Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe Challenge Blog December 2020– #JOSTTT024

Hello Lovely Crafters.

Thanks for visiting to see what crafty shenanigans I’ve been getting up to for this month’s Joy Of Sets Tic Tac Toe Challenge.

I’m sad to tell you that this month is going to be our last challenge. My lovely talented friend Fiona Whitehead, who set up the blog challenge 2 years ago, has decided it’s time to move forward with new ventures and to bring this one to a close.

The Joy of Sets Facebook page, which Fiona also runs, is still continuing on. It’s a lovely group to be a part of, with members from across the world sharing ideas and taking part in regular crafty challenges with each other.

All of us in the JOSTTT design team would like to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to all of you who have joined in with us over the last two years. It’s been wonderful seeing the way you’ve interpreted the grids we designed and we’ve been inspired by all of the stunning projects you’ve created.

For this month’s grid each of the design team members chose one of the elements. I hope that if you’ve been one of the many people who have followed the blog but not quite had the confidence to submit an entry that you take this last chance to join in.

If you want to find out more about it and how to add your project, the details are all  here  in the Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe Challenge blog. It’s a fabulous challenge to take part in and we love to see all of the beautiful projects that are entered each month. Follow the link above and you’ll see how easy it is to join in.

I chose the left hand vertical line for my project this month which are ‘New Year, Metallic, Sparkle.’

When I showed my daughter my project for this month she looked more than a little confused and thought I was most definitely having ‘a senior moment’ so before I show it to you I’ll explain where the idea came from…..

As many of you know I’m a Scottish lass and live in deepest Aberdeenshire. At Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve) ‘First Footing’ is still a strong tradition here. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it the ‘first-foot’ is the first person who crosses the threshold of your home after the New Year arrives.

There is lots of symbolism around this tradition, for example, it is deemed to be a sign of good fortune for the year to come if the ‘First-Foot’ is tall and dark haired. This harks back to a time when raids were made in Scotland by the Vikings which meant fair haired visitors weren’t always a welcome sight. Also the first-foot should bring a selection of gifts for the household, these can include a silver coin, shortbread (or black bun), salt and a piece of coal which represent prosperity, food and warmth for the household. The essential gift is a dram of whisky which is for good cheer and to toast the arrival of the New Year.

Often the tallest darkest man who was in the house celebrating Hogmanay was made step outside before ‘the bells’ (midnight) with the appropriate gifts in hand, to ensure that they were the first-foot so that the household was starting the year in the best possible way. I remember as a small child sitting half way up the stairs observing the Hogmanay festivities that were going on and watching my dad stepping outside to perform this important role. (My dad died in a car accident when I was very young and I have very few memories of him so this one is very precious to me.)

This year due to the on going pandemic restrictions there will be no indoor mixing of households allowed in Scotland so I came up with this as a ‘letterbox friendly’ first -footing option.

After creating the card I decided that I needed a little something extra to create that real first-foot feeling and a little treat box to go with the card seemed like the perfect solution.

So I used the same stamps as I had used on the card to decorate one of the lovely food safe Stampin’ Up! pizza boxes and after filling it with treats wrapped it in some luxurious glittery white ribbon from my stash.

The box was filled with some delicious tiny shortbread biscuits and some single Malt Whisky liqueur chocolates.

My idea is that I can prepare them well in advance and put them into cellophane bags so that the contents are safe for the recipients to handle once they are opened and tipped out, with the appropriate disposal of the bags and hand washing first of course. Hopefully it’ll bring a little bit of happiness to what is going to be a very strange start to 2021.

As most of you can tell the stamps I used are baby feet, which was what confused my daughter but hopefully the friends and family who receive them popped through their doors will like them. I did make several attempts to stamp the words ‘first foot’ on the card instead of using the Happy New Year sentiment but my skill using individual letter stamps to create words which are well aligned needs a lot of work!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my post today, thanks for taking the time out to read it. If you have any comments, tips on stamping with individual letters, or any other things you’d like to add just pop a comment below.

Wherever in the world you are I’m sending you all of my best wishes for the festive season.

Please stay safe and take care.

Crafty Hugs


2 thoughts on “Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe Challenge Blog December 2020– #JOSTTT024

  1. Hi Anne-Marie
    What a fabulous idea for a tradition that is slowly fading away, I’m definitely going to have a go myself. I also have fond memories of my dad doing first footing when I was younger to. One special memory I have from millennium eve, was after we had visited my mum and dad for the celebrations. My husband who had a severe bad back was given a lift home by some kind policemen (as he was finding it difficult to walk) I had to follow him home with the children as my daughter had a dolls pram with her. And to my surprise when I got to the house my husband was sat on the wall. He said he wouldn’t go in the house to do first footing until we had arrived back ok, as it was our memory of that special night . Thank you for bringing those special memories back for me. Oh I also have a little tip for your letter stamping, try taping them together with washy tape or an elastic band. Crafty hugs and Merry Christmas to you and your family. Xx🎄

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    1. Thanks Lynn, that’s such a lovely memory to share with me and really brightened my day. We are a ‘Police’ family, and my dad was on duty when the accident happened so it is even more special to hear it. Thanks for the tip for the stamping too, it’d be great to be able to stamp a word with an alphabet set which doesn’t look sniffy so I’ll definitely give them a go. Merry Christmas 🎅🏻xx


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