Greeting cards can make terrific wall art, especially for the holidays. Depending on the design, you can use the entire card as shown below or just a portion of it as shown in the second photo.
Above is a card glued to an inexpensive pre-cut pine-wood circle painted white with a tiny screw inserted at the top and a ribbon for hanging. I actually bought the card not to send but because I loved the image so much. I’m relatively certain the card design is by Mary Engelbreit.
The cute little guy on this sled was carefully cut out from a Christmas card (just look at his tail), glued to the wood sled, candy-cane stickers glued to each side, a peppermint candy sticker placed beneath his feet for him to dance upon, and red ribbon wrapped around the sled dowel to emulate a candy cane. Since I use a lot of candy canes, and candy-cane and peppermint-candy designs at Christmas, the sled works perfectly. And the cute little guy, who would have otherwise ended up in a trash bin, brings Christmas cheer every year.
Greeting cards can have wonderful, fresh designs and are a great source for creating wall art and not just for the holidays. Consider how many holidays and different types of cards there are: Valentine’s, St. Patrick’s, Easter, Mother’s Day, Halloween, birthday, get well… and just think about all the lovely floral designs and wonderful children’s designs that are available.
And don’t forget vintage greeting cards, especially if you love Victorian and Americana designs. Look for them in yard sales, flea markets, thrift stores, estate sales, and on-line. Or check them out on Google images.
Sheng Dan Kuai Le!
Nollaig Shona Dhuit!
barka dà Kirsìmatì!
Feliz Navidad !
and to paraphrase Tiny Tim
Blessings on Us, Every One!
If you only watch one version of A Christmas Carol this holiday season this would be the one. Amazingly the 1984 version, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, was a made-for-TV movie, although it was released in theaters in the United Kingdom. Beautifully done, the film is well-balanced, captures the feel of a Victorian Christmas and remains fairly true to Dickens original story. The cast performances are more realistic than in many of the other versions making the characters more believable and less like the almost caricature-like performances sometimes seen in other films. An impressive cast in an impressive production! George C. Scott was nominated for an Emmy for his performance and how nice to see David Warner playing the good guy for a change. His portrayal of Bob Cratchit displays dignity, compassion, and humanity and less of the timidity, cringing, or cowering depicted by many of his predecessors. And Edward Woodward is a real treat as the Ghost of Christmas Present. Numero uno? This production has my vote.
Not rated/ 100 minutes.
George C. Scott Ebenezer Scrooge
Frank Finaly Marley’s Ghost
Angela Pleasence Ghost of Christmas Past
Edward Woodward Ghost of Christmas Present
Michael Carter Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
David Warner Bob Cratchit
Susannah York Mrs. Cratchit
Anthony Walters Tiny Tim
This tree is the grandmother of the teacup trees featured in Sunday’s post; it is the oldest and the largest at about 18 inches, It is an easy, simple, and inexpensive craft project, even easier than the teacup trees. It’s a fun way to bring a bit of Christmas cheer to the kitchen and can be used on countertops, shelve, tables, baker racks, and microwave stands. This kitchen tree is especially fun because of the materials used to trim it.
The base was originally covered in rough burlap; cut out a circle of Christmas fabric, gather it around the burlap, and tie a red satin ribbon at the top to keep it in place. Then it is just a matter of adding the trim using a hot glue gun.
Tree trim: (miniatures or very small)
shiny red beads (as Christmas bulbs)
red wooden-bead garland
wooden hearts painted red
peppermint candy balls
red holly berries (artificial)
red gift packages
candy canes (artificial)
cinnamon sticks (broken into 2 inch lengths)
a red wicker basket
larger wooden hearts top off the tree
But most fun of all…the wooden kitchen miniatures I bought at an outdoor flea market:
a kitchen mop
old-fashioned butter churns
buckets with copper handles
a small bucket with a lid
old-fashioned milk bottles painted white
And lastly, a “thinking outside the box” moment as I was cutting apart a strand of red mardi gras beads to use as dangling ornaments. The beads were long, thin, six-sided, and were next to a small round bead on the strand. Instead of using them as dangling ornaments, the original intent, I glued a long bead upright at the end of a branch with the small round bead still attached. Voila, Christmas candles with a candle flame over each one.
