Monday, December 22, 2014

Free to a Good Home: 2015 Calendar Printable!!!

My super talented friend, Kelly, made these super precious 2015 calendars for *you.*  Because she made them on behalf of all things I love, there is even a precious little list column on the side where you can add special events, a grocery list, or general to do items.  HERE is the link to the free printable.  12 months of utter cuteness!  Above is just a sampling of what one page looks like!  Free, free, free, just because!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

June in December

No thought bubbles necessary.  I only put half of my ornaments up....all at the top of the tree, but she wasn't deterred.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Last Minute Christmas Dinner Ideas

 Last year, the Texas family was blessed with some little California visitors under the age of five.  I knew they'd enjoy a few extra details on the table to keep things merry.  For Christmas even I filled mini stockings I grabbed at Hobby Lobby with napkins, silverware, and Santa Chocolates.  It was a big enough crowd that I had to pull out the long tables formerly used for crafts, and the fancy plastic table clothes.
 I was exhausted by the time Christmas rolled around, so I bought some cupcakes from Gigi's.  THESE were a huge hit.
 Maybe someday I'll try my hand at piping this, but....for this year....I'm glad someone else did the work.  Worth.  Every.  Penny.  These also doubled as my breakfast on Christmas morning.
 And then I put together a little hot chocolate bar.  Instead of marshmallows, I snagged some reindeer peeps....and some of my favorite accessories-whipped cream, chocolate mints, and some Santa straws (from the dollar store) and these little deer cups (from Meri Meri).

Thursday, December 18, 2014

MistleTOES with Printable

I know this isn't an original idea.  I've seen it all over the net the last few years, but last year it was the perfect gift for my cousin-in-law.  Every time she comes into town, we go out to get our nails done.  I put together a little something for her to enjoy when we don't get to treat our feet together.  The idea isn't new, but I made a free printable to share with anyone in need.   Socks, nails polish, files, whatever....who doesn't like to treat their feet?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Snowman Gifts

 Last year (in January, actually) I put together a little snowman gift pack for my secret sister at work.  She was a fan of sweet and salty, so I got her a little bag of kettle corn.  I drew a snowman face on the back, and tied a little ribbon around it for a 'scarf.'
 I drew some snowman faces on some gum as well.  I got the idea for this on Kerry's blog.
 ...and I found a free melted snowman printable here for a water bottle.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Homemade Gift Ideas

I'm headed to GMT with three ideas for homemade gifts.  This year-the theme is to say it with food.  Below are the links to the three projects, and the instructions/recipes etc can be found in the links. I'll also post the segment on my facebook page later.  This should be my last segment for the year, though I prerecorded one a month or so back that will run at some random time in the near future.  Never fear (,mom,) I've already got my schedule for 2015, so I'll be lugging craft ideas with me to GMT for at least another year, and I've got some ideas I'm excited about, but first.....let's get through today.  :O)
 Snowman Belly Pretzel Jar

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Popcorn Gift Set

I'm a few gifts, and a few cups of icing away from finishing most of my Christmas gifts this year.  This set is also going to be recycled for a healthy New Year's Snack at work....
I filled mason jars with popcorn kernels.  I also added little jars of oil, and then I bought salt shakers at the dollar tree and filled them with a bunch of different seasonings.  I added some popcorn bags I also found there.  The popcorn has attached instructions-basically-pop it, add to a bag, drizzle with oil and your choice of seasoning-shake and enjoy.
Here is a free printable with the labels and instructions.
Recipes for the seasonings:
Taco Seasoning:I bought a package of taco seasoning and just added it to the jar.
Cheesy Garlic Seasoning: 5 T cheddar cheese powder, 1 T sea salt, 1 1/4 t garlic powder, 1/4 t cayenne pepper
Italian Herb Seasoning: 4 T Parmesan cheese powder, 2 T sea salt, 2 t. red pepper flakes, 1 t dried oregano, 1 t garlic powder, 1 t dry basil
Smoky Curry Seasoning:  1 T smoked paprika, 1 T curry powder, 2 T salt, 1 1/2 t cumin, 1 1/2 t cinnamon
Mexican Chocolate Seasoning:  2 T cocoa powder, 4 t powdered sugar, 1/4 t cinnamon, 1/4 t salt
Cinnamon Sugar Seasoning:  2 T white sugar, 2 T powdered sugar, 2 t cinnamon, 1/2 t salt

Friday, December 12, 2014

Snowman Jar

Sometimes you need a cheater Christmas gift.  Every year I've got a list of things I plan to put together for people....and then November comes....and December slips in and it's time to give out gives and I'm all out of time to make those gifts.  I cheated and made this little jar, which I saw here a few years ago.  The innards are white pretzels...which brings up my cheating-I bought them. I found them for a few bucks at the store already dipped and thought-you know....I'm pretty sure mine aren't going to taste 'better', they will just take more time, so I bought them.  I think packaging pre-made food in a cute jar makes it OK.  I have drizzled them with an alternative color of chocolate before to make them a little more gourmet, but....this year....I'm leaving them snowy white.  I also made some tags I'm attaching to these little guys.  You can download those here.  I took some scraps of fabric and tied them around the lids of my jars and fringed the edge.  I glued three buttons down the jar and ta da-frosty's belly is filled and one or three more gifts are knocked off my list.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Grinch Cookies

