Category Archives: Christmas

A Craft A Day …Homemade Sugar Scrub

Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! It was such a sweet time with my family! Lots of precious memories to hold onto.

The kids and I actually completed this on Friday before Christmas just to add a little something extra under the tree for the ladies in our lives. Sam and Mags really got a kick out of making gifts.  I surfed blogland a bit to get some ideas of the basic ingredients and came up with these recipes. These mixes are so super easy and you may already have all that you need to whip up a batch in your kitchen. The scrub softens up dry skin so nicely!

Here are our recipes…

Almond Brown Sugar Scrub

~ 1 C Brown Sugar (3 parts)
~ 2/3 C Olive Oil (2 part)
~ 1/2 C Almonds (optional)
~ 1 tsp Almond Extract
~ 1 C Rolled Oats

Chop your almonds first. Then mix remaining ingredients together including almonds. I used my knock-off Magic Bullet to get everything blended super good. Also, I ended up adding a drizzle or two more of the olive oil to moisten the mixture a bit more. Just be careful to not get it too oily.

Peppermint Sugar Scrub
~ 2 Candy Canes
~ 1 1/2 C White Sugar (3 parts)
~ 1/2 C Olive Oil (1 part)
~ 1 tsp Mint Extract

Grind candy canes in processor or chop. Mix all ingredients together. Again, I added a bit more olive oil in the end.

*Both recipes yielded about 2 1/2 cups of sugar scrub

There are so many possibilities to play around with these sugar scrub mixes. You could use coconut oil or baby oil, different extracts or essential oils to change the scent. Lots of fun to play around with! The shelf life of these babies isn’t going to be as long as something you would buy in the store because it is preservative free sooo I am estimating a month or two for freshness.

Thankfully my awesome Mom cannot part with glass jars easily so I raided her stash to fill with scrub. I used Mod Podge and craft paper to decorate the lid and twine to tie my tag on.

Side note….my hubby totally knocked it out of the park this year for Christmas! Seriously that man has been listening! Anyway…I scored the latest Cricut…eeek! Ohhhh the possibilities! These tags would have been sooo much cuter with my fancy dancy new machine but alas my scribbly handwriting will do for now.

Wishing you all a great week as we wrap up 2011!

A Craft A Day… Neighborly neighbors

I am not sure this really falls into the “craft” category but it was our together activity today so I am sharing. We made yummy treats for our neighbors as to carry on this yearly tradition. I often times this year have referred to the K.I.S.S method that I am trying to implement in my life. Keep It Simple Stupid. I tossed my elaborate baking schemes out the window and…well…kept it simple this year. It made it more enjoyable for the kids to really help me from their perspective and mine.

Maggie helped me with these yummy treats…

Holiday Pretzel Treats (or you could alter slightly and call them Reindeer’s Noses)

Bite size waffle shaped pretzels
Hershey’s Kiss OR Hugs
M&Ms candy

~ Heat oven to 170
~ Line baking pan with wax paper and lay pretzels out in a single layer
~ Place 1 kiss or hug on top of each pretzel
~ Bake for 4-6 minutes just to slightly melt chocolate
~ Remove from oven and slightly press an M&M on top of chocolate
~ Let them cool for a few minutes then place in the fridge for about 10 minutes to completely set

*For Reindeer’s Noses use Hershey’s Kiss and red M&M’s

The Sam boy helped me here…

Puppy Chow

9 C Crispy rice cereal squares
1/2 C Peanut Butter
1 C Semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 C Powdered Sugar

~ Melt peanut butter and chocolate chips in saucepan over low heat
~ Mix and melt until smooth
~ Pour over cereal and mix until well coated
~ Pour powdered sugar in large Ziploc bag
~ Pour cereal into bag and shake, shake, shake until powdered to perfection

I purchased these cute containers last year at an after Christmas sale AND I found them again this year! Whoa baby…it’s a Christmas miracle!

We used white muffin cup liners to separate our powdery goodness from our crunchy chocolate melts.

The best part…DELIVERY! “Are we going to the neighbors yet?” Now imagine that sentence repeated about 52 times and you get the gist. Alright already…treats delivered!

What is your favorite treat to make at the holidays? Test out my new comment box. Is it easier to use?

A Craft A Day… Felt Christmas Tree

Ok here we go…the kids are home and Jon will be working a bazillion hours this week with the Christmas rush so what in the world am I going to do to keep this little people entertained? Hehe…no really we have lots of cool things on the agenda but I thought it would be absolutely crazy super fun to complete one craft a day while they are home. I always have so much on my to do list…mostly self inflicted but a lot nonetheless…so I like to make sure I have intentional quality time with my babes. It takes some planning but always…most always…proves to be a rewarding time for us together. I am a planner though, it is just my nature. So onto my planning of all the fun activities I have in store for the kiddos these next two weeks.

