And all of the sudden, Christmas is here. After a mad-rush kind of week last week, I’m feeling more at ease and ready. It’s a good thing since there are only three days left and I hope you are in much the same place. There can be such pressure and over-the-top stress at this time of year. We don’t need that. It should be about seeing those who are most important to you, laughing and loving together and eating good food. Let’s get those last few things checked off your list. I’ve collected items below, last-minute things, that don’t take much time and are helpful in finishing those final details. Gift tags, holiday printables (perfect gift items!), quick sweets and easy crafts. You can do it. Let’s get to the celebrating.
printable winter wonderland | homemade turtles | tea light paper houses
hot chocolate party printable | printable Christmas tags & prints
3 minute, 3 ingredient fudge | printable holiday envelopes
felt Christmas tree pins | printable gift tags | paper Christmas trees
printable wrapping paper | cosy bear card | printable gift tags
There is so much more I wanted to share with you this season but with only so much time, the ideas will have to stay on my list for next year. I am taking some time off to enjoy my family and relax and will be back to regular programming in January. I will probably pop in a few times to say hello but until then, I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday.
I ordered a lovely set of two-tone dipped mugs online, a sweet Black Friday deal. After it was confirmed they were mine, I was notified they were on back-order and then eventually, I received an email to tell me the mugs were unfortunately all gone. I was bummed. But then I remembered that I make stuff and making ‘dipped’ mugs would be a cinch. Plus, I could make them exactly the colors I wanted, which, obvious from the photos, is various hues of red to berry.
If you aren’t looking to make for yourself at this time, let me assure you these mugs make a great gift item. Package them with a variety of teas and a pretty spoon or combine the mug with hot chocolate mix, marshmallows and a candy cane!
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Now it’s time to share gift ideas for the women in your life. This list contains ideas you can either to make or buy, depending on your preferences. This list is a bit of an insight to items I’m liking and wanting at this time. I’m sure you can find a thing or two for the women you know (as long as they are homebody weirdos who enjoy lots of different things). Haha! Can you believe we are almost to mid-December already?! Better get to work!
gold tube bracelet | kitchen apron | Xshot phone holder
polka dot heels |sequin clutch
petal necklace | arm knit cowl
drink perch | cast-iron dutch oven | homemade lip gloss
bath salt + spa kit | gold mugs | latte bowls
Here is a very simple, rustic ornament idea for you: twig ornaments. Specifically, twig snowmen ornaments. I used to have a large collection of snowmen I would drag out and display during the winter months. The collection has been significantly paired down over the years but I still think they are cute. Last year, I did a wooden snowmen garland and this year, it’s twigs. All you need in a branch from the tree in your yard, a few scraps of fabric, an eye screw, plus a couple of tools, and you can make your own little batch of snow guys too.
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Cinnamon braid bread is Christmastime to me. For as long as I can remember, making it and eating it has been a part of the holiday season. The aroma it fills the house with while it bakes, the scent from toasting it and finally, the flavor bring about the best and most happy memories. My mom used to make numerous loaves to give to our family friends. I liked to watch her knead the dough as she sat on the floor with the bread bowl pinched between her knees. She would let me try but, at that age, I was not as fluid as her. I did like helping with rolling the dough in cinnamon-sugar and once I got the hang of braiding the dough, that became my most favorite part.
As an adult now, I enjoy the chemistry part of combining all the ingredients, especially softening and initiating the yeast, but my favorite part continues to be braiding the dough. And eating it. Since Friday last week and through the weekend, I’ve made 12 loaves and my family of four have managed to put away almost three loaves ourselves. The outer crust gets a golden toast in the oven and the bottom of the loaf is covered in delicious caramel (it’s cooked in the bottom of the pan). The braiding gives the inner dough a swirl, the lines of cinnamon and sugar sweeping through. Like my mom did when I was young, I love making it to share with friends and family.
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