Saturday, November 27, 2010

Continuing my adaptation from jeancats' design (see Nov.18th).
Seems strange to show the original - because how on Earth did I go from a little round ornament with a band, to the newest ones which are supposed to be 'God's Eyes?!
Looked at one after another you can see the progression, but it's so funny if you just look at the first and last.

Friday, November 26, 2010

I've started the Christmas cards; but my problem is, some of the people I send them to read my blog now!
How do I post them here, without that person seeing theirs ahead of time?
I could maybe mail them, wait a few days, and then post...
If I don't say which card went to whom, that might work.
I found some fabric I must use!
Scanned it in, and printed it onto card-stock.
Going in a different direction with the cards, now.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Striped teardrop ornaments.
Made on the large square board.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Bead trees.
Made Six at a time on the large circle board.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Ornaments after ironing.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Not even a mouse...
Perler bead mice, gingerbread house and a replica of a German ornament we had when I was a child.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Starting Christmas tree ornaments.
Here are three bead ones before ironing; inspired by jeancats on flickr.

Monday, November 15, 2010

I made these for the apartment house last month. Soft, sweet and nicely spiced.
They must have liked them as much as we do, because the next day they were requested for December.
Soft Molasses Cookies - Makes over 2 dozen cookies.
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 +1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 Tablespoon baking soda
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses
Sift together dry ingredients, set aside.
Cream butter and sugars.
Blend in egg and molasses.
Slowly add dry ingredients, mixing well.
Shape dough in balls, roll in sugar and flatten on un-greased cookie sheets.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

When cool, put in plastic bag to equalize moisture.

Good right out of the oven, but better after mellowing. They stay soft for at least a week; can't tell you any longer they are all gone.

Monday, November 8, 2010

A rainbow of Korean doll bookmarks.
Cut from the sides of movie-size Mike&Ike boxes. You can get 2 from each side, or 4 from each box,
Colored with permanent markers.

Friday, November 5, 2010

I came across a picture of the ornaments I made for a Christmas Exchange in 2007, and realized I had never posted them.
I went out in the yard and pulled Morning Glory vines, removed the leaves, formed the wreaths, and set them to dry in the sun on the henhouse roof.

The figures are apples from our tree made into sauce, then mixed half and half with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and cloves. I put 2 Tablespoons of white glue in there too. Mixed the dough, let it set for a while and cut out with mini cookie cutters. Let dry for a few days.

Brought in the dry wreaths, wrapped them with satin and/or glittery ribbon. When the figures were dry, accented them with satin and/or glittery fabric paint. Let everything dry, and try to match the centers with a nice wreath. Tie them together.

That's about it.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

We didn't make many decorations for Halloween, but I did make this foil helmet with ray deflectors for one of the costumes.