My sister emailed one day and asked if I would be interested in going with her to Margie's holiday soiree. It was a Christmas extravaganza of crafting goodness. Margie puts on an amazing event. It was fun to catch up with old friends that I hadn't seen in many years and make new friends along the way. Thank you Syl for the invitation. It was wonderful to be with you.
I signed up to make this darling tag advent calendar, but didn't have time to complete everything I signed up to make so I brought the kit home. I haven't done any paper crafting in a VERY long time and I will have to admit that I remember why I enjoyed it so much. I think the first two tags we followed some of the directions, but after that we just did our own thing. Clearly this darling little gold painted frame from Ikea was not designed to hold this many embellished tags, but it is still sturdy and standing.
As I was making the small tags I decided that I could just make some bigger tags (8.5" x 4.25") using the same elements and send them to Whitney with messages from friends and family on the back. I mailed each tag individually and hope they arrive such that she will have fun opening one each day.
The children loved writing and drawing on their tags. It was fun to hear Loaf talk as she was writing and hearing her tell Whitney "to come home NOW!" She also talked about Whitney's princess hair. Whitney has lovely princess hair.
It's hard to tell from the photos, but there is glitter on nearly every tag. I am not a glittery type of person, but it was fun dressing these up. It was also interesting to get back into the rhythm of my process. I second guessed every decision at the beginning, but the end I felt comfortable again and knew what I wanted. For some of the tags I pulled out an old, falling apart, dictionary that I was given when I turned 18 and was off to college and started ripping out pages.
Tag 25's santa was something I paper pieced back in 2004. I made at least 100 of these Santas for our Christmas card that year. That was back when I was ambitious in my card making. Those days are unfortunately long gone. John's grandmother saved it and when she died the card was returned to us. It made me so happy to be able to add it to her gift.
Originally we were just going to go to the new year, but we had a few extra people so we ended up going to the 5th of January in honor of Día de Reyes (King's Day... a Mexican tradition). It was a fun project to make and on more than one occasion I was told by the other children that I loved Whitney more then them. Then they grinned and offered to help. I am a very lucky mother.
An uninteresting photo of the envelopes for documentation purposes only. It was fun to see them all lined up and ready to go.