Friday, December 23, 2011

Andes Cookies

We baked these cookies today.   I must say they are so delicious and the easiest recipe we made this Christmas.  You have to try these.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Hot Chocolate Tray

I keep seeing the cutest hot chocolate parties all over the place.  Love hot chocolate, love the set ups.  Sadly we only have three in our family (four for the Holidays).  Instead of a hot chocolate table I decided to make a hot chocolate tray- for four.

I started with a spray painted mini muffin tin and added white mini cupcake liners.  I filled the tray with chocolate chips, hot chocolate stirrers, mints etc.  Added a red bow and it's ready to go festive. You could add mini marshmallows, red hots or anything else you like in your hot chocolate.  Oh drat, I forgot to buy a tube of whipped cream.  There's always next year.  Oh who am I kidding, there's always tomorrow night. ;)

stirrers were made by pushing a soft candy stick into a marshmallow and dipping in melted chocolate chips.  Let them cool over night or in the fridge and they are all set.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The final group of ornaments from Cassandra's swap are from Becky. It's hard to see in the photos but each item has tons of special details. This cutie is a soldiered ornament with a pretty crystal dangle. The little girl has such a sweet face.
This ornament has a hand sculpted snowman face on a pretty wooden snowflake. Tons of lace detailing.
A gorgeous soft sculpture Christmas tree is full of flowers, buttons and all kinds of bling. This is so soft and pretty in person. Shows up so pretty against the green branches.
This swap was so much fun. Thank you Becky for all the lovely Yumness. Visit
Becky to see her full bodied snow lady. So much fun.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Ornaments from Cami

The next batch of gorgeous ornaments were made by Cami. This vintage dove wearing a crown of rhinestones is so beautiful and sparkly. Perfect for my Christmas tree.

And another dove ornament to match. This little guy is sitting in a sparkly tinsel nest on a vintage tea spoon. The word peace is spelled out on the handle.

The last ornament is trully a work of art. A tiny frozen Charlotte doll ( love love love these) sits in a pretty silver thimble. The thimble is the basket for a vintage ornament hot air balloon. This is such a creative idea and it is just adorable on my tree. Thank you so much Cami, I love every one of them.

Visit Cami here.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Swap ornaments from Robin

My next package came from Robin The ornaments were wrapped in cute snowflake bags decorated with tags and even a snowflake lollipop.

The first one I opened was a paper mache/clay snowman candy bowl.......with candy. Look at that crepe paper ruffle, I have a crazy love for crepe paper.
Next up was a cute snowman glitter bottle.Check out his magic wand. Make a wish.
The last ornament was a cute pixie on a vintage spool. I also have a mad, crazy love for vintage doll heads. Mad, crazy love.
Here they are all together waiting to go on the tree. Thank you for being a great swap partner Robin.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Ornament Swap

My first package from the Christmas Ornament swap arrived on Friday.We were to make three ornaments for our partners. These are from Cassandra herself (hostess of the swap). If you have read her blog you know she spares no detail in her creations. The first picture shows the ornaments wrapped in small pretty gift bags. These are so pretty and look great together. Here is a shot of the three ornaments. Please forgive the photos, the sun is nowhere to be found in this dreary weather. One was a plush owl with golden wings. One was a pretty faux Christmas cookie. The final ornament is a gorgeous. prize ribbon style rosette hanging. Pretty laces and trims galore.
Here is a close up. sigh

Give Cassandra a visit, you won't be sorry.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Inexpensive Activities for Advent

This first idea is kind of scary for me. I see it done in shop windows and then people run their fingers through it and mess it up. Well this year we aren't having anyone under 10 over so heck we are just gonna do it. I bought the stencils and the spray snow at Dollar Tree.

This is also a little something from Dollar Tree. A Christmas trivia game. It has questions easy enough for the little ones. I may even add a few of my own. I think after we are finished we'll pass it on to another family.
This last idea came from michael's for $4.99. A decorate yourself gingerbread cookie garland. We make a gingerbread house each year (yes from a kit, I'm not crazy) and this looks like a new spin on that idea.