Thursday, November 27, 2008

A Thankful Orange and A Thank You Card

I always bring a craft to family holiday gatherings for my sister, nieces, son's fiance and myself to make after our dinners when the men are sleeping on the sofa!! This year at Thanksgiving it was just my sister, brother-in-law, my DH and myself gathering - but I still brought a project!The project was oranges and whole cloves so we could make a pomander ball - remember making these when you were a kid??? I just love the smell of them - it reminds me so much of Christmas and the wonderful baking smells in the kitchen that lead up to Christmas day!

Before we left for my sister's house this morning - I saw Julia's Way's to Use It challenge on Split Coast to make a thank you card or thank you gift - something to let someone know that you are thankful for them. So when I got home - I wrapped this felt ribbon around the orange, added a star, folded satin ribbon and stick pin at the top to hold the felt ribbon on and this sentiment tag with a heart brad.

This pomander ball will be going to my 93 year old mother in law who felt she couldn't make the trip with us today to my sisters home. This will be to let her know that we love her and that she is an important part of our lives. And it will add the wonderful Christmas smell to her room where she lives in assisted living.

Stamps: Best Blossoms: SU
Paper: Ripe avocado, Vintage Cream: PTI, Ruby Red: SU
Ink: Dark Chocolate: PTI
Accessories: star and small rectangle nestabilities, cuttlebug, red twine: SU, pure poppy satin ribbon: PTI, pearlized stick pin: Dritz, red eyelet, red heart brad, cropadile, Ribbon Original Alpine: SU

I also have a Thank You card to share with you today - I made this for the color challenge on Split Coast - to use Really Rust, Going Grey and Very Vanilla.
And I CASEd this card from the Stampin Up catalogue per instructions of Michelle (sf9erfan on Split Coast) for the Double Dare Challenge I do each week with a group of SCS friends. The card I CASEd is on page 98 of the current catalogue.

You can see the other cards for this challenge here.

And these Thank You's are also for all of you who come here to check out my stamped craft offerings - I can't fully express how much it means to me to know you are stopping by. You are all just the greatest!

Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes: SU
Paper: really rust, going grey, very vanilla, DP: SU
Ink: Really Rust
Accessories: circle punch, hole punch, silver brad: Making Memories


Susan said...

LOVE that pomander ball and yes, it does take me back! The smell is heavenly. How sweet to think of your MIL...I've heard that the sense of smell is one of strongest senses.

Your DoubleDare card is perfect in it's simplicity.

I love your bog, Julia, it is a work of the heart!!!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Wonderful projects Julia. I love pomander balls. They smell so good!

Great thank you card. Great colors and wonderful crisp, clean design.

Anonymous said...

I can smell this just by looking at it!!! Makes me wanna go out and get the stuff to make one for me :)

LorettaL said...

Julia, that pomander is a brilliant use for that felt ribbon!!!!!



Shirley said...

The card is so warm and friendly and the Orange Spice Pomander is just wonderful! What a great smell too!

Shirley said...

Sorry it's been so long. I am sucb a slowby these days. I wouldn't miss your blog for anything though and so I must tell you this card is just fantastic! I love what you did with the whole design!!! Beautiful!

Anne Harada said...

Awww, what a sweetheart you are. It's just like you to be thinking of someone else and finding a way to let them know you care! The pomander is a wonderful heartfelt gift, your MIL will be touched!

dpkennedy said...

You are so sweet! Your MIL is lucky that her son is married to such a wonderful woman!! What a nice gift! Your thank you card is so sweet and elegant too!