Wednesday, 5 December 2012

2012 - 1st gift from the elves

This morning our elves brought us a new Christmas movie  - good one too!

Christmas card-making class

More cards and boxes from Christmas card-making class


Here's a foldable box card and a corner bookmark
 

A card and a box for a chocolate

Classes are over but lots of great ideas were gathered.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Crafting

My corkboard with some crafts on it

Mandala class

Here are a few mandalas I did at home.  The ones from class will be posted later

Christmas card & projects class

1st class - basket & card

2nd class - gift-card card and snowman wrapping topper

Friday, 16 November 2012

Drawing class



I've started a drawing class - for dummies type of thing.  I'm at my 5th class (there are 7 in all).  here are pictures of my  masterpieces.
Week 1 = tree
Week 2 = bottle with fruits
Week 3= apple
Week 4 = fruit bowl
Week 5 = flowers ... the picture of this one was taken before it was completely finished.  It looks much better now.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Halloween 2012

Well this year was a very small Halloween.  No Halloween parties.  However, I did get dressed (a little) for work & to hand out candies... we had 126 trick or treaters.
Where's Waldo?  Où est Charlie?

Saturday, 27 October 2012

More card-making class projects

These are the 2 cards we made this week.  A baby card and a lollipop

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Special project class 1

Today was 'Halloween' themed.  1 small gift box & 1 multiple fold card

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Card-making

I have been taking some card-making classes during my lunch-hour at work. Here are some pics of those I've made and still haven't given away. Didn't think of taking pictures of them all before.











Card making class is finished for now.  Next week is 4 weeks of  'special projects' made out of paper, no idea what that'll be about and then it will be followed by 4 weeks of Christmas cards.  Costs $10 for 4 lunch-hours (2 cards per class) and all material is supplied.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Halloween craft 2012

One day I'll have a Harry Potter Halloween party, so meanwhile I'm trying to craft some things that might be used for that party but also right now.
Here's my Platform 9 3/4 sign for the Hogwart's Express.
Bought a wooden plaque from the dollarstore.  Put some Gesso on it (paint that you put on wood so that the other paint doesn't sink in the wood).  Then I traced the letters & the circle on the plaque.  Mixed some red & black acrylic paint (to give the brick-red hue) and did the background, being careful not to paint over my traced letters.  After that I painted all the beige parts (mix of gold & white) and afterwards traced with the black paint.  Since I'm no good at tracing the circle isn't as round as what I'd drawn but hey, it still works ;)

Got the idea from here:
http://www.amazon.com/Harry-Potter-Hogwarts-Express-Platform/dp/B000QH0EXK

Here's mine :


Wednesday, 22 August 2012

More Handmade gifts for Christmas 2012

I have some friends at work and 'hockey' friends to which I've been giving handmade gifts for the last 3 years.  I finished making these last week - I keep one for me & 1 for mom.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Headstart on Christmas 2012

Ok, so I've started making some crafts for Christmas 2012.
Here is what my kids will be getting from the elves.. it's their ornament for this year.
Didn't have a pattern but got a few ideas from pics on the net.




Wednesday, 25 July 2012

CIJ 2012 - day 25 Merry Christmas in July!!

This is the last day of my CIJ posts – it was fun to find all those things to put in my blog. For the last day I thought I’d post some Christmas window displays – they do bring out the Christmas magic!


Fortnum & Mason – London (Source: http://tchoubi.blogspot.com/search/label/No%C3%ABl )



Tiffany’s
http://iloveshoplifting.wordpress.com/2010/12/16/christmas-at-tiffanys-tiffany-co-holiday-2010-fifth-avenue/












Hamley’s
http://www.pureholidayhomes.com/article/christmas-in-london-shopping-and-days-out-in-the-capital/112


Galeries Lafayette (Source: http://www.doitinparis.com/weekend-getaway/christmas-paris-6608/)









Ogilvy (Source: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2746/4199886245_4cd72dc187_z.jpg)










Barney’s NYC (Source: http://www.maricazottino.com/blog/?p=2015)










Fendi NYC (Source: http://nyclovesnyc.blogspot.com/2010/11/fifth-avenue-christmas-holiday-window.html)










Selfridges London http://www.handbag.com/fashion/features/top-10/top-10-festive-shop-windows-92765









Tuesday, 24 July 2012

CIJ 2012 - day 24 Treat Tuesday

Source : http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Hawaiian-Dessert
Hawaiian Dessert Recipe













Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + chilling
Yield: 24 Servings

Ingredients
• 1 package (18-1/4 ounces) yellow cake mix
• 3 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
• 4 cups cold milk
• 1-1/2 teaspoons coconut extract
• 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
• 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, well drained
• 2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped and sweetened
• 2 cups flaked coconut, toasted

Directions

• Mix cake batter according to package directions. Pour into two greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pans. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until the cakes test done. Cool completely.

