Banner day…

Here are some pictures of my Christmas craft from this year.

I got the idea at Thanksgiving with this Thankful banner I found at the Centsational Girl blog.  I made my own and a few for family, you can see mine here.

My sister loved hers so much that she asked for a Christmas banner.  She wanted one that was green, gold and red.  She said it reminded her of the Victorian type of arts and crafts that you see in the most recent ‘Little Women’ movie that came out in 1994.   I am not an expert on Victorian arts and crafts but I think the banner turned out well.  I let her pick the saying.  It’s hard to see in these pictures but it says ‘Peace on Earth’.

Banner 1.1 - Copy

My sister loves it and I can honestly say it looks much better in person than in these poorly lighted pics taken with my phone.

Banner 2.1

I used the Jasmine font Cricut cartridge for the letters. Boo and I added glitter to the edges of the base and clear coated them before adding the scrapbook paper.

Banner 3.1

I bought the holly berries and gold pinecone floral pieces at the dollar store.

Sully’s mom has a holiday party every year and I usually coordinate my holiday craft with her theme.  This year it’s snowmen and snowflakes, so I made banners with ‘Let it Snow’ on them.


I used the Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge for the snowflakes.

Sully’s mom requested a banner with ‘Believe’ on it.  Here’s that one…


Boo and I mixed white, silver and white flake glitter together for the large snowflakes. We used a spray clear coat to protect the glitter.

I also did a few of these banners, for some good friends.




**I did the last bit of work on these banners December 26th – December 30th.  The bulk of the banners being put together December 29th.  I am retro-posting this entry for December 27th because I was too busy putting these banners together to post.  


So ready…

Yes, the last full week before Christmas.  I am ready to have a good week and a great relaxing holiday.  Sully goes into the office today and tomorrow, he works from home Wednesday and Thursday and then he is off work starting Friday until January 2nd.  Of course, he will be working from home January 2nd and 3rd and doesn’t go back into the office until January 4th.  Yay!  I love having him home.  

I am really looking forward to Christmas this year.  In past years it’s been tough, my dad passed away in December 2007 and since then it’s been hard to get into the spirit.  I think this year I’ve been so determined to make sure it’s a good holiday for Sully and his mom that I’ve reverted back to my usual Christmas crazy person.  My mom used to call me ‘Elfin’ magic’ when I was younger because I was the one that really decorated the house and got everyone together to put up lights on the house and decorate the yard.   It feels good to be excited and looking forward to the holiday that I loved so much growing up.  I’ve had the radio on in several different rooms and the garage playing Christmas music, we have a local station that plays nothing but Christmas music from Thanksgiving to Christmas night.  

Sully’s been doing pretty well and was very excited to shop for everyone.  We do most of our shopping online rather than fighting the crowds, we normally have a good idea of what to get people so we don’t need to browse around.  Every year we try to visit the mall near us, we go out to dinner and then mill around the Christmas decorations and the people shopping.  The mall usually has some fun events like live music or carolers.  Then we come home and have hot chocolate and watch some Christmas specials.

Christmas cocoa