season of gift giving and receiving, it is always important to say
thank you---and nothing says thank you quite like a proper note. To
help you express your gratitude, here is a free downloadable thank
you card. The front features a Christmas tree design that says
thank you in many different languages and dialects. The inside has
the message "Many Thanks." The card prints 2 up on a standard 8.5 x
11 sheet of paper and the finished card fits a
standard 4 3/8 x 5 3/4 invitation envelope. Go ahead and
print some out and have them on hand for when those gifts start
rolling in…unless you are on the Naughty list this year!
Free Christmas Thank You Card Download-Outside
Free Christmas Thank You Card Download-Inside
And dont forget to download the
free matching Christmas Card as well!
be some kind of mad mistletoe
shortage in these parts, which is weird because mistletoe is native
to NC and it grows everywhere along the coast, but regardless, I
have not been able to find a single sprig of it around here this
year. And being a DIY kinda gal, I decided that surely I should be
able to make some. Most of the time the stuff found in stores more
closely resembles a sprig of eucalipitis with some glued-on white
plastic berries. This is my result.
used the Cricut
"Joys of the Season" cartridge and cut out five leaf boarde r(
)shapes at 1.5 inches in width, using two different shades of plain
green cardstock. I then used a standard hole punch to punch out the
round white berries. After gluing the berries to the leafy paper
stems with a glue stick, I gathered the stems at one end and tied
them with some silver glitter ribbon that I had left over from my
wreath. And tada! Instant Mistletoe!
am all about spreading some early holiday cheer, so just in time to
get them in the mail, I have for you a free Christmas card
download. My design features the saying "Merry Christmas" in 20
different languages on the front in the shape of a whimsical tree.
The inside message reads "Merry Christmas to All" and the finished
card fits a
standard 4 3/8 x 5 3/4 invitation envelope.
Free Christmas Card Download
Free Christmas Card Download--inside text
lovelies! I wanted to share my new DIY Christmas Stockings made
from painter's drop cloths. Yes, you read that correctly. I have
learned a lot of fun treats to make with this surprisingly
pretty and durable fabric out there in the blogosphere. Here are a
Curtains from Lovely.Crafty.Home.
Drop Cloth Dust Ruffle from Between You and Me
Drop Cloth Upholstered Headboard from Apartment
is this fabric super duper cheep (you can get a 'contractor' pack
that contains 2 hemmed 9 ft x 6 ft panels for $9.99), but it is the
most lovely shade of neutral taupe-y gray and has great texture. I
added a multi stripe cotton ticking fabric for the lining, grass
green ball fringe as trim, a jingle bell for the toe and iron-on
rhinestone letters to complete the look.
just kind of whipped these guys up by free-hand drawing the elf toe
stocking shape on to the drop cloth fabric and going from there.
However, if you are looking for a more structured approach,you can
check out the complete tutorial for this very project over at
Tater Tots and Jello or Lovely.Crafty.Home.
Congratulations on the sweet guest post by my good friend and
partner in crime, Rachael!
more inspiration, check out
this Tip Junkie post. I think I contains a link to every DIY
Stocking tutorial on the web.
Oh, and a
special thank you to Jen from Make, Do &
Review who was kind enough to send the iron-on letters to me in
a care package. Thanks Jen!!!
Hello Lovelies! It's that time of year again...when my Christmas
cookie baking is in full swing. I bake a lot for the holidays
because a) a really enjoy it and b) cookies make wonderful and
inexpensive gifts. I have been asked several times this year for
some cookie recipe sugestions, so I am making a three part series
all about it. I started this years baking off with three recipies
I'd like to share:
Martha's Idea Sugar Cookies
Let's face it, no one does baking quite like Martha, dahling.
And although some of her recipes can get a little fussy, her
ideal sugar cookie recipe is a classic. I've used this recipe
for years and it always gets rave reviews.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons brandy, or milk
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Yield: about 2 dozen
I always let my dough rest in the refidgerator over night to be
sure it is easy to work with. This recipe was orginally published
in The "Martha Stewart Living Christmas Cookbook" cira
2003. You can find a copy
here at Amazon.
And, naturally, you've got to decorate these lovelies with
Martha's Royal Icing recipe.
