Snowmen Tealights

Crafts by Amanda had a post about paper snowman luminaries that were as cute as a button. She explained how they take less than 3 minutes to make. That really grabbed my attention.

I eagerly read her directions. When I got to the part ‘use markers to draw a snowman face in the center of the paper,’ I groaned.

If I drew a snowman’s face, it would look like it needed to be rushed to the hospital and be placed on a life support system. My artistic abilities are that spectacular.

However — however, Photoshop and I can be a pretty good team at times. I believe this is one of those times. I used these snowmen . . .

Paper snowmen luminaries that you can make in less than 3 minutes.     GrandmaIdeas.com


. . . and created these luminaries.

Paper snowmen luminaries that you can make in less than 3 minutes.     GranmdaIdeas.com


These will be easy for you to make with the grandkiddos. Print up my paper snowman tealight free printable. Cut around the dotted lines. Tape it to a battery-powered tealight from a dollar store.

And there you have it.

Place them strategically around your house, turn out the lights, and enjoy!

Special Holiday Prices at PearlMountain

Do you remember when I wrote about the Picture Collage Maker software from Pearl Mountain? That software made my technology-heart swoon for days.

Picture Collage Maker Software by PearlMountain.     GranmdaIdeas.com



And then I wrote about their VideoGif software where you could easily create an animated GIF from a little snippet of a video? I spent countless hours entertaining myself by creating lots of GIFS. (Can you hear my happy sigh of contentment?)

Well, those creative folks at PearlMountain have the Christmas spirit. And it’s a REALLY amazing spirit if you ask me. (Even if you don’t ask me, it’s still amazing!) They are having the biggest sale ever. Like a 70% off sale. Where you save so much money it makes your eyes pop out of your head!

They are putting 2 of their software packages into one bundle for an extrodinary Christmas holiday special sale.

Publisher Plus (regularly purchased at $39.90). This program is a powerful page layout application for desktop publishing on a Mac. It empowers you to create all kinds of stunning cards, invitations, brochures, catalogs, flyers, newsletters, posters, etc. You can easily create professional looking documents without having to pay through the nose for a pricy software that takes eons of time to learn how to use. They have over 170 templates,  230 backgrounds. 40 frames and masks, and hundreds of clipart for your use. There are additional template packages in their store FOR FREE. I am totally gobsmacked at all of the powerful features that this program has. It’s amazing, stupendous, outstanding, marvelous, and all of the other similar adjectives. Wow!

MacBooster 2 (regularly priced at $59.95) is an incredibly simple and easy-to-use application to help you free up more hard drive space, protect you from potential threats, and speed up your Mac. If you’re like me, freeing up hard drive space and making it peppier is like receiving manna from heaven — life-sustaining and a joy to receive. And protecting your Mac computer from potential threats is invaluable.

The Christmas bundle of these two remarkable Mac apps will be sold at a huge discount of 70% off.

You will pay only $29.90  and save a whopping $70 on your order. That’s a significant saving!

This offer will be available from Dec. 8 to Dec. 30, 2014 at http://www.pearlmountainsoft.com/promotion/specialoffer.html

Zip over there as quick as your little computer mouse can take you so that you can take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

If you do it now, you could create your Christmas newsletter for family and friends — if you haven’t already done so.

Disclaimer: I will receive free software in return for writing about this sales promotion. However, it did not influence my opinion in any way about the promotion or the company’s software.

Make Your Own Poster

Okay folks, it’s been a little while since I’ve shared something technological with you. Are you ready? Ready for something easy? Ready for something that your tween and teen grandchildren (and of course you) could have fun with?

It is a site that I just stumbled across that lets you create posters. It’s called Recite This. Here’s how it works.

You type in a saying or quote, pick a style, click their little create button and voilá! You have a poster.

They have a couple of Christmas themes so I made a couple of posters using them.

Merry Christmas poster on GrandmaIdeas.com
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I have as much artistic skill as a blade of dried June grass. So, even though these themes are rather simple, they are better than what I could create on my own.

Or, you could create posters with your own sayings. Something like this.

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Once you have created your poster, you have several options of what you can do with it. You can download it and save it to your computer. Or, you can post it on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Tumbler — assuming that you have accounts with those sites. Or, you could e-mail it to a friend.

There are just two things that I think you need to be aware of. First, there’s only about 40 themes to choose from. This might not be a problem for you or your grandchildren. But there is the possibility that there wouldn’t be a theme that would fit with what you want to say.

Second, you don’t have a lot of size options when it comes to printing. They print best on 8.5 x 11 inch paper — or smaller. If you want it a bigger size, this isn’t the site for you.

All in all, I think this would be a fun site to share with those tweens and teens in your family. They could create a poster for their locker at school, for their bedroom, or as a warning sign on their bedroom door for other siblings to stay out.

You can make special ones about your grandchildren and  put them on your fridge when your grandchildren come to visit. This would make them feel special and loved.

Here’s to making fun posters for and with your family!

Tube Snowmen

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. There’s just something about an empty cardboard toilet paper tube that shouts, “Keep me! Keep me!”

So I have a plethora of them falling out of cupboards, getting squished in closets, and rolling around with the dust bunnies. Those rowdy tubes! Sigh.

I thought that I’d better use some of them up by making these cute tube snowmen. This activity fits all of my requirements: easy to do and cheap to make. (At this time of year, easy and cheap are good things.)

You’ll need my pattern for tube snowman. (The pattern has buttons instead of lumps of coal down the front. I thought that buttons were cuter . . .)

For this activity you will need:

  • the printed pattern for the snowman
  • scissors
  • tape
  • toddler socks (from the Dollar Store)
  • yarn or string
  • googly eyes
  • glue or hot glue gun
  • empty toilet paper tube

Print up and then cut out the pattern for the snowman. Tape it to the toilet paper tube.

tube snowman on GrandmaIdeas.com


Then, cut the top off the baby sock about two inches down from the elastic opening.

tube snowman on GrandmaIdeas.com


Slip this over the top of the tube to make a stocking cap for the snowman. Use a short piece of string or yarn to tie the top of the hat together.
tube snowman on Grandmaideas.com


Now, you’ll use the toe part of the sock to cut out a winter scarf for your snowman. Lay the sock down flat. Cut from one side up over the toe down the other side. (See the black lines I drew on the picture? That’s the direction that you will cut.)  Cut off a strip that is about an inch wide. Tie it around the snowman for his winter scarf.
tube snowman on GrandmaIdeas.com

Now, glue on the eyes.  Ta da! The snowman is done. Aren’t they as cute as a bug’s ear?

tube snowman on GrandmaIdeas.com