Monday, December 15, 2008

Holiday Home Tour 2008

This is a little snowman nativity set. I have it tucked into the china cabinet along with some other snow people and little tea sets.
One of my favorite signs made by my sister inlaw....We Believe in Santa!!!!

These are some stitched signs that I picked up a couple years ago...they are nice and simple with a country touch. The alternating red and green frames and matting make them a lovely accent and I have used them in a variety of ways.


Another favorite sign....All Hearts Come Home for Christmas!!!


Our tree...it looks a little drab in the picture cause the lights didn't show up but it is lovely at night with the lights twinkling. I topped it with a Boyds Bear angel this year! Picked up at the flea market for three dollars!
Heres a section of a rag garland with hearts and snowmen...I usually hang it across the top of the dry sink but I took it down to get a better picture for you!


A photo of the snowmen sign that hangs above the dry sink right inside our living room door! I love the rustic twigs that are glued on the frame!

Another section of the rag garland.

This is the dry sink this year with a photo display...every year I try something new on this surface. You can see the snowman material draped over the back. I have material for all the holidays and seasons and change it up each one...it adds a simple easy festive element to the living room and sooooo simple!!!

The angel that watches over the nativity set!

Here is my Mexican nativity set...I am finding it is made of clay and quite fragile. I like the antique box as the stable but it is a little too plain for me...so next year I will add a bit of straw.

A little metal...Letters to Santa tin mailbox...the end comes off so you can roll up your note or letter and tuck it inside. Purchased after Christmas for 50% off!!!
A Santa key for houses without chimineys....purchased at Siler Dollar City!

A patriotic Santa that I won at a party a few years ago....I like to hang an assortment of things from pegs and shelves...and he is one of my faves!

A closer look at some of my many Santas...this year my goal is to pack and inventory this collection a bit better.

Another section of the display and the old Christmas train I picked up at the flea market.

This is just a small part of my Santa collection. As I decided to simplify this year....I just picked a few to display!

Pictures and signs above the Santa display!

Just a few of the many snowmen I have...these are tucked on a shelf in the china cabinet!

The left side of the Christmas village displayed on the shelf above the love seat.
The middle section of the village.

The right end section of the village display.

A little sign that hangs under the village display.
A few more snowpeople....





This little white child's cabinet sits in my kitchen. Here is a close up of a minature tea set, a child's tea set and three magic elves. Below is another view of the cabinet.


Another kitchen display...my little tree is decorated with Christmas wine charms and I picked up the two coffee pots at the flea market for a couple of bucks.

I'm not really happy with this display. The shelf was empty and we were expecting company so I just threw up some random things...LOL

This old metal water pitcher with poinsettas sits on top of the Hoosier cabinet.!!!

This is a glass jar that I filled with mini pumpkins and gourds for fall and decided to fill it with icy stones and a couple of snowflake ornaments....not sure how I like it but....I like experimenting....LOL....

Well that's it for my 2008 Holiday Home Tour...hope you enjoyed it...now off to visit the other blogs in the tour!!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Rudolph Day 2009

Well I haven't written anything in awhile here at Rudolph Day Ramblings...but not gonna beat myself up over it...LIFE happens....LOL.

With December comes the Ultimate Rudolph Day...CHRISTMAS. So we will start anew in 2009...January 25th will be the first Rudolph Day and my main plan will be to review the monthly Rudolph Day Lists from 2008 and see what needs to be tweaked or rearranged...what worked? what didn't? Are there items that need to be moved to another month? etc.

SO MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone...I'll be back mid December to post my Holiday Home Tour pics fopr our first annual Holiday Tour!!!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

August Rudolph Day

Wow...it's August Rudolph Day already...can't believe it! The focus of my August Rudolph Day is

TWENTY FOUR DAY GIFTS

The initial idea was to have them all done by now but alas...as usual best laid plans go astray. So I will regroup and see exactly what I still need. I also need to get these recorded in an orderly manner in my notebook. So if I can do that and pick up at least a few to add to the stash I will be HAPPY!!!