A friend gave me a recipe for cake batter cookies years ago I've made off and on.  I've seen these green cookies popping up around the net in honor of the Grinch, so I decided to use her recipe and dye them green.  There are several different variations, but this is a recipe I like.  The cookies are easy to put together.  They turn out really soft and moist.  I brought these to my work cookie exhange last year.  
Grinch Cookies
 Ingredients:  1 box of vanilla cake mix, 2 eggs, 6 Tablespoons of butter, green food coloring, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 teas. cornstarch
Instructions:  Heath oven to 375.  Melt butter and let it cool.  With a mixer mix the cake mix, butter and eggs.  Add green food dye to desired color.  Roll int 1 Table siz balls.  Roll each in the powdered sugar and cornstarch mix.  Place on parchment paper covered cookie sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Makes 3 dozen.  

Monday, December 08, 2014

Reindeer Noses

 I made these last year for some of my friends who like cake balls.  I decided the egg carton was the perfect deliver system for my reindeer noses.  There are 12 holes, and everybody knows there are only 9 reindeer, so I filled the other holes with bells.  I could have looked for some cute reindeer candy or don't some Santa belly cake balls, but I was iced in on the days I put these together, so....I'm pleased with this. I made cake balls using these simple instructions.  I did 8 chocolate with chocolate, and one red.  Simple and super fun.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Glitter Mug

 I went to GMT today with things that glittered.  I shared glittered champagne, silver nutcrackers, and this diy glitter mug.  The third craft is usually my filler b/c there is nothing scarier that filling dead air, so...I had to rush this one a bit.  It's a super simple diy project though.  I originally saw one here and was fascinated by the fact that it's dishwasher safe.  I found white mugs at Walmart for 88 cents.  The only other thing you need is glitter (I really like the finer glitter), and decoupage paint and SEALER (I got the glossy seal).  I'm sure they have multiple brands, but I found some at Michael's in the Martha Stewart section and used a coupon.
 Tape off the bottom portion of your mug (including the handle) with painters tape.  Brush on decoupage glue and then sprinkle it.  After it dries, go back and paint over your glitter with more decoupage glue (about 24 hours later).  I actually did this several times (and waited a day between each painting-if you have the luxory of time, do that)-this is the process that makes the glitter adhere so your mug can be washed.  If you can wait 10+ days before you wash it, that's even better
Peel off your tape, fill your mug, go. make friends happy

Silver Nutcrackers

 I'm headed to Good Morning, Texas today.  It's all about the sparkle.  This is one of three projects.  I'll post the third one soon.  In the meantime, I'll post the video to my facebook page with today's segment.  In the is a sneakpeak.  I blogged about this easy recipe for making cinnamon almonds in the crockpot a few weeks ago.  I decided this would be one of the gifts I give this year for Christmas because they are fab-u-lous and easy to make.  I put them inside little silver boxes and added these silver nutcrackers I made.
I found mini nutcrackers at Michael's for 1.50 and larger nutcrackers at the dollar tree.  I got some silver spray....
I yanked off the beards (like the guy on the right).  The guys I got for a dollar were easiest b/c they were just glued on the edges.  I sprayed them with a little silver spray and they are good to go.  I plan to put the larger guys with some crystal candles and clear glass ornaments on my buffet.  The little nutcrackers are hitching a ride on the nuts I'm giving away to friends this year.  Stay tuned, more glitter coming soon.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Glittered Champagne

 Last year I made these for a few of my friends.  I did the same thing the year before (the mini champagne), but year two I decided to add some glitter to make it even more sparkly!
I just took some mini champagnes...
 Removed the label.
 Painted my bottled with mod podge and then sprinkled with fine glitter.
 When that dried, I painted another coat of mod podge over the bottle.  It will dry clear, but this prevents the glitter from flaking off all over the place.
 See...dried with mod podge coating.
 I added some gold candies, and googled free New Year's Even printables which I printed in mini.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Reindeer Gift Pack

 I have been super obsessed with themed Christmas gifts for my friend's kiddos.  I mail them out, and with so many aunts and uncles present on Christmas day, I've been sending packages the kids can open in advance to enjoy throughout the holidays.  A few years ago I did the twelve days of Christmas, which was a hit.  Last year I did themes like the above gift-reindeers.  I included shirts, a few of my favorite books, movies, and lots of goodies like blinking noses, reindeer food, antlers, and make your own nose.
 I made reindeer food a few years ago and blogged about it here.  I found a free printable on Amanda's blog when I made it this year.
I blogged about the shirt and reindeer nose with free printables/sources etc a few days ago.
I've already mailed off this year's themed gifts I'll blog about in the future.  It may be more fun for me as the giver than the gift-ed.