Day 1 – Felt Christmas Tree (thank you Pinterest)

If you aren’t a crafty person Pinterest is a fabulous resource for awesome ideas laid out step by step to complete with your children.

I found this felt Christmas tree by Natalie at Johnny In A Dress and knew it was going on the list of must do’s. I did this one first because it could potentially provide much entertainment over the days to come.

So here is our lovely tree…

Materials:

3/4 yard green felt
6-8 colorful felt sheets
hot glue gun
scissors

I cut my green triangle for the tree about 29 1/2 in wide at the base and 36 in to the top. I used  felt sheets to make the ornaments. The kid’s handy dandy Ikea cups were used to trace and then cut round ornaments and then decorated them with a hot glue gun and more felt. A bright yellow star for the top and some colorful gifts for under the tree. Use double sided tape (any removeable adhesive will do) to adhere to the wall and let the kid’s go to town decorating and redecorating their tree. Easy enough!

They are having a blast with it!

December Workshop

Yes siree, it’s that time again! Our December workshop is full of some simple yet fabulous last minute gifts just before Christmas. Pssst…I won’t tell if you keep them for yourself….wink…wink. I have three projects lined up for us!

#1 Jersey Cotton Scarf ~ Soooo popular right now and fun to wear! You will have two styles to choose from. You can choose the ruffle or an infinity style scarf. These are no sew projects and super easy to create!

Method

#2 Bird’s Nest Necklace ~ These are quite lovely. They can be personalized with your choice of color beads for your “nest.” Another simple but stunning creation!

Sarah Ortega

#3 Felt Flower Pins ~ These beauties are very versatile! You can add them to an outfit or to embellish your new jersey scarf. Go crazy with color!

Alright get those fingers ready to get reacquainted with the hot glue gun and RSVP for this fun event!


All the particulars…


When ~ Saturday, December 10th at 10:00


Where ~ Message me for details…


Payment Options ~ Class fee may be paid through Paypal to monkeydoodles@att.net. When you RSVP for event I will send out Paypal invoice. you may also drop a check in the mail or bring it by in person. Mailing address is given upon request.


*All colors will vary upon availability*


Looking forward to some crazy craftin’ girl time!

November Workshop

Last month was such a blast with all the workshop girls! After much searching and brainstorming I have finally pulled all the details together for our November workshop. We are making ruffled felt Christmas wreaths! Pictures don’t do it justice for sure. The felt ruffles are perfect for the cold Winter weather because it is so soft and luscious. Reminds me of a warm cozy sweater with an elegant flair.

Are you excited yet?!? I have 5 options for you to choose which works for you and your holiday decor.

#1 Deck the Halls 
Deep burgandy felt with crystallized berries and pine tree branch with pine cone 

#2 Joy to the World
Sparkly white felt with pink poinsettia and lime green spray 

#3 Hot Cocoa
Cream felt with large sparkly brown poinsettia

#4 Winter Wonderland
Grey felt with silver leaves and spray

#5 Peppermint Winter
Red felt with crystallized peppermints and sparkly lime spray with red balls

**Exact materials pictured may slightly vary depending on availability. The sooner I know you are coming the sooner I can secure your materials!

All the juicy details…

When ~ November 19th @ 10:00

Where ~ Jennie Leigh Designs
               27 Mohawk Drive
               Greenville, SC 29609

You have all heard me raving about Annie Sloan paint, right??! Our local stockist, Jennie @ Jennie Leigh Designs is hosting our workshop this time! YAY for more open space. I can’t wait for you all to meet her and see her lovely shop!

Payment Options ~ Payments can be sent through Paypal to monkeydoodles@att.net. Let me know if you would like a Paypal invoice sent directly to you. Also, you may pay your class fee by dropping a check in the mail or in person. Mailing address is given upon request.

RSVP ~ November 11th deadline. **ATTN: This workshop requires a lot of preparation on my part…i.e. cutting a BAZILLION felt circles…seriously!…so the sooner your reserve your spot the more my scissor using hand will be eternally grateful! :)**

Details ~ Include with theme wreath you would like with your RSVP.

Nonnie’s Meals To Go will be providing our refreshments! Yummmm! Pssst…she has a great teacher gift combo that can be made to order for all your school moms out there!

The fine print…you can go here to see details about workshop policies. I will be putting up a permanent policy page later this week but for now you can refer to this page.

Keep December 10th on your calender where we will be making last minute gifts!