Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sandwich Box to Sleigh: A Recycling Story

Not all of who I am revolves around literacy, but the largest fraction of who I am does revolve around creativity in all it's forms. I love to bake, I love to sew, I love photography, and I love crafting especially when it involves turning something old into something new. So today I thought I would share with you one of my favorite Christmas crafts made from a recycled sandwich box.

It's a small sleigh that can be filled with assorted candies of your choice and looks lovely as a centerpiece. What you will need is a sandwich box (mine came from Wendy's), two individually wrapped candy canes, foe greenery or ivy, glue (I use glue dots), decorations (small berries, pine cones, bows, or whatever you like), and a small piece of wrapping paper.

First make a paper template by setting the front of the box flat on the inside of the wrapping paper. Trace the box and then carefully set it up on its bottom making sure to keep it lined up, after tracing the bottom, repeat by laying the box on it's back. Lastly set box back in the middle upright position so you can lay it to either side for tracing.Once this is done take the two candy canes and attach them to the bottom for runners. I found that package tape works best to keep them in place. Next, glue greenery to the back and sides of the inside of the box and decorate. Last but not least, fill with candy of your choice (I chose individually wrapped truffles that I bought at Aldis).

Signing of for now with wishes for a bright and beautiful day!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Author Interview...Mine

Normally I don't post about my own publicity, but today I am making an exception. And seeing that we are so close to Christmas, I will just classify it as a gift to myself. Recently a lovely woman named Laura J. Marshall asked to interview me on her blog The Old Stone Wall. She has been most kind and courteous and the final interview looks absolutely fabulous. So if you have a moment stop by her site, and if you enjoy the interview please leave her a nice comment to let her know you stopped to visit.

 Signing off for now with wishes for a bright and beautiful day!