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Happy, Sappy, and Scrappy..........

 


A few minutes ago on the phone, Julie accused me, Lindsay Dean Moore, of being......... sappy!

Okay........It's probably true, I am one sappy guy! What can I say? I once ditched out of a dinner meeting in New York, ran five New York City blocks, just to see the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Plaza. It was worth it! I love seeing tree's lining the street dressed with little teeny white lights and decorated store front windows. I can listen to the same Christmas song 100 times and not get tired of it. I've always wondered why you don't see mistletoe around like you use too and I love how quiet things are on Christmas eve. Everything shuts down early and by 7:00pm, in our town, the roads are free from traffic.

 I could go on, but you all might gang up on me and my sappiness!

The movie clip above? It's one of Julie's and my wife's favorite Christmas movies, Meet me in St. Louis starring Jufy Garland. Fun fun!

 I hope you like it! 

I also hope you like the projects that were created below:GiftCardHolders-BelindaLangner

The Jolly By Golly Gift Card Holders comes from Belinda Chang.

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This cool project comes from Candace Lauman. You people are so creative!

The last three come from Carly Robertson. Fun gift tag idea's for those of us who are last minute "wrappers".
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Tomorrow will probably be our last blog for this week.

 If you're not in the Christmas spirit yet, there's still plenty of time!


 

Happy holidays!

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Jack Makes My Day and Some Thrifty Gifties

Last night, Jack drew this picture for me.

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When he gave it to me I thanked him and told him that, "He made my day." He said, "I did?" sounding very surprised. I replied that of course he did. Then he said, "I didn't know your day looked like that."

Well, everyone, that is exactly what my typical day looks like......... a total mess! I think that is me in the center with my hair standing on end, and all the messy stuff swirling around.

Oh well. One day I am going to get organized and have time to make fabulous projects like these.

By Gudrun Loennecken

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By Natasja Verbeek

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By Wendy Sue Anderson

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By Laura Craigie

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Have a great day....... hey, maybe someone will even make it for you.......... or you theirs!

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"Oh What Fun"

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Here is another great example of a terrific project using Jolly By Golly, which by the way, is one of the kits that 5 lucky winners will win when we draw this Friday.

 The creator of this project?

 Becky Williams! Becky- This is fantastic. 

Thank you so much for sharing with us! 

I mentioned yesterday a few of my favorite holiday movies and songs. I'm taking it upon myself to try to get all of you in the holiday spirit.

 I hope you enjoy not only the layout above but also the clip below. 


 


 

And last, Dr. Seuss was a genius. I love reading this poem to my kids, who by the way range in age from 16-24:

 

Are you starting to feel it? Maybe a little?

