Christmas Tree Craft

19 12 2009

I was going to share some more of Bean’s crafts, but don’t know where to start. We made paper Santas this week with simple shapes cut out of construction paper and decorated with markers, crayons and stickers. Well, this is also the week Bean has decided to practice her scissor skills. Poor Santa is in a million pieces!

I saw this cute craft for paint stirring stick Christmas trees over at Many Little Blessings. I like the easy clean-up with the cotton swaps as paint brushes. I think the eraser end of a pencil would work too. We’ll have to stop at the hardware store and ask for some paint stirrers or maybe we’ll paint (and then cut up) some construction paper trees!

Nutmeg Christmas Cookies

11 12 2009

Nutmeg is a very cozy spice. I love how it smells, especially freshly grated. This is good, because it’s cheaper to buy the kernel than pre-ground! My little micro-planer makes quick work of grating. This recipe is adapted from one in Bon Appetit Dec. 1994 for Brown Sugar and Nutmeg Snaps. The issue was devoted to creating a Victorian Christmas. They say that “Windsor Castle required six pounds of [nutmeg] for the royal mincemeat” at Christmastime. This cookie recipe requires considerably less, but the flavor of nutmeg is still strong! You might want to add less nutmeg if you prefer the flavor of brown sugar to be more pronounced. The flavor reminds me of a gingersnap cookie. These are also very kid friendly to make. Bean rolled the dough balls in sugar and smashed them down. After the cookies came out of the over, it was hard to tell which ones got a little extra-smushed.

Nutmeg Christmas Cookies (adapted from Bon Appetit 12/1991)

  • 1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temp
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • extra sugar

Beat brown sugar and butter with mixer until fluffy. Mix in egg. Add flour, nutmeg, baking soda and salt; beat until well blended. Chill 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350F. Roll dough into small balls. Roll balls in sugar, coating completely. Arrange on lined cookie sheets about 2 inches apart. Using the bottom of a glass, flatten cookies. Bake until cookies are golden, about 10-13 minutes. Cool on baking sheets.

Be sure to check out Thrifty and Chic Mom to see her cookie recipe exchange and giveaway!

and Susieqtpie’s Scraps of Life Recipe & Idea Swap.

A Trailer Choir Christmas

10 12 2009

So, we finally got our little tree set up on our old tv stand. To baby-proof it from Mighty Man, the legs are duct-taped down. This Holla Day version of “Rockin’ the Beer Gut” seemed appropriate background music for the clever use of this adhesive in an every-day situation. Thank you, Trailer Choir, for spreading holiday cheer and Merry Christmas to the makers of Duct tape!

{picture to follow later; can’t find it right now}

Cattiwampus Unusual Gifts & Giveaway Link

25 11 2009

I just found this fun shop called Cattiwapmus via the As Good As Cake blog. I love indie stores! From their adorable clothing like these Robot Tees, to their fun games like Candy Dominoes, you’re bound to find more than one thing to “ooh and awwwh” over. Bean and Mighty Man could really use some new tableware like the Wheels Dish Set. The store also has a blog where you can read about their specials and new products.

Enter to win $25 store credit to Cattiwampus from As Good As Cake Reviews and Giveaways: here.

As Good As CakeI highly recommend stopping by to see all the other the very unique and artistic ideas on her Holiday Giveaway list!

Gift Guides

16 11 2009

‘Tis the season for gift guides…

Hottest Holiday Toys From MamanistaMamanista has a list with some neat things for little kids I haven’t seen before. I think the Sprig Toys Adventures Dino Rescue Playset is my favorite from her list. She’s just started her 12 Days of Giveaways so you might win something from the list too!



I think little kids are easy to find interesting presents for, but I really need help with the tweens and teens on our list. Any ideas????

Breezy Oaks Boutique

14 11 2009

I love little boutique stores. It’s always interesting to see what little treasures people have discovered. Breezy Oaks Baby Boutique is a good example with beautiful gifts for babies and kiddies. And, I especially like that their store has a link to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

After you find something you like, you can win a $25 gift card to the Breezy Oaks Baby Boutique at Two of a kind, working on a full house blog here. (through 12/2)

Is it September or December?

6 09 2009

The weather starts turning a bit chillier and my thoughts automatically jump to Christmastime. Well, I’ve already begun a little crafting in hopes of restocking our Etsy store and hanging out at few craft fairs this year. But what about the family? I can’t really give them any of my unsold crafts, since they’ll think  they’re getting “seconds” even though I put lots of love and time into each and every item! Not sure how many ideas Jennifer & I can share here, since some of our family members sneak around and visit us here every once in awhile. But we will be showing off our new ideas as the months turn into days before Christmas.

24/7 Moms are already thinking about December on their blog too. They offer a few suggestions for planning ahead to make your own Christmas gifts.

Allrecipes has a collection of make-your-own food gifts too, like this recipe for homemade Limoncello. Yum! There’s also this recipe for Friendship Soup Mix in a Jar. Sounds good, as long as it doesn’t multiply like the friendship bread starters.

Are you thinking about December already too?

Christmas Cards for Kids

4 11 2008

Here is another fun thing I made for the craft fair last weekend. These are color-me cards that I packaged with a box of crayons. The image is in black and white and it’s large enough to encourage budding artists to create their masterpieces. It’s an easy way to add a personal touch to Christmas correspondence and make your cards stand out among the masses of packaged greetings.


The stamps are from the Stampin Up’ Crab & Co set. If you don’t want to make your own, sets are available to purchase through our Etsy shop; just send me a convo for more info & prices (less than $1 per card). Thanks!

PS—Win a free box of Smuckers Uncrustables over here.

Crafting slowly

23 10 2008

Since we’re still in October, it hasn’t sunk in yet that November craft fairs are just around the corner…Less than two weeks till the first one! Here’s another lunch box that I managed to finish (almost). It’s hard to work on anything when Bean wants to help! The green color still seems odd to me, but the cocoa print on the paper is a perfect complement to the packages of hot chocolate tucked inside.

Christmas Peek-a-Boo Boxes

12 09 2008

Well, I’m not going to start counting down to Christmas just yet, but I do want to get a jump-start on the different crafts I’ll be making this year. I plan to try a bazaar or two (yes, dh, I said bah-zarrr, not bizarre, even though the difference is sometimes minimal). So I was poking through my supplies and leftovers from last year and found one of the cutest crafts I made last year: Peek-a-boo boxes. They were inspired by Qbee on the Splitcoast Stampers site from the tutorial she shared for making peek-a-boo boxes. They aren’t your ordinary gift boxes; when the recipient opens the box, there is a little window revealing the surprise inside.
I don’t recommend making these for craft fairs, since they are very labor-intensive. But they are a perfect way to gift a special someone with a little treat. Here are some pictures of mine from last year. (Stamp images are from Stampin’ Up with Tsukineko inks) Don’t miss seeing Qbee’s halloween treat boxes too! (look here and here)