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Second Day of Christmas Books: Snowman Stories and Earrings

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Second Day of Christmas, ObSEUSSed gave to me:
Snowman Stories and
The Berenstain Bear Family

Our kids get so excited for the first day of snow. We've had a few good storms so far and made a few snowmen but it has all melted. We are hoping to "Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow" so we can build more snowmen.

Snowmen All Year is written and illustrated by Caralyn and Mark Buehner, who reside in Salt Lake City, UT.  The snowman gets to experience swimming and the 4th of July Fireworks (pictured at Sugar House Park) and trick-or-treating. Such a fun book for younger children.
Here are a few of our other favorite Snowman Books (and the classic movie I remember watching in Grade School).


Character Snowman: If your kids like a certain character, try to model your snowman after them.  We love the Cat in the Hat so our snowman always wears a striped stove pipe hat and striped scarf. 

WATER COLOR PAINT: Have your kids look at a picture of their favorite character and try to replicate it with water colors.
I painted the first picture with my children's water color set.  It is a large 12 by 20 inch picture we have framed that hangs in our reading room.


My daughter likes to help me make these. We've made them for grandmas and her school teachers. We get out all the supplies then she assembles them and I add the hook.

Tools Needed:
Wire Cutters
Small Round Nose or needle nose Pliers

Supplies Needed: (Get extras so you can make more than 1 pair. Look around your bead shop for anything that might work for these. They don't have to look just like mine. Get creative.)
2- Fish Hook Ear Wires (I like Sterling Silver) can be found most places beads are sold, like at Joann's.

2 - Headpins 1.5 inches (look like a strait pin without the point)
3- Faux pearl beads, white. 2 larger (8 mm) 1 smaller (6 mm). They often sell assorted size sets.
2- Red Rondelle Spacer beads for the scarf, these would be pretty from Sunset Crystals.
2- Black Saucer (or Rondelle) beads (8mm) for the hat rim (here are some on Etsy) I used a rock chip.
2- Black Short Tube Beads for the top hat -sample at Artbeads (or a cube) something like this at Joann's.
1. Take the headpin and put the two larger pearl beads on, then the red rondelle (scarf), then the smaller pearl bead (head). Now put the black saucer bead on (hat rim) and the black tube bead (top hat).

2.  You only want about 1/2 inch of the headpin above the snowman so if there is more, use the wire cutters to trim it. Use the pliers to Bend the top of the headpin in a 90 degree angle.
4. This is the tricky part. Use the round pliers to pinch the head pin and use the needle nose pliers to wrap the tail of the headpin around the headpin towards the beads until it is all wrapped with no overhang.
5. Use the needle nose pliers to open the circle on the bottom of the fish hook earring finding.
6. Connect the headpin loop and the fish hook circle. Then use the pliers to close the fish hook loop. Here is a great video for a simple way to connect the dangle beaded headpin to the fish hook earring.

You can wear your snowman earrings all winter long, not just before Christmas. These make great teacher gifts.
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Linking to:
Tatertots and Jello, Weekend Wrap-up Party
Tatertots and Jello, Homemade Gift Ideas Party
Today's Creative Blog, Get Your Craft on Tues.
Tip Junkie's Tip Me Tuesday
Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Too Cute Tuesday
Blue Cricket Design, Show and Tell Wednesdays
Sassy Sites, Free for All Friday
Fancy This Fridays on Truly Lovely
Sweet Jeanette's Very Merry Christmas Party Link-up
Skip to My Lou, Made by You Mondays


Mormishmom said...

The snowman earrings are darling!!! Love them! And I didn't know there was Snowman All Year!

Hope you'll come and link up to TOO Cute Tuesday

Tauni said...

So glad you posted about the earrings! Really cute :)

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

So lovely!!! We would love for you to link this up at Fancy This Fridays at Truly Lovely!!!

Mormishmom said...

Thanks for linking up to TOO Cute Tuesday!!!

I featured on you Saturday Shout Outs!

DANA said...

I found you on Tater Tots and Jello! I am loving your blog, I saw it before, but now I am hooked! I would like to invite you to my $50 American Express giveaway and a linky party I have, all going on this week! Happy Holidays! Keep up the great blogging!
-Dana Jean

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