Monday, December 22, 2008
I made a few bags by folding a piece of fabric right sides together and sewing the sides up. Then I just hemmed the top so it looks nice. I'll tie them closed with ribbon or cord. They're really simple but cute. Or you can go all out and do something like this. Fancy! :)
- make-up bag
Finally, here are some more great ideas:
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I think it has that yellow tinge to it because when I couldn't take the heat any longer I set it down for a second. I think it should have been pulled and twisted constantly to get a nice white color. If Brian had been available to help me I could have handed it to him for a while. :) It's still really tasty though.
I don't know if our candy making is over.. I still want to make these. And these. And I made some peanut butter balls last year that were to die for...
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Well being new to the blog world, I didn't realize that the traditional holiday gift to offer blog readers was printable gift tags. Please forgive me on this terrible mistake... I'll have to make a note for next year to ensure I don't repeat it. I hope you accept instead a variety of wonderful gift tags that are already out in the blog world: Black Apple tags (adorable!)
Paper Crave gift tags, available in three colorways!
From Martha. Get them here.
And this blog, iDiY, is about Do-it-yourself weddings but they have some really cute tags and labels that would work for Christmas. Check them out here. Pictured above are canning labels. Aren't they great?
Oh, you want more?? Try right here.
Why did I ever buy gift tags? :)
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Oh and would you like to be carbon neutral for a day? For free? Just click here (or check out the little badge to the right), type in your name and email address, and you and five friends can be carbon neutral for a day! Great right? (from Brighter Planet)
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
I love this little frosty so much. I found him at the flea market. When I asked the guy how much it was, I thought for sure he'd say something crazy like $10. But no, 50 cents! I couldn't believe it!
And you've met the little nose-less trumpeter already. :)I have some more decorations I'll share tomorrow.
Friday, December 12, 2008
I've been wanting this Christmas season to mean a little bit more.. all of the obnoxious blow up decorations, the excess, the spending... well if I'm not careful it can make me a bit of a Scrooge. And that's not good. That's why I'm so glad I rediscovered an amazing charity the other night: Heifer International.
You purchase animals (the type depends on how much money you donate) and those animals help families that need it. From heifer.org: "Heifer projects around the world help families achieve self-reliance through the gift of livestock and training. Gifts are passed from recipient to recipient until entire communities are transformed." How wonderful. How simple. You can spent as little as $20 and give a family a flock of chicks, ducks, or geese. Or spend $30 for honeybees. :) Or whatever you can afford. I just love this idea and I haven't stopped talking about it to my friends and family. :) I plan on giving a family some bees.
I know this is just one organization and there are tons of wonderful ones out there but this one got me excited. And here's a great post I found from the Handmade Homeschool blog, encouraging everyone to "Do what you Can". Great ideas on ways to help if you just don't know where to start.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
· Organized Christmas - Here you can download and print checklists, planners, calenders, figure out your budget and loads of other ideas so you don't find yourself going completely crazy.
· A huge list of Advent ideas can be found here, from Uncommon Grace. *sigh* I can't wait to have kids of my own to share this season with.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
When she started getting sick she stopped baking around the holidays and she gave me her cookie cutters. She's gone now, but I've started to bake lots of cookies for Christmas (although not nearly as many as she used to make, I swear the woman didn't sleep). I love pulling these cookie cutters out every year and making the same shapes I remember as a child. But two cookies I never saw growing up were the angel and the reindeer. I tried them a couple years ago and found out right away why she never used those two cutters: the angel’s wing almost always breaks off and the reindeer’s leg breaks off! lol