Friday, March 25, 2011

Little Things: Day 7

What a week! Thanks so much to everyone who has played along and answered the questions. It's been so much fun reading all the comments! Over the next few days, winners of the second half of the week will be announced, so keep your eyes peeled...you might be a winner!

Today has two LITTLE THINGS: scallop scissors and dimensionals. I know, I know. Scallop scissors are so old school, so boring, so out of style. But when you use them to round the corners of a raised panel and/or the card base, you get a very subtle yet oh-so-nice rounded edge that can make a huge difference on CAS cards.



By using little snips of SU dimensionals (the best I've ever used) to pop individual flowers and by using the scissors to snip the corners, this very CAS card is so much more finished-looking!

And yes, I did use Smooch in the centers of the flowers for a little flat bling. The branch and flowers are from PTI's Out on a Limb set, and the sentiment is from a limited edition Thank You set from Clear and Simple Stamps.

Today's give-away will go to two lucky winners. Each will get a pair of Fiskars scallop scissors and a package of SU dimensionals. Please note that I have ordered the dimensionals and will not mail these prizes out until my order comes in. To enter this drawing, please leave a comment on this blog post. Email entries will not be included in the drawing.

Scallop Scissors and Dimensionals Give-Away Question
Share a fun LITTLE THING that resides on a shelf in your home. It can be anything...a book, knick-knack, photo, game, CD, candle, food, towel, trophy, iPod dock, whatever. As I'm typing this, I noticed the Inukshuk that George and I brought home from our 20th anniversary trip to British Columbia. It's such a cute statue...even has a belly button!

85 comments:

  1. I have a looooong shelf in my craft room where I put up some of my most recent paintings/artwork, and in the corner is a little polymer clay sculpture I made of a victrola record player!

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  2. I have one special thing (among many). This is a jigsaw puzzle that has been made out of a postage stamp... 12 miniature pieces stored in a matchbox...such craftsmanship - a special gift from a special friend. Paper Doll

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  3. On a shelf in the guest bath is tiny teapot given to me by a friend years ago. It always makes me smile & think of her when I see it, especially since we now live in different states.

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  4. I don't know if this counts, but we keep a sticky note on our fridge from our mail carrier that says "I love your porch!" Makes me smile every time I see it.
    Kegbo

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  5. We had a chess tournament at our house for just the 4 of us in our family. My son ran it and my daugher made medals for everyone. I have my 2nd place medal proudly pinned to the wall near my craft area.

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  6. It's a book. I wanted to make a cookbook of our favorite family recipes and got my family involved in creating it. We paired each recipe with a family picture that followed it's theme. For Homemade Ice Cream, we used the picture of my son cranking the handle of the ice cream maker. The meat dishes had the kids showing cattle or hogs from 4-H. My daughter designed the pages using Photoshop. We gave many copies away for Christmas gifts about 3 years ago.

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  7. Um...I have a Dwight Schrute bobblehead tucked into our bookcase in the living room. It was a Valentine's Day gift a few years ago, and I absolutely love it!

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  8. Beautiful card.
    I have lots of little odd things on my shelves. We have a very cute paper panda which I made with the boys last year that I'm very proud of.

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  9. I have a little plastic man (about 2" high) that lives on my kitchen windowsill .... he's baldy and smiling ... and looks EXACTLY like my Dad! Makes me smile every time I notice it!
    Beautiful card BTW, those popped up blossoms are soooo pretty

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  10. Have loved your "Little Things" questions and really have enjoyed reading the answers all week. My Little Thing is just one of many favorites on our shelves, but here's what it is. A black bowl with white speckles that is filled with beautiful eggs. Many, many years ago I sang a duet with a gentleman from our Church at the funeral of another member's husband. The widow generously made this bowl of eggs as payment for singing from real, blown-out eggs, covered with gorgeous Japanese Washi paper. They have a shiny coat of something on top of the paper to preserve them. I used to put them out only at Easter but since moving to Illinois 9 years ago, they have a permanent place on a shelf in our hutch. You can see samples of the paper, here: http://www.paperstudio.com/catalog2.php?category=%20Chiyogami%2C%20Yuzen%2C%20Washi%20Japanese%20Paper

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  11. I have a framed photo of DH and I from our hotel window in Florence Italy. Always makes me smile when I remember that trip.

