Thursday, November 10, 2011


   This comes from www.larkandlola.blogspot.com .  I thought these were really neat and very inventive. Enjoy making a few of these to go on that special tree or even give them to friends and family.  They will enjoy them on their three for years to come.

Today I made these decorative rosettes! They're ornaments. They are fairly easy to make and super charming. Here's how I did it...

I picked up some scrapbooking embellishments at Joann's. Michael's also carries this brand, K & Co.

And grabbed one of the old music books I buy on eBay all the time for $1 or so.

Tore out some pages. {No, I don't feel bad doing this at all. It's not worth anything and no one is going to sit down and play music from the 50s. I'm giving it new life!}

Trimmed each page down to a 4" x 8" piece.

Like so. {Don't mind my weathered self-healing mat. It's been with me through a million & one craft projects. Christmas gift hint?}

Totally optional, but I like the effect of scalloping the 8" edges. Zig zag shears work really well, too.

With a pencil, on one side only, I marked each 1/2 inch.

Use those marks as your guide to fold every 1/2 inch, accordion style. You don't want to use paper that is too old, I have some from the 1850s and it just fell apart when I folded it.

When you're done folding, your ends should both be folded in the same direction. The side they end on will be the back of the rosette.

Now, crease it in the middle by folding the strip in half both ways.

Should look like this. Now, it's time to glues the sides together.

Be gentle and take care not to rip the paper. I use Mod Podge to adhere the sides because, well, I use Mod Podge for pretty much everything... and pinch it together with mini-binder clips for 5-10 minutes, or longer if you want.

Not too hard, right?

Now is the fun part, decorating the rosette. Get creative. I simply glued on the embellishments. They are adhesive already, but I wanted a super strong hold so I used a little hot glue to get them to really stick.

Another option I love is to punch out scalloped circles from glitter paper.

And attach small embellishments to it...

and then attach that to your rosette! I love the sparkle!

These are so much fun to make, you can do them a million different ways.

Now you can add a bow with your ribbon hang by punching some small holes through your rosette and stringing ribbon through and securing it in front with a bow. But this is riskier and you're more likely to tear, so...

There's also this option, tie a knot to make a ribbon loop and simply hot glue it to the back.

They will look lovely on a Christmas tree but also just around the house, adding pretty to your decor.

OR attach one to each Christmas present to your friends & family! It would look lovely on a gift and they can also take it home and treasure it themselves.

I made 10 in a jiffy... now I'm off to make more...



The Naming Of The Town

   In the late 1840s, a group of settlers—mostly of German descent—formed a small community in Spencer County in Southern Indiana. Although they no doubt had to deal with the day-to-day struggles of pioneer life, the weightiest problem that plagued them was the lack of a name for their town. In fact, the community became known as the "nameless town." The naming of the town of Santa Claus is such a charming story that it was featured on Christmas Eve, 1992, on renowned radio news commentator Paul Harvey’s "The Rest of the Story" program. Here is the story Mr. Harvey told to millions of listeners world-wide:


   Never in history did a town have so much trouble naming itself than the town of…well, that, see, that was the problem. The town didn’t have a name--not even an unofficial one. There were many suggestions, but every time somebody made a suggestion, it was discovered that some other town already had that name.
   How did the folks find their way to the "nameless town"? Well, people who lived on the gently rolling hillscape of southern Indiana would simply point and say, "Over yonder is the ‘nameless town.’" So that’s exactly what they came to call it until one Friday night, late in 1852, on Christmas Eve. And this is The Rest of the Story…
   The Christmas Eve service had just concluded in the little log church, and everybody was there. [It was] as good a time as any to hold a final town meeting of the year, one citizen decided. As had often been the case through the years of town meetings since the community’s founding, there was only one order of business that night: a name for the "nameless town."

