Hi Everyone –
Warning – scroll down for the project if you don't want to hear about my weekend! I won't be offended!
I hope you enjoyed your weekend. The weather was perfect here but I have to tell say whoever invented weekends – they need to make them longer. Don't you think? They are just way too short for me.This weekend we had some major clean up to do. A very old, very large American Beech tree that stood about 10 to 15 feet just outside my back door fell this past week. Tuesday was a beautiful day – sun was shinning all day. I got home from work about 3:15 and picked up my daughter to run some much needed errands. We returned home about 5:30ish to see to large limbs hit the driveway(luckily the driveway and not the house we thought). We were extremely blessed because I had my daughter move the cars around and out from under the tree just the week before. My son is at college and I didn't want his car sitting all day under the tree!
Well we accessed the damage and we were counting our blessing as there was little damage. The majority of the tree was still standing and we just didn't know what happened to make these limbs come down.We were anticipating to clean it up over the weekend!
Much to our surprise we were woken in the wee hours on Wednesday to another major limb hitting the house!!!! Yup the house. Thankful again we were blessed to have a tall home so that the limb did not have enough momentum to crush in our roof!But there was more damage this time. Plus the winds were whipping up and all day we feared more limbs coming down. I have to tell you this tree is estimated to be about 150 years old! It was a monster of a tree.Well after having the Tree guys in during the week to take it down (we did leave a little standing - to see if maybe it could take the shock it went through and bud again next spring) – they left us tons of wood laying around.
Now we had to figure out where to move it to so that it could be split for firewood! My dad has a working fireplace (unlike ours that is not working just yet) and wanted some wood. I think there is enough here to heat the town!
WOW all that just to explain why I think weekends are too short! Sorry to get into all that.
Without further delay I have been thinking that this Christmas I would be making a lot of my Gifts for family and friends.
Everyone is faced with having to tighten their budgets and I didn't want to cut people off my list this year. So I thought that I would make some gifts from my heart this year for everyone.
I just love the Decor Elements Blocks in the Holiday Mini Catalog. They come 4 in a pack and there are plenty of things I can make with them.
They are 3" square and are light and hallow. I created a great project with 3 of them that I highlighted in my 12 Weeks of Christmas Newsletter this week.
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Ok – back to this project. I had one 3" square block left and came up with this cute photo cube.
I used the Night & Day Specialty paper in the Holiday Mini Catalog to cover the block and inserted the metal rod into the center. Then attach the Stamping Up! 1/2" library clip to the top add a bow with a sentiment from Define Your Life stamp set to the front and you are done!
Here is one with a photo in it and a die cut to give it a little personal touch!
This was a quick and easy gift to make. It could be personalized to suit anyone on your Holiday List!
You can even add photos to each side of the block! How cool would that look?
Choose from a variety of Designer Series paper in the Stampin' Up! catalog to cover your photo block!
Order your blocks today along with SU Designer Series paper today from me and I will send you 4 metal rods so you can begin creating your Photo Cubes today!
If you like email me your order and I will place it for you – it will ship directly to you!
Happy Stamping ~