Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Wednesday Wrap Party #2

Each Wednesday thru December 21
You are invited to my

Wednesday Wrap Party 

Share Your Best Dressed Gifts.....

Prettiest Packages,
Beautiful Bows,
Awesome Embellishments,
Handcrafted Papers,
Handfolded Boxes and Bags
Uniques and Techniques,
Templates, Tutorials, Toppers and Tags

Show us how You pull it all together to Give a Gift
you're Proud to Present.

Here are the rules:

#1. Link to your Wrap Party Post  not your blog's home page; this post must include a link back to ShabbyTeaParty so we can all get back to find others to visit,

#2. Visit and leave a comment on the 2 posts previous to yours, but please visit as many as you'd like, of course, the more the merrier as they say.

That's it!

I can hear the flurry of rustling wrapping paper and the clicking of scissors snipping away.....Can't wait to see all the great packaging ideas out there!

Linking times are 5:00 pm Tuesday thru midnight Wednesday

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Giving Thanks...........

In every thing give thanks .........
1 Thessalonians 5:18

Jean-Francois Millet  "The Angelus" 1857-59

I recently received this email and wanted to share it with you all.........

What Happens in Heaven When We Pray

I dreamt that I went to Heaven
and an angel was showing me around.
We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom
filled with angels.
My angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said,
"This is the Receiving Section.
Here, all petitions said to God in prayer are received."

I looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy
with so many angels sorting out petitions
written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps
from people all over the world.

Then we moved on down a long corridor
until we reached the second section.

The angel then said to me,
"This is the Packaging and Delivery Section.
Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for
are processed and delivered to the living persons
who asked for them." 
I noticed again how busy it was there.
There were many angels working hard at that station
since so many blessings had been requested
and were being packaged for delivery to Earth.

Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor,
we stopped at the door of a very small station.
To my great surprise, only one angel was seated there,
idly doing nothing.
"This is the Acknowledgement Section",
my angel friend quietly admitted to me.
He seemed embarrassed.
"How is it that there is no work going on here?", I asked.

"So sad," the angel sighed.
"After people receive the blessings that they asked for,
very few send back acknowledgements."

"How does one acknowledge God's blessings?" I asked.

"Simple," the angel answered,
"just say, Thank you, Lord."

"What blessings should they acknowledge?" I asked.

"If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back,
a roof overhead and a place to sleep,
you are richer than 75% of this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet,
and spare change in a dish,
you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy."

"And if you get this on your own computer,
you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity."

"If you woke up this morning with more health that illness,
You are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day."

"If  you have never experienced the fear in battle,
the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture,
or the pangs of starvation,
You are ahead of 700 million people in the world."

"If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death,
you are envied by, and more blessed than,
three billion people in the world."

"If your parents are still alive and still married, you are very rare."

"If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you are unique to all those in doubt and despair.........."

Ok, what now? How can I start?

If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you as very special,
and you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.

"Have a good day, count your blessings, and if you care to , 
pass this along to remind everyone else
how blessed we all are.

ATTN:  Acknowledgement Dept.
"Thank you Lord, for giving me the ability to share this message, and for giving me so many wonderful people with whom to share it."

If you have read this far,
I pray you will thank God for every blessing, especially family and friends.

Warm Hugs for a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving weekend!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Wednesday Wrap Party #1.......

I was recently visiting over at Cabin and Cottage here and saw this beautifully wrapped gift box.....

Simple yet Elegant!

Jacqueline used a wide white lace around the brown paper covered box, then wrapped tulle around the opposing sides, tying it up at the top.
I knew I just had to share it with you. 

Then I thought wouldn't it be fun to host a Link Party to show off all of our Best Dressed Gifts!

So I've decided to give it a try. Keeping my fingers crossed that I've correctly figured out this link service. It's my first link party so please be patient with me....here goes......

Each Wednesday thru December 21 
You are invited to my

Wednesday Wrap Party

 Share Your Best Dressed Gifts....

Prettiest Packages,
Beautiful Bows,
Awesome Embellishments, 
Handcrafted Papers,
Handfolded Boxes and Bags,
Uniques and Techniques,
Templates, Tutorials, Toppers and Tags
How you pull it all together to Give a Gift
you're Proud to Present. 

Here are the rules:

#1. Link to your Wrap Party post not your blog's home page; this post must include a link back to ShabbyTeaParty so we can all get back to find others to visit,

#2.You must visit and leave a comment on the 2 posts previous to yours, but please visit as many as you'd like, of course, the more the merrier as they say.

That's it!
I can hear the flurry of rustling wrapping paper and the clicking of scissors snipping away.......
Can't wait to see all the great packaging ideas out there!
Thank you for participating
Warm Hugs for Happy Holidays!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

I've Been Inspired...Hosting My First Link Party.........

I was recently visiting over at  Cabin and Cottage here  and saw this beautifully wrapped gift......

Simple and Elegant!

Jacqueline wrapped a wide white lace around the brown paper covered box and then wrapped the opposing sides with white tulle, tying it up at the top.
I just knew I wanted to share it at today's Tea Party.

Then I thought wouldn't it be fun to host a Link Party where we could all show off our Best Dressed Gift Packaging.

