Okay, guys, I’m going to go a little crazy this December! I’m going to be having a FULL MONTH… 31 days of book reviews. I’m going to review 31 books that I’ve read this year over the entire month of December. I love the Christmas season, I love buying special gifts for the people who make my life so special. =) SO for all of my lovely blog readers, new and old, I thought I’d post a crap ton of books for you all to check out [or skip] over your Christmas time off and winter breaks. So bring your hot tea or cocoa, your favorite blanket, and be sure to bring a snuggle buddy [read: fur baby] to catch up on 31 days of novels!!
If book reviews aren’t your thang, I’ll still be posting my normal articles AND we’ll start our third year of the 12 Days of Christmas Crafting!!! Be sure to check in over the next 31 days between shopping and watching Elf on replay!
On the 12th Day of Christmas Crafting my true love gave to me… some gliiiiiitter and a reindeer head paper cutout. That sounded a lot more morbid typed out. =P
Anywhoooo, I found this beautiful DIY on Daisy Dreaming’s blog!
Step One: Gather your crafting supplies: Some deliciously sinful glitter [still all over my carpet from the 12 days of crafting], a canvas, tacky glue, a printout of this deer head, and scissors.
Step Two: Print and Cut out Deer Head Silhouette. Trace over the cutout with pencil.
Step Three: Carefully use your tacky glue to outline and fill in the deer silhouette!
Step Four: GLITTER!!!!!!
Step Five: Let settle and enjoy your beautiful Christmas creation and the end of the 12 Days of Christmas Crafting!!
I hope you all had as much fun with the 12 Days of Christmas Crafting as I did! It forced me to get off my bum and get creative in this sometimes consumerism-driven holiday season! =)
Merry Christmas Eve, my loves!
3 more days left of Christmas Crafting… and today’s one is a pretty big one: HOMEMADE STOCKINGS! I’m going to show off Mitchel’s because it’s much more original than my Christmas stocking. haha.
Step One: Gather your supplies: 1/4 yard of your base fabric, 6 inches of the flap fabric, a rotary cutter, a self-healing mat, and a bit of ribbon. Cut out a stencil for the “foot” of the stocking and the flap.
Step Two: Cut out the feet and the flap. Make sure when you cut out the feet you cut one pointing left and one point right. Otherwise you will have to redo one side. haha.
Step Three: Sew the flap and stocking together. I did this by sewing the white fuzzy flap on what will eventually be the inside of the stocking. That way I could fold it over afterwards.
Step Four: Put the two outer sides of the stocking facing each other and sew them together. Flip right side out…. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand
VOILA!!!!! =) Completed “bear stocking”!!!
We made a Gingerbread house!!! We ran out of time to actually bake the gingerbread ourselves, so we opted out and cheated with a store bought house. And boy, was that a mistake! Crack right down the front of the house!
And one slicing through the back as well!
BUT, we made the most of our bad situation… we used TONS of the frosting [which got everywhere] and really prettified this little home for Gingerbread men and women…
Overall not my favorite craft of the season, but we had a bit of fun struggling with it… and Mitchel even made it a band-aid! haha.
Day 8!!!! I would be lying if I didn’t mention that this is one of my favorites of my 12 days of Christmas Crafting! I’m in LOVE with the way it looks hanging in my doorway!
Step One: Gather supplies: a whole lotta felt in various colors, brown felt, scissors, a sewing needle and sewing thread, and I used embroidery yarn also!
Step Two: Draw template for the bulb and cut out desired amount of bulbs [two felt cutouts for each single bulb]. Also, use the top of the bulb to cut out a brown piece for the top of the bulb!
Step Three: Take your pile of tops and bulbs and sew them together! I hand stitched these together. I’m sure you could use a sewing machine as well, but I thought this might be easier.
Step Four: After your tops are secured to your bulb, take two bulbs and sew them together with the outsides facing each other. Flip them inside out and stuff them before finishing the top stitch on the bulb!
Step Five: This part was kind of tricky, but I used a plastic knitting needle and I put some twine through the tops! AND IT IS MAGNIFICENT!! It does take much longer than you’d think, but it’s totally worth it in the end!
Ignore the mess in the top photo… but look how pretty! =) What a fun and simple Christmas craft!
Mitch helped me make some delicious butter cookies from the Martha Stewart recipe here! The recipe calls for:
- 3 cups (spooned and leveled) all-purpose flour
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut in pieces
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Decorating sugar and sprinkles, (optional)
Step One: Place flour, sugar, butter, and salt in the bowl of a food processor; process until mixture is the texture of coarse meal.
Step Two: In a small bowl, lightly beat egg yolks and vanilla; with motor running, add to food processor. Process just until a dough forms.
Step Three: Chill overnight!
Step Four: Divide dough in half. Flour your cutting surface and roll dough out to 3/16″ thick.
Step Five: Dip cutter in flour and cut out shapes of your choice!
Step Six: Decorate those cookies! My handsome fellow is such a fantastical artist, he really did an incredible job with these cookies.
Step Seven: Bake cookies on 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
Step Eight: ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!! =)