Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Christmas Craft Buzz

Have you met Cindy from Rick Rack and Gingham?  
She is an absolute sweetie and she gets these fun ideas for swaps.

Her latest and greatest idea was to have a Christmas ornament swap.  Our ornaments had to reflect our blog and be a house or rv.  Ummmm.....this is where I kind of went off the tracks.  I just couldn't find a house or come up with an idea for a house......but I did think go with me on this......a bee house!  Or a bee hive!!!
I started with a paper mache ornament base that kind of reminded me of a bee hive.

Then I used the wonderful and classic Aleene's Tacky Glue to wrap the ornament with jute twine.

Well, every little cottage needs a door, so I just cut a circle out of some brown felt and glued that on.

Then I needed to make a little bee.  I used black and yellow pipe cleaners, wrapped them around a screwdriver (pencil was too big) and then squished the coils together.  But I needed wings.  This was a puzzle to me.  Then inspiration struck!
I had some inkjet transparencies at home (for school)!  
I happened to have a heart shaped hole punch (thanks Martha) and I punched the heart, cut it down the middle and then glued them in between some of the coils.
Watch out! Don't get stung!

To bring in the Christmas, I made a little pennant banner for each little hive out of Christmas scrapbook paper and glued it on.
Well, I have to say, what thrilled me the most was how much Baby Bee kept saying, "I am so lucky to have a crafty mom." there's a girl who can melt her mama's heart.
 A set of 7 of these little hives are heading to Texas right now.
Just be careful when you open the box Cindy!
 Thank you for buzzing in and seeing what I'm buzzing about!

Partying at
My Romantic Home
At the Picket Fence


  1. Adorable! Baby Bee should be so proud that her mother is so crafty! They will be adorable hanging on everyone's trees.

  2. How cute! I love your non typical take on the ornaments and I love bees. Great idea:>)

  3. Those are absolutely adorable. How lucky those swap ladies are. Such a creative take on the house interpretation. Love it! Patty

  4. What fabulous ornaments! And I love how creative you were to come up with the bees!


  5. How cute. I am in the swap. Cindy is the sweetest. You wrapped yours up so nice.....I didn't sorry. I got so involved in my houses that I forgot they were to be the idea of the bee creative.

  6. Janelle~ You have exceeded the creativeness measure! This bee hive is adorable and just perfect for you. Your swap partners will be thrilled and will have no trouble at all remembering who made this sweet hive!
    Cute, cute, cute!!

  7. Those are really stinkin' cute! Texas is so lucky to be getting those :)

  8. Absolutely adorable. So wonderful that you were thinking "outside the box." Your daughter knows talent when she sees it! Two wonderful groups really truly appreciate our craftiness, fellow bloggers and children. Have a great day.

  9. Very cute! As soon as I read your first sentence about the swap needing to reflect your bog I thought "beehive of course!".

  10. Janelle, Your houses are WONDERFUL!! I am in the swap too, and really struggled with what to. What a wonderful idea... a bee hive!! Baby Bee is lucky to have a crafty mom and so is the rest of the bee hive!!


  11. Janelle, Your houses are WONDERFUL!! I am in the swap too, and really struggled with what to. What a wonderful idea... a bee hive!! Baby Bee is lucky to have a crafty mom and so is the rest of the bee hive!!


  12. I LOVE it! It's going to look darling on everyone's trees :)
    Smiles, DianeM

  13. Janelle,
    I agree with Baby Bee! You really are crafty! I recently bought a beehive teapot. I bet you'd love it!

  14. Oh, goodness! These are absolutely adorable & reflect you to a "T"!

    Your baby bee IS lucky to have a crafty mom, my friend!

    P.S. Forgot to tell you that your winnings are FINALLY in the mail (as of yesterday!) Thanks for being so forgiving!

    Wishing you a wonderful evening, dear friend!


  15. What a cute ornament! Love the sweet little pennant banner, too. Cute, cute, cute!

  16. How creative, the bees and the bee hive look gorgeous. Have you made plenty more bees to hang in your own Christmas tree?
    Happy day,

  17. Love you bee home! Very clever and crafty!

  18. Great creativity girlfriend! Represents you to a "T"' or should I say "B"! Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving.


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