Friday, December 30, 2011

Best Christmas EVAH!‏

Those of you who watch children's animated movies may know this line from Tangled: "You're not leaving this tower . . . EVAH!"  My daughter often says it, yelling that last word and pronouncing it just as I've spelled it, so we've added it to our family vernacular.  You can frequently hear family and friends saying, "This is the the worst day . . . EVAH!"  or "I am the happiest mom . . . EVAH!"  Yes, we get strange looks when we're in public - but I'm in good company over here in Crazy Town, so I don't mind!  Back to Christmas . . . we had such a wonderful time.  I never realized how much more fun it would be to experience the traditions of my childhood through my children's eyes.  They are now both old enough to understand all of what is going on, and it was the best Christmas EVAH! because of that.  
We baked up a storm this year (remember this picture of our 100s of cookies!?!?!) and both kids helped out as much as they could.

My daughter got this amazing dollhouse from Santa (and my dad) - thus recreating the first and best memory I have of Christmas - I was 4 when I got my Barbie townhouse, complete with elevator!  To date, it was the best tangible Christmas present I had gotten...
Want to build your own - I found the plans here!
Until this year - when my mom went over and above and way beyond - and got me a Silhouette Cameo!  I was so overwhelmed I almost cried - ok, maybe I did cry just a little.  And I don't cry!  But, this was something I really wanted that I would never buy for myself and have not been lucky enough to win. 

The Cameo is amazing - see what I already made?  This really cool snowflake banner will replace my wreath which is now dropping needles when you so much as look at it sideways.  You can make one, too, and you don't even need a Cameo - just follow the tips and tricks from these great pins to cut out snowflakes from paper all by yourself. 

But, the Cameo is so much more fun, I'm not gonna lie.  And I already had the perfect cardstock - white on one side and with a subtle light blue pattern on the other.  That means I'm sticking to several of my NYR's - buy less, create more (more on that soon!) . . . wow, this year is really starting off with a bang!

I did cut the squares first - that made it a bit easier to pull them up and use them for a couple of cute winter cards.

I cut (from L to R) a 5" wide row (2 squares & 1 left-over 2" rectangle), a  3" wide row (4 squares), a 4" wide row (3 squares)
Then, I just taped the glittery yarn to the back of my snowflakes (giving them about 6" of room to flutter), and voila - banner, done.  

Here are the cards: I plan to use them for thank-you notes. 
 If only they'd write themselves . . .

The possibilities are truly endless with cameo - I've already created a couple of my own designs - I'll share more on that soon!

Thanks, Mom & Dad (and everyone else!) for the best Christmas EVAH!

I like to party here -
Make Something Mondays at Sarahndipities    
Handmade Tuesdays at Ladybug Blessings     Tip Me Tuesday at Tip Junkie     Get Your Craft On at Today's Creative Blog     Tutorial Tuesday at Newlyweds on a Budget 
Show and Tell Linking Party at Blue Cricket Design     We Did It! Wednesday at Sew Much Ado     Your Whims Wednesdasy at My Girlish Whims  
Things I've Done Thursday at Bear Rabbit Bear      Home for the Holidays at Uncommon      Taking Time-Out Thursday at Mom On Timeout      Create and Share at The Trendy Treehouse 
Latest and Greatest Friday at Days of Chalk and Chocolate     Winter Wonderland at igottacreate   Frugalicious Friday at Finding Fabulous   Freestyle Friday at Happy Hour Projects    Shine on Friday at Happy Go Lucky    Featured Friday at Blissful and Domestic
   It's a Hodgepodge Friday at It's a Hodgepodge Life    Featured Friday at Toys in the Dryer    
Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My Hands      Tickled Pink at 504 Main      Scrappy Saturdays at Candace Creations     A Pinteresting Link Party at Here's to Handy Andy
Not Baaad Sundays with Lamb Around    Lisa's Linky Party at Lisa's Craft Blog
A Holiday Linky Party at The Southern Product Queen    Winter Wonderland at igottacreate      Christmas Craft Marathon at Lisa's Craft Blog    Christmas Traditions at JDaniel4's Mom   DIY Holiday Highlights at DIY Show Off  

1 comment:

  1. So jealous of your Cameo! Glad you had such a fabulous Christmas :) Thank you so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday. Hope to see you again this week!

    Trish - Mom On Timeout


I read all your comments - and I'll respond if you aren't a no-reply blogger!