Tuesday Treasure: Quilted Patchwork Ornaments

Lisa from LovinTheGoodOleDays shop on Etsy has perfected the art of creating lovely old-fashioned accessories and useful items for the home. We picture her at her sewing machine, creating ornaments, checkbook covers, oven mitts, and  – when she sits down at her serger – sweater dresses and other upcycled fashion pieces! Today we feature her Christmas tree ornaments – one of her popular items for the holiday season:

LovinTheGoodOleDays Quilted Christmas Ornament


Tuesday Treasure: Christmas Art by CRO

We are in love with CRO‘s Manga / Anime style artwork. Come to her shop, MadeByCRO, to find cards, prints, and downloadable art. All are unique and very original. This week, we chose to feature CRO’s lovely big-eyed Christmas girl. Come browse CRO’s shop and enjoy!

Printable Christmas Art by Cro

Monday a la Mode: DIY Gift Ideas

MondayalaMode Sept15By M Kimball, ElephantBeads

Are you a talented crafter with a limited budget? There’s no time like the present to begin planning for your DIY holiday season. If you plan now, you can order your supplies in the next few weeks, and begin your knitting, sewing, baking and creating in the autumn months. Plenty of time for the holidays!

There are a wide variety of options to match every skill set, but four clear winners rise to the top when it comes to DIY categories of gifts people love to receive:

1) Knitted or crocheted items have never gone out of style. Here is one of our own most popular (and most Pinned) DIY projects, from our very own AddSomeStitches:

Bath Puff 2

2) Photographs can be crafted into so many different gifts – from jewelry to coasters! This great blog post from Listotic includes a number of great ideas for DIY gifts using photographs, as well as a number of other great ideas:


35 DIY Gift Ideas


3) DIY soaps, candles, lip balms and other personal “cookery” are always a hit. Below is a lovely idea for DIY candles-in-a-jar, but you’ll find 38 other ideas, including infused oils, in this linked collection by BuzzFeed:


No time to create your own gifts for this holiday season? Hop on over to Etsy’s DTeam shops and you can find an endless supply of beautiful, clever handmade items for sale.

Talk to us: What gifts do you plan to DIY this season? Share your ideas and links below!


Happy Christmas from the DTeam!

Thank you Miss Tan, for this lovely, all-DTeam treasury! Come celebrate Christmas with the Etsy DTeam.

‘Happy Christmas!’ by MissTanDesigns

Happy Christmas to the Dteam!

Ceramic Christmas Ornament -…


Blue and Silver Beaded Tasse…


charcuterie board


Sky blue crocodile stitch br…


Crochet Slouchy Beanie Hat S…


Christmas ornament, Red and …


Merry Christmas! Hand Made,…


Holiday earrings – red white…


Red & White Accented with Gr…


Cheery Cherries Half-Apron a…


Snowflakes ponytail holder r…


O Christmas Tree Key Fob – C…


Christmas Candy Cane Elf Des…


Kiss from a Rose necklace, w…


Vintage Mercury Glass Christ…


Crochet Shower Scrubbie 100%…


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An Old Fashioned Christmas Treasury

ElephantBeads on Etsy is a member of the DTeam, and over the weekend she made a lovely treasury of DTeam members with an old-fashioned Christmas theme. Here it is:

{The image is a link to the treasury. From the treasury, you can click on any of the pictures to see the Etsy listings}

‘An Old Fashioned Christmas’ by ElephantBeads

Enjoy the holidays with these lovely selections from the shops of Etsy’s DTeam!

