Sunday, August 15, 2010

Is it too early to be thinking about this?

While cruising through Sam's Club last week, my eye spotted this...
I stopped short.....looked at the cover...threw it in my cart without even a second thought...
When I had a chance to sit and browse the pages....my heart started to beat fast and my palms became damp.....who wouldn't love these projects...really!






So the answer to the question in the title of this post is NO! When you participate in Craft Fairs, you should already be making things so you're not a crazy woman at the last minute. (Don't ask me how I know this....I just do!)
So here's a sneak peek at the start of my holiday crafting....

Back in November, I was lucky enough to win a $75 gift certificate for Amazon.com. I used my winnings toward the purchase of a Cricut Create die-cutting machine. It sat in the box from November to August without being used. At the urging of friends, I finally took it out of the box and started to play with it. The snowmen are my first creations. I am in love with them. These guys will be used for a banner. (I will post pictures of the completed project...for now I'm just having fun cutting and gluing!)


You know my love of paper dolls...do you see why I'm fulfilled with this project? So much fun to make!
Are you starting any early holiday.....Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas...crafting?
It does help keep you cool when the temps are in the 90's!
xoxo
Joyce

32 comments:

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

Your snowmen are adorable! I have some pumpkin ideas floating around in my brain! ♥

My name is PJ. said...

I'm almost done with my holiday shopping, Joyce. I even began wrapping gifts this past week. It's never to early to think of Christmas. Never.

Celestial Charms said...

Joyce, I love your paper snowmen...so adorable. What a great choice of paper prints. I need to make that first snowman from the magazine. How very vintage looking!
Maureen

Life At Camellia Cottage said...

As I looked at your pictures, one in particular caught my fancy, and I instantly knew that I wanted make something similar. Not exactly the same, but just the sight of the pic was all the inspiration I needed! It's the picture of the crocheted flower/snowflake garland. Thanks for the inspiration - I'm off to start my garland! Becky G.

http://camelliacottagedesigns.blogspot.com

Jane said...

Darn, I was just at Sam's a couple of days ago! Will have to look for this - such cute ideas!
Your snowmen are charming! August seems like a good time to work on snowmen to me - thinking cool helps with the heat.
Jane-Jacksonville

marie said...

It's never too soon to be thinking about Holiday crafts! That magazine looks fun ~ I love the "little pals"! I'll have to be on the look out for it!

Love your snowmen! I can definitely see your love for paper dolls in this project.

Joyce + her creativity + a Cricut machine....there's no stopping you now!

I'm so glad to see you creating my friend!

Jean said...

Those are so very cute.

Karen said...

Good morning Miss Joyce!
Just wanted to let you know you won my "Just Because" giveaway. Pop over to my blog and see the announcement!
CONGRATULATIONS!
Email me your snail mail address . . . I'll get it mailed off to you!
:) HAGD! Karen ~ Some days are diamonds

NanE said...

Ha! Great minds think alike :)! I was going to post about this very magazine this week. My friend Tammy D. has had projects in this mag the last two years and this year she made the cover! I'm so happy for her.
Now, your little snowmen are adorable! I know the finished banner will be too stinkin cute. Have a wonderful week, Nan

Theresa said...

I just stopped by to congratulate you on winning Ms. Karen's Just Because Giveaway! You are lucky because she gives GREAT gifts:) I love your little snowpeople! They are gorgeous. I have looked at those machines but never bought one!

Have a blessed day!

Sandy said...

Joyce,
It is so good to have you back!!!! I love your little guys...and I agree it is hard sometimes to get busy when it is 110 outside, but I just shut the blindsand put on some Christmas music! LOL Hope to see you in the next 12 months!!!!!! :):) XOXO

Anonymous said...

I try not to think about Christmas until Labor Day is over, but this year I got inspired by taking an Amuse Advent Calendar class in mid-July. Now I have a collection of adorable stamps and I'm ready to get them inked up.
I love yur snow people. They will make such a cute banner. So glad you are feeling like crafting again. Mary Kahler

Creative Breathing said...

