Friday, March 18, 2011

sweet magnolias international blog hop

happy friday! today is the start of a fun blog hop...i hope youre enjoying it. at the very end of my long  post ill leave a list of the entire blog hop order in case you get lost along the way :)  its neat to read about all the other traditions from all over and to see how the crafters craft about them. be sure to play along with us! show us your family traditions or heritage.AND i have a pretty giveaway all you have to do is leave a comment AND become a follower of my blog. :)
what i thought  id share with you is a tradition my daughter and i started a few years ago between us. at the beginning of each new year i alter a small kraft lunch bag. and  every holiday, birthday or just when one has done something extra that just made us feel that lil more special , we write it down and put that note into the bag. at the end of the year we open the bag and go thru the notes, reminiscing and talking about that event.its always sweet to recall that moment.sometimes we get a good laugh sometimes we get a little weepy eyed ;)  its just really nice time spent together.  
the reason i use a small bag is for space. when were done and its time to put it away the small bag can be folded down and put away in its special place with the others in a box that will be passed down to my daughter who i hope when she FINALLY has a kid..specifically a daughter..HINT to my child! lol, shares this tradition.
the details on my bag the top i used a( fiskars) punch that cuts a doily shape at 4 and 6 inches. ( i used the 4 inch cut) , but you can  buy doilies at your local craft stores . i sewed a button onto it. under the flap i attached  clear velcro coins. i purchased mine from (that way it stays closed nicely.) the ribbon is rayon that i colored with colorbox fluid chalk, heat set that then added (tim holtz) distress stickles (spun sugar) then crumpled in to a ball. i let it dry then opened it up. isnt that easy!
i hand made the flowers. heres an easy tutorial on that  click ~~~> thank you kim!< sure to check out all of kims blog she has some awesome tutorials and techniques. and easy to follow! 
 on my flowers i added colorbox fluid chalk and distress stickles (spun sugar and  wild honey).the butterflies are (martha stewart) punches. i added spun sugar and tumbled glass distress stickles to them along with colorbox fluid chalk on the edges. i hand stitched a little  on the paper and i also stamped a couple of butterflies using (tim holtz) distress ink in antique linen. the sentiment was computer generated. i dabbed  distress stickles ( scattered straw) over all the paper. if you click on the pictures it will bring a very upclose shot that you can see them better.   thats it. very easy to make a sweet bag thats pretty.
i know this is a little long but i be sure to scroll down under my pictures as i have gotten a wonderful super talented sponsor ~~~> Kathy <~~~ who has a special handmade gift that one of you will receive. ill randomly pick a winner on the 21st and post the winner here so please be sure to check back in :) 

                      now as i promised... for my giveaway for putting up with my rambling :)
       these gorgeous handmade satchels from my  sweet sweet friend  Kathy  from Calloway Creations.  you are going to love these!! random winner will be one very lucky person for sure!
                                       dont you just adore these!!!!! thank you kathy!
                                   and in case you get lost along the way heres the blog hop order
                                                          HAVE FUN
        thank you so much for stopping by your comments are appreciated and truly warm my heart.   xxxshelly  


Cre8tiveVet said...

What a great idea! I think I will share this with my family. we have tried to get away from buying things for Christmas and focus on making memories, so this would be a perfect way to get started! thanks!

Svetlana said...

So beautiful work!!!!
Svetlana xx

kittirin said...

Wow, this is really beautiful!! I'm really delighted!
Brilliant achievement!
Greetings from Germany, Iryna ( kittirin)

Sweet Magnolia Rose said...

This is a really neat idea :0) I don't have a daughter but I think I will use it for my family now!

Yvonne said...

What a wonderful and beautiful project and idea - A fantastic way to remember your year with your loved ones.

TheScrapbookgirl at CricutConfessions said...

Lovely project!


Rose said...

girl this is so pretty!! off to see how the beautiful flowers are made :)

Melissa said...

Very nice job on your card. TFS!

lena said...

Super cute. I love traditions and just to hear yours what a great idea.

LesleyfromWI said...

I love this idea. Super cute!!

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Great project! Really sweet family tradition!

Lillian Child said...

This is SUCH a wonderful and amazing idea. You and your daughter must be VERY close. And what a beautiful bag for these special thoughts. And those sachels are SO VERY lovely! What I wouldn't give to be the lucky recipient of those delightful creations. Thanks for the chance!

Dhruv said...

lovely idea .. i cheked kim's work .. its amazing
hopping along !

Dhruv said...

lovely idea .. i cheked kim's work .. its amazing
hopping along !

Shubhra said...

This is such a sweet tradition that you share with your daughter !

Mallika said...

bful work !
lovely traditions to be passed

Arushi said...

amazing idea !
i will share this with others
hopping round
now following you

JustYolie said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing ! :)

Debbi said...

I LOVE this idea!!! Your bag is so gorgeous.

Chris Wooten said...

love love love this.....


AmyJRockstar said...

That is an awesome tradition! TFS and your projects are just lovely. I would love to win some of those gorgeous sachets too so TFS those as well! happy to be a new follower. :0)

XO ~ Amy Jo (follower)
amyjrockstar at gmail dot com

Cindylu2u said...

Fabulous idea I love the buttterflies!!