Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
Yesterday was my 2nd annual gingerbread house party :) There were 9 of us all together...6 friends, my 2 daughters, and myself. Hubby took the boys to the movies. They ended up seeing Frozen, which even my hubby said was a good movie.
On to the pics....
All set up...
And then all decorated!!....
Now it's your turn to participate!! Leave a comment with the number of your favorite house and that person with the most votes will get a special gift. And this year.... everyone who votes will be put into a drawing for a surprise giveaway drawing. So all you have to do to enter is vote(just once) and make sure you have an email in the comment so I have a way to get a hold of you(so many people have bounce back(no email connected to their comments) that I can't reply.
Now for the Gingerbread houses!!
And the whole village! It always amazes me how we can all start out with the same thing and they all end up looking so different and wonderful!!
My friends and I.... I hope everyone had a wonderful time! and I look forward to next year.
Vote through Wednesday December 11th, and I will draw a winner from the comments on Dec. 12th.
Have a sweet day,
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Getting ready for tomorrow! Hubby and I did our weekend grocery shopping trip today instead of tomorrow, we are headed to the gym for a quick workout, and then home to clean the house!
I made this apron last night for my party. It started out as a very dated 80's denim Christmas jumper. I just cut off the back of the dress, added gingham around the neck and border, and ties to the back. I couldn't have found a more perfect apron :)
Sorry for the blurry photo, that is what happens when a 7 yr old takes a picture with your phone.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Another gloomy day here with rain, would rather have snow!
So yesterday's baking was an epic failure. The only positive thing about 4 hours worth of work was that I got an awesome upper ab workout from rolling the dough, my stomach is seriously sore from it. I don't know what happened, maybe my kitchen was too cold or I just can't bake anymore, but around 1 in the afternoon I knew it was time to raise the white flag. The older I get the faster I realize that it is OK to let go and sometimes go the easier route. I had two hours before I had to be at the bus stop, so I told Mason to get on his shoes and coat and we headed to the store. Yes...I'm not too proud to admit that I bought boxed gingerbread houses for my party this year. Everyone will get one large house and one small house on their platter. I don't think anyone will mind, afterall it is about friends getting together and having fun, not about whether the gingerbread is homemade or not. Right?
And I will still be making the royal icing to decorate with, let's just hope I don't mess that up!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
It's a gloomy cold day here, perfect for baking. And I will be baking a lot today, all my gingerbread houses need to be made:)
I thought I would share what I did with two pretty goodwill frames I had. I painted them both white and wanted to use them in the family room, but there really was no place that they worked. Then the other day I got and idea to use them in the kitchen. And since I'm out of wall space... they went on the cupboards!
Here is the first frame, jazzed up with ornaments and bows. My kitchen is decorated Brightly for Christmas :)
And here it what Mason has been up to... give the boy a pan of flour and add his farm, he will play for hours! I finally got smart and put a vinyl piece of tablecloth underneath it to contain the mess. I really need to get one of those giant drip pans for this.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Happy Wednesday everyone! I'll start with the invitation part of my post.... a few of the people I invited to my gingerbread party weren't able to make it, so I thought I would put out 2 invitations to my blog readers. If you live near me(southern Maine, Portland area) and would like to come to my gingerbread party this Sunday from 1-5pm, send me an email(on side bar).
Now on to the project I did last night while watching a recorded Hallmark Christmas movie :)
I took a felted cashmere blanket that I found at goodwill ages ago, put it into a giant hoop I had, and then used red yarn to stitch the words. Totally free project because I already had everything. In fact I actually have two, one is still blank and I will make it tonight.
The Lillypad Cottage. She used a lot more stitches for each letter, but I don't think she was going through felted cashmere and her yarn was thinner. I may try to do the one tonight with thinner yarn to see a different effect.