Saturday, December 18, 2010

On The Sixth Day of Christmas…

On The Sixth Day

Of Christmas My

True Love gave

to me……

“A Sugar Plum

Fairy Giveaway”

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and now I am giving it to

YOU!!

A Whim & Fancy Design

Original

SugraPlum Fairy

Paper Clay Doll!

Now who doesn’t love a giveaway!

Just leave me a sweet little Christmas wish and contact info and I’ll do a raffle sometime tomorrow and some lucky gurlie will

have a cute little gurlie of her own!

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She is so sweet, totally hand sculpted & painted , ledger paper crown covered in crushed glass and gold tinsel. Fully jointed. Her cute vintage jewels and a vintage pink tutu that will make you melt!

I’m so excited about his giveaway and hope you are too!

Merry Christmas & Good Luck!

 

Friday, December 17, 2010

On the Fifth Day Of Christmas….

On the Fifth Day

Of Christmas My

True Love Gave to

me……………………

A Magical Top Hat

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This Post I was saving for something special and this is it……

This Year I sent to Silver Bella

A Magical Top Hat with  A Pair Of magical Scissors!

Now the recipient of this Hat and Scissors would  take on a magical abilities to be able to create whatever their heart desired.

This hat was created from scratch from a free hand pattern and chipboard.

Yes the entire Hat is constructed of chipboard and glittered to perfection.  I sewed a Sash, aged it and then covered it with beautiful vintage found items and tucked away so carefully,  a pair of white gold glittered vintage scissors!

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Now I know some of you are wondering, what does this have to do with Christmas?  Well I’m getting to that part…..

And the recipient of  this year’s Silver Bella Raffle was…

 

Jill Grass Of Petit

Retreat

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And this is what she has done with it!

top hat and tree

 

Please visit Jill’s Blog

Petit Retreat and oggle

over how fabulous her tree

looks and Thanks so much

Jill for including my

creation in your home

this holiday season.

I am so glad you

displayed it the way you

did!

It looks Fabulous!!!

Jill may you and yours

have a very Merry

Christmas!!

 

Thursday, December 16, 2010

On the Fourth Day of Christmas….

 

On the Fourth day of

Christmas my true

love gave to me…..

A die cutting machine

and with this machine

I made twenty little

craft kits for Bella’s

Kindergarten Holiday

Party!

I actually got it for my birthday but this machine has come in so handy, I give it a shoutout whenever I can!!

Go Cricut!!!

It takes a little getting use to but when you get the hang of it, the  possibilities are endless!

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I purchased the Winter Woodland Cartridge and , it has the cutest images! So what could be easier when my daughter told me she needed something for her Holiday Class Party!!

A Craft Kit!!!

Now you’re talking

my language!!

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So I began to cut twenty top

hats….

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Twenty scarfs…..

Twenty Snowmen…..

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Assembled the goods….

 

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Included a 8 x 11 1/2

chipboard , so the kids had a

  craft mat for glue messes….

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Still assembling …….

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And Still assembling…….

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This is what Mr. Brrrr looks

like when all put together…..

Too Cute, Right!!!

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Thought I would give the kits

a personalized look with the

teacher’s name and now her

 Craft kit will rock all the

other

Kindergarten classes…

Hope Bella and her classmates

enjoy their kit and the school

of thought for this post was,

craft kits make

excellent stocking stuffers,

Church craft kits, Holiday

Bazaar events, Day care Fun

kits and

  the list could go on and

on…

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So take out the Cricut and use

it!!!

Happy Crafting and kit

making!!!!

P.S. I apologize for my photo quality, taking pictures at midnight is a bit dangerous!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

On the Third Day Of Christmas…..

On the third day of Christmas my true  love gave to me……

A Betty

Crocker box

and a bag of

sugar!!!

So I made  mini gingerbread bundts and  spun sugar bowls and here’s how!!!

Want a Show but short on $cash……you don’t need to take a trip down to you local specialty shop or bakery, just do it  yourself…It’s easy!! Remember if you don’t have  special bake ware a simple cupcake pan will do just fine!

Improvise folks!

Just a few ingredients, a little time and you have a spectacular dessert for you holiday table and your guest will definitely ohh and ahh over!!!

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Wash  hands and bake your cakes according to box directions and I used a Nordic ware small bundt cake pan.  If you have a special  gingerbread recipe by all means use it and once your cakes are ready let them cool down and set aside.

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Now it’s time to start the magic!

You will need a candy thermometer for this and I like to use my copper pot when make any type of candy.

The Basic Syrup Recipe


3-1/4 cup of granulated sugar
1 cup of DISTILLED water (less impurities )
1-1/3 cup of light corn syrup
½ teaspoon of Cream of Tartar

 

Mix sugar and water and bring to a boil.

Then add corn syrup and cream of tartar, these two ingredients are needed to keep the spun sugar from discoloration. Once the mixture gets to  305 degrees hard candy stage, submerge you  pot into a ice bath in a bigger pot to stop the cooking process.

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Using a heat proof, greased bowl use the tines of your fork or a small whisk and dip into mixture and scattered all over bowl. Be sure to cover your work area with parchment or wax paper because the spun sugar is a bit messy.