• In a large bowl, combine pudding mixes, milk and coconut extract; beat for 2 minutes. Add the cream cheese and beat well. Stir in pineapple.

• Spread over the cooled cakes. Top with whipped cream; sprinkle with coconut. Chill for at least 2 hours. Yield: 24 servings.

Monday, 23 July 2012

CIJ 2012 - day 23 Merry Monday

Last week of CIJ 2012!! Merry Monday


I’m thinking of some more party themes – Mele kalikimaka is a good one… Merry Christmas in Hawaiien. Beach Christmas. Love that song in the ‘Christmas vacations’ movie.

Santa ornament (Source: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Santa-Claus-Gone-Beach-Christmas-Ornament-/290725769597). I’m thinking I can MAKE something that looks like this… would be great for the kids next year (already working on this year’s ornaments).














Movie : Christmas vacation














Song:   Mele Kalikimaka (A Hawaiian Song)

*pronounced meh-leh kah-lee-kee-mah-kah

Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say on a bright Hawaiian Christmas Day
That's the island greeting that we send to you from the land where palm trees sway
Here we know that Christmas will be green and bright
The sun to shine by day and all the stars at night
Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii's way to say Merry Christmas to you

Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say on a bright Hawaiian Christmas day
That's the island greeting that we send to you from the land where palm trees sway
Here we know that Christmas will be green and bright
The sun to shine by day and all the stars at night
Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii's way to say Merry Christmas to you

Here we know that Christmas will be green and bright
The sun to shine by day and all the stars at night
Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii's way to say Merry Christmas to you

Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say on a bright Hawaiian Christmas Day
That's the island greeting that we send to you from the land where palm trees sway
Here we know that Christmas will be green and bright
The sun to shine by day and all the stars at night
Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii's way to say Merry Christmas

A very Merry Christmas, a very, very, Merry, Merry Christmas to you

Can be downloaded on Amazon : http://www.amazon.com/Mele-Kalikimaka/dp/B000W0CT9I

You can listen to a sample here : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000W11HJ0/ref=dm_mu_dp_trk6


Sunday, 22 July 2012

CIJ 2012 - day 22 Suprise Sunday

Gingerbread craft!! Now there are LOTS of Gingerbread crafts on the web! Here are a few different ones:


Source: http://embroiderygarden.blogspot.ca/2009/10/new-holiday-towel-ginger-legs.html













Can be bought here: http://thewoodshopintn.com/catalog.php?category=11&page=all



And don’t forget the half-eaten gingerbread men… like the ones I made for the teens last year.
See post from…July 30th 2010

Saturday, 21 July 2012

CIJ 2012 - day 21 Santa Saturday

Love this cake! (Source: http://cakesbymay.blogspot.ca/2010/12/five-tier-wedding-cake-this-cake-says.html) of course, it is a bit too complicated for me but it would be a great cake for Christmas.. the kids would love it.
Source: http://cakecentral.com/gallery/92690/sleeping-santa



I might manage one like this one though:
Source: http://spoonful.com/christmas/christmas-recipes/christmas-desserts/santa-cake/8663





Friday, 20 July 2012

CIJ 2012 - day 20 Fa-La-La Friday Family Film

I’ve got an idea with all the Gingerbread & sweets this week. It’s not really a Christmas movie per say but it’s got the ‘Christmas Spirit’


Chitty-chitty-bang-bang. I love this movie, it is magical

 



 Some fun information: (Source: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062803/trivia )


Lionel Jeffries played Dick Van Dyke's father, despite the fact that Dick Van Dyke is actually six months older than Jeffries.

Phil Collins claims he was one of the children storming the castle at the end of the film but was edited out because of a rather large and unsightly bandage on his head that was covering a cyst.

Baron Bomburst's castle is Neuschwanstein, built between 1869 and 1886 for the Bavarian King Ludwig II, "The Mad King of Bavaria". This castle is also famously known as the model for the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, which was the symbol of the Disney Television programs Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color and it's successors "Walt Disney Presents (1958)" and "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1962)".

The musical number 'Toot Sweets' took three weeks to film and involved 38 dancers, 40 singers, 85 musicians and 100 dogs.

The name Toot Sweet is a play on "tout suite", a French expression meaning "right away" or "quickly".