12 Magnolia Seed Pods Dried …


Breakaway Cat Collar Free Sh…


Your Guradian Angel, Christm…


Cross stitch teddy Christmas…


Crochet Open Stitch Mesh Slo…


Christmas Tree Card, Tree Cu…


Granny Square Blanket Newbor…


Merry Christmas! Hand Made,…


Owl Ornament Red Christmas T…


Full Apron, Red Cardinals wi…


Moon with Cranberry and Gold…


Red Black High Heel Shoes Ov…


Crochet Christmas Holiday Br…


Beaded Stretch Stack Bracele…


Christmas ornament, Red and …


ON SALE Red Sequins and bead…


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It’s never too early…

This is the time of year when those of us who are artsy or craftsy begin hankering for the holidays. How early is TOO early to begin taking the holiday decorations out of storage? When can we begin knitting, crocheting, hammering or painting the handmade gifts we’ll be wrapping up or stuffing in stockings? The answer is different for everybody (just as the holidays we celebrate may be different), but the treasuries here may put you in the mood for Halloween or Christmas…

‘Pilfer the Pumpkins!’ by Albosinensis

A feature for pumpkins and their alter egos: jack-o-lanterns

Halloween Luminaries - WindsorHillsWL Pumpkin Poop Halloween Fall Autumn Candy Gag Gift Design - DIY Printable - ABitCreativeAMP Halloween Onesie and Flower Headband Set - CrossMyHeartStore Jack O Lantern Lighted Jar - LoveAndSparkle
Place Cards - 16 Stamped Pumpkins - Perfect for your Halloween, Fall or Thanksgiving Dinner Party - oneofakindbabydesign Black and Orange Halloween Pumpkin Beaded Door Tassel - lizbethsgarden Halloween earrings - Lampwork pumpkins with green stems - ElephantBeads Pumpkin Organic Catnip filled Cat Toy - KittyCrackHouse
Halloween "Boo" Wooden block set - CreationsByEmilyD Personalized Halloween Bucket - TheQuirkyCork Spooky Black Halloween Baby Bib - BrennysBibbies Soy Candle - Pumpkin Pie - 8 oz Mason Jar - Hand Poured - SimpleScentsByKeisha

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

‘The Spookier Side of Things’ by Albosinensis

Vampires, Ghosts and Witches, oh my! (as well as a few zombies, pirates and skeletons)

At least they brought candy.

Vampire earrings, Gothic, Fang earrings, Chainmaille, Red and silver, Rosettes weave - DoBatsEatCats Personalized Halloween Bucket - TheQuirkyCork Hot Fiery Red Cinder and Black Wired Crochet Bracelet Crystal Matching Earrings Available - MegsCrochetJewels Red and Black Beaded Ribbon Headband - SomethingColorful
Breakaway Cat Collar - Free Shipping 3/8" - Swashbuckling Pirates - TheWhiteSchnauzer Spider Web and Bat button necklace - SassyBelleButtons Sweater Chain With Pink Goddess Zombie Cameo Resin Skull Resin - Rockabilly Lolita Vintage Style - PrettyLittleTragic Day of the Dead earrings with dancing skeletons - long silver dangle earrings on hypoallergenic earwires - ElephantBeads
Printable Halloween Witch Invitation - Wicked Good Time - SweetDStationery Halloween Greeting Card, Black Cat - MissTanDesigns Halloween "Spooky"  Wooden Block set - CreationsByEmilyD Skeleton Tribal Bracelet w/ Tribal Skulls - Yellow and Orange Beads - SoulMakes
Spooky Halloween Cross Stitch Pattern, Black with yellow accents 5" x 7" pattern - oneofakindbabydesign Halloween Candy Corn wood post handmade earrings - ThimbleManiac Halloween Spider Stamp Wood Block Mounted Rubber from Studio G for Spooky Card Making, Scrapbooking Crafts - VintageCarolina Halloween Sign - If the Shoe Fits - SparkledWhimsy

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

‘Christmas Is Coming! the-etsy-d-listers-aka-the-dteam’ by whatsingramasdrawers

T he colors and flavor of Christmas in a Treasury list featuring members of The-Etsy-D-Listers – The D-Team.

