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Hello everyone!  Happy Wednesday to all of you.  It has been crazy rainy here, pretty much blustering for the last 24 hours straight.  Woke up to the power being out, and we’ve continued to have surges throughout the day, with more rain yet to come.  Luckily we’ve all been able to hole up in the house, since today has been a holiday for Veteran’s Day.  Love being all warm and cozy inside when it’s pouring out.

Nik and I have been working away on a few craft projects.  We just finished making a 12 foot long pipe-cleaner chain to decorate one of my mini Christmas trees this year.  Saw one at a holiday open house I attended last weekend, and knew immediately it would be a fun project for me and her to do together.  It is so nostalgic and bright, and besides getting poked by a few wires, was an easy and quick project to make.

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We also started work on our pumpkin turkey last night.  I got an extra pumpkin last weekend as part of our farm outing, and since it’s past Halloween, we decided to turn it into a Thanksgiving decoration.  I let Nik decide what she would like to use for materials and how to put it all together, and I have to say that it has turned out just as cute as can be.  She’s got some really fun ideas.

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We used two sizes of fun foam circles for the eyes, and turned the pumpkin on its side so that the stem acts as its beak.  Nik made feet and a wattle out of pipe cleaners, which we then hot glued in place.

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We decided to make the turkey’s tail out of real feathers.  Nik wanted to stack 3 colors of feathers on top of each other, so we broke out the white glue and got a bit of an assembly line going.  Then we needed to let the feathers dry overnight.

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This morning, we hot glued the feathers in place, and now Mr. Turkey is complete. And oh, how he makes me laugh to look at him.  He reminds me of Animal from the Muppet Show.  Do you remember Animal?

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And now for a bit of a scrappy share, I have another Christmas card to share, made using the adorable holiday die-cuts from K&Co along with some Cosmo Cricket and Making Memories papers.

Tis the Season

I also used some Martha Stewart baker’s twine, some red tulle, and aqua organdy ribbon. The die cut tag under the stocking was printed on a Making Memories package, and all I needed to do was cut it out.  Stitched on a strip of Melissa Frances lace trim and added a few pearls to the stocking cuff.

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And don’t forget that the Webster’s Pages 12 Days of Christmas Crop starts tomorrow at inspireME.  Check out the site for all the details.  Design Team member Lucy Edson is up first with her holiday shadow box project.  You all are going to love it!

12 days of Christmas Crop

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great evening!

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This weekend has just flown by, hasn’t it?  I hope you all had a good one.  I sure did.  The highlight for me was Saturday when our little kit club, the Paper-Playground, held our second ScrapPink Crop for the Cure.  Hundreds of stores and groups across the nation participated in this annual event to help raise money for breast cancer awareness, and it was really an honor for us to be able to do our small part once again.  We had a larger turn out, even, than last year, and the day was filled with scrapping and fellowship.  There were make-n-takes and door prizes, giveaways and freebies, and food, food, and more food.  You can bet that I spent quite a bit of time up at the ‘ol buffet! ;) I never seem to get a whole lot of scrapping done at crops, cause I’m usually running my mouth too much.  I did finish my projects for the week for Random Chaos and Sketch This that I will be able to share soon.  But for now, I have a few photos that I can share instead.

That’s me in the middle with two of my bestest Paper-Playground buds, Beth and Sherry.  I was trying to be queen of the crop, but think I’ll have to settle for princess because here is the real queen, for sure!

We bow to you, Oh Pink One! (Never mind that it was really all my stuff and Beth was just borrowing it).  You definitely deserve the crown!

And here’s a picture of Kathie, friend extraordinaire and business partner, and PP pal Sandi.

We had so much fun!  Hope if any of you are ever in the Raleigh area that you can join us at our next ScrapPink event or any of our monthly crops.  Just shoot me a message!

I also wanted to share these pictures I took of Nik last night.  She’s been going through a real rough spell, and my good friend, Queen Beth and her husband James bestowed upon her the most heartfelt gift that I am just so grateful for.  James is an art teacher and after looking on my blog recently and seeing Nik’s Halloween drawings done on cruddy tablet paper, they both wanted to see Nik get some decent tools to work with.  So, they got together a real sketch book and a set of genuine artist pencils and surprised me with them at the crop on Saturday.  Here are some of the photos I took of her opening this wonderful gift.

Look at her expressions!!  She was SO excited and happy!  But the absolute best photo of all is the one I snapped after telling her that Mr. James wants to come down one weekend soon and give her lessons on perspective.

That face just says it all.  Thank you, thank you, Beth and James, for everything you have done!!

Time for me to go wake the little peanut up and get her ready for school.  Hope you all have a wonderful day!

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