very Who Down in Whoville Liked Christmas a lot…
But the Grinch, Who lived just north of Whoville, Did NOT!
The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!
Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
It could be his head wasn’t screwed on just right.
It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
But I think that the most likely reason of all,
May have been that his heart was two sizes too small.
Whatever the reason, His heart or his shoes,
He stood there on Christmas Eve, hating the Whos,
Staring down from his cave with a sour, Grinchy frown,
At the warm lighted windows below in their town.
For he knew every Who down in Whoville beneath,
Was busy now, hanging a mistletoe wreath.
“And they’re hanging their stockings!” he snarled with a sneer,
“Tomorrow is Christmas! It’s practically here!”
Then he growled, with his Grinch fingers nervously drumming,
“I MUST find some way to stop Christmas from coming!”
For Tomorrow, he knew, all the Who girls and boys,
Would wake bright and early. They’d rush for their toys!
And then! Oh, the noise! Oh, the Noise!
Noise! Noise! Noise!
That’s one thing he hated! The NOISE!
NOISE! NOISE! NOISE!
Then the Whos, young and old, would sit down to a feast.
And they’d feast! And they’d feast! And they’d FEAST!
FEAST! FEAST! FEAST!
They would feast on Who-pudding, and rare Who-roast beast.
Which was something the Grinch couldn’t stand in the least!
And THEN They’d do something He liked least of all!
Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small,
Would stand close together, with Christmas bells ringing.
They’d stand hand-in-hand. And the Whos would start singing!
They’d sing! And they’d sing! And they’d SING!
SING! SING! SING!
And the more the Grinch thought of this Who Christmas Sing,
The more the Grinch thought, “I must stop this whole thing!”
“Why, for fifty-three years I’ve put up with it now!”
“I MUST stop this Christmas from coming! But HOW?”
Then he got an idea! An awful idea!
THE GRINCH GOT A WONDERFUL, AWFUL IDEA!
“I know just what to do!” The Grinch laughed in his throat.
And he made a quick Santy Claus hat and a coat.
And he chuckled, and clucked, “What a great Grinchy trick!”
“With this coat and this hat, I look just like Saint Nick!”
“All I need is a reindeer…” The Grinch looked around.
But, since reindeer are scarce, there was none to be found.
Did that stop the old Grinch? No! The Grinch simply said,
“If I can’t find a reindeer, I’ll make one instead!”
So he called his dog, Max. Then he took some red thread,
And he tied a big horn on the top of his head.
THEN He loaded some bags And some old empty sacks,
On a ramshackle sleigh And he hitched up old Max.
Then the Grinch said, “Giddap!” And the sleigh started down,
Toward the homes where the Whos Lay asnooze in their town.
All their windows were dark. Quiet snow filled the air.
All the Whos were all dreaming sweet dreams without care.
When he came to the first little house on the square.
“This is stop number one,” the old Grinchy Claus hissed,
And he climbed to the roof, empty bags in his fist.
Then he slid down the chimney. A rather tight pinch.
But, if Santa could do it, then so could the Grinch.
He got stuck only once, for a moment or two.
Then he stuck his head out of the fireplace flue.
Where the little Who stockings all hung in a row.
“These stockings,” he grinned, “are the first things to go!”
Then he slithered and slunk, with a smile most unpleasant,
Around the whole room, and he took every present!
Pop guns! And bicycles! Roller skates! Drums!
Checkerboards! Tricycles! Popcorn! And plums!
And he stuffed them in bags. Then the Grinch, very nimbly,
Stuffed all the bags, one by one, up the chimney!
Then he slunk to the icebox. He took the Whos’ feast!
He took the Who-pudding! He took the roast beast!
He cleaned out that icebox as quick as a flash.
Why, that Grinch even took their last can of Who-hash!
Then he stuffed all the food up the chimney with glee.
“And NOW!” grinned the Grinch, “I will stuff up the tree!”
And the Grinch grabbed the tree, and he started to shove,
When he heard a small sound like the coo of a dove.
He turned around fast, and he saw a small Who!
Little Cindy-Lou Who, who was not more than two.
The Grinch had been caught by this tiny Who daughter,
Who’d got out of bed for a cup of cold water.
She stared at the Grinch and said, “Santy Claus, why,”
“Why are you taking our Christmas tree? WHY?”
But, you know, that old Grinch was so smart and so slick,
He thought up a lie, and he thought it up quick!
“Why, my sweet little tot,” the fake Santy Claus lied,
“There’s a light on this tree that won’t light on one side.”
“So I’m taking it home to my workshop, my dear.”
“I’ll fix it up there. Then I’ll bring it back here.”
And his fib fooled the child. Then he patted her head,
And he got her a drink and he sent her to bed.
And when Cindy-Lou Who went to bed with her cup,
HE went to the chimney and stuffed the tree up!
Then the last thing he took Was the log for their fire!
Then he went up the chimney, himself, the old liar.
On their walls he left nothing but hooks and some wire.
And the one speck of food That he left in the house,
Was a crumb that was even too small for a mouse.
Then He did the same thing To the other Whos’ houses
Leaving crumbs Much too small For the other Whos’ mouses!
It was quarter past dawn… All the Whos, still a-bed,
All the Whos, still asnooze When he packed up his sled,
Packed it up with their presents! The ribbons! The wrappings!
The tags! And the tinsel! The trimmings! The trappings!
Three thousand feet up! Up the side of Mt. Crumpit,
He rode with his load to the tiptop to dump it!
“PoohPooh to the Whos!” he was grinchishly humming.
“They’re finding out now that no Christmas is coming!”
“They’re just waking up! I know just what they’ll do!”
“Their mouths will hang open a minute or two,
Then the Whos down in Whoville will all cry BooHoo!”
“That’s a noise,” grinned the Grinch, “That I simply MUST hear!”
So he paused. And the Grinch put his hand to his ear.
And he did hear a sound rising over the snow.
It started in low. Then it started to grow.
But the sound wasn’t sad! Why, this sound sounded merry!
It couldn’t be so! But it WAS merry! VERY!
He stared down at Whoville! The Grinch popped his eyes!
Then he shook! What he saw was a shocking surprise!
Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small,
Was singing! Without any presents at all!
He HADN’T stopped Christmas from coming! IT CAME!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!
And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so?”
“It came with out ribbons! It came without tags!”
“It came without packages, boxes or bags!”
And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.”
“Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”
And what happened then? Well…in Whoville they say,
That the Grinch’s small heart Grew three sizes that day!
And the minute his heart didn’t feel quite so tight,
He whizzed with his load through the bright morning light,
And he brought back the toys! And the food for the feast!
And he, HE HIMSELF! The Grinch carved the roast beast!

