Friday, November 23, 2007

Advent Calendars

Here are some Advent Calendars I made from some 5"x 5" 2007 calendar magnets from where my Son works. They were going to toss them and I asked if I could have them. :-)

They are a little bigger than the coaster advent calendars that a lot of gals are making. As I continue to make them, I keep coming up with different ideas on how to secure the numbers. I think I like the Velcro the best. And, I keep trying to figure out a different way to make the numbers.....I used some chipboard circles the last few I made. They are a lot easier than punching out tags.

I have tons more ready to embellish.....but think I am running out of time to give them by December 1st.
The papers used were Vintage Holiday from TAC which has been discontinued, Basic Grey Figgy Pudding, Tinker Bell background paper, and I also used my Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder on cardstock. I even helped my Sister make a double hanging magnet with a Mickey Mouse theme....but we forgot to get a photo of that one....dang!
I was asked to make a Wedding one....countdown to a wedding....that should be fun!!!
Hope all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!! We had friends and family over and had a great time just visiting after dinner, recalling things from our childhood days and sharing funny stories and of course, telling jokes!
Today, we are headed to see our Granddaughters and take them shopping....WHAT WAS I THINKING.......completely forgot about today being Black Friday! Oh well, it will be worth it to see the girls!!
Now to get busy creating some Christmas cards! :-)
Have a great weekend!!!!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

I haven't been able to be online much due to severe neck and shoulder stiffness and spasms.......but wanted to hop online this morning and wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving!!!

I have been working on some Advent calendars using some 5x5 magnets my Son got from work. I will take photos of them and post them later today.

There are so many things to be thankful for....yes, even neck and shoulder pain as I was able to 'find time' to sit and get caught up on some things I have let go an afghan and also my advent calendars. I could work on them in stages from my sofa.

I am thankful for family and friends. Altho I miss my parents even more this time of year, I am thankful for so many wonderful memories of years gone by.

As I think of those that have been in horrific storms, tornadoes and other disasters.....and have to start all over and others that are going thru countless other things in their lives, I am so thankful for so many things that we oftentimes take for granted.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, let's take a few moments to be consciously aware of our surroundings and the many things in life we take for granted that others may not even have in their lives.

Also, please remember to pray for our troops!!!!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

November already

Yikes, where on earth DOES the time go? It seems that it was just halloween, a couple of days ago, and we were passing out goodies to the neighborhood kids. Now, today, someone mentioned on TV that it's just 45 days till Christmas. What happens to Thanksgiving? It seems to get forgotten among the hustle and bustle of preparing for Christmas.

I refuse to put up Christmas decorations till the day after Thanksgiving. IF I even put them up this year. I thought I would NEVER hear myself say that.....but for some reason, I just can't get that excited this year. I plan on enjoying the Fall and colors of fall for the rest of this month and then I'll decide ;-)

Here is a little something I have been working on to give to my grandkids for Advent. I saw something similar to this on many blogs recently, using coasters....but when my Son gave me a pile of 2007 magnetic calendars from work that they were going to toss.....the thought just hit me....I can use THOSE!! They are 5x5 and the entire thing will stick to your refrigerator.

I cut the tags out using my Big Shot and a Sizzix die. But....then I decided to use my die punch and the process went a lot faster. I didn't have the smaller die punch so I used the next sized down, square punch and I will upload that calendar as soon as I am finished with it. The kids should have fun changing the numbers every day and they can keep the extras in a plastic box (that comes with our stamps).
These are SO MUCH fun!!!! Of course, this paper pack, Vintage Holiday, is now discontinued and sold out, so I will have to get Merry Wishes to complete my next one.
Off to go play some more!!!