Day 7: Christmas Wrapping- Bows, paper, tape!

Finding presents under the Christmas tree is always exciting ♥ Little bows with different colored wrapping paper. A Christmas card hanging from a tree branch. Even some yummy confection in your stocking!

Now, would all of this be interesting if your presents weren’t wrapped?

That’s what I thought 😉

Today’s post is going to show you how some ideas and tips on wrapping your holiday gifts:

  • Doily Gift wrap– For an extra touch of whimsy, wrap gifts with doilies.

Doilies

  • Homemade confections are twice as nice when delivered in pudding molds, loaf pans, and other culinary containers. You can find a variety of types and sizes at kitchen-supply stores. Long after the contents are devoured, the equipment will still be useful.

    Christmas Goodies

  • Gift tags are all the sweeter when they happen to be crisp cookies. To make them, cut gingerbread dough into shapes or letters, punch with a small hole for threading with cord, and bake. The cookies can be eaten while the unwrapping takes place, or hung on a tree as ornaments.

Yummy gift tags

How to make a fabric gift bag

1. Cut two pieces of your fabric and two pieces of the lining material all to the same size. Any size, any shape rectangle. A variety of sizes is useful, and square or “close to square” rectangles are the most versatile shapes.

2. Put each fabric piece on top of each lining piece, fold over the top edges and sew. Just the top edges. Now you’ve hemmed the opening edge of the Gift Bag.

3. Stack both sets of fabric with the lining (inside) faces to the outside. The decorative fabric pieces will be facing each other on the inside of the “sandwich”. Be sure the hemmed edges are both on top. Sew the three un-hemmed edges with a simple running stitch, 1/4″ in from the edge.

4. Turn inside out. Set a generous length of ribbon about 2″ down from the top, and tack it to the bag with a few stitches in the middle of the ribbon length.


Gift Bags- Instructions

♥  Good luck with all of your holiday gifts~

Stay tuned for:

Day 8: Christmas plants: An introduction

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Day 6: Christmas Decorations

In spirit of the Holiday Season, I have decided to decorate my whole  house with Christmas Decorations. I’ve made bows, snowflakes, and christmas trees.

~My Christmas Lights~

What makes your home so inviting during the holidays? Is it the mistletoe by the front door? Or the Christmas lights on your tree?

Here, I’ve gathered a few ideas to share with you. Some of old tradition and some of the new.

Christmas Decorations

  • Create a beautiful Victorian Christmas tree with garlands of pearls, silk roses, feathered birds and clip-on candles.
  • Make snowflakes out of colored paper! Then sprinkle with glitter~ Hang them all about the house, or your room!
  • Make a simple bow garland ♥

    Traditional Garland

  • Put out some Holiday candles. Different scents in each room~ (I suggest 2-3 candles, so that it’s not too strong) Cranberry, Cinnamon, Vanilla, and Pumpkin are great scents ♥
  • Hang some of your Christmas ornaments in your room~ Make a theme! (Like winter wonderland or victorian christmas)
  • Put up some Christmas lights in each room(excluding the bathroom- you don’t want an accident!) It doesn’t have to be big~ The lights will add some Christmas cheer to your home
  • Make a Christmas card display~ With bells and ribbons!

    Modern Christmas Card Display

    Enjoy all of your Christmas Decorations~ ♥

    Day 7: Christmas Wrapping- Bows, paper, tape!

Day 5: Christmas Movie List- “Favorites”

When it’s snowing and I made myself a nice cup of tea (or hot cocoa!), I like to watch a few Christmas Movies. Normally, I watch a new one each night, if I can.

Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer

Here are my Favorite Christmas Movies:

1. Christmas Carol (1999)

2. Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

3. Jack Frost (TV special, 1975)

4. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

5. How the Grinch stole Christmas (1966)

6. Samantha: An American Girl Holiday (90’s)

Clip from A Christmas Carol:

Enjoy all of your Holiday favorites! (^___^)


Day 6: Christmas Decorations

Day 4: A Christmas Song- The “Favorites”

I’ve been drawn to the classical Christmas songs like instrumentals and old 1950’s ads.  It feels enchanting, heart-warming and comfortable. In Christmas specials, you’ll find a message that often shows joy and happiness. “The goodness of man-kind”, so to speak. It was often used to bring up the country’s morale in harsh times. (Especially during war-time).

