Some wee little things in Grandma's Afternoons

Monday, December 21, 2015

Homemade Christmas Crackers

These little guys have been lending a hand all week

Today we are making Christmas Crackers

You will need

Scissors, tape, paper roll, wrapping paper, ribbon, candy, ruler, pensil, paper hat, and a had written joke.


you will need a piece of wrapping paper oh about 12" by 6"

folded the way I have here



then fold the paper in between the ruler fold of 2" and clip it as I have so when you wrap the paper around your roll it will come together nicely.


I don't have ribbon on mine yet but you get the just of it.


I used the left over roll from the wrapping paper and cut it into 4" lengths. Then I stuffed it with candy, the paper hat, a joke and some surprises.

I'll decorate the table when the kids come for dinner on Christmas Eve.


I'm going to say good-bye here as I've a bunch to get done between now and the Eve.

Wishing you the best of the Christmas Holidays,

Merry Christmas

xoxo, Cindy










Kelly Green SeaGlass Pendant & Earrings Set

The latest posts on Etsy

(note to self - remember to upload blog after making it)

I've been making sets and listing them, this is a new wire weave I've been doing and I can watch tv and weave at the same time, took practice at first.

Ghost Beads
These are Juniper seeds that have fallen from the cedar/Juniper and ants come along and chew one end off the little bead and eat the inside. The seed then dries out and artisans pluk them up and drill the other end for beading. Now why Ghost Beads? Well Ghost Bead necklaces are a Navajo traditional bead that was worked with. The connection with the earth and trees and nature brings peace and harmoney and safety to the person wearing the necklace. The Navajo women would string these beads and give them to children to wear to protect them from evil spirits, ghosts and nightmares. I started making these for little Ana and within no time at all she told me the man that grabs her from under the bed was gone. However, I recieved a crying phone call the day she lost her necklace and didn't want to go to sleep until she found it. Grandma to the rescue I had a number of them made. So I thought why not post them for others.

Tea, got to have something to do with tea. Yes, drip catchers. The centre is elastic so it fits a 2-4 or 6 cup tea pot. I've been selling these for about 5 years now but just posted these to etsy.


Well I have Christmas piano music playing in the back ground and I'm hoping Victoria doesn't ask me to go to the dollar store with her as it is so busy in the stores right now, crazy. I try not to leave anything to the last minute because I don't like crowds. Yesterday Ana's concert for tap dance was starting soon, I was on time until Victoria phoned me and said, "Mom, I need you to go to the dollar store and get Ana a pair of black socks". She is the only one with pink socks on. When I got to the dollar store there was 3 cashes lined up to the back of the store. I feared I"d be late so I did somethng no one would think me to do. Yup, I walked up to the first one in line up and begged her to let me go next. Sure I explained about the concert and the pink socks and the frantic mom and the grumbling grandchild who couldn't go on stage without black socks. She was probably so anxious listening to me she let me go ahead. So I left the change from the $10 with the casheir and told her to apply it to the ladies bill, and ran out the door, probably embarrassed.

I got there on time, Ana got her black socks and I wish I had a picture of her for you, but it is coming,

Thanks for stopping by,






Sunday, December 6, 2015

1000 Pieces

I've been doing jig saw puzzles lately and this one could be a 1000 piece,


What do you think?

maybe only 500

We are starting our Winter wonderland, pretty

Pretty early is all.

I love watching the snow slide off our tin barn roof. I can hear it plump the ground from my morning spot.

Thanks for visiting,



this ends my blog post and for now on I'm going to write a spoiler in point form just so I have a count of what I've been up to. Yours to read but it might be boring, it sure is one thing, realieving to just not have to put together an amazing blog post and just keep it simple.


I'm still upset that my computer died.

More upset that my father-in-law is in a wheel chair over just falling in the backyard.

Deciding to blog is easy, returning has been hard, so I'm posting short content from now on.

I've never been one to be depressed, so i'm chalking this up to anger, more over and get on.

We are replacing 5 windows in the older part of the house, 2 are finished.

The bathroom upstairs will be compleated Dec 16th, I called someone in, I can't help guy with this stuff.

A trip to the emergency room yesterday to find out I have bursitis in the jaw, never figured on that.

I got my paperwork finished yesterday for the business next year, I had to re-due all reservation documents after the computer crash and I lost everything. I find a surprise each day I go looking for something.

I did a backup yesterday - learned my lesson but having a deal working off a laptop - refusing to spend another cent on a computer that will just let me down. They only last 2 years with me, what a waist.

Christmas tree up, all the macaroni, popcorn, popsicle stick ornaments the kids made through the years are in the garbage and I finally have a real tree with real beautiful ornaments. Not that the kids ornaments weren't beautiful they were also tacky. I love my blue and silver tree, found everything on sale last year after Christmas when down South at Jennifer's for a visit and I think the tree and ornaments and everything was all 70 to 90% off and did I get a car full.

end of spoiler.