Monday, December 13, 2010

kids annual Christmas ornament.

Here is a project I shared at Kaysi's last week incase you missed it:

We have an annual holiday tradition in our home, I have each of the boys make thier own Christmas ornament to place on the tree, not just for us but one for each set of grandparents as well. This year I decided to incorporate thier handprints into the design.

You will need:
foam sheets {mine are black}
decoupage {or some white glue}
glitter {mine is silver, I love Martha Stewart's glitter line at Michael's}
a silver sharpie
sheet music
little jingle bells
hot glue
and some ribbon or jute string

For the baby I began by tracing his hand on some paper and then cut the shape out.
With the sharpie I outlined it on to some foam sheets I cut to be jsut a bit bigger than his hand.
Then I used a paintbrush and brushed some decoupage onto his handprint. For the big boys I brushed the decoupage onto thier hand {they loved this and were giggling because it tickeled them}.
Then carefully helped them place their hand onto some more foam sheets cut to be just a bit bigger in size compared to their hands, and then carefully removed thier hand, leaving their handprint in decoupage.
Cover with glitter.

And you are left with this {since the baby's isn't his actual handprint it looks much more solid compared to the others.

Now to embellish it. Take some sheet music or you could use some book pages maybe from a Christmas book...
And rip it into 4's.
Then rip those 4's in half so they are this size.
Then roll/fold it up longways.
Take one side of your paper roll and loop it. Attach it about 1/3 of the way on the roll with some hot glue.
Then loop the otherside and hot glue it down so you form this shape {half of the bow}. Do this to make the other side but make sure it is opposite from what you made first.
Then hot glue them both down side by side on the top of your foam sheet above the handprint.
Finish with a jingle bell glued to the middle to hide the seam.
With the sharpie write the year somewhere on the sheet so you can look back years from now and remember what year this ornament is from.
Attach some decorative ribbon, jute, string, or whatever you would like so it can hang on your tree.

And that's it. A fun and somewhat simple ornament to do with the kids to commemorate this year and how little they are.

{hint: after the glue and glitter dried and lightly sprayed the top with some poly so the glitter would not fall off. It's not necessary but I didn't want to get it out of storage next year and there not me much glitter left}


Friday, December 10, 2010

ornament wreath re-vamp.

Remember my ornament wreath?
It was pretty but as it hung the ornaments became more "settled" and some of the wire began to show. I added more ornaments but it wasn't doing the trick, maybe I need another size somewhere in the middle of the 2 I have. Then I remembered I had some left over berry clusters from this wreath project. They did just the trick.
A little hot glue and the wire problem is no more. I love it even more now.

Holiday berries make everything better, don't you think?

{Linking to the parties on my sidebar}

And don't forget about the sale going on in my etsy shop... 20% off all everyday sweet stands and 30% off all sweet stands labeled Christmas. Enter code lbpxmas2010 at checkout.


Thursday, December 9, 2010

guest posting at Keeping it Simple.

Want to know how the boys and I made this?
Visit Kaysi at Keeping it Simple where I'm guest posting today. You will learn our family's annual Christmas tradition and just how to make one yourself!


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tis the Season Day 12: Cookie {recipe} Exchange Linky

This is actually the only Christmas cookies I have made so far due to time and packing, but they are really yummy! My favorite holiday cookies are the shortbread/sugar cookies with chocolate bottoms and sprinkles on top. Publix sells them for about $25 a container! I didn't want to pay that price so i figured I would try my own version of them.

What you need, Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix {and the ingredients on the back of this package}, Bakers semi-sweet chocolate squares, sprinkles.
Make the cookie dough as directed on the package for the drop cookies. Once they are on the sheet sprinkle them with sprinkles.

Place in the oven and while they are cooking grab a couple more baking sheets and cover with some wax paper.
Melt the chocolate squares, I used the entire box with the entire cookie mix.
Cover the backs of the baked cookies with chocolate and place upside down on the wax covered cookie sheets. Once they are covered place in the fridge for about an hour or until the chocolate is hard.
Place on a pretty sweet stand and enjoy! They are really yummy... Ours didn't last too long in this house!

My other favorite go to cookie recipe for this season are homemade thin mint cookies.

You need:

Baker's semi sweet chocolate squares

peppermint extract

ritz crackers

crushed candy canes

Melt your backing squares and add some peppermint extract to them to taste.

Drop a ritz cracker into the bowl and with a fork cover completely with chocolate.

Place on a wax paper covered baking sheet.

Top with some crushed candy cane.

Place in the fridge for about an hour until the chocolate is hard.

Take out and enjoy! I might make these today if I find the time. They are so yummy and such a great replacement to the Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies when they aren't around!

So what recipies do you love to bake during the holiday season? Show us below! I'm always up for adding more recipies to my desert section! The linky will be up the entire month of December so you can add your yummy recipes whenever you would like!

Also for the entire month of December I have a sale going on in my Etsy shop! All Christmas sweet stands {under the Christmas label} are 30 % off while all of the other sweet stands are 20% off. Just enter code lbpxmas2010 at checkout and I will adjust the price for you. It's my gift to you! They are the perfect addition to any cookie exchange party, and the perfect hostess gift as well!


Monday, December 6, 2010

Tis the Season Day 11: staying warm.

It's cold here... finally! We've had some cold weather but today was the coldest so far. Lets hope it stays for Christmas.
Here are my favorite ways to stay warm...

Sitting in front of this...
While eating some of this...

And sipping on some of this...
How do you stay warm during the chilly season?

Tomorrow is the Cookie {recipe} Exchange linky party! Have you started baking? I have, but not as much as I wish I could have already. Come back tomorrow to share your favorite holiday treats! {And it doesn't have to be limited to only cookies...}


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Tis the Season Day 10: Welcome to my holiday home.

Because of the move I'm unable to decorate for Christmas at the moment, so courtesy of Pottery Barn I have designed my Holiday home...

Welcome. You're all invited.
The tree is trimmed.
The table is set.
The bedrooms are set for peaceful dreams while we wait to hear the sounds of sleighbells and santa on the roof.

And in the morning we will joyfully watch the kids open their presents with huge smiles upon their faces. Celebrating together the birth of Jesus, while playing the most beautiful Christmas music. And later we will play in the snow and sip hot chocolate. The most wonderful time of the year spent with family and friends.


Saturday, December 4, 2010

Tis the Season Day 9: Christmas words.

I gave you a sneak peak of this project in yesterday's post. Glittered Christmas word ornaments.
You need a bunch of glittered chip board letters { I usually buy mine plain and then glitter them myself but these were on clearance and already done for me}, some picture hanger wire, hot glue, and baker's twine or ribbon.
Create some inspirational words, or names, whatever you want to hang on your tree.
Turn them backwards { I mixed some of the letter fonts I had, the pre-glittered letters are glittered on the back too}
And cut a piece of the hanging wire about 1 1/2 inches too long on either side.
Make loops on both ends so the final lenght looks similar to this below.
Then hot glue the wire to the top of the letters, making sure your loops hang over a bit.
It should look like this when it is flipped over.
Attach some twine or ribbon of your choice to both loops and hang wherever you please!

They're not just for trees either. I Hung this Merry one on my lamp.

They are so pretty and so easy to make. They add that bit of glitter and sparkle to the tree! I love it!

3 more days until the Cookie {Recipe} Exchange linky party! I can't wait, I love sweets, especially this time of year!


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