles you not to wear neckties. Well you’re wrong. Neckties will be worn in this area! And look at the rest of your appearance. You’re a disgrace to the outfit. You’re soft! You’re sloppy! You’re unruly! You’re undisciplined!
[pause]
Gen. Thomas F. Waverly: And I never saw anything look so wonderful in my whole life! Thank you all.

Grace

 

 

Remember to enter the giveaway – here’s how:

1)  Leave a comment on each day’s post by answering my “Question of the Day”.  The “Question of the Day” will be right above my closing.
It looks like this :: Grace

2)  Over the course of this blog series, you can enter a maximum of 30 times.

There will be one more Mini Give-away on the 29th of November.

  • The winner of each mini give-away will get to choose an ornament from the previous week.  For instance, the winner on the 29th will pick from Ornaments 22-28, etc..
  • The Mini Give-away winners are still eligible for the Grand Give-away on December 1st.

On December 1, 2014, I will have a random drawing for one (1) lucky winner.  I will contact the winner for their mailing details and will mail to anywhere in the world.

Links to {30 Days of Christmas Ornaments}
Ornament #1
Ornament #2
Ornament #3
Ornament #4
Ornament #5
Ornament #6
Ornament #7
Ornament #8
Ornament #9
Ornament #10
Ornament #11
Ornament #12
Ornament #13
Ornament #14
Ornament #15
Ornament #16
Ornament #17
Ornament #18
Ornament #19
Ornament #20
Ornament #21
Ornament #22

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We love Dr. Who also.  Want to know who our favorite character is?  K-9, Dr. Who’s robotic dog.

 

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