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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

I Made My Own! What's Your Tradition?

Over the years, I have made several different ornaments for family and friends. I did my little tradition for about 14 years. I stopped about 3 years ago when I was going through the world’s ugliest divorce.   I didn’t just skip a year, I totally let the tradition go.

There were people in my life that actually looked forward to seeing what I will come up with to pass around each year. Some things are given out as sets, others are individual gifts.  If I passed out sets, I would have had to make hundreds of each These are a few of the projects I have taken on.
The last year that I did an annual Christmas gift for everyone on my card list was the year that I made these.  It was a year I almost didn't make anything, until my then niece mentioned how much she was looking forward to adding this year's addition to her hope chest. So I got my butt in gear and thought of something easy, fast, pretty and shiny! They were used to spice up the place settings at Christmas dinner. Each person got one...and they got to keep them. They also look very pretty on a side table or where ever!
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...this is about as close to a tablescape as I will probably ever come!BeFunky_003.jpg
These are my bow tie pasta angels. Some have a lapel pin on the back for the ladies to put on their collar....and some (not pictured here) have a wire ornament hook glued on the back to put on a small tree. I made each person or  family a set of several of them so as to create a statement on the tree.
Here's her close-up!
These are my Snow Mites!

They were my 2007 Ornament, and a HUGE hit!

Each family got a set with enough little snow people to represent each of their family members.
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These little mitten people are adorable...
A few that I have made...I was getting so good at them, that I made 100’s of them…and customized them to whoever wanted them.   I think I still have a few dozen in the storage
These light bulb men were my 2006 ornament.

They were the hardest challenge for me...I am NOT AN ARTIST! Those faces took me a long long time. I made each family member one...each friend one too...I tried to make them suit the person that got them.
This one has hair!
You should have seen the looks I got when I was outside spray painting light bulbs in guy actually mentioned that it is possible to purchase light bulbs in colors...he thought I was going to plug them into lamps! lol
I don't recall which year these were...but they are slippers made out of a Christmas card. I stuffed them with little bunches of potpourri.
They took a long time to make. These ones are about 8 inches tall.
This is a larger version...they are about 11 inches tall.
The paper angels were the ornament for 2005. ( I think) lol

They are made out of coffee filters. I don't drink they didn't go to waste. I had a really hard time finding the brown filters...most of them now are white...I had no idea!
They are a few years they are not as fluffy as they once were...
I made these skates a few years back. Each person (or family got a set of 6 pairs each) They are made from Styrofoam...the eyelets are small grommets and the laces are craft rope. I painted them by hand with acrylic paints and they were a huge hit with the hockey families, and a few of the more athletic people in our family.
I have several others that I have made over the years, but I think I will wait to post them for another day...hey...a girl can only make a post so long ya know!

What do you make?

Do you have a tradition that you like to do?

Until Next Time…Happy Crafing!

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Nancy said...

They are ALL so adorable! You are very talented!

Shabby Cottage Collectibles said...

Tootsie you sure are a multi talented gal! Love all the ornaments you've made can't wait to see the others! Warm hugs, Esther

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Wow, Tootsie! These are all so wonderfully creative! What a great tradition! And not an artist? I disagree! Beautiful!...hugs...Debbie

glimpse of my world said...

Very cute.. what a great tradition!! love them all..

The Stylish House said...

I love all of these!!!!! The slippers are so neat, and the bow tie pasta is adorable. I'm going to be stalking this post for awhile, figuring out how you made them.
hugs, Cathy

onlymehere said...

Is there anything my Tootsie can't do? You're amazing once again! Love them and the fact you made them makes them even more special!

Autumn Belle said...

Yes, I too agree that you are indeed a very talented gal. Just look at the lovely ornaments and gifts you have made. These are very creative ideas indeed. Tootsie, my post today is dedicated to you.

Deborah said...

Your ornaments are beautiful. How do you find time to do all of them!

Anonymous said...

Dear Tootsie I finally had to take time to visit every one. I am making all 21 of my gifts this year. Journals for all the grands and paintings for all the kids. Not quite finished yet. You have some darling projects posted today. Blessings

Lillie Mae Acres said...

Wow, you have been busy through the years. great job on all these adorable Christmas pieces. I know everyone that received them had to be thrilled.
I have crafted ornaments and decorations for our home over the years too. I recently realized that it's been at least 2 years since I've sat down and made ornaments.

Mary said...

Girl you rock!!! And you made me cry. Not in a bad way, but I have a bunch of handmade ornaments that my mama made - you may remember she's deceased, Dec. 19th is the anniversary of her death and she LOVED Christmas. Anyway, those handmade ornaments are my most treasured. I know the ones you have made for others are held in the same regard.

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

These are so awesome! Your light bulb snow people are fantastic! I love all the faces!
Oops - I forgot to look in the attic for those angels - I'll try to look tomorrow! ♥

Sue said...

Tootsie, these are beautiful!! How can you say you're not an artist???
You have more talent than anyone I know. Wow. I need to get off MY duff and learn some things!

Evelyn Howard said...

Wow, amazing stuff! I only make Christmas cards and gift tags...

Darla said...

You my dear friend are very creative and talented!! Beautiful keepsakes here..Of course your family looks forward to an ornament from you every year!

trash talk said...

