Friday, December 31, 2010

last post of the decade

2010 came and 2010 went - how time is speeding by!  We had a lovely first Christmas in our new home.  Grandma and Grandpa Compton stayed for a few days and we enjoyed delicious food, good walks, and quality family time.  Santa found the house, and the most loved presents this year were a bike, wooden jump rope, and unicorn pillow pet.
 Now here's to a new year and a new decade!  There's so much fun yet to come!


Monday, December 27, 2010

christmas cards

Did you catch this adorable folk art card from Betsy Veldman last year (link here)?  It's stamped with the PTI Christmas Friends set and I just fell in love.  I made it into our 2010 card by adding my favorite sentiment from this year's Big & Bold Holiday Wishes set. (And, oh my,  I always keep one 'mess-up' - it looks like I photographed my oops card!)
I LOVE Betsy's design but tweaked it to make it easier for mass production.  Instead of ribbon & bows, I used diecut felt ric-rac and a diecut snowflake.  The turtle doves image went on a separate pieces of cardstock, just in case of stamping mistakes :).  I added texture by running it through a canvas impression plate, then inked the edges since I was not about to sew (did that last year and won't ever do it again).  
I cut Pine's Rustic Snowflake paper into strips that could piece together as unique cards, even with a production line of 55.
 Man, do I love seeing them all lined up!  It was a labor of love - especially when interrupted with a surprise move on December 3rd.  (We had our house on the market but never expected to sell so quickly.  Luckily, the timing was right to get us into our perfect home for Christmas!)
 This message and the fonts from Inside & Out: Holiday just blew me away.  It's exactly what I wanted to say.  These cards were a lot of fun to make... and I've already got some cute papers stashed away for next year's creations!


stamps - PTI Christmas Friends, Big & Bold Wishes, Big & Bold Holiday Wishes, Inside & Out: Holiday, Peace Be Still, Rustic Snowflakes ('Handmade by' snowflake image on back of card)
paper - PTI rustic cream, Rustic Snowflakes patterened paper
ink - PTI pure poppy, ocean tides; Versamagic sage; Distress Ink antique linen
accents - PTI pure poppy, ocean tides, spring moss felt
tools- PTI Rickrack die, Mat Stack 4 die, Canvas impression plate; Cuttlebug; Marvy heart punch (orange) 

Sunday, December 12, 2010

advent spiral

Our four year old had her first candle-held walk through the Advent Spiral with her kindergarten class at the Waldorf school.  This a beautiful Winter ceremony symbolizing the individual receiving their Light in darkness.  
 (photo credit: whitt, flickr link here)
The spiral is fragrantly decorated with evergreen boughs, crystals, seashells, and other elements from Nature.  In the center is a wooden stump with a large candle.  Each child reverently carries an apple holding a beeswax candle through the two and a half turns of the spiral while soft lyre music plays.  In the center the child lights their candle then walks back, stopping to light a candle on the floor and placing a glass lantern over top.
(photo credit: FaerieWaldorf, etsy link here)
Caitlyn tiptoed the entire way as she solemnly carried her candle.  She looked beautiful in her new red and cream holiday dress, cream and red snowflakes tights, and long french braid.  (Of course, her behavior was less than stellar as she waited her turn, but I chalk that up to being Caitlyn.)  In true San Diego form it was an 80ยบ evening so the only thing missing was cold weather.

I also enjoyed the dusk Lantern Walk through Presidio Park for the Michaelmas celebration in November, but there was something truly special about the Advent Spiral.  Although this will be our last year at Waldorf, I know this is a special tradition we will recreate in our home every December.

With peace,