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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Belated Christmas Ornaments - Bride to Be & Political Ornaments - on: January 29, 2016 09:56:53 AM
Valentines Day is fast approaching but because I never had the time to post these Christmas ornaments (holiday gatherings and lots of family birthdays in January) I am posting them now; better late than never.

Bride to Be Ornament for my Future Daughter in Law

Political Ornaments for opposite political party family members. We have a lot of fun with these ones and took really funny family pictures with them.

Now, onto Valentines' Day crafting!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Harry Potter Ornaments on: January 29, 2016 09:56:04 AM
I am loving all these HP ornaments, the treats bags is very cue but I adore the quill holder.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Pom Pom tomte/nisse on: January 29, 2016 09:53:37 AM
Very cute couple, they are lovely.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Sorting Hat Ornament on: January 29, 2016 09:51:25 AM
So cute and perfect. Great HP ornament.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Harry Potter 'Hogwarts Portrait' Ornaments on: January 29, 2016 09:49:32 AM
Very pretty HP ornaments, very creative.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: A Krampus Sleigh on: January 29, 2016 09:46:15 AM
OMG! This is great! I am getting inspired to do some Krampus relate ornament for my daughter for Christmas 2016, she will love it.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2015 Tree/Decoration-Along! on: December 11, 2015 12:37:09 PM
kittykill, I also like to learn about Christmas traditions around the world. That's why I know all about Sweden Christmas celebration of Saint Lucia.
Are you displaying a St Lucia doll in December 13? If you do, please share the picture.
Merry Christmas everyone!
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2015 Tree/Decoration-Along! on: December 10, 2015 02:17:55 PM
steiconi, I love your white tree and your teal clock.
kittykill, your pink tree is giving me ideas ... pink is my favorite color! and I think I should copy yours and have a pink tree just for me.
Abberoad that picture is adorable. My 27 years old sons refuse to help me decorate the tree now, but when they were little that was our family activity after Thanksgiving dinner.

We got our Christmas Tree up the day after Thanksgiving.


The Three Wise Men ornaments were a gift from my future daugher in law last Christmas. It's a lovely and sweet gift because she remembered that Dia de Reyes (Three King Day) was my childhood tradition.

Known formally as the Feast of the Epiphany, Da de Reyes commemorates the visit of the three kings or the Magi to Baby Jesus. Boys and girls write their letters to the Three Kings or to their favorite King: Melchior, Caspar or Balthasar and put out something to eat and drink for the Kings and also water and grass for the camels. On the morning of January 6 children find their presents by their beds.
My husband and I decided that because our children were born here in the USA, they were going to believe in Santa Claus and we will keep our tradition of Nochebuena (Chrismas Eve celebration) for our family. It has work out really well for us and our son in law and our sons' fiance and girlfriend love to celebrate with us in Christmas Eve.

These victorian girls are a gift from my husband.

I have the 12 Days of Christmas ornaments or the 12 wheels of cheese as my daughter calls it =)

I always have a Nativity set under the tree. With 20 Nativity sets now, the collection keeps expanding =)

Coffee table Nativity

End table Nativity

Bookcase Nativities. Yes, I am a Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie nerd Wink

Dinning room divider Nativity

Fireplace Nativity
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Its a Small World 5th Birthday Party (Image overload) on: August 17, 2015 09:36:12 AM
My twin granddaughters are starting kindergarten today!  I cant believe it! These five years are gone so fast. This year their birthday party theme was Its a Small World.

Cant take credit for the cake, it was ordered.
Cake table with girls cultural heritage dolls (Mexico, USA, Cuba, Germany and Japan). Poster ordered from Overnight prints.

I made the cupcakes. I took the Oriental Trading Co. Kids of the World line and made cupcake toppers matching the kids graphic of the favor boxes. I took one of the girls graphic and frankensteined =) to create an American cowgirl and a Cuban girl.

The centerpieces were dolls around the world. I found a bag of vintage Arco Dolls of the World in my local thrift store for $ 9.99. The bag had 6 Greek dolls, 2 Scottish dolls, 2 African dolls, 2 Italian dolls, 1Dutch doll, 1 Sweetish doll and 1 Polish doll.
I wanted to highlight the girls cultural heritage (The girls have maternal Cuban grandparents, paternal Japanese Great-grandmother, German Great- Great-grandfather and Mexican Great-grandparents), so armed with the glue gun, ribbons, lace trims and craft pearls I turn 4 of the Greek dolls into a Cuban doll, a Mexican doll, and an American doll. The other Greek doll was dress up with a red kimono from another doll that I bought at the same thrift store another day. The second Dutch doll was turn into a German doll by using the skirt from the second Italian doll and some lace trim.





South Africa



I took this picture from Disneyland's Its a Small World ride as inspiration to design the centerpieces and wrote Hello, Friend and Family in the language of each doll.

Favor Boxes The favor boxes, crayons and passports are from Oriental Trading Co.  Small world globe balls from eBay and DIY Its a Small World coloring book.

Countries Station Table Kids traveled with their passport to get a passport sticker stamp and a souvenir from each country:
Japan Origami paper

Germany - Pretzels

Mexico Lucha Libre Paper Masks and Calavera Paper Masks

Cuba DIY Cohiba Cigar Box with Cuban Cigars (twist candy bars with DIY cigar labels)

Food:  Cuba Cuban Macaroni Salad
          Japan Sushi California rolls
          Mexico Mexican-style grilled chicken
          Germany Frankfurter (hot dogs)

Photo Props Table with hats and props from around the world.

I designed the party invitations by borrowing Disneyland Paris Its a Small World 50 Anniversary celebration schedule poster. Coloring book cover, photo props sign and favor boxes tag were designed by using other borrowed Its a Small World graphics.

The girls dresses took over two months to plan because the You and Me fabric from the Good Earth Collection by Alexander Henry is discontinued; I was able to find only yard on Etsy. Then I found the Out to Sea fabric with a world map print by Sara Jane for Michael Miller Fabrics and by combining both fabrics I designed a simple Its a Small World summer dress.  Even when it cant not be seen, the top part of the dress is lined with the Hello fabric in blue (the print is the world Hello in many languages) from the Good Earth Collection by Alexander Henry.

It was so much fun planning and making all the crafts for this birthday party. Next year I have a wedding to craft for, my son is engaged to be married and the bride likes my ideas, yay!

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Call the Midwife Crochet Baby Blanket on: July 11, 2015 11:07:08 PM
Being a fan of the BBC/PBS show Call the Midwife, I love all the vintage clothes, props and crochet baby blankets from the show. Searching for a crochet baby blanket pattern on line, for my nieces baby girl, I found the pattern for this crochet blanket from their 2012 Christmas Special. Here it is, in hot pink splendor! (Bernat Softee Baby Soft Red yarn)

Call the Midwife screenshot & blanket pattern by littlemonkeyscochet.com

And because I love photo props, I made her a Crochet Shell Headband, Diaper Cover and Baby Slippers Set and two Lace Crowns.

Every little girl is a Princess. Every Princess needs a Crown, or two!

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