My sister gave me some gorgeous paper that she brought back from Astana.  It a beautiful print on both sides and I have been hoarding it until now.  I found the perfect project to showcase both sides.

They are adorable snowflakes.  I had 5 of them hanging from my chandelier, but let my sister and niece choose one to take home with them.
And the wonderful thing about these is that they fold up flat and since they both live in a far-away-land, it will be easy to take with them.


Sheep Cards

Here are more sheep cards I made for my niece. She is the one that raises them from babies, sheers them, spins the yarn into wool and hand dyes it.  I had made cards for her before and now she needed 12 more.
 Then of course I can't just take the easy way and make them all the same, I don't think any two are the same.
I have a vaulted blue ceiling in my craft room and it makes everything a funky color.


Snowflake Garland

I had a friend come over and we spent the day crafting. I was going to work on Christmas cards and she started out thinking she was going to make tags but that all quickly changed when she saw a small table that I had set up for my Etsy show snowflakes. I had gotten some major orders so I had piles of them in assorted shapes and sizes. Before I knew what was happening she had a brainstorm idea and was dipping into the snowflakes while I was cutting gingerbread men.
This is what we came up with.

Here are the two that I made. The one on the bottom is coffee dyed and is going to need a little starch when I take it down.  I used little tine pins to hold it, that way when it comes down you can't see any evidence of anything hanging there.


Small Business Saturday

Well, I'm a little late posting this but life happens.  I was asked if I wanted to bring some of my wares to a small town to support small business Saturday, as they were having pop up shops in some of the other business. My daughter Michele jumped on the band wagon with me and we headed out. We did sell a few things but this was the first year they have done it so I think  people didn't know what to expect.  Here are some pic of what we tried to sell.
 Microwave popcorn with gloves.
 Hand warmer holder.

 Hot chocolate holder.
 Lindor chocolate holders.
 Hershey's kisses in these adorable little Christmas crates.
 Ghirardelli chocolate holder.
 Two tea bags in these little cuties.
 Hershey nugget snowmen.
 Minion coved Hersey's chocolate candy bar.
 Wine bottle tags.
 Ghirardelli chocolate holder
 Socks wrapped to look like cupcakes with adorable little tags.

And lots of other super cute ankle socks.
This is just a partial listing I also had my journals made from game boards, clips and pins made from recycled aluminum and wool and greeting cards.


Card Buffet

As I was scrolling back through some post, looking for something I realized I had done some sneak peeks for the card buffet but never followed though with finished projects. Well, that might explain the poor turnout and sales. Anyway, here are a few pics.


Origami Sour Cream Packet

I made these adorable little origami sour cream packets at my Stampin' Up event and I had request for the directions. 

I got the idea from The Paper Pixie and can't possibly begin to write in words how to make, so here is a link to her video. Sour Cream Packet Paper Pixie style.
If you haven't been to her blog, and you like paper crafting, you must hop over there immediately as her creativity is incredible.  You can find it here.
Here are  couple of my practice pouches.
Did I mention they are the perfect size for a Lindor chocolate?


Stampin' Up Event

I had small but mighty groups for my two events.  It was a Christmas theme so the treats had to coincide.
On this plate we have gingerdoodles.  Half ginger cookies and half snickerdoodle. They weren't such a hit but that's okay because everyone in my family loves them so that leaves more for us. The stars are a German cookie a brought at Aldi's. They are a spiced ginger cookie.
On this tray we have Butterfinger Fudge, it's made with candy corn and has a unique spongy texture.
In the middle we have a mint cream cheese cookie and lastly we have lefsa which is nothing less that yummy and good, need I say more?  Yes I do, if you don't like lefsa, I'm sorry we can't be friends.
And now onto the projects.

The first project is a sour cream packet origami project, more on that tomorrow. The card is just a simple simon card that goes together in minutes.
 I love this card.
These little crates are so much fun, I can't stop making them.

This is the final project.


What was I thinking?

I'm trying to gear up for my next Stampin' Up event and I am also doing a card buffet.  I always have wonderful brainstorm ideas at 2 am. Then when I am awake and thinking clearly, I realize I can't get them executed wonder what was I thinking.  I guess I wasn't really thinking.
Here are a few things I have lying around waiting to be made into something fabulous.

 I'm thinking the mittens are somehow going to end up on the gift card holder.

I was thinking this might end up being a hot chocolate holder.


Wood Crate Framelit

I love the Stampin' Up Wood Crate Framlit Die.  It makes the most adorable little crates.
I've made some using designer paper and they turned out super cute as well, but gave them away without taking pics. For this one I used cardstock and stamped it with the wood grain stamp.

Then of course I had to take it one step further and make a cute little bench.  For this I cut off the top 'piece of wood' on the front of the crate.  For the crate you need to run the die through the cutter twice.  For the bench you need to run it though three times.  I just cut off the sides of the third piece and attached it to the back of the bench.
And then just to add to the fun factor, it opens to hide little treats.