View Full Version : Pre-Christmas-a-thon on December 5-8

10-22-2013, 02:06 AM
I have hosted an a-thon on Finnish independence day weekend several times. And I'm going to do it also this year. So we'll have an a-thon on December 5-8. It is a good time to make Christmas cards because most of us do not make them after the Christmas.

If you do live near enough (define the word "near" yourself), you are welcome to craft to my home on that weekend.

10-22-2013, 02:08 AM
hmmmm - I think I might just a little too far away - but I will certainly be making art!!!

10-22-2013, 01:42 PM
I hope to play! :)

10-24-2013, 01:51 PM
Same here. :)

10-24-2013, 02:10 PM
I'm glad you're feeling good enough to have company. Wish I was near enough.....I'd definitely come!

10-24-2013, 02:41 PM
Great! Im already in a "Winter Mode" ***LOL***

10-24-2013, 02:53 PM
So tempting to hop on a plane and art together!! But as that may use up my budget for new craftsupplies for like 2 years ;-) I'll join in from my own hobby room I think hehehe.

10-25-2013, 05:11 AM
Great! Im already in a "Winter Mode" ***LOL***
Lovely Evy!!!

10-25-2013, 05:12 AM
If I am in the country (maybe visiting my grandchildren in Belfast???) I will be participating!

10-25-2013, 01:49 PM
Great! Im already in a "Winter Mode" ***LOL***

Oh I like these!

10-27-2013, 09:45 PM
I'll try to be here too. Will be borrowing some Xmas stamps from my niece later today.

10-28-2013, 11:06 AM
I'll send invitations later and will create an official thread some days before the game is starting.

11-03-2013, 12:30 PM
As I expected...we will be in Belfast, and not able to play in the athon. Can not say I am sorry. as I will be able to hug my granddaughters for the first time since last August.

11-03-2013, 01:20 PM
This may be my last a-thon in Finland :).

11-03-2013, 02:56 PM
Ohh Sanna where are you heading??

11-03-2013, 02:59 PM
I'm moving to Estonia and will work there the ftrst months of the year 2014.

11-03-2013, 04:09 PM
wow Sanna - big changes - looking forward to this a-thon

Just Ducky
11-03-2013, 04:52 PM
WOW Sanna, you need to start laying out a trail of cookie crumbs for all of us to follow..
Estonia, I need to check my world map for this one..

and yes, I sure am planning on your Pre-Christmas weekend....

11-03-2013, 05:08 PM
Oh, congratulations, Sanna! Sounds exciting.

Miss M
11-04-2013, 08:33 AM
I think I will join everyone on this one too! (is an athon addiction after just one a bad thing? :wacko:)

11-04-2013, 08:46 AM
Join the club Maria!

11-04-2013, 10:51 PM
I am not really sure I understand what an a-thon is but I am intrigued and sooo willing to play!!

11-05-2013, 03:56 AM
mcgillisj, the main idea is to make art during the days and post and trade your cards. So welcome, we need always new players :).

Wil Opio Oguta
11-08-2013, 07:19 AM
If I have time, I will join you all. My Christmas cards can use extra friends :-)

11-08-2013, 03:39 PM
I had hoped to play but I am so sorry that I will not be able to this time around. I'll be popping in to see all of the wonderful art everyone creates.

11-08-2013, 05:00 PM
I will definitely pop in, but I don't think I've ever made any Christmas art. :err: Not sure I'd be any good at it.

11-09-2013, 10:09 AM
Kristin, I hope everything goes well and we'll see you here soon.

11-10-2013, 08:02 AM
Nice, another Athon :) I will surely come to play! Been planning to make a christmas chunky book this year ...

11-11-2013, 12:29 AM
Can't miss an athon specially a Christmas one, But alas I won't be flying to finland to participate it will have to be from my craft room....

11-14-2013, 01:53 AM
Checking in. Hope to be here for the Athon.

11-14-2013, 02:39 AM
Checking in, also.....

11-14-2013, 08:38 PM
hmmmm.....if we can craft at your home that weekend.... are you offering a bed and breakfast too?

I will start the a-thon in Michigan on the 5th, as I am driving my mom home after Thanksgiving... Hopping on a plane to go back to FLA on the 6th... I will make ATCs on the plane... (no scissors!)... and end the a-thon in Florida.... I am not going to miss this! I had too much fun on the last one! I have only a couple left to finish up! I have a couple of packages to go into the mail for a couple of folks yet! (notice I said packages not envelopes...)