   All were gathered around the pot-bellied, wood-burning stove. The circuit riding preacher, who had just preached the service, was there, too. He was a popular fellow—the Reverend Christian Wyttenbach. So esteemed was this minister that somebody suggested naming the town Wyttenbach, Indiana. But I think it was the reverend himself who respectfully declined; after all he didn’t even live there.
   The frustrating discussion continued. Now when I mention "everyone there," I mean everybody; children--although quiet and not participating--children were included. But then, with a chilly December gust, the door of the church blew open. It was the adults who fell silent and it was the youngsters who suddenly came to life. For beyond the picture-framed doorway was a magical scene of snowflakes winking on black velvet, and the magical sound of sleigh bells.
   But whose sleigh might it be? All were present, remember--and nobody else for miles and miles around except…that’s right. And as the children ran to the doorway they excitedly shouted the name that every grownup was thinking, "Santa Claus!" they cried. "It’s Santa Claus!"
   Thus one Christmas Eve, 140 years ago tonight, because of some bells that nobody’s ever been able to trace, the little nameless town received its name: Santa Claus, Indiana; and it is so named to this day. The population no longer numbers in the dozens--there are 1,200 residents now. And in a sense you might say that there are 12-hundred-and-one. For each and every Christmas season, hundreds of thousands of letters arrive in the town’s post office. Letters come from all over the world with but a single name inscribed upon them. The inscriptions are often scrawled in crayon, but the letters are sent in utmost sincerity. Of course, you know what the name is on all those envelopes, and you know why those letters arrive where they do ’cause, well, because you know The Rest of the Story.

Background of the Town & the Beginning of Santa Claus Land

   In the 1920s, Jim Martin was postmaster of the Santa Claus Post Office. He noticed that a number of letters, addressed to "Santa Claus," were being sent to his post office. After a while, he decided to answer these letters, so as not to disappoint the children. In the early 1930s, Jim Yellig from the neighboring town of Mariah Hill volunteered to help answer the children’s letters—which were arriving in greater numbers each year. Yellig solicited the help of the Santa Claus American Legion to join in the project. Fund-raisers were held to secure money to pay for the letterhead, envelopes and postage. The practice of answering children’s letters to Santa continues to this day.
   In the mid 1930s, attorney Milton Harris worked out a deal with the Curtiss Candy Company and built a "castle" for selling candy to visitors to the town of Santa Claus. He also built a factory where Santa Claus sleighs pulled by reindeer were built.
   A few other toy companies built small plants where they built and displayed toys.
   Less than a mile away, businessman Carl A. Barrett collected donations and opened a park with a 22-foot granite statue of Santa Claus and a log cabin; the park was dedicated in 1935. No other Christmas attractions were developed until after World War Two.
   Meanwhile, Evansville industrialist Louis J. Koch was dismayed that there was not a greater memorial to Santa Claus in the town named after him. The father of nine children, Koch loved holidays and wanted children who visited the town to be able to see that this was truly Santa’s home. He began making plans to build a memorial to Santa Claus.

Members of town answering Santa letters

    On August 3, 1946, Koch opened Santa Claus Land. This was the first theme park ever built (Walt Disney constructed Disneyland nine years later). Santa Claus Land included the Mother Goose Land Train, with a 1/4-scale locomotive for rides through Mother Goose Land, a toy factory with elves at work, a place to visit Santa Claus, and a food and souvenir shop. One of Koch’s sons, Bill, returned from the war and became interested in working with his father in developing Santa Claus Land and the Town of Santa Claus.
   In 1984, Bill Koch and his family decided to expand Santa Claus Land to include two additional holidays: Halloween and the Fourth of July. The expanded theme park was renamed Holiday World. In 1993, Holiday World added a water park, called Splashin’ Safari. The Koch family continues to own and operate the theme parks and adjacent campground, Lake Rudolph Campground & R.V. Resort.

Bill Koch Conceives Idea of Developing a Rural Community

   In addition to developing Santa Claus Land, Bill Koch kept busy developing the town of Santa Claus. In the late 1950s, he was involved in trying to attract new industry to Indiana. After much study, he concluded that in order to attract new business, an area has to offer an attractive environment in which the employees of the prospective companies will live. He drafted a plan for a "Rural Community" which would offer all the positive aspects of rural life (friendly neighbors, plenty of land, low noise level, clean air and water, natural wildlife) and provide plenty of outdoor recreation, entertainment, shopping facilities, and easy access to highways and interstates.

