Thursday, December 30, 2010

Mug Rug Swap

I was in Aunt Pitty Pat's Mug Rug Swap
and I received the most beautiful package from my partner Donnely.
I am so late in posting this and I apologize to Donnely
a thousand times over.
I don't know where the time has gone.

Donnely sent me 2 beautiful Mug Rugs. The detail is amazing and I love all of the quilting she did. She also sent some yummy Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa in a cute cup, candy canes and then a really nice sign that says "Peace" and an ornament too.

Thank you so much Donnely for all of the time you put into making my swap package beautiful!

You did an amazing job!

This is the mat I made
I also made a coaster and a napkin
and sent some hot cocoa and candy canes and some hard candies.

Thanks Aunt Pitty Pat for a fun swap and

Thank you Donnely for a wonderful and most thoughtful package!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Day 18 and a Trip to Visit Santa

Day 18 and Christmas is coming way to fast for me.
sent me this precious little box.
There is a kitty on the outside and
a kitty sitting on a windowsill charm on the inside.
Thanks Francie!
You made a precious little box!

The Day 18 box I made has a little Christmas tree with lights in the background
and then little light bulb ornies on the inside.

Here are a few more of the ones I sent to my mom.

and here are my last two Believers sitting with Santa today

Jace wasn't scared this year and went skipping right up to Santa and jumped on his lap. He was so excited and new just what to do this year. Mallory has been a really good girl this year so I hope she gets what she asked for!

Friday, December 17, 2010

14, 15, 16 & 17 Plus Some Extra Ones

Sorry I'm running behind again! I've been in La-La Land lately....busy making gifts and then both of my parents have had some major health problems this week so I have been mentally distracted. Please keep my mom and especially my dad in your prayers. Mom had a stint put in the other day and my Daddy found out his cancer is getting worse and he has to have surgery on Monday. My parents being sick is really hard on me and quite frankly, I am not the least bit prepared for the please keep us in your thoughts. Thanks!

Day 14 box is such a heart warming little box.
I Love the box, but the photo warms my heart.
Thanks Heidi for this charming little box!

My Day 14 Box is of a poinsettia

and there's a little ornament of a poinsettia that I made for the inside.

Day 15 is from Linda of Lambs World.
The box is so pretty!
Linda made the tiniest little ornament and it says
"See the Artist Within"
and has an eye on it.
Thank you Linda!
Your box and ornament are so sweet!

The day 15 box I made has some Christmas Candies
on the inside and outside of the box.
received this little box.

Day 16's box is from Peace of The Art of Peace.
Peace made this "Angelic" little box. It is so pretty!
Inside Peace made a little button ornament.
Thanks Peace!
I LOVE the box and little button treasure!

The day 16 box that I made has a picture of the
Eiffel Tower on it and a little postage stamp.
On the inside I made some little tiny Christmas cards
and put them on a string for garland.
I thought these turned out pretty darn cute!

Elena made this little box with a snowman charm on the front
and then attached a breast cancer ribbon charm to the top with a pink straight pin.
On the inside Elena painted the word "Hope"
and then there is a pin and
the cutest little beaded bee charm.
Thanks Elena your work is beautiful!

The Day 17 box that I made has a little Christmas tree
on the front and a yo-yo with a Christmas tree button
on it made into a tiny ornament.
received my box.

I finished 34 ornaments to send to my mom and here are 5 of them. It has been really nice seeing everyone's matchboxes and coming up with some new ideas. I used photo's and stamps on the outside of these boxes and then added some little handmade Christmas Cards and some prepurchased ornies in some of the boxes.

Monday, December 13, 2010

10, 11, 12 and 13

Between my stupid camera not working and just being busy I got behind on posting my little matchboxes. I received some really nice ones that I am excited to share with you!
I love this Santa picture! He looks like a jolly old soul!
Valarie included a little stocking ornament.
Thank you Valarie!

Here is my #10. It is a little snowman jumping for joy and

then a yo-yo ornament with a "joy" button on it.

