Have you ever made your own marshmallows? I made some for the hot cocoa baskets we did this past Christmas. I know it seems time consuming for something you can usually pick up at the dollar or grocery store, but I think it adds a nice touch to a basket…. especially if you colour them to match the season.
I didn’t cut mine into any fancy shape for Christmas, just added food colouring to make them a nice green colour for the season. As I said, they do take a bit of time but I think it’s worth it to add that little bit extra to a gift basket!
Look…. two days in a row with posts!!! I am on a little role! I can’t guarantee it will stick but at least it’s more than one day in a row!
Dillon bought me this craft kit for Christmas. I thought it was pretty cool and couldn’t wait to try it out. I had the perfect spot for it, it my kitchen window. While Dillon bought it as a sort of joke gift because I can’t keep a plant alive in the house to save my own life, it was still a fun project to do!
This is the kit I received.
It came with everything needed except for the scissors to cut the hanging cord.
The dough was very malleable and I got straight to work “designing” my hanging pots. I will admit I did redo them a few times until I decided on what I wanted the final look to be, making sure to also push the plastic succulent into the tops of each pot to make the hole before it dried. While they may not be perfect, they still look cute hanging in the window.
NOTE: I pushed a wooden skewer through them after shaping for 2 reasons…. one as a space for the cord to hang them and two, so I could use the skewer to hold the pots over glasses to dry during painting.
I let the dry/cure for about 2 days because they were sort of thick, then painted them with the provided paint.
Once the paint dried, I threaded the provided cord through double thickness, knotted it for hanging and pushed the succulent into each pot where I made the hole before drying.
Here are the little succulent pots hanging in my kitchen window. I used a tension rod to hang them inside the window frame under my window valance.
Again I must apologize for not being around to post. Life is just a little overwhelming right now, but I will pop on and post when I am able. I was however pleasantly surprised to see how well our blog has been able to hold it’s own while I have been absent.
This one should have been posted either before Christmas or right after but obviously wasn’t. We found a cute rocking chair at a second hand chair and I wanted to refinish it for our granddaughter for Christmas! We painted it in a bright pink and black because I wanted to do a Minnie Mouse theme and then I used my Cricut to cut vinyl to decorate the chair. In my humble opinion, Grandma and Grumpy (our version of Grandpa lol) did a pretty good job with the second hand store rocking chair! (Don’t mind the background view of the disaster area I call a craft room right now… I have barely been down there since Christmas and it needs some serious reorganization… again)
Chris sanded it down for me, filled in any spots that needed it it with wood filler and then spray painted the bright pink colour on for me, I painted the black and did the vinyl! He did take pictures for me but I keep forgetting to ask him to send me the pictures so I can upload them…. imagine that! So…..
This is the rocking chair after all the painting was done….
And this is the picture after the vinyl of course. I just used a Disney font that I bought and downloaded and made a bunch of white polka dots for the seat of the chair. I was going to make a skirt for it out of tulle, but since they also have a cat I opted to forgo the skirt for obvious reasons!
The finished rocking chair that Kim has already sent me pictures of our granddaughter, Scarlyt, sitting in reading her books!
Over the holiday season, and while Chris was off, I found myself trying to come up with different breakfast ideas. Not that Chris wouldn’t eat peameal and eggs every single day… it was that I didn’t want to have to cook peameal and eggs every single day lol!
I remembered seeing this sort of idea somewhere before and thought this would be the perfect time to try it out!
They turned out so well that I ended up making them at least twice over the holiday season and they will definitely become a regular part of our weekend breakfast rotation!
They don’t look like they would be much of a breakfast but they are surprisingly filling!
I would like to start by apologizing for being absent for so long. Hopefully this is the end of the absence. I’m not sure what was different about this Christmas/holiday season, but my holiday hangover has been severe. The exhaustion unbearable. I think the only thing that kept my sanity somewhat in place was Little Lucy. Having the forced breaks so she could do her “business” forced me to take breaks when I normally wouldn’t. At least I had that in my favour lol. Lucy’s sanity saving breaks or not, I’ve had real trouble recovering from the hustle and bustle, stress and overall rush of getting ready for Christmas and just had to step back for a bit to recover. Hopefully I’m done!
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season that was spent with family and friends!
This year because I somehow ended up way behind schedule we opted to do a hot cocoa basket for everyone. The base of which is this homemade hot cocoa mix!
It mixes up easy, tastes wonderful and even mixes better in the cup than regular hot chocolate mixes!
The recipe calls for:
3 cups dry coffee whitener
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/8 tsp. salt
To make the hot cocoa mix, you place everything in your blender and mix until the coffee whitener is no longer grainy looking and everything is well mixed.
Store in an airtight container or if gifting place in bags with measured amounts.
1/4 cup of the mix to 8 ounces of boiling water makes a perfect cup of hot cocoa!
Our nephew loves going to the movies, so I thought this year I would make him a movie/popcorn themed gift. I got a popcorn bucket to put everything in, got movie type snacks and popcorn seasoning, sent Chris out for a theatre gift card and then I went into Design Space and made up a T-shirt that sort of looks like the popcorn bucket design to go with it.
I loaded everything into the basket..
And then wrapped it up ready to go!!! Phew! Another gift ready to go!