Christmas Lake Village

   In developing Christmas Lake Village, Bill Koch began by looking at recreational opportunities in the area. He built three lakes: Christmas Lake, Lake Holly and Lake Noel, for swimming, boating, and fishing. He began plans for a championship golf course and club. He developed the residential community around the lakes with 2,200 home sites. Christmas Lake Village encompasses approximately 2,500 acres; it is a private community, with a security guard monitoring incoming and outgoing visitors around the clock. The Village includes tennis courts, ball field, Recreation Center, and Christmas Lake Golf Course.

One of the street signs in Santa Claus, In.

Holiday Village

   The Koch family continues to develop a second residential community in the northern part of town. The 400-acre Holiday Village is similar to Christmas Lake Village, however, it does not have a security gate and its roads are public. Holiday Village has 600 home sites, a Recreation Center, a pool, and miniature golf.

Kringle Place

   This shopping center is the downtown area of Santa Claus. Koch Development Corporation in cooperation with Holiday Foods Inc. purchased the former Holly Plaza in November 1997. In 1999, the name was changed to Kringle Place and a major renovation transformed the late 60's-early 70's architecture into what now looks like a German/Bavarian village befitting of the town's heritage. Citizens and visitors of the area can shop at up to 12 businesses located in Kringle Place. Kringle Place is now co-owned by HO HO HOldings, LLC, a new company created in May 2002 by Philip Koch and Kristi George, Bill Koch's youngest son and oldest daughter.

One of the busiest places during Chrstimas time

 Growth of Santa Claus

   The Town of Santa Claus is, by percentage, the fastest growing community in the state of Indiana. The town was incorporated in 1967, with a population of just 37. The population now numbers over 2,000 according to the 2000 U.S. Census.


   Thanksgiving Day is a very important day in the United States. There are many things that are especially related to the celebrations of the Thanksgiving Day. These include Thanksgiving turkey trivia, pilgrims, Thanksgiving proclamations, Thanksgiving as a national holiday and other things. Some of such facts are mentioned here which will not only help you enhance your knowledge about Thanksgiving Day but also make you enjoy this day with even more zeal.

1. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States.

2. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.

3. The Plymouth Pilgrims were the first to celebrate the Thanksgiving.

4. The pilgrims arrived in North America in December 1620.

5. The Pilgrims sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to reach North America.

6. The pilgrims sailed on the ship, which was known by the name of 'Mayflower'.

7. They celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day in the fall of 1621.

8. They celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day at Plymouth, Massachusetts.

9. The drink that the Puritans brought with them in the Mayflower was the beer.

10. The Wampanoag Indians were the people who taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land.

11. The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving feast in the year 1621 and invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians also to the feast.

12. The first Thanksgiving feast was held in the presence of around ninety Wampanoag Indians and the Wampanoag chief, Massasoit, was also invited there.

13. The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.

14. President George Washington issued the first national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation in the year 1789 and again in 1795.

15. The state of New York officially made Thanksgiving Day an annual custom in 1817.

16. Sarah Josepha Hale, an editor with a magazine, started a Thanksgiving campaign in 1827 and it was result of her efforts that in 1863 Thanksgiving was observed as a day for national thanksgiving and prayer.

17. Abraham Lincoln issued a 'Thanksgiving Proclamation' on third October 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving. Whereas earlier the presidents used to make an annual proclamation to specify the day when Thanksgiving was to be held.

18. President Franklin D. Roosevelt restored Thursday before last of November as Thanksgiving Day in the year 1939. He did so to make the Christmas shopping season longer and thus stimulate the economy of the state.

19. Congress passed an official proclamation in 1941 and declared that now onwards Thanksgiving will be observed as a legal holiday on the fourth Thursday of November every year.

20. Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States. But it was Thomas Jefferson who opposed him. It is believed that Franklin then named the male turkey as 'tom' to spite Jefferson.

21. The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in the 1920's.

22. Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States.

23. When the Pilgrims arrived in North America, the clothing of the Native Americans was made of animal skins (mainly deer skin).

24. On December 11th, 1620,  the first Pilgrims (or Puritans, as they were initially known) landed at Plymouth Rock.

25. By the fall of 1621, only half of the pilgrims, who had sailed on the Mayflower, survived. The survivors, thankful to be alive, decided to give a thanksgiving feast.