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Here’s the trick…

Do not let it totally get hard on the bowl or you may have a difficult time removing it (unless you have had a lot of practice and experience with spun sugar), so when it seems almost dry but still pliable remove it and form it to your liking!

A few tips…add some food coloring like red or green to your sugar mixture, that would be  a great WOW effect and the kids would go bonkers over it!!

If you also let the mixture cool way down, you can also form some great designs to place coming out of your cakes or other sweets!

***Be sure your hands are clean…someone might want to eat your gorgeous masterpiece!

Voila’!!!

Place your mini bundt atop you sugar spun bowl, I used a Carmel glaze and some holly, place on  pretty glass wear and you have a  dessert  your guests will talk about for holidays to come! It’s that spun sugar , it always does the trick!!

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Go on give it a try and

Happy Baking and Candy

making!!!!

I also wanted to share a very cool blog site called

The Blog Guide Book

and  you can find some of the most neatest things on this site such as  classes, how to’s, linky parties and the list goes on and on, please stop by and take a look for yourselves!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

ON the 2nd Day of Christmas

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me …..
A Bella….
She has strawberry blonde hair, brown eyes, a beautiful smile and a personality to match!
This project is a great way to gift tag your gifts and your children would be elated to see themselves plastered all over their gifts, even the adults would love it. Use tulle, ribbon, jute, seam binding, well the list could go and on but, It’s easy as pie and for  all the little boys out there attach the ribbon to his neck area just like a bow tie! It will definitely bring some laughter Christmas Morning!
Happy Tagging and See you tomorrow!

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I just B & W my photos on my photo program and use the text option to address the gift then used some Kraft edger's for the edge of the photo
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Punch holes on head, neck area, clothing area, etc..
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Use the unexpected like twine or  jute but I happen to love tulle and so does Bella!
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So easy and fast to create that extra special embellishment for your gifts
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You may want to adhere with a dab of hot glue onto gift just in case
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They will always remember how special you made them feel!
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Thanks for stopping by!!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

My Twelve Days of Christmas

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Welcome to My Twelve Days of Christmas!
Throughout the next twelve days of my blog posts you will find home decor, recipes, fun crafts and  Very Merry Blog Giveaway and hopefully in all of that goodness a little inspiration to have your own special Twelve Days of Christmas!

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me
A Decorated Home
(well I Decorated it but he did buy it for me)
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Santa is watching you……Have you been Naughty or Nice!!!!!!!!!!
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This beautiful goose , I bought from a vendor at the Glitter Market at Paper Crown in Oklahoma City! She sits and waits  for the arrival of all our Christmas cards……..hint…hint!
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My collection of reindeer…I have ton’s more but I could only get a few to cooperate!!!
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I love to dress up my Chandeliers!!
If you got some floral wire and greenery and a  sturdy step  ladder, what  are you waiting for!!
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This guys is part of my nutcracker set-up.. …He’s up high on the Armoire or else Bella will want to dance the night away with him!!
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Just a different view…more light!
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Caroler’s singing on the Foyer….Fa lala lala!
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My White Tree with my prized Mercury Glass ornaments and all my bottle brush trees as she sits so perfectly on the mantle…She spins too but that’s another post! P.S. I paid 5 bucks for that mantle!!!WHAHAHAHA!
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The greeting party as you enter our home.
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And Yes, even the chandelier in the Kitchen gets all spruced up!!
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Those drums you see up above on top of the kitchen cabinets and great to serve Christmas cookies in…I use them for open house on Christmas Eve…those were a Garden Ridge find……They lacked in  inventory this year……next year Garden Ridge!!!
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I love these bottle brush candy canes…now those are my favorite find this Holiday season!!! Jo-Ann’s!!
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My holiday room , it was my studio as some of you know and have seen, eeggghh! LOL
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Just little details like .50 cent birds make a whole lot of difference!
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mmmm…….I love bling bling!!!
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Lots of bling bling…….
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Same Chandelier, just another view!
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More Mercury glass with a picture of my Grandmother Lucinda, it’s more like a shrine for her ( I remember her and my grandfather teaching us the true meaning of Christmas~ Family) and then I will fill with white candles in the candle holders and all about to celebrate
Christmas Eve  known as "Nochebuena" (the Good Night). It is a time for family members to gather together to rejoice and feast around the Nativity scenes that are present in nearly every home. The Christmas Eve gaiety is interrupted at midnight by the ringing of bells calling the families to "La Misa Del Gallo" (Rooster's Mass).
Christmas dinner is often eaten late at night, but before midnight on Christmas Eve so that families may attend mass. It is a family feast, and often highlighted with "Pavo Trufado de Navidad" (Christmas turkey with truffles; truffles are a mushroom-like delicacy found underground). After the meal, family members gather around the Christmas tree and sing Christmas carols. The celebrations usually go on very late, one old Spanish verse says...
          "Esta noche es Noche-Buena, Y no es noche de dormir"
          (Tonight is the goodnight,and it is not meant for sleeping.)


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Santa came by bike this year!!! He promised me my Audi next year…yah right, Santa!!WHAHAHA
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Now this is my children’s Tree…I do not touch this tree, I am NOT ALLOWED to touch this tree, this is totally my children and I think they did a superb job!!
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I hope you enjoyed this first entry and please continue to come by and visit the rest of My Twelve Days of Christmas!