Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on November 18, 1970 · Page 39
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 39

Carroll, Iowa
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Wednesday, November 18, 1970
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It's Easy to Make Pretty Packages for Holiday By Jewel Tooley I (Staff Writer) What is Christmas? It's the celebration of the birthday of Christ. It's also— Candy canes Holly garlands Red Candles Ice Skates Santa Claus Tinsel on trees Merry greetings Antlers on reindeer Shining stars. Christmas also is love, thoughtfulness and best wishes wrapped up in a pretty package. And it's so easy to make pretty packages by taking a little care in the way they are wrapped and using a little ingenuity in tying or decorating them. One of the main points to remember in package wrapping is "Keep it Neat". No matter what type of paper is used, be it tissue paper, ordinary gift- wrapping or fancy foil, if it is cut to the proper size, folded carefully with cut edges folded under, and the edges securely held with ribbon, stickers or tape, a package is apt to look neat. Having the gift in a box Is helpful but not necessary. Paper sacks, metal cans or cardboard cylinders also can be covered and trimmed in an attractive manner — that's where ingenuity comes in handy. A wide variety of gummed stickers, handmade cutouts of paper, felt or foil often dress up a package wrapped in a solid color or white paper. These may be elaborate or simple, depend- ing upon one's time, talent and imagination. Tiny red felt mittens are among the more simple cut-outs which even a child can do. A pre-holiday session with scissors, felt, glue, beads, sequins, glitter and ribbons is time well-spent when the result is an assortment of package trims ready for use when Christmas gift wrapping is being done. Ribbons and bows are always favorite finishing touches on packages. Here again, these may be simple or elaborate. The Carroll County Extension Service has offered several suggestions for working with ribbon. To make a flat bow, using Satintone ribbon, make a series of straight loops, the largest pair first and decreasing evenly. Tie narrow strip around the center in first part of surgeons' knot. Fold center edges down, pull narrow ends tight and complete knot. Open loops by inserting finger or pencil in loops near center tie and lifting up and toward center. A yard and a half of lV4-inch ribbon is needed for an 8'^-inch bow. A poinsettia can be fashioned from 30 inches of 1'/4-inch Satintone as follows: Fold five 6-inch pieces of I'/i-inch width, four for petals, one for leaves. Cut in petal and leaf shapes. Moisten center of one pair of petals, attach to second pair; add third and fourth. Fold leaf on angle, moisten and stick to back of flower. Cut disc for enter, moisten and attach. Moisten back of poinsettia to attach to box band. For a folded flower, join four pairs of petals as for poinsettia. Moisten tips of top four petals, fold to center top and stick. Repeat with other four petals. Add two or four leaves. Dot center with rubber cement, add glitter or tiny "snips" of ribbon. A 9-inch formal bow may be made using 2Vt yards of l'/4- inch Satintone. Make longest figure-8 loop first to desired bow size. Add four more loops on top of first one, decreasing in size. Tie narrow strip around center in first part of surgeons' knot, fold edges down tight and complete knot. For wreath shape, tie loops at center without folding; knot at edge. Slit Satintone makes attractive package trim. Just prick with a pin point, press point against working surface and draw ribbon against the pin. Pieces for slitting should be cut with parallel slanted ends and three inches longer than slit portion is to be, allowing 1! 2-inch unslit at. each end. To make a Christmas tree package decoration, cut and slil six G'/t-inch pieces of IVt- inch Satintone. Fold, "fan" slit portion until slanted ends form straight line. Moisten and stick together unslit portion. Build tree from bottom up: Fit two finished pieces side-by-side, moisten and stick where unslit portions overlap; add third piece. Use two pieces for next row, sticking them together, then attaching to upper edge of bottom row. Repeat with sixth piece for top of tree. Cut off points extending beyond sides of tree. Add small shoestring bow at top, "trunk" and bow at bottom. Mrs. Donald Tjaden Known for Yule Craft By Jewell Tooley (Staff Writer) Colorful Christmas stockings that Mrs. Donald Tjaden of Lake View fashioned of felt fabric for nieces and nephews in her family some 12 years ago were the beginning of a Christmas craft hobby which today is much more extensive than felt stockings and which reaches far beyond her own family. Donna Tjaden is well-known In this area as a talented craftswoman, and during the past ten years she has presented an average of three programs each fall, displaying many of her handmade articles and sharing her "know-how" with appreciative audiences. She appeared in Carroll in late October, and also gave a show here last year, inspiring many in her audiences to try their hands at creating similar objects of Yule art. Her hobby is sandwiclied between two careers — homemaker and school teacher. She