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  12. Everything is changing regularly on the shelves but there is a doll, a toy cart, printed and assembled by my son who is always there maybe because it is very funny. Depending on how you look it seems that the volume of the head changes from flat to three dimensional. It is a strange thing, but a lot of attention. As that beautiful card today. Overlapping flowers make it special.

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  13. I like rocks - round, "soft", pretty rocks. They need to fit in your hand smoothly. And they need to have a special visual attraction also. My son went to college at Oswego, so for one Mother's Day he came home with several "special" rocks. These are on my shelf displayed very proudly and are very cherished.

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  14. my favorite "little thing"is a shepherd boy from my dad's nativity set when he was a little boy - it's about 3" tall - very worn - about 100 yrs. old.

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  15. I love your card, you make it look so easy to to CAS cards. My favorite little thing is a duck paper towel holder that my now 30 year old son gave to me when he was in 2nd grade. They had a Christmas store one year where they could go and by things for a few dollars.

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  16. I have the ceramic snake my son made in school - because it was the only kind of snake every allowed in my house - sitting on a shelf over my sink.

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  17. That is such a pretty card, clean and fresh, and uncluttered. I love it,

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  18. One of my favorite little things on my shelf is a small, gorgeous, very detailed windmill sculpture that we brought back from The Netherlands. We honeymooned there almost 10 years ago. Needless to say it was a very special time, and a great memory!

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  19. I have a tiny little race car with pins holding on button wheels that my grandpa whittled for me many years ago.

    Thanks for such a nice week.

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  20. Natalie WintersteinMarch 26, 2011 at 8:12 AM

    I love my "unfashionable" scissors! Lol. I would appreciate you doing a video or picture tutorial of how you cut your corners with scallop scissors. I am apparently a little slow (ha ha) and tried this and ended up with wonky looking corners. Are there different sizes of scallop scissors? Would that make a difference?

    My "little thing" on a shelf is a cute little metal (iron? not sure) Herbie Husker statue that I picked up years ago and love! He is the mascot for the University of Nebraska and he makes me smile! :)

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  21. Oh, I love the dimension you added to this card! It really makes it pop!Beautiful branch!Do you remember how Avon bubble bath used to come in cute little character containers? The head would screw off so you could pour some out? I have a Siamese cat bottle that belonged to my great aunt. She also had two Siamese cats that roamed around her house when we visited. She is gone now, but this cat on my shelf reminds me of her. :)

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  22. This is so pretty and it looks like Washington DC at cherry blossom time, if a simple card can evoke that kind of emotion you know you have a winner. :) On the shelf, i had to think if I had a shelf anywhere, well, I kind of sort of do and I have three home made tiles from Mexico hanging vertically on a wrought iron hanger holder thingey in the Dining room. Makes me think of sunshine all dreary winter long.

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  23. Like your pretty branch card-looks so springy!

    On my computer tower sits a little computer angel. I used to collect angels and this one fits right in.

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  24. I have a little ceramic teapot that an Aunt gave me over 30 years ago. They lived in California and had traveled cross country in a motor home and stopped by our house in South Georgia. She gave me the teapot and I have since kept it out on a shelf at the various places we have lived. She is 94 and still pretty strong willed and sassy ...

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  25. Beautiful card, Susan!! You are right the little
    touches like popping up the flowers and the
    rounded corners, really do add so much to your
    card. One little thing on my shelf that has a
    big meaning for me is a picture of my father.

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  26. I have this little cow figurine that my mom had painted to look like my first 4-H dairy project. Her name was Candy and I loved her (like a pet).

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  27. I have a little ceramic elephant. It's really kind of butt-ugly, more realistic than cute; but I remember it on my grandma's knick-knack shelf for as far back as I can remember. Just knowing that it's been around for longer than me and survived living on the farm with 9 kids and uncounted grandkids managing not to knock it down & break it makes me smile.

