Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Today's post is brought to you by my Christmas countdown series I'm hosting on Instagram. Head on over to check it out if you haven't been following along so far :) You can find it under the tag #lingsxmascountdown

And if you're confused as to why I'm doing this series, here's a quick overview: last year I created a cracker-sized piece of art each day in December leading up to Christmas as a fun little spontaneous project. I enjoyed and learned so much from it that I thought I'd continue a tradition of pushing myself creatively with another Christmas countdown. This year has a unifying theme of holiday-related trivia for each day and an associated illustration or gif and today's trivia is about Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer. 

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was not actually part of Santa's original team: retailer Montgomery Ward commissioned Robert L. May to create a story for a booklet to be handed out for their Christmas shopping season in 1939. They had previously purchased & handed out coloring books in past years and decided to create them in-house that year. More than 2.5 million copies of the Rudolph story were distributed in its first year of publication. 

If you right-click on the image, you can download it and/or send it to print so you can actually color it :)


Sunday, December 04, 2016

Christmas Countdown Day 4

This year's countdown has got me feeling crafty, hence today's post. I was inspired by the story of Teddy Roosevelt's son hiding a Christmas tree in a closet and thought I'd make a little diorama to channel the feelings Archie Roosevelt must've had when he snuck around decorating the tree 😊.

When I got to thinking about how to construct a little tree, this post from Design Mom stuck out & while I have a die cutter, I remembered I had bits of felt pieces I saved from another project & thought that there must be an easier, faster way to make a similar type of tree with stacked felt. And thanks to the internet, I found an example of one nearly identical to one I imagined in my head :) (PS: you should check out her other holiday crafts too. So many cute things!) Mine is smaller, though, as I got lazy & didn't bother with the largest set of squares but I like my tree's diminutive size at 2.75". I didn't have any brown felt so I just tightly rolled up a strip of brown paper for the trunk. But with no star beads around for the topper, I made a star out of paper and painted it gold with some Finetec gold. Folded paper stars were probably the first craft I ever made growing up: does anyone else remember folding them up and filling a wishing jar? Here's a tutorial on how to make the stars. I decided to add a few beads for decoration since Archie's tree was decorated :)

The little tree could be made of any colored felt if you want it to have more contrast against your tree as an ornament. I happened to have scraps of this avocado-green felt so that's what I used. The possibilities are endless!

For my little diorama, I made a "closet" with some cardstock folded according to these instructions and inserted it through another piece of cardstock so it appeared to be a closet along a wall. I stuck one bulb from a string of lights inside the closet to give it a glow.

Lego-Marty-McFly is standing in as Archie here.