Thursday, December 31, 2009

Blog Hop List

Here's the list for our next blog hop.  If you get lost along the way, you can click on these links to find your way back.  Stay tuned, the posts will be up soon!

Helen Onulak
Jena DeVries
Jessica Booth
Carla Ironside
Lori Miller
Misty Jackson
Jen Patrick
Susan Brooks
Kathleen Androlewicz
Dawn Ross
Amy McVey
Antoinette Herrin
Jill Lucas
Barbra Otten
Lori Brown
Brae Montgomery
Wanda Riley
Adeline E. Brill
Kami Welter
Judy Burger
Pamela O'Connor
Cindy Leek
Mary Eisen
Sylvia Jacquot
Laura Dame
Melissa Laverty
Haley Dyer
Terrie Dodd
Katy Donaldson
Chris Shouse
Tammy Lea Pinchard
Krista Ritskes  Here I am!
Shannon Pelletier
Deb Young
Amy Edwards
Sheila Bennett
Kristie Herdener
Jen Rubio
Jody Gustafson
Sarita Schraeder
Laurie Levnik
Debra Van Patten
Kimberly Smith
Michelle Nist
Karen Norman
Traci Godbee
Nancy Brown
Maricar Harris
Nona Davenport
Laurie Newton
Dawn Heuft
Melissa Burch
Kim O'Rear
Michelle Bourlet
Angela Tutton
Jenifer Benner
Shirley Ross
Latisha Haag

Happy Hopping!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

My Advent Calendar

I saw the perfect advent calendar on Laurel Seabrook's blog and remembered seeing one like it in Creating Keepsakes last year.  So, when I saw the box at my local scrapbook store, Scrapbook Emporium, I knew I wanted to make one.  The little boxes are the perfect size for a couple of chocolate balls or bells, which is the perfect treat for my two little ones.

Laurel's was my inspiration for this one, down to which paper I used!  I used two papers from Jingle Level 2 and the two from Jingle Creative Basics, along with some old snowflake stickers I had, some punched with a Martha Stewart punch, and some from our glitter rub-ons as well as some white daisy rub-ons.  I also used our Twinkle brads and sparkles.  The numbers are clear stickers that come with the kit.  I do plan to cover the top and sides with paper as well, but we'll see when that happens.

It was so fun to watch the kids open each box and get so excited about the same treats.  I put a little note in #25 to tell them to go look in their boots for a bigger treat (a chocolate egg with smarties inside).  Christmas became so much more fun this year as our kids get older and can really enjoy it.  It's magical through their eyes!

Monday, December 21, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

I can hardly believe that Christmas is only four days away!  My daughter has started her first Christmas Break from school and we're having a relaxing day here at home.  My gifts are all bought, although not wrapped yet.  But I've got to get a move on that since we'll be opening them on Wednesday.  Why Wednesday? you ask.  It's a family tradition I grew up with.  My mom and dad are both from the Netherlands.  The Dutch celebrate Christmas, the gift-giving part of it, on December 5.  It's called Pakjies Dag, or Presents Day.  My dad immigrated to Canada when he was just 12 and his family adopted the Canadian tradition of opening gifts on Christmas morning.  My mom didn't come to Canada until she was in her 20s.  When they got married, they compromised.  They still wanted to keep Christmas Day about the real reason for celebrating, our Saviour's birth, so we always opened our gifts on the Saturday before Christmas.  My friends were actually jealous of me; I got my toys earlier than they did!
Fast forward to my first Christmas with my new husband.  Chris grew up with the traditional Christmas Day of opening gifts.  He liked the idea of keeping Christmas Day as a celebration of Jesus' birth.  We don't have a particular day; we just pick one that works for us and our schedules, making sure the kids have lots of time to enjoy their gifts.  The last couple of years we opened them on Boxing Day.  We don't do Christmas Eve because that is when our church celebrates with a special service.  So this year we decided on Wednesday, after nap and after Daddy gets home from work.  I guess we're just a little different.
My mom still likes to keep Christmas Day for Christ, but with my brother and I married and trying to arrange time, sometimes the only day we can get together with my family is on Christmas Day.  But Mom is trying to get us to the December 5th way of doing things.  I can pretty much guarantee we'll be doing things the dutch way next year.  I like it.  I love that I am dutch.  I'm proud of my heritage and would love to introduce my kids to Sinterklaas and Swarte Pete and the whole story of a wonderful, kind, giving man who put oranges and little gifts into the wooden shoes belonging to children all over Holland.  In fact, there's even some people in my home town who set it all up with people dressing as these characters and giving out little bags of peppernoten, ti-ties, little lolly-pops coated in sugar and yummy chocolate.  And of course, I'll be getting chocolate letters again this year.
So, to celebrate the Christmas season, here's the little bag I made for Arianna's teacher's gift card.

I used a sheet of Jingle Creative Basics, some Juniper ribbon that came with it, a gold eyelet, and the Thank You stamp set.  It was incredibly easy to make, which was what I needed since I made it the night before.  Nothing like the last minute!

Stay tuned to this blog on January 1st for another Stamp-of-the-Month blog hop and sneak peeks at brand new product from the Spring 2010 Idea Book!

Have a blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Happy Creating!