For whatever reason, I was in a very crafty mood this past Christmas season. I really discovered the blogging world and came across cute project after cute project. Three of those things really stuck in my mind and I knew I had to try to make them.
The first things were these adorable Santa Hats.
So I went on a hunt for the supplies. I bought the styrofoam cones from Michael's with a coupon and searched the clearance bin at Joanne's. (Helpful hint: If you ever need any small amount of fabric, always check the scraps bin first.) The rhinestones were from Joanne's as well (used a coupon). I was able to complete this project for less than $15.
Here is my finished product. (Sorry for the poor photo quality. It was taken on my old cell phone).
Because I knew my husband wouldn't want extra decorations around, I passed them along to my sister. Here they are in their new home on her shelf.
Then, I spotted this fantastic candy cane tree. ( I can't upload the picture)
Here is my version. I loved this one so much, I kept it for myself. :)
We went to West Virginia to visit my husband's family and I usually like to take some yummy treat with us. I went searching for something Christmasy and cute and found this.
Doesn't this Santa Hat Party Mix look delicious?!
I changed the mix around some, adding a little less of what we don't like and a little more of what we do.
Here are my Santa Hats all ready to add to the mix.
And here's my final party mix. (Again taken with my old cell phone).
So...I got bit by the crafty bug big time this year.
I have work to thank for my obsession with cookies. Every year we have an employee cookie exchange party right before Christmas. It's typically the last event we have in our annual 12 (or 11 or 13) days of Holiday fun. The thought being that everyone will have enough cookies to entertain any visitors during the Holiday season. You are suppose to bake either 5 or 6 dozen (depending on how big the group participating is) and save a dozen for yourself. Every person then gets 3 or 4 cookies from each platter.
I remember one year I made my grandmother's applesauce raisin cookies. They were delicious and a unique cookie. This year I wanted to up the ante. I love a creative cooking challenge so I started racking my brain and surfing the internet. Chocolate Chip cookies? Too basic. Peanut Butter and a Hershey kiss? Been there, done that. But then I found these, Peppermint Pinwheel cookies.
How gorgeous are they?
And I thought to myself, I've got to try to make those.
Even if they tasted like crap, the presentation was fantastic. I knew they'd be a safe bet for me to make (and not be tempted to eat them) because I don't even like peppermint.
I should have added more red dye and I should have made the red layer the outer layer. But I still think they turned out okay. Everyone said they tasted delicious which is all that mattered.
Okay, that's not all that mattered. They were darn cute, too, once all wrapped up.
And there you have it. Even though those weren't iced sugar cookies,
this is when I discovered the world of iced sugar cookies.
I found blog after blog and knew exactly what my New Year's Resolution was going to be.
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