 

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Once there was a Snowman........ELF.................By Golly a Giveaway!

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For those of you counting, there are only nine more shopping days until Christmas! Yikes! 

Todays blog?

First we will start with the project above. 

This is the coolest paper mache' project ever brought to us courtesy of Kristie Coleman, using Jolly By Golly papers and chipboard. I think by golly she did a great job.

If there was a television show entitled "Scrapping with the Stars", and if I were a judge, I would be giving this project a 10!

Last week, I saw the movie Elf twice on DVD for the first time last week (I know I'm a little behind the times, okay maybe a lot). The movie had it's moments. The clip below is my favorite.

 I have played it over and over at the office. The office staff has threatened me if I play it one more time.

 I love it! Every year I have my most awesome, terrific, incredible, fantastic Holiday song, and this year is it.

I have You Tubed every version of this song and this one won hands down. This to me, won hands down Zooey, wherever you are, I am your number one fan!!! I wonder if she scrapbooks.

Of course what would a Lindsay blog be without Lindsay having a giveaway? In honor of the Holidays, we will be giving away to 5 lucky blog followers a Jolly By Golly and an Oh Joy Paper Crafting Kit for you to work you're holiday magic.

Simply comment on our blog www.cosmocricket.com, and let us know your favorite Christmas movie (mine? While you were Sleeping, Die Hard, the first one, and A Christmas Story, Hilarious) or your favorite Holiday song ( have you heard Hanukkah by Adam Sandler? Grown-up Christmas list by Amy Grant- Love em!)

We will pick the winners on Friday.
 

Good luck and thanks for stopping by and visiting us!
 

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Gift Card Holders

Are you feeling the Christmas crunch? Sometimes it just comes down to the wire and you still haven't figured out what to get that one family member.

For me it's always my dad. He is one of those people that has everything he wants and no desire to have anything else. I rack my brain every year. He loves reading and so books are always a good choice, except that twice I have gotten books for him that he got himself for Christmas. Then add in that I have four siblings who are also thinking he would like a book and combine that with the only things he reads about (woodworking, jeeping, Mormon history) and you are likely to duplicate with one of their gifts too. One year, my brother, myself and Santa all got him the same book.

It's for situations like these that the gift card was invented. The thing I don't like about gift cards is that they are impersonal. Our solution to that is to make fun little gift card holders. You can then use patterns, colors, themes, etc., that apply to the reciever. Also, I think making something for someone shows them you care.

Here are our three takes. Special thanks to Tiffany for these great ideas.

