December 19, 2010

Handmade Christmas Goodness

I have had so much fun this year making gifts. Besides the really fun crocheted cupcake ornaments, this weekend I made marshmallow cocoa stirring sticks from better homes and gardens....
Gather up milk chocolate or mint chocolate chips, marshmallows, peppermint sticks or sucker sticks, jimmies for decorating, and a foam core like you use for floral arrangements (if u use the sucker sticks, which were easier to use).
Melt chips in the microwave, get mallows ready by stabbing with sucker sticks. Dip mallows in chocolate just up to where the top of the mallows show. Drip off excess chocolate and place mallows, stick side, into foam to dry. Before dry sprinkle with jimmies or your favorite decorating sugar.

The next thing I made was white chocolate popcorn from eighteen25 (you can find their blog off to the side). This is for sure going to be a very addicting treat!

And the last homemade gift is homemade cocoa mix with French vanilla snowman mallows on top of the mix. I found this recipe on martha stewarts website and is the only cocoa we drink now. The recipe is simple, 3 1/2 cups sugar, 2 1/4 cups baking cocoa, and 1 tablespoon salt. Mix up in a ziploc bag and store either in that bag or glass jar. You can mix either with hot milk or water, and it only needs about 1 tablespoon per cup.

If your wondering about what I used for my cute little, very easy, tags here ya go... I used winter wood friends from and my print shop program and the business card template. Any graphic will work, try some of the totally cool graphic designs from Lettering Delights. You can get there by clicking on the banner at the top of my page.

Let me know what your homemade gifts are this year!

Juls :)
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December 13, 2010

Christmas Decor under $5! Christmas Vinyl Cling Picture

I was surfing around the net and came across a great idea using a picture frame and vinyl clings.

I made this picture using a 8 1/2 x 11 document frame and vinyl clings from walmart. The total price for this was $3.50! All I did was take the back of the frame off and attached the clings to the front of the frame. I wish there would have been more of a selection of clings, but I do like what I picked out. It would have been better if I would have splurged and bought the huge 13 x whatever frame for $12, then I could have used all the clings on the sheet. But I wanted to keep this decoration under $5.

I can't take credit for this totally fa la la idea. Go to Craftily Ever After and see how awesome her's turned out! I would love to have the frame that she used!
I'm thinking that I will keep the frame out and use the different clings that come out throughout the year.

December 4, 2010

Crochet Christmas Cupcake Ornament & A Fun BSU Bronco's Scarf

I've been super sick with a cold, and when I finally got to the doc on Thursday I found out that I have pneumonia. So needless to say I am going stir crazy around here, so I've been crocheting up a storm!
Today while I was watching ELF, I came across this fun ornament pattern on the Red Heart website. I used Lily Sugar N' Cream for the yarn, and it worked just fine. If you would like to hook this cute ornament for your tree go HERE.

Last night I finally finished my BSU GO BRONCO'S scarf I've been working on. I got the pattern off of Ravelry, and you can also find it HERE. The pattern was originally for a special olympics washington scarf, which I am going to make and send off in the red and white specified. I used Lamb's Prided Worsted in Orange and Blue that I bought in the mill ends section of our local yarn shop. I love the way it turned out, I did have to rip out and start again on a few rows because I was off, probably because of the codine cough syrup!

Not sure what I will be making next, I'm kinda flying by the seat of my pants, as they are planted on the couch getting better, and just going with what looks cool. Lucky for me I have a pretty big stash that I need to burn through!

December 1, 2010

Today's the day! Check out my guest blog spot.

Today's the day for my guest blog spot at Marie's Cozy Corner!

I'm so excited about this honor, and all I'm going to tell you is that my blog spot, so to speak, will be about a vintage craft.
So please go check it out!