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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 12/20/17

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

DIY MAGNETIC HOLIDAY ADVENT CALENDAR!

This diy comes from www.twigandthistle.com.  Make this ahead of the Christmas season and your children will enjoy finding what little treasures and candies lie beneath the lids of the holiday tin advent calendar.

Magnetic Holiday Advent Calendar DIY

  





 
UPDATE: Wow, and I thought I was being so clever, Martha beat me to it by a whole year! Check out her version!
The long Thanksgiving holiday is the perfect opportunity to get started on some of those Christmas crafts you’ve got planned. I started a little early this year so that I could share this little project with you and I hope you enjoy.
Some of my fondest holiday memories from childhood were around the advent calendar. My grandfather would mail us one every year and I can remember how excited we were every day to open the tiny doors to see the surprise inside! Typically chocolate but sometimes a small trinket or toy.
This project is a new take on the traditional advent calendar and one that will easily last for years. With just a few basic supplies, theses metal storage tins transform into a fun holiday count down. Cheers!







 
MATERIALS

• 25 Small 41 mm Metal Tins with Glass Tops
Available through Packaging Specialties order by phone at 206.762.0540
and online at Polymer Clay Express
• Advent Calendar Downloadable PDF (See Below)
• Magnetic Sheets (Available at Office Supply Stores)
• Craft Glue or Strong Double-Sided Tape
• X-Acto Knife
• Bone Folder
• 1 4/8″ Craft Punch (Optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Begin by downloading and printing the Advent Calendar PDF. With an x-acto knife, trim out along black lines. Once circles are trimmed, cut inwards making small slits along outer rim. Be sure to cut only to the edge of the color. This will aid in fitting the rounds inside the lids.
2. With the inside of the lid facing up, place number on top, face down and press into place. Secure by rubbing the pointy end along the inside edge of the tin top.
3. To make them magnetic, cut circular shape slightly smaller than the tin from magnetic sheeting. This can be done with either a craft punch or x-acto knife. Glue to bottom of tin, making sure not to glue magnetic side (the dark side).
4. Fill tins with small candies, toys, cute paper clips, whatever will fit and your family will enjoy!
5. Arrange magnets on fridge or any other magnetic surface. Place in rectangular numerical order, in the shape of a tree, or arrange them randomly for added hunting fun. The possibilities are endless so have fun!




 

CHRISTMAS IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO!




 

   Christmas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is more of a religious festival than being commercial. Most people won't have any presents.
   Christmas Eve is very important with Churches having big musical evenings (most churches have at least 5 or 6 choirs) and a nativity play. These plays last a very long time. They start at the beginning of the evening with the creation and the Garden of Eden and end with the story of King Herod killing the baby boys.
   People taking part in the play really like to show off their 'best' acting skills and tend to go over the top and 'ham it up'! King Herod and the soldiers are often figures of fun (like pantomime 'baddies') and Mary is often well advanced in labour before she arrives!







 

   The birth of Jesus is timed to happen as close to midnight as possible and after that come the shepherds, the wise men and the slaughter of the innocents. This means the play normally finishes about 1am. However, in some places there will be further singing until dawn! The Christmas day service then starts at 9am with lots more singing.
   On Christmas day, most families try to have a better meal than usual. If they can afford it, they will have some meat (normally chicken or pork). The rest of the day is spent quite quietly, maybe sleeping after a busy and late night on Christmas Eve!
People go back to work on the 26th (Boxing Day).
In the Lingala language, which is spoken in the DRC and some other African countries, Happy/Merry Christmas is 'Mbotama Malamu'.

4 DIY CHRISTMAS STOCKING IDEAS TO MAKE!

This diy come from www.writefromkaren.com .  These would make great childrens stockings.  After they are sewn together, let them decorate them to the childs liking.  Good luck!

Here are some fun and cute stocking ideas.
In fact, wouldn’t these be fun to scale down and put on packages? OR, maybe you know a child who has a birthday around Christmas? You could scale them down and make cute little goodie bags, er, stockings to take home.


Fancy Boot Stocking



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This boot was made for stuffing, and that’s just what Santa will do this Christmas Eve.

CRAFT MATERIALS:


Scissors
2 pieces of purple felt, each 24 by 15 inches
2 pieces of black faux fur, each 24 by 15 inches
Long sewing pins
Large-eye sewing needle
Purple embroidery floss
Costume jewelry buttons and chains (sold at many fabric stores)
Clear tape
9 inches of black twist cord
Time needed: About 2 to 3 Hours
1. The Basic Stocking: Click here to download the fancy boot stocking pattern.
2. Cut 1 boot shape from each piece of the purple felt and 1 from each piece of the black fur. Be sure to cut the fur boots so the toes point in opposite directions with the fur sides up.
3. Pin together the boots with the fur boots on the inside, furry sides in, and the purple boots on the outside.
4. Using the floss, whipstitch around the edges, sewing the boots together. Leave the top edges unsewn.
5. At the top, sew together the front 2 edges, then the back 2.
6. Fold down the top to make a cuff.
7. The Trimmings: Use floss to sew the buttons and chains to the boot.
8. Tape the ends of the cord to keep them from fraying, then sew the cord to the stocking for hanging.


