What a happy day I had on St Nicholas Day yesterday! I got to organize our Tasha Tudor ornament exchange this year for December 6th. Our group has a lot of new members and it has been a real JOY.These new people have really given us a renewed interest in Tasha. Most of us are dolly people, so I chose Tasha's book A DOLLS' CHRISTMAS as our theme. I also asked the participants to package their gifts in a cone or cornucopia as Tasha used for gift giving.
Tasha began her Christmas season on St Nicholas Day~December 6th. As my birthday is Dec 8th, I have chosen to celebrate it on St Nick's Day. It's just a really magical day for me.
So, let me take you back in time a bit. I decided to use cardboard cones for my cornucopias and found some great ready made ones at the craft store. I painted some red and some pink. I had so much fun making these that I decided to send little ones as thank yous to those who participated.Yes, sometimes I just get carried away.
I used scrapbook papers to cover part of the cones.
Yes, I love Tacky glue. I don't know how I would do crafting without it!
I added pipe cleaner handles and filled them with tea,candy canes, little miniatures and a candy.
I made little tree with spools. I also used LaVonne's wool for the snow look. I always like using her wool for my projects.
Here's the finished larger ones that were for my main exchange partners. I tried to match up the look with the likes of each person.
I mailed them off with a note not to open until December 6th. I think the members all actually did wait for the big day.
This is a beautiful paper cone that is from Victorian days. I have had it for a few years and it's so pretty.
This is what's under my little tree in my tea room. It's always fun to pretend there's a little girl waiting for Christmas Day.
Annabelle set up her side board with a few new items! I love the tidbit tray. Looks yummy for her tea.
My dad started out with breakfast out with Chris, Angie,Otto and Jimmy at Multnomah Falls. Then Jimmy and I stopped at a couple historic homes. It was a fun day. I will blog about it a bit later. When we came home, it was getting dark and I fixed a tea for us. I love having tea when the day is slipping away and candles light up the room.
After tea, I opened my gift exchange boxes. This one is from my friend Jan in Kansas. She made the cone out of a vintage doily. It's so pretty and I love it. It was filled with a dolly, tea, a mini and chocolates.
Thank you so much Jan!
My other gift partner Heather sent me this darling assortment of goodies. She said she struggled with the cone, but I think it is wonderful. I love the small box that was filled with the most darling tea set! How perfect for me! Thank you dear Tasha friend.
LaVonne sent me a fun cone as part of my birthday gift. You will have to see the rest of the gift...just fantastic. Thanks LaVonne.
It's very late and I should be asleep, but I am still so happy an so blessed to have such sweet friends.