Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year Traditions - 2011

In our family, Eating Black Eyed Peas on New Year's Day is a definite tradition.

In the early 1980s, the original Black Eyed Pea Restaurant on Camp Bowie in Fort Worth, Texas, served a small sample portion in tiny bowls all day long on New Year's Day. This is when I discovered it only takes a few bites to fulfill the tradition, especially if black eyed peas is not a favorite dish. In that case you may like to try one of these lucky foods.

I made these 4-ounce sample jars to give the office staff where we live.

I made these are for my mother's lifelong hairdresser to give to customers today.

I'm going to make one more batch of a dozen for neighbors. I made the jar labels by printing on the winter theme scrapbook paper, using a corner punch and I ran them through a Xyron (or use double-stick tape). I printed the top text using an Avery circle label template and cut them out with a MS circle cutter (or use the lid, trace and cut with scissors). I already had the paper and ribbon. The beans and jars (bought jars at the grocery store too) for the two dozen samples cost me less than 75¢ each. A great gift and they take so little time to make.

Google will get you a ton of information, worldwide, but following are a few links related to New Year's Day.

New Year's ideas - Martha Stewart
New Year Quotes
the Rose Parade
Rose Bowl Game
Polar Bear Club annual swim - burrrrrrrr!
Old Lang Syne

Be safe and .....
Happy New Year, friend!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Winner ! I {heart} Infarrantly Creative

Congratulations DebPaint16!
and thank you for your sweet comments, blog follow and FB invite!

And a HUGE thank you to Infarrantly Creative for three days of inspirational fun!

Infarrantly Creative is giving away one of my paper bead bracelets (or any choice from the shop) plus more! Go check it out, follow her instructions and her Blog. She and her blogger friends are the most AMAZING!

Thank you, Beckie!

Infarrantly Creative


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Little Paper Toy Shop ~ Quilling

I made this little toy shop kit in 1980 and added some presents and a Santa sign. I used it every year for a Christmas decoration during the holidays. As stated on my web page, ..."if I had known I was going to show this to the world one day, I would have preserved it better".  I am repairing the ceiling and thought I'd take a few close-ups to show some details. It is entirely paper except for the buggy wire. I remember making the dolls and clowns were my favorite pieces.


(c) Quill Art, Inc. quilling kit 1978

I tried to remove all the dust with a tiny brush, but of course, my old camera was able to pick it up perfectly. Someone suggested a can of air, so I will try that before packing it back up.

Every piece was included in the kit ... to make the table, stool, shelves, except the wallpaper. I had a bright yellow living room in the '70s, so this yellow polka dot made perfect sense to me at the time.

I think I will reduce the cover of my quilling book and replace The Three Bears with a tiny replica of my book!

I remember the Jack-in-the-Box was hard to make (folding the neck), lol!

Everything has held together pretty well. I did need to reglue the stool legs.

There are even paper nails on the table!

Thanks for looking :)