Elf Boot Stocking




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Here’s a whimsical stocking in honor of Santa’s hardworking helpers.

CRAFT MATERIALS:


Scissors
2 pieces of light green fleece, each 24 by 20 inches
3 pieces of dark green felt, each 24 by 20 inches
Long sewing pins
Large-eye sewing needle
Dark green embroidery floss
Red jingle bells, 4 medium and 1 large
Clear tape
9 inches of red twist cord
Fiberfill
Time needed: About 2 to 3 Hours
1. The Basic Stocking: Click here to download the elf boot stocking pattern.
2. Cut 1 boot shape from each piece of the light green fleece
3. Cut a decorative shape from 1 piece of the dark green felt for the front of the stocking and 1 stocking shape from each of the remaining 2 pieces of the felt.
4. Place a light green boot on top of a dark green boot, pin the decorative shape on top, and use the floss to whipstitch (see page 131) around the inner edge of decorative shape through both boots.
5. Pin together all 4 boots with the dark green boots on the inside.
6. Using the floss, whipstitch around the edges, sewing the boots together. Leave the top edges unsewn.
7. At the top, sew together the front 2 edges, then the back 2.
8. Fold down the top to make a cuff.
9. The trimmings: Use the floss to sew the medium red bells to the decorative shape and the large red bell to the toe tip.
10. Tape the ends of the cord to keep them from fraying, then sew the cord to the stocking for hanging.
11. Stuff the curly toe of the boot with fiberfill to keep it from flopping over when the stocking is empty.


Bare Foot Stocking



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Add a touch of color to the season with this stocking that celebrates every kid’s favorite footwear — none!

CRAFT MATERIALS:

Scissors
4 pieces of gold felt, each 21 by 20 inches
Red felt and red embroidery floss
Green felt and green embroidery floss
Purple felt and purple embroidery floss
Long sewing pins
Large-eye sewing needle
Gold embroidery floss
Pony beads
Clear tape
9 inches of red twist cord
Time needed: About 2 to 3 Hours
1. The Basic Stocking: Click here to download the bare foot stocking pattern.
2. Cut 1 bare foot shape from each piece of the gold felt .
3. Cut 5 circles from the colored felts for the toenails.
4. Place one foot on top of another and pin the toenails in place.
5. Using the matching floss, whipstitch (see page 131) around the edges of each toenail, sewing through both feet.
6. Pin all 4 feet together and use the gold floss to whipstitch around the edges, sewing the feet together. Leave the top edges unsewn.
7. At the top, sew together the front 2 edges, then the back 2.
8. Fold down the top to make a cuff.
9. The Trimmings: Thread pony beads onto a 24-inch piece of colored floss, wrap it around the ankle, and tie together the ends.
10. Tape the ends of the cord to keep it from fraying, then sew it to the stocking for hanging.

Ballet Slipper Stocking



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“Nutcracker” nuts, for one, will dance with joy over this dainty stocking.

CRAFT MATERIALS:


Scissors
2 pieces of white felt, each 24 by 12 inches
3 pieces of pink felt, each 24 by 16 inches
Long sewing pins
Large-eye sewing needle
Pink embroidery floss
White embroidery floss
2 ½ yards of 7/8 -inch pink ribbon
Clear tape
9 inches of white twist cord
Time needed: About 2 to 3 Hours
1. The basic stocking: Click here to download the ballet slipper stocking pattern.
2. Cut 1 stocking shape from each piece of the white felt.
3. Cut 2 shoe shapes from 1 piece of the pink felt and 1 stocking shape from each of the remaining 2 pieces of pink felt.
4. Lay out the pink stockings, toes pointing in opposite directions, with a white stocking on top of each one.
5. Pin a pink shoe on top of each white stocking.
Stitch diagram 6. Using the pink floss, whipstitch (see page 131) along the inner edge of each shoe, sewing through the pink and the white felt. Leave the outside edges unsewn.
7. Pin together the stockings so the shoes are on the outside, then whipstitch together the layers using the white floss along the white edges of the stocking and the pink floss for the shoes. Leave the top unsewn.
8. At the top, sew together the front 2 edges, then the back 2, with the white floss.
9. The Trimmings: Cut the ribbon in half, tie it in a bow, and then sew the knot to the stocking.
10. Crisscross the loose ribbon down and around the leg of the stocking and tack the ends flush to the top of the heel.
11. Tape the ends of the cord to keep them from fraying, then sew the cord to the stocking for hanging.

