Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I didn't get around to doing Christmas cards this year. So this will have to do. Merry Christmas everyone!

Love, 
Jon, Nicah and Gyspy Sue

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Fix It: Winter Whoopies

Howdy, howdy! Just popping in. I'm in between Christmas festivities and thought I'd share this last minute dessert recipe, just in time for your family gatherings or to surprise Santa with. These whoopie pies are truly delicious!

-1 box red velvet cake mix (or whatever flavor you like.)
-1 Stick of Butter. Softened to room temperature. 
-2 eggs
-Can of cream cheese icing (or whatever flavor you like.)
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. - Mix cake mix, butter and eggs. - Roll dough into balls and place on baking sheet two inches apart. - Bake for around 10-12 minutes. - When cookies have cooled, plop a decent amount of icing on the flat side, then top with another cookie about the same size.
       There you have it. Crazy easy and a fun, trendy take on a classic holiday cake. Enjoy!

      Thursday, December 9, 2010

      I Love Flakes

      I love flakes. Snowflakes. There is something so magical and beautiful about watching them fall, catching them on your tongue as they cover everything making it clean and bright. Ever since I was little I've loved folding paper and snipping away creating primitive snowy flakes. The photo above is the old fashioned paper snowflake all grown up. A fancy, 3D paper snowflake, that is not nearly as difficult as it looks.

      I first learned how to make these when I was living in Japan and needed a cheap and easy way to transform my classroom into a "Winter Wonderland." I made about 30 of these out of silver paper and hung them at different heights and dangled silver curling ribbon from them to give them an icy look. My students loved spinning them, blowing them around and trying to jump up and touch them.

      That Christmas I taught the husband how to make them, then he decorated his classroom with them. After that, one of his Japanese coworkers wanted to learn. He taught her and she taught her grandfather. The grandfather invited the husband to his home and inside were dozens of dangling snowflakes, like I had made, with beautiful origami paper. I just thought it was kind of neat how people pass these things around and can spread from one country to the next.

      So by this point your probably thinking, "Enough already, just tell us how to make them!" Okay, okay...here's the tutorial.

      Easy huh? As you can see in the pictures of the ones I made I used mismatched scrapbook paper. I think it looks whimsical, but if all you have is typing paper go for it. They look gorgeous done in all white and the best part is that they look a lot harder to make than they really are.

      Saturday, December 4, 2010

      Happy Holidays...Y'all.

      Here's the first of my DIY Christmas posts. This was a lot of fun to make and totally came out of nowhere...the best ideas do. :)

      I started with the "Happy Holidays Y'all" banner. It was from the Paula Deen stuff (love her) at Michaels and I got it for 2 bucks. It came with some cheap looking green ribbon to wind through it, but I used some thin rope I had laying around. 

      I also wanted to hang it above my turquoise bookshelf, across a painting I did that was already up there. I tried it and it just looked wrong and way too busy. And you know if I think it's too busy...it's too busy!

      I tried it with the painting gone and the letters just kind of got lost on the white wall. No good. All I could think about was how I wished I had an extra canvas I could just paint brown to make them pop. No such luck.

      Then I got the crazy idea to use a bed sheet. Yes, a bed sheet. I carefully wrapped the painting in the sheet and stuck it up there. Better, but not good enough. So I grabbed a little more of my trusty twine and just started tying it on randomly. It reminded me of both an old timey present and modern art at the same time. After that I tied the banners to it and took a step back. Yes! I loved it. 

      Now, let's just see how much this little statement cost me...

      Banner: $2
      Sheet: $0
      Twine: $0
      Gold Ornaments: $3 
      Ornament Stand: $0 (This is actually meant to hold hand towels...this use is more fun)
      Wreath: $1
      Candles: $0
      So using a few new cheapies and a ton of old things in new ways my Christmas display cost me $6. Not too shabby. Thanks for reading, more to come!

      Wednesday, December 1, 2010

      Stuff I Love: EOS Lip Balm

      What oh what could this be? This my friends, is my latest obsession. It's called eos Lip Balm (everything on smooth) and it's my new favorite thing. I'm an absolute sucker for packaging and when my mom showed it to me I had to know what it was. I mean...look at it! The color. The shape. It's PERFECT! 

      This is what it looks like when you open it. And the best part is you only swipe once, across both lips at the same time. This is the "Summer Fruit" flavor (kinda tastes like peaches) and there's also a yellow one (it's in my car) that's called "Lemon Drop" and it's probably my favorite of the two. I've only seen 2 of the flavors at Walmart, but the eos website says they have 5 flavors and that you can get them several other places. 

      In addition to being so stinkin' cute, yum, and fun, here's a little more about the balm itself. It contains Shea butter & vitamin E, is Gluten-free, Paraben-free, Petrolatum-free and Phthalate-free. It's also
      95% organic, and is 100% natural.

      Welp, there you have it. That's my latest fave. Now is the season to protect your lips, and stuff the stockings, kill two birds with one stone grab 1 or 2...or 5.
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