Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Santas Workshop

Hello Out There!  This is sadly a no-sew post.  We've been busy with other Christmassy stuff as I'm sure you are too.

The 2016 Craft Project was........Shower Tabs to Steam Away Colds.  Everyone pretty much guessed bath salts which was close.

They were fun to make and smell wonderful.
Giveaway Winners: Alicia B (even though she commented on FB and not officially here and cause we're friends).  I also picked at random from those who guessed bath salts or bombs and Janet O was the winner!  Send me your home addresses and santa will bring them your way.

I made my own labels with Avery.  Did you know that you can print your own at home through their website? they have a gazillion designs.  So easy!
 And here they are ready for gifting.
I love setting up crafting stations here in the DR.  Hanna is busy assembling our guild favors.
 We decided a little "treat" was more fun this year than the same old recycled FQs.
While ordering Christmas Stamps I saw this on the USPS website and all I could say is "Merry Christmas Barb".  
 This came as is, fully framed, for $39. with the newly minted stamps.  I just love it!
 It was released the day before my Birthday last year.  How fun.
 I've hung it in the "Hall of Presidents"  which I need to do a post on.  You can see some of my collections of  Lincoln here.
I found a vintage tablecloth at the antique mall.  These are almost always card table size and imagine they were used for bridge parties or bunko.
Here is a video of the windowsill Hanna and I arranged in our kitchen.  We wanted a theme that would work through February.  We bought almost everything at the Dollar Store and most of it is Plastic but I think it looks like a million bucks......ha ha....get it?
Hope you are enjoying all the sights, smells and sounds of the Holiday season.   

I'll be back soon to share a Christmas quilt that I made start to finish in 2 weeks.  

xo

32 comments:

  1. I love enjoying this festive season with you, Mom! Congrats to the two winners -- I hope you enjoy your prizes as much as we enjoyed making them xoxo

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  2. What a wonderful gift of Shower Tabs! Will you share the recipe with us? You and your family are so creative and festive. I am like you with the dollar store finds! You can really dress them up and the end product looks like a million bucks! Can't wait to see your hall of Presidents! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  3. Could you just be in charge of Christmas for the whole world? You do it so well!! : )
    I am excited about the Shower Tabs! Can't wait to try them! I will send you my snail mail right away!
    Thanks for the heads up on the Avery labels. Good to know.
    That framed stamp sheet is screaming your name. Couldn't be a better fit!
    Stellar dollar store window--and there are almost a million bucks in there, aren't there? LOL And the background music was a very nice touch. : )

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  4. Your ledge looks great Barb. You can make a silk purse from a sows ear lol! I must've led a sheltered life cause I've never heard of shower tabs before! Merry Christmas to you & Hanna. I'm making my mother a quilt for Christmas so haven't gotten around to any decorating. ���� Wendy in NH

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    1. Thanks Wendy for such thoughtful comments!

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  5. You and Hanna are putting me in the mood! Thanks!

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  6. Your gifts look wonderful! You are so creative.:)

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  7. You've been having a lot of fun, and that is what's important! It's always fun for us readers to see all the creativity that goes on in your house. Congrats to the winners!

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  8. 2 weeks! Wow - I can't wait to see it! I love homemade gifts - your shower tabs look great!

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  9. You guys are having too much fun and I laughed when you bought your own Christmas present -- good for you!!! Love your Christmas décor -- Beautiful!!! And can't wait to see your quilt!

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  10. Those Shower tabs are a wonderful gift giving idea!
    Your windowsill decorations are Divine!
    Love the framed stamp commemorative too as well as your fabulous antique table topper.
    Can't wait to see your 2 weeks of sewing "Christmas" Quilt!

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  11. Your window sill looks very pretty! After seeing framed stamps I had to get one for my hubby. We have a lot of presidential sort of things in my house too!

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  12. You two decorating Divas are the best for taking all those dollar treasures and creating something very glam. All of your ideas are always marvelous and the framed stamps is definitely a great idea. Have a very Merry Christmas and I'm sure your friends enjoyed the party.

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  13. Your posts are always so fun with or without quilts. I love your little goody bags and I really want to see the 'hall of presidents' now that you mentioned it. I am pretty sure you are the only person I know who has one of those!

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  14. What a fun post Barb ! The Christmas decor and presents are sooo nice !
    The stamps are beautiful too...
    I'm a little .... no a lot busy at this period of this year ! ;)
    I wish you a lovely Christmas time with all your family !

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  15. What fun! You and Hanna make a great team. So much energy and creativity! Would love to see your Hall of Presidents! Great vintage tablecloth. Love your glitzy windowsill, too!

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  16. It certainly IS a Santa's workshop there ; what lovely gifts!

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  17. Thanks for all the Christmas fun! Now I'm ready to do some decorating of my own. . . maybe I'll have time on Saturday. Wonderful stamp "collection" - perfect for you!!

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  18. You have the best ideas. Love the window ledge.

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  19. Shower tabs? Well, there I have learned something new, I can go quilt now! I adore your "million bucks" windowsill treatment. So creative. I am looking forward to seeing more about your presidents wall. My 6 year old grandson has autism and limited verbal communication as yet, but he knows all the presidents and their order of office! I'm a little afraid of what his next venture will be . I'd better start studying! I think he might like the stamps as well. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Great post Barb!yes, how do you make those tabs?

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  21. I can't wait to use my shower tabs, such a great idea! I love the stamps how wonderful to add to your collection.
    I am excited to see the quilt!

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  22. Always wonderful and cheery ..great post

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  23. I loved your video! Very pretty. I made a door decoration with snowflakes and dear that I got at Dollar Tree! Can't wait to see your Presidential Hall.

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  24. Love the window decoration and I know you got a bargain. Can't wait to see the quilt you made in 2 weeks. Really like the vintage table cloth too. Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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  25. That looks like great fun! Your window sill is so lovely. Enjoy the festive season!

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  26. I've never heard of shower tablets, what a great idea!! Lol - a million bucks, so funny!! I hope we do get to see your hall of presidents one day.

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  27. I've never heard of these things either... very cool idea!

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  28. You're right into the Christmas Spirit - love it! (And the fact that you got a giftie for you too...

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  30. Merry Christmas Barb to you and your family. Love the Lincoln/Washington Stamps in your Presidential room. And the Shower Salts are fabulous gifts. Will you share the recipe? I have lego pieces molds that would be great as luffa soap too. And as always you have inspired me to decorate my office with Dollar Store Ornaments to last the Winter vs the holiday. I'll add hearts in February.
    All the Best for the coming year and Thank you for sharing your ideas and friendship.

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