Beaded Tassel Brooch with Love Always in Sterling Silver - lizbethsgarden Ceramic Ornament - Good Ole Santa Claus - GrapeVineCeramicsGft Amazing Vintage Gold Plated Rootbeer and Dark AmberRhinestone Brooch with Faux Pearl Accents - BlackMagicStudio Vintage Cookie Cutters Tupperware Holiday Set of 4 Red for Farmhouse Retro Kitchen & Kitsch Collectibles Midcentury Modern Plastic 60s 70s - VintageCarolina
Handmade Polymer Clay Beads Large Bulky Round Disc Rondelle Purple Pink Cream Set of 5 - TotallyToTheT Gold Brown Terracotta Earth Tones Bead & Button Necklace - LucyRoseTreasures Red Stacked Flower Hair Clip with Jewel Center and removable headband - CrossMyHeartStore Beaded Christmas Necklace - TheCraftyBlueCat
Wire crochet necklace, crocheted necklace, beaded necklace, green turquoise, peridot, red glass on red wire - ElephantBeads Lip Balm Case Keychain Crocheted Deep Red Variegated Cotton w/button closure - BittyBitsandBaubles Red and Black Beaded Ribbon Headband - SomethingColorful DELISH Kitchen Sign - SparkledWhimsy
Knitting Project Bag/Crochet Project Bag (reversible wristlet) in oranges and reds - IntrovertCreations Reindeer Food for Rudolph & Friends Santa Christmas Design - DIY Printable - ABitCreativeAMP Wire wrapped heart necklace, pearl, coral, SS - JudysDesigns Coffee Mug Cozy - Tibetan Red - CrimsonMosquito

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

‘Thinking Far Ahead- Christmas’ by Albosinensis

A little soon, but etsy has already inspired ideas for holiday decorations and presents.

ORIGINAL Tree Landscape Painting Jewel Tones Contemporary Acrylic Canvas, 20" x 16". - TracyHallArt Soy Candle - Juniper Breeze - 8 oz Mason Jar - Hand Poured - SimpleScentsByKeisha Gold filled Christmas tree earrings, No5 - JudysDesigns Vintage Mercury Glass Christmas Ornaments - Satin Finish Magenta - Set of 5 - BlackMagicEmporium
Ceramic  Ornament - Tea Cup -  Cup of Christmas Tea - GrapeVineCeramicsGft Vintage Crochet Angels for Crafts - AuntMegheysCottage Crochet Christmas Holiday Bracelet Peppermint Stripes Gold Plus SIze - MegsCrochetJewels Chainmaille Christmas ornament Ball Red and green - DoBatsEatCats
Crystal snowflake ornament: Swarovski crystal and glass in red and white - ElephantBeads Pearly White Bird 3-D Paper Ornament, Delicate, miniature Set of 12 - oneofakindbabydesign Christmas Ornament Red and White Beaded Tassel - lizbethsgarden Moustache Christmas Ornaments set of 4 made from Eco Felt - BittyBitsandBaubles
Snowman Poop Winter Christmas Stocking Stuffer Gag Gift Design - DIY Printable - ABitCreativeAMP Painted Slate: Wish Upon A Star Snowman - whatsingramasdrawers Coffee Mug Cozy - Seafoam - CrimsonMosquito Vintage Cookie Cutters Tupperware Holiday Set of 4 Red for Farmhouse Retro Kitchen & Kitsch Collectibles Midcentury Modern Plastic 60s 70s - VintageCarolina

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

What does May mean to you? … some DTeamers respond…

Here are some colorful responses to the May Treasury challenge, “May Is….”
All challenge entries feature AddSomeStitches, winner of the April Treasury Challenge:

‘May is … Getting Organized’ by lizbethsgarden

May — Winter is over, it’s time to clean house before summer vacation hits!