Does doing an A-Thon from Michigan thru to Florida mean I am addicted?

11-15-2013, 04:26 AM
hmmmm.....if we can craft at your home that weekend.... are you offering a bed and breakfast too?

Sure, B&B is available for two first :).

11-15-2013, 08:49 AM
smart!!! you know that if you wouldn't have said TWO, I would have shown up with 37 other ATC artists on your doorstep on the day of the a-thon......oh, well, there goes my surprise....

Just Ducky
11-16-2013, 10:55 PM
Sanna.. you know me and the duck will be here... sharpening up my scissors now..

KESagers... gonna miss you playing with us... but please come and check in on us...

11-17-2013, 04:07 AM
I have sent some invitations to them who haven't shown up in this thread yet. Hope we'll have many players :).

11-17-2013, 04:07 AM

11-17-2013, 06:13 AM
I am raring to go!!!!

11-17-2013, 10:33 AM
Thanks for the PM, Sanna!
I'll definitely be there, of course - can't fight the addiction! ;)

11-17-2013, 11:29 AM
I am hoping to be there...thanks for the invite, Sanna!

11-17-2013, 01:00 PM
Thanks for the invite Sanna, I am trying to limit my viewing of the Forums as I am still not sure of mailing timing and there are SO many wonderful swaps on offer - tempting, tempting. . .

I will be here with bells on (for the Christmas feeling :D)

11-17-2013, 01:06 PM
I will be there :) Thanks for invite

11-17-2013, 01:07 PM
These are wonderful :)

Great! Im already in a "Winter Mode" ***LOL***

11-17-2013, 01:21 PM
Evalila - you go girl !

Everyone else - let's do this ... thanks snisk !

btw - I have committed to join FLOOD the streets with art ... on black friday ... for more detaila ... check here https://www.facebook.com/events/555191127888779/

11-17-2013, 08:11 PM
I made my first art since the beginning of August today and got four cards worth swapping, so I'm planning to play!

11-18-2013, 01:39 AM
I would love to be involved but I see alot of sewing and baking in my forcast. See if I can find some recruits.....might get lucky, you never know which angel willl show up...

11-18-2013, 02:26 AM
Jean, good to see you here again :).

11-18-2013, 02:31 AM
Love Christmas! Would love to play ;)

11-18-2013, 06:23 AM
Jean, so good to read you are enjoying some creativity time again.

11-22-2013, 05:15 AM
glad to see you are up to some art Jean - take care

i really want to find some christmas zombie paper dolls like my Halloween ones - my have to improvise!!!

Just Ducky
11-25-2013, 10:22 PM
sure glad I looked at a December calendar today... I was thinking the thon started on the 8th... dah..... party would have been over when I showed up...
going to dig around this week and find my Christmas stuff...

Jonquil.... Christmas zombie ??? now this does sound snarky....:confused:

11-25-2013, 11:57 PM
Sounds Green and Red to me. Just like Christmas.

11-26-2013, 12:06 AM
When does it start Sniisk as I am not sure either - I had the 8th in my mind too....
AND are we allowed to have a bartender please please please...LOL

OH And a candy mistress of course!!!

11-26-2013, 12:56 AM
Ooo... a Sweets Counter. Will there be a bartender for that?

11-26-2013, 02:50 AM
we start on the 5th if I'm not mistaken - my order of christmas wash tape arrived this afternoon - 20 rolls of it!!!!! might make some trees, bells, angels & ornaments like I did for the washi tape swap - lots of fun

11-26-2013, 04:40 AM
This a-thon is on December 5-8 as it says in the header and in the first post :).

11-26-2013, 08:19 AM
Thanks Sniisk and others... Um I did go read that first post and don't know how I got the 8th in my mind... BUT will now be here on the 5th...hmmmm

11-26-2013, 01:39 PM
we start on the 5th if I'm not mistaken - my order of christmas wash tape arrived this afternoon - 20 rolls of it!!!!! might make some trees, bells, angels & ornaments like I did for the washi tape swap - lots of fun
Jonquil, I haven't seen that much washi tape ever...........the only tape we can get here is so boring that I went online and found out how to make my own. I now have a lovely collection in the colours I like to use LOL.

I used masking tape as the base and painted and stamped. Some I tossed in the bin as the colours didn't work but overall I was pleased with the result.

11-26-2013, 06:33 PM
Here is some inspiration - used my new washi tape (well one of them anyway!!)