Loosely based on A Christmas Carol, this 2009 film is a romantic comedy that, although not highly rated, is kind of fun. Any lass between the age of 16 and 60, who has ever dated, will recognize the womanizing main character played by Matthew McConaughey. It’s not a Christmas film but an interesting example of creative adaptations of the classic story.
Favorite scene: the “ghost” of girlfriend past: gum-popping, wise-cracking, teenie-bopper Allison, played by Emma Stone.Surprisingly, as I just found out, Emma also played Skeeter in the Help, and Wichita in Zombieland. The three characters are so different and her look so altered that I didn’t even recognize that it was the same actress in all three films. Wow! I’m impressed…and entertained.
Rated PG-13, 100 minutes
Matthew McConaughey Connor Mead
Jennifer Garner Jenny Perotti
Michael Douglas Uncle Wayne
Breckin Meyer Paul
Lacey Chabert Sandra
Robert Forster Sergeant Volkorn
Anne Archer Vonda Volkorn
Emma Stone Allison Vandermeersch
Released in 1988, this film is a comedy, parody, and clever adaption of the original story. I especially enjoy the performances of Carol Kane as the Ghost of Christmas Present and Bob Goldthwait as Eliot, a loose interpretation of the Bob Cratchit character. Special appearances by Lee Majors, Mary Lou Retton, Jamile Farr, Robert Goulet, John Houseman, Buddy Hackett, and Pat McCormick. Oh, and for movie trivia fans, the actress playing Mrs. Santa at the beginning of the film is the mother of actor/director Ron Howard, Jean Speegle Howard.
Rated PG-13, 101 minutes.
Bill Murray Frank Cross
Karen Allen Claire
John Forsythe Lew Hayward
Bob Goldthwait Eliot Loudermilk
Carol Kane Ghost of Christmas Present
Robert Mitchum Preston Rhinelander
Michael J Pollard Herman
Mabel King Gramma
Christmas craft idea: Christmas tree in a teacup—easy and inexpensive
I particularly like this Christmas decoration because it is small and mobile and can be placed on dresser tops, shelves, table tops, counter tops, nightstands, etc… It adds a touch of Christmas cheer, and is easily stored. It can be used in most decors, and works nicely in kitchens, dining rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, and offices, just about anywhere. It also makes a fun gift.
Tea cup with saucer (bought at a yard sale for cheap, check thrift stores too)
Miniature tabletop tree 8-12 inches high (bought at thrift store)
Dried Spanish moss
Hot glue gun
Materials for trim-
—beads (I use mardi gras strands bought at the local dollar store)
—miniature pearl strands (can be found in the sewing department of
department or craft stores)
—narrow satin ribbon to use as garlands and/or small bows
—miniature bells (craft department or craft stores, come in packages of 9-12 for under $2.00)
—miniature silk flowers (or cut off individual blossoms of a larger flower)
—other materials I have used in the past: artificial berries, rose hips, dried herbs & flowers such as yarrow, sprigs of lavender or mint, baby pinecones, miniature gift packages…Half the fun of this project is finding things to put on the tree, use your imagination.
1) cut floral foam to fit into tea cup, glue into place and push tree base into foam, glue as needed
2) cover top of florist foam with small amount of dried Spanish moss to hide foam, trim moss as needed
3) trim tree, using hot glue gun (carefully) attach materials to tree. Use single beads as “Christmas bulbs”, strands of pearls or miniature beads as garlands, bells on the end of branches, and a bow, bead, or miniature star at the top. (Depending on the size of the branches I either tie the bells on with ribbon or just firmly push the bell on to the end of the branch.) The trees make a nice jingling sound when moved.