Last weekend before we headed up to Missouri to see my family for Christmas, we had an early Christmas between just the two of us, and we got to use the new stockings I made!
The stockings were too heavy to be hung by the chimney with care...probably because we have no fireplace and I was trying to hang them with 3M strips that weren't for the proper weight limit.
I used the Noodlehead stocking tutorial that I used the last time I made stockings, but I think they turned out a lot better than my first set! I made a bunch of little felt forest animals with red scarves and hats. I'm the hedgehog, Tyler wanted to be a moose, and of course my Pomeranian had to be a fox and my tuxedo cat had to be a skunk. :) Once I cut out the animals, I hand stitched them to the stockings and added small glass beads for eyes and noses. I also stitched on little snowflakes while I was at it.
For our names I cheated and took them to a local monogramming store. I won't lie. Embroidery is like my least favorite activity ever. I start mumbling cursewords whenever I for some strange reason decide to take on a large embroidery project.
Once the details were done, I followed the tutorial to sew them all together! I omitted the extra strip of contrasting fabric between the cuff and the main stocking because I didn't have any red fabric to match my bias tape. It turned out just fine that way--I just didn't add the two extra inches to the batting when I used the template to cut it out.
They look beautiful all together and I was so excited to use them at our early Christmas! These photos were so cute I couldn't help but share. It turns out our little doggie understands how stockings work.
She even knew which one was hers...
And she couldn't wait to open it!
Here's to hoping your Christmas was as joyful as our puppy's! Thanks for stopping by! :)
It feels so good to be accomplishing things on my Christmas Craft List! The first project I conquered was this cardinal and white pinecone wreath. I got the idea off Pinterest via Better Homes and Gardens (see original project here), but I made it with my own twist!
The tutorial called for a store bought pinecone wreath, but I thought, "Why pay for a pinecone wreath when I have plenty of pinecones in my own backyard?" So I picked up bunches and bunches of pinecones, then bought a grapevine wreath at Jo-Ann's with my 40% off coupon.
I laid out the pinecones on the wreath where I wanted them, then used an unprudent amount of hot glue to stick them in place permanently. I used about half a bag of glue sticks, if you can believe that!
Once everything was all tacked down, I spray painted the whole thing white. I didn't bother to make sure everything was evenly coated. I wanted the wood to show through so it looked like it was more frosted than just white.
Once the paint dried, I put on the red birds and red bells instead of the ornaments the original tutorial called for, both of which I got for 60% off at Jo-Ann's. And voila! I think it turned out great, and I'm so excited to hang it in our living room with the rest of our Christmas decor, which is all red and white bird themed. :)
I hope you're chipping away at your Christmas bucket list! Thanks for reading.
So I've missed a few days worth of photos, but with good reason! I've been crafting, baking, and Christmas shopping up a storm this week! I've accomplished three of the five projects on my Christmas Craft List, plus a few others! I'm so excited to share everything I've done with you when I have time to take the necessary pictures. In the meantime, here are some snapshots from this week! (Sorry the pictures are little this time...I uploaded them from my phone. Hopefully I can swap them out for higher res images soon!)
December 11: Christmas Stockings
I finished the stockings today! Left this picture black and white to build suspense. :)
December 12: Pinecone Ornament
Took this picture a little blurry when I was trying to text it to my brother while we were on the phone. It actually looked pretty neat so I kept it. :)
December 14: Hot Cocoa Mix Neighbor Gifts
It turns out it is SO cheap and SO easy to make these! You've gotta do it--about $2 per gift!
December 15: Wrapped Gifts
After I finished our stockings today, my friend Allison came over to help me wrap all my Christmas presents. We're doing our "family" (me, my fiance, and the puppy and kitty!) Christmas tomorrow. We'll be going home to my family in Missouri for real Christmas. :) I'm so excited to see everyone and go wedding dress shopping with my mom!
Hope you're taking time to enjoy the little things during this holiday season! See you next time!
We had our Christmas cookie exchange party yesterday! We only had three guests come, but we had a great time tasting cookies, eating hors d'ouvres, and playing Apples to Apples and Cranium. My favorite part was seeing all the little pieces come together, which is what I'm here to share with you! I'm kicking myself a little for not taking more/better pictures, but here's what I've got!
For our appetizers, we served pear and brie slices wrapped in proscuitto (recipe idea from Better Homes & Gardens). We got the serving plate at Target for $1.
We also had tortellini and meatball skewers with marinara sauce on the side to dip it in (recipe idea also compliments of Better Homes & Gardens).
To drink, we made festive Poinsettias (champagne and cranberry juice). We labeled all the foods with these cool little chalkboard placecards ($9.99 for a set of four at World Market--still trying to figure out how I could make one myself).
And I tied little bows out of red and white polka dotted ribbon onto the stems of our wine glasses. This was a last minute idea and I think it was a very cute touch if I do say so myself!
We also had roasted almonds, chips and salsa, and a hot chocolate bar with crushed Andes Mints, graham cracker crumbles, marshmallows and whipped cream (which was in the fridge at the point this photo was taken).
And of course there were the cookies! We made caramel filled chocolate cookies drizzled with a chewy caramel sauce and sprinkled with sea salt.
We had everyone label their cookies on these little cardstock place cards when they came in. It said the name of the cookie and who they were made by.
My friend, Allison, made Ande's Mint chocolate cookies.
Another friend made Butter Rum Wafers, and a third friend who came made Molasses Cookies, which I forgot to take a picture of (rats!).
And you can't have cookies without milk, of course!
We ordered these red and white paper straws off Amazon.com, and we tied red ribbon around a canning jar to display them in. I also tied a red ribbon around a carafe for the milk.
We sent everyone home with one of these red and white snowflake tins filled with assorted cookies. I got the tins at Dollar General for $2 each.
I didn't have a chance to take a picture yesterday because it was a crazy day, so today I took extra! It was an awful day at work, so I was happy to come home and unwind to cookie baking and wreath making in preparation for the Christmas Cookie Exchange party we're hosting tomorrow. Here's my evening in three snapshots...
December 7: Red & White Paper Straws
We ordered these in bulk and they came in today just in time for the party. So pretty! They remind me of candy canes and fit right along with our red, white, and snowflake theme for the party!
December 7: Chocolate Cookies
Here are the chocolate caramel-filled cookies we made for our Christmas Cookie Exchange. They're just cooling here and there will be some finishing touches tomorrow just before the party. I'll be sure to share pictures!
December 7: Red Bird & White Pinecone Wreath
Ta-da! I accomplished one of the things on my Christmas Craft List! And it took a lot more tries than anticipated. I'll make a separate post just on the wreath in a few days, but here's a sneak peak. :) I'm really proud of this one because I finished it all on weeknights! This is new for me. I think I'm getting the hang of this work/life balance thing. :)
That's all I've got for you today, but hopefully on Sunday I'll be sitting down to share all the pictures from our Cookie Swap and the details on the red bird wreath. See you then!
This year I decided to take one picture each day throughout December to help me pause and focus on the small joys that make the holidays so great. I think it will really help me savor the season, and lucky for you, I'll be sharing the photos here each day. Which probably means I'll probably be dumping them here in loads when I get behind. :) Here are the first four and a bonus!
December 1: Gingerbread Cookie Christmas Candle
December 2: White Christmas Lights
December 3: Frosted Window
December 4: Reindeer Pajamas
Bonus! November 25: Hot Chocolate and Popcorn
I hope you're relishing in all the small joys, too. Happy crafting!