    PS - if I'm the random winner here, please bless someone else with the prize. I already have more Fiskars decorative scissors than any sane person would admit to, as well as a stash of the SU dimensionals (you're right - they are better than any others out there).

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  28. I mostly decorate the shelf with hand made cards but I have a pair of crystal feng shui tortoise which was a wedding gift from one of my dear friends that gives me immense pleasure.

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  29. i have a single red rose that my oldest son gave me for my birthday one year. he's now moved out and married to a wonderful woman. he now brings her flowers (as it should be!).

    love the card!

    jackie from MO

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  30. beautiful card! one of my favorite little things is a small navajo wedding vase that was given to me shortly after i got married.

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  31. Such a spring-y card - like Cherry blossoms. I love my 4 inch crystal bud vase. It is a gift from two former supervisors when they hired me. I had been a temporary employee greeting all the other candidates as they came in to interview and waited weeks for a decision to be made. We are all retired now and still keep in touch.

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  32. Love your card. I have a little dutch windmill salt shaker from my grandmother that is my favorite thing.

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  33. This card is just so cute!
    I have candles on almost every shelf in my little apartment... ;-)

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  34. The little thing that came to mind is a pair of miniature teapots sitting on a decorative shelf in my kitchen. They are so sweet!

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  35. my little thing sitting on a shelf is a wooden sign that says HAND DID STUFF-i do some craft shows and when i saw the sign it made me smile, had to have it!
    linda patti tpatti@windstream.net

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  36. Oh yes, we have alot of funny things on our shelves, my husband and friends are great at exchanging goofy gifts. One of the best is a minitures ladies leg lamp like the one on the Christmas Story. It is about 24 inches tall and my husband loves it.

    Karen
    Krenmp1@hotmail.com

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  37. Beautiful card. I've always wanted that On a Limb PTI set, but never got it because I have the Just Vine SU set that is so similar. But everytime I see a Limb card it gets me! And yes, I DO think the SU dimensionals are the best! They don't pop as high, and are just more subtle than others I've used. As for the "thing," mine is a 3" high crystal figure of a mom holding a little baby. I've had it forever, and it signifies my kids, and my grands, and it's a cheap little thing I'll never part with!

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  38. We have a beautiful New Zealand koru that some friends gave us as a parting gift from NZ, that unfortunately broke on our travels, but still holds a special place on our shelf and our thoughts.

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  39. I am wondering if you ever use a corner rounder. I bought this little cheap gizmo and it makes the most wonderful rounded corners -- and they are even unlike the ones I do with scissors.
    A favorite little thing is a cat shaped ring holder from Mexico -- the tail sticks up in the air and that's where you slip your rings. Its bright colors remind me of taking winter vacations to get warm!

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  40. I have a little Reptar figure that sits on my desk by my computer. He makes noise and flashes fire when you roll him. My kids and I were so into "Rugrats" for so many years :) We especially love the "Reptar on Ice" episode. Now that the kids are 20 and 23, it reminds me of gentler, easier times. I love today's card and would like to see pics of how you round those corners with scissors. <3

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  41. Love the pink card...perfect for Easter or Mother's Day. I have a small ceramic bowl on the mantel that my daughter made in junior high.

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  42. What a beautiful card! I couldn't agree more about how great dimensionals are and I also agree that rounding a corner or corners on a CAS card can have a huge impact.

    On a shelf in my bedroom, I have a pint sized clear glass jar with a latching lid that is decorated with dimensional stickers. Inside the jar is some irridescent confetti and a typed list of things that my daughter loves about me. It was my mother's day present from 2 years ago that she made a daycare. The daycare provider interviewed all 6 girls and typed out their words to include in each jar. It's a perfect snapshot of her thoughts at 3 years old.

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  43. Thank you Susan for a wonderful week of getting to know each other through our 'small things'. I have so many things on my shelves, old and new, a clock that was my great-grands, and I have grands of my own, and this years school photo's of them. I really must unclutter, would it help make my cards more Simplistic? Thanks again...rhea

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  44. lots of pictures of my family :)

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  45. Lovely, elegant card! A fun thing on our shelf is a frog with a stick through it that we brought back from Egypt. By rubbing the stick over the back of the frog, it makes frog sounds. The grandees love it!

