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Friday, December 30, 2011

Winter Garland

Amazing how this year has flown by...or so it seemed to me!  One of my resolutions for the 2011 year was to be a little more productive and step outside of my comfort zone.  I think I accomplished it, even though it was hard to find the time and simply immerse myself in my passion: stamping, card making, swaps, ...

After a long week of being sick (bronchitis & nasty upper respiratory infection), I managed to play a little in my crafty messy corner.

Ending 2011 with a little gift for a co-worker who I happened to be her Secret Santa, I made her a winter garland.  I tried so hard not to give her anything handmade by me, so that I wouldn't give myself away.  I finally finished this winter garland for her.

I love making garlands!  They're so easy and fast to make!


But for now, this garland will hang in my living room for a week, before I go back to work, and present it to Christie.

Stay healthy!
Hugs,
Oliva

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011

Our hearts grow tender with childhood
memories and love of kindred, and we
are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.
~Laura Ingalls Wilder


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Busy, busy, busy...

I can't believe Christmas is almost here!!!
Even though I had everything so well planned, I don't have enough hours to do it all.  For example, I had made plenty of Christmas cards, but I guess not enough since I had to make 25 quick last minute ones!

This year I put up the lights all by myself, and see how even they are!  Hubby's shoulder is still giving him issues.

Finally the trees are all trimmed and ready for Christmas!

Last Saturday I paid a visit to the Post Office and mailed several packages and our cards.  I have one more package to mail out for a swap partner, and it will be my last visit to the Post Office...woohoo!

Tomorrow night, I'm baking 6 dozen cookies for a cookie swap for Tuesday night.  I haven't yet decided what to make.  Well, at least I have tons of butter!
My To Do list is getting longer rather than shorter:
 ~grocery shopping for Christmas dinner
~Christmas gift shopping for our teenage nephews and niece
~baking
~clean house
~shopping for Hubby's gifts & birthday gift 01/03
~blah, blah, blah, ...
"Calgon...take me away!"


Merry Christmas!


Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Matchbox Swap

I received this beautiful Christmas altered matchbox from Tee at Creations by Tee.

The box is filled with lots of treasures!

...and more goodies...
Sorry about the blurry pictures...I wasn't wearing my glasses, and my camera's batteries were about to die!!!


Isn't this altered notebook just darling!  Not only is it beautiful but it has this precious handmade stickpin that Tee made!
Thank you Tee!  I love my matchbox!


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Bloggerette Christmas Ornament Swap

The mail carrier has been busy lately!  I received another package.  Debi at Bloggerette Sorority hosted a Christmas Ornament Exchange and we were to make a homemade Christmas ornament and the other store bought.  My partner is the ubber talented Kim at Tabby's Place
She made this beautiful unique Christmas ornament using a tin mold.  Wow!!!


...and also this gorgeous silver spoon!!!



I am one lucky girl!  Thank you Kim!!!
Yours are on its way to you.  I hope that you'll like yours as much as I love yours!
 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Days 1, 2, 3


Day 1: green Christmas glitter

Day 2: hot tea to keep me warm while crafting...

Day 3: teeny tiny House Mouse stamp...

Isn't he just adorable!  Which leads me to...

...a little Christmas cheer around the house.  I am displaying my House Mouse Nativity scene in our dining room.  So sweet!
I found the milk glass over the summer at one of our local thrift stores.  Love those stores!

Enjoy your day! 


Friday, December 2, 2011

Fresh Cut Friday

When I think of Christmas, I think poinsettias and at this time of the year you see them everywhere!  What's so interesting to me is that in the last several years different kinds of poinsettias have been introduced.  For example, couple of years ago, there was one that came out and it look just like a rose or peony.  Now for the first time I have seen the following poinsettia...   

It's not your typical red.  I don't know what they call this one, but its colors are more fallish/autumnal.  I received this beautiful poinsettia for my birthday.

Over 20 years ago, my Hubby and I visited Guadalajara (Mexico)during the month of July, and it seemed that just about every one's gardens had poinsettias.  I thought that it was the most beautiful sight I've ever seen.


I actually like the Spanish name for this flower: Flor de Noche Buena (Christmas Eve flower or Holy Night flower).

Please stop by Liz at Rose Vignettes, and visit other bloggers' beautiful fresh cuts! 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Altered Art

I received this beautiful altered art treasure box from the very talented Mercedes at All Things Pretty.
I participated in a swap and I was very lucky to have her as my swap partner.


Sorry about the blurry picture, but this gives you an idea of what I found inside this precious box.  Not only did she decorate the outside, but she also beautifully did the inside.  And of course, every treasure box must have a key to unlock it!


Through Mercedes I have been introduced to the world of vintage altered art.  I have not yet grasp it completely, but I'm learning.
Thank you Mercedes!


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

25 & Counting

I had always wanted to make a Christmas Advent calendar, and finally had the opportunity to do so.  I made this advent calendar at a stamp camp about 2 weeks ago.




Now...I have all the materials to make one for my 2 young nephews.  Let's see...I have what 1 day to make one and deliver it all the way to Yuma!?!  I think this is a summer project...


Monday, November 28, 2011

Secret Santa Advent Christmas Swap

The mail carrier rang once and this is what was waiting for me...my much anticipated matchbox Advent Christmas Swap from my Secret Santa!

Nicely wrapped in linen and tulle...
Monogrammed just for me!

The BIG reveal!  A beautifully decorated box.

Two slide boxes to pull that holds 25 tiny gifts!  One for each day until Christmas!

I get to find out on Christmas Day who my Secret Santa is!!!

 This swap was hosted by JoAnne from Vintage Dragonfly.

I have mailed mine out last Saturday, and should arrive at its destination sometime tomorrow Tuesday!!!


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Post It Note Holder Swap

I participated in a Post It Note Holder Swap hosted by Tee at Creations by Tee.  We were paired in teams and my swap partner was Karen from Karen's Monday Musings

Karen is a fellow Arizonan from Tucson, and she is one talented lady.  Take a look at what she created for me...  


Once I untied the ribbon, it opened up to this...


Every single touch and detail was well thought out.  It's a little square treasure.
Thank you Karen!