Friday, December 20, 2013

Quick Homemade Christmas Gifts!

Good Morning!

Wowsers - I have been MIA for nearly a week!  I figured if I didn't post at least once this week I might get put on the "Naughty List"!  It wasn't completely intentional; I'm sure everyone can attest to the craziness that surrounds this time of year.  I'm not yet done all my Christmas prep but I'm close; there are still a few cards and projects I need to finish up along with decorating some Christmas cookies and wrapping presents.  Eek! Putting a to do list into written words sends me into panic mode!

My son's last day of school before the Holiday's was yesterday and I made little gifts for his classmates and teachers that I thought I would share with you today.  These little high heeled shoes have been floating around for a while and make the perfect gift holder for any occasion during the year.  I downloaded the template at - you can find the base template HERE, and the inside liner template HERE.  I made them in a few different colors and used leftover Christmas paper from last year's Holiday catalogue to make the inside liners.  After assembling them I added a bow with a large pearl to the toe.  Super cute, super easy to assemble and a hit with the teachers!
Inside each shoe I added a bottle of nail polish and a nail file.  I then wrapped them up in a clear bag and added a sleeve of yummy chocolate and a body lotion.  The gift tag was made in My Digital Studio and reads "Just a little something for your Mistle-toes".


Stamp sets: N/A
Cardstock: Strawberry Slush, Gumball Green, Coastal Cabana, Snow Festival DSP
Ink: N/A
Accessories: Large Pearls, Sticky Strip, Tombow Liquid Adhesive, Paper Snips, Large Oval punch, My Digital Studio (for the gift tag)

For the kids I wanted to give something that might come in useful during the Holidays when parents are faced with the "I'm bored" conversation.  I stumbled upon some great recipes for scented Playdough on Pinterest and had an ah-ha moment.  I whipped up a couple of batches of the Gingerbread scented variety and added a Gingerbread man cookie cutter to the outside of the package, along with a recipe card I made in My Digital Studio.  This Playdough smells A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!  So good in fact that my 2 year old assumed it was the real deal and popped a piece of it in his mouth.  Let's just say that by the look on his face it doesn't taste as good as it smells! Thank goodness for homemade, non-toxic, edible recipes!

If you'd like the recipe here's a copy of the tag I made in MDS

My boys enjoying their playdough!

In light of last week's Grinch week I thought it might be appropriate to share one photo of some baking I've been doing this week: Whoville Pinwheel Cookies!
These are SOOOO much work, but how cute are they?!  The recipe suggests leaving half of the dough white and the other half green but I thought red and green for Christmas might be more festive!  If you'd like the recipe you can find it on my Pinterest site under my "Yummies" boards.

Until next time...
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