Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Traditions

Over on Prima's Blog this month the Prima girls have been sharing what traditions we celebrate during the Holiday season. I enjoy reading all of the different activities from around the world and seeing how much we differ and how much we are a like.

Make sure you check in. and check in on Sharon's Day of Christmas. She has a little give a way as well ;) Christmas is my favorite time of year as most of you know. I love the color and warmth, the meaning of Christmas, the time we get to share with friends and family.

We always go out to the River with my parents and have a neighborhood party on Thanksgiving Weekend. It's a lot of fun and everyone decorates their golf carts and parades them through the community. We decorate the houses as well.

My little snow angel Karlie. Her and Quentin love spending time out there playing in the dirt, running around with friends. It's a great group of people to be with.

I tried getting a little tricky with my camera. And drew my initial out of the Christmas lights that were hung on the fence.

My dad and his Rhino all deck out ready to go. His co pilots sitting in the back pestering him to get a move on.

I wanted to give a personal touch to some of my gifts this year. So I decided to create my own wrapping paper. Very simple and inexpensive. If any of you have children and they have that lovely roll of drawing paper, steal a little. I used a Prima clear stamp and repeated the design over the drawing paper. Then I sprayed it all with Glimmer Mist. The rolled paper stands up well with the mist and does little buckling. I then added some May Art ribbon and Prima flowers and vines to accent the packages. The small beads on the vines came clear. I altered them with Copic Sketch markers. Custom coloring them to match my project.

Holiday decor can add a personal warm touch to your home or others. I reused some plain cardboard and cut them into the shape of a set of wings. Once they were layered and adhered I painted over them with a dry brush and Gesso. The flowers and banner add just the right color to the white wings.

And I couldn't leave out Karls. This was her favorite Christmas dress. It had been a flower girl dress that I dyed red for the holidays. Why not reuse a formal dress for more than one occasion. Get your money's worth. Especially with children's clothes. The color with the tule came out more pink but it looked festive and Christmasy non the less. The Flirty Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze matched perfectly, so I altered the Prima flowers with it. The round lolly pop flowers are actually pieces to one of Prima's necklaces. You can always deconstruct one thing to create another.

Merry Christmas everyone. I wish you and your family a very safe and happy holiday.



  1. Loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee the photos!!! And the wrapping paper is AMAZING!!! Such a GREAT IDEA!!! And the wall hanging and lo are JUST GORGEOUS!!! Merry Christmas! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  2. Love all the pics and goodies!!!! They made me smile today!!!

    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!!!

  3. thanks for sharing your holiday traditions and your beautiful layouts (and tips). Just love that you dyed Karly's dress and how you made such a charming girly layout. Happy Christmas and the best of New Years to you and yours!!!

  4. eeep! I have that banner, it's SO beautiful, Jamie! Love your pictures of the lights, and your family enjoying the holidays! Merry merry :)

  5. Love reading about your traditions! Have a Merry Christmas!