Monday, December 3, 2012

Poppy's Elves


Every Christmas my Dad comes home from Florida for a few weeks to celebrate Christmas with all of us.

So we have started to go over to his house to decorate before he arrives.  

My Dad doesn't want us to overdo it and he is very particular about what he does and does not like.



Basically, anything made by one of his grandchildren...he likes.  Any other frippery bought from a store...he doesn't like.

Hence, we have started the tradition of making him something.    Last year the grandkids each made him an angel ornament like the one Lindsey is hanging above(see the posts here and here).

And this year we personalized a Merry Christmas message.  It was intended for his mantelpiece but his mantel was too skinny so we placed it on his bookshelf instead...



The girls each took a letter or two and had their way with them...


DH Jim cut styrofoam bricks which I wrapped in paper to serve as the base and we hot-glued bamboo skewers to the backs of the painted wooden letters we bought from the craft store...



I always enjoy the hustle and bustle when we're making stuff.  

The littlest one was thrilled with her "bobblehead" letter.  She put her picture on a spring she made from wire (she's the middle R below).  And her older sister to her right is peaking through her "R" and hugging it from behind...


We used one of those instant pogo printers that you connect to your camera.  That way they could make any pose they wanted and use that picture when making their letter.  This one says she's the queen because 1) she's the only one with a crown and 2) her letter was taller than anyone else's...just so you know.


They were all delightful...


Ellie's our singer...


And both the Ravens and Jack's red hat made an appearance...



Though crafting isn't Jack's favorite thing, he's a sport about coming along for the ride and hanging with everyone.


And I know my Dad is going to love it.  After all, he was elf himself once...



(According to his work colleague, he tried to destroy all evidence of his past history as an elf.  I am so grateful that there are resourceful historians in the world like Helen Hansard so that I am able to set the record straight and post this little known fact here today. *snicker*)

Happy Monday everyone.  

15 comments:

FlowerLady said...

What a happy time you guys had creating something for Poppy that is so personal.

Happy Holidays to all of you,

FlowerLady Lorraine

Laurie said...

How creative! I'm sure this means more to him than anything you could buy in a store. Gives me some ideas too! Merry Christmas!

Margaret said...

What fun! May you have a blessed Christmas all-together!

gracie said...

What a wonderful welcome for dad.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

He'll love it! I love that each girl puts a little of herself into their projects.

Its been fun watching them grow up through your blog.

The Elves have it!

xx, Carol

Leanna said...

Susan, you are the Sweeeeetest Thing!

margaret said...

such talented girls, no wonder your Dad wants things made by the family not shop bought, a truly wonderful time for you all.

Rachel said...

All the "making time" is something the kids will love to look back on when they are older, too...

Elizabeth said...

Totally brilliant!! What a glorious group of kids being led by the pied piper of creative lusciousness!!! Fabulous picture of you and Jack!!!
You are the queen of your wonderful crew and those kids are so blessed to have you!!!

Catherine said...

You are so creative ~ I love that all the kids seem to really enjoy participating!! Hugs!

Thearica said...

Fantastic idea! Poppy will be all smiles!

Judy S. said...

What a fun, fun project! Bet your dad loves it! Maybe he'll even take it back to FLA?

Wanda Maria Roszak said...

Hi Susan,
thank you for your beautiful work of art. and a great heart.
Your place is always so beautifully and family,
Susan Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2012 for you and your loved ones, I greet warmly!

Altax said...

Excellent pictures, cute kids and awesome photography.

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Ingrid Mida said...

Dear Susan,
It has been a long while since I've had time to visit. I came here for a dose of inspiration and was delighted by all that I saw.
I'm not blogging much myself anymore but have picked up my embroidery hoop and am back at it. I think 2013 is the year to really stitch!
Best wishes for a Merry Christmas.
Ingrid

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