Made a couple batches of Oreo Balls for Christmas. link
Since I don't like Chocolate Oreo cookies I made a batch of the Golden Oreo cookies too.
Dipped the chocolate ones in milk chocolate and the golden in white. They really are pretty good.
Just another shot of the house....I think this is the first craft project Brenda and I made. We had went to Arkansas for this super huge Craft fair...never been to such a huge fair! Anyway, everyone was walking around with these Christmas signs and Brenda and I decided we could make them. She cut the wood and added them to the pole and I did the painting of the wording. Not great but not bad...now I know an easy way to paint them so I might paint over these and paint them again. That's all the post for today...off to lunch with Jerri Ann and Gavin.
Here it is....my home in lights. This is all the lights, I'm lit down by the road too but I didn't like the way the picture came out with it. Plus, I have 3 lighted deers in the side yard that you can't see. I had an acquaintance tell me that she was afraid Aliens might land on my yard...I did NOT say she was a friend...LOL..I don't care what she thinks, I liked it and I did get a few compliments on it. My brother-in-law made the bears for me this year but I haven't figured out yet how to take light shots without blowing the light...so they are that blob of white light that you see on the left side of the photo. Anyway, you get the idea.
While shopping one day, before the Christmas rush, Bill and I came across these lighted Christmas gifts for outside decoration. They wanted 69.00 for them and I could not bring myself to buy them. So...we went across the street to Lowe's and purchased some chicken type wire and then went to Wally World for the material. They didn't have a huge selection of material so I couldn't be too particular. Plus, they wanted 5.95 for the gold bow, so I couldn't bring myself to buy more then one. The other two bows were in my stash but I plan on replacing them next year with ones I make myself. Just need to remember to buy some good ribbon. We just used some scrap 1 x 4's that we had and made us a 'box' by making a top frame and a bottom frame out of the 1 x 4's that we cut down to 1 x 1's. The wire was stiff enough that we didn't have to add side rails...just stapled the wire to the top frame, forming the wire into a box shape as we stapled. Then added the bottom frame and stapled the bottom. I really liked how the red and gold looked after I stapled the material on to the box but after dark, you can really see the wire cage when the lights are lit on the inside. Oh, the lights are just a white Christmas strand that I had and I ran it from one box to the other and basically, just bunched up inside. I could have attached them to the wire but thought I'd pick up some smaller strands after Christmas and then I'll add them permanently. This worked for now. The silver box was made later and I decided to add a muslin piece to it first....then covered it with the silver...didn't like that look after dark at all...LOL....will be redoing it before next year. I'm thinking I just need to double my pretty material instead...another project for another day. All together we probably only have about 15.00 in the set....
Ok...here are the tags made with the snowflakes that were cut out of the front panel for the Christmas card. I then cut a page full of white ones and sprayed them with an adhesive and spinkled them with glitter. This is the same tag I used last year, just cut me some more out of red cardstock and then I actually 'stamped' the Merry Christmas on them. I had got this stamp with a card magazine that I get that always has a free gift on the front of it. The Dec. magazine has these really neat stamps. Added twine to the buttons and put it all together with pop dots. Added some silver cord and there you have it...quick and easy. Just put the to/from on the back and added to the packages.
This little gal was given to me a few years back from a long time friend of mine. She has craft night with all her grandchildren and they make Christmas ornaments. I love this one! It's just a white transparent ornament that she has drawn the face on and added a small wooden bead for a nose. Comes with a pretty gold metallic bow in her hair...LOL....she is really pretty when the lights from the tree are shining through her but I didn't capture that very well.
This is my take on this card darleenstamps. I used the Cricut to cut the snowflake and top panel for my card...love this cause then all my panels were cut exactly alike and fit my base card perfectly. Downloaded some Silent Night sheet music and printed off on some parchment paper that I've had forever and then made scallops in Sure Cuts A Lot and with trial and error, got the scallops to cut on the Cricut over the placement of the wording of the song and still leave a bit of musical notes. That was the hardest part of the card...For the Merry Christmas, I printed it out on the full 8 1/2 x 11 inch Kraft paper in two places. I printed it on plain paper first, then lined it up the Kraft paper that I would be cutting later until it was in the right position. This was easier than I'm typing ...LOL...Once all my wording was printed on the front panel, I then cut the panel and the snowflake. I have lots of snowflakes to use on projects now...will be posting one of them later. Not sure what I'll do with the rest of them but have stored them for future use. On this image, the ribbon was solid red...I ran out of polka-dot ribbon and did not want to run back to Wal-mart...my time was getting too scarce by this point. So...I just used some solid red and added some liquid pearl dots. Added a rhinestone and then mounted this panel on the red stock and then \mounted to the white stock. I like how it turned out! Now, to get an idea for next year and at least have the supplies on hand.
And this is just a shot of my old gingerbread ornaments I've had since forever and a day. Tell me why I can't seem to get my oranges to be orange? Oranges should be orange...not yellow!!
Just thought you'd like to see this ensemble again. I was talking about the crafts I've made over the years to the gal that works at the station in Gilman where I begin my work day and it crossed my mind that the work force had changed there over the years. I made this same ensemble a few years back for the gals that worked at the station at the time. This is the same year, Bren and I sent the ensemble to you. So...I decided to make it all up again. Like to never found the file but finally did. Made up 4 of these gifts and it reminded me of how much I miss all the crafting we use to do. I contacted Brenda to make the cups but her inks had dried up so she had to email a gal that does the dye sub products. She printed off the cup file and then sent it to Brenda and Brenda put it on the cups for me. The gal must of had a different profile on her printer or different ink cause the new cups were a brighter blue than the original ones were. I like the blue of the original better but the girls loved them all and could not believe they were all handmade. This was one of my favorite ensembles that I printed up and I was super glad you shared the file with me. Notice your snowfriend notepad too!
Jessi & Jason stopped by on Saturday for a quick birthday get together. They will be 13 on the 22nd.
Made them a batch of cupcakes to celebrate.
I didn't have a fancy cupcake holder so I turned a dessert dish over and sat a cupcake on it to snap this shot.
Finished the treats just in time....party is tomorrow. These pictures are horrible but its cloudy this morning and I've ran out of time to take good shots. But, you get the idea. The bag is Reindeer poop...thought the kids would get a kick out of it...Santa with his reindeer and a little something the reindeer left...LOL...off to work...