Remember how I said thought the Button Snowman might be my favorite, but it might also be tied with another of my homemade gift tags? Well, this is the one that is also my other favorite, the one I like to call O Holy Night. First, I LOVE that song. I always hear the Whiffenpoofs sing it in an episode of The West Wing, and I LOVE the majesty and the humbleness and the peace that I feel whenever I hear it. Oooh, I’m getting tingles just Googling and thinking about it!
While trying to work out this particular design, I knew I wanted the snow using ripped paper, and a gold star, but I also wanted a house. At first, I thought maybe I’d do a house with a tendril of smoke coming from the chimney in that “country cottage in the mountains” sort of way, but I didn’t know what to make the house out of. Fabric seemed too…garish. And loud. And how in the name of the crafting gods was I going to create “a tendril of smoke”?! Then, with all the toothpick crumbs left on my craft table, I thought why not use toothpicks? But I wasn’t going to Lincoln Log my way to a house that was only going to be a half inch high. And so, it became a manger. And the gift tag became O Holy Night.
So, with 1 toothpick, a bit of gold paper, a scrap of textured paper and some glue, I have a depiction of a clear, quiet night. A single star shines brightly on the night of the dear Savior’s birth.