“O Christmas Tree” – One Die, Five Cards

The custom of the Christmas tree began in Germany and was traditionally decorated with such things as apples, nuts, or other foods. In the 18th century, candles were added to illuminate the tree. Candles were eventually replaced by Christmas lights with the discovery of electricity.

When we lived in Connecticut, I heard the story that the first Christmas tree in America was in Windsor Locks in 1777, where a Hessian soldier put up a tree while imprisoned at the Noden-Reed House. There were also tales of the first German settlers to Pennsylvania erecting a tree in 1816. I’m sure there are even other cities that claim fame to this tradition to celebrate the season.

We put our tree up about a week before Christmas, although with the addition of three kittens (dropped in our neighborhood) we didn’t have one up last year. I’m hopeful they will settle down this year so  I can once again decorate with my favorite ornaments.

So, it’s no surprise that today I did five cards with my CountryScapes – Woods 4 Holiday Evergreen & Trimmings (1093). One die created five looks to this simple die. If you’re stressed, like I am, realizing there are just 50 days until Christmas (eek!) then quick cards are the answer.

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Joy of Giving

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When I was growing up, one of the most profound things that I remember about my mother was her joy of giving. She did homemade gifts and baked goods for friends and family, but also gave her time unselfishly to help others. I’d like to think it’s in my genes too as I find great joy in giving as well.

November is my birthday month and I can’t think of anything I’d love better than giving presents to others. So, starting this week and the weeks to follow in my birthday month, I’ll be making projects that will be part of  giveaways, so stay tuned on my blog and Facebook page for more details on how to enter each week.

This week I’ve done a Poinsettia, from CountryScapes – Backyard 4 (1079), on a glass cabochon. It’s sealed with Ice Resin, which gives the paper flower a porcelain-like finish. The poinsettia cabochon will come in a gift box with my Garden Notes Poinsettia (1090) on a slip-off band. Aren’t presents fun?!

Click here for a helpful video on Garden Notes – Poinsettia

To enter this week’s giveaway…

For this week’s giveaway, I will be sending the lucky winner the Poinsettia cabochon from today’s post in a gift box that is decorated with my Garden Notes Poinsettia (1090) on a slip-off band. In addition, Elizabeth Craft Designs is also getting in on the ‘giving’ and you will receive a die to recreate a mini flower cabochon necklace of your own! You can choose from 1 of the 4 dies I’ve used to create the necklaces. In order to enter, comment on this post – ‘who you would give this gift to and why’. The winner will be announced on Saturday, November 7th.

Dies you could win (1 of the 4):

  1. Susan’s Garden Club – CountryScapes – Backyard 4 Snow Decor (1079)
  2. Susan’s Garden Club – Garden Patch – 7/8-inch & Mini Leaves (1004)
  3. Susan’s Garden Club – Garden Patch – 1-inch & Mini Daisy & Chrysanthemum (1003)
  4. Susan’s Garden Club – Garden Patch – 1 1/2-inch & Mini Roses (1001)

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Victorian Haunted House

Victorian Haunted House…

If you’re noticing the countryside where you live, I bet it’s dotted with pumpkin stands, corn mazes, and haunted houses. It certainly is here in the South and my project reflects one of my fondest memories–a haunted house.

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Our daughters were five and seven when we went to a haunted house as a family. Thinking back, it might not have been the best idea with small children, but they wanted to go, so we did. However, at the front door we were greeted by the scariest ghoul and Kelly literally jumped into my arms, buried her head in my chest and remained there until the end!

During the daytime, these houses look as if they’ve been forgotten, but at night, well, you get the picture from my card. I used my CountryScape dies to recreate a charming Victorian, neglected by time, but still has that curiosity factor to entice you in~eek!

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Garden Club Social – Apple Picking

Take Time…

 

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“Take time to do what makes your Soul happy.”

 

Above, I’ve posted one of my favorite quotes, which I included in my ‘Seeds of Thought’ stamp collection. I learned this lesson all too well after losing our daughter to breast cancer in 2010. In the spirit of taking time to make my Soul happy, I decided to drive to my sister’s home in southwestern Virginia and spend some time with her.

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November 2015

Over the River and Through the Woods…

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For me, November is the start of the holidays. The air has a chill, the trees still have some color, pots of flowering Kale have replaced fading perennials, and squirrels are aflutter gathering acorns for the winter. All of the sudden, Thanksgiving quickly approaches at the end of the month. Some of my fondest memories will always be of helping my mother prepare Thanksgiving dinner in November.

I chose Birch trees as my focal point of this month’s calendar. In every home we’ve lived in, I’ve made sure to plant a cluster of Birch trees – they’re one of my favorites. The leaves turn a beautiful golden yellow as autumn sets in. In front of the stonewall, the Birch trees have created a welcoming entrance to my Grandmother’s house. I hope this calendar brings back warm autumn memories for you as well.

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