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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Frying Pan Cover



This was a very different project for me! First a quick backstory on our Christmas traditions: I met Jenna, Samantha and their mom, Judy when Jenna was three and Samantha was about eighteen months old. Judy's job situation changed and the new job required some travel so I became the girls' nanny. The first Christmas, she asked if I wanted to spend Christmas with them and I took her up on it. It was probably the best Christmas ever, other than the ones when I was a little kid. So spending the night with them became my new tradition. Kip and I got married the week before Christmas and it was late Christmas Eve when we returned from our honeymoon so we stayed in our home our first Christmas but after that, spending Christmas with the girls became our tradition. After being married a while, I gave up being the nanny, and so the new nanny is Ms. Faye. The newest tradition is that we all now spend Christmas with Judy and the girls! Ms. Faye wanted to give Judy a new frying pan (which is something she wanted) but because of the shape of them they aren't the easiest things to wrap. Even in a large gift bag, its awkward. She was watching something on TV one day and seen someone dress up the packaging on the pan to look like a Santa face. Ms. Faye is a quilter and does beautiful things but she doesn't work with paper, so she asked if I could pull something together for her. 

Since I didn't see the program she had seen, I just went on her description and this is what I came up with. The packaging had a large circle on the back with all the information about the pan. I traced that circle onto white paper to get my face. After that, I punched out a pink circle and two black ones. The Santa hat is covering the handle and after I glued down the eyes and mouth, I put down some tacky glue and then crumpled up some tissue paper for the beard and hair. I added some pink chalk around the cheek area too. I think it turned out pretty cute and Ms. Faye was happy with the wrapping. 

It's been interesting making these new traditions. I will be forever grateful for Judy for sharing her Christmas mornings with me,  and now my husband. As a single adult with no children, Christmas had lost a lot of it's magic. They gave me that back, and even as the girls are getting older, the magic is still there. The girls are old enough now that they can plan Christmas morning surprises and that brings another level of joy for all of us. I have learned that family can be the people that you choose to love, not just the people you are biologically linked to. 

7 comments:

Pat (mspfd) said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful holiday traditions. Love the wrapping!

jimlynn said...

Gina, this is just the cutest! And what a fabulous idea. Some things just seem impossible to wrap, but you took care of this one just perfect.
Wonderful way for y'all to be spending Christmas. Great tradition.
Lynn

Lorraine said...

EEK - that is so cute - a Santa frying pan cover! I bet she loved the gift AND the wrapping! and your Christmas tradition sounds touching & fun!

Maria@Crafty Cre8tions said...

Great project! I love reading about your joy at Xmas! I am thankful that family is whoever you want hem to be - biological or not! Most of my "family" is not biological!!

Scrapping Julie said...

HA! thats a great job Gina!! i know you love those girls!!

Anne Marie Hile said...

What a fun and creative way to wrap that frying pan! That has to be at the top of the list of tough to wrap items, for sure. Loved reading your blog post, too. Sounds like you ad a fun holiday this year. :)

Scrubbybubbles(sue) said...

Hello sweet lady :) Hope all is well with you. Thank you for your encouraging words regarding my scrap room. Are we ever really done :P LOL