Sunday, December 23, 2012

Making Christmas Cards

 I am a little behind this year.   I needed to make a few Christmas cards really fast.  So yesterday I created these in a short time.
I think  I  will be sending the bulk of my Holiday Greetings this year as :  Happy New Year Cards.
I had already made the Merry Christmas Tags a few weeks ago so these cards were very quick to put together.  I used this really cool vintage embossed wallpaper for the background.  I just painted it with a a little pearlized white craft paint.  I used my new snowflake die and embossing folder to cut out the snowflakes.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Snow Globe Craft Project

Pickle jars,  white spray paint, vintage snowman ornaments, bottle brush trees, fake snow, hot glue,  a little glitter and about 10 minutes = super cute snow globes.

I just cleaned out some pickle jars from the fridge and painted the lids with white spray paint.  Next, I hot glued the trees and snowmen to the inside of the jar lid.  Then add a little snow and glitter to the jar. Now the fun part, Place the lid on the jar and turn upside down.  I loved filling the glass tree jars with snowmen and trees too.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A No Bake Bar Recipe-

I  just found this recipe today- a good one for the boys to make for an after school snack.

These were very good and Easy.  We did not wait 3 hours for them to set up.  We just put them in the

freezer for 30 minutes.

No-Bake Sweet & Salty Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars.

Nonstick cooking spray2 cups creamy peanut butter, divided3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
 2 cups Powdered sugar, divided
4 cups (roughly ½-inch pieces), broken small pretzel twists, divided
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, divided

LINE 13 x 9-inch baking pan with foil leaving an overhang on two sides. Lightly spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.

BEAT 1 1/4 cups peanut butter and butter in large mixer bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in 1 cup powdered sugar. Stir in remaining 1 cup powdered sugar, 3 cups pretzel pieces and 1/2 cup morsels. Press evenly into prepared baking pan. Smooth top with spatula.

MICROWAVE remaining 1 1/2 cups morsels and 3/4 cup peanut butter in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 45 seconds; STIR. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted. Spread chocolate layer evenly over powdered sugar mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining pretzel pieces, pressing down lightly. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or until firm. Lift from pan; peel off foil. Cut into 60 pieces. Store in covered container in refrigerator.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Creating Birthday Cards

Blessed with Beautiful Eggs Again

The hens have been molting and thus slowed down in their egg laying.  Gertie- our brown egg layer-
 ( I think her eggs are beautiful too) was the only only producing an egg about every other day.  I was so surprised to find a beautiful green egg the other day in the nesting box.
Since then we have gotten a couple more green eggs.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Vintage Ice Skates for Decorating

I have been seeing cute winter displays or Wreaths using vintage ice skates everywhere lately.  So I picked up a pair of old ice skates to use for my Christmas Decorating.  There were two pairs- a great classic white pair and these interesting looking mens black and brown pair.  Well, I chose the brown pair.  I removed the ratty laces and replaced them with some vintage plaid ribbon. Now to find a place to display them.

Christmas Cookie Baking

Monday, December 03, 2012

Fun Decorating the Tree with Vintage Felt Santas-

I found these cute retro Felt Santas last week. I decided to combine the with a few other vintage ornaments- wooden toys and elves- along with my collection of shiny brite glass ornaments. I topped the tree with a handmade vintage santa hat and used a red and white checked table cloth for the skirt.

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