Crafting the Perfect Holiday

November 22nd, 2011

Christmas Display 2011_1A few days ago I started working on the decorations we will use for our holiday book display at the Elkton Central Library this year.  I am decoupaging old book pages on to a Styrofoam tree.  Will it be a success? I’m not sure at this point.  For me the joy of creating is not really being sure what you will end up with and the pleasure I receive when it turns out, hopefully, better than expected.  The other nice thing about it is that I’m recycling old books and flower pots!

Everyone is looking for ways to save money during the holidays.  One of the ways I save (and recycle) is by making my own gifts for relatives and friends out of vintage paper and fabric.  They appreciate the thought, love and effort put into the gifts, and I enjoy making them.  It, however, is not a pretty sight at my house during the “creative process.”  When an idea strikes me, I rip through the boxes and boxes of vintage paper and fabric I collect until just the right pieces come together.

The library has a wide assortment of craft books from Scherenschnitte (Papercutting) to rug hooking and many dedicated just to holiday crafts. Two of my particular favorites are Sara Toliver’s Vintage Christmas Crafts and Terry Taylor’s Altered Art.  I love the vintage quality of these two books and have made shadow boxes as gifts using ideas from both of them.  Happily, these shadow boxes have become treasured gifts, prized by the recipients.

vintage xmas gifts bookHere is a list of some other craft books available at the library that might inspire you to “craft” the perfect holiday this year.  In December all the Cecil County Public Libraries will host holiday craft programs for all ages and open houses with music and food.  We invite you to join us in celebrating the holidays.  And now is the time to check out those craft books!

What will you be crafting for the holidays?

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Holiday Events at the Library

December 3rd, 2010

We’re offering a wealth of great holiday programs this year – from concerts to crafts to movies and more, we have something for everyone, all over the county!  Best of all, every program we offer is free.  Check out this list to find some programs sure to get you and yours in the holiday spirit.

A Musical Holiday with the Good Shepherd Parish Ladies Trio

Perryville Branch Library – Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 7 pm

Movie Night – White Christmas
Perryville Branch Library – Thursday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 pm

Family Wreathmaking
Elkton Central Library – Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 pm

Holiday Open Houses
Port Deposit Branch Library – Saturday, Dec. 4 from 11 am–4 pm
Rising Sun Branch Library – Tuesday, Dec. 7 from 6-7:30 pm
Chesapeake City Branch Library – Wednesday, Dec. 15 from 3-5:30 pm
Cecilton Branch Library – Monday, Dec. 20 from 4-7 pm

Holiday Storytimes for toddlers and preschoolers at most branches – call your local branch for more info!

A Special Snowflake – Learn about chemistry and make an ornament!
Perryville Branch Library – Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 3:30 pm

Gingerbread Houses
Elkton Central Library – Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 3:30 pm

Around the World in 60 Minutes: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa
Rising Sun Branch Library – Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 3:30 pm

Picture This – Create a unique holiday picture frame!
Perryville Branch Library – Friday, Dec. 3 at 3 pm

Holiday Teen Movie Matinee – Scrooged
Perryville Branch Library – Thursday, Dec. 9 at 3 pm

Elf on the Big Screen
North East Branch Library – Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 3:30 pm

Teen Essential Films – A Christmas Story
Cecilton Branch Library – Saturday, Dec. 18 at 2 pm

Create a Natural Holiday Ornament
Chesapeake City Branch Library – Monday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 pm

Holiday Craft – Poinsettia Felt Brooch
North East Branch Library – Monday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 pm

Wreath Making Workshop
Cecilton Branch Library – Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 pm

“Brit Flicks” Film Series – The Holiday with Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz and Jude Law
North East Branch Library – Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 5:30 pm

We hope to see you at the library this holiday season!  What fun activities will you be doing with your family?

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