Friday, December 11, 2015
A couple of years ago I came up with the idea of creating specialized tags for each person on my list. From one of my favourite resources for online images, iCLIPART.com I selected an illustration that in some way represented the giftee.
For example, my cat-loving daughter had just become a mother for the first time, so #1088038 seemed just perfect for her.
The tags all said who the gifts were from, but the images stood on their own as representations of the person to whom the gift would be going. As everyone gets something they need, something they want and something to read, I chose a different image for each present. It was such fun Christmas morning watching as everyone determined who each tag represented.
Granted, it's a busy time of year for sure. Adding something extra to the workload might not be of interest. But it can make something special even more so when that personal touch is added.
If you do feel like taking on this little project, then, here are the steps to show you how to create these fun Christmas tags:
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
It can be fun to pick for a new arrival to the family, given that personality and preferences for an infant are unknown. Inspiration, therefore, often comes from what I do know.
Despite growing up in a canine-obsessed family, our younger daughter has always been a little apprehensive around dogs. The adoption of a kitten from a shelter after moving away from home effectively completed the transition to cat person for her.
When I was looking to begin her little girl's ornament collection I spied an adorable one that just happened to be of a kitty decked out for Christmas. The decision to purchase it was based primarily on the fact that like her, it was pretty darn cute. Another factor though, was the fact that her mother really likes cats.
Interestingly, it has been rather a nice fit for our darling Bean. A sweetie with big dimples and hazel eyes, she is as cuddly, playful and cute as a kitten, with, however, the same fierce independence and attitude.
Like a cat, when she snuggles it's with all the love she's got. Yet, while these sweet squeezes are typically given generously, you can bank on the fact that they only happen because she wants them to.
So, for our dear Bean, and in the spirit of the season, here are some super cute Christmas cat clipart:
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
He's also got a sensitive side, though. He loves to snuggle with a cuddly baby doll or nestle quietly against you while you read him a story.
He is our 'Sir Lash-a-lot', a tow-headed sweetheart with eyelashes like palm fronds. The third grandchild for us, this delightful toddler looks at us with a sparkle in his baby blues and more times than not graces the world with an award-winning smile.
That I made the decision last Christmas to start an elf ornament collection for him was one of my better choices in this family tradition. These mythical creatures suit him. He is quite frankly a merry little charmer who always seems to be hiding some private joke. When I think of elves or look at him the word that comes to mind is impish.
At this time of year, the image of an elf is as magical as the season itself. Their world is a mythical wonderland where dreams and wishes come true. These clipart collections celebrate the fantasy and fun of Santa's little helpers:
Monday, December 7, 2015
A favourite Pat Boone carol speaks to the warmth of this holiday tradition:
"Isn't it strange, how a little green tree,
Can light up a cold, lonely room?
The glow of its light, can warm up the night
And melt away sadness and gloom .
The beauty of this holiday tradition was the theme I selected for our granddaughter's Christmas ornament collection from her Papa and me. It seemed the perfect choice for her.
From the time she could focus she seemed to have an interesting fascination with trees of all kinds. Her mother once sent me a picture of our precious Little Missy sitting in her stroller staring at the huge ficus in the corner of their dining room — a distraction that had apparently snapped her out of a fussy mood and held her attention for an incredible half hour.
On our many trips with her to Northern Ontario it has been intriguing to note her enchantment with all things green, from the leaves on a short shrub to the spiky needles of a majestic pine.
So, for the sweetest of all nature lovers, and with the warmth of all the little green trees brightening the holiday season, here are some clipart collections celebrating a festive favourite: