Monday, 5 December 2016

The elf not on the shelf

If you have young children or you are American you will have heard of the Elf on the Shelf. If this is new to you this is a very sweet countdown to Christmas for little ones.  Elf and sometimes Lady Elf are sent down from Santa on 1st December to keep an eye on children to make sure they are being good before Christmas. They fly back to the North Pole every night to give Santa a briefing. They are magic and must not be touched but each night they get up to a bit of mischief and can be spotted in the morning in different parts of the house.
The Elf on the Shelf  design is based on the 1960s Christmas tree ones and I am lucky enough to own my own Nan's one, which hangs proudly on Old Choc each year. It's in brilliant condition considering it is over 50 years old.

I used to love seeing this hang on her tinsel 1960s tree...yes very "of its time"..😂 For me real trees have always ruled to roost. My Nan lived in a tiny flat so I think that's why she chose to have an artificial tree and anyway in the 60s kitsch was everything.

My daughter bought Daisy a boy and girl elf and I found some fun chipboard elf furniture on the internet which I decided to paint as a pressie. I bought a bed and a chair and they arrived flat packed and unpainted.

Out came my DecoArt media paints and I painted them to make them look wooden using lots of layers and brush strokes.

Here is the rocking chair 
and this is the bed. I added a painted wooden stocking with ribbon.

I bought some festive material and my darling Mum ran up a little bedspread and pillow and here it is completed.

All ready for the elves.
On 1st December this is what Daisy found on the kitchen side when she woke up
with a sweet note from Santa
 and this is the mischief they got up to on day 2 ....such fun and Daisy is loving them.
She is coming to stay on Friday and Nanna has a few elf ideas for here ....;0)
I would like to enter my elf furniture into the following challenges;

A vintage journey winter magic
Rhedd's Creative spirit December
Simon says stamp Monday Christmas gifts
Emerald Creek Dares 1/3  winter wishes

My card today has to have some whimsical magic so it is a fairy one for me. This fairy has got caught in the snow but has her stocking all ready hung ;0)
My stamp is Lavinina. The die cut tree is a first outing for my Tim Holtz tree edge die. I used Frantage to create the snow.
I would like to enter my fairy card into the following challenges

The Butterfly Challenge December ( but fairies etc until the New Year)
Sparkles Christmas Christmas is coming
Simon Says Wednesday anything goes
Simon Says Work it Wednesday 1/3 use dies
Mod Squad 2/3 dimension
The Artistic Stamper 2/3 Christmas
Moving along with the times 1/3 anything goes with Christmas
Winter Wonderland 1/3 frame it or night scene mine is a night scene
Crafty Boots unltd Christmas
Let's craft and create 1/3 Christmas

The days are racing by and I have lots to get done still including making the crackers. Thanks for visiting and taking the time, at this very busy time of the year, to leave your kind comments.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Your furniture is wonderful Jane...and so are your elves. I bet daisy is thrilled about Christmas...and Grandma too...such a magical time. Lovely card you fit everything in at this busy time is beyond me!

  2. Oh my how exciting are the elves, I'm sure they were very happy to move in with Daisy...just look at their lovely bed and bedding!!! I see they found the wine ok. :)
    I remember having one on our tree when I was little, his knees tucked up inside his arms, I wonder where he went to!
    I love the little fairy's stocking too.
    Enjoy the rest of your week my friend,
    V x

  3. Hello dear Jane,

    You are the BEST Nana in the world!
    Love the furniture and blanket you've made for Daisy!
    Your card is gorgeous, look at that shading! DIVINE!!


  4. Beautiful Christmas Card!
    I gave my daughter the Elf on the Shelf book and Elf when her kids were very small - maybe even 16 years ago. All I know is that every year they put the Elf someplace different in their house on Christmas Eve. What fun.
    Sandy xx

  5. Gosh I remember these elves but my brother and I just thought they were ugly and my mom had no clu that she was supposed to move them are had every day. I think we would have been freaked out:) I your card because it brought to mind the dance of the sugar plum fairy. It is really pretty

  6. What a lovely story you have told - those elves sure are cute. Such a stunning card very eye catching. Thanks for joining Lets craft and create!