A good example:

Children’s Christmas Music

As a child I grew up watching a million Disney movies, who doesn’t? (^__^)

There was one movie called “Disney Sing-Alongs” on VHS. The Christmas Version had clips from various Christmas Specials. One that I remember quite well is “Dance with the Sugar Plum Fairy”. The colors are soft, along with the animation. A gentle touch that goes well with the music. I am fond of the fairies and the environment in which they dance in. You may notice that the only colors you see are the fairies. As the movie progresses, the scenery sparkles and glows.

Favorite Christmas Songs:

1. “Mele Kalikimaka”- Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters

***My Great Grandmother lived in Hawaii for several years. She was a great influence in my life ♥ During Christmas we would have a fake Palm Tree with lights instead of a Christmas Tree. Everyone would say “Mele Kalikimaka- Merry Christmas”

2. “Let it snow”- Dean Martin

3. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”- Brenda Lee

4. “Für Elise”- Charlie Brown Special

5.  “What’s This?”- The Nightmare Before Christmas

6. “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch”- Dr. Seuss (How the Grinch Stole Christmas)

This concludes another Christmas post! (^__^) Enjoy your holiday music~

Victorian Christmas Caroling

Day 5: Christmas Movie List- “Favorites”

Day 3: Holiday Outfits

As the weather gets colder, you usually end finding yourself in extra layers. Sometimes layers can be too much. So, I always find it handy to keep these items in my bag:

The Basics

*Scarves: I must have 5 or 6 of these! In all lengths! I tend to get brightly colored ones~

*Mittens/Gloves: I always buy 2-3 pairs, in different colors. You can also get matching hats or scarves to go with them!

*Ear muffs: A cute accessory, it also keeps your ears warm~

*Hats: A must! 90% of your body heat escapes through your upper body.

*Shoes/Boots: Whether you are wearing regular shoes or boots, it’s best to get something that keeps you warm. Try to get boots that are water-poof. Even rain boots are nice! (You can always add your own flair to them~)

*Legwarmers: You either love them or hate them. In my opinion, I find these to be very comfortable. They are great for going on walks or even just lounging around the house.

*Bloomers: My best friend! 😀 They keep your thighs warm and they also add a little modesty~ We don’t want anyone peeking 😉 Bloomers can come in many colors and styles. White and Black being traditional, you may also find a pair with an ice-cream cone print!

Colors:

Now that the holiday season is here, I see a lot of people (mostly women) wearing Christmas jewelry. Those kinds of things are nice and traditional. I also see a lot of greens and reds, the typical holiday colors.

Lately, I have been expanding my wardrobe’s color scheme. It can to my attention that I’ve been wearing the same kinds of colors for such a long time.

Here is a guide to help you grow into some new colors:

*Go through your closet, examine which color clothing you have the most of.

*Take a look at a this color wheel:

Colorwheel

*Now, I suggest that you pick a color that is opposite from what you have already. (eg. say that you have a lot of green in your closet, you would then choose red)

*Next, I suggest that you start out small. Get a feel for your new color! Pick out some jewelry, bows, socks. Even a new pair of shoes~

***Please note that your items do not have to be the same shade! They can be dark or light!

Christmas Motifs:

One reason why I love the holiday season is it’s holiday motifs~ You can find animals, fruits, flowers, it can go on!

Here are a list of things you mind like to add to your outfit:

*Flowers: Poinsettias, Holly hock, Pine, Mistletoe ♥

*Birds: Doves, Cardinal, Blue-jays, Swallows

*Woodland creatures: Squirrels, Deer, Bunnies, Foxes, Bears

*Ribbons, Trim, Lace, Wrapping Paper Prints (Especially vintage prints)

*Crosses, Angels

*Snowflakes, Icicles, Snow people, Ice skates, frost

*Victorian prints: Usually involving Santa, Presents, Kittens, elves

*Bells, Harps, Violins

*Candles, sparkles

*Hot Cocoa, tea, spices, mince meat pies, pastries, cookies, desserts

*Stocking, Ornaments, Berries

Now then, I hope that I have helped you get a new start in your wardrobe! Go out and have fun~ (^____^)

I've chosen "Pink" as my new inspiration

BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT (Bunny Milk)

Day 2: Holiday Treats

There are many great dishes made during the holidays. You have vegetables, potatoes, stuffing, bread…the list can go on and on.

