Monday, November 30, 2009

Neighbor gifts early!

We usually wait until the week of Christmas and bring our neighbors homemade goodies. Some years it was Christmas cookies that we decorate. Soooo much fun! Other years it has been homemade bread and homemade jam. But it is always very close to Christmas when life is a little busy. Last year my hubby said, "Why can't we do this sooner?" So this year we are! We are doing it tonight! We made advent calendars from mini muffin tins. I got the idea here. Then I added a bit to it. Inside each muffin cup is chocolate and a strip of paper with a kind activity. "Make someone's bed." "Give your dad a hug." and so on. Small things kids can do.

You might also notice there are only 24 muffin holes. What do you do on Christmas? Well, the numbers are off, the chocolates are gone. Take the ribbon off and make muffins!!! We included a homemade (the kids loved pouring in the ingredients) cranberry ginger muffin mix.

I did change a little from the original. I used business card magnets. Cut them to 2x2 and since they were sticky, just put the paper right on. Oh and since I did not buy the Wilton pans, I had to punch holes with my giant crop-a-dial. Boy was my hubby impressed!

The kids are stoked to go delivering to the neighbors tonight. And since I made 8 of these, a few other people might see them on their doorsteps too.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

All things red for my mom

My mom loves red!!! So here is an early Christmas gift for her. (80 ornaments!)
My dear friend Becky sent me a link for this beautiful wreath - so not my original idea! and a red gift for dad!
This is a tag I made for a tag swap with my girlfriends the other night. What a great night of stress relief with those fabulous ladies. Punches used were the large oval, large heart, three flower punch, star punch and martha stewart branch punch.

This was my second tag. Inspired by my wonderful husband. You can't see it but the dress is a beautiful sparkly red with Spica pens!


Happy Thanksgiving! I'll be back tomorrow to post the Christmas gift we are taking to our neighbors. More homemade goodies.