I love the art of paper crafting... especially during the holiday season! I love picking out little gifts for people & letting them know how special they are to me. I've never been able to buy extravagant presents, but to me... that's not what Christmas is about. Presents are a way of sharing what's in our hearts. I have always enjoyed making little goodies for my family and friends & paper crafting allows me to take a simple gift and make it special.
So... if you're looking for a last minute gift idea... here's one of the things I did this year. Walmart has some of the BEST candles!!! I love Yankee candles... but they are just not in my budget. So... I purchased several large Better Homes & Garden candles for $5 each. They smell SO good & burn beautifully.
I covered the label with patterned paper & a doily... tied on a ribbon... and added this adorable Christmas postage stamp image to spruce up the gift a little. It only takes a few minutes to do, but I think it makes the candles look so festive!
We spotted a red headed woodpecker in our huge oak tree recently & my youngest son decided that the little birdies needed Christmas presents too! We found a recipe for Bird Seed Ornaments and created lots of yummy treats for our feathered friends! This morning, we looked out the window & saw the most beautiful cardinal & a few of his friends thoroughly enjoying their presents!
Father Christmas made a surprise visit at the end of my son's preschool Christmas program. Neither of my boys were too sure of him & were convinced he wasn't the real thing because his beard was gray instead of white. But... I convinced them to get their picture taken with him anyway & they actually smiled. (This seems to be a rarity with them these days. They both have a forced, fake smile that they like to make.)
I hope you have a wonderful, blessed Christmas! I'm so excited to have several days off of work to spend with my family. :)
Now... make your way to the next blog to see if
Jen Erickson has been naughty or nice this year....