I had a laundry list of homemade gifts to make this year (thanks in large part to my new love, Pinterest!). It was truly a miracle that I was able to finish most of them in time for Christmas. Amid piles of boxes, we spent several "family nights" putting together many gifts for friends and family. It was the perfect way to find joy amid the chaos of moving during the holidays and a great stress-reliever for all of us.
I am somewhat distraught that I did not manage to get pictures of all our craft projects. It was late Christmas evening, during that drowsy, content, gluttony-induced-near-coma that comes after a perfect day of celebration when I realized that most of my creations were not photographed. But in that blissful moment, I didn't seem to care much. C'est la vie...
A few of our projects:
Reindeer Root beer (We used brown pipe cleaners, googly eyes, red pom poms and hot glue to turn cases of IBC root beer into a herd of reindeer.)
Peppermint Cocoa in a Jar (These turned out amazing. I will definitely be making more and I will post the recipe and pics! Could also be a great Valentine's Day gift...)
Chicken Noodle Soup in a Jar (I will make more and post this one, too. A great idea for a gift basket for a sick friend.)
Scarves repurposed from T-shirts (One of favorite projects from Pinterest! I gave away all that I made, but I will be posting this one, too.)
Glass ornaments (We filled glass ball ornaments with all kinds of things: red feathers, confetti, tulle, glitter, etc. We used white tulle for the tie to hang them. We handed these out to dear friends during a night of caroling. They were beautiful.)
We even managed to eke out most of our traditional goodies, too. (Another Christmas miracle!) Although, I didn't get to post much about them, I added several our of our family favorites for the holidays to the Recipes page. (Like Grammys's Sugar Cookies, my great-grandmother's recipe... to-die-for!) Some of my favorite party appetizers are up, too, including a great Hot Spinach Dip and Smoky Cheese Ball.
|A photographer I am not, but here is our Buche de Noel.|
And just for the pure cuteness factor...
During our move, my two smallest ones raided my treasure trove of scarves and I found my Ladybug playing "Mary & Baby Jesus."
And then I found my little Lovey doing something similar, only Baby Jesus was now a blonde, with long, golden curls.
I can now see the bottom of my coffee cup, and I believe there is a whole basement full of boxes just dying to be unpacked... Off I go.
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