Category Archives: Holidays

Don’t Let Sandy Play the Grinch – Craft New Christmas Ornaments!

Don’t Let Sandy Play the Grinch – Craft New Christmas Ornaments!

The devastation wreaked by Hurricane Superstorm (or whatever they are calling it) Sandy is sobering. But, not only did people lose their furniture, boilers, sheet rock, cars etc., they lost their memories – family photos, keepsakes and Christmas decorations.  While some things just can’t be salvaged or replaced, you can create new heirlooms.  Now we all have our favorite standbys like the tricolor bead candy canes (don’t have any? come on, you know you do!), I wanted something different so I searched my favorite site, Pinterest, for some inspiration and came up with a bunch of beautiful ornaments you can easily make (and they don’t look like something that came out of a Kindergarten classroom either).  Here are a few of my favorites:

These felt stars are easy and adorable to craft (from Purlbee) and are the epitome of the primitive look.  You could easily make them into a string garland  or incorporate them into a primitive theme (along with salt-dough ornaments below) with some burlap garland!

I absolutely adore these wood ornaments with scrapbook paper modged podged on (from Brown Paper Packages)  – another easy project:

These swirl nail polish ornaments (from Beautylish) are gorgeous:

My kids have made salt dough ornaments before and with the stamping here, they make a nice personalized ornament (from Design Editor):


It would be a great idea to host an ornament crafting party to make these for friends and neighbors who lost their Christmas Ornaments.  These are all fairly easy to make and you could definitely crank a bunch out over some hot cocoa (maybe with some schnapps). I hope you are as inspired as I am!

Happy crafting!




Anisette Cookies to Die For!

Anisette Cookies to Die For!

One of my favorite holiday cookies to make is Anisette Cookies.  These cookies have that wonderful anisette flavor yet are a bit soft.  I don’t particularly enjoy the hard-as-a-rock version. I made these cookies for my 2010 Cookie Exchange Party.  Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!   PrintAnisette Cookies Ingredients2 Eggs 2… Continue Reading

Cyber Monday Starts on Sunday?!

It seems this year, the online retailers are trying to cash in early – starting Cyber Monday on Sunday and some running their online specials the whole week.  Cyber Monday is Black Friday online: numerous retailers offer discounts on purchases made through their websites, offering perks like free shipping and site-wide sales in an attempt… Continue Reading

Thanksgiving Day Roundup

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!  I thought I’d do a quick share of things to do and things you might need to make your Thanksgiving celebration perfect (or as near perfect as well can make it!): Bakerella has simply adorable Thanksgiving-themed cake pops over on their site: This site is all about fun and baking.… Continue Reading

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