and Mr. Tjaden, who is in the oil business at Lake View, have two sons, Rick, 13, and Scott, 11, and two daughters, JoAnn, 10, and Amy, 6. The children appreciate the things their mother creates and the younger ones often ask to take new ones to school to show their teachers and friends. This is Mrs. Tjaden's fifth year as a teacher at Wall Lake. In the mornings she teaches reading and language arts to first graders; in the afternoons she teaches kindergarten. She also is a student, taking night courses at Buena Vista College, Storm Lake. The articles in Mrs. Tjaden's display range .in size from tiny figures inside pill bottles .to large wall hangings, and vary in type from jolly Santas to angels and stately wise men. Each year she adds a few new pieces to replace those which may have been broken, given away or sold, and also to add new interest to her shows. Among this year's new creations is a white plush fabric snowman, complete with black hat and jaunty scarf about his neck, filled with some old pillow stuffing she had on hand. Another is a wooden shadow box in the shape of a slender triangle, resembling a church steeple. Backing the shelves is clear glass painted red and brown to give a stained glass effect. The wood is finished in olive antique rubbed with gold. Several angels from Mrs. Tjaden's collection are perched on the shelves. From glass telephone wire insulators, which many people now collect, Mrs. Tjaden has made attractive candle holders. As in marblecraft, the insulators were heated at 450 deglees for 45 minutes, then immersed in ice water, which gave the glass an all-over cracked appearance. (Sometimes the glass will break, Mrs. Tjaden explains, but that does not matter — it can be glued back together —Staff Photo CHRISTMAS CRAFT WORK is a hobby of Mrs. Donald Tjaden of Lake View, shown here with only a few of her many colorful and interesting creations. The burlap tree she holds is set over an empty container which can be filled with goodies for a gift. Burlap also is the main material of the wreath on the table. The jeweled Christmas tree standing against the wall is illuminated with miniature electric lights. Glass insulators were used to make the tall candleholder at right. The tall-hatted Santa is a deep red candle with whipped white wax trim. successfully.) She then glued two insulators together at the solid ends. In the hollow of the top insulator she inserted another smaller one to hold a red candle. Artificial greenery and tiny Christmas fruits around the base of the candle added a festive touch. The same process was used in making another holder from two insulators which were blue- green in color. A cluster of plas- tic grapes in related colors cas caded from the top instead o a candle. Such an arrangemen could be used at any time o the year. Some of Mrs. Tjaden's Yule creations are lighted. A large angel mounted on stained wood for example, has a halo o miniature lights. A potted poin settia plant fashioned of chenille "bugs" features a Christmas tree light in the center of each TO GO IN SNOW 4-PIY NYLON CORD BRAND NEW "SURE-GRIP DT SNOW TIRES xZj€ m BUILT DEEP TO BITE DEEP! Size 7.00 x 13, 6.96 x 14 or 5.60 x 15 tubeless blackwatt plus tl.75 to $1.94 Fed. Ex. Tax per Ur« and aid tires • Full four ply • Triple-tempered nylou cord construction • Double shoulder cleats for grip and go Tires installed free. Tubeless tire valves available at small extra charge. 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USE OUR RAIN CHECK PROGRAM Because of an expected heavy demand far Goodyear tires, we may run out of some sizes during this offer, but we will be happy to order your size tire at the advertised price and Issue tU ' e (U " (wry 8f *• BEST OF 'THE GREAT SONGS OF CHRISTMAS" Make the sound of Christmas come alive witn Cooilyear's annual Christmas Record, Album features Andy WU« Mama, Petula Clark, Barbra Streisand, Ray Coi* i uiff, and many otter outstanding axUtts, Only AUL & WAYNE SKELLY SERVICE Hwy. 30 East — Ph. 792-9161 »»•+»•••••••»»»» Times Herald, Carroll, la Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1970 blossom. Especially beautiful and colorful are the jeweled Christmas trees she has made from discarded beads and other jewelry, as shadow box arrangements. One, on red velvet framed in gold, is illuminated by a single light bulb in back of the tree. Another, on green, features miniature lights scattered among the jewels. Lovely in its simplicity is a gold-trimmed ceramic ange which appears to float on a blue velvet background. The wooden flame also is done in white anc gold. Among some of the large pieces Mrs. Tjaden has mad is an angel of commercia papier-mache which could be used as a wall or door hang ing. About three feet high, th< angel has a masonite backing and the papier-mache is cov ered with "gesso" as a protec tive measure. Cording used for the angel's hair and trim on the wings and gowns is painted gold. A collection of Christmas items would seem incomplete without a "partridge in a pear tree". On a large piece o framed white velvet Mrs. Tja den has fashioned a gold bird perched on a branch of a dainty gold tree laden with colorfu ornamental pears. And then there are the three Wise Men who played important roles in the Christmas Story. Using