My #11 box is from Linda of a Swap for All Seasons,
the hard working host of this swap.
I love the this box with the lace and jingle bell
and the little earrings that were on the
inside are really pretty!
Thanks Linda!

My Day #11 is a Gingerbread man with

some cut out gingerbread garland and a little candy ornament.

Here is box #12 in all it's beaded glory from

Ruth of Through My Gardens Gate.

Isn't this snowflake pretty?!?!
The earrings that were in the box are really nice too!
I love the color and can't wait to wear them!
Thanks Ruth!

My #12 is a stocking a with a little felt stocking that I made for the inside.

Box #13 is from Kathy McElroy.

The box is so beautifully decorated and then on the inside

there were three gorgeous little treasures
A Santa magnet, a little piece of pretend candy and a handmade tiny cloth ornament.
Thank you Kathy for all of the little treasures!

My box #13 is of a Christmas tree
and then I made a little piece of mini garland for the treasure.

I've been crocheting like crazy and my Mom ordered 30 Matchbox ornaments from that's pretty much what I've been doing for the last week. I have some really pretty ones I've made and I love all the ideas and inspriation I've gotten from all of the other bloggers. Have a wonderful day! I'm off to crochet again.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Day #9 BBBbbbbbrrrrrrrrrr!

Today's box came from Michele at Something Special.
It is so cold here and this is the cutest little Eskimo!
Inside is a tiny little basket.....
maybe for the eskimo to put his fish in?
I wish I could get a better picture because this one really doesn't
show how darn cute this little guy is.

My box for today is of a Snowman Family
and on the inside I made some earmuffs and crocheted a little scarf.

Have a wonderful day and stay warm!

Here's Day 8.....A Day Late!

I didn't get a chance to post yesterday....oops!
The box I received for Day 8 is from
Michelle made this little box to look like a book.
It is so cute and very creative!
Inside there is a beautiful little treasure.
A tiny bottle with magical snowflakes in it and a charm attached.
Thank you Michelle!
I love your creativity!

My Day 8 is a Snowflake box with what else, but snowflakes on the inside.
The box is all glittery and I like the cool blue color.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Day 7 and Reindeer and Happy Birthday to my Sister Robyn!

Today is Day #7 and it is a special day because it's my sister Robyn's Birthday!
Today's box is from Erica from Zunky Chic and it is so pretty. There is a little snowman ornament on the inside of it. I really wish my camera worked better because this box is so much prettier than the photo shows.

and this is my sister Robyn with Mallory last New Year's Eve.

They are both kinda crazy and always fun to be around!

Happy Birthday Robyn!

Here is the box I made for Day 7.

I made some little mittens out of felt to put on the inside

to keep Santa's hands warm!

Finally, here is the Reindeer stuff I made for my YOE monthly swap.

I made a little felt reindeer ornament, matchbox ornament, cards and tags and then a little hanging reindeer out of felt.

Have a wonderful day and stay warm!

We had some snow last night so Jace wanted to know if today was Christmas because snow means Christmas! I love 4 year olds and the magic they see in the littlest things!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Day 6 and Dear Santa I Really Need a New Camera

We had little snow flurries today, not enough to build a snowman but my Day #6 box is of a Snowman. Today's box is from Sandi at Musings of Samiam and it is a cute snowman box with the prettiest little pair of angel earrings inside.
I collected angels as a child and I still love them.
Thanks Sandi!

As you can see my camera takes terrible pictures. My camera has been dropped a few times and is literally held together with duck tape. It only works when it wants to and I really would LOVE Santa if he could bring me a new camera for Christmas.

Here is my Day 6 box. This is one of my favorite boxes that I made.
Sherry from Sherry's Simple Blog received it all the way over in England.
She said she laughed when she opened up the box
and found the little snowballs for a snowball fight.
Yay! I was hoping whoever received it would enjoy it!

Have a wonderful day and if you see Santa please tell him I've been a good girl this year!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

All Dressed up For Day #5 and Another Favorite Recipe

Shawnee from Shawnee's Tangled Tales made these
very clever, unique and elegant tuxedo matchbox ornaments.
There is a pretty little ornament on the inside.
I love this idea!
Thanks Shawnee!

