Makes me want to go see the movie again to see if I can get them all. But not today... don't think we're going anywhere with this snow. When I checked around 8ish is was already between 6 and 7 inches deep, and still coming.
This year it seems I'm overwhelmed with required Christmas baking. We've made two lemon verbena pound cakes, done a Daisy troop cookie swap, this morning I made pizzelles for Rachel's "international treat" day in class and I'm currently supposed to be baking at least 5 dozen cookies for a swap tomorrow ... or Sunday depending on the impending snow storm. Then, next Tuesday is Thomas's class party, not to mention edible presents for teachers & friends.
And Tom casually says the other day that we really need to make cowboy cookies and some anzac cookies. Yeah, right. Who and when?
Last year's contribution for Rachel's preschool party ended up in a layout for ScrapbooksPlus (above). Cute litter reindeer snacks made with graham crackers, icing, chocolate chips, pretzels and m&ms. No baking involved!
The next challenge at Method Playground involves buttons. But not just adding a couple to your layout -- use them in a creative way. For mine, I used alcohol ink then stamped onto several clear buttons.
These photos were taken at Milton Park
near Bowral in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. The whole
area has this lush, English garden atmosphere. Verypretty. While we
were waiting to leave we spent a few minutes playing chase and throwing
They had these two very large trees near the entrance (where we were playing) whose branches reached down to the ground. For the life of me I can't remember the name of it, but it was great for a large fort or a hiding place.
I gave the kids my small camera to use, and they did manage a few good shots, along with about ten shots of the front door, stairs and people's luggage in the entry. This is a fountain on the property:
And this arborway they called "the trench." They loved running underneath this and playing here -- I guess the Anzac Memorial really rubbed off on them because it reminded them of the trench warfare we learned about at the museum!
Here is my layout for this month's DT pagemap challenge at ScrapbooksPlus. And here's the sketch we were given. I choose to cut up a Fancy Pants Glitter Cut for my embellishments - all the transparancies are from one Glitter Cut (and I still have two more ornaments from it I haven't used!).
I am really taken with the Kaisercraft wooden snowflakes -- you'll see them in quite a few of my DT projects this month. For this layout I decided to just leave them raw, but you can easily paint, ink, distress, etc. them.
Santa arrived early at the malls this year -- really early. The kids dragged me over in early November and the only thing they really asked for was a Wii. Sigh.... Oh, and I'm sure that there were some Lego sets in there somewhere.
We've been working on their Christmas lists, too. Rachel wants "a pink kitty that moves when you push a button." Hmm, so I ask her if she'd seen a toy like that somewhere. "No," she says, "but the elves can make it." We've got a tough one.
We're now well into the second week of December and all I've done is vaguely register that we're supposed to be sending out cards.... then gasp in shock as we receive four in the mail. Damn those organized people!
I did, however, make a few for ScrapbooksPlus with our December kit. We were given two holiday lines by SEI this month - Mint and Wintersong. Beautiful papers. So I *had* to pick up the matching SEI stamps in the store, which I used on two of these cards. The embossed velvet paper is also from SEI and makes a lovely addition to my card. The large numbers are leftover from a Heidi Swapp foam alpha set we used this fall. I easily sanded the top of the numbers then sprayed them with peppermint stick Glimmer Mist.
Is better than none. We spent Thanksgiving in Sydney, Australia at the Taronga Zoo. While they did have quite a few turkeys there, none were for eating. So we decided to celebrate it when we got back. Tom & I have spent the day making the cranberry sauce, dressing, potatoes and pumpkin pie and we're all about to load up the Dodge to head over to our friends' house. As long as I can have some of Rick's famous sweet potato casserole then I'm a happy camper. And the kids are looking forwards to using their Wii, seeing as we're probably the only family left without a game system.
I found this little gem in a small book store in New South Wales - somewhere along the South Coast. One of the cool things is that it comes with a pocket on the inside cover full of patterns for all the projects. And it's just beautifully put together. Can't wait to try a few of these out.
Looking for some fun, homemade Christmas stuff? One of our Method Playground girls has opened her own Etsy shop: Serendipity Scraps. Right now she has some uber-cute fabric ornaments, gift tags and embellies:
with his 12 Tags of Christmas again. Here's the first tag. And now that my DT projects are completed for December it's time to play! Of course, Tim's projects always make me drool -- and create a large shopping list. Luckily I think I picked up the snowflake stamp last year.
And this one uses his new rock candy distress crackle paint. Oooohhhh
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