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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Slippers, Hats, and Cones!

I have been so inspired by the beautiful creations of Cassandra at My Artful Adventures.  Her blog is candy for the eyes.  Recently, she announced that she was doing a little shoe party.  Cassandra makes the most amazing embellished shoe pretties.  So, I said I would try to participate.

Of course, life is unpredictable, and living in temporary digs, remodeling a house in another city, and having a spouse who often works from home and is often on call all night long can make things tricky, at best.  I missed the party.  I didn't  have my little slipper ready in time.  So,  here I am.  Late for the party, but showing up anyway -- 'cuz that's how I roll....

I decided to create a little trio of ornaments, including a slipper, a Frosty hat, and a Christmas cone.

Our temporary digs are much too small for a Christmas tree, so I took the little ornaments down to the building office to photograph in their tree.  The office staff were really good sports about allowing some crazy tenant to rearrange things and put her own ornaments up to take pictures!

The ornaments were created with junk mail, vintage book pages, vintage paper garland, and vintage items scavenged from old junk Christmas wreaths.  The little candy canes were old store stock, still in their packaging, found at the local Goodwill.

The little star wand was created from junk mail, using the technique shown in this post, and then painted with gold paint.

The paper used for the little shoe and hat are from a Canonical study, all in Latin, from Benedicti Papae XV, 1954.  It seemed so appropriate to use this paper for little ornaments that celebrated Christmas Gifting.

I was imagining three siblings, two little boys and a little girl,  leaving out a slipper, a hat, and a Christmas cone -- hopeful that Father Christmas might happen by and toss in some treats.  I'd say they were good little children, as there is no coal here!  Just some shiny things, and some gifts and sweets....

I think there will be some squeals of delight on Christmas morning.  Hmmm, maybe there's an iPad in that red package.., oh, wait, that's what I want....

These were created with scissors, glue, a pile of junk mail, and no patterns -- just "free-handed".  My favorite junk mail for crafting are those huge post cards political candidates mail out. It's especially satisfying to take scissors and paint and glue to those!  Basic shapes are created with the stiff card, then they are covered over with the beautiful old paper.

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Christmas Blessings!


  1. I love the cones! We have a slight book-page ornament theme going on this year. I'll have to try them!

  2. I love your decorations Amanda ... I was also inspired by Cassandra's blog to make a shoe ... small blog world isn't it!!!

  3. These really turned out so sweet! I love the extra little touches you put into each piece like the Latin Canonical study sheets. i love any tutorials you feel like sharing!

  4. These are darling and I love that you used junk mail!!!! I get a little sad when I see a book torn up to make things but junk mail! Well that's just sheer brilliance!
    All Things Heart and Home

  5. Very charming, Amanda! I love that you just "went with it" in creating these and they turned out wonderfully.

  6. These are awesome. Love unique ideas. Thank you for sharing with us and like my great grandmother use to say "It's better late than never" ^_^


  7. Wow! They turned out GREAT!!! What a cute activity! Thanks for linking up!
    Bonnie :)

  8. Just wonderful. And AGAIN I'm reminded I need to take those pictures...sheesh girlfriend, you are one crafty woman! Brunch ladies would have loved those. Mom's Group, not so much.. .WAAAY to intricate for us non-gifted folks to mass produce ;-)

  9. Those are adorable! I just happened by and am so glad I did!

  10. Hi! I am a new follower from today's blog hop. I am looking forward to reading more of your blog. Come check out my new blog hop Thrifty Thursdays.

  11. Darling ornaments. You are so creative to just create it. I love tutorials and I'm going to check out your blog. I became a follower to stay up with all your creativeness. Thanks for sharing a beautiful post.

  12. Those look fabulous! Great job! Who knew junk mail could look so good! haha
    Thanks for linking this up as well!

  13. They are so charming. Love the vintage papers you used!

  14. LOVE THIS!



  15. Those look great. At least next year you will be able to hang them on your own tree. Thanks for joining the party.

  16. I like the ways your ornaments turned out. I've been wanting to make some cones so thanks for the inspiration. Merry Christmas!

  17. Those are amazing!! I'm so happy I found your blog!!

  18. What cute decorations! I like that you recycled items to make them.

    Thrifty Decor Mom

  19. Love them, I would like to see a tutorial... especially for the hat and slipper! I am following you now!


  20. These are really neat. I love the use of using recycled material. Great job

  21. Beautiful! Thanks so much for linking these up to the party too!

  22. So pretty! Thanks for linking up to Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions :) Hope you stop by again soon.

  23. Just lovely! I so wish I'd had time for more Christmas crafting this year! Hope you'll come link up to Made with Love Monday :) The party will be open until Friday so feel free to link up multiple projects. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  24. Love them all--but the slippers are my favorite! Thanks for sharing.

  25. Life does give us a few twists and turns along the way doesn't it? So glad you finished your project anyway, so we could see your pretty creations. Thanks for linking them to my party.

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    Blessings and a very Merry Christmas!
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage


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