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 !

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Flower Show 2014

I took an unplanned break from blogging this fall.   Hope broke her right arm in September (cast for 6 weeks and has made a full recovery) and Lily’s appendix ruptured in October  which required a hospital stay and recovery period so blogging and crafty activities were put on the backburner. I do plan to return to more regular blogging soon.  I am also participating in Scandinavian Christmas at the Pickled Herring this year.  The series begins Saturday.
This past weekend, the annual Christmas Flower show opened at Allan Gardens, one of Toronto's oldest public gardens and a little oasis in middle of the city. I thought I would share a few photos - never underestimate a poinsettia.IMG_0997
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During my visit, the amaryllis were noticeably absent, but there were succulent wreaths and trees on display.
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Toronto is looking sparkly right now and the snowfall is in the forecast.  Below is the skating rink at City Hall with the CN tower in red and green in the background.
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