Monday, November 14, 2011

Candy Land

Candy Land was my favorite board game as a little girl.
I loved the colors and style of the whole thing.
This summer when I was back home I found one in beautiful condition for only $2.
I have it in my studio just for pure inspiration. That being said, I have no idea why I did not get inspired by my beloved vintage game board but instead by the new Gap Kids Christmas commercial.
It is based on all things candy and the 1980's "I WANT CANDY" song.
As soon as I heard the music and saw the commercial, I knew this was the theme for my Christmas Tree I would decorate and donate to the Library.
Even as I headed out to get the supplies to start building this tree, I got in the car and the 80's station just started playing "I want candy"!!! There was no better sign that I was on the right track.
So a quick hit to target I went gathering supplies and BOOM the tree is complete.

I sat yesterday and made 75 ornaments, garlands and lollipops in total. All out of Cupcake liners.
Sewn together and stuffed with fiber fill. It really is an easy way to make homemade ornaments in just a few hours. Then you have a one of a kind tree.
Sorry the pictures aren't great, my iphone doesn't have a flash and I forgot my real camera.
But I love the way it looks in person.
It is hard to convey, the size and scrawniness of these 4ft trees. I love to fill and fill and fill
it to make it twice the size I start with.
I always keep the kids in mind when doing these trees every year. They are the ones who get a kick out of them and it means so much to them.
Tune in to see if it wins a ribbon on December 2 :)

And a special thank you to the person, you know who you are, that contacted me and offered to help with this tree. I really appreciate that you would take time out of your busy schedule and offer help even though we have never met. Now that is what I call Christmas spirit :)


Petite Michelle Louise said...

it turned out just AWESOME amy! AWESOME! i'm so proud of you AND you know i adore how "big" your heart is! the kids are going to LOVE it! you certainly know the "reason for the season!" ;)

Rhonda said...

Keep reminding us what this season is all about, okay? I think most of us get lost in the rush!

Love your candy will most certain be a hit with the kids!

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Oh Amy,
It turned out so beautifully!! I love the theme, it totally reminds me of Candy Land which I now play with my boys.
I think what you do for others is just amazing and I have the utmost respect and admiration for you!
Keeping my fingers crossed that the Candy Land tree whens a ribbon!

Lynn Richards said...

ooooh!!! Amy, this is just one gorgeous tree. It's an explosion of love and fun all mixed together. How on earth did you part with it? Brenna and I STILL play Candyland, we are pretty competitive at it. I used to bang my head on the wall that I have played it for so many years, but now it's a treasure to do with her!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I loved Candy Land, too. What a cute tree, and a neat theme for one...

Very festive!

Ricki Jill

saltbox treasures said...

What a wonderful idea for a tree. I played Candy Land many times with our daughters and had a Candy Land themed birthday party where they played a life-size game through the house with colored paper squares. It is still one of my favorite birthday parties. Your tree will be so enjoyed at the library.
I'm sorry to read about your allergies and the changes you have to make. Hope you are doing better.
~ Julie

Tanya from Dans le Townhouse said...

I love it! So fun & playful!

Gail said...

This tree is fun fun fun !!!!! The children will love it !
Gail x

Tattered & Timeless said...

All I can say is adorable. I loved that game too.

Jamie said...

I just started playing Candyland with my little one! So much fun!

spaark said...

Unbelievable! That is your tree? I thought you had taken pictures out of a mag. Goodness..I predict a ribbon coming your way. Must have been a hoot to make. Julie


OMG!!!!! LOVE! This is soooooooooooooooooo fun and brilliant!! :)