Friday, December 30, 2005
I am soo in love with the image of the cacti on the right hand side... hmmmm :)
and inside the cutely wrapped gift..(sorry for the crappy photo) cute pink skull hair barrettes! Thanks soo much Jennifer!
Thursday, December 29, 2005
close up of the cutest Santa ribbon ever!
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Scrap Crafty today: I found it over at My little Mochi . It is for making a wearable pincushion out of a gatorade top!
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
For the Sunday dessert for Christmas I tried out two things I found in 'Better Homes and Gardens Dec 1956 and 1960' mag's. Shown below is Merry Christmas Salad. Christmas just isn't Christmas without at least one jello molded salad!
And these little darlings are Marshmallow Men! "Can they be from Santa's North Pole? From Candyland? From Mars? " I don't know, but I bet Martha Stewart would have been all over this idea if she would have found it before me! Each little guy's body consists of 2 large and 4 small marshmallows glued together. The eyes and nose are ball topped straight pins (if you don't have black or red ones just paint with nail polish) The cone hats are paper, the buttons are glued on sequins and their rosy checks are actually blush applied with a q-tip. The wings are made from green candy slices and pinned in the back.
I love this little scene! There are 2 cupcake ideas for making a reindeer and a sled for the marshmallow men..Next year for sure! I have got soo much Christmas related stuff to share that I wasn't able to get around to before! So I will be dragging out Christmas for another week here!
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Evergleam Aluminum 4 foot tree in the dining room on the sideboard on a blanket of snow.-- out of reach of pumpkinbutt! (Damn, that was a lengthy sentence!)
This 1 1/2 foot tree is made from aluminum sleeves that are stacked and the design is punched out, inside is a red light bulb. It is made by Evergleam. And yes, once again it's on a blanket of 'snow'.
In the wise words of Clark W. Griswold, I tell family and friends that visit our house "You deserve a house like this to spend Christmas in" as they look for the nearest exit!
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Monday, December 19, 2005
The pattern shown above is to make either a tree skirt or a round table cloth, a candy cane cardholder, stockings, and tree ornaments. I love that card holder! The pattern is copyrighted 1970 and is made by McCall's.
backI really like this pattern more so than the one shown on the top. This pattern is to make "Christmas Trimming Motifs and Stockings". Which means a table cloth, a mantle 'valance', a wall hanging, and stockings. On the back it has this really cool idea for a New Year's table cloth. It is the reverse side of the 'Merry Christmas' tablecloth shown on the front cover. And isn't that stocking neat that has a roof line for the cuff? I would really like to make a mantle valance, one that looks like snow ...... This pattern is copyrighted 1957 and it's also by McCall's.
Inside each of the patterns were hidden surprises. The pattern shown on the very top had envelopes of some of the ornaments already cut out of felt but not completed. The pattern on the bottom had some newspaper clippings about making bows and embellishing the exterior of wrapped gifts. But the neatest thing was a handmade Christmas card and the original idea for it.
Can anyone tell me why vintage felt is so nice and smooth and thin? That crap they sell at craft stores is blah, but I don't have any other alternative. I read about alot of folks out there making wool felt from sweaters picked up from thrifts but I live in Florida! We don't really have any sweaters here in thrifts except for those god awful fat knitted 80's ones with nasty glittery embellishments on them. And then I looked into buying wool felt sheets! Ha! Way too pricey! I guess I'm just SOL in the felt department.
I am starting to see a light at the end of my 'Christmas crafting tunnel'. It's a very dim light but at least it's a light! How is everyone else's gift making coming along? Hopefully we all will be sipping a flaming rum punch by Christmas Eve !
By the way, I have an update for a recipe link for the flaming snow balls !
Friday, December 16, 2005
here is a close up
And here is a crappy picture of the tree lit. I think it looks rather swampy, if I do say so myself! My mom also made a star tree topper out of Tabasco bottles and the plastic crawfish but it's not too clear in the photographs.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
So here are mine, I took the photo at an angel to give it that flying through the air look...
My how-to: Any flavor cake will do. I used chocolate just because I had some batter left over but red velvet cake or coconut or even strawberry would be neat. Only fill the cupcake wells about half full. Bake even number of cupcakes. Let cool, cut tops to make flat. Ice the tops of 2 cupcakes and stick together; top to top. Ice sides. Cover in flaked coconut. Pipe green leaves on top. Add red candies such as m&m's or red hots. Place candle. Light and stand back just in case they take flight!
Now, the top photo says 'ice cream'. Which could be done by making a ball of ice cream and covering it in coconut. Or perhaps, the recipe I wrote above could have the cupcakes hollowed out and ice cream put in the center. I do not , however, recommend throwing them on a plate like a frisbee as a serving suggestion! I have a feeling the spoon wouldn't stay on the plate like the picture shows!
update: Barb from Woof Nanny found the recipe for the ice cream version of the snowballs !