I know you have to sleep sometime, but just exactly where do you fit it in???
Love the little shoes. I have some vintage ones and I cannot tell the difference in the old ones and yours. They are precious!

Sonia said...

Okay now I know you don't sleep...girl your talents are never-ending..all your creations are just beautiful! Love the mirror tile with ornaments...I know these look fantastic with you new wall colors! Sonia/Miss Bloomers

Stacey said...

What a neat tradition! I bet your family always looks forward to seeing what you'll make. My fave is the shoes made out of Christmas cards.

artis1111 said...

I love all of these!!!I have given my customers a goblet every year for the past 11 years. Two were sets of four. One was a set of things on a Christmas tree. One set was a snow family. A snow person each year. This year I did flutted glasses with black trees and a red bird on one branch. Next year will be a blue bird on a branch of a tree on another glass. It just showes how much my customers mean to me. Kathy

Lee said...

What fun projects... where do you find the time... okay... clue, start in July, right?

RainGardener said...

Fantastic! Do you see these on craft shows and magazines or do you make them up? I know you are very talented and that's why I thought you may have come up with some of the ideas yourself.
I've been taking pics of the Christmas stuff I've made for a post too. LOL Slim pickins' for me this time of year.

Nutty Gnome said...

Oh my goodness, you are such a talented woman Tootsie - you put me to shame!!!!

They are just so gorgeous! I'm going to have to show First-Born your blog .... she's the creative one for things like this. She's love them too :)

Becca's Dirt said...

Wow Tootsie - those are so adorable. ALL of them. You are the most creative person and I just love the things you come up with. Can't wait to see what you'll do next.

Shelia said...

Oh, Tootsie! You are so talented and created! I love all your precious ornaments you've made! You're so good!
Be a sweetie and Merry Christmas,
Shelia ;)

Tamara Jansen said...

You crafty little devil you :) VERY cute!!

salmagundi said...

These are all just wonderful! I'm amazed at the numbers you make each year - I would never be able to stick to it long enough to complete the project. Great post. Sally

The Japanese Redneck said...

How wonderful. I see why they look forward to them every year.

mishebe said...

love the angel bows and the skates. Darn cute! great tradition. mishelle

Justine said...

Holy crap, most of these (okay, all) are completely amazing! You're not an artist? Then how did you get those cute faces painted on the lightbulbs like that? They're adorable!!!!!!!

Justine :o )

Bonnie said...

I love your bow tie pasta angels. I'm going to give them a try this week. If they turn out I will post them so you can see them. I really love to give home made items too. I work full time, so I need to find quick projects. Love all your cute stuff!

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Wow, Tootsie...great ornaments...

Betty said...

You are one very creative lady! I remember last year I marked your ornament place markers in my idea file, didn't make any though. I use to craft but admit I haven't gotten back into it much. Maybe I will again.
Hope all is well for you my friend.

Nancy Jane said...

One is more gorgeous than the next!You should go into business. Nancy

Calming Scents said...

Well I dont agree with you at all..I think YOUR way past talented. Your amazing. They are all great but I think if i had to choose one..I would LOVE a snowman!

Teri said...

Wow! You are so talented! I know I've told you that before and I'm sure I'll tell you again and again and again. All of your ornaments are so cute!

What do I make? A mess!! =)

Laura said...

What a wonderful tradition. Your projects, and your garden always amaze me.

I hope you have a wonderful day-
Is it cold there?


Together We Save said...

Wow - you have talent!!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

You put a lot of heart into those ornaments! No wonder everyone loves them. How do you come up with all these cute ideas? I love the Snow Mites!

Gayle (GardenofDaisies) said...

I love that you make ornaments every year to give to the special people in your life. You are so creative!

La Petite Gallery said...

you are so talented,
creative, love it all.


Barbara Jean said...

Love those ice skates, and the little girl in the fuzzy pink sweater.

blessings and Merry Christmas Tootsie.

barbara jean

kate maryon said...

Glenda these are amazing...Can I please be put on the list!
So.... what have you done for this year?

Tootsie said...

Kate... I no longer do the tradition. My love for Christmas died a few years back. I am trying to find it again, but mostly all I have for it anymore is dread.

Karen said...

Tootsie, I'm lucky if I have a tree branch trimmed for Christmas. All of these ornaments and gifts are amazing, you have so much ambition! I guess my tradition is procrastination, not that I'm proud of it.

Handmade gifts are the most cherished.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Those are all sooo cute and so sweet of you to make so many for so many folks. I hear ya. This is my third ugly year. The divorce is final and also the settlement. But the atty wrote it in an unenforceable way. SO I spent yesterday interviewing attys. Need to find a new one. That last one saw me coming and dragged it out until I was of my inheritance and then dropped me once the divorce was done. And now wants the rest of her money. Well, fix the settlement so I can receive the amount I'm due! But that wouldn't look good for her. So Holiday spirit? It's dead. Don't know when this nightmare will be over, just when I think I can see the light, it closes in again.
I hope you can find and reclaim your Holiday Spirit. Be happy...that's all I want to be but can't manage it. Last week when I saw my therapist she wanted to hospitalize youngest is having health problems and was having surgery the next way she was sticking me in the hosp. so she brought my daughter in and told her to watch me...gee thanks, now I really feel like a fool!

Find your Spirit so I know there is hope :)