Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Owl and Toadstool Ornaments

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 
from Owl & Toadstool  !
Here are pics of my owl and toadstool ornaments on my Christmas tree and also from around my house. Most of my owls were gifts from my sister over the past few years...some new this year!  As you can see I like Owls and Toadstools! I have always liked owls and toadstools but I really started to like them even more when I was Brown Owl for Brownies.
This jeweled Owl is gorgeous!
A gift from my niece Rebecca this year...
6 in the pack ...Love them!
I bought 12 of  these Toadstools at Walmart this week
I made this wreath last year...
100 sandwich baggies tied to a coat hanger

These are Stephen's skates from the early 1970's
Dollarama tree and toadstools...Owls from yardsale
Although not an Owl nor a Toadstool this ornament is a Girl Guide ornament...Girl Guides Angel from the former GGC Nova Scotia store...a gift from my mother a few years ago.
I hope to blog about Girl Guide activities soon!  I have a few more Lapbook activities to share!  Enjoy the rest of the Holiday Season! 

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Community Service Fun

The Guides were busy last week making these cards for seniors...100 in Total!
We also crafted these mini Wreaths to give out to the local Seniors. {I created this craft idea a few years ago when I was Brown Owl} We used the plastic blue ring from a 4L water jug... wrapped it with a Chenille pipe cleaner ...then glued on a bow. There are many colour combinations as you can see.  Such a fun, quick and easy craft...and feasible!

The Guides joined the Brownies for a visit to the RK MacDonald Nursing Home in Antigonish.  They sang carols together, enjoyed a snack together, and then handed out the cards and wreaths to the residents.  {The Brownies had painted plaster ornaments to give to the residents but I do not have a photo}. It was nice to see how much the residents and Girl Guides enjoyed mingling together.  We all had a really good time! I could hear comments such as "its so nice to hear the children singing".  

A few of the residents had told us that they too were once a Girl Guide or a Girl Guide Leader many years ago. One lady was once a Guider in New Brunswick in the 1940's.  Another woman said she was an Antigonish Guide Leader in 1938! She had taken the Guides to New Glasgow for the Royal Visit back in the late 1930's...and the Queen stopped to talk to her! That was a great honour and she will never forget the experience.

Girl Guide history lies deep within our Communities for over 100 years.  Many woman were/are involved with Guiding and had/have daughters/nieces/granddaughters/sisters/mothers/aunts, as members of Girl Guides.  Providing community service such as visiting Nursing Homes not only offers a sense of community involvement and giving, but an opportunity for our Girl Guides to interact with members of long ago and to learn first hand of local stories from Girl Guides past!

Monday, 10 December 2012

More Christmas Crafts...

Angel: Wood Plug for Head, fabric dress, 
bead halo,ribbon bow and wings
Beaded Star made by my Niece Chelsea
Cinnamon Stick painted Santa
Santa: Peg Clothespin, embroidery floss, 
cotton ball belly, half Popsicle stick arms
{update 26 July 2013: I found the instruction sheet 
for this Clothespin Santa if anyone is interested}
Santa: Crochet? Knitted? I can never tell!
Angel:  Wooden Bell body, moss hair, wood heart wings, feathers
Pin Cushion: baby food jar, fabric, potpourri, stuffing, ribbon
Mini wooden Chalkboard:  Paint

Festive stick people: paint, add a face
Lee Ann & Stephen S'mores! made by 
my nephew Jonathan from fun foam shapes
Gingerbread Man: Plastic Canvas, yarn, mini pompoms
Frosty:  Snowman wood shape, paint Made by Stephen
Snowman:  Wood spool, wood block, paint, fabric scrap, snow
Christmas Mouse:  a gift from Aunt- in -Law Joan
Birdhouse:  1" dowel, wood scraps, plastic bird, paint, glitter
More to come once I dig them out of the Christmas storage bin!