golc heads for the kings, Mrs. Tjaden has made rich velvet robei for the figures which stanc about ten inches high. Among the many materials the Lake View hobbyist uses is burlap. Ujing 1% yard of off- white fabric cut into 6-inch strips and fringed, she has made an attractive wreath on a bent coathanger and trimmec it with Christmas balls and a big bow. Fringed burlap fastened in rows around a hollow cone-shaped base is trimmed with rows of ball fringe to make a Christmas tree. The tree is set on a burlap-covered coffee can which can be filled with candies, cookies or other holiday treats as a gift. She uses felt quite extensively for ornamental stockings, tree skirts, place mats, greeting card holders, door and wa hangings. She claims she is a "saver" at home, and finds uses for many commonplace items in her hobby work. Metal canning jfc rings, scraps of fabric, pwsttc lids, yarn, rick-rack bits of fancy trimming — al! such things are apt to be founc in the construction of some lovely Christmas objects. Ring openers on beverage cans, Mrs. Tjaden has fuond, make idea! hangers for plaques or pictures She uses them to hang some of her decoupage work. Where does she get her ideas? Many are original; many others are from magazines or books, others are suggested to her by friends. Christmas craft is a fun hobby for Donna Tjaden and can be fun for others, too. As one woman who had seen her display remarked, "Don't just sit there, ladies, rush right out and buy some burlap!" PREGNANT? RELAXI If the holidays come this year in the middle of pregnancy, give yourself a special gift. Treat yourself to a little extra time 'or rest and relaxation. Although you'll be able to shop, wrap packages, trim the tree and prepare holiday feasts, you may feel a little more tired than usual. Relax! CHRISTMAS TREE MULCH When the time comes to dispose of the Christmas tree, cooperative extension agents have i suggestion for those with lower gardens. Cut off the tree •ranches and place them over he perennials as a winter mulch. This can be done right ver the snow. YOUNG JIM AND MARGARET KRUSE look on as their mother, Mrs. Tom Kruse removes part of a candle from the mold. Mrs. Kruse began making —Staff Phot* candles about three years ago for gifts and her own use. Some of her most popular candles, featuring various colored plastic flowers embedded in white wax. are shown on the table. Noting 25th and Holiday? Then Rejoice! A silver service for that all- important 25th wedding anniversary is bound to be a wife pleaser, and most especially if the happy day comes during the Holidays. There's no more elegant way of completing a delectable meal than with the gleam of silver for serving coffee. The Design Studios of Oneida Silversmiths suggests that one of the nicest ways to present the service is to serve breakfast ... in highest style . . .using the gift service just for two. A small bouquet of fresh flowers (surely, red roses?) and crisp linen napkins complete the special surprise. The Silver Anniversary tradition goes back at least 250 years. In 1806, Anna Barbauld, a friend of Dr. Samuel Johnson, recorded that it was a general German custom for a husband to present his wife with a sterling silver wreath on their 25th wedding anniversary, and then to start saying towards a gold wreath to give her on their 50th anniversary. Though wreaths have gone out of vogue, the main present from the husband is often a silver tea service coordinated to the wife's sterling or silver-plate. This is coupled with the Silver Jubilee Celebration, one of the most festive and gala parties of them all, with friends and family invited to honor the couple at the invitation of the husband. Often, this party takes the place of the sig wedding that in war-time 25 years ago, might have been either impossible or impractical. Many war brides missed receiving their silver, too, so the traditional Silver Anniversary gifts are more welcome than ever. The coffee service chosen by Oneida is their newest hollo- ware pattern, called "Silver Artistry." Deeply embellished scrolls gracefully undulate in sweeping curves, separating a motif of roses and leaves. The lolloware has traditional melon haping, with fluting plains that enhance the deep gleam of the ilver-plate. Toys are the tools with which hildren learn. STARTING POINT The traditional Christmas tree is most often the starting point for holiday decorating. Many historians give Martin Luther credit for introducing the decorated evergreen to Christmas celebrations. Ever- greens were abundant in his native Germany, and it's said that during a walk on a snowy Christmas Eve, Luther became enchanted with the beauty of the trees and the star filled sky. He cut a small fir for his home and decorated it with candles to simulate stars. Seat Covers from Lahr's x A newly furnished car on the inside is almost like stepping into a new car. Don't put off what you've been going to do anyway. Take this Christmas to stop in and have your seat covers refinished. You'll find it's a Christmas gift the entire family will enj ,y. Christmas is the time to do something for the whole family. R | Stop in to see us today. * * I 1 i £ Lahr s Auto Trim 306 N. Main Phone 792-4446

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