Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dilly Dallying with Paper Doilies

Don’t you love this Christmas swag that Vicki made ?  When I spotted it on her blog  I knew I'd have to try making one sometime. 
It's made with supplies from a kit here (love their stuff).  The center doily grabbed my eye; I don't think I've ever seen a printed doily ??  I wondered if it was printed or stamped.  I decided I would give printing a go since I am not taken with my stamping skills.  Here is what I came up with …after more than one attempt J.  This digital thing may be basic for most folks but not here in the “Hollow! 

I found an image copied it into Word, adjusted the image size, then simply repeated pasting the image onto the page.  Then the real fun started.  At best I abhor my printer … I’m sure it’s me but we always disagree - sometimes it gets really nasty where there is a globing of paper and sometimes even cursing is involved – anyway … I ended up taping the doily onto the page using painter’s masking tape (the blue tape that peels off easily).  I found that placement of the doily on the page was important; the doily needs an inch or so below the edge or else as the paper feeds the printer (at least mine) eats the edge of the doily. I also found that securing tape under the doily in the center is a delicate operation (it tears). So here is what I ended up with. 

Now secure in my doily printing skills (and about 3 hrs into it) I did another doily using vintage Christmas paper wrap from here -  I've become a doily printing fool.  
On another note I made myself a Hippo under glass vignette for Christmas, the best $1 I've spent in a while (Dollar Tree hippo)  makes me smile every time I look at him J

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Christmas season begins

I am kicking off the season with one of my favorite Christmas songs; I just discovered it a few years ago !  Let the merriment of the season begin ...  and it's "Merry Christmas" at my house.

I have no idea if the following is true - but it has to be because I found the information in online :) 

"Gayla Peevey (born 1943) is perhaps best known for her song, I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas (Columbia, 1953). A child star from Oklahoma City, she was 10 years old when she recorded the novelty song written by John Rox in 1950. The Oklahoma City Zoo capitalized upon the popularity of the song in 1953 through a fund raising campaign to "buy a hippo for Gayla" in order to bring a hippo to the zoo. (They had no hippopotamus at the time.) The song raised $3,000. A baby hippo, named Matilda, was procured and flown in to Oklahoma City and presented by Peevey to the zoo."(

Sunday, November 20, 2011

'Tis the Season - no peeking

I started following several blogs about two years ago during a very difficult time of my life.  And "as the world turned" and life's circumstances improved I discovered that I really enjoyed blogland.  Just before New Year's eve 2011 I started my own blog. My first blogging adventure was on NYE when I joined in on a craft-a-long with Paula and friends, it was so stink'n  fun !  This little piece of my world has been a way to connect, share, and acknowledge the wonderfully talented and generous women I've had the pleasure of meeting here in blogland.  

One of the wonderful women I've met is Cindy at Rick Rack and Gingham.  She is hosting a Christmas ornament swap and invited me to join.  I will be exchanging ornaments with Cindy and Debby from Cozy Blanket. I'm working on my little ornaments and here's a peek at one under construction ... but that's all for now :)   I hope to have these in the mail in a few days !!   Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving everyone !  E in TN