Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Post-Christmas Overview

I hope everyone had a great Christmas!

Here is our annual video overview of our holiday:

Friday, December 19, 2014

Crazy Quilt Table Runner and This Year's Christmas Crackers

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas:
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When we had our first steampunk themed Christmas in 2010, I made a set of crazy quilt Victorian boot style Christmas stockings: Then, in 2011 I made a tree skirt that matched the stockings: Last year I planned to add a table runner to the collection, but it didn't get finished in time, so I tossed it aside and didn't come back to it until about a week ago. I could have kept adding things to it, but instead, I have declared it complete.

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Since finishing the table runner, I've been working on this year's homemade Christmas Crackers. I had three colors of metallic tissue paper left-over from last year and decided that we would each have crackers with crowns that matched the colors of the place-card lanterns that I had already made.

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This afternoon, I made the airship metal to be the prize in Blaze's cracker and finished cracker assembly.

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For instructions on how to make Christmas Crackers, here is the tutorial I posted last year:

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Downtown Thomasville Victorian Christmas

The adorable little town of Thomasville, Georgia is about 36 mile north of Tallahassee. Every year they hold a Victorian Christmas celebration for two evenings. Last night was our first time attending, though.

Getting ready to go:

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It was a bit crowded and it was hard to find parking, but the town did a nice job of putting on the event. Children could play in a small patch of snow and visit with Santa. The Boy Scouts were roasting chestnuts over an open fire, plus there was free marshmallow toasting. Musicians played, there were carriage rides, a small train, fire dancers, lots of food vendors, and a live nativity (although the only thing I could see over the heads of the crowd were the angles on the roof). Many of the shops and restaurants, also, stay open late for the event.

Here is what we saw:

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Tallahassee Winter Festival

Last night was Tallahassee's Winter Festival downtown. Yesterday was also Blaze's 14th birthday, so the winter festival was a fun way to end a fun day.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Paper Lantern Place Cards

To make these little lanterns, we used the first template on this linked file, printed on cardstock at 90% of original size. The original design has a handle, but Blaze said he didn't want ours to include the handle, since it wouldn't be hanging up.

I cut out the lanterns, but Blaze did most of the painting.

I like mixed metallics for decorations with a steampunk look, so we used gold, silver, and copper "Liquid Leaf" to paint over the white cardstock. These lanterns could also be made out of metallic or printed scrapbook paper and avoid the painting altogether.

Each lantern needed four pictures of the person it was intended for, printed on plain white, pearlescent velum. I chose pictures from past Christmases, that also fit with our steampunk theme.
The windows are 2-inches by 2-inches, so each picture was printed slightly larger than that. Do not use liquid glue to attach the pictures (I learned the hard way, that velum and liquid glue don't get along well). A stick of school glue works great for this.

Place a small electric candle inside of each lantern. Do not use wax candles, since the velum could easily catch fire.

Place one lantern on, or just above, each plate on the table, to mark where each person will sit.

Crafty Crow