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Rumpled Paper Flower, Apology & Giveaway

Let's start with the apology. I'm sorry there was no blogging to be found yesterday. I had just sat down at my computer to write a post when my daughter called from school. She had forgotten to tell me that it was the NOVA (similar to DARE, or other anti-drug use school programs) graduation and she really wanted me to come. More about my thoughts on this later in the post.

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Have you seen Tia Bennett's rumpled paper flowers? I saw a tutorial for them on the CK blog. I thought they were really fun so I passed along the tutorial to our design team. Here are two different takes.

First by Laura Craigie, using Chemistry mixed with Lil' Man. You'll notice Laura's flower is made with a folded piece of paper, so that it is all one color. Natasja's below is quite different. These are also cute done with ribbon or torn fabrics.

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Then, Natasja, took Kate's ballet school photos and made this layout using Everafter. It's nice having talented scrapbooking friends!

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Ok, now for a giveaway. Lindsay and Eric are out of town on a rare trip together. But, just to show that Lindsay isn't the only one that can give away big prizes, one lucky person commenting on our blog www.cosmocricket.typead.com today will win an Earth Love/ The Boyfriend Paper Pad, one of each of our Blackboard Albums and boxes and a Nutmeg Paper Crafting kit. I don't even know how much value that adds up to. If you're good at math, maybe you can tell me!

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I told you I would tell you a bit more about my experience at Kate's graduation. Kate is in the 5th grade. Dedicated followers will remember she has had some friend issues and is trying to figure out how to fit in.

Well, it was quite eye opening to see the entire class of 5th graders, especially considering we live a small town in an extremely conservative state.There were the girls like Kate, which to me seem normal, healthy and perfectly average 10 year olds. There are the girls who appear to still be dressed up and styled by their parents like they are some kind of life-sized doll their mother is playing house with (honestly, sometimes I would like to be one of these mom's but my girls are far too independent). There are a few quirky girls that have their own fashion sense and confidence to pull it off, I imagine Abby will be like this in 5th grade although I could be wrong. Then there was a surpising number of girls that looked like small, underdeveloped teenagers.

I know I'm old-fashioned, but I couldn't help wondering why we as parents and as society push our kids to get older faster. Some girls were wearing make-up, sexy tops meant to accentuate cleavage which very few had and oversized bangle earrings that I didn't know were making a comeback. I realized instantly why Kate wasn't fitting in to particular groups, and I was relieved that she wasn't! I worry about the expectations people will have of these girls based on their appearance. I worry that they don't understand the messages implied. I worry about the next things that will be pushed on them to make them grow up faster.

I will always try to be sympathetic to Kate when she complains about not fitting in, but I'm not going to worry about it so much anymore. Sometimes standing out is better.

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Our Thrifty Gifty Friends

Today is a crazy day for me, and so I am really thankful to all our fans that send in projects to share! Take a look at some of my favorite gift giving ideas we have gotten lately.

First up, a project by Anabelle. Look how darling those tags are! If I made something so cute, I'd have a hard time giving it away. But, I sure would love it if someone gave them to me!!

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I love these notebooks by Andrea Wiebe. I have an idea for a project I want to do with notebooks and "journal jars." I hope I get it done because it won't be nearly as fun to just describe it to you!

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And our last blog helper today is Shari Morris who decorated up this cute container full of goodies. I think I see some hot cocoa packs in there...... which means she must have intended this for me. Shari, Shari, I only got the email, sweetie..... when is the cocoa coming?

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I hope we all know by now that it's not the price of a gift, but the thoughtfulness behind it that makes it special. Have a great day everyone and a very happy holiday season!

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Gift Containers and Yummy Recipes

I'll bet a lot of you, like myself, save your tins for altering. I happen to have lots from Hot Chocolate and Stroopwafels (Dutch Waffel Cookies). So, when I saw this photo in Martha Stewart Living, I knew just what to do.

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I made my own log containers using the backsides of our Nutmeg papers and some dollar store Christmas items. Take a look. These are super quick, inexpensive and so cute!

