Thursday, December 23, 2010

Glitter Me Up, Secret Santa, and the Secret Elf Wrapping Room

Zack and I had a majorly fun craft project involving copious amounts of glitter and heavy-duty kraft paper ornament bases from one of my favorite stores, Paper Source.  The idea was to apply glue, sprinkle glitter to cover the paper, and there you go.


I soon discovered for maximum coverage, we had to shake shake shake that glitter like a parmesan cheese fanatic over a pizza.  The result?  Glittery, yes, but really, really fuzzy glitter.  We ended up flocking the danged things.

We're afraid to pick them up!  Glitter overboard!  Glitter everywhere!  On the floor.  On the cat.   On our non-existent living room furniture.  But by Maude, they're glittery and we had fun.  And I still have glitter in places glitter has no business being.

I also participated in the Secret Santa exchange via lillyella.  I received two fabulous presents in a beautiful gift bag from Bonnie Jobe of Farmgirl Musings.  Just take a look at the lovely gift bag!

Oooh, but let's take a closer look -- that bird has a real feather!

How clever is that?  I adore packaging like this.  To me, it says, "I care and take pride in what I make, and about YOU."  So when I package my jewelry, I like to pretty it up, too.

So what was inside?  First, a divine evening bag she made.

That rose is to DIE for, isn't it? And I love pearls.  I have NO evening bags, and end up handing Rick things to shove in his jacket pockets when we go out, so I'm very happy with my present!

But wait!  There's more!

She made me fingerless gloves!  (And look at that CARD!).  Now, the reason I'm so gaga over the gloves is because my hands freeze, but I hate putting on gloves because my cuticles are an absolute mess from making jewelry.  Dragging cloth over them is like torture.  And while I know how to knit, and Before Jewelry I knitted sweaters copiously, I have only knitted one fingerless glove.  Not a pair.  One glove.  And it didn't fit.  I must have bound it off wrong or just am a major backwards screw-up (I can make a cable sweater, but not a fingerless glove?) so I gave up.

Lots of excitement over these lovelies.  Many, many thanks to Bonnie!

Now -- what about the Secret Elf Wrapping Room?

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This morning, Zack said he heard "lots of noise" coming from our old bedroom upstairs, but the door was shut.  "But Mom," he said, "the lights were on!"

Darn.  I thought he was asleep when I was holed up wrapping presents and watching reruns of "The Office".  Elves like to watch Dwight Shrute, right?

"Ah,"  I said.  "That must have been the Christmas Elves."

"Do what?"  he asked with that look on his face.  You know that look.  It's the look that says, "I'm pretty sure you're pulling my leg, but I hope you're really not because this sounds kind of cool."

"Oh yeah, Christmas Elves," I continued nonchalantly.  "Where do you think the elves wrap Christmas presents?  Santa's got to have some pick-up stations along the way, you know, um, in case of accidents."

"Soooo," I said, "Only adults can go in that room, now that the door is closed.  OK?"

He solemnly nodded.  I know my boy.  He won't peek.  So I relented.  

"Well.  If you promise not to tell, and they aren't there, I can let you have a QUICK peek."

So I knocked.  No answer.  I cracked the door, and Zack peered in, then jumped back.

"Woah,"  he said in a hushed voice.

photo via Paper Source

Score one for Mom.  And the elves.  

And let's hope Santa has a spare in the trunk.


Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack.  Visit her shops by clicking here.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party®   and author of the book Bead Soup.

Join her at the Facebook group Bead Soup Cafe for bead chat, swaps, challenges, and lots of eye candy!


  1. Lori- So glad you liked the Secret Santa gifts I made for you and that you can use them! I love the ornaments you made with your son...and so glad Santa's helpers have already helped out at your house.

    Merry Christmas!


  2. Oh, Lori, you've got me in stitches! As stressful as this time of year is for me, I really needed that -- thanks! I miss those days when my "little" angels were so young and innocent. My baby is home from her freshman year of college, however, and we're gonna decorate our gingerbread house tonight. That works for me, too!!! Wishing you many Christmas blessings.

  3. I really wish my kids were that age again, at least this time of year, Christmas just isn't the same when you don't have at least a little bit of the child like wonder......"my baby" moved back in with us last weekend, and he and I have been baking and decorating cookies together (he is 30 but still "my baby" it will be the first christmas since my dad passed away, and the first one in about 8 or 9 years that both of my kids will be home for at least christmas day, so I'm thinking its going to be a bit bittersweet for me......hope you and your family have a very merry christmas!

  4. OMG get that flocking glitter off that cat!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,


  5. this was soo cute and funny.

  6. Great gifts and precious story about the wrapping room. I want to believe in the secret elves, too!

  7. That little thing between you and your son was a magical moment. I so wish I could have been a little mouse under the floorboards watching you guys right then! Awww...
    I can't wait to have our minions back in the house, hopefully from Monday for a week. Hell, I took a week off work to spend time with them, and they are not even mine :D
    Thanks for sharing your little story with us, you actually put the festive spirit into old me a helluva lot more than ANYTHING else managed to do so far.

  8. Nice touch with the feather addition, it is a fun time of year for us creative types, so many excuses to add glitter and sparkle.

  9. Great gift! And I love the packaging too. But that elf story is priceless...I have a good one I will have to email. Too long for a comment. Or maybe I will make it a blog post next week.

    The miracles of Christmas.

    Enjoy the day!

  10. Love it all. Merry Christmas, Lori!

  11. Oh Lori that was a delightful blog. and don't younjust love little wide eyed boys.. and that is a wonderful evening bag.
    Be Blessed and have a Merry, Happy,Joyious Christmas

  12. I love your Secret Elf story, and Zack will remember that for the rest of his life!

    Your gifts are really special,too!

  13. Love the Secret Elf Wrapping Room - priceless!
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas, Lori. Wishing you peace of heart, happiness and many blessings.

  14. Lori,
    you sure made me laugh...I love how you write. I wanna peek in to the Elves' secret work station too!
    Looks like you had a lot of fun with that glitter. And what a mess glitter can make - but you found the humor in it. :-)

  15. P.S. Your Secret Santa gift from Bonnie was over the top amazing! From the bag to the gloves, it was all beautiful...loved the packaging and the ROSE was to die for!

  16. The glitter-project looks amazing! And - Dear Lori, I wish you and your loved ones a merry and blessed christmas and a happy and creative new year. Thxs for being there and inspiring me. Means much!

  17. merry christmas, lori, and thank you for being such a friend in the blog world. I wish you some wonderful days for you and your loved ones. Nicki

  18. I know how much you needed that moment with your son and I am so glad you were able to have it and share it with us! I wish for you the happiest of holidays and that the elves can hep with the mess too!


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