Saturday, December 8, 2018

Cutesy the Elf Days 5, 6, 7, & 8

Cutesy is keeping busy this week for days 5, 6, 7, and 8 of his visit.

Cutesy showed up with his favorite movie on day 5. It looked like he was being a cotton headed ninny muggins!
Every year, Cutesy brings back the little tree for Boogs' room. You can see the Elf perler bead ornament Cutesy made last year.
On day 6, he brought three little hedgehog ornaments for the tree. The smallest one looks just like Boogs' pet hedgehog, Nebraska Spike.
Cutesy usually brings some kind of challenge each year. On day 7, Cutesy brought an Inertia Tower Challenge. I think he read about it here. It is like the tablecloth trick, where you pull the tablecloth out from under dishes on a table, but with blocks and cups.
  Boogs was able to pull out all of the cards with only two blocks falling.
It was not possible to pull out a card without the entire paper cup tower crashing down.
Every year, Cutesy brings a gingerbread house for us to decorate. Today, he was hiding under the Christmas tree with a gingerbread house kit.
I called out for Boogs to come eat breakfast. He didn't answer me so I went looking for him. He was laying by the tree in the same pose as Cutesy. Looks like we will be decorating our gingerbread house this weekend. Yay! Boogs made sure I noticed the gingerbread house was pre-built. I have sooo much trouble getting the walls to stand up straight and stay together. Pre-built houses are the best!

What are your elves doing this year? You can find all of Cutesy's adventures for the past seven years on my Cutesy the Elf Pinterest board or by clicking the "elf" tag after this post.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Christmas Crafts

My husband and son went hunting during a few days of our Fall Break. I had the house to myself and spent quite a bit of that time crafting. My craft room looked like this most of the week.
I made Christmas cards, gift bags, a birthday wallet, a couple of birthday cards, and some treat pouches.

My Christmas cards have pop-up presents on the inside.
I took an 8 inch by 5 1/4 inch piece of white cardstock in half and made the following cuts.
Fold down the three present pieces and use a bone folder to sharpen the creases.
Push the folded pieces inward to make the pop out of the card.
Use the bone folder to sharpen the creases again.
Measure and attach three coordinating pieces of paper for the present's giftwrap.
Add small coordinating paper strips to the front of the card.
Attach the white cardstock to the inside of the card front with double stick tape.

I used three different sized circles for the tree embellishment. The tree stamp came from an old Stampin' Up set - Holiday Sampler.
I had a Hero Arts Merry Christmas die for a greeting on the front of the card.
I ended up making 16 cards. I still have other Christmas cards left over from previous years that I will also send out.
I followed the directions HERE to make a wallet gift card holder for my Dad's birthday.
I think it turned out pretty cute. It has space for four notes/gift cards.
I used THIS tutorial to make several little gift card holder bags. They are the perfect size for a gift card with a bit of tissue paper.
Then I played around with it a bit and made a larger version with sharper edges.
This card took forever to make. The 5 steps and background paper were challenging to cut. I found the template here.


I pulled out a few old Stampin Up sets  (That's Funny and Roughing It) to make a card for my Mom's 72nd birthday. My son wondered what I was doing when I set the edge of the card over the stove's flame.
These little treat holders have a few Hershey's Kisses inside. I took a 6 in. by 6 in. sheet of paper, added double sided tape on one edge and rolled it into a tube, then used tape to secure the ends of the tube in opposite directions. I used my crimper to add a little detail to the ends.
It has been a long time since I worked in my craft room. It was a lot of fun. I felt very fortunate to have all of my crafty stuff on the night of my son's band concert. Ten minutes before we had to leave for his concert venue, my son realized he did not have his bow tie or cummerbund. We quickly searched for it then I used our last few minutes to whip up a bow tie using a black foam craft sheet and black ribbon. I used a sheer black oversized scarf to make a quick cummerbund. It worked amazingly well. He was able to play in the concert.
He was nervous about not being able to play on the way to the concert but was all smile afterwards with his grandparents. It is hard to tell that his tie and cummerbund aren't the real thing.
What has been going on in your craft space?
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Monday, December 3, 2018

Cutesy the Elf Is Back!

Boogs is now 12-years-old. I was not sure if Cutesy the Elf would be returning this year. Boogs mentioned the return of Cutesy right after Halloween. So, Cutesy is back for his 8th year with us.
Boogs found him hiding under the dining room table on December 1st. Cutesy wrote a message and then added Bananagram letters to the note. Cutesy brought a Santa Bubblegum Tape dispenser with him. Boogs was happy to see that Cutesy did not take a big bite out of the gum like he did a few years ago.
Every year, Cutesy decorates Boogs' bathroom with this Santa shower curtain, rug, and lid cover. This year, Cutesy added a creepy snowman in the tub. From the doorway, it kind of looks like a body in the tub. Boogs is 12, Cutesy would never have done this when Boogs was little. Now it is funny.
Boogs yelled when he first saw it. He said he was barely awake and it scared him. He thought someone was hiding in his shower.
On day 3 with Cutesy, we found Cutesy sitting inside a plastic container. An attached sign said, "Oops! I tooted. Wanna smell?"
 Boogs found Cutesy fairly quickly this morning.
Of course he had to take a sniff. Boogs told me it smelled like peppermints. He even found a couple of peppermints taped under the fold of Cutesy's hat.
Boogs has a holiday band concert on December 4th, so Cutesy wanted to wish him luck. Cutesy was hiding in the curio cabinet with his own trombone. Cutesy's trombone was made out of Wikki Stix.
What are your elves doing this year? Cutesy needs all the inspiration he can get. You can find all of Cutesy's adventures for the past seven years on my Cutesy the Elf Pinterest board or by clicking the "elf" tag after this post.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Thanksgiving Break

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. Boogs and his Dad went hunting, so I had the house to myself for a few days. They came back in time to get things ready for Thanksgiving Day. On Thanksgiving Day, my family came over and we had a great meal, time to visit, played games, and watched football.
We forgot to do a group pic this year but I did remember to bring out our "thankful leaves".  It is fun to read leaves from previous years and add new ones each year.
 We played Codenames Pictures. It is a word association and deduction game. It was a lot of fun.
We also played "Word-o-rama". (Adaptation of The Blogess' CrapScrabble) We took out a bunch of letter tiles, each player grabbed a handful, then made up a word and a definition. The rest of the players had to decide if your word was believable or not. Some of my favorite words: Zooyhathaing - Zookeeper leading hatha yoga class for the animals, teenagoney - agony of raising a teenager, bumpdabang - when you stub your toe on a corner.
Boogs had a friend over for the weekend. The boys wanted to sit around and play video games all of the time. I "made" them go to a trampoline place. They had fun.
The next day, I made them take a hike with me to the park.
The path was very overgrown. The sky was beautiful.
 The boys had fun even though the playground equipment was way too little for them.

 Ummmm... I don't think that is how that is supposed to work.

 I found a spot to relax and look at the clouds while they ran around.
The day before, the boys had made up a ridiculous and funny story after seeing the number 14 carved in a tree. They insisted I take a picture of the park sign because the address was 1414. Whoa, weird coincidence.
Our day ended way too fast. We had to take J2 back to his family. We met J2's mom at Hillcrest Cemetery in Temple. It is close to the halfway point between our houses, about an hour away from home. We read many of the historical markers throughout the cemetery.
We also looked for the oldest marker.
We had to make a stop at Buccee's before we parted company. Buccee's is a humongous gas station/convenience store. The boys grabbed a few toys and played around the shop until it was time to go. 
We were sad for our holiday week to come to an end. Luckily, Christmas break is coming soon.

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