Knitting Project Bag/Crochet Project Bag (reversible wristlet) in pink, turquoise polka dots - IntrovertCreations Crochet iPad Case with Button Closure in Hot Pink and Flowers - AddSomeStitches Car Seat Organizer - PDF Sewing Pattern - Organize your Commute and Road Trips - FREE shipping - by BlissfulPatterns - BLISSFULpatterns Hanging Felt planter in aquamarine and teal stripes. - fiberpuppy
Ribbon rack organizer  100 spools ribbon organizer - CustomWoodConcepts Turquoise Napkin Holder - NannysRose Rustic Wall Shelf Display Organizer with electric light. Made from Upcycled Wooden Pallets - RustedCreek Drawer Organizers - HennyPennyPrimitives
Home Organizer and Decorating Record Binder Cover - ZingPressPrintables Library Book Pockets Peel n Stick for Scrapbooking Journals and Baby Books Self Adhesive Lot of 30 - VintageCarolina My mini shopping list - 3M Post-It Notes - Set of 3 of 50 pages each - hautecards Fabric Coupon Organizer /Cash Budget Organizer Holder - Attaches to Your Shopping Cart - Kiss Me Love Birds - GrandmasLittleLilly
Light Blue Jewelry Organizer, Jewelry Holder, Jewelry hanger - StrictlyCute 4 Seasons Key Rack, Wall Organizer Hooks, Four Season Oak Tree, Key Hooks, Ceramic Tile, Green Decor, Nature Key Holder, Seasonal - NaturesHeavenlyArt Darling Little Lover's Initials Ring Holder- Perfect Gift For The Bride - loveandwhiskers Make up bag organizer in Blue and Green, Makeup roll, Cosmetics holder, five pockets Makeup bag - LilachOren

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

‘something blue’ by le3sorelle

brides these days have so much choice!

brought you to be the Dteam.

Ring Dish - Something Blue I Do Engagement Gift for the Bride - loveandwhiskers 8" Ivory Bridal Silk Clutch with Ruffled Flower and Freshwater Pearls - SimplyClutch Crochet Mesh Snood Slouchy Hat in Blue and White XSmall / Small - AddSomeStitches Creamy cake slice favor box with gold flowers (1) - wedding, bridal shower, baby shower, birthday - imeondesign
Oatmeal Heart Eco Felt Ornament - Handmade - Valentine's Day - Christmas Tree Ornament - Wedding Favor - Holiday Decoration - SweetPB Lace Garter Wedding Garter Set FREE U.S. SHIPPING Vintage Inspired in Lace and Silk Tiffany and Diamond White Rosettes with Rhinestones - DeesByDesign Pearl leather necklace, sterling silver, LG white pearls - JudysDesigns White Feather I Love You white dove feather romantic sea green shabby chic wedding favors diy wedding decor wedding gifts mint green - TheLonelyHeart
Turquoise Blue  Rhinestone Crystal Beaded Bridal Wedding  Belt - gebridal Wedding Guest Book, Photo Album, White and Ivory Flocked Vintage design, Personalized, MADE TO ORDER - Daisyblu Bride and groom Wedding cake topper A custom pair of love birds on a branch - orlydesign Crystal Button Bouquet,  Wedding, Hollywood Glam, White, Cream - angel9
12 Pearl Starfish Beach Table Number Holder Wedding Favor Decoration - ExpressionsFloral Wedding Invitation Adalyn - arippke Elegant Bridal Ring Bearer Pillow in White Ultrasuede - MoniKdesigns turquoise blue circlet hair wreath - EGGSHELL - flower girl, wedding accessory head piece - thehoneycomb

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

Gift Guides for Dads – rugged simplicity

The May DTeam Treasury Challenge is underway! Our first three submissions focus on Father’s Day gifts. Under the inspiration of Megan Sweet (AddSomeStitches), these treasuries feature rugged simplicity. Enjoy!   ♠♠♠