In my opinion, dessert is the best part of the holidays (^___^)

So today, I would like to share a few of my yummy dessert recipes:

*Apple Crisp

*Spiced Hot Chocolate

*Black Raspberry Tea Cookies

Apple Crisp

Ingredients:


  • 4 medium tart cooking apples, sliced (4 cups)

  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats

  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened

  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Cream or Ice cream, if desired

Preparation:

1. Heat oven to 375ºF. Grease bottom and sides of 8-inch square pan with shortening.
2. Spread apples in pan. In medium bowl, stir remaining ingredients except cream until well mixed; sprinkle over apples.
3. Bake about 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a fork. Serve warm with cream.
Spiced Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole milk (Soy milk is also really good!)
  • 1/2 cup golden brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 oz chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Garnish: whipped cream, cinnamon sticks

Preparation:


1.Whisk milk (or soy), brown sugar, and whipping cream in heavy large saucepan over medium heat until mixture begins to simmer.

2.Reduce heat to medium-low; add cocoa powder, chocolate, and cinnamon; whisk until chocolate is melted and smooth.

3.Pour hot chocolate into 6 demitasse cups.

4.Garnish each with whipped cream and a cinnamon stick.

Black Raspberry Tea Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 (10 ounce) jar black raspberry jam

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter with brown sugar and 1/3 cup white sugar. Blend in the vanilla and milk. Mix in the flour and corn starch. Stir in the mini chocolate chips.
  3. Form the dough into 1 inch balls, and roll in the remaining white sugar. Place on the prepared cookie sheet, about 1 1/2 inches apart. Use your finger or thumb to press straight down into the center of each ball, making a well for the jam. Neatly fill each cookie with a small amount of jam.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 13 to 15 minutes, or until cookies are just beginning to turn golden around the edges. Let cookies cool before eating.



~Yummy holidays treats~

Day 3: Holiday Outfits- Fashion Tips

Please stay tuned! Another christmas article tomorrow!

Since that Christmas is almost here, I figured that I’d make a few posts about this festive holiday.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Here’s the line-up:

Day 1: A Christmas Story- excerpt from “Little Women”

Day 2: Holidays Treats #1

Day 3: Holiday Outfits- fashion tips

Day 4: A Christmas Song- The “Favorites”

Day 5: Christmas Movie List- “Favorites”

Day 6: Christmas Decorations

Day 7: Christmas Wrapping- Bows, paper, tape!

Day 8: Christmas plants: An introduction

Day 9: “How to make” Post- Involves crafts and fun!

Day 10: Christmas Cards

Day 11: Holiday treats #2

Day 12: A secret Surprise ❤

DAY 1: A Christmas Story- excerpt from “Little Women”


From Little Women

“Merry Christmas, little daughters! I’m glad you began at once, and hope you will keep on. But I want to say one word before we sit down. Not far away from here lies a poor woman with a little new-born baby. Six children are huddled into one bed to keep from freezing, for they have no fire. There is nothing to eat over there; and the oldest boy comes to tell me they are suffering hunger and cold. My girls, will you give them your breakfast as a Christmas present?”

Louisa May Alcott



Beautiful roses

 

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Purple Theme ❤

Kodona

 

Hello everyone!

I am terribly sorry for not updating! (T___T)

Here are some photos of my “Daily Outfits”. There have been a few where I wasn’t able to get some photos. I bought a nice memory card for my camera, so that will work just fine!

As of other news, I am hosting a Christmas Card Exchange this year! So far, I have over 60 people on my list! I am planning to make 10 cards a day. (*___*) This is going to be so much fun!

Here’s the link, for more info: http://community.livejournal.com/egl/14613939.html

 

 

Parlor Cats.  They were suited to perfection, the Victorian ideal of home and hearth. Throughout this romantic period, Queen Victoria was quite an influence in the popularity of cats. Whatever Victoria did became the thing to do. Though cats were thought of as the hunter in the family, that soon began to change.

Have you ever seen vintage photos of a tabby dressed in a top hat? Or a white persian covered in blue bows? These images can date back almost a 100 years!

Victorian Cats

Emily Dickinson’s cat “Ann I. Hilation”

MY MICE POSED TWICE [OPUS 517]

My mice posed twice before I posed
To pounce upon their breed.
If Immortality exposed
A third attempt by me,

So huge, so hopeful a leap,
As these mice twice befell.
Eating is all I know of rodents,
And all I need to tell.

From the anthology Feles Maximus
Dana Palladino 9-13-97

Nature Collecting – Collect acorns, leaves, chestnuts and any other items you find with kids on your nature walks. Bring along paper bags for collecting. This type of activity will help keep young children aware of the world around them. It’s also a way to encourage them to take hikes with you.
Fairy and Elf House Searching – Engage the imaginations of preschoolers and young elementary school children by seeking out fairy and elf homes in tree holes and underneath fallen stumps. Have children collect acorns, feathers and other items related to the first day of fall, that they can leave for