Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

Friday, December 13, 2019 No comments
This past week was the annual cookie recipe exchange at my work.  More on that soon, but in the meantime, I made these cookies to take this year (original recipe is from the PioneerWoman).  They were a little drier than my usual cookie, so underbake if you like a gooey cookie.
BUT they were good, and the subtle chocolate and mint went so well together, and they sure were pretty!
Here is a free printable for the recipe.

Christmas Garlands

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 No comments
 I made a few garlands to go with some white trees in my room.
 I cut out the word MERRY with my Cricut and then sandwiched the letters and scrap paper between some twine.
 Next, I tied some little bottle brush trees to string.  I saw these on Target, but they were sold out at my Target, so I bought mine on Amazon.
 The ten pack of trees as 6 dollars, so it ended up being half the price to make my own.
I'm all about layered garlands these days.  My pom poms are from Hobby Lobby.  You could easily make that too, but....I'm OK with some store bought pieces for the collection.

Pom Pom Ornaments

Monday, December 09, 2019 No comments
 I've been collecting these little plush ornaments for the last two years.  I recently found a few hanging on a tree next to some adorable little ornaments with pompoms inside.  They cost way more than these little plastic ornaments I had floating around my craft room for the last year (I don't even remember their original purpose).
 I pulled out the top, and grabbed a bag of pom poms at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon (originally 6.99, and it's a lifetime supply).
 I like the plastic ornaments b/c they won't shatter if they fall.  My plan is to collect some more on super clearance in late December.  I sent my craft through quality control, and now I have one more thing for this future tree.

Santa Ornament

Wednesday, December 04, 2019 No comments
 This is just a quick little project I put together.  There is an instagrammar I follow who makes these adorable Santa's.  She sells them, I just wanted to try out some painting and hang one or two.  I found these precut, wood Santa's at Michael's.  I added some scrapbook paper to the hat, and made a white pom pom, and then painted.
There is so much potential for different designs, but....I'm just excited someone else did the wood cutting so I could create my own little guy!

Silver Wreath

Monday, December 02, 2019 No comments
 I'm taking a bunch of wreaths to GMT today, but this is the wreath I'm taking....and then brining home to hang.  Actually, they had a very similar wreath at Sam's, but....by the time I went to get it, it was gone.  I hardly ever 'buy' a wreath, so you know I like it if I went to purchase instead of make the wreath.  I was bummed, but then, when they asked me to come share some wreaths, I thought, hey, I can make that wreath I didn't get!
 I switch my outside decor back and forth, but this year, it's back to silvers and whites, so....it goes perfectly with the rest of the decor outside.
It was 36 dollars at Sams, but I was able to make it for less than 20.  I bought ornaments at the dollar tree, and a few at the craft store on major discount.  I bought a little 'church' ornament for $2 something at Walmart, and some bottle brush tress (again, half off-about $3.50? at Hobby Lobby).  I got a foam wreath at the dollartree, and then some tinsel.  The tinsel is the only thing even remotely pricey.  They have a ton of different colors, but I wanted this particular garland from Walmart, which cost about 5 dollars. Normally, I'd use a coupon at the craft store, but....it was a lot of tinsel.  You need about 18 yards to wrap a dollar tree size wreath.  A bigger wreath, maybe grab two of these.  I hot glued it all on, and now....once it has it's television debut, I'm ready for Christmas, well, my door is ready.  I've got a lot of projects left to do!

Rustic Wreath

Saturday, November 30, 2019 No comments
 I made this wreath to take with me to GMT on Monday.  I'll post a link to the segment on facebook, but in the meantime, here's a visual step by step.
 I bought a few picks with rusty bell, and then I used my 'stone' Krylon to make these silver bells 'rusty'.  I've tried a bunch of other techniques, and this is, by far, the most effective.
 I bought some larger picks with evergreen stems, and cut them apart.  I literally just poke and bend them into the wreath.  You can dab a little hot glue on the stem, but they stay really well regardless.  Please notice my helpers foot in the above photograph.
 I also wanted a large candy cane, but all I could find were sparkly canes, so I took some fabric I had and hot glued it over that glitter.
For less than 15 dollars, I have another new wreath.