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  46. We have a large cloisonne vase that belonged to my husband's grandparents. It has been through a fire but still looks lovely by our fireplace.

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  47. I bought a crystal piece with a Tinkerbell design etched in it. It sits on a mirrored stand that revolves and lights up. Bought it years ago when I was visiting my Mom at a gift shop near her house.
    DeniseB

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  48. I love penguins and my favorite figurine is that of a mother and baby penguin "cuddling."

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  49. What a beautiful card! And I'm glad to hear you've visited my home province of British Columbia!

    I have a sweet china vase about 8" high that I was given as a tiny child - it's shaped like an old hollow tree trunk with two steps going up to a door on the trunk and a small white rabbit standing on the steps about to enter his home in the tree trunk. It always reminds me of being a little girl.

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  50. I have a shelf around my kitchen above the cupboards and I collect cobalt and milkglass bottles and vases. I love to look up and see them. I just started my collection so there aren't many but I use them too for flowers. I have a favorite and it is a milk bottle I got recently. It's just perfect!

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  51. Lovely card! I love using dimensionals--they just add that little perfect touch!

    Someone framed our wedding invitation with beautiful pressed flowers. It's on a shelf and I smile every time I look at it.

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  52. Oh dear. I have so many things on my shelves. I have to say my current favorite is something my mom made for me. She has taken up making little animals out of socks. I know, sounds strange but they are soooo cute! She made me a white mouse and he is the cutest thing! It also has to be the softest sock known to man! He's been in residence about a week and each time I pass him, I can not resist reaching out and giving his a little pat.

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  53. This is the easiest question yet - and the answer is SHEEP! Almost every shelf in my house has a sheep on it somewhere, and I have a few leftovers that sit in my 2 display cabinets.

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  54. Your card is lovely.
    I have many angel ornaments on my shelves that I've received over the years and I treasure them all.

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  55. This card is stunning! I will CASE it in the near future!!

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  56. I will descirbe the things on the top shelf of a little cabinet in my studio. A 8x10 cross stitch picture of a chair surrounded by plants. Two glass apothacary jars. One is filled with spools of silk thread (my grandma's). The other is filled with spools of machine embriodery thread. Both are very colorful. And there are two little clown dolls with ceramic faces I found at a garage sale for $1 a piece. There is probably some dust on there too. I should have paid more attentin to the house cleaning comments. LOL Its been a fun week.

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  57. i have a cute sand-in-bottle timer in my bookshelf. Has been around for five years. just adore it.

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  58. My favorite item on a shelf is our last family picture. It's different because we're all laughing. It was just so much fun and makes me smile every time I look at it.

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  59. My favorite shelf thing is a cross-stitched piece with bears hugging and it says "Hug often, Love well" on it. My husband taught himself to cross-stitch and made this for me before we were married at a time when we were living a few states apart. I had been cross-stitching for years and made him a few small things throughout our "courtship" so he decided to return the favor.

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  60. Love the pop-up dimensions of this delightful card! My favorite little thing on my shelf is a shadow box that I created with all the trinkets of souvenirs from our Paris trip. The little things do not have to be expensive, but it is oh...so priceless :)

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  61. Your card is stunning. My most treasured little thing is a framed note from my dear grand daughter saying 'I'll always love you. Shanna'. She thought I was being silly when I framed it but it became even more cherished when only weeks later she passed away. Blessings Bernie

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  62. I do have some scissors like that too! Well we don't have many shelves but what we do have are covered in photos of family... especially my grandson, Logan!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

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  63. Love the results of those scallop scissors you use! I never used to be a nik-nak sort of person but it seems to have creeped up on me over the years. Hard to choose, but I have this tiny little kitty, about 5-6 inches, that sleeps on a shelf. She is darling, covered in fur and looks very realistic.
    I have enjoyed the little things week and you have opened my eyes to much around the house that I seem to take for granted and overlook as time goes by - thank you for this little thing that has brightened my week!
    Lura

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  64. My favorite things are tiny antique medicine bottles found at a flea market. They bring back great memories of a very special vacation. Lisa.

