Winter Holiday Crafts by Vicki Batman

From Christina: I was delighted by this “crafty” little post from author Vicki Batman. I’m not too crafty, you see. But every year my daughters and I come up with some idea or another that we’re sure we can do. I can’t wait to share this with them. 🙂

Winter Holiday – Crafts

By Vicki Batman

 Every year, I go on a girlfriend weekend to a small town for their Christmas Candlelight Home Tour. We talk, laugh, shop, and eat— the fun stuff! Usually, we usually stop at a huge market on the way. One year, I found the most clever snow dome. Here’s a picture: 121213_christinacole_snowman_globe I grew up a crafty girl. I said, “I can do this!”  and began collecting the perfect jars, sanding the lids and painting them white. Bought several colors of glitter. Set aside or purchased little holiday them items. Then began the assembling. Here’s what I did: 121213_christina_cole_snowglobe_collection   As you can see, I had a small nativity set I found at a craft store. Inside the jar, I put snowflakes, two kinds of glitter—white and sparkly white—sequins and vintage glass ornaments. It’s up to you what to include! The lid is superglued to the jar. Leaving the lid bare wood, I hotglued the figures on top, adding the bare branch tree. The reindeer globe is made with an old cupcake pick, vintage glass ornament, and a bottle brush tree. Inside are more glass ornaments, pearly beads, snowflakes, and sequins. There are endless varieties you can make. And best of all—no water leaking, although with glass jars, they are breakable. I hope you will give these unique globes a try!

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 06_2012_VBauthor_photo (1)Like some of her characters, award-winning author, Vicki Batman has worked a wide variety of jobs including lifeguard, ride attendant at an amusement park; a hardware store, department store, book store, antique store clerk; administrative assistant in an international real estate firm; and a general “do anything gal” at a financial services firm–the list is endless.

Writing for several years, she has completed three manuscripts, written essays, and sold many short stories to TRUE LOVE, TRUE ROMANCE, TRUE CONFESSIONS, NOBLE ROMANCE PUBLISHING, LONG AND SHORT REVIEWS, MUSEITUP PUBLISHING, and THE WILD ROSE PRESS. She is a member of RWA and several writing groups and chapters. In 2004, she joined DARA and has served in many capacities, including 2009 President. DARA awarded her the Robin Teer Memorial Service Award in 2010.

Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking “What if??”

You can find Vicki at her blog, Handbags, Books…Whatever. Her latest holiday release is a romantic comedy, “The Great Fruitcake Bake-off”.

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16 thoughts on “Winter Holiday Crafts by Vicki Batman

  1. Hi, Christina! Thank you so much for having me today. I would love to know what readers think about the glitter domes. Did I do a good job? What’s your favorite craft?

    • I think you did a great job! Our traditional Christmas craft is a bit unusual…perfume-making. We’ve come up with some real doozies! We act like we know what we’re doing. Truth is, we don’t have a clue, but the house sure smells nice after we’ve finished playing around.

    • The first year, we used Everclear for the alcohol base LOL. We now have real perfumer’s alcohol, plus fragrance oils and various perfume bases. It’s a fascinating hobby, really. Some folks get very, very serious about it. We just do it for the fun of it every year at Christmas. You can find info online. Just search for how to make your own perfume. Give it a try!

  2. Hi, Janie! I had no choice but to become crafty. Every Monday, my mom went to my grandmother’s to gather with her sisters for sewing, crochet, knitting, quilting, etc. I began embroidering at age 9, a kitty cat and fork on a pillowcase. So far, I’m not that interested in knitting. Hugs.

  3. Vicki, you are so talented and creative! I’d never think of these wonderful gifts and they look fun to make. Christina, I also never thought of making my own perfume. What a wonderful idea, and there’s still time. Happy Holidays to you both!

    • Hi, Gemma! Why thank you!!! I love doing some crafts and the glitter domes were so much fun. You can do it if I can.

      I am with you about trying perfume sometime too. Right after I finish two more needlepoint handbags and 3 pillows… Lol. Happy Holidays to you too!

  4. Vicki,
    Those are so pretty. You did a great job! I haven’t seen anything like them before. I love to do crafts if only I had more time. I would do needlepoint, candles, and jewelry making. Now my daughter seems to have picked up the talent. She’s even got her own store.

  5. Hi, Melissa! and Thank you!!! I think one year I made bunches and then did again the next. I haven’t made any this year. It is fun to search for the perfect things to make them. I feel crafting helps us as writers expand our minds. One day you will have more time. hugs

  6. I used to make crafts, but got away from it. Love these little jars of Christmas things, very neat. There’s a lady in town who makes her own perfume and soap. And yes, her place smells delicious. Thx for sharing your wonderful ideas and good luck with your book…

    • Hi, Tabitha! I’m so glad you like the glitter domes. I had such a hard time figuring out what to put in each one and then do the tops. I wish I’d done them when I taught Sunday School. Happy holidays.

  7. Vicky, these little jars are beautiful. I only wish there were two extra weeks before Christmas, so I would have time to make some!
    Maybe next year. By the way, I’m neutral on fruitcake. Could take it or leave.

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