Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Christmas in July

Google Analytics tells me people are finding their way here by searching for quilled snowflakes and Christmas paper crafts, so at least some of you are already thinking about the holidays. I agree it's nice to get a jump on making things, or at least to have an arsenal of ideas bookmarked for later. I've gathered a few things that I plan to do... oh, probably around December 20th or so, knowing me. It just wouldn't be Christmas in my house without a frenzied craft project cluttering the kitchen table!

Origami decorations

The shape of these origami hanging decorations reminds me of traditional tree ornaments, only sleeker. Find the full tutorial at the colorful site, minieco.co.uk (that's mini-eco :))

gift wrap 2011

Linda Demers at a la mode is always coming up with good ideas. I've admired her seatbelt handbags, and think these little gift bags are mighty clever too. She's even filmed a video, so we'll know exactly how to make a quick batch when the time comes.


Lastly, I bet most everyone admires a handmade garland at the holidays, whether it's strung popcorn and cranberries or something more elaborate. This one from Martha Stewart is reminiscent of poinsettias. I think it would be beautiful made up in shades of gold, or perhaps greens and reds that aren't necessarily the traditional kelly and clear red. Find the tutorial here, Linkand there's also a how-to video from Martha's show.

Let me be the first to wish you Happy Holidays 2011... ready, set, go!

p.s. I promise there will be a quilled snowflake pattern coming in the not too distant future. Meanwhile, here are links to previous patterns: snowflake 1 and snowflake 2.

9 comments:

Cards by Cheryl said...

you've hit the nail on the head Ann. I don't have any new posts on my blog because I an knee deep in quilling pieces for my nativities. I have to do it now or it will be too crazy in the fall...and besides our weather in Vancouver has been like November any way so if you put on some Christmas music it gets you in the mood.

Thanks for the cool links...
Happy Holidays

SUGANTHI said...

Lovely gift bag tutorial. I love the festive paper garland.Thanks for the link Ann.

Kate said...

Thanks for the link Ann. Lovely to find your site. Paper quilling is on my list of things to do!

Ann said...

I'm famous for collecting ideas of what I want to do for Christmas and then waiting way too long to get started. I love these ideas

Carole Meisenhelter said...

..lovely project. I tried to watch the video link but though I can see various videos listed, including that one, clicking on it doesn't bring anything up?? Any tricks?

Ann Martin said...

Carole, if you mean the garland video, at first there's a black screen, but then it does start after a short ad. Good luck!

Molly Smith said...

You are so clever figuring out everything! Love this post info and the joyful photos! Thanks for sharing! hugs xo

chillin with Quillin said...

lovely, thanks for sharing!!!!

homemade baby gifts said...

Oh my, so darn cute!!!

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