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  65. Haven't used my scalloped scissors for a long time. Time to dust them off and do some experimenting. I too love the SU dimentionals.
    My favorite shelf sitters are family pictures, one back as far as 1942. Ruth V

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  66. I have a little wooden angel that my parents brought back for me from a Christmas market in Germany many years ago. They have been dead over 20 years so the angel is extra-special.

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  67. I love looking at my 3 year old niece's pictures on my shelves! She is the best little girl ever!!! And soooo adorable!!! :)

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  68. I have several pairs of deco scissors, but not scallop ones! This is so gorgeous... The popped up blossoms adds so much wow to this very pretty card.
    On our kitchen shelves, we have a cookie jar, painted by our grandchildren to look like our late, lamented cat Jasper. How sweet is that? :)

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  69. SU! Dimensionals are my fav too!! Love them to death :)

    Im sitting right next to my bookshelves so there is a lot to choose from. But the thing that stands out most to me among all the books is my beautiful, brushed silver frame that has a very subtle "Together Forever" on the matte surrounding ont of my favorite weddings pictures in it. It makes me smail every day :)

    Thanks for the fun give-aways this week. You are my favorite blogger, I read every post!!

    ~Kelly

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  70. I have a collection of sea stars(Starfish)> I have 3 big ones and a glass bowl with miniature ones on my shelf. It reminds me of the treasures in our world and that each one is different like people.

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  71. I have so many little treasures that my children and grandchildren have given me but one of my favorites sits on a kitchen shelf so I see it every day. It is a little cat made out of clay that one of my now grown-up granddaughters made when she was very little. It brings back so many memories.

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  72. The very special little thing on my shelf is a picture of my first grandchild, a tiny little preemie, when she first came home from the hospital. She's now 12 years old and thriving!

    Bee Jay

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  73. I have one shelf that holds a book titled Kiss and a picture or me and my DH on our wedding day and one of my parents on their's.

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  74. I have a collection of rocks on my office windowsill form various walks that I have taken.

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  75. The newest little thing on my shelf is a doll that my mom just gave to me that her mother gave to her many years ago. She had crocheted the dress.

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  76. I have a tiny little glass poodle that I gave my Dad when I was about 10 yrs. old. Not sure why I thought he would like that for xmas - but he always kept it on a shelf in his den. I got it back after he passed away and now I keep it on a shelf in my den - it always brings back good memories of him when I see it and it always makes me smile.

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  77. Lovely card - I need to learn how to use my scallop scissors like this (so far no luck).
    My favorite little thing is quite tiny - it's a little wind-up horse on wheels, about 1" long, that I bought way back when I was in high school. It's just so darn cute, and I love that the back wheels are a little wonky.

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  78. I have a clock on my stamp room shelf that plays Christmas music on the hour. I smile each time I hear it play.....simple pleasures.

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  79. The little thing that resides on the shelf in my home is my wedding photograph in a crystal heart shaped frame.

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  80. I have a tiny Hummel angel that was given to me by a co-worker and friend who has since passed away. I keep it on a shelf over my desk.

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  81. We have a beautiful Chinese cloisonne` dragon sitting on a shelf in our living room. My husband brought it home from one of his trips to China.

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  82. the subtle corners of this card makes me wonder what I ever did with my scallop scissors... wonder if I can find them?!?! :)

    currently one of my favorite little things on my shelf is cupcake liner flowerpots made by 2 of my little girls in Sunday School!!

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  83. My little thing on my desk would be a teeny tiny handmade Tsunamika doll- given to me by my friend after the Dec 2004 tsunami.

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  84. A fun LITTLE THING that resides on a shelf in my home is a 5 inch battery-operated hampster standing up on his hind legs holding a baton on a string. When you press his paw he sings the Kung Fu Song and the baton swirls.... never fails to put a huge grin on my face!

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  85. That is a wonderful card, I will be trying something simular tonight.

    On my mantle is the little ceramic dog head that my Grandpa placed his glasses on every night. It is silly, matches nothing and I love it the best.

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