‘Gifts for Dad inspired by AddSomeStitches’ by GrapeVineCeramicsGft

Great gift ideas for Dad featuring members of the Etsy D Listers and others…

Vintage DAD License Plate Birthday or Father's Day Card - VintageScraps Crochet Mens Beanie Simple Man in Navy Blue Medium / Large - AddSomeStitches Unisex chainmaille bracelet - flattened box weave in bright aluminum - DoBatsEatCats Cougar 1968 Fine Art Print vintage man boy toy race muscle car classic dad fathers day - TraciCottinghamPhoto
Handmade Ceramic Stoneware Pottery Dish Serving Plate Tray Platter Shallow Bowl Trinket Lace Texture Rustic Brown Denim Blue Sapphire Navy - TotallyToTheT PERSONALIZED Picture Blocks For Dad or Mom - Birthday Gifts, Fathers Day Gift, him or her GiftsSET of 3 blocks - cjsworks I love you forever dad cufflinks - Father of the bride keepsake gifts by White Truffle Studio - whitetruffle BEST DAD EVER - Hand Stamped Vintage Coffee Spoon for your Coffee Lovin' Papa this Father's Day (tm) - jessicaNdesigns
Vintage No Boundaries Biker Cycle Tee Shirt 80s Cobra Cross Motorcycle T Unisex Tshirt Flame Snake Graphics - VintageCarolina Camo Green Tassels Zipper Pulls, Phone Charms Three Pack - lizbethsgarden Vintage Fishing Tackle - AuntMegheysCottage Vertical striped textured hat in light and dark aqua - fiberpuppy
Vintage Football Trading Cards-Gifts for Dad-Set of 500-Father's Day Gift-Collectibles - Moonlightdecorator Father's Day Gift For Dad Frame Engraved Rustic Cottage Style Daddy son's first hero daughter's first love 5 x  7 or CUSTOMIZE - PrinceWhitaker Just for him - "THE MAN-sized" Sampler Dudes Boys Guys Nerds Geeks Fellas Combo Pack Box Vegan - SweetVeganDelight Spider-man Can cozy/koozie shipping included - Crystalcat1989

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

‘Gift Guide for Dads: Rugged Simplicity’ by ElephantBeads

DTeam Treasury Challenge for May: Fathers Day Gift Guide – featuring AddSomeStitches, winner of the April Challenge!

Come visit the DTeam – most supportive team on Etsy! http://www.etsy.com/teams/5832/the-etsy-d-listers-aka-the-dteam

Crochet Mens Beanie Simple Man in Black Small /  Medium - AddSomeStitches 40 Caliber Bullet Casing Necklace - Champagne Crystal - ShellsNStuff Coffee Mug Cozy - Grey - CrimsonMosquito Footed Cutting Board Rustic Cherry Serving Platter Salvaged Wood Cheese Platter Eco Friendly Gift for Fathers Day - grayworksdesign
MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL - Rustic Photography - fine art print stairs nature photography Kentucky - 11x14 Photograph "Rustic Barn Staircase" - ABitCreativeAMP Ring Bearer Holder Handmade Ceramic Pottery Dish Small Miniature Doll Size Plate Dish Milk Honey Cream Latte Beige Tan Khaki - TotallyToTheT SLUGS MENS Fleece Rain Boot Liners in Solid Dark Olive Green, Spring Fashion, Outdoors, Fathers Day (Made to Fit) - WithTheRain Black Tassel Zipper Pulls Phone Charms Three Pack - lizbethsgarden
Wolf Silhouette In Bark : Woodland Animal Rustic home, Lodge, Cabin art - Wildlife Photography, Archival  Print - wildpulp Latitude Longitude Key Chain - Brown Leather - Anniversary Gift, Mens Birthday Gift, Fathers Day, New Dad, Graduation Gift - GunmetalGems Big Man's Desert Camouflage BBQ Apron - TheGoodOleDays Wooden Leaf Decorative Shelf distressed green rustic man men fathers day "Leaf me Alone" - TRWpainted
Dad Bookmark Personalized Name Hand Stamped Hammered Copper Metal Father's Day Gift - PearlieGirl No Gluten Pecan Pie Vegan Southern Brown Sugar Bourbon Bite Size Minis - SweetVeganDelight DAD Coasters - Natural Tumbled Marble Coaster Set of Four (4) - Rustic Home Decor, For Him Man Cave, Father's Day Holiday Gift Idea - OneDecember Antler tip bullet shell necklace chain rustic upcycled recycled punk vintage salvaged silver brass men women fathers day deer - decomp

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

‘Father’s Day Made Easy’ by Hoalanebridal

The cheat sheet to buying dad a gift he’ll use & Love!