Tips:

A Stitch for All Stockings
Thread your needle with a length of floss and knot one end. Begin sewing by pushing the needle up through the underside of the fabric and then out the top. Loop the needle back under the fabric and repeat the stitch.

DIY MUSIC SHEET STARS!

This diy comes from www.zakkalife.blogspot.com .  Enjoy!

 

Craft: Music Sheet Stars

 
 
 
 
 
 
I was looking through the new Pottery Barn (PB) catalog when I stumbled upon something that looked very familiar, paper stars. And they weren't just any paper stars but over sized lucky stars. Did anyone else catch that? Every year PB comes out with something to fill their vases and apothecary jars. This year one of the fillers was over-sized lucky stars.

Some of you might remember I wrote a tutorial for basic lucky stars long ago, here. So, I'm resurrecting the tutorial along with an explanation on how to make these music sheet stars. For the most part the process is the same but there are a few adjustments.

Supplies:
Music sheets - search online to find holiday carols and print on light brown paper. Position your sheet music so it's formatted in landscape.
Paper trimmer or scissors
Double stick tape

Basic Star Instructions






Instructions For Large Stars

1. Cut music sheets into (2" x 11") strips. Make four strips. Tape together to make one long strip.

2. Fold star (instructions above) up to step seven. Using double stick tape, tape end down to star. Finish with step eight. Done

*I recommend not wrapping the paper too tight. The large stars are a little tricky to puff up and might require a couple tries.









Instructions for Small Stars

1. Cut music sheets into (1" x 11") strips. Make two strips. Tape together to make one long strip.

2. Fold star (instructions above) up to step seven. Using double stick tape, tape end down to star. Finish with step eight. Done




 
 
 
Other option - use wrapping paper to make the stars. You will be able to make them just about any size that you want, due to the width and length of the paper.

CHRISTMAS IN ARGENTINA!





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   Christmas Day in Argentina is observed every year on the 25th December.
   During Christmas the weather is warm in Argentina. But that in no way lessens the fun of the season. Preparations for Christmas Day begin much earlier than in many other parts of the world. Every house is decorated beautifully with lights and flowers. Living rooms of individual homes are adorned with wreaths of green, gold, red and white flowers. Red and white garlands are hung with an aesthetic touch on the doors of houses. Artificial or live trees are used to create the Christmas tree and embellished with laces, balls, Santa Clause figures, candles, colored lights, ornaments, small gifts and even "Papai Noels". The Nativity scene or “pesebre” is an important part of the Argentine Christmas decorations. Many set up a creche in their homes during the season, setting up Christ's manger with great care. The “pesebre” is placed close to the Christmas tree. A wonderful custom practiced be many people here is applying cotton balls on the branches of the Christmas tree to simulate snow throughout the nativity.
Christmas here is an occasion for a get together with extended members of the family.









On Christmas Eve, people go to local churches with their family to attend religious services. Thereupon, they visit each other's home. There are joyous family reunions in every Argentine home. Everyone relishes a savory meal followed by a toast(for adults only). Grown-ups usually spend time dancing on Christmas songs while kids indulge themselves in fireworks to commemorate the birth of Christ. At midnight on the 24 of December, sounds of fireworks can be heard from everywhere. Opening of presents, placed under the Christmas tree from beforehand, is a must at midnight. Then family members and friends are kissed goodbye and everyone goes to bed. Many may prefer to spnding the night away chatting or playing games. A wonderful tradition here is to light "globos", colourful paper baloons that take off into the sky when lit from inside. If you visit Argentina during Christmas, you will be spellbound by the beauty of the numerous "globos" flying in the night sky.
   On Christmas day, everybody is greeted 'Feliz Navidad', meaning 'Merry Christmas' in Argentina.





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    About 92% of the Argentine population comprises of Roman Catholics and hence, religious services take up much of the day here. Family members sing carols to the accompaniment of the piano. Many people form groups and go from house to house singing carols on this day and receiving small gifts or goodies in return.
Christmas dinner is served here on the night of 24th December. The traditional Argentine Christmas dinner may be served in a garden area and consists of delicious dishes like roasted turkey, roasted pork, stuffed tomatoes, mince pies, Christmas's bread and puddings. The main dish may be a suckling pig or a roasted peacock. A hot favourite here is "Ninos envuettas", made of steak cut in square pieces of 3 inches, stuffed with minced mean mixed with onions, hard-boiled eggs, and spices. The toast is usually a drink prepared with different kinds of fruit, cut into pieces, and mixed with juice and cider.
   In Argentina, children recieve their presents on January 6th, known as "Three Kings Day". On the eve of January 6th, Argentine kids place their shoes outside the front door of their homes to be filled with the Magi and also leave hay and water beside for the horses of the Magi as they journey towards Bethlehem for the Christ Child. Many also keep their shoes underneath the Christmas tree or under their bed.