You know I always have to share family get together photos , but first I thought I'd share a canvas project I made for Jarad for a Christmas gift for their cabin.
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before, I"m telling you .. they are amazing! They are sticky back reusable masks that leave you with crisp edges. I fell in love with them when Fancy Pants and Hazel and Ruby had done a product swap with their design teams. It was the first time I had ever tried them. I've placed multiple orders online with them since. Especially since I saw this amazing sale. The Stencils on sale for 75% off!! The set I used below was originally $24.99, now on sale for $6.25 HERE
I ended up ordering for the girls in my craft group also. I went and looked today and all the stencils are still on sale. Um...... I ordered the ones I didn't have yet. lol You can see them all HERE
I started with a 12x12 canvas and painted the entire thing with gray acrylic paint. From there I used the stencils and masking tape to mask off and create the background and letters with the paint colors I chose.
Since it was for their cabin, I wanted a bit of a worn look to it. What I did was lay down masking tape in random areas on the canvas while the paint was just still a bit damp ( not too damp), and as I lift up the masking tape it picked up some of the paint. I was really happy with the effect.
Our Christmas morning is always a low key, hang out in your pj's sorta morning where we fill our bellies and open gifts. Followed by Christmas movies/napping. lol We enjoyed having Wes's girl, Amy with us this year. She is a originally from CA so that's where her family is. She was a joy to have around and put up well with our craziness :)
Anytime I can have my kids all under this roof, it's a good day for this momma! I know Dan feels the same.
I love this photo ( Wes fought me on this all the way) lol He said it was to cheesy. lol I think it's adorable.
After eating we all gather for gift opening and games. I always have to laugh because the guys sometimes grumble and act like they don't want to play games.. but once they start... and everyone gets involved it's so fun. Then those that were dragging their feet want to keep playing :)
Ryan and Erin( my sister Jan's son and daughter in law) below, helping read off questions. Each person answers a sheet of questions and then we have people read them off one at a time while people try to guess who they think it might be. I just have a sheet of random questions .. staring with basics like... favorite color ect first , where would you lived if you could live anywhere? Then get more specific like... what was your first car. (things that could "date" the person, or would give a greater hint)
They are a festive bunch. (Actually we have added to a big bin every year to have enough hats for everyone) I just bring the bin every Christmas.
For the Candy cane game you just have to use one candy cane in your mouth and using it only , see how many you can pick up and put in the basket. NOT using your hands
Bryan about to challenge my brother Dan.
Wes did pretty well at this.
Then we played the Flour/Lifesaver game. This was fun! You put flour ( packed tight) in a cup. turn it over onto a plate and put a life saver on top. Each person takes turns slicing away a chunk of flour..but trying not to make the lifesaver fall. IF it does you have to fish it out with only your mouth!!
The shot below cracks me up. Look at the flour, as Lyndsay let her breath out. lol
All in all , it was just a really fun time with family.
We hated to see the shenanigans end.
..... and for the left overs bowl of Sausage Kale soup in the frig. lol YUM!
I hope you made some wonderful memories this Christmas.