a GRAND idea #12

PJ ornament 2Homemade ornaments have been the rage as long as there have been Christmas trees to be adorned. One’s creativity knows no bounds. Some of the sample pics on this post from my own tree date back to the 1930’s (compliments of Hubby’s mother). No two alike!

Just look at your tree!  You know you have some! They are precious; priceless!

My mother needle-pointed ornaments each year for my kids, with the idea that when they grew up and left home, they would have something familiar to put on their own tree.

I always loved that idea but my persona is quick-easy-cheap. I’m not a patient person!

With the first grandchild, I attempted homemade. But as the grand-kiddos multiplied over the years, I came up with a new idea: Each year I find photo ornaments and place a current pic in each, making sure to name and date the back, and hand them out.

It’s fun to look for different photo ornaments each year. I find Hobby Lobby to have great deals and Kohls is not far behind. Of course one can get pretty elaborate but knowing they will be in the hands of little ones, I tend to keep it pretty practical.


The kiddos love and look forward to them and it’s fun for the parents to see the changes over the years.

And me? My job is done! 🙂

This years project:PJ ornament 2014


a GRAND idea #10

IMG_8190In anticipation of being with eight of the GRANDkiddos from ages 1 thru 11, over the recent holiday, I knew I needed something good for all ages. In my “googling”, I found this on The Decorated Cookie website.

It’s quite simple (my kind of craft) and requires three things: marshmallows, edible decorating pens, and lollipop sticks.

I researched the edible pens and found the best option is made by AmeriColor and labeled Food Decorating Pens. These can be found at Hobby Lobby and come in a variety of colors.

The trick is not only to keep the kiddos from actually eating the marshmallows but to think ahead and leave them (them being the marshmallows, not the kiddos!) out in the air for a day before the craft so they will “toughen up” a bit.

I gave each child (the one-year old did not participate) 4 marshmallows, showed them an example (my own) and let them go at it. No boundaries! I promised each a “fresh” marshmallow when they were finished. It worked! 🙂 And they can always eat the painted ones on the lollipop sticks the next day!

This is a free-form art project. No wrong way to accomplish a finished project. Especially if you’re eleven years old and younger! 🙂