Thursday, January 10, 2013


we've had this tradition in our family as long as i can remember.  this Christmas was no exception with the first one to mention...'OH.....WHERE'S THE PICKLE' in hopes to grab an extra gift.  you would think they'd look without 'reminding''THE SCRAMBLE BEGINS' to find the elusive cucumber. our little green ornament has been around the tree for a few yrs and has seen better days.  i  wish i'd taken a picture of its demise before retiring it into the circular file.  it did serve it's last purpose over this Christmas Eve, for one last time. broken and slightly dangerous for grabbing hands as i feared someone is gonna lose a finger!  

my daughter Jerri was the lucky one this year with her daughter looking on with envy. the others booing and jeering...(in the background).  me? just glad the tree survived 6 people trying to find a needle in a haystack!  and glad no-one got cut on that dang pickle!

and sooo, another year with a 'special memory' and each year arguing who won the year before.  but now what do i do now that we have no pickle?   is this the end?
gotta love the day after Christmas sales, which i say i'm never going to do, and last til about 1pm when i can't take it anymore and grab my coat/purse/keys and jump in the car. 
not too hard to figure out what i found on the clearance rack!  yup!  although our 'old' friend was much smaller, about 2 1/2" long (before the end was broken), the ones on the rack are the biggest ugliest pickles i ever did see!  over 4" long bright shiny, 'i mean SHINY'. how in the heck do you hide this thing in a tree? well! i have no choice but to buy them...and know what?  i got one for each of the kids they can knock their own trees down. lol. 
i'll make it extra special and pack them each in their own little box for storing.

i used 'ARTISTE' cricut cartridge for the box..(if you want this cart, you can order it through me here at or your own CTMH consultant.   to fit the pickle i designed my box on my gypsy and cut with my expression. bottom box w-10.90 h-3.36 and the top w-9.47 h 3.36.

using my SCOR-PAL, i scored the fold lines.  using 'SOOKWANG" scor tape..(love this stuff) taped all the flaps.  this stuff is awesome. and i believe it will last forever! well, mabye a real long time!

to get a good bond on the flaps i suggest taping them on the flaps as shown.

adding a little support on the inside helps too.  plus the 'legend information' for those of us who don't remember things too well. (me)

of course i have to make the box 'look nice' 'a gift'. i didn't want to put anything with dimension on the outside, as this will be stored with Christmas decorations and would probably getting squashed or knocked off.  so i left it as flat as i thought it should be.  

i can't wait to hear 'their' stories of their pickles with the kids!

and this is the end of my story for the 

i hope you all have a safe, healthy and prosperous



Minta's Creations said...

I have never heard of this legend but it sure sounds fun..and Your tree is beautiful.

Laurie said...

Love it. Someone got us a pickle the year we got married and have been doing this. The girls love the extra gift more than the pickle I think. LOL

jennyplace2 said...

Hi Kat
thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a lovely comment on the mini book. The only infor. I could get for you is it is called a 3D 5X5 mini album with box by Lori Whitlockk design # 34171. I just typed in mini albums and it was on the third page. Have fun and thanks again.

Cathy A said...

What a lovely tradition, so glad it is an ornamental pickle, I had visions of vinegar dripping off a real one! Super box idea too!