dry erase board, framed,camoflauge,outdoors, pocket - CrMessagesAndMore Crochet Mens Beanie Simple Man in Black Medium / Large - AddSomeStitches 2 Chickadees on a Branch - whatsingramasdrawers ORIGINAL Two Piece Metallic Abstract Spin-Art Style Retro Paintings 12" x 24" Canvas - TracyHallArt
vintage metal box - File Away industrial box with key - 24KaratOld Star Wars Custom Coaster Beer Mats - MaddMattsCoasters Ring Bearer Holder Handmade Ceramic Pottery Dish Small Miniature Doll Size Plate Dish Milk Honey Cream Latte Beige Tan Khaki - TotallyToTheT Forged Axe keychain - HKnives
Marijuana leaf fitted shirt with stash pocket - MaxedOutMyKarma Black Diamond Bullet Ring - 38 SPL - ShellsNStuff Coffee Glazed Chocolate Pecan Pie Truffles Raw (No Bake) Vegan - SweetVeganDelight BEST DAD EVER - Hand Stamped Vintage Coffee Spoon for your Coffee Lovin' Papa this Father's Day (tm) - jessicaNdesigns
Personalized Leather Toiletry Bag for Dad Fathers Day Gift for Dad Free Personalization Handmade - FelixStreetStudio Engraved Monogrammed Golf Tool Gift for Him Dad Fathers Day - netexchange Mountain Moon Money Clip Wallet - Gifts for Dad - Moneyclip MC-26 - jammerjewelry DAD Coasters - Natural Tumbled Marble Coaster Set of Four (4) - Rustic Home Decor, For Him Man Cave, Father's Day Holiday Gift Idea - OneDecember

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

Believe in the Magic of Santa – Part II

The members of the DTeam have been sharing Santa stories in the team’s monthly chat thread. Some made us laugh and others were so heartwarming they brought tears to our eyes. We thought we would share some of those stories with our blog followers over a series of posts. We hope you enjoy them and feel free to leave a comment telling us your Santa stories!

Elephant Beads has a story about Santa being forgetful. I am guessing Santa was just tired from all the hard work that goes on during the month of December!

My “Santa magic” story: Two years ago (my son was 7), my son woke up in the morning & discovered Santa’s wrapped up gifts under the tree. He was in the midst of opening them when I realized I HADN’T INCLUDED the most important Santa gift – a Captain America action figure I’d gotten on eBay at the 11th hour! I pulled my husband aside and we concocted a solution. So my son, who has the memory of an elephant (LOL), gets done opening gifts & realizes Santa forgot the Captain America…. bummer! We try to come up with reasons he might have forgotten, or maybe he ran out of Captain Americas, or whatever…

Then right after breakfast, my husband went out in the backyard and came running back into the house: “Hey Trevor! There’s something in the back yard!” Lo and behold, there’s a package in the middle of the yard – Captain America! We all just figured it fell off the sleigh while Santa was landing. Totally cinched Trev’s belief in Santa!

Brenny’s Bibbies has a really cute memory from her childhood!
I was always little Ms. Smarty Pants. In kindergarten, I told mom if Santa was real, he would leave me a hoof print from one of the reindeer. So she dipped our little doggie’s foot in cocoa powder and left it on the table. It bought her another year and then I was convinced he wasn’t real so she would buy me a little extra present or let me ‘test’ out a gift to keep me from telling my younger sister.
Grape Vine Ceramics & Gifts has a cute story and also a heartwarming story that will bring tears to your eyes.
I let the kids feed the reindeer before they went to bed on Christmas Eve. I’d have them help me mix “reindeer food” (mix oatmeal = reindeer feed with large cut glitter = Christmas Magic) Before they went to bed on Christmas Eve they would sprinkle it in the yard. When they woke up the oatmeal had evaporated and the glitter had sunk low so they could barely see it.
Time for the tissues…
When my husband was about seventeen they had a young family that lived across the street. The mom was a SAHM and the Dad had just lost his job. He was helping to shovel their sidewalk when he overheard them talking about how they were going to handle Christmas, they had a four year-old and a kindergartener. They had decided the only thing they could do was to tell them the “truth”.So my husband hatched a plan. He took his beer money for the month (yes at seventeen he had beer money and came off as a bit of a thug) and bought Christmas. There was a small decorated tree for their table, a Barbie, Barbie car and clothes for the kindergartener and a Big Wheel Trike and hotwheels cars for the 4 year-old. He also found hats and gloves for the whole family. He then dropped them off on their door-step the weekend before Christmas (rang the doorbell and ran). We don’t know if they had told the kids yet but either way Santa came and the next year they still believed.

