Friday, 19 December 2014

TBA.

When Shopkeeper Gal and I were planning my part of this winter's workshop schedule, we just utterly ran out of ideas for the workshop that would be my last of the year.  At the time we weren't sure about the Christmas trends or releases and the thought of doing a card workshop as late as the 11th December seemed ludicrous, I mean, everyone would be finished with cards by then, right?. Ha! So the schedule said 'TBA' in place of a workshop theme/name.  You understand..

Well, the workshop started to loom large and I really didn't want to make any more cards; I didn't want the workshopeers to experience card fatigue!  I decided it would be fun to have some little stocking filler type makes.  And I have to admit that I geared the makes to things I could use myself.

Here is a 6" card, treated like a card and decorated like a card.  And then glued shut. So now it's a gift card holder....with room for  the other gubbins it comes with  - you know, the card bit that holds it and tells you where you can spend it, and the receipt part - you aren't really sure whether you're meant to give it to the recipient or not...all that.  And it has a large die cut bracket as an easel so that it can be treated like a card if desired.  And the best bit (for forgetful women of a certain age - ME) - it's big enough to fit in my handbag , but big enough that I couldn't forget to use it on the shopping trip.  


Of course there's nothing that can't be helped, eased or corrected by the use of chocolate, and so it may very well be against the law not to put some in everyone's stocking.  Marks and Spencer very helpfully have their Hot Chocolate powder drink in sensible sachet shapes - making a quick wrapper couldnt have been easier.
 Mary Anne gave me a calendar last year that I have had next to the PC.  it's probably the most used and oft appreciated gift of the year, so we made a small easel card featuring a tear off calendar. It's only a 4" square card, so net enough to sit without clogging up mouse movement and equally good for pining onto a board without too much effort.  
 And then an idea for gift box.  Found on Pinterest by Shopkeeper Gal and challenged to it on Facebook by a couple of Workshopeers.  You've seen it before - it was on my WOYWW post.  It's out of a sheet of 11 x 81/2 so it's not huge, but will wrap a small gift really nicely.  And if you have a HUGE tree, it would hang nicely with a couple of chocolates in...

So that was the workshop that was To Be Arranged.  Next year, when we get that far into the schedule, I'm going to have it listed as The Christmas Miracle Workshop: she's still able to come up with SOMETHING.  

11 comments:

fairy thoughts said...

Hey JD .... Good work at short notice but don't you find a deadline is a good reason to 'just do it' ... That said I'm still working on mine ... Well I will be ... Soon

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

Lovely makes. I'm especially fond of the festive goat! I was of the same mind thinking that my workshoppers would be all carded out by the 17th, but apparently not. I took requests for my last session and they wanted cards for children/grandchildren hence the penguins on my Wednesday desk.

Sue said...

Fab makes.

Hope your festive plans are going ok.

Hope you've had a fab Friday. Sue

Helen said...

you really Dunnit this time!! these are fab projects and I am sure the workshopeers loved all of them.

sandra de said...

Thank you for the Xmas card :-)

Mrs.D said...

Julia, what fun things. I really like the calendar, I may make myself one of those when I get home.
Thanks for sharing and have a super Christmas and Happy New year.
Chris

misteejay said...

I'm sure everyone really enjoyed the workshop. TBA should now mean "Truly Blooming Amazing"

Toni xx

Chrysalis said...

What brilliant ideas! xx

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

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Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Nice little mini projects, Julia! Love the gift card holder and gift box! Aren't you just glad that after Christmas we won't feel obliged to do seasonal stuff any more, not until Valentine's day anyway, LOL! Have a great Christmas - I'll try to make WOYWW supposing it's on this week?

Princess Judy Palmer said...

The Christmas Miracle workshop--that name made me laugh until I snorted. Fun stuff at this last minute workshop. I struggled with what cards to do in December as well. Winter was a good theme as it can do double duty for those who didn't finish holiday cards yet (I know that never happens). My ladies don't much care to make things (non-cards) but your ideas are fabulous and perfect the time of year they were made.