My Alpine Home


We have lived in our new home in Alpine, Utah for four years now. My current goal is to make a larger more open home (which works great with our extended family) have a bit of cottage charm and seem more cozy. I hope you will follow along and give me encouragement as well as advice as I embark upon this challenge.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Crafting Christmas. . .

Yesterday my friend, Ann and I visited a few local shops to see their Christmas displays.

It has been unusually warm here lately and it was hard to imagine that in just a couple of weeks we would be decorating for the season.

When we left it was raining slightly, but by the time we returned home the ground was blanketed with snow and after all of the inspiration we were feeling the Christmas spirit.

Today I decided to do a little Christmas crafting. . .

First I made this holly garland to drape between my lights hanging over my island.

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It was really fun and easy.  I bought the paper kit at Pebbles.  It was $14.99, which I thought was a little over priced.  I had a $5 off coupon so I decided to buy it.

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I sewed two pieces of scrapbook paper together alternating berries and leaves.  Then I bent them to make the leaves and berries dimensional.

It’s about 18 feet long.  Here it is laying on my sewing room floor before making it dimensional.

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Next I decided to make a shadow box.  I bought the box last year at Hobby Lobby (on sale of course) and never got around to doing it.

Fun, fun, fun!

I pulled out a few vintage treasures and papers and just went for it‘

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Here’s a few close ups.  I printed the cute postcard from The graphics fairy and then gave it a touch of glitter here and there.  A few red gems for berries and a crocheted flower gave it vintage charm.

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A purchased time card, bakers twine, and a jingle bell help to make things jolly.

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I had a baggie full of little vintage trinkets that I bought at a boutique a couple years ago.  Don’t you love those buttons?  The cute white piece and the velvet ribbon were amongst the goodies.

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Again the Santa came from the Graphics Fairy, Gotta love that gal! I punched little holly leaves and created the wreath.  Rub-on’s from my scrapbook stash added some holiday greetings.

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The reindeer was an extra one I cut with my SIL’s vagabond for another project we are working on.  I just gave him a coat of glitter.  The wire piece was off of something that I used for my Christmas calendar a couple years ago.  Glad that I hung on to it. 

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Plastic vintage flowers, a pearl, and a glitter ring circling the big day.

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Every now and then it does the body (and mind) good to create.

And look what we woke up to this morning.

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How could I not be in the Christmas mood?

Hugs,

Jann

I will be sharing with:

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Impatiently Crafted Sunday

Alderberry Hill for Make the Scene Monday

C.r.a.f.t. for Making Monday Marvelous

You Are Talking Too Much for Meet Me Monday

The Graphics Fairy for Brag Monday

Cowgirl Up

All Star Block Party

Adorned from Above

A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday

Made in a Day for Made U Look

French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas party

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Homespun Christmas Blog Hop

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33 comments:

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Your crafties are SO SO CUTE, Jann!

I really love the garland - it would even look awesome in plain colours I bet - even brown kraft paper!

As for your snow - WOW now today we could be in shorts and tees - very warm high 70s and this is OHIO when it is usually realllly cold this time of year.

Was so cute, hubs and I went out to dinner early today - we had both skipped lunch and were starving - and when we were driving through town we saw a beautiful bridge and groom with their entire wedding party walking through town and went into Jeni's ice cream store, it was just so different, we laughed....but THAT'S how warm it was today! LOL

Hugs.

Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

Oh my gosh! You made such cute things! The shadow box is stunning! My favorite square is the one with the girl and the pearl buttons...because it's a little unexpected!
The garland is beautiful.
Great job and thank you for sharing!
Erica :)

jeanetteann said...

You've got me in the mood now. Gotta get started. Nice ideas. x

Old Time Cindy said...

Well...you go girl! It will be here before we know it. I'm not there yet as I'm spending the weekend raking and burning leaves in 70 degree weather which is unusual.

priscilla said...

I really like that garland !! so cute ! Your shadowbox is great also ! The snow looks beautiful !

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I really love the shadow box. The flower, buttons and button card added a nice 3d effect. Between all the great scrapbooking papers and online graphics, crafting has really changed.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Cute garland. I can never say enough about the uses of post cards in crafting, just love them. Love your embelishments. I have been scanning my postcards and putting them on Pinterest so others can use them for crafts.

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Both crafts turned out wonderful- and even snow to go with it! We've had one light snow. I always forget how well it brightens things up!

Salmagundi said...

Wonderful projects! I have scads of red & green scrapbooking paper - bet my granddaughter would enjoy sewing the banner. Thanks. Sally

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love your ideas and I definitely want to try to make a garland or banner. I am SO in the mood for holiday crafting!

