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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Christmas Presents and Yet Another Snowman

Happy Sunday everyone.  I wanted to share another snowman with you.  This came from the same snowman craft themed magazine last week's terracotta pot snowman came from.  This one was designed by Pat Olson, which I spotted immediately when I saw it in the magazine.  I have painted many of her designs.  They are fairly easy and are just adorable.  I had some spindles so I adapted it to the size and shape I had.  I thought the arms were too long at first, but then I kind of liked the awkward look.  I try not to go for cookie cutter perfection but I like to put my own sense of whimsy on the projects I do.  I am still working on a snowman garland.  Hopefully, I will have a breakthrough on that soon! 

I also wanted to tell you about some of my fun and useful Christmas gifts.  I got a new camera which I love.  It is a Nikon Coolpix.  I have found it easy to use right out of the gate.  I took the above picture with my old camera to show you the straps I made for my new camera.  My old camera still works but it is a Vivitar and takes AA batteries.  When I bought it, I had no idea that it would eat through batteries like a house afire and I would soon be battery poor!  Anyhow, my new Nikon has a rechargeable battery and I love it.  I decided to make a couple of straps to make it feel welcome!  I may just make a new case for it because the case it came with is kind of plain and boring. I am thinking of joining a Friday night sew-in sponsored by Crafty Vegas Mom, so that may be a good project for it. 

This is another favorite Christmas gift I received.  It is a Babycakes pie maker.  What a blast!  I have made blueberry pies with a homemade butter crust and raspberry pies with the Pillsbury pie crust from the refrigerated section of the grocery store.  Both were awesome.  I am making apple pies this week.  My husband has even gotten in on the act, helping roll out and cut the dough.  It really is fun. 
The homemade glaze I put on the pies brought them over the top to a-may-zing! 

You know how much I LOVE snowmen right?  Well, the teacher I work with and I have become very good friends and she knows me pretty well.  She gifted me with this beautiful lamp this Christmas.  I love it.  It sits on my front entry table so everyone can see it when they come in.  She took me to a craft shop that she visits several times a year over the summer.  They have so many wonderful things that I would love in my home, I found myself secretly glad it was over an hour away, otherwise, I might spend a small fortune there!  That is where she purchased this lamp on her next trip there after she took me.  It looks wonderful with my ever-growing snowman collection. 

We got a little dusting of snow here, but the weather continues to be baffling and completely unseasonal for this time of year.  I hope you all have a wonderful week and a healthy and crafty end to this January.  Take care.                    Nancy                                                                                 


  1. More cute snowman crafts!! I love that lamp too Nancy! Sounds like that craft fair would be great to visit!

    I got a pie maker a couple of years ago - and we always have fun when I get it out!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  2. That snowman is adorable!!!
    A few blog friends and I are hosting our first link party tomorrow to finish off the Imagine the Impossibilities Challenge, we go live at 7amET. Today I revealed my project for the challenge, a gallery wall with only one screw in the wall. It would be great if you have a chance to check it out and link up!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog = your newest follower

  3. Cute snowman! and you really got some nice things this year huh? I'm so glad you're thinking about the sew-in. I have to think of something for it. Which shouldn't be too hard, there's always something over here to do :)

  4. I live in northern Cali, and it has been an odd Winter here too. We almost always have snow from Nov-April, and have gotten very little this winter so far. Yesterday we even opened our windows to cool the house down. Well love your snowmen. I have a weekly linky fri-monday, and a Valentine contest going , please stop by sometime.

  5. Love your run down. :0)

    Thanks so much for taking the time to share at Pin'Inspiration Thursday. Hope to see you on Saturday to help "Beat the Winter Blues". Have an awesome day.

  6. Aw, so cute! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!