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
I love these trees and they are made out of paper! I found the idea in Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Ideas 1960 magazine. Instructions as written:
Okay, now maybe it's just me, but those instructions are a little confusing however I think looking at the photo and just using the instructions as a guideline might work. I also have never seen construction paper big enough to make the taller trees shown so maybe poster board would be the way to go. I wish I had time this year to try to make a few of these.... I am so behind in my Christmas Craftin' it ain't even funny!
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Another "While I was at my mom's for Thanksgiving" adventure. The office for MikWright is in Charlotte and we were invited to stop by. My mom and I are really big fans and were so excited! We got to meet the authors: Tim, Phyllis and Bob. I really love Phyllis, she is such a doll! We got their autographs and hung out and chit chatted some. They also gave us some goodies. Yay for freebies! We all got MikWright tees (seen in the upper right hand corner), 6 greeting cards w/ envelopes, a "Mikwright Entertaining" planner (it is a party planner for one to write ideas down in along with some MikWright sarcasm, and I am all about some party planning so I will love using this book), and an air freshener (that's the green thing in the picture). The air freshener is so damn funny! It has an image from one of their more popular greeting cards of this lady with a mop in one hand, a cigarette in the other and a smirk on her face reading "Do I look like I give a rat's ass?" Ha HA! And the air freshener is "Freshly mopped Floor pine scented"!!! They are so clever!
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
(L-R themes) Star trek, the first tree ever in ATOM, Marilyn Monroe, and I guess, Crystal Gayle .
I know nothing about Crystal Gayle so I don't quite get why the tree has purple and gold balls and flowers stuff on it, I would think it would have long locks of hair hanging from it, but oh well!
This is the Elvis tree, Tucked in the branches were little pictures and mini lunch boxes of the King, also a set of fake sideburns. On the main website it shows that the record star seen near the bottom of the tree is suppose to be the topper. This one had a Burger King kid's paper crown on the top. I think the record star would have been the wiser choice!
This one is really funny! It's a Tammy Faye Bakker tree. It has tubes of lipstick, mascara, fake eyelashes, a ball cap that says 'Saved', a putty knife with what looks like tan make-up on it, and actual PTL ornaments from 1985. Under this tree where a few of her records and books.
Pink Flamingo tree. Also seen somewhat, off to the right, is an aluminum bonsai tree with silver fortune cookies hanging from it. And in the background on the window ledge are some of the smaller trees.
Even Pumpkinbutt got to enjoy the museum, of coarse this has taken when the curators backs were turned!
On the website, a few other trees that I mentioned, but not pictured, are shown. I was disappointed that the bathroom tree was not displayed this time (it can be seen in part on the website). It apparently has shower curtain rings linked together to make a garland,toilet tank balls and rubber ducks hanging from the branches. Under most of the trees displayed this time were vintage stuff, like records, kitchen trash bags in an original container and a space age looking mini TV set as the 'gifts'. There were Christmas lights lit and hanging from the ceiling and vintage Christmas kitsch decorating the fireplace mantles. It was very neat! I highly recommend going if you live near the Asheville, NC area.
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
It's a combined dessert with a little scrap craftiness also! The scrap crafty part is an idea I found on the ReadyMade site. You take very well cleaned out tuna cans, grease them up real good and bake a mini cake in them! The top layer of this cake is such!
When I first got this magazine ( Household Feb. 1956) it was all about making this cake! It is too cool looking and it has FLAMES! And there is an additional surprise to it... It's also an ice cream cake! Now, the instructions to make this master piece are really lengthy so I will just summarize. I didn't completely follow them anyway because then the cake would have been the size of a wedding cake!
Flaming Ice-Cream Cake
3 round cake pans in varying sizes (p.s. don't forget the top one can be from a tuna can)
enough cake mix to fill your pans 2/3 full
enough ice cream to make layers inbetween cakes when split
sugar cubes , lemon extract, aluminum foil
Bake your 3 cakes. After the cakes cool, split them and put a layer of ice cream. Freeze for a few hours. Take cakes out of freezer, stack and frost. To form cocoa swirls (as seen on the sides of the cake) use a small spatula dipped first in frosting and then in cocoa. Apply to cake side and redip in cocoa as needed.
Make small cuplike flowers out of aluminum foil, place a sugar cube that has been soaked in lemon extract 1 minute in middles. Arrange fresh mint around base and top of cake. Light sugar cubes. Make cake's entrance promptly!(I made that line up, sounds like it would be in an old recipe though!)
One difference in my cake and their's is that, I guess, in the 50's there was copper colored aluminum foil. And, he he , if you look closely at my cake....Those aren't mint leaves! Mint is expensive! And I like to use what is on hand anyway! So, ah, those are leaves from celery stalks! Ha ha!