So here goes..... I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I've figured out the link service so
we can all come back here each
Wednesday through December 22 for my....

 Wednesday Wrap Party

 You are invited to link up for the next few weeks  from 
Tuesdays at 5:00 pm until Wednesday at midnight.

Please plan to share.....Looking forward to seeing...

Beautiful Bows
Awesome Embellishments
Handcrafted Papers
Handfolded Boxes and Bags
Tips and Techniques
Tutorials, Templates, Toppers and Tags
How YOU bring it all together to Give the Gift
you're Proud to Present

Can't Wait.........Bring a Friend....See you on Wednesday

Warm Hugs,

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Church Bazaar is Fast Approaching.....

......and I've been busy making up a few crafty things to donate.....
Take a look at my previous post to see some tree ornaments I've been working on.

Today I wanted to show you a snowman I completed this week.

Here's how he started out....(giggle)

These labels peel right off when heated a little with the hair blower.

There is No stuffing in him whatsoever, it's just that the weight of the cotton batting is so bulky when gathered.....

I added a little sprinkling of glitter snow.....

click to enlarge for a closer look

I always get too attached to the things I make (sniff), but if someone is willing to spend money on him, I'm sure he will be going to a home where he will be loved and appreciated.

Sharing here:

Warm Hugs,

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

More Paper Handmade Christmas Ornaments

This style of ornament is quick and easy.

click images to enlarge

Made from an accordian folded paper rosette mounted on a stiff backing such as a heavy decorative paper or colored cardboard, 
and a prepackaged decorated glittery snowflake.

For this one I 'm using a greeting card

click images to enlarge

Using my pinking sheers I cut out two circles
a smaller and larger

The smaller circle with the silver deer
is centered in an accordian folded music paper rosette
I mounted this on the larger circle cut out of the remaining part of the greeting card as shown above.

Positioned the "Season's Greeting" by
angling it across either the upper left or lower right.
I don't know how I didn't get a photo of the finished piece, sorry.

I loved this old Santa hanging tag the moment I spotted him at a thrift store.

click images to enlarge

I made him even more special by adding him to my
paper rosette with gold glitter center.

 Then I mounted that onto a coordinating blue colored cardboard I cut from a tissue box and edged in clear glitter.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My Folded Paper Christmas Ornaments

My victorian style folded paper ornaments start with decorative papers

click to enlarge photos

 I add trims like ...
 lace, ribbon, buttons, etc.
  for a more shabby/romantic ornament

and greenery, berries, miniature pinecones
for a more traditional, rustic ornament

 vintage jewelry, hanging crystals and glitter add a magical snowy Sparkle!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Turkey Feed......

For today's Tea Party, I've prepared  a version one of my favorite munchy snacks... cereal mix. Cereal mix, like trail mix, is something that's easy to take an ocassional quick little nibble of while I'm working to give me that mid-morning or mid-afternoon pick-me-up when I can't leave the desk. Cereals like Quaker Oatmeal Squares or Kelloggs Cracklin' Oat Bran tossed with any kind of nuts, chocolate chunks/chips or MM Peanuts, banana chips, raisins, whatever, and I'm happy and energized.

Well, I've recently discovered CHOCOLATE Chex Cereal!! MmMmMm....So I've created a mix to take to the Thanksgiving  family get-together.....(a good munchie for game time).....

.....and I've name it "Turkey Feed"!

Here's my recipe:  ( feel free to make substitutions that suit your family's taste of course)

14.25 oz. box  Chocolate Chex Cereal
10 oz. canister Planters Mixed Party Nuts
approx. 1/2 bag  Pretzel mini twists or thin sticks
approx. 3/4 bag Kraft Caramel Bits
11 oz. bag  Brachs Candy Corn
3 squares  Almond Bark, melted for drizzling
approx. 1/2 cup  Chocolate chips, melted for drizzling
Spread the first 4 ingredients out onto two large baking sheets and pop into a low (below 200 degree) oven to warm slightly....just so the caramel becomes softened.  You DON'T want it to completely melt down and/or cook.

Remove trays from oven.

Candy Corn....this is the "Turkey Feed" ingredient, haha, just sprinkle over top.

Melt almond bark in the micowave then spoon into a zipper style sandwich bag. Snip off the very corner of the bag and squeeze in a zig-zag pattern over the tray of mix. Fold/stir gently a few times just to blend a little but not completely coating the cereal mix. Then do the same with the chocolate chips.

Let Set (refrigerating helps to speed set up time)

Note: In the photo I had used Caramel ButterToffee Popcorn which made it waaay too sweet in my opinion. Plain popcorm may work but I fear it will get chewy so I've eliminated it completely.  Also; in the photo you will not see any pretzels as I didn't have any at the time, but I think this is a must-have ingredient, I'm definately not forgetting them next time.

I'm sharing here:

Warm Hugs,

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Snow Dolls by Agnes.......

Today I'm featuring Agnes, one of my European followers.....

After seeing the S&P snowoman in my previous post,
 Agnes made some of her own. Hop on over for a visit here.  Be sure to browse around at Aggies Frutsels , Agnes has many more beautiful crafting posts I'm sure you will enjoy.

Warm Hugs,