Joyce, You have made me one happy crafter with this post! I always leave plenty of time for the inspiration that will come my way, and this magazine seems just the place to start! I love that instructions are included, I can't wait to purchase. Thank you for sharing your family reunion happiness. Faces! I can't get enough of all the young ones! LOL! I'm in the "old" group now! Hope you are feeling well! Stay cool! E

Julie Harward said...

Hi there...thanks for your visit. I am in my heart starting to get excited for the holidays to come...but we have had so little of summer! :D

Nan said...

I must get this magazine I love those snowmen and the felted ones and that pillow with the felt on the cover oh my what darling things.

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Thanks for the 'heads-up' on the magazine. Must...run...to...store...tomorrow!!! : )
Loooooove your little snowman buddies. Way to be ahead of the game.
You asked how I could stay disciplined about the candy...it's that Mother of the Bride dress sitting in my closet that MUST fit perfectly on the big day. : )
Have a good week,
Mary Lou

Meri Wiley said...

Hi Joyce,

Those snowmen are so cute, and just the item to get you in the mood. Like Sandy, I put on Christmas music which really helps me think holiday thoughts. Have fun creating.

Hugs,
Meri

Mimi Sue said...

All of it...ADORABLE! I need to get busy soon. Makes a less hectic, more spiritual Christmas. Mimi

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Well, it will be here before you know it! I saw this magazine the other day and didn't even thumb through it. Now, I'm going to have to go back and get it:) Have a wonderful week, Joyce! Twyla

Nan said...

Joyce I went out and found this magazine all the way up in at the end of the road in Homer alaska !! I was thrilled they had it in our one supermarket in town!! Did you see those hangers with beads you make for Christmas ornaments? I could make cute sets of those for gifts and the pine cone tree with little felt balls. I can make that one real easy.

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sewingseeds4U said...

I guess there's no putting it off any longer...Your snowmen are just adorable!

Katsui Jewelry said...

Oh, how happy to again see you here! I also had to grab that magazine (we are all cut out of the same mold) and must get it out again now because you have shown so many cute things! I think there is a holiday Stampington one coming out (which is like buying a book...but a VERY GOOD book!)

Love your snowmen, joyce. They are adorable. I am so happy you got to put the money toward a Cricut. A few years ago, my husband gave me a choice between a Cricut and a Slice and I so wish I had chosen the Cricut but such is life!

Again, I am smiling to see you back again!

Hugs,
Suz

Life At Camellia Cottage said...

Joyce, can you tell me what is the name of that Cricut cartridge??? I've been trying to find it - to no avail! Thanks! Becky G.

http://camelliacottagedesigns.blogspot.com

mary k said...

Just stopped by to say "Hi" and see if I can actually post.

Sandy Michelle said...

Too cute! I have already started on my Halloween crafting :)

Sandy xox

Mitzi Curi said...

Hi there! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment! I think I can get a lot of inspiration here on your blog, so I'll be following you too! I'm stuck at an airport right now, so I have time to read your older posts.

Mitzi Curi

Michele said...

I love your snowman!!! What a cute garland they will make!

A Vintage Chic said...

It's never too early, Joyce! I love getting these magazines the second they're available...so much to think about & plan!

I hope you're having a beautiful day!

Julie

Mary Ellen said...

Christmas! Oh you are so right it will be here before I know it. I should so get started!! I love the ideas you showed us!! THe garland is so precious and the pom pom snow men- so cute!

Natasha said...

How exciting- I LOVE Christmas!!

I wish we had that magazine over here! I am going to see how I can get a copy. Thanks for letting me know about it!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Patti said...

Hi Joyce - I just love, love, love my Cricut. I play with it nearly every day! It just makes things so easy - but, I still like to cut out my own things, too and make them my own - but the Cricut is soooo cool. I was thinking of getting the snowman cartridge. After seeing you snowmen - I really want to get it! Have you a Gypsy? Oh - I just love having the Gypsy to go with my Cricut!
Hugs, Patti

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