November 2014 archive

2014 Free Printable Santa Letter and Envelope

Back by Popular Demand is my printable Santa Envelope.

Here is the FREE 2014 postmark envelope and printable Santa letter! My daughter loves this and it really helps keep the magic alive. I updated the postmark and changed the letter. Download the Word documents below and customize it to fit your child's life. Enjoy and make a child smile! 

Here is also something really cool, have your child write a letter to Santa and take it to the local Macy's and place it in the big red mail box for Santa. They donate a $1 for every letter they receive.

The Envelope: I made the file in a Word Document so it can be downloaded and the address can be personalized, then take a stamped envelope and run it through the printer printing this template on it. This "cancels" the stamp just like the post office. Grab the envelope here:  Download SantaEnvelope2014

2014envelopepictThe Letter: For three years now I have created a letter to place inside the envelope. This year I made updates and changes to the letter, so grab a new one!  I used the same logo for the letterhead and set it up with a text box to type your own letter or keep the letter I already have and just edit it for your child. If you choose to use the letter as is, the words in bold are what you will to personalize. Grab the letter here:  Download Santaletter2014


Both the letter and envelope are typed in a standard font for easy download for all. I used Free Fonts from 1001 Free to make them fancy.

The Name on the envelope: Jennifer Lane 

The Body of the letter is in: Bodoni MT and Santa's signature is in: Jennifer Lane

This one of our favorite Christmas traditions. Start the Santa Letter Tradition for your family today!!! Happy Holidays!

I think you have to download the file, not just open it in the Explorer window. 

Make sure the document opens in Word and not Microsoft Work Word Processor – it will be there but not formated correctly.

I have found that in some cases the Word file has 2 pages, one that has the return address and the stamp cancel, in the second page has the address text box.
The address text box can be moved by clicking on the corner of the text box and dragging the text box to the top page, then typing the address in the text box. 

I believe you can also add a text box by going up to insert, text box.

I hope this helps!!! 
Please let me know. If it doesn't work I can email you the file – maybe a direct email will help instead of downloading.

SHARE THIS – make a child smile and keep the magic alive!




Sparkle Handmade Putz House

My daughter loves Putz or Glitter Houses. They are those tiny Christmas paper houses from the 40's and 50's. She has many different styles, but this year she wanted to try her hand at making her own. 

I thought I would use the Dazzling Diamond sticker sheets from the Buckle Boutique to make mine sparkle, which means less glue = less mess. 

I used a paper house design I found on the web here.

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I cut it out of cardstock, then I cut pieces of the sticker sheet to fit each panel of the house and roof. I stuck the sticker sheets on and glued the house together. Photo (10)

I used a piece of the Rowlux Illusion Film for the door.

Then I used Beacon 527 glue and baking soda to make the snow.Photo 4

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 I'm in love with how easy it was to make and no mess of the glitter and the baking soda didn't make as big of a mess as I thought. 

These make cute gifts for the holiday season. 

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Handmade Holiday – Reflective Mug Cozy

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Welcome to the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We've gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can "hop" from one blog to another to check them all out.

Today, I created a gift for all of those moms (or fur mommas) that have to stand outside or go on walks outside in the early morning, (read before the sun is up) with the kids waiting for the bus (or walking the fur babies)

This reflective mug cozy keeps your morning beverage warm, gives your hands a nice soft cup to hug and is reflective to help you be noticed in the dark, in your still sleepy state. Ha, ha. 

But seriously the reflective property gives it just a little bit of shine that gets you noticed while taking Fido on that quick morning walk! 

I knit the cozy using the Reflective Yarn by Red Heart. Plus, I also used a rhinestone buckle from The Buckle Boutique for the button to give it that special bling that makes every girl smile. 

The knitting pattern is simple:

You need 1 ball of the Reflective Yarn

US 9 Knitting needles

a buckle

yarn needle to finish


Cast on 14 stitiches.

Row1, 3, 5: K3, P2, K4, P2, K3

Row2, 4, 6: K5, P4, K5

Row 7: K3, P2, Cable 4 front, P2, K3

Row8: K5, P4, K5

Repeat this pattern until the knitted piece measures 9inches. Bind off. Weave in ends. I chained a 4" piece to creat the button loop on one end, on the opposite I stitched the buckle on. 



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