Saturday, 30 November 2019

Simy's Crafty Christmas



I absolutely adore this time of year; the smell of fruit and spices, the flickering candles and show of fairy lights adorning picket fences throughout the neighbourhood, and that slow, magical descent of snow-flakes… But perhaps what I love most about this special time of year is the sheer joy and cheer that overcomes people’s spirits despite the persistent grey and gloomy weather in this part of the world, and of course, the desire to give to those most dear as well as those less fortunate.  
Deze tijd van het jaar is verreweg mijn favoriet; de geur van fruit en kruiden, de fonkelende kaarsen en alle lichtjes die de huizen en hekjes in de buurt sfeervol versieren. Maar ook het langzame, magische vallen van sneeuwvlokjes... Wat ik misschien nog wel het allermooiste vind aan deze speciale tijd van het jaar is de pure vreugde en blijdschap dat ons overmant, zelfs tijdens het aanblijvende grijze en treurige weer in dit deel van de wereld. Natuurlijk ook ons verlangen om onze dierbaren en de minder bedeelden iets te kunnen geven, vind ik erg mooi aan deze tijd.



Though as much as it can be fun and exciting searching for the perfect gift for a friend or loved one, sometimes it can get a little bit tricky given our busy lifestyles. So I thought what better opportunity than to share with you all a little project I came up with which combines making something by hand with a host of my favourite crafty stocking fillers, and I’ve called it Simy’s Crafty Christmas. 
Hoewel het onwijs leuk en uitdagend is om het perfecte cadeautje voor een vriend of een andere geliefde te zoeken, is het soms ook best lastig door ons drukke leven. Daarom bedacht ik me dat dit het perfecte moment is om een project met je te delen waarbij iets handgemaakts gecombineerd wordt met mijn favoriete crafty kerstcadeautjes en ik noem het Simy's Crafty Christmas.


The Project 
Het Project

Since I was a child I’ve always had fond memories opening the door to a little chocolate treat each day of December leading up to Christmas Day. Although I no longer indulge in such advent calendars, nowadays I try to create something myself that brings back that warm, nostalgic feeling 
Van kleins af aan heb ik altijd warme herinneringen gehad aan het openen van een deurtje van de adventskalender waarachter een chocolaatje verscholen lag en dat mocht iedere dag in December tot aan Eerste Kerstdag. Hoewel ik me al tijden niet meer uitleef met zo'n adventskalender, probeer ik tegenwoordig zelf iets te maken wat dat warme, nostalgische gevoel terug brengt.

This year, I came up with this wonderful idea of making a garland strung with 24 paper hangers with a crafty item inside each one to be discovered! Each hanger marks a day leading up to 25 December, and is to be opened on that respective day. 
Dit jaar kwam ik met het idee om een slinger te maken waaraan 24 papieren doosjes hangen, allemaal gevuld met een crafty item! Elke hanger staat voor een dag, tot 25 december, en wordt geopend op de respectievelijke dag.



Step 1: Cut a piece of paper that wraps comfortably around the item you're putting inside, with some overlap.
Stap 1: Knip een stuk papier dat ruim om het
voorwerp heen past, met een beetje overlap.

Step 2: Join into a tube with a piece of double-sided sticky tape 
Stap 2: Maak er een koker van en plak het vast met dubbelzijdig tape
Step 3: Fold over one end and staple it, put your item inside
Stap 3: Vouw één uiteinde dubbel en niet vast, stop je voorwerp in de hanger
Step 4: Fold over the other end and staple it in the opposite direction. Either make a hole in a corner using a hole punch or use colourful tape and attach each hanger onto a length of yarn or fairy lights - your garland is complete!
Stap 4: Vouw het andere uiteinde dubbel, de andere kant op, en niet vast. Maak in de hoek een gat met een perforator of gebruik kleurrijk tape en bevestig iedere hanger aan een lang stuk garen of zoals ik deed, aan een streng lampjes en je slinger is klaar!

The garland can be made from paper or card and is a pretty and simple project to share with family members or crafty friends. It can easily be adapted to suit your personal style with glitter, beads, stickers, yarn, tassels or hand drawn items. The garland is also fun to use for other celebrations such as birthdays.
De slinger wordt van kleurrijk papier of karton gemaakt en is een leuk én simpel project om samen met je familie of crafty vrienden te maken. Maak hem helemaal naar je eigen stijl door glitter, kraaltjes, stickers, garen, kwastjes of iets handgetekends toe te voegen. Maar ook tijdens andere leuke feesten, zoals verjaardagen, komt deze slinger van pas!