So list making and organizing is the order of the day. I will then make an effort from Rudolph Day until August 31st to pick up as many as possible and hope to finish them all by September Rudolph Day!!

What's your focus for Rudolph Day this month????

Monday, August 11, 2008

Our Blog Ring

I am just as excited as can be to see the list of Rudolph Day blogs growing...each one is different and unique and sooooo creative. Love to spend time looking at them. So many wonderful ideas!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Day 31 Christmas in July

My I have enjoyed Christmas in July...didn't get everything done but a lot!!! So I will continue to work on Christmas at least several times during the month of August.

Today for me is GREAT PUMPKIN DAY ...I know many of you do this one the 13th but for some reason I never could make the switch...So I will be Boo Bash planning today. I am getting excited. I will design some post card like invitations to give out...then I have plans to make some witch's kitchen jars....picked up some skeleton hands and little skulls at Deals yesterday...they are putting out their fall stuff!!!

Day 30 Christmas in July


Well I am just now adding Day 30....going back to work has sure cut into my fun!!! LOL
NO...I have not lost my mind....I realize that the house above is a Leprechaun House....but someone had mentioned the other day...making one for the elves...or at least making an Elf House for decor....and I thought it was a great idea...so I thought I'd show you the little leprechaun house I created but you could easily make it Christmas or Elfish!!


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Day 29 Christmas in July

Here's one of the reasons I plan for Christmas....I love to keep the Magic alive in this crazy hectic world today!!!

Day 28 Christmas in July

Day 28.....and time is getting away from me. Here are some links to the Magic Elves stuff from the chat.



Elf Hugs: Printable cards to use with Hershey's hugs


Elf Kisses: Printable cards to use with Hershey's kisses




Hope you enjoy them!!!


Sunday, July 27, 2008

Day 27 Christmas in July



Today I got a big start on getting my daily routines in place before the big holiday push...I made a lot of progress...now for tomorrow's schedule...lol...gotta keep it up!!

Not much CIJ stuff other than looking through the notebook and doing two Organizing for Christmas Chats but I still feel good about my progress. Hope you all do also. Remember...a little here and a little there ....what a big difference!!

I''ll try to have a few interesting things for you tomorrow...oh perhaps a nice recipe!!!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Day 26 Christmas in July

Day 26....Today I am going to post some links you might find interesting:
Here's a page with some commonly asked questions about elves...sort of cute: HERE
And then we have a different spin on Magic Elves with The Elf Hat tradition.
And then a cute Santa's Workshop site.
And also Claus.com
Hope you enjoy the sites and have fun on Day 26!!!!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Day 25 Christmas in July

Today we had two Magic Elves idea chats...lots of creativity flowing. I am more excited than every about putting together a Magic Elf kit for Evan. We will still have our trio visit our house but this year an Elf will arrive at his house also.

The Elve will arrive in a bag....gotta pick up one of those cloth Christmas bags...the elf will also ahve a little fleece blanket I am going to make or maybe a little sleeping bag. They will also bring some other accessories...I'll post more about them later...I am still chatting...LOL.

Also worked on post it note stand today....hope to get a picture up soon!!! I'll be back later to add more here!!!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Day 24 Christmas in July


DAY 24...I hear that this evening starts the QVC...Christmas in July...I want to watch a bit of that later tonight as I never have before! I was a bit disappointed in the HSN one so maybe I'll actually find a few things this go round!

When college shopping with Kelsey today and she FINALLY managed to find a comforter bed set that suited her...gosh, everything was either too bright, too faded looking or in some horrid color or pattern!!!! So this week we managed to mark two big items off her list...a cute little red microwave we bought at Target and then the bedding set!! YIPPEE

Not a lot of Christmas getting accomplished here...but hey I also picked up three stocking stuffers so that's awesome...if I keep this up I might eventually finish this project!

As soon as I get the new notebook set up...I'll take some pictures...also want to get pics up of the Post-it note holders and the drink carrier...when I get one finished!!

Really tired...may need to go take a nap....more later!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Day 23 Christmas in July

My main goal today was to examine several Holiday Cleaning/Prep Plans and try to come to a decision about what to use this year. As always...I like things about both!



And here's my beloved Christmas Countdown...don't know how to survive without this one!!
So I looked at the sites, read some...and about the only thing I really decided was to create a notebook especially for the plan....I have a Christmas Countdown Notebook that houses those six weeks but it also has tons of other stuff too like Christmas Card List etc...that is my lifesaver notebook...it will remain as is....and then I will create a new one for the cleaning plan/prep one!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Day 22 Christmas in July


Today is Day 22...and it's Tuesday...which means it's TO DO LIST TUESDAY...what a perfect time to start some lists for the Magic Elves. You can make a list of some escapades the elves can do when they visit or a list of gifts or elf activities. Here are some we have used in the past:
  • They decoarate a miniature tree during the night
  • They make green popcorn (or red)
  • They escape and end up on the front porch
  • They climb ino the branches of our big tree
  • They make cookies and leave a mess
  • They hide in the freezer where it reminds them of the North Pole
  • They read books during the night and leave a picture of themselves doing it
  • They make us breakfast
  • They leave instructions and materials for an art project
  • They turn on Christmas music...really really loud in the morning

Well those are just a few ideas...but you get the idea...so make some lists today!!!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Day 21 Christmas in July

Day 21....Can you believe it!

Since July is roaring past us. Today's tip is simple...I like to collect...fast, easy, simple, and cute ideas for decor, gifts, and parties. I print them (or tear them out of magazines) and file them in my notebook. They can not be elaborate...the idea is to find simple things. Then when the busy season strikes, I have some quick ideas at my finger tips.

Someone posted this link and I am happy to share it with you here on my blog.

All Things Christmas

It has a bunch of cute and simple ideas...so check it out! And if you get nothing else accomplished during Christmas in July...do this...gather those cute and simple ideas and get them in your notebook!!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Day 20 Christmas in July

Day 20....more lists to check and gifts to buy!!!
Coming up this week over at the Magical forums of Magical Holiday Home:
We are watching Elf
We are talking about great sites for buying gifts.
We will be having another Christmas in July give away.
We will be hosting another virtual crop/craft day
We will be making our cards.


Saturday, July 19, 2008

Day 19 Christmas in July

Yo Ho Yo Ho....it's a pirate's life for me!

I'm taking today off from Christmas in July to get ready for, cook for, and have fun at...Our Annual Summer Bash....Pirate Fest 2008...is this year's theme and we are the Pirates of Roanoke (our street) setting sail on Roanoke's Revenge....so back tomorrow with Christmas...But for now...

RRRRRRRRR....you ready to walk the plank!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Day 18 Christmas in July


Looking for a great gift for grandparents? Scrap a Calendar! This shows the July scrapped page and calendar grid. This particular calendar is spiral bound with a grid and a page protector at the top of each month. All you have to do is scrap 12 (12x 12 pages) and slip one in for each month! Kids art work make great items on the calendar too!!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Day 17 Christmas in July



Day 17....and still blogging!

Thought I'd share some gift basket ideas today:

Barbeque Lovers Basket:

  • Barbeque Sauce
  • Brush
  • Tongs
  • Spray bottle
  • Marinade
  • Seasonings
  • Apron
  • Chef's Hat

Breakfast Basket:

  • Pancake Mix
  • Syrup
  • Tea (flavored or herbal)
  • Coffee
  • Flavored Coffee Creamers
  • Canned Ham
  • Bread or Biscuit Mix
  • Recipe Cards with Favorite Recipes
  • Juice Mix

Recipe Basket:

  • Recipe Booklet
  • Recipe Cards
  • Pretty Pens
  • Recipe Box or Photo Album to use
  • Recipe Stickers
  • Pretty Box Dividers
  • Recipe Stamp
  • Apron
  • Pot holders

Card Basket:

  • Cards
  • Envelopes
  • Stamps
  • Stickers or Seals
  • Return Address Labels
  • Address Book
  • Book with "Sayings"
  • Several Color Pens or Markers

Night at the Movies Basket:

  • Variety of Gourmet Popcorn
  • Popcorn Seasonings
  • Bottle of Soda
  • 2 Pretty Glasses
  • Video Rental Gift Card
  • Theater Candy (Walmart has it)

College Survival Basket:

  • Pretzels
  • Cheese And Pretzel Packs
  • Popcorn
  • M & Ms
  • Twizzlers
  • Gummy Bears
  • Cheese or Peanut Butter Crackers
  • Nerds
  • Cup of Soup
  • Hot Chocolate Packets
  • Apple Cider Packets
  • Large Mug

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Day 16 Christmas in July

Here's a picture of Abby's journal that she made at our Winter Craft Sleepover!

Winter Craft Sleepover

Last year the week between Christmas and New Years I hosted a Winter Craft Sleepover for my two Great Nieces...and we made Winter Journals, some door hangers, and a couple other small items. This was a great way to extend the holidays...have to remember the holiday season doesn't end with Chrismtas Day!!


When they arrived we had some snacks, watched a Christmas movie and played around some. Then we worked on crafts. This is a super way to use up some random supplies cause kids use a variety of items and aren't quite as picky as we may be when it comes to art! Then we ordered pizza and watched another movie. Pizza was a nice break after all the holiday fare and so easy...lol. We were planning to play some board games after the movie but they wanted to craft a bit more so we did that instead. Finally I popped in another movie and they crawled into their sleeping bags.


I'm planning another similar Winter Craft Sleepover this year so I need to think of a couple easy craft items that they might enjoy...Can also do a new journal is they are interested. I'll try to have several things for them to choose from. Once I figure them out I'll post the ideas here at the Rudolph Day blog!!


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Day 15 Christmas in July




Looking for some quick, easy, and cute stocking stuffer ideas or small gifts...or to tuck into a basket? How about some small packets of bath salts? You could create a whole Bath Spa basket and include three-six different packets of bath salts...these are sooo easy to make your self and inexpensive as well. The one featured above is created with a stamp from a Stampin up set but really you are only limited by your imagination...you could do cute little pictures that depict the kind of bath salt...like if you make Vanilla Milk Shake Bath Salts...include a picture of a little milk shake. Or if you use the Candy Cane Bath Salts include a candy cane picture! You wouldn't be able to layer them red and white...in the bag but a nice pretty red or pink bath salt is attractive in the bag. I would also recommend: Peaches and Cream Bath Salts

Or make your labels all Christmasy: Mrs. Claus's Christmas Eve Salts or The Elves' Peppermint Delight....well you get the idea....plenty of fun to be had with these cute little bath salt packets!! As you can see in the photos the paper is folded over and there is a picture on the front. I didn't get a good photo of the back but it includes a little set of directions for using the bath salts. You could also include a little bath salts poem...if you do the Christmas ones. I might try my hand at writing one and post it a bit later!
PS: We have also made these with a picture of a baby in a bath tub and gave them out as little party favors at a baby shower...I'll try to get a picture of one of those later to share with you!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Day 14 Christmas in July



Day 14....and the focus is gifts....today is part one of our virtual project...cleaning and organizing the gift closet. So I will be working on that from 8-12 and hopefully make some progress....it is sort of a mess right now.

I have three categories of gifts..

  • 24 Days of Christmas gifts. These gifts are given on December 1st in a bag...each is individually wrapped and numbered so they can be opened one each day. Most are smaller gifts...gum, notepad, ornament etc...but just something fun to build up the excitement during the month...LOL This year quite a few of the ones I am giving are crafted items.
  • Stocking Stuffers...you all know what these are. Little fun gifts to tuck in the stockings. Last year some of mine ended up being too large for the stockings...so this year I am working a bit on that aspect!
  • Gifts for Family and Friends...this is the BIG one! I also pick up some little work gifts also so need to access how things are going with all these gifts!

Off to do a couple things so I can give the gifts my full attention here in a short while...if I do really well...I may reward myself with a trip to Target later....maybe the dollar spot will help fill some needs on the Stocking or 24 Days gifts list!