Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Crafty Endeavors

Hi there, come on in for a visit.  Make yourself at home... want a cuppa tea?  Have you made anything for gifts this holiday?  It's funny, as I went into Craft Warehouse to get little baskets to make ornaments - little yarn baskets with tiny balls of yarn and tiny knitting needles.  But they had no tiny baskets.  SO.. I had to turn on a dime and figure something else out to make.. there was a display of these little jars so I gathered the materials to make little snow scenes.  Enter the glue gun.. the most magical tool invented by man or woman.. 

I even bought a bag of snow.  :-)  I found out quickly that you couldn't just put the items in the jar, add snow and I'd be done.  Everything fell over.  So, I had to glue the stuff to the bigger tree, then glue the tree down THEN add the snow.  

Then to embellish the outside.. a big velvet poinsettia on top and jingle bells around the outside.

The little guys helped me a lot.  Hayden handed me the bells in the right order so I could glue them on.  

I love how the dining room is lit up in the evening.

The other day at Craft Warehouse I spied this Putz house that is battery operated for a reasonable price.. I had no idea that the light changed colors!  

Our very best snow scene is the one below and Hayden negotiated with me for it to be HIS.  :-)  When I took this photo just a few minutes ago, I didn't notice that the boys had been "decorating" the house.. there is a Santa on the chimney and a bow on the top of the gable.  LOL!!

When I went to CW yesterday to buy a few more bottle brush trees, there was not one package to be found.  No more big poinsettias, either.  Just littler ones.  

I have to make one more jar.. 

An explanation about all the gifts.. these are not only ours.. but our son's family's gifts.  :-)

Well, I am heading off for an adventure.  I am meeting my sisters and Shirley downtown to go to a movie and then we're going to dinner at the Brasserie Montmarte.  A 100 year old French restaurant on the Park Blocks.  Yes, I'll be packing my camera.  :-)  

❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉
*M*E*R*R*Y* *C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S*!*
❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ 

((hugs)), Teresa :-) 


  1. LOVE the snow jars--great idea! No craft projects yet, but I recently picked up some more tomte (Swedish elves) and some items to turn a "Father Christmas" doll into another tomte.
    Yum! French food and the Park Blocks---you should have a great day:)
    Advent Blessings,

  2. Have a fun evening! The jars are so cute and festive, they were a great idea. Your dining room looks beautiful.

  3. Merry Christmas Wishes to you too. I love the snow jars. The bells are perfect for the finishing touch.
    Enjoy your get together.

  4. The snow jars are adorable Teresa. I have made a wreath for mum, gave one to D.I.L. also some little purses with angels made from beads inside. Also crocheted my first snowflakes think I am keeping those :-) Hugs Anne x

  5. I have always loved doing crafty things. I use to do craft shows and make Christmas ornaments to sell. My friend Lora (another widow, she lost her hubby 2 and 1/2 years ago) she use to do floral arrangements with dried and silk flowers. I loved spending time with her, setting up our displays and tearing it all down to pack away for the next show. Crafts are always more fun when you have company to sit and make things with, like those grandsons who are such good helper bees to you. I say, your home is so festive and it looks like you are ready for the Christmas holiday. I know that the lights always look so pretty and inviting during the evening hours. Snug as a bug in a rug, that is a blessed comfort. I hope you enjoy your outing with your sisters and your friend. My daughters and I went last week and saw part 2 of The Hunger Games. I was surprised when I saw and liked the first movie. The second one was pretty good and keeps you waiting for the 3rd part. There are always so many movies that they advertise that I would like to see. By the time I can go then a whole new bunch is out already, lol Oh yeah, love your little jars, so cute.
    Keep warm, we have more snow, and you know what that means.
    (((HUGS))) Susanne :)

  6. I love your little snow scene jars, Teresa, they are adorable! My next festive project is to make some pretty gift tags, and I have just finished my Christmas angel. Wishing you a wonderful festive week!
    Helen x

  7. Your jars are terrific, I love them. You are so creative. Glad you had little ones helping you, just think what they are learning from their ultra cool Grandmother. Have fun with your sisters and Shirley. Enjoy your movie and dinner.

  8. I LOVE these jars. I saw them on Pinterest. You did a great job!

  9. I love the lights in your home, Teresa! And you creative project, too :) Hope you and your sisters are having a happy adventure. xx

  10. I know those receiving the snow jars will be thrilled!

    Merry Christmas!


  11. Love your happy home Teresa and I can't wait to see it "up close and personal". How fun to make your snow scene jars with the boys. They're obviously learning craftiness and decorating, (the cottage), from grandma. :-). Hope you had fun with the girls.

  12. What cute snow scene jars Teresa... Just love them and how clever of Hayden to put Santa on the roof... How else could he deliver the gifts ? Hope you had fun on your adventure. :)

  13. Hi Teresa, Love your snow scene jars!!! Your home looks beautiful, happy and very festive!!! Have a great evening!!!

  14. Great job on the snow jars Teresa....I love them!!!! Sounds as if you will have a fun filled day with all the girls. So wish I could be there!! Enjoy your time at the movies...and dinner!
    xo Shari

  15. Those jars are beautiful!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  16. Teresa, the part I loved the most about this post is your grandson's decorating the house with Santa in the chimney. I'm so glad they live in such a warm and loving home. Merry Christmas to all....

  17. Teresa, You are certainty the Merry one and I love it!!! Love the snow scene jars. Those trees are the best. I hope you find more trees......what a wonderful gift!
    Hope your movie and outing was fun. What movie did you see?
    Happy Merry Days, xoRobin


I absolutely love comments and thank you so much for taking time to leave me a note. :-)