My husband and his friends have since adopted a different family that are down on their luck every year and take turns playing Santa. As they get older they have started including their sons (at least for the drop off) My boys can’t wait for their turn.

Believe in the Magic of Santa – Part I

This week members of the DTeam shared their Santa stories in the team’s monthly chat thread. Some made us laugh and others were so heartwarming they brought tears to our eyes. We thought we would share some of those stories with our blog followers over a series of posts. We hope you enjoy them and feel free to leave a comment telling us your Santa stories!

Nickie from Something Colorful was inspired by this treasury to tell one of her childhood memories of Santa and his reindeer:
A story for you all inspired by Megs’ treasury. It’s a story that always seems to come up this time of year. My grandad is a huge hunter, like bow and arrow, will shoot the squirrels my grandmom feeds in the back yard, hunter. Right after Thanksgiving one year we were over grandmom and grandad’s house for dinner, pretty normal, right? Well, grandad says he wants to show me something outside. I guess he wasn’t thinking straight, but he took me to show me the deer that he had just gotten. He was proud. Well all I saw was Rudolf and I started screaming bloody murder that Santa wasn’t going to be able to deliver toys, because Rudolf is dead in grandad’s garage. My mom wasn’t happy, but it is kinda funny…. Moral of the story, don’t let grandad take your 4 year old outside to “show them something” right after deer season!I can remember being, so upset about Rudolf, but I had no clue. Now I’m like how did I think that?!? and what was my grandad thinking showing me a dead deer? I think that might be why I’m a pseudo vegetarian. You never knew what you’d get at grandmom’s house!

Nickie also has a story about Santa’s elves:
My parents knocked on the wall when I wasn’t looking and told me the elves were in the walls, so I had to be good or they would tell Santa. Apparently that same story scared my cousins half to death so the elves weren’t allowed at my cousins’ house.

And another Santa and reindeer story:

My stepdad would leave me notes from Santa with some crazy stuff that I should have known it was him. Like that Santa prefers wine instead of a glass of milk. I used to leave cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer. Well he took the carrots, went outside in the snow and chewed them all up and spit them out all over the drive way. The next morning he pretended to go outside for who knows what and came running back into the house to find me and show me the most amazing thing outside.

This beaded sequin headband would be a fabulous accessory for a special Christmas outfit:
Fiberpuppy shares one of her cute Santa memories:
Our family used to have a big to-do on Christmas Eve kind of especially for family-less friends. It became a big get-together when I was a kid. Well I woke up on Christmas morn just about the time I was beginning to disbelieve Santa and there in fact was Santa’s pipe. (No one in my family smoked a pipe and my brother’s played it up). I remember being totally stunned. Turns out someone from the party had left a pipe. (although I’ve asked who it was as an adult and no one remembers) I think I believed in Santa for at least a year. I think I still have doubts.
This felted lion hat would keep Santa warm when he hangs up his official Santa hat:
Jenny from Black Magic Studio says:
I was THAT kid. The annoying skeptical smarty pants that asked too many questions. By the time I was 5 or 6 I kept complaining that we didn’t have a chimney and that leaving the door unlocked all night just for Santa was really unsafe, etc. So my parents just gave in. Oh well! The holidays were still always fun as a kid.
I bet if Santa bought this vintage bracelet for Mrs. Claus he will be on her good list:
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