Sunday, December 18, 2011

Hanging my Pictures Out to Dry

My newest project! I've been thinking about replicating this project ever
since I saw it on the Maybe Matilda blog.

With the holidays coming, my house has been a whirlwind of activity. Dust is flying, laundry is tumbling, dishes clinking in the sink. My husband has been busy, and the house is looking great. (You didn't think I had been doing all that cleaning, did you?) Along with the house cleaning, we have been finally hanging up some family photos on the walls. Our house is starting to look like someone lives here! 

With all this home beautification going on, I just had to take 20 minutes (that's right, this was quick and easy) to put together a cool photo frame for my home. Rachel posted her project on November 15, and today is December 17. I've been thinking about this idea ever since.

This was my inspiration. Looks great, Rachel!
I absolutely loved this idea. When I stumbled upon the tiny clothes pins at Wal-Mart, I knew it was meant to be. I had a frame. The wonderful folks who sold us our home left some goodies behind, including about 20 large picture frames. I decided to back my clothesline with some fabric from my stash and hang my line a little more slap-dash, but otherwise I pretty well followed Rachel's example. 

Once again, here's what mine looked like:

These are some photos that had been on the fridge or in a drawer in the kitchen, and really deserved to be displayed. I'm really happy with how this turned out. The only thing I would change is the yarn I used for the clothesline-- white or possibly brown twine would work better. This was what I had at hand, though, and if I had waited until I had ALL the supplies I needed, this project would never have gotten done. Did I mention that I'm really happy with this project? ;)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas Cookies

I didn't end up using the sugar paper again, but maybe next
time I'll make yellow smiley face cookies :)
I didn't have holiday colored icing, but I managed to draw
some seasonal pictures on the cookies before the tiny people
became insistent that it was cookie time.


After my recent venture into into cake-making, I found myself with some extra decorating supplies. We've been getting the house ready for Christmas, and sudden inspiration struck. Christmas cookies!

I used some refrigerated sugar cookies that have been chillin' in the fridge for a month or so, vanilla frosting from a cake (also from the fridge), and the left over black icing from the humidor cake.

I used "baking cookies" as an excuse to stay in the quiet kitchen while the kids played in the living room with Dad. It was the perfect time for Mama to put the Kindle app on my phone to use. I've been re-reading Pride and Prejudice during the occasional quiet times (waiting for the pizza to be ready, at the doctor's office, baking cookies...)

Anyhow, the kids eagerly awaited these cookies, admired them for a few minutes upon completion, and promptly wolfed them down. This was a pretty easy/quick treat, and I was feeling pretty jolly that night (what with the holidays and a shot of whiskey or two I stole from my husband), so I let each little monkey eat two of these frosted treats before bed. (Don't worry, I sent them to brush teeth afterward--but not before taking some pictures of their grubby little faces!)

Question: What's sweeter than two little two-year-old monkeys?

Answer: Two little two-year-old monkeys covered in frosting!

Merry Christmas :)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Keeping my Trees

It took me a week to get to it, but I finally finished the quilted ornaments. That's the good news. The bad news is that I didn't finish enough of them do sell at the craft show, and I didn't finish ANY of the other things I had intended to make. Long story short, things came up, Mama was exhausted, and I just didn't get the work done. I was pretty disappointed, but in the end it was probably for the best. I got to spend the day with my whole family, and today we decorated our tree, and well... I kept the quilted Christmas tree ornaments for myself. I think they turned out pretty cute, if I do say so myself. Selling my wares? Maybe next time. This time I will appreciate what I have (even though Thanksgiving is over, I'm still in a thankful mood) and try to plan a little farther ahead for next time. I'm sure there will be a Christmas bazaar next year, right?