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Friday, December 19, 2008

7 days and it's coming FAST!!!

The hurrier I go, the behinder I get!! How many of you are feeling the same way???

First, let me take care of business and get that out of the way. Memberships are going well but with Christmas coming it is getting hard to find time to jump on here and get things done. Fear not, I will get to you and since the memberships start in January, you won't be missing anything! So many of you write such sweet notes when you send me your confirmations and I really wish that I could respond with a little note but please know that your comments are so appreciated! Many of you have been members from the start and the fact that you keep returning makes me fell all warm and fuzzy!!

So, please if you do not hear from me right away, be patient...I will get to you even if it is after the Holiday!!

Well, we got out the lights for the tree last night and only 4 strands work! I know that I bought new lights last year and it seems like every year I am buying more. I sat there for 3 hours checking them, changing fuses and bulbs (which I really think is a crock!) and am throwing out 12 strings of lights this morning! We put up 2 full size trees and I love tons of lights on them so I am off to Target to buy some more YET AGAIN! Remember when a light went out, you simply unscrewed it and put a new one in? I really wish that I had kept all those old lights and not threw them out when these new and improved ones came out. I swear, 'new and improved' really means :we found a way to make you have to spend more money'!

I finished making my cards...a very simple design (using the kit you are getting today) but at least they are homemade which was one of my goals this year! All my presents are wrapped, that is until DH brings over his that he has picked up without me knowing about it. Every year, I carefully make sure that I have spent the same amount on each of the kids and they have about the same amount of gifts under the tree and then DH decides on his own to shopping and throws it all off and I end up going out and buying more to make it even again. Every year we have this discussion and every year we need to have it again! LOL! All he says is "well, when you ask me if I have any ideas, I don't but then I think of something and just get it before I forget!" Needless to say, the kids always get more than the original budget was set for!

I am not sure how many will be around the table, so far 13 but that may increase by 2. I really don't mind since I have always told my kids that we can always find another chair and sit closer together so that no one is spending the day alone. It really amazes me how some of their friends have no place to go. I can't imagine NOT spending the day with my kids! I made little candy boxes for each place setting (also using today's kit) and I made 15 just in case! If any more show up I might be making some more at the last minute.

I found the greatest 'ornament' at Target!!!! They are little metal tubes (about 8") that say 'Letters to Santa' on them. I have saved all the kid's letters to and from Santa and just had them in a box. So, now I am going to put them in these and give them to them. I was so thrilled to find them! Every year, they get a new ornament so when they move out and set up their own tree, they will have enough to decorate it with ornaments that have memories. With them both being in their 20's they have so many now that our family tree is mostly their ornaments and very few of mine. But the second tree we put up is just the gold ornaments that DH has given me over the years from Danbury Mint so I really don't feel left out. Family tree in the living room and the gold tree in the dining room. We used to do a tree in each of the kid's rooms and in the dinette and the rest of my family thought I was nuts but, heh, Christmas only comes once a year! Then, there were the Santa footprints, the magic dust, the scraps of red velvet, the reindeer bells on the porch roof....geez my kid's were believers long past their times!!

Okay on to the last kit of the year!!! A Patchwork Christmas! The previews do not show all that is in the kit since I ran out of time to do the previews like I usually do! But, I am sure you wont' mind being a little surprised when you unzip them!!

Members can download...HERE

And the Sampler for non-members...Sampler download is...HERE

Well, we are going to get some serious snow today and it is supposed to be starting any time so I had better get to Target before I am not able to get back up our hill! Have a Wonderful Holiday everyone and a GREAT New Year! May your Holidays be all that you deserve and wish for for you and your families!!


karen said...

Cute kit, thank you! Have a very merry christmas yourself and enjoy the big group for dinner (my dh and I are home alone with our toddler so no big dinner for us)

ida macken said...

The kit is Adorable, Thank you !
Merry Christmas to you & yours, wishing you a wonderful new year too ! ;-))

DigiFreebiesList said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Digital Freebies Search List, under the Winter Celebrations - Christmas post on Dec. 19, 2008. Thanks again.

FamilyHistoryScrapper said...

Thank you for this darling Christmas kit. Hope that you and yours have a wonderful holiday.
It is definitely approaching very quickly...hope your not snowed in?

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 19 Dec [LA 09:00pm] - 20 Dec [NY 12:00am, UK 05:00am, OZ 04:00pm] ).

VJ's Scrap Room said...

How fun!! Thank you soo much:)

I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!:)

Grammadiane said...

Honey Bunny...This kit is just adorable...Terrific papers....And Oh those elements....Fantastic...I just love your little Santa...He is adorable....And Please have A Very Merry Christmas and Productive and Rewarding New Year Dear

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Cute! Cute! Cute! Thanks for this wonderful kit and all the kits you have given us over the past year.
I am so glad to hear the happiness in your voice compared to last year at this time.
Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


Sue B. said...

I love this new Christmas kit Jan!! Thank you so much for finding the time to create this for us :) I wish I could see your homemade card you made with this adorable kit!
Happy Holidays To You And Yours!
Sue B.

nanasax said...

Thanks for the great kit
Enjoy your Christmas with family and friends!
We too made homemade for neighbors and friends this year. Girls enjoy it so much.
Only going to be us this year but Daddy is home this year and not deployed so that is a terrific blessing
Merry Christmas Hugs from out house to yours

coddinam said...

Hi Janice! Thank you for all the beautiful kits this year!! I hope you & your family have a great holiday!! See ya in 2009...Ann

grandmajak said...

Thank you for the very nice Christmas kit. Yes,I remember when you just screwed in a new bulb,it was so easy!and you didn't have too buy new lights every year had the same ones for ever. Sounds like Christmas is going to be wonderful and your house.

Merry Christmas to you and all.

Sunshine said...

I love the sampler, thanks so much! I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Sending sunshine and hugs :}{:

Linda said...

It's a fantastic kit...thank you so much, and Merry Christmas to your and your family!

Joy said...

Thank you for all your beautiful work this year and best wishes to you and your family for a happy 2009 :)

Annelize Webb said...

Hi Janice

I was in SOuth Africa, visiting with family since 20 December, so I missed everything since then and I am now catching up. All I can say is WOW!! What an adorable kit. A nice change and I like your attitude towards should be over the top!!!

I hope you had a great festive season and I look forward to see what you have in store for us in 2009.

Annelize Webb