11-26-2013, 09:49 PM
we should have had a quick athon over our long weekend here in the US.............

11-27-2013, 09:09 PM
I'll be creating, green and red, here I come. Maybe a hot toddy will bring us all some cheer.

11-27-2013, 10:23 PM
have never had a hot toddy - so I will be looking forward to a taste!!!!

Miss M
11-27-2013, 10:37 PM
It's actually pretty good! That hot water sure makes the brandy have a good kick! LOL

11-28-2013, 05:11 AM

Here you go barkeep - i rather like the last link - there are 100 christmas cocktails - some have slightly risqu names - but I do think that the 'Drunken Elf' or the 'Down Under Snowball' or the 'Sugar Cookie' could be winners!!!

Miss M
11-28-2013, 09:19 AM
Thanks for the links! LOL

11-28-2013, 09:36 AM
Thanks Lisa. My husbands family always had eggnog. I love mulled wine or spiced wine.

11-29-2013, 07:19 PM
I'll join in the fun on the 5th! Its been a while since I marathoned.

11-30-2013, 02:19 AM
Get this recipe going now, so it is ready by the athon....

Vodka gummi bears

1 large pound bag of gummi bears
1 fifth of plain vodka
1 can frozen WHITE grape juice
1 large empty ice cream bucket or large covered containerday

Pour gummies into bucket. Cover with vodka. Put in fridge. STIR 4 to 5 times a day for 3 to 4 days. If you don't stir they will stick together in a huge lump. On day 3 or 4, when they have become very soft, pour the defrosted can of white grape juice in...with ONLY 1.5 cans of water, nNOT 3 cans . Stir let it sit a day and STIR. You can tranfer them into little individual portion cups or dishes and consume massive quantities....

11-30-2013, 08:23 AM
We don't have gummy bears here, I am thinking I will have to look for an alternative...LOL

Miss M
11-30-2013, 08:42 AM
what! no gummie bears? what kind of back country do you live in! LOL :biglaugh:

11-30-2013, 04:48 PM

Spirit Soul
12-01-2013, 10:13 PM
I've got a busy weekend in store but I will sure try!!

12-02-2013, 10:00 PM
Hanging for the 'Official' thread - am so ready to go - I love A-thons!!!!

12-02-2013, 10:26 PM

Just Ducky
12-02-2013, 11:30 PM
you and me too Jonquil.... and just finally found my box of Christmas stuff today... knew it was around here someplace...

so I just tapping my toes, waiting for our official thread... got to get the Christmas spirit moving or I gonna be in big trouble... got to think RED and GREEN...

12-03-2013, 12:19 AM
Hoping to play, but might just have time to check in on all the great art!

12-03-2013, 04:32 AM
The official thread will be published today in the evening (European time) or tomorrow morning. It will be ready when the most East part of the world can start :).

12-03-2013, 08:49 AM
Do we have to make Christmas themed ones for this athon?

12-03-2013, 09:16 AM
Tidbits, a-thons are very low-pressure and fun, and although there are often prompts or daily themes to get our creative juices flowing, you're never forced to use them! It's basically just a bunch of arty friends creating together what they want, and if you don't want to do Christmas, we'll be delighted to see what inspires you. :wubclub:
(Actually, there are tons of people worldwide who don't celebrate Christmas, so it would be like the opposite of the a-thon spirit to close out our non-Christian friends, right? :) )

12-03-2013, 07:28 PM
Oh, boy! I am at my mom's to start this athon...i just went thru a bunch of my moms Christmas stuff....and she has a bunch of stuff... I will be making my first buch with found stuff from mom's Chritmas junk......fun!

12-03-2013, 07:54 PM
On my radar. Unless something comes up (which is the name of the game lately with me...GR!), I'm hoping to play! ^^ Here's hoping my internet will obey my command and let me post art. If not, I'll have to upload everything on Sunday, and pray there's some awesome stuff left!

12-04-2013, 12:13 AM
I know that I would be happy to put things aside for you if your Internet is not working and you find cards of mine you like.

12-04-2013, 02:43 AM
Even if the name is "pre-Christmas"-a-thon, it doesn't mean that you need to make Christmas cards only :).

12-04-2013, 02:53 AM
Here is the official thread:

I have to work still some hours but will be home around 4pm (my time). Feel free to start ;).

12-04-2013, 09:35 AM
I know that I would be happy to put things aside for you if your Internet is not working and you find cards of mine you like.

Thanks Donna! <3