  7. Your Elf furniture is adorable, well done. The wood effect looks wonderful and I love the bedspread and pillow.

    Your card is fabulous too, I love the idea that fairies also have stockings on Christmas Eve. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  8. You're going to have so much fun with Daisy during this time.. she is the perfect age for all the magic and fun. Your furniture and decorations came out wonderful. Enjoy!!

    *H*A*P*P*Y* * *H*O*L*I*D*A*Y*S*!*!*!*

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  9. I'm sure the tricks of your elves will delight this Christmas.Thank you forlinking to Rhedd's Creative Spirit this December.

  10. Love your magical card with the Lavinia fairy. She is one of the stamps I have too. I love the addition of the stocking. Can I swap my Pesky Elves for yours please. Mine are driving me insane! Thankyou for fluttering by my challenge. hugs Mrs A.

  11. How adorable! Thanks for taking the challenge with us at the <a href="”>Mod Squad Challenge</a>

  12. I hadnt heard of this until a friend started it for her two little boys. Love it! Hoping to do the same for my Grandson in a year or so when he can understand. Somehow think the adults have all the fun thinking up mischievousness for the elves though! Jane x

  13. Dear Jane,

    These elves are new to me, but what a wonderful idea! I think I need to "steal" the idea and use some other figure to hide&seek for the last weeks of countdowning. Thank you so so much for sharing! And those furniture you put together... too cute!

    Happy December days, happy countdowning!


  14. oh how wonderful Jane - I wish my two were younger then I could do this too - such fun! Hugs Rachel - love the furniture too - and the card! Hugs rachel x

  15. Gorgeous card Jane! The image and textures are lovely, & I love the elf furniture.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  16. I have never heard the story of the Elves and at my age you would of thought I had, so I was delighted to read your post.
    Loving the chair and bed with its gorgeous bedding..and the lovely letter to Daisy..such a magical time of the year for the little ones...
    Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge this week at Rhedd's Creative Spirit..x

  17. What a beautiful card Jane. That image is so magical and I love how you made a glowing moon around her! I've never heard of this 'elf on the shelf' tradition before, but it sure sounds like a fun thing to do when you have kids or grandkids. Daisy must run around like crazy every morning to see what mischief they got into!! How fun!! Love the bed and chair, all things miniature are such fun! hugs :)

  18. This is so fun, Jane. The furniture looks amazing and all the cute elves. They are so sweet. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  19. These are wonderful Jane! I am jealous, lucky girl getting them and they are sensational too x

  20. Jane, this furniture set is adorable! What a lovely little tradition to start with Daisy! I bet she is so excited to get up every day to see what mischief they have been up to! Your card is indeed magical; I love that fairy dust!

    EOS is quite popular here, and we have 'played' our own version of it for years with a soap carved into the shape of an gnome my first boyfriend's mother gave me over 30 years ago! Somehow it ended up getting a little frisky last year, and the gnome got chipped. Sadface. Too, as a side note, I just picked up a bag full of those sweet little sixties elf ornaments as well as 3 older shelf sitters at an estate sale. I can't wait to put them on my tree!

    I want to thank you for entering your elf furniture into our Winter Wishes challenge at Emerald Creek Dares, but I don't see why they both can't be considered as an entry! Love them both! Hugs! Sara Emily DT

  21. lol you really have made the elves this year so very welcome - fabulous. Thank you for sharing with us over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month and hope to see you again in future challenges.

    Handcrafted by Ellapu
    Mother Hen for Altered Eclectics
    Mother Hen for Eclectic Ellapu
    DT Rhedd's Creative Spirit

  22. Saw this at Simon Says Monday and wanted to come by to say HOW COOL!

  23. Hi Jane, I'm sure Daisy loves spotting that elf every morning. We always had an elf on our Christmas tree. (here in America) But my parents did not have "an elf on the shelf". I think, it's a bit newer tradition. Beautiful fairy card. See you here and on IG.
    Anne D.T. xx

  24. Love the whimsical magic of your card and wow your little bed and chair are fantastic, love the wood effect. Loved reading your post. Thanks so much for joining in A Vintage Journey Challenge. Tracy x

  25. Hi Jane. The furniture has worked really well, it looks fab. Elf on the shelf arrived here a bit late for my two, but I always enjoy the 'situations they end up in on my friends FB photos. I have no doubt you'll have some great inventive ideas and Daisy will love every minute!

  26. Beautiful!! Thank you so much for joining us at Let's Craft and Create :)


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