Monday, December 5, 2011

candyland christmas trees (with nods to wonderland)

Without trying to bore anyone, I want to tell you what a wonderful woman you see here. D.E. is older than she looks or acts and we adore her.

We came to our new church after a difficult and very precipitous exit from our preceding church. I was lonely and prone towards depression.

I joined book club and met many women but it wasn't until when D.E. hugged me one night after I hosted book club in my home that I started to feel at home in our congregation.

Somewhere along the way, I started turning towards D.E. and her husband as 'local' grandparents for the girls (as we have no family near us).

For the past two summers we have visited them frequently (as often as once a week when the washing machine is broke). I embroider and visit with D.E. and the girls play her husband, J.E.

School keeps us busy and so I don't get to see them as often as I wish so I called them on Saturday and asked if we could visit and bring a craft.

So together, the four of us glued little discs onto cones that used to hold yarn (cones, that her husband gave me because he loves to give me craft challenges and he saw those cones as a great craft supply and a fun challenge).

We visited and enjoyed each others company and soon the girls were complaining because this really wasn't a particularly exciting craft and they would rather play with J.E.

But aren't the trees darling? I found the idea at hutch studio via Pinterest.

The tacky but cute Alice in Wonderland figures are a treasure a friend gave me when she was cleaning her basement.

We learned a few things working on this project. A.) Book pages would be a lot easier to punch than the marbleized card stock that we used (the marbleized card stock is from several shaving cream marblization craft episodes). B.) That said, I am thankful for my circle punches. C.) Book pages would be easier to glue than stiff card stock because it would conform to the cone shape more easily. D.) Glitter covers a multitude of sins. E.) I am now going to start hoarding corrugated cardboard. F.) If you are going to do this the hard way, Aleene's Tacky Glue is definitely the best.

I quite adore how they turned out and am loathe to give D.E. her tree!!


Judy said...

Your girls have such a well loved look about them.

no spring chicken said...

Once again I love it all... The beautiful girls, the fabulous trees, the creative use of something discarded, the true confession of a heart broken believer, the redemption by adopted grandparents who were willing to be His arms, just as we all are called to be. And oh yes, the fabulous photography... sigh. :)

Blessings, Debbie