Thursday, December 15, 2011

Reynolds Wrap Christmas

1955 - Disneyland’s first Christmas Light Parade on Main Street and the incentive of the 'overly' decorated houses and lawns to come. In 1958 the aluminum tree was invented/marketed. The first aluminum trees could not be illuminated. Fire safety concerns prevented lights from being strung through the tree's branches; draping electric lights through an aluminum tree could cause a short circuit. The common method of illumination was a floor-based "color wheel" which was placed under the tree. Sometimes this spectacle was enhanced by a rotating Christmas tree stand. (I hated these)And the beginning of Reynold's Wrap commercials during holiday shows, featuring many uses of the product - from baking for the season to decorations to cleaning and hardware uses.

The 60's brought the era of Kraft commercials during holiday shows. Remember those? In late 1960 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' arrived. In
1965 it was 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'. And the Aluminum and artificial trees became popular due to the portrayal of 'Charlie's Tree' In 1969 it was 'Frosty the Snowman'. Gosh, these are still popular today.


This has been my ME time - I bought myself EQ7 back in May as my birthday gift and only JUST loaded it. Oh, this may be beyond me. But now is a good time to read the manual while playing, view the tutorials, and practic the lessons. This is something I really need as I scratch notes and doodle sketches on almost any little bit of paper - AND then lose them! I started a notebook - made a pretty cover for it, too. BUT then everything started to go into it - and my handwriting is so horrible, that sometimes I can't read what I wrote!



I have been very good - putting my received goodies into this beautiful bag with no peeking - some squishing, but no peeking. It was so stuffed. And today we are sharing our wonderful gifts and linking up with host MaMa Cheryl at Gone Stitchin'. My partner was Cheryl at Polkadots and rickrack - HI CHERYLs!!

First thing I opened was this adorable Halloween table runner. Oh, I couldn't have peeked - there was so much tape, heavy tape and heavy paper, oh my! I don't have any Halloween decor (the Ghastlies moved on to another home)so this is special.

And this is the back ! How cute this side is too - but hon, where is your label and/or signature?? My SIL helped with the unwrapping and was my holder. She was just as excited as me as she picks up my mail and saw all these packages go into that sack.

And dancing in joy - look at this whimsy! Just love these reindeer - those eyes just crack me up. My tables are covered with candle mats from other swaps, so this is hanging across the fireplace just under my stitched banner. Love it!

A wonderful checked kitchen towel with cute snow globe applique and rick rack trim. Already hanging on my oven front.

So this doesn't get photo heavy, I bundled up the smaller items. I collect piggies - look at that calendar with a cute little purse pocket notepad, SQUEEL!! Oh, the scissors - now I could have just gotten these and been so happy. I have wanted these, thank you Cheryl. A very pretty magnetic scissor keep and some small stitcheries. Great for my 2012 year of minis. A microwave potato bag - super. And a snap bag - oops, there was a tin of 'Dots' finger pads in there and I forgot to pull out for photo. And there's more!!

A mug rug with HO-HO santa mug, so cute. A beautifully made journal. A 2012 pocket calendar, need this badly for Quilt Guild and booking shows. And a hysterical book "Senior Moments" - little poems, jokes, quotes and witticism. I may need to share some of these in my closing thought segment.

A lovely red leather needle case, pin tin, heart pin/needle/project keep, and some little embroidery patterns.

Ta-Da - open them and just too much. The red case has a magnetic section to hold your needles and they are tiny needles - and other compartments. Love the turquoise blue pin heads in that little dot tin. And the heart keep opens into various pockets, bands and sections, just lovely. I am going to have to keep a close eye on this as I know it will 'travel' away.

Again, thank you Host MaMa Cheryl and Swap Partner Cheryl, you made a Merry and Bright Christmas for me.


C for the carolers, happy and gay,
H for the holly and Santa's red hat,
R for the reindeer, leaping the roofs.
I for the ice on snow-covered hills,
S for the stockings that Santa Claus stuffs,
T for the toys, the tinsel, the tree,
M for the mistletoe. Watch where it hangs!
A for the animals, out in the stable,
S for the sensing, the necessity of love.
- from Christmas Poems for Kids - ANON -

Sewingly Yours,



Anonymous said...

whow Sharon what a wonderful lot of gifts you received,love the raindeer runner so cute.

Cheryll said...

OMG... there must be something in a because Cheryl sent heaps of wonderful "things" your way!
Merry Christmas to you and your family Sharon. Thanks for always joining in on my swaps..appreciate your company!
Your friend and swap Mama.. :)

Grammasheri said...

Wow! What a Merry Christmas bonanza! Your swap partner did a mighty fine job...lovely things, and useful, too!

Pauline G said...

What lovely gifts - this is a great swap Cheryl organises

QuiltSue said...

Woww, what wonderful gifts you received.

Wilma Lee said...

Neat gifts!!!! My husband's grandma always had a silver christmas tree with the color wheel that made it change colors. I always thought only rich people could afford those, lol.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Sharon I don't think there's anyway I could have waited to open those gifts - you are a very strong person. :) blessings, marlene

Quilting Chemist (Danette) said...

Wonderful gifts in your santa sack. Such a great Halloween table runner and the reindeer are so cute! Merry Christmas.

Sarah Craig said...

Such lovely gifties you got, Sharon! You must feel so inspired to make stuff now!!

Mrs.Pickles said...

wow great gifts. you are a lucky lady!

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

I still love the Charlie Brown Christmas show. :)

Loooooooooooove all your goodies! I think this was the most fun swap in all of blog land! Wish I would have participated! Dag! You got such wonderful loot!

Merry Christmas!

Marcia - Crafty Sewing and Quilting said...

I liked the information about the aluminum trees. Cool!
You sure did get a lot of really neat gifts!
Thanks for linking up to the Minutes for Me Linky Party and taking time for you!
Have a great weekend!

Cheryl said...

Glad you like your was so much fun swapping with you. I will be posting all the wonderful things you sent to me in a bit!!! Thank you so much Sharon.

Quilt Kitty said...

Brilliant gifts. Those reindeers are delightful. Love Bareroots patterns & the needleholder is so sweet. Merry Christmas! Tracee xx

Snoodles said...

What a haul! LOL Lots of fun presents! Can't wait to see what you make with them!

Miss Hillbilly said...

Oh I do think we are two peas in a pod sometimes. I keep teasing one of the ladies that is giving away EQ7 about how badly I want to win it...but then I think I might not use it because I won't know how! And I keep a folder of my designs. I love my pencil and graph paper. I don't know much about computers at all. I hope you figure out how to use yours!

Eat Sleep Quilt said...

I love opening packages, you never know what you get!

I had to chuckle about the aluminum Christmas tree, I had one when I got my first apartment. It was aluminum and I bought blue bulbs to decorate it because my sofa was blue, with smaller gold bulbs as accents. I also got one of those rotating lights to shine on it, I remember the plastic insets were red, blue and green. That had to be the tackiest thing you ever saw, but back then I was 20 and I thought it was tres chic!

Char said...

I've finally finished sewing and now I can catch up on all the blogs I've missed.
We had that exact tree when I was young and my aunt worked for a company that made them. Sure brings back memories.
You got a lot of nice goodies in that sack.