I forgot to share the gifts I made at Christmas for my twin sisters. We long ago decided not to exchange gifts at Christmas. Everyone usually shows up to the party with one wrapped gift and we all pick a gift and steal from others if so inclined.
I decided I wanted to do something extra for my sisters so I stole this picture of them from my moms photo album and made these little.....gee I don't know what to call them! I copied was inspired by Lori at my faerie window. She made the cutest gifts for a group of bloggers that came to Virginia last May. I used to small gift boxes from Macy's as the base.
I also used to gift boxes to make these ornaments for them.
Last weekend I mentioned I was working on my journal for The Remains of the Day online class. It's so addicting creating this thing...I didn't even want to stop to eat. Therefore my Christmas Tree did not come down over New Years. I urge you to check out the blog for the class and consider doing it!
We have a box of PAPERS in our basement that we've had for TEN years....it's full of stuff from my husbands Grandfather, who passed away in the 60's. I guess they packed up his little apartment and these were all things that got thrown into a box. Little things that he kept...that my husbands family could never bear to throw away. I searched through that box and came up with a treasure trove of ephemera. I'm swimming in it.
the pipe cleaner pack above is also now a pocket....a tag can be slipped into it for journaling the days events. There's a business card at the top of a tobacco salesman, his grandfather was in the tobacco industry in North Carolina. On the right is a lift up page with another pocket.
My family kept asking what in the world was I working on for all those days....I showed my daughter and she said "wait...I don't get it...what are you doing with this stuff?" so I explained it all to her....how cool it was that I was using all this ephemera from her GREAT GRANDFATHER and she had a blank stare on her face. She said "so you're making a book?" No.....I explained.....it will be a journal when I'm done, where I can write thoughts, quotes, record things....and she said "thats the part I don't get!" So maybe it is a little "out there" and I know MOST people don't get it...but I knew my friends in Blogarita Ville would appreciate it!
a few of these images are things I've found on the internet and stockpiled for my scrap stash. I think the image on the left is from The Graphics Fairy...she has fantastic graphics for FREE. I'm sure you all know about Karen already. She's so incredibly sweet to share her images.
So I'm knee deep in scraps and ephemera but loving every minute of it. At least it's finally being used or dealt with some way and not sitting in a box (although there is still tons of stuff in that box) I might set the stopwatch and take down my tree in record time this weekend so I can get over the guilt of it still being up and get on with my life!
One last little treasure I found in that box.....a Valentine my husband made when he was about 7 years old for his parents.....he even used a little doily! I brought it upstairs to show him and hung it on my white wreath. This is one of a very few things that his mom saved that he made. It must have meant the world to her to hold onto it all those years!