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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / It was a Very Grinchmas Eve on: January 10, 2019 04:23:01 PM
This year the theme for our Christmas Eve dinner was A Very Merry Grinchmas.

Table setting


One of my granddaughters choose all our Grinch names.

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / 2018 DIY Harry Potter ornaments on: November 30, 2018 11:07:11 AM
My daughter in law loved the Harry Potter floating books ornaments (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453933.0) I made for her last Christmas, so I made some new ornaments for her for Christmas 2018.

Professors Dumbledore, McGonagall and Snape portraits (2 x 2 )

Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans

Led Light up Cornish Pixies Lantern (with Property of Gilderoy Lockhart tag)

Hogwarts Express ticket

Sirius Black wanted poster

Harry Potters Gringotts vault key ornament

Golden Snitch

Luna Lovegood Glasses ornament


S.P.E.W ornament (Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare) with doll socks.

Fat Lady Door portrait

Remembrall ornament

Flying keys

Always ornament
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Easter Peeps Diorama Contest on: April 02, 2018 02:21:17 PM
Once again we had an Easter Peeps Diorama contest in the family. I helped my granddaughters with their Peeps Diorama entries because I am not comfortable letting them use the hot glue gun and the sewing machine yet.

My Peeps Diorama entry:
Verona, Italy
O Peepeo, Peepeo! wherefore art thou Peepeo?

Granddaughter 1 Peeps Diorama.
The Count of Peep Cristo (her own idea).

Granddaughter 2 Peeps Diorama
The Princess and the pea.

Working with peeps was a temptation for any sugar craving 7 years old kid  Cheesy This is what happen  Cheesy

The winner was my daughter in law with her Stranger Things Peeps Diorama (Stranger Things is a science fiction-horror Netflix series).

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Unicorn Cascarones 2018 on: March 30, 2018 11:26:03 AM
These are my 2018 cascarones for my granddaughters, pretty unicorns filled with bird seed.

It has been lots of fun planning and making Cascarones for 5 years now, it started as a fun activity for the girls (Cascarones is not a Cuban Easter tradition) that have evolved into an Easter tradition fot them. Every Easter my granddaughters smash the Cascarones with their godmother.
This year they will be sharing the fun with their 6 months old godsister, thats why the production increased to 30 cascarones, one dozen for each of my granddaughters and 6 for their baby godsister.

I also made a preserved unicorn cascaron glass bell jar for the baby as a souvenir of her first Easter. I am hoping will be meaningful gift, as the smashing of the cascarones is a childhood tradition of her mom. The egg was sterilized and kept hollow to kill and prevent any potential bacteria.

Now, to plan for next year Cascarones! =)
Happy Easter!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Cupids arrows &Love Potion (Cranberry Juice) for Granddaughters on: February 12, 2018 11:33:50 AM

I send mail to my seven years old granddaughters with silly cards, joke cards, motivational cards, good manners cards and holiday cards. This year I send them vintage Cupid cards for Valentine because they were very interested in learning about Cupid.
The girls stay with us usually once a month and these are the Valentine goodies that were waiting for them this past weekend.

Cupids Arrows
Children wooden toy bow and arrow set with red heart paper doilies. I took a lovely picture of them shooting the arrows in the backyard.

Love Potion
I made them this little Love Potion bottles with cranberry juice because they were fascinated with a set of Harry Potter potions I made for my daughter in law for Christmas. They found the idea of a love potion really interesting and fun.

Happy Valentines Day everyone!

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / A gift for an English Teacher on: December 25, 2017 08:01:51 PM
My daughter is an English Literature teacher, every Christmas I give her a little trinket for her classroom.
Her collection now is made up of an English Royal Guard, a Red Telephone Box, a Red London Double Decker Bus, An English Tea for One set, A Red Royal Mail Box and Big Ben.
This is my 2017 Christmas classroom gift for her.

                   Jane Austen Spoilers                                               
Pride and Prejudice   Emma   Sense and Sensibility
                    Everyone gets married

                   Shakespeare Spoilers
Hamlet    Macbeth      King Lear
                   Everyone dies

                    Hemingway Spoilers
The Sun Also Rises   For Whom the Bells Tolls   A Farewell to Arms
                   Everyone is cynical and drunk

                   Dickens Spoilers
Oliver Twist      Great Expectations     David Copperfield
                     Poor kid becomes rich kid
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Floating book ornaments on: December 22, 2017 07:03:36 AM
These Harry Potter floating book ornaments are for my daughter in law; she is a big HP fan. I followed a wonderful internet tutorial of how to make them. The only thing I changed is that my books have real HP book pages. I found mini printable HP books in Spanish and decided to use them instead of blank pages. I edited the tittles from Spanish to English, even when no one is going to read them.
I am happy of how they turn out but the flash reflections on the pictures are annoying.

This one is for my daughter. The book is the poem Los Zapaticos de Rosa (The Little Rose color Shoes) by Jos Mart (Cuban national hero, poet, writer, professor, journalist and translator). The poem teaches a great life lesson to children, compassion and empathy, to share and to understand that there are others kids less fortunate. In Cuba this poem is taught in elementary school and most Cuban children know it by heart (I still can recite the whole poem). The floating book have the whole poem.
I keep the tradition to give each child in the family his/her own copy of this book.

This one is for my sons girlfriend, is a picture of her beloved dog Shasta.

8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / R.N's & C.N.A's Christmas gifts on: December 21, 2017 08:35:50 AM
These are the little Christmas presents I put together for the R.Ns and C.N. As that so wonderfully take care of my dad in a nursing home.

The little Christmas cottages are from the great web page Wings of Wimsy and are filled with chocolates and mini candy canes.

9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Mothers Day Table Setting on: May 17, 2017 01:36:08 PM
Our home is the party location for all the celebrations for our family and while my husband insists that we use real cutlery (he hates plastic disposable cutlery) I demand disposable paper plates and cups.
To dress up the table while using disposable paper plates and plastic table cover and cups, I take a little time to add a few crafty touches.

For this Mothers Day celebration I added a flower print fabric runner.
I decorated the plastic cups with washi tape

I made a cake box centerpiece

Two vases made out of tin cans wrapped in rose scented drawer liners.

Mother's Day 2017

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Cubanitas Cascarones on: April 09, 2017 02:03:35 PM
In the historical colonial zone of Old Havana there are some female flower sellers wearing bright eye catching traditional dresses for tourists to take pictures of them or with them.
The ladies are licensed state workers and the places they can work and the number of ladies are controlled by the Old Havana Tourism Office (notice their ID badges)
Many tourists assume that these dresses are the traditional national Cuban dress, but they are not. These dresses and turbans are the authentic colonial period dress style of working women, such as flower, candy or fruit sellers, and were my inspiration for this years Cascarones (Confetti Eggs).

Cubanitas Cascarones

Once again, because I only make 2 dozen Cascarones (one dozen for each of my granddaughters) I like to make them with a theme. The eggs turbans are made of red crepe paper with red, purple, pink, hot pink and orange mini paper roses.

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