Debra said...

I had to smile at the garland...it's like grownup paper chains! :) We always used to make paper chains when I was little and this reminded me of that. Everything's cute ...and look at that snow!

Well, after two weeks of cold and rain we are drying out and today if is Indian Summer...going to be 70 degrees ! Keep your snow :)

Ellie VanCaster said...

Love that garland you made-seems you have that magic creative gene that I missed (must have daydreamed & missed the handout)!

Noreen said...

I love holly, and it looks much better dimensional. Your vintage shadow box is lovely.

Noreen
http://craftyjournal.com

Fran said...

Those projects are terrific! I love the shadowbox and the way you embellished all the pictures. How perfectly the snow timed its arrival once your projects were completed!
:) --Fran

Susie said...

My grandson said it was snowing in Utah..I am not ready for any of it. You did a fabulous job on the post cards, I love them. Smiles, Susie

Chenille Cottage said...

OOOOO Laaaaah Laaaah!!!!
I love your post! It's chocked full of my very very favorite color! What could be more cheery than RED?
I can't wait to try my hand at making your holly garland. What fun and I love the thought of sewing the holly together.
I am ooing and ahhhing over your windowed shadowbox. Just look at all the sweet little details, touches of red and vintage postcards. Jann...You are so very artistic. Your posts are ALWAYS a treat!
Have a happy day and enjoy that pretty white stuff. We, here in the high desert, have been enjoying the snow for several days.
Blessings,
Carolynn xoxo

Donna Wilkes said...

Loved all the vignettes you created in the shadowbox - a very creative piece of work.

Carol Scheurich said...

Beautiful snow scene!

~ Liz ~ said...

What fun! I can't imagine having snow to get the Christmas feeling underway. Enjoy!

Your holly garland is too cut, by the way! Those are great paper choices. And that shadow box is amazing. I'm impressed you just went for it! There is so much to look at and each and every vintage piece you added is adorable.
Liz

Elena said...

I love your crafts. The garland is so cute. I would of never thougth of sewing paper. Your snow looks so pretty! It feels cold enough to snow here but just rain. I am sure there is snow in the mountains :)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Goodness, you were inspired!! I love the holly and your shadow box is adorable with tons of special little touches!

Carol

Maria Elena said...

Oh, my! I can't believe the last picture! We had 82 degrees yesterday so it is very hard to get into the Holiday spirit. :) I love, love your garland! So pretty! I can't wait to see all your Christmas decor!

Kris said...

How beautiful your yard looks all dressed in her first snow!!!!
XO Kris
PS Cute Christmas projects!!!

Lisa/Fresh Eggs Daily Farm Girl said...

New follower here! I found you through Impatiently Crafty. I would love for you to come share at my weekly Farm Girl Blog Fest: http://fresh-eggs-daily.blogspot.com/2012/11/farm-girl-blog-fest-8.html and add me to your linky party sidebar. New week-long party every Friday.

Lisa
Fresh Eggs Daily

Doll in the Looking Glass said...

Jann, you are so creative. Who would have thought to use a sewing machine for a paper crafting project! Your dimensional garland looks great and the vintage images are real treasures that add so much charm to your decorating.

Debra

The Farmer's Daughter said...

Now, I'd be in the mood, too, if we had snow like that! That is the cutest garland--well, everything is. You're such a crafty person! Can't wait to see what you come up with next!

Tanya Halligan said...

Hi Jann, love your blog, very creative and inspiring. I love anything vintage, thank you for sharing

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Jann,
The snow is so pretty! Your garland is so cute, love that idea! Wow, the garden looks great with that fresh blanket of snow on it!
All the Best,
Christine

Isobel Morrell said...

Loved the garland - so easy to do by the look of it. My but you've been busy and so glad the snow appeared to make things worth the effort. You've got me fired up now, but have some toys to finish first!

Nice to meet you via Debbi's Adorned from Above Party. Isobel from www.ColdhamCuddliescalling.blogspot.com.

Little Susie Home Maker said...

How wonderful, I just adore that pretty paper garland!! and love your vintage Christmas collage. It is sure starting to feel like the Holidays!
Blessings,
Susie

The Lovely Mrs. P said...

I am featuring you tomorrow! Thanks for linking up!
Kim

Faye Libler said...

Found you at Made In A Day, love the holly garland and the vintage collage also, good job!
MacGIRLver @

http://libler.blogspot.ca/

Kathy Moody said...

Oh, I love your garland and your shadow box is gorgeous! You did a fantastic job! Thank you so much for sharing at It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas party! We are so thrilled to have you join in the fun!!
HUGS
Kathy