Friday, December 14, 2012

INSIDE the Blustery Pink Christmas Box...

Hi Friends!

Just a quick note here about what happened today...My prayers are with those who have lost loved ones, precious little ones or adults!
 Isaiah 66:13a- "As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you;" 
 2 Corinthians 1:3-4- " Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, & the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God."

Getting this post done a little later than I normally do... feels like there's SO MUCH to be done before Christmas! And my mind & fingers are BUSY!!!!! How about you?
 If you aren't a "crafter," I don't think you understand!  It's kinda like, "A mothers' work is never done!" You're always working on SOMETHING! And/ or your mind is ALWAYS working on what's coming next! ALWAYS TRYING to come up with something new! ALWAYS STRIVING to do something even better! AND with a DEADLINE, usually!  All the while, trying to maintain your home....(which never ends with children & pets!) train up you children....(homeschooling, church, everyday interactions, etc.! THAT LIST could go on FOREVER!) love your husband....AND whatever else you've got going on in your life! LIFE is BUSY in a crafters world! Usually, a crafter is one who will MAKE the gifts they give! That takes TIME! From the time it takes to make a card, some taking longer than others! (That's me!)  To the time it takes to knit up something special for the recipient! Or whatever it is!   (Just think of it, each little stitch, one by one being placed on the needle, over & over, ALL done by hand, till it makes that one of a kind garment or whatever!) Add in  ALL THE STEPS somethings take, to get to the final piece! Even cards have steps to get to the FINAL OUTCOME! Some steps taking longer than others! AND put in on top of that, if you're doing more than one! But, with every step & SOMETIMES FAILURE, ( that might mean starting from the beginning, MAYBE more than once,) & even a day or two where we don't feel good,  we end up with a gift made out of LOVE! Something, ONE OF A KIND, made JUST FOR the recipient! Now, WHERE in a store can you find something like you've JUST CREATED? I DARE SAY, you CAN'T!   It DEFINITELY won't be made WITH LOVE or with THE THOUGHT  the person who made it, put into it, with YOU in mind!  
So, now I'm going to show you what I MADE & what  was INSIDE of the Blustery Pink Christmas Box! The first gift is one that was HAND KNIT & HAND FELTED!
I added a pin back to it & some leaves from silk flowers. The middle is black french knots & gold beads! I wanted a Vintage look!  Here is where you can find the pattern:
NOTICE: Look at all the little Ornament patterns you get with this pattern, mittens, stockings, stocking hat, pointy top hat, & poinsettia!
The pattern can be bought here:
718 8th Ave. SW., Rochester, MN 55902
I also added this little ornament to the box! (From: Somerset Life Magazine, Autumn 2008)
These are THE CUTEST little mittens! You can make a bunch easily or make them year by year for gifts for different people! (I made a slew & have been giving them away & now need to make more!)
Just in case you don't have the magazine, here's a tutorial:
Using Natural Cotton Batting, spray with coffee to give an aged look! (You can see the difference once you've sprayed it! I used Instant coffee!)
Cut your pattern: 5"-6" high, & use Pinking Shears at the top for an added touch!
Stitch the mittens together, right sides in.
Then when you have them stitched together, trim away the excess & snip a little slit at the thumb & gently turn right side out!
Next, use a bamboo skewer & dip it into white glue & smear onto the mitten. (You'll do the same on the other side when this side is dry!)
Sprinkle with your choice of glitter! Here I used Mica Flakes!
Your choice of glitter & trimmings will make the difference in how your mittens look in the end! (The mittens at the top of this tutorial, were made with a clear glitter!)
Now, crochet a chain length of  13"-14" long! (I used Ecru, cotton crochet thread.) & hand stitch it to the inside of the mittens cuff.
Add your ribbon, gimp (also sprayed with coffee), or choice of trim, & buttons.
I also added a tag, with the year on one side & who it was from on the other.
Here are the mittens made with the Mica Flakes:
Hope this helps with your Christmas giving list! These little mittens look GREAT on the tree! OR think of doing several & adding them to a wreath! OR hanging them from a Mitten Tree! Think of doing these in the traditional red & green... with little pine cones... or holly!
 More Christmas goodness next week!
P.S. Below you'll find my pattern for the mittens! Just in-case, you want to make some of these sweet mittens!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

A Blustery PINK Christmas!

