Dec 8, 2007

An Original "Christmas Tree" Napkin Fold

"The Christmas Tree" Napkin Fold

One of the benefits of conducting workshops in retail settings is having access to so many lovely linens, as well as a plethora of tableware and decorative accents! What bliss to be able to play and create tablescapes—all in the name of demonstration!

During workshops, my goal is to present fresh material that isn't on a trend of replication in home-themed magazines. Sometimes, having exhausted ideas from my numerous volumes of napkin folding books, I resort to creating folds of my own. "The Christmas Tree" fold (above) is an example of one such inspiration, and I have never seen this idea published. For your holiday pleasure, I would like to share this napkin fold with YOU!

This is one fold where the napkin should not have a wrong side. I used a reversible print to make the fold interesting. Cotton linens—with or without fringe—work extremely well. If you opt for synthetic fibers, try to include cotton in the mix. Also, realize that this is one napkin fold where neatness counts.

Start with a napkin of even measurements and fold it 2 times to form a smaller square. Point the 4-layered corner toward you.

Begin to peel up each of the 4 layers to align with the top point of the napkin. Space each layer about 1 inch apart. Once done, the napkin should look like the photo below.

With hands placed on the top and bottom of the napkin, flip it over from right to left. The fold should resemble the photo below.

Bring the left and right sides together, neatly aligning the top of each panel to form a triangular space at the top of the napkin. The bottom point should be about 1 inch wide. Now flip the napkin over from bottom to top.

Once the napkin has been flipped over, take the top flap and gently peel it up until it forms a neat triangle. It will look sloppy if you allow the triangle to droop. Be careful not to pull the top up too far as this could result in having to start over.

Repeat this step with each layer, tucking the tip beneath each previous fold. Make sure the bottom portion is perfectly aligned with the backside.

At this point the napkin can be arranged flat on top of a plate, or it can be placed upright by pulling the back panels out slightly or leaning it against something. This fold looks beautiful as is, or a metallic star sticker can be placed at the top of the tree. Place-cards shaped like little gifts can be assembled under the tree or tucked under the boughs. I have even placed a pretty pin—as a gift—at the top of the tree, always making sure that it has a backing.

Note: Feel free to use this fold for your own Christmas celebration! Please do not use these photos or publish this napkin fold without my express permission. Thank-you.

Dec 6, 2007

A "Favorite Things" Giveaway

Oprah's not the only one
With lists of "Favorite Things";
We all can itemize the joys
This Christmas Season brings.

"Gim'Me Memories" wants to know
What's on YOUR Christmas List;
So the Giveaway she's offering,
Contains a special twist!

— By Karen June Miller (KJ)

Sheila at Gim'Me Memories is hosting a Surprise Christmas Giveaway! The winner will receive a gift tailored to their list of Favorite Things. All you have to do is post your Favorite Things in the comments section of her Giveaway. (Unlike Oprah, she won't be giving away cars and KitchenAid Blenders.) PLEASE DO ME A FAVOR AND MENTION THAT "KJ" SENT YOU. Sheila is giving extra entries for referrals! Okay, go ahead and click HERE.

UPDATE: On Sunday, December 10th, Debrak at The Bunnie's Bungalow was announced as the winner! (I think she's packing a lucky rabbit's foot . . .)

Another Simple Centerpiece

Two simple pedestal cake plates, matched or unmatched, provide a unique platform. The elements are borrowed from what's already owned and from what nature is ready to contribute.

This I like . . .

The tablescape above is a suggestion from Better Homes and Gardens. Glass candle holders are used to elevate red metallic ornaments that sparkle with "NOEL". Many times, beautiful ornaments on a Christmas tree are upstaged by the competition. I like to showcase some of my favorites on top of a crystal goblet, vintage glass, or a charming collectible that will keep the ornament stable.

"Creativity is an endless journey
where we should always take the scenic route."
– Tim Holtz

With only 19 days until Christmas, I have been throwing my creative juices into the blender. I need to be a tad frugal this year, so I have been seeking inspiration online. Inevitably, I always find things that I like for me.

Tim Holtz Products

Papercrafting is a passion of mine and I have drawers and shelves of supplies to prove it. When I saw this Stamp Pad Case by Tim Holtz, my heart fluttered. My present storage method is unsatisfactory, and I've needed something accessible and portable. This would do the trick!

Tim is also featuring "The 12 Tags of Christmas" on his blog. Each day he demonstrates numerous stamping and papercrafting techniques to create eye catching Christmas tags. He is presently on day 6.

Dec 4, 2007


No one has ever become poor by giving.

— Anne Frank, diarist, 1929-1945

Giving presents is a talent: to know what a person wants, to know when and how to get it, to give it lovingly and well.
— Pamela Glenconner, writer, 1871-1928