Crafty Items  
Inside each of the garland’s hangers I have hidden an item that I personally love and use that I feel would be a perfect stocking filler or gift for a crafty loved one. From tomorrow, 1 December, I will begin sharing which items I’ve chosen together with a short review and some ideas of ways to use that item in your crafting practice. But read carefully – each review contains a little clue… 
Crafty Voorwerpen
In elke hanger heb ik een voorwerp verstopt waar ik zelf enorm dol op ben en vaak gebruik. Ik denk dat deze items de perfecte kleine cadeautjes zijn om te geven óf te krijgen. Vanaf morgen, 1 december, zal ik iedere dag een pakje uitpakken en laten zien welke voorwerpen ik heb gekozen. Ik geef een kleine review en laat je zien wat je ermee kunt doen. Maar lees aandachtig - elke review bevat een kleine aanwijzing...


Giveaway 
Of course, no Simy’s Crafty Christmas special would be complete without a giveaway! To celebrate Christmas and all that crafty cheer, I will be giving away all 24 items included in the hangers to one lucky follower. To enter, you will need to find the hidden, coloured letter(s) – yes, there may be more than one ;) – in each of the 24 item reviews. NOTE that if you are reading the English text, your letters will be RED and if you have are reading the Dutch text, your letters will be GREEN. When strung together in the same order you found them, these letters form a short question to be answered. On 24 December you can begin to share your answers to the hidden question via the comments section of this blog post. Entries will close 5 January and a winner will be chosen and announced on 6 January via my blog and Scheepjes’ social media platforms. 
Winactie
Natuurlijk is Simy's Crafty Christmas niet compleet zonder giveaway! Om Kerstmis en deze crafty vrolijkheid te vieren zal ik alle 24 items inclusief hun hangers weggeven aan één gelukkige lezer. Om mee te doen moet je alle verstopte, gekleurde letters - en ja, dat kunnen er meerdere zijn ;) - in de 24 reviews vinden. Als je die letters in dezelfde volgorde achter elkaar plakt verschijnt er een korte vraag die je moet beantwoorden. Beantwoord deze vraag op 24 december in de reacties onder deze blogpost. De winactie sluit op 5 januari en op 6 januari wordt de winnaar gekozen en bekend gemaakt op mijn blog en op alle Scheepjes social media kanalen.

I wish you the utmost cheer this festive season and a Merry Crafty Christmas! 
Ik wens je veel plezier tijdens deze gezellige dagen en een Vrolijk, Crafty Kerstfeest!

  



45 comments:

  1. I do love a letter/wordsearch challenge! I found first clue!

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  2. Super leuk! Ik vind puzzelen en handwerken heerlijk!

    Ps. Volgens mij zit er in het eerste woord in de Nederlandse zin een a te veel.

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  3. Hi, how nice it was to solve your riddle!
    My answer: two little glasses for waxinelights, that my grandmother had in her home and belong to me now. Every meal they shine their little lights on my table ❤️

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  5. Once I was a kid my favourite was an animated santa that could sing. It belonged to my grandmother but was lost in a flood. Now it is a little glass ornament that my mom gifted me when I got diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. I wish you a very merry Christmas

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  6. My favorite one is still with my dad - it is my mom & dad's star for the top of the Christmas tree. I will inherit it when both of my parents are gone. My mom died this year so it has become even more special to me as I realized that it is over 50 years old now!

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  7. A set of small, slightly cracked glass ornaments that belonged to my grandmother who passed away on Christmas Day many years ago. They always remind me of her.

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  8. This very ugly red and brown ball ornament that I used to find beautiful as a kid and that my mom let me put in the middle of the Christmas tree every year even though she's very picky of the decoration :)

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  9. My Mom has a blue and silver bauble on her tree and we have had this bauble since the late 70’s. It is nothing special to look at, but it is the only one that has survived the years and it holds so many memories from when I was little. I have always been a massive fan of Christmas and I’m still a big kid even at 43. This little bauble is just a reminder of what a fabulous time of year this is.

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  10. The little glass star I bought when I started work nearly 40 years ago. It get treated very gently each year!

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  11. My grandmother passed away 30 years ago. I have her Chanukah menorah which we use and display every December. It’s a beautiful reminder of her, of love and light and tradition. Happy holidays!!

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  12. A stained glass rocking horse ornament that is not only beautiful, but has always been "my" ornament. Even years when I was away and my mom decorated the tree, she saved the rocking horse for me to hang when I got home.

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  13. This is such an amazing and fun giveaway! I love how you gave the clues in every post! �� so here's my answer: it's an angel for the top of the tree that has been in the family for over 4 generations, it's been passed over and when I moved from Argentina to Ireland my mother gave it to me. Now it's in my Christmas tree being shared with my own family and every time I see it I feel like my family from Argentina is there with me�� thank you so much for sharing so much love and merry Christmas and happy new year !!���� Leonela

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  14. Wat een mega leuke give away! Eentje waarvoor je iets moet doen en wat ook nog eens kei leuk en inspirerend is.

