Saturday, December 29, 2012

Chicken Soup for the Soul Winners

The winners are:  Luludou and me your addresses and I will get copies on the way to you!  Such a great book...I got my copy and it is just delightful!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Giveaway

I'm excited to announce a great book giveaway here at Rudolph Ramblings.  It's Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Gifts of Christmas. You are sure to enjoy these stories of Christmas joy, family traditions, and unique stories fitting of the Chicken Soup for the Soul name.
The titles of the chapters are taken from movies but with a little twist, such as, A Few Good Elves or Close Encounters of the Santa Kind. This book is sure to put you in the holiday mood and would be equally good for gift giving.
To enter this giveaway, please comment on this post and your name will be entered in a random drawing for the book. We are giving away two copies here at Rudolph's you have an extra chance to win!  Comment away and good luck to all.

I'm only running the givaway through leave a comment!!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Winner is

The winner of a copy of the Nutcracker, illustrated by Maurice Sendak is......


Please email me your mailing address! Congratulations!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Nutcracker: Review and Give Away

Up this celebration of the beginning of the holiday season, we have the beloved tale of The Nutcracker.  This edition illustrated by Maurice Sendak is sure to be a great addition to your holiday library.

In the classic tradition of the Nutcracker ballet, this story unfolds with Marie becoming fasinated with a Christmas gift: The Nutcracker. What unfolds next is a mirage of experiences with the King of the Mice, Princess Pirlipat, and the Land of Dolls. This book manages to tell a complicated story in readable and enjoyable format.

Perhaps one of my favorite illustrations is this one in which we get just a glimpse of a creature we should be familiar with from Where The Wild Things Are, a widely popular Maurice Sendak book.

Now for the are the "rules".  To be entered in the drawing:
1. Make a comment on this post
2. Join one of my Facebook groups:
If you join more than one group you will get an entry for each one.
3. Follow Rudolph Ramblings.
So you could potentially get your name in the drawing 5 times. If you already are part of the Facebook groups please include that in your post and I will give you an entry for that. Also the same goes for following Rudolph Ramblings...just make sure you mention it so I can include your name again for it!
The drawing will be done on Friday November 30th so please get your entries in early!!  Thanks and good luck!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Christmas Art Journal Cover

 So I'm not very good at all pre-preping my pages like everyone suggests....but I did manage to work on the front cover today..I need to do the dedication page and the back cover before December 1st also.....things will get hectic once it's December!!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Blog Give Away.....Coming soon....Be ready!!

These are some new books that are out for the holiday season. I will provide a review of each this week and then post a blog give away where some lucky reader will WIN one of the books!  Thanks so much to Crown Publish/Random House for the books for our give away!!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Christmas Art Journal Ideas 2012

Last year I actually managed to finish a Christmas art journal! Yeah me! It wasn't fancy and it was a messy clunky creation....but I still enjoyed doing it and still like looking at it!  I've tried various classes and online Shimmel's Journal Your Christmas and Ali's December Dailies....yet never managed to finish...perhaps because they're so awesome and my style is hodge podge! So the Creative Spirit facebook group created a Halloween journal with me this year and were asking about the December prompts. I hestitated to do daily prompts like we did for the Halloween journal because December is busy with so many events and it's nice to be able to go with the flow and choose to create a page based on the day's activities BUT on the other hand the prompts were nice for the group because you could see different "takes" on the prompt.

So after pondering it for awhile I came up with 38 December ideas that are undated...meaning you can use it as a menu for your art journal...picking and choosing the ones you want and placing them on whichever day seems to fit. You can choose to journal December 1-25th or December 1-31st (with a few ideas to spare. You can even use some ideas more than once if you favorite Christmas quotations.

This year I am going to try posting about the topics both here at Rudolph's Ramblings and over at The Creative Spirit. I hope you will join me on this fun and creative journey!

Christmas Art Journal Ideas 2012.

* It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
* My December Calendar or Christmas Countdown
* Elves Galore!
* Favorite Christmas Quotation
* Five Senses of Christmas
* Holiday Cheer
* Christmas Cards: Yours this year or a favorite you received
* Favorite Christmas movie
* Christmas Trees
* Let it snow….or December weather in your locale
* Family Traditions
* Favorite Christmas song
* Christmas List
* Letter to Santa
* Wrapping paper
* J-O-Y
* Christmas Past and Present
* Sweet Treats
* T’was the Night Before Christmas
* Christmas Menu
* Silver and Gold
* The stockings were hung….
* Santa
* Holly and Mistletoe
* The Care and Feeding of Reindeer
* Doodle Christmas symbols…stars, candy canes, snowflakes, gingerbread men, etc
* A Christmas poem
* All I want for Christmas….
* Christmas Lights
* The North Pole
* Top five things I love about Christmas
* Christmas Faeries
* Gingerbread Houses/People
* Special Events
* Childhood Magic
* Red and Green
* Shopping

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Decoupage Christmas Ornaments

How to Create Decoupage Christmas Ornaments


Decoupage beautiful ornaments using recycled old Christmas cards to adorn your tree. These Christmas ornaments are inexpensive to make, but will create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece look for your tree. Choose a Christmas card that has a pretty picture, design or theme that will complement your holiday décor. Using paper-mâché or plain covered ornaments will give you the best results. Each ornament should take approximately two hours to make, including the time it takes for the ornament to dry.


