My eldest came over to spend the day making some pretty ornaments and gift boxes for her husbands family and her friends. I helped cut and make the gift boxes. Then I worked on the Cookbook for our youngest away at college. We worked until 3am! It was nice though and lots of fun.
Steph had fun using my digi kits to alter some vintage photos. She made collages for the backs that turned out so cute. I helped make the gift boxes using my sizzix box die, some red paint, some DCWV Christmas paper, seam binding, and Wild Orchid Craft Poinsettias that Sarah sent me.
I finished the cookbook frame, now need to add recipes and decorate the cover! I was tired but it was nice having her her crafting and creating with me!
My “Buy, Barter, or Swap Event was a success. What fun we all had sharing, swapping, or buying lovely handmade items form each other. I got some beautiful hand knitted mittens from Nancy for my daughter and her male-friend, a beautiful bracelet from Terri and a pair of earring for my eldest. I got a lovely vintage shelf from Linda and a Christmas decoration she made from a vintage glass and a bottle brush tree.
I served shrimp, hors d’oeuvres, dips, crackers and cheeses. I had a local baker make lovely cookies (see the one in the Accucut cookie box above). I served flavored coffees and wine.
My sister is already planning on making some of her lovely handmade bears for next year, and Terri brought and sold craft items at clearance rates (she is closing her supply business). I traded some of my soldered charms and beaded chains, and gave anyone purchasing a Christmas charm one of the Accucut Icicle boxes to put it in.
My only regret was not having someone take pictures, there was some wonderful handmade goodness everywhere you looked!
Using my Accucut A7 box die I made a “gift” of Christmas Cards and decorated the lid. After you use the cards you have a pretty Christmas gift box to place a nice scarf, or other item to give away.