    Mijn antwoord is het piepklein kerststalletje wat ik ooit van mijn ouders kreeg voor onder mijn eigen kleine boompje (25cm hoog). De poppetjes hadden geen stalletjes dus maakte mijn zus er eentje van groen papier, een luciferdoosje en mosjes uit de tuin. Ze passen er precies in en de engel kan in een gaatje in het dak. Het stalletje staat elk jaar onder het kleine boompje op mijn nachtkastje, net als vroeger, ook al ben ik inmiddels 31 jaar. Ik word er altijd vrolijk van als ik er naar kijk en het is naast mijn oude teddybeer, mijn meest dierbare bezit ❤️

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  15. I have a few handpainted ornaments created by our children when they were little. As adults, they hate that I put them up every year. I wouldn't part with them for anything.

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  16. I don’t actually have any decorations, let alone a favourite!! 
    For 31 years we have cats and for the first 2 or 3 Christmases, every day I had to pick up the knocked over tree and redecorate. A bit tedious - so I stopped putting a tree and decorations up (niet gezellig) - and gave everything to a friend. 
    However - now that I have learned to crochet and see all the fabulous crochet Christmas decorations, I am planning to make some throughout 2020; safe for the cats and (hopefully) more difficult to get off the tree. The first project though will be a lovely Christmas Wreath - which is at the top of my Christmas crochet project list ..... this will become my favourite -  because if I don’t get a lot of small decorations made at least I have a beautiful wreath on my door!!   
    Merry Christmas all!

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  17. It is my ceramic Christmas tree that was my great-grandmother’s. It helps keep the memories of past family Christmases alive and helps me remember all the family that lives far away.

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  18. The decorations that matter the most to me are the things that my daughters make with their own hands. Even after they grow up and move out, I will still have those things that they have made for me to remember when they were small. :)

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  19. My favourite decoration is a silver and gold real pine cone.  It's one my dog picked up as we were taking his last ever walk in his favourite place.  He used to just chew them but this one I didn't notice till later he carried round all the way.  Later on that evening I was getting back in the car without him and I found it on the back seat.  That Christmas I was spraying pine cones gold or silver and I did his one half and half.  I still have it 23 years later it's on my tree at the front right now.

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    1. Hi Niamh! You have been selected as the winner of my Crafty Advent Calendar Giveaway! Please comment below with your email address so we can get in touch :) Simy xx

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    2. Oh my goodness me thank you so much!! my email is woollychickencrafts@gmail.com. Thank you for such a wonderful and fun giveaway.

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    3. And a very very happy new year to you

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  20. The most precious decoration I own is a beautiful cross stitch made by my late Grandmother more than 60 years ago. Hanging it each year not only fills me with emotion and fond memories but it reminds me of the value of handmade gifts that are truly loved.

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  21. I have not inherited any decorations... but I do have two precious ones: two little angels that go in the x-mass three, bought when my kids were born. I hope to hand them down to them once they're grown ups and have family of their own...

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  22. Christmas was not a favourite time for me until I met my husband. He loved and loves Christmas. We purchased our first two ornaments, delicately iridescent coloured, hand-blown glass which we placed on our wee tree.
    Christmas didn't automatically become a magic time for me but over the years my husband's enthusiasm and love for the season has become contagious. We put the tree up early, our first ornaments are the first put on and the joy of season begins.
    Thank you Simy for an inspired challenge! Wishing you and yours the very best of the season.
    To your many followers, whichever holiday or holidays you're celebrating, I hope they're full of love and laughter.

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  23. Het meeste dierbare is de kerstbal met een foto van mijn meervoudig complex gehandicapte pleegzusje. Dit omdat ze zo enorm veel voor mij betekend en ik heel veel van haar hou.

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  24. Mijn meest dierbare kerstdecoratie hangen bij mijn moeder en zussen in de boom. Al een aantal jaren haaknik voor hen iets moois voor in de boom. Het doet me plezier hen te verrassen met iets zelf gemaakte.

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  25. De dierbaarste decoratie voor mij is het kerstmannetje dat mijn zoontje in groep 1 gemaakt heeft van een knorr doos met crêpe papier beplakt, staat al 10 jaar onder de boom 🤗 ook een sterren hangertje dat ik met mijn beste vriendin in Düsseldorf gekocht heb toen we samen naar de kerstmarkt geweest zijn.

    Hele gezellige kerstdagen en een prachtig, gezond en liefdevol 2020 gewenst!