  • Christmas cards
  • Modge Podge
  • Scissors
  • Clear varnish
  • Sponge brushes
  • Plain round Christmas ornaments


1. Carefully cut the pattern or pictures from your old
Christmas cards. Make sure to cut as much of the picture detail as possible. A more detailed picture or design will add to the beauty of your ornaments.
2. In a well-ventilated room, place your first ornament on a covered work area. Line up the remaining ornaments across your work area. Organize your card pieces to help with the assembling of each Christmas ornament.
3. The next step is to plan the placement of your Christmas card pieces on your ornaments. If you are using a lot of pieces, hold them on your ornament with straight pins. This will help you keep your pieces in place while you are deciding on the look and pattern before permanently collaging your pieces to the ornament.
4. Pour a little glue into an old bowl.
5. Paint a layer of glue with your sponge brush on the area of the ornament where your first piece will be placed.
6. Paint a layer of glue on the back of your first card piece.
7. Place this piece on top of the glue patch on the ornament.
8. Gently rub over the piece with a finger or small brush to help remove any air bubbles and wrinkles.
9. Repeat steps 5 through 8 for the remaining pieces.
10. Let the ornament dry completely. Once it has dried, check to make sure all the card piece ends are secure to the ornament. If there are any loose ends, reapply the glue to the end piece that didn't secure to the ornament. Let dry.
11. Spray or paint a coat of clear varnish over the entire ornament. If you want to add a little glamour to the ornament, sprinkle a little glitter on it before it dries.

Collage style is another creative way to decoupage ornaments with old Christmas cards. Instead of cutting pictures from your Christmas cards, tear the picture part of the card into small pieces. Glue your card pieces so that they overlap each other instead of forming a specific pattern. Let dry, then spray or paint a coat of gloss varnish over the entire ornament. Let dry.

Once all your ornaments are made, adorn them with ribbons and holiday decorations for added beauty. Glue ribbons, berries, and pine cones to the top of your ornaments for a rustic look. Glue gold beads and lace evenly around each ornament for a Victorian look. Personalize your ornaments with a red Sharpie or glitter pen for the perfect stocking stuffer gift. The decorating possibilities are endless.

 Erin Levine is a guest author from PaperStyle. She enjoys writing about Christmas crafts and has been featured as a contributor on numerous holiday websites and blogs around the web.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Happy August Rudolph Day

We are about to enter the busiest time of the year!  Are you excited?  Santa's checking his list and you will be too!!!1

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Peppermint Party Printables

How about some cuper cute printables from bnute. Candy bag labels, party circles, and thank yous, all in a sweet peppermint theme!

Here's the peppermint party invitation!   Invitations.

More peppermint tags!

These are from Cupcake Express and will add a sweet touch to gifts or scrapbook pages!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Candy Tablescapes

You might remember I am doing a "Friends are Sweet." holiday brunch theme this year so I have been spending time looking at candy inspired things!  Here's a cute tablescape from The Little Round Table. I love the simple white and red!


Another really pretty one is featured over at An Accomplished Woman.
Or how about this Christmas in Candy Land theme by Flower Factor

A Gingerbread one....from Kristen's Creations

So far I have lots of ideas in red and white (but I love the Gingerbread ideas too) so I'm not sure exactly what I want it to look the search is still on for the perfect "sweet" decor for the brunch.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Happy July Rudolph Day's July 25th...time to really kick it in gear as far as holiday prep goes!  July is stocking stuffer month so you still have a few days left to get your stocking stuffers bought and tucked away for Christmas!

This month I crafted vintage paper trees, yarn trees and still hope to try out one other tree craft!  I added the lovely white tree pictured above to my collection. I bought it at Holiday World in Santa Claus Indiana.

My goal for the rest of the month is to get my Christmas Notebook all up to date with cookies for 2012, menu plans, updated stocking stuffers list and updated gift list too! 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Good List Certificate

At Santa's Candy Castle you could use a computer program to talk with an elf. The elf then submitted the results to Santa and Santa let's you know if you are on the nughty or nice list...!!!

Looks like Evan made it...but as the elf warned...there's a lot more days before Christmas!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Santa Claus Indiana

Well Christmas in July is slipping away, I've had so many trips this month that it's been difficult to blog as much as I'd like. I have a back log of post ideas that I will continue to share with you in the coming months!  Thursday we leave bright and early for Santa Claus Indiana...what a perfect place to visit during Christmas in July!

