Thursday, December 23, 2010

Simple Holiday Crafting

While visiting Kathy the other day, I browsed through her December issue of Martha Stewart Living and saw the cutest idea for wrapping store bought chocolate bars. I made up a bunch of them last nite and will be giving them as gifts when we return to school in January.

You can find instructions on making these cute snowmen or even a Santa by going here.

From my Pottery Barn Christmas catalogue, I made up a bunch of envelopes and filled each one with a holiday peppermint patty and a crocheted snowflake. These were handed out as little favors for everyone who gathered together for Melissa's cookie festival on Monday.

With a frame I had on hand and holiday felt stickers my Aunt Elaine sent, I now have a simple but sweet holiday gift using the cross-stitching I made a couple of weeks ago.

Have you heard of Snowman Soup? I have made up many of these in the past for gifts. Usually I just print the online graphic for this craft, but since our home computer is on the fritz, I wrote and drew my own on index cards.

Hot chocolate, marshmallows, chocolate kisses and a candy cane all bundled up in a mug for the perfect holiday treat.

And finally, I found plastic rings so that I could make more Dorset buttons. I completed this one last nite off the top of my head. I was glad I still remembered how to do them. I thought they would make great little ornaments on the tree when done up in red, green, white, gold, and maybe some royal blue.

I wish you joy, I wish you peace and I hope you find a bit of quiet time to get crafty in the hustle and bustle of the season. Friendship blessings, Tammy


Mariette said...

Dearest Tammy,

Wow, you're a very busy bee and quite successful in creating cute little gifts! The Dorset Buttons I'd never seen; the way you intend to make them for your tree will turn out very patriotic too. Neat idea!
Wish you lots of fun creating and pleasing others with unique and practical gifts.

Enjoy your Christmas season!

Mariette's Back to Basics

lovestitch said...

Oh you made so many cute Xmas presents! I love them all! Your cross-stitch card looks great, I've never tried x-stitch before but I really like it! You're awesome Tammy!

Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Lovestitch, xxx

Sheila Rumney said...

What cute candy wrappers! Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Melissa said...

Love the snowman idea and will try simple and easy. You should go back to Pottery Barn to get more mugs...they are only 1kd now but they don't have all the designs. Think I'll go get some to make that soup for when I go back to school to give to administrations staff. The frame is just too darn cute. Those ornament stickers really make it. Two more days left...woohoo!

crochet lady said...

Fun crafts Tammy! Love the little snowmen and snowman soup, how ingenious.

Hope you have blessed Christmas!

Diane said...

Fun gifts, Tammy. I love the snowman soup. That's a great one. I've made a lot of snowman soup for my girls when they were at home but we didn't even know it! Diane

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Darling and thoughtful little gifts. Love them.

All joys,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Pepper Glenn said...

I love the snowman soup idea. So creative!

val said...

terrific idea! I'll have to remember that for NEXT year!

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

glor said...

What wonderful treasures and gifts of the heart you are always making. May the joy that you so freely give to others be yours through this blessed Christmas and throughout the New Year.

gail said...

Love your gift ideas, and especially love the family photo on your header-so cute!
Have a wonderful holiday and thank you for always visiting me!

Carol Anne's Boutique said...

Dearest Tammy,
I so enjoyed seeing all of your creative gift ideas, they are all absolutely wonderful!!

Thank you so very much for your heartfelt Christmas Wishes, it means so much to me!
Wishing you Much Love, Happiness & Many Blessings this Christmas and into the New Year!
Love & Hugs,
Carol Anne

Jane said...

Hi Tammy,
These are all such wonderful ideas. You are the best at recycling everyday objects into fabulous projects.
Have a wonderful holiday!!! Thanks for being such a great blogger friend!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh gosh, Tammy--everything is so pretty!! I love it all! Wishing you a Merry Christmas! (And Jen and I are having so much fun--we keep having the fun!)

Deb said...

Oh I love the snowman soup idea and the cute snowman chocolate bars too! Actually...I love anything to do with weakness! Merry Christmas to you and your family Tammy! ~Deb~

DeeDee said...

Merry Christmas Tammy....enjoy your holidays

Creative Breathing said...

Merry Christmas Tammy! What a pleasure it has been to follow your adventures this past year. I am so excited to tell you that my husband will soon be traveling to Kuait, Dubai, and several other countries in your area. I have filled him on all the "skinny" about the weather learned here! Such a small world! Looking forward to our New Year together! Elizabeth

Twyla and Lindsey said...

I love your button, Tammy! Cute wrappers, too! Have a very Merry Christmas! Twyla

Elaine said...

Some cute and clever ideas Tammy...I bet fifteen years ago you never would have guessed you would be the diva of crafting such cute things.. Love them all and so glad to see you are able to use some of the things i sent.
Merry Christmas to Sam, the boys and you. Hugs and love AAunt Elaine

Brenda Kula said...

You're so clever, Tammy! Merry Christmas, my friend! Hope the dust is calm.

Pam said...

What a great idea using the Pottery Barn catalog. Such cute gifts. I'm saving my next catalog. Love the hand written instructions. This makes it so much more personal.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

A Vintage Chic said...

What a wonderful idea for candy bars, Tammy!

Just wanted to wish you and your sweet family a most wonderful Christmas, my have become such a joy to me in blogland...thank-you for all you share, my friend!

With love,


Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Wishing you and your family a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR, Tammy! The snowman soup ingredients and recipe are such a cute gift!
Hugs to you,

Anonymous said...

YOu find the most wonderful ideas for crafting. I am sure you are going to make lots of people smile with the chocolate snowmen. Very cute!! The Dorset buttons will make a wonderful addition to any Christmas tree. I love that you are making your decorations. Love the chocolate snowmen. Makes me want a cup of hot chocolate!!
Glad you are enjoying your crafty day!!


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