Friday, December 28, 2012

What is Red and Black and White All Over?

This year I decided to make my mom and my sister rag bags for Christmas.  It was a rather last minute decision, but I thought rather than going out and buying a gift bag for their gifts, why not pull out the big shot and make something they can keep and use throughout the year. 
My sister, Laurie LOVES red and black.  She likes bright, bold and flashy. I knew when I started looking at material for her, I wanted the reddest red that I could find. After finding that red it was on to get some black material.  The black was...well boring.  I just didn't think that plain ol' black suited her. Then I found this BOLD black and white floral fabric. I was a little scared of it.  I am a pink girl w/ a love for polka dots and daisies, this was definitely outside my comfort zone.   Here's how Laurie's bag turned out.  Is it bright enough?  Did I make the right choice on the fabric?
My mom likes red and black too.  She is not quite as outgoing and bold as my sister though so I went with a little less bold print when I chose her fabric.  I really liked my mom's bag.  While it isn't pink, it is still pretty.  :)

For Christmas, Santa brought Evan some 'dot markers'.... they are like those used to mark your bingo card.  He absolutely loves them.  Good job, Santa!  *wink wink*  I save all the brown paper that comes in my Stampin Up! orders---it comes in REALLY handy when Evan is creating. And yes, he is sitting on my island in the kitchen.  I figured out that I can catch him before he gets down and runs off w/ the markers this way.  We only create on  paper....  no walls, floors or furniture.  LOL

Monday, December 10, 2012

Oh My...What a Shiny Nose You Have

Tis' the season to be creating.  I really do love this time of year when I can escape down to my stampin' room and turn on some Christmas music and create. 

 This year, we have many new people to be thankful for and that really need a little something to let them know how much we appreciate them.  Evan has 5 therapists that come into our home each week.  We also have several ladies that work on keeping his therapy running smoothly at the WEAP (Wisconsin Early Autism Project) clinic.  Plus we also have a couple ladies that work w/ him in our local school district.  You know the saying, "It takes a community to raise a child" ?  I really feel that Evan has his own little community now and he is THRIVING!  It is truly exciting to watch him progress and I'm sure I will gush on my blog often about him.  Ohhh what?  I already do?  Yes, I do--I'm his mom!  :) 

Evan loves music.  Right now I am trying to teach him to sing "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer".  I am hoping he has it down before Christmas.   He's a pretty quick little guy--I bet he'll be singing it for Christmas.  

 I thought these little boxes would be perfect for his teachers and therapists.  


I finished 6 boxes today-- a couple more days in the stampin' room and I should have an entire herd of reindeer!  :) 

I was also asked to make a rag bag.  This bag will be given away in a holiday gift exchange. It took me a long time to pick out the fabric.  I must have done okay, because I had a hard time parting w/ it--I love to red!  I hope whoever receives it likes it too.  <3 p="p">

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