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  26. Mijn dierbaarste decoratie is ten eerste m'n vogeltjes die in de boom hangen. Mijn zoon noemde ze destijds tjippen. Daar blijft ook steeds een herinnering aan hangen. En ten tweede m'n eigen ontworpen en gemaakte kerstballen. (🎅 en ☃️)
    Fijne feestdagen aan allen. DIDYDOE

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  27. My favourites (can’t have just one) are the special decorations we have picked up on our travels - a maple leaf from Canada, straw stars from Austria, omamori amulets from Japan and more. They bring back wonderful memories of the places we have visited together.

    Thank you for the chance to win this amazing giveaway!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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  28. My most precious decoration is a little silver picture of Mary and Joseph and baby Jesus. I got it when I went overseas so it reminds me of that, and also it makes me think of our wee family when my first baby was born, and it also reminds me of the reason I celebrate Christmas.

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  29. Mijn meest dierbare kerstdecoratie is rode geborduurde merklap met daarop Jozef, Maria en Jezus met nog wat duiven, engelen en een kandelaar. Hij is me dierbaar omdat ik deze op school tijdens de handwerkers gemaakt heb toen ik tien was.

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  30. Lovely and fun giveaway, my answer is to golden candlestick i have from my best friend who unfortunately died of cancer, therefor they are precious to me, and i love the reminder of him every christmas

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  31. My answer is: a candle with pine tree leaves. I used to buy it as a kid for my parents, but when I moved out, they gave it to me, so that we are connected this way. Funny, that I never lit it as it's too precious to me to let it burn away :)

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  32. A beautiful glass angel ornament, which was a gift from my grandmother to my parents when they got married, and it's been on an special spot in the Christmas tree since then.

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  33. A Christmas decoration that my parents gifted us a few years ago. They had my name and my other half’s name painted onto it and it was the first decoration we owned when we moved in together, the start of the collection.

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  34. Voor jou ook een heel gelukkig nieuwjaar! Met vele leuke projecten :)
    Mijn dierbaarste kerstdecoratie zijn de rode appeltjes voor in de kerstboom ik denk al 3 meer dan 30 jaar oud want ik ben 32 en ze hangen al heel mijn leven in de kerstboom thuis! Vroeger hingen ze dan thuis enkele jaren later bij mijn mama in de boom. Meer recent zijn alle knutselprojecten van mijn
    kinderen. Om de evidente reden dat alles wat mijn kinderen maken voor kerst in die boom moet ;-) en mooi is 😍

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  35. Any of the handcrafted ornaments my grandma made for me--one every year since I was born--are special to me. But then there’s the coveted glass icicles from my mom’s beautifully decorated tree. Or the very first ornament I ever made--a little gingerbread star pressed and rolled by clumsy three-year-old hands that still smells faintly of cinnamon!

    But the one that is truly precious to me is a little ceramic church. Now that I’m grown, it’s mine to hang on my own tree. I carefully unwrap it from its layers of tissue paper, wondering at the now-soft folds that date back to the first year my parents placed this ornament on their tree, just for me. The church is heavy, difficult to hang. I pick it up, certain that this is the year it will be smashed to pieces. I tuck it here and there among the evergreen boughs, until at last it has a place to rest. During the day, it’s unremarkable. A plain trinket easily missed among the shiny baubles. But at night, when the sun has set and all the other lights are off, the little church shines the most brightly among the joyful homemade ornaments. Lit from within, its soft glow reminds me of being back home, of stories my own parents told me, of stories their parents told them. While my two giddy children tumble around me, I think of my parents and the rest of my family, far away across the ocean. “Shh…” I say. “Let me tell you a story.” I point out the little church and tell them my own tale, creating a new story to bridge the gap between my old and new worlds.

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  38. My most treasured Christmas decoration that I own is the crib that belonged to my Granny. My Grandma looked after a French exchange student, Alain,for a few summers in the 1950s whilst he studied English. As a thank you for her hospitality he sent her a typical French crib set, with further pieces gifted over the next few years. Slowly the set grew from just the Holy family to a whole village full of characters. The set was then passed to my father and extra animals and characters were added on family holidays - and now that the set belongs to me I have even added a knitter. Every figure in the crib has it's own personality and it's a wonderful feeling to know that the company that made the crib is still going strong, and that craftsmanship is valued.
    At Christmas when the crib is set up it's not only a wonderful memory of my gran but how welcome she made a little boy far from home feel.

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  40. Om my, I just realized that we do not have any Christmas decorations which have a long history or belong to someone. All our decorations are relatively new and purchased by our self. I remember that my parents had small wooden figures in their tree when we were young, and I hope they still have them in the attic, so one day we can have them in our tree.

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  41. My favourite Christmas decorations are the pieces that our family keeps as treasures, i.e. the pieces that were bought to celebrate first Christmas of each new child in the family, also keepsake pieces such as paperchain or a star made by each of us as a kid. Some of those decorations are now old and fragile, but they are what I call memory keepers.

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