Here is my day 5 matchbox.

I made a stocking box and then made a little felt stocking for the inside.

As a little girl my mom would make spice tea at Christmas time and I always loved it. The orange, lemon and spice flavor. MMMMmmmm! So as part of Cathy's Countdown to Christmas Sharing I thought I would share this recipe with all of you. It is a pretty popular recipe so many of you might already have it, but I'll share it anyway.

1 Pkg of Lemonaide mix (or I usually just buy a container and put whatever is equal to a
1 Cup of Tang
2 teaspoons Cinnamon
3/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 cup Instant Ice Tea
1/4 teaspoon Cloves

Mix together. Store in jar. Stir 1 Tablespon into a cup of hot water or to your liking.

I also started adding some Red Hot Cinnamon Candies and Lemon Drops to mine for some added color and texture. They will melt in the hot water and make the mix look really pretty in a jar.


Saturday, December 4, 2010

CountDoown to Christmas Day 4 and Cathy's CountDown to Christmas

Today's box comes from Hope of Pixies Ponderings who lives in England.
She sent me this glittery little box with a super cute bottle top ornie inside.
It is so cute!
Thanks Hope!

Here's my day #4 that someone out there received.
It is a little Rudolph box with a "Nose cover" and extra red light bulb inside the box.

Cathy has been having a monthly Christmas ideas and projects blog-a-long going to inspire everyone to get an early start on Christmas. I can't really show any of the things I've been making because most of my family sees my I thought I'd share a recipe with you.

I started making Emerils Baby Bam several years ago and sending it to my family back home using it for as part of teachers gifts and giving it to my older kids in their bags at Christmas. It's easy to make and everyone really seems to enjoy it.

Ingredients needed:

3 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons dried parsley
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon celery salt

Place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir well to combine, using a wooden spoon. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Yield: About 3/4 cup

I make it in huge quantities because I give it to so many people. I usually go to Sam's to get the bulk spices and either save and reuse old spice jars from the year or buy plastic salt and pepper shakers at Wal-mart to bottle the Baby Bam in.


Friday, December 3, 2010

CountDown to Christmas Day 3

Today my beautiful little mathbox came from Jan who lives all the way in England.
Jan covered the box in fabric and added some dainty lace and a red button.
Inside is the prettiest little angel.....a treasure indeed!
Thanks Jan!
I love the matchbox and angel!

Here is my Day 3 box.

I have snowflakes on the outside

and on the side I put a couple of little snowflake ornaments and snowflake sequins.

Have a wonderful December 3!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

CountDown to Christmas Day #2

Having a little present to open everday is so much fun!
Today I received this very pretty little matchbox from Michele at Scrappy Cats.
I love the box and then she made this stunning button ring.
It is so pretty and such a clever idea!
Thanks Michele!

This is my #2 box. I crocheted a little scarf for the present and then put 2 mitten brads in as well. I'm not sure who has it yet. I hope they like it though!

Have a wonderful day full of surprises, sunshine and smiles!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

CountDown to Christmas Blog-Along

Finally I got to open the package from Linda at A Swap for All Seasons with all 25 matchbox ornaments and a wonderful goodie bag from the amazing Linda. Linda had about 75 people participate in this swap. So 75 people each sent her 25 ornaments and she made sure that we each received 25 ornaments back from 25 different people.
What an undertaking!
Thank you so much Linda!
I received my package a couple of weeks ago,
but I didn't open it because I knew once I did I'd want to peak at all of the pretties.

My Day #1 Ornament is from Pam at Treasures-n-Textures.
I love it!
It's so pretty and my photo definitely does not do it justice.
I love the little guy that she put in for the surprise!
Thanks Pam!

Here is the Day #1 Matchbox that I made.

I can't wait to see what beautiful little treasure I get tomorrow. Thanks Linda and Pam for bringing joy to my heart today!

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