And of course I'll be stopping by here!!

And we will be staying at Santa's Lodge! 

And a trip to Holiday World is on the agenda!

Santa Claus Museum
And maybe Santa's Museum and the post office!

and Frosty's Fun Center!

 And maybe even.....Santa's Candy Castle!!

Happy Christmas in me!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Yarn Trees Part 1

I had a hard time finding yarn I wanted to use. I wanted something in varying shades of green but there really wasn't any. Nor any true reds either!  So I went with this cherry which has cream, pink, and a sort of dark pink or mauve in it. I made three trees.

The star is actually a cheap faery wand that I bought at the dollar store. I broke the handle and stuck it in the top of the largest tree. I am playing around with the idea of taking it back off and using snow glitter on it. I think it might make it "softer" and therefore fit with the color scheme better. I still need something for the tops of the other two and some little ornaments to add. I am not doing very well finding anything that suits in my stash so it might be awhile before I get to finish them!

They were easy to make, relatively inexpensive and look cute in a group of three.  I would like to use the same concept with twine because my livingroom theme is "rustic" and I think they would be a nice addition!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Free Printable Candy Stickers

Do you want to make that stocking stuffer candy even more special? How about some printable labels straight from the North Pole or over at The Mother Huddle if you don;t have time to zip up to the North Pole to pick up some!

So sweet and she provides you with a nice little selection to use!  I am thinking the ones shown above might be cute to print and use for co workers during the holiday season!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Vintage Rosette Ornaments

I must be thinking music this week. Earlier I made the paper trees using pages from an old hymnal and then this ornament caught my eye!  Rosetter Ornaments made from none other than pages from an old song book!  Isn't it adorable?  You can find the step by step directions over at Lark and Lola,

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Little Trees and Other Things

Some of the paper trees I made yesterday. I'm thinking about buying some little silver stars and putting one on the top of each tree. I want to keep them simple but feel they need a topper.

Next week, I'm trying another type of tree....I am thinking it might be this one!

The directions for these yarn trees can be found at Pretty Ditty.

There are so many possibilities with yarn trees...cute and fuzzy!

Below is another super cute version using Martha Stewart Glitter yarn. See more pictures and details at Mama's Crafts.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Vintage Trees

For my first "tree" craft this year I am going to try these cute vintage paper trees. You can make three different sizes with the littlest one being a good ornament size.  Some others have also suggested trying to make them out of scrapbook paper, so I might give that a whirl too!

You can find a template and the directions: Vintage Trees

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Christmas in July

It's Christmas in July and I'm thinking TREES!  My goal is to make a lot this month but since I have a couple four day trips, our summer party and other duties, I'm keeping my fingers crossed I can actually get some made! 

Saturday, June 30, 2012

July is Stocking Stuffer Month

Santa may be on vacation but July is a GREAT time to finish up your sto cking stuffers. Then tuck them away in little bags so they are all sorted and ready for filling the stockings!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Recipe Notebook

I love to see what others do with our Mary has started creating her holiday recipe notebook. I love the way she uses her love of scrapbooking to create a unique notebook!

Check out more pages and details on how she created her notebook over at Rudy Day News!

Friday, June 1, 2012

It's Party Planning Month!

It's NEVER too early to start party planning. So grab your calendar and look at some dates. Remember how quickly December seems to book up!

Think "outside the holiday box". Perhaps it would bge easier to host a brunch or an afternoon tea?  Start thinking about possible themes and ways to use what you already have in the way of holiday decor. Repurpose things as much as possible!

Party planning is a great way to get in the holiday spirit.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

It's Recipe Month

May is Recipe Month. Time to get all of those holiday recipes organized and ready for Christmas 2012. Whether you use cards, a binder, or an online recipe file let's sort through and keep just the favorites!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Happy Rudolph Day

Surgery on my shoulder has halted my blogging for a bit but HAPPY RUDOLPH DAY!!

I hope in April you focused on your holiday dishes and kitchen.  Can't believe how fast the year is sweeping by.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

I Believe in Santa

Check out this super cute I believe in Santa necklace at BeJuled Designs. I love it! And the Santa one below too!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cookies for Santa Plates

I love all of the different Cookies for Santa plates that are out there.
This one can be found HERE.

A cute one from Great Bay Pottery

Personalized ones from Bonny Babies.
Cookies for Santa Plate (8.25-in.) by Pfaltzgraff
A Winterberry one from HERE.

A colorful one from Sears

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Aqua and White

Remember my earlier post about using white dishes and another color to create a really beautiful table....well check out this aqua and white theme...

white and aqua blue color palette for a dessert buffet table

You simply must check it out....there's even a recipe for the marshmallow pops....Look HERE.