Hi Friends!
I was thinking about my post for this week & I've been racking my brain for a Christmas Ornament, something that I could show you how to make...Sometimes, the little "brilliance cog" just doesn't want to work!  So, I thought I'd post something I made a friend a few years back. I don't have pictures of every step but, I'll do my best to relay the steps to you! At the time, I made this I even used a Non-Traditional color, (something I don't do!)  & was PLEASANTLY SURPRISED!  
I LOVE those little decorated boxes that people do! Do you? I haven't made myself one yet! But, here's the first glimpse at the box I made for my friend:
So, what do you think?
Here's what you need to make this box:
Box- found at the Craft store. Whatever size & shape you desire.
Decoupage & applicator & glue with a pointed nozzle
Glitter- I used three types-Fine Glitter, Mica Flakes & German Glass Glitter
Angel Image or image of your choice- mine is from Memories of a Lifetime- CHRISTMAS book from Barnes & Noble.
White fleece
Bottle Neck Christmas Tree (These are quite popular now!)
Miniature Christmas Presents- found in the isle of the Mini Christmas Trees at your craft store
Strand of mini pearls
Designer papers
Acrylic paints-your choice of color
Felt with an adhesive backing-for bottom of box
Hot glue gun
For the box: 
Start by measuring your box & lid, where you want to cover it with designer paper.
I chose to paint the outer & inner edges of my box pink rather than cover them with designer paper. Paint the edges of the box first then apply your designer paper.
Apply decoupage to the box where you will cover it with designer paper. Laying the paper on making sure there are no bubbles.
 DO NOT seal the outer parts with Decoupage! I have found it's hard to get the lid off later, as it wants to stick!
Measure the inside of the box & apply your cut felt to the bottom & sides. (If you do the lid, only add felt to the bottom area of the inside of the lid-if flipped over for the inside, NOT the sides!) 
For the lid:
After adding Designer paper, & painting the outer & inner edges with pink acrylic paint,
brush the outside edges of the lid with decoupage & sprinkle heavily with German Glass Glitter!
For the decorations:
Choose your image- back it with another piece of cardstock, keeping in mind the back WILL SHOW!
Also, you need to add TABS to the bottom of BOTH PIECES-front & back. This will attach the image to the box lid.
Decorate the tree with a strand of mini-pearls & then ribbon, using hot glue. Then dab glue or decoupage here & there on the tree & sprinkle Mica Flaks over the tree. Top the tree with a matching ribbon bow- you will  need one for the front & one for the back, with hot glue.
Arrange your pieces on top of your box... Glue down the Angel & the tree.
Cut a piece of the white fleece to go around the bottom of the tree & extend out just a little. You will curl the edges under & glue down with Hot glue. Using extra little pieces stuff them under this fleece to make it puff up as a mound of snow, then glue down. (I brought the tree skirt/ snow all the way over to cover the bottom back tab of the angel.
Keep making little mounds of snow this way--covering the front tab of the angel.
Using hot glue scatter the mini-presents under the tree & around the top of the box.
Apply glue to the snow mounds & sprinkle Mica Flakes.
To the presents, add glue- keeping in mind the blowing of snow in the same direction...draping the glue over the edges, icicle like. Then sprinkle with fine glitter.
For the Angel, using the glue with the pointed nozzle- etch where you want snow or glitter on your Angel image & sprinkle with fine glitter! ( LOVE that glitter!)
Add a strand of mini-pearls to the top edge of the lid with Hot glue.
Finally, measure & attach the felt with adhesive backing to the bottom of your box!
Don't forget to put SOMETHING SPECIAL INSIDE of the box if you give it as a gift! (I've always heard, you should never give an empty box!)
Here you can see there is SOMETHING tucked inside! Wrapped with matching tissue paper!
Next week, I'll show you one of  the little gifts inside!
"And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, & the glory of the Lord shone round about them: & they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people." Luke 2: 9-10 
Just for fun, think of a color to use on your Christmas cards or handmade ornaments that is Non-Traditional! You'll probably be PLEASANTLY SURPRISED just like me!