Thursday, December 18, 2014

Crafting with my Kids: Jellybean Row Ornaments

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This past summer we visited Atlantic Canada (stops in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island). The downtown of St. John’s, Newfoundland is renowned for its colourful “jellybean row houses.”

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The jellybean houses figure prominently in the work of local artists.

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IMG_9914  We even noticed some jellybean birdhouses.

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It was our first trip to Newfoundland and a very special time. I thought it would be a nice idea to add something to our Christmas tree as a memory for 2014.  We used scrap 2X2 wood cut between 2-4 inches high and painted little jellybean houses with acrylic craft paint. Eye hooks were added for hanging. [We didn’t fuss too much about sanding the woodcuts because these were hanging and not playing.]

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And here they are at night!

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Happy Crafting and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Pepparkakor Ornaments


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This past weekend, we attended a beautiful Lucia procession at the Swedish Church in Toronto.
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Prior to the procession we popped into the bazaar and picked up some Swedish goods, including a tin of the most delicious wafer thin gingersnaps, or peppakakor as they are referred to in Sweden.
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This was fitting because this year our Scandinavian Christmas project was to create cinnamon applesauce ornaments designed to look like pepparkakor ornaments. The project was inspired by a a scene in our Pippi Longstocking book and you can read about how we made them today on Day 4 of Scandinavian Christmas at the Pickled Herring.
After making the ornaments, I realized that I could stamp them with a acrylic paint and rubber stamps. I found it best to apply the paint to the stamp with a sponge.
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It would also to fun to stamp names and use as gift tags. It is a fun and inexpensive project.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by! 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Santa Lucia 2014

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For those celebrating, Happy Santa Lucia! 

For the past couple of years, we have marked the occasion with doll making (clothespin dolls and cork dolls).  This year, I found a wreath ornament at the Salvation Army thrift shop (score 50 cents) and I sewed a white gown (it is a 18 inch doll peasant style) for our American Girl Doll. It is very similar to Kristen’s outfit on the AG site.

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Darkness shall take flight soon,
From earth’s valleys.
So she speaks a
Wonderful Word to us:
A new day will rise again
From the rosy sky…
Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia!

For more Scandinavian inspiration, Scandinavian Christmas kicks off today at the Pickled Herring !