Archives for December 2014

Wine Bucket

  During my recent travels, I came across what is to date my favorite ‘unique’ shopping place.  Boone County Uniques on state road 75 in a tiny town called Advance, Indiana.  It is packed full of great treasures just waiting to happen.  On my first trip, I purchased several items including this old sewing basket. […]

The Christmas Candle 12/24

       In Victorian times, candles represented good will for those less fortunate and were placed in windows December 25 to January 6 to welcome any passerby needing shelter and food.      Certain beliefs were attached to candles. Some people believed the flames from the burning candles frightened away evil spirits during the darkest days […]

Thanks MOM

Every year on my birthday, I send my mom flowers.  Who deserves them more than the woman who had to spend Christmas in the hospital because of me? This year I wanted to do a little something different, so I went to my favorite craft store (that’s right, this didn’t come out of my ‘stash’ […]

Christmas Wreath 12/23

 Why do we use wreaths in our holiday decorations, and where did this tradition begin? The term “Wreath”, curiously enough, is linked to our word “Wrist”, with both terms forming a continuous physical circular shape. It also came from Middle English’s “wrethe”, meaning a twisted band or ring of leaves or flowers in a garland. […]

Wooden Shoe Inspiration

Today’s craft project inspired me to create this welcome planter on my front porch.  The shoes are authentic wooden shoes given to my great grandfather A LOT of years ago. Vrolijk Kerstfeest en en Gelukkig Neiuwjaarl, Contessa

Wooden Shoes 12/22

In Holland, boys and girls put out their wooden shoes filled with hay and carrots for Sinterklaas’  horse.  If they have been good, they awake to find their shoes filled with candy and toys,  If not, they will get only switches in their shoe. This was a fun ornament.  I shaped the shoe and the […]

Christmas Angel 12/21

And the angel said unto them, “Fear not, for I bring you tidings of great joy!  Unto you is born this day in the City of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” This angel is made from scraps and 2 coffee filters . Flatten both filters and fold one in half and one in […]

Christmas Bells 12/20

Bells announced the birth of a savior and continue today to remind us.  “I heard the bells on Christmas Day, their old familiar Carols play, and wild and sweet, their words repeat of Peach on Earth Good Will to Men.” Wanting something a little different, I cut the top off of a plastic soda bottle, […]

Holly 12/19

  Holly is known for its vibrant red color, which stands out against the starkness of winter. But did you know that it’s also associated with males and is considered to bring men good luck and protection; the female counterpart to holly is ivy. A famous English Christmas carol, “The Holly and the Ivy,” uses […]

A Partridge in a Pear Tree 12/18

We’ve all sung the looooong 12 days of Christmas song, but did you know there is a special meaning for every symbol?  While I’m not going to do an ornament for every one of the 12 days, I did like the partridge.   The link below takes you to the hidden meaning behind each of the […]