1 box confectioners' sugar (1 pound)
5 tablespoons meringue powder, or 2 large egg whites
Yeild: 2 1/3 cups
I use egg whites rather than meringue powder because that is
normally what I have on hand. After your cookies are iced, let them
sit out a bit before storing and the royal icing will become firm
Betty Crocker Thumbprint Cookies
Ahhh, Betty Crocker, oh how I love thee. I can always turn to
you for tried and true recipies likes these
tumbprint cookies. So delicious and festive, these buttery
short bread cookies are topped with a touch of jelly for flavor and
color. I like raspberry jelly, but you can choose your
Here is the recipe as it appears from Betty:
¼ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup butter or margarine, softened
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 egg separated
1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup finely chopped nuts
Yield: about 3 dozen
I made a modification to this recipe and skipped the nuts and
egg wash. Rather, I rolled the chilled dough and use a small daisy
shaped cookie cutter to cut-out the cookies. Then I pressed the
center with a mellon baller, to give a nice round uniform dish, and
baked according to instructions.
Aunt Baby's Checkerboard Cookies
And finally, from Oprah, Aunt
Baby's Checkerboard Cookies. A pretty combination of chocolaty
and buttery flavors (really how could you go wrong with that),
these cookes are pretty simple to make and look lovely on a cookie
plate. Because of their square shape, they also pack and ship well
in the mail.
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (1 envelope) nonfat dry milk
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter or shortening , softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs , well beaten
2 Tbsp. cocoa
Note: For more colorful cookies, substitute red or
green food coloring for cocoa.
Sift together flour, dry milk, baking powder, and salt. Set
Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and stir in vanilla.
Gradually add sugar; beat until light and fluffy. Add well-beaten
eggs, blending until smooth. Add dry ingredients and mix until well
blended. Divide dough in half. Stir cocoa into one half, blending
well. Shape each half into a rectangle, about 2" x 2" x 6". Tightly
wrap in waxed paper. Chill at least 30 minutes.
Unwrap dough; cut each rectangle into quarters, lengthwise.
Alternately place dark and white quarters side by side to form
checker design. Rewrap in waxed paper and chill slightly.
Slice dough into 1/8-inch pieces and place on ungreased cookie
sheet. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes.
Yield: about 5 dozen
as seen on the gypsys
Another fabulous free download to share, this time from
Bake It Pretty! The ladies at Bake It Pretty are kind enough to
share two colorways of this festive holiday bunting, -
cinnamon & snowflakes and
pistachio & pink! Each PDF has the entire alphabet, numbers
and punctuation to allow you to create a custom holiday
message---how fun! Head over to
bake it pretty for the downloads and more information.
Saw these and had to share. Be sure to visit
Eat, Drink, Chic to download these free printable gift tags.
Dont you just love?
Christmas classic, popcorn garland is simple to make and gives your
tree a sweet vintage-y vibe. To make this craft you will
cup popping corn
cup cooking oil
popping your popcorn on the stove-top. With microwave
popcorn's popularity, this simple task seems to be a bit of a lost
art. It doesn't take long at all and the result here will be a dry
popcorn with no butter or salt, perfect for stringing. Add ¼ cup of
oil to a large heavy pot with a lid. Add popping corn, cover and
heat over high heat until kernels start popping. Shake pot on
burner to keep kernels from burning. Keep popping until there is a
2 second lull between pops. Remove from heat and keep shaking the
covered pot for a few moments to allow for any extra pops. Remove
lid and transfer popcorn to a large bowl. Thread needle and being
stringing popcorn, alternate with cranberries as desired. I put a
group of three cranberries every two feet or so.
project also does not take as much time as you might think. I
completed garland for our seven foot tall slim tree in less time
than the broadcast of this evenings Monday night football game
between the Colts and the Chargers. Happy stringing!
I'm excited to post some new holiday card designs! In addition to
Seasons Greetings snowflakes design I posted about yesterday, I
have these cuties to add to your Christmas cheer. Mix and match any
5 designs for $8. Each cards measure 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and are blank
inside for your message. Each card also comes with a fully lined
white envelope in a fun polka-stripe patterned coordinating
Good Day holiday cards are here! Hooray!
This wintery design features three cut paper snowflakes with a
crystal embellishment in the center of each and a fully lined
envelope. Cards measure 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and are blank inside for
your holiday message. Set of 4 cards for $8.
More designs to come!