Creative Books

Funny story – I bought this book for a friend of mine and turns out a different friend bought the same book for me! We must be on the same wavelength or something. But I think this book is so fun that I was tempted to keep the one I bought as a gift all to myself.

You’ve probably already been to Bakerella’s blog which features an oven full of baking and decorating ideas including super cute cake pops and now she has a book!

Cake Pops are cute decorated cake balls on a stick. I’ve never tried my hand at cake balls but these pops look super cute and I can’t wait to make some.

Luckily for me she includes lots of instructions as to how to go about making them.

Justin has an odd phobia of aliens so I don’t think I’ll be making these any time soon.

Too adorable! I think the ice cream cones are my favorite. I have a thing for foods that look like other foods.

And, because you always need a present to yourself I bought myself Little Green Dresses, an awesome sewing book created by an Austin native (yay Austin!)

The book focuses on re-purposing old clothes into something new and the designs are young and fresh.

For people who want to learn to draft their own patterns there are plenty of pictures and guides.

I love how with simple shapes and a little math you can create really cool clothes.

Justin and I are celebrating mini-Christmas tonight at our place just the two of us before we leave to spend Christmas with his family. Gonna eat turkey sandwiches then drink hot chocolate and open gifts!

DIY Christmas: Gift Wrapping Party

I had my gift wrapping part last night with quite a table full of supplies to make lovely presents.

I also had quite a lot of work to do.

Snacks and cupcakes for the guests. This was before I added punch in my egg nog bowl (not much of an egg nog person). You can see the light garland on the table and the Santa cupcakes in the corner – I’ll have a full post on how to make the cupcakes later.

Adriane brought these yummy red velvet cookies! Aren’t they pretty? Here’s the recipe.

1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon red food color
1 egg
3/4 to 1 cup Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy cream cheese frosting
1/4 cup chopped nuts

1. Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, cocoa, butter, sour cream, food color and egg until soft dough forms.
2. Roll dough into 1-inch balls; place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
3. Bake 8 to 9 minutes or until set. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
4. Frost cooled cookies with frosting. Sprinkle with nuts. Store tightly covered at room temperature.

Peanut had to stay in the back because of people with allergies. Not that she minded. She wanted to catch up on her nap time, anyway.

I’ll have a full post later  in the week on cute wrapping ideas from the party!

Other DIY Ideas for the Holidays

I was going to add another DIY Christmas project last night but I forgot and then I forgot to bring my SD card to work – oh, well. I promise to have it up this afternoon. I was hard at work all day yesterday cleaning and baking for my party tomorrow night. Should be a fun little get together.

In the mean time here are a few fun projects I’ve been collecting in my bookmarks this week from other lovely blogs:

This Pine Cone Rosette Wreath is lovely! I might have to break out the power tools and make on myself.

If I had a fireplace I’d put these cute Doily Trees on the mantel in no time.

These candle holding jars are snuggly wrapped up for winter. Too cute!

I’ve thought about making homemade marshmallows before but never with peppermint. Yum!

If you’ve forgotten how to make a proper paper snowflake like me, check this out.

An easy to make Christmas card and a great way to use up some paper scraps.

I’ll be making these wax paper flowers for my party tomorrow. And I don’t even need to buy anything to make them!

Burda Style and Holiday Parties

My tulip skirt project was featured on the front page of Burda Style today on the blog. Yay! You should check it out.

I’m also having a gift wrapping party on Friday with some good friends. It’s like a gift wrap pot luck. You bring all the gifts you have to wrap along with some wrapping supplies to share. Then everyone has a smorgasbord of paper and ribbon to use to wrap gifts. Everyone walks away with pretty presents to give on Christmas instead of the same wrapping paper for every gift. Mix it up a little! It is a nice alternative to cookie decorating parties that I know some of my friends will have.

The rest of this week will be filled with little DIY projects for the party including yummy holiday cupcakes and fun gift wrap ideas. Stay tuned!