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The plain container.

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I added glitter along some of the wood grain. Honestly, I thought it was really cute just like this, maybe it needs a bow, maybe not.

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Now, with the Dollar items, it's really fun. I intend to stick a small gift like leggings or mittens in this and hide it in my tree for the kids to find on Christmas morning. The warm colors work perfectly.

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But, other less-traditional colors are fun too. Here's my stroopwafel can.

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Maybe you prefer to fill these up with goodies to take to the neighbors. Well, in that case, here are a couple of my favorite Christmastime recipes.

Aunt Anna's Butter Cookies

This recipe comes from my mother's aunt. She was a fine Dutch woman that, like myself, loved butter and almond. These are super yummy and probably have about a thousand calories per cookie.

1 lb butter
4 C Flour
2 C Sugar
2 Eggs
1/2 t Baking Powder
2 t Almond Extract

Press the batter into a 9x13 pan, no need to grease it, there's a pound of butter in there! Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.

 

Grandma's Ginger Cookies #1

This is my mom's recipe. I asked her for it when I was first married, then I lost it. When I asked for it again, I found they never turned out as well. One day, cleaning out my cupboards, I found the original. It was very different from the second one, which explained the difference in the cookies. Hence the name of the recipe. This makes a soft, rich ginger cookie.

1 C Shortening (I typically use butter)
1 C Sugar
2 Eggs
1 C Molasses
2 T Vinegar
5 C Flour
1 1/2 t Baking Soda
1/2 t Salt
1 T Ginger
1 t Cinnamon
1 t Ground Cloves

To make these, I simply spoon the batter onto a greased cookie sheet. Then, I take a glass and dipping it in flour each time, I stamp the cookies flat. Bake at 375 for 5-6 minutes.

If you like a crisper Ginger cookie, maybe you will like Grandma's Ginger Cookies #2. In my opinion, these are not quite as good; more like your average ginger cookie. I post this mostly so you can see the huge difference in the recipes. How could my mother have gotten so mixed up?

1 C Butter
2 C Dark Brown Sugar
1/2 C Molasses
3 Eggs
4 1/2 C Flour
4 t Soda
1 t Salt
2 t Ginger
2 t Cinnamon
1 t Ground Cloves

Bake at 350 for about 12 minutes on a greased cookie sheet.

 

 

Now, if you are in the mood to take something yummy, but don't want to bake. Then I have a tradition from Eric's side of the family.

Crazy Grandma's Chocolate Crackers

When Ethan was three Eric's mom took him for a treat. While they were out, Shirley was teasing him and being quite silly. Ethan told her that she was being crazy and she told him that was because she was his crazy Grandma. Well, the name stuck and my kids still differentiate her from my mom with this title.

In a double boiler, melt chocolate chips. You can use either milk or semi-sweet.Then dip Ritz crackers into the chocolate. Place these on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Let cool, we like them frozen. They taste like a buttery Twix candy bar.

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Debbie Olson project and I think we need to have a fun giveaway!

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The project above was created by none other than the world famous Debbie Olson. She is an extremely nice person and I'm a huge fan of Debbie. I value her talent so much that when we see her at a trade show I turn shy, my palms start to sweat, and I don't know what to say to her.

Look at all of the detail with this project. Is it me or does the tree and the bell on the card look like frosted sugar cookies? Yum Yum! Great presentation!

When I saw this project, I thought it would be perfect gift for neighbors and friends. It's a great alternative to taking cookies around the neighborhood on paper plates.

At my house we have done a lot of different things. Mugs with cocoa, Pop, with a note that says "may you days be Merry and Sprite", homemade caramels, etc.

Next, drop us a comment and let us know what you usually do for your neighbors and friends, for a chance to win $100.00 of Cosmo Cricket scrapbook products from Jolly By Golly, Nutmeg, Early Bird, and Earth Love.

There will be two lucky winners!

Have a great day and can't wait to hear from you!

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