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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

a Burlap goodie bag for The "Novena"

Hello My dear Stamper friends:

I thank all the people who come and visit me and comment on this special busy time of the year...I know  how hard is to find extra time, so I am really truly thankful for your friendship and care...

Today, I am sharing with you this cute burlap bag that I decorated with some stencils and dies from Memory Box. This project was posted at the French blog: "Un brin de Créativité"...

burlap bag front

I will be giving away these bags filled with sweet goodies on one of the nights of our traditional "Novena"...along with the Tag recipe card that I shared last week for the Blog Hop with memory Box and Poppystamps...

burlap bag top

Today, December 16th is the official start of the "Novena".
Mexicans called it "Posadas", we Colombians, called it "Novena" and In France is called  La "Neuveine", which is a Catholic celebration of 9 days starting from the 16th until the 24th, which consists in gatherings in public or in homes, for reading prayers printed from small devotional booklets...
But In Colombia, this is not only a pious gathering but a whole party, each family takes turns and hosts a "Novena", the host family invites friends and relatives and every body sings along with the prayers and then we eat, of course and then we dance...
so in Colombia for 9 days is just party time!!!.. the elderly or more adults take it seriously, for the young it it just an opportunity to have fun, eat, sing and dance...
I remembered in my early years, these nights were the opportunity to get with cousins and friends and play around...nowadays, as an adult I get more the meaning of it and I enjoy reading every night the prayers and I enjoy cooking the special dishes for these days...
I remembered complaining as a child to "have" to read things that they make no sense to me, nowadays I am so grateful for these traditions, they shapes us in life!!!

burlap bag bottom

As for the food, we have several traditional dishes prepared specially for these days.
Mexicans give "Tamales", that are sweet or savory cooked in corn husk, celebrate with Piñatas, and hot sugar cane drinks ...we, Colombians make our "Tamales", with 3 kinds of meats, potatoes, rice and vegetables cooked in banana leaves, fried some "Empanadas".. drink "eggnog' and prepared traditional desserts, something similar to "flan"...

I made yesterday these "Colombian Tamales"....
They look like small Christmas packages don't they?

colombian tamales

As for my Goodie bag, I used these supplies

burlap bag supplies

stenciled a small piece of canvas to be placed on the front of my bag...with this practical ink cube from "Versacolor"

burlap bag stencil

and here it is a last view...I will filled them with chocolates...

burlap bag flat view

In Mexico and In Colombia this period is very festive, and every family enjoys getting together, for me, living away, I still carry on with tradition and celebrate as if I was in Latinonamerica...and this is true for all my friends living away from their native countries...

Thanks for the visit...
I will be back as soon as I get another moment free...
enjoy this season...
big hugs



  1. Wonderfull story of you and your country ! Your bag is very cute! Hugs!

  2. We're having similar parcels tonight Bibiana with fish in, I can't take credit as at work today, Mr M & S are making tea instead!
    Loving your burlap parcels too, great embellishing and stencilling, your gifts will look fab.

    Hugs Erika. x

    1. so funny we are always having something similar going on you and me!!!...that is so weird!!!

  3. I love using burlap for crafts & your bag is beautiful!lovely details...thank you for sharing the lovely story too, hugs Carole Z xx

  4. Très beau ! C'est bien de perpétuer tes traditions. J'ai essayé de le faire autant que j'ai pu mais c'est difficile et puis la vie nous séparés. Très intéressant de connaître les coutumes de ton pays et de voir la place importante de la religion dans votre vie. Etant d'origine latine, j'ai connu cela aussi mais avec moins de force. Il nous reste les plats traditionnels pour les fêtes religieuses. Bisous.

  5. Beautiful bag. The food parcels look amazing and hope you have lots of fun xx

  6. I'm in a bit of a rush, so I'm just popping in quickly to say this is gorgeous! I was watching your Bendi-fold tutorial on You Tube today - I am thinking of trying it - one of these days when things settle down! Happy Holidays to you!

  7. wow, love the burlap perfect for the season!! :)

  8. Your bag is soo beautiful sweet friend, and thanks sooo very much for telling us about your traditions, it´s always soo amazing to hear, how peole do things in other places. We have a pretty simular dish here too, that we actually call christmaspresents, which is minced meat wrapped in white cabbage leaves and first boiled, and then roasted on a pan afterwards, and it taste like heaven.
    I hope, you´ll have a wonderful time here now and a very Happy Holiday with your family. Take care sweet friend..

    1. dear Maryann: Oh I wish to one day try this dish...it sounds very good!, TFS as well your comments on your traditions

  9. Oh Bibiana, your burlap bags are stunning. Thank you for explaining your traditions. They do indeed look like little packages.

  10. I just rec'd that folder at a Christmas party and I love burlap I am totally using this idea......Lovely.....Lis

    1. I am so glad that you will give it a try! make sure to use "fabri-tac" for the glue! it works very good!

  11. Such a wonderful tradition and love the goodie bag, great treat for them!

  12. THAN YOU EVERYBODY...for taking the time to stop by and comment!

  13. Oh my what a cute goodie bag. I find these posts so interesting. Love your traditions and all the various details you tell us about its so enjoyable. That sure is a lot of celebrating but what fun.

  14. Hi Bibiana, THANK YOU SO MUCH for the lovely little bauble and stamps, I received it on my doorstep when I got home from work, it was a wonderful surprise so thank you so much. Very unexpected and very kind of you.

    I love all your work you put on your blog so now I am happy as I have a little piece of it of my own to cherish forever.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family and I hope you all have a very Happy new Year.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  15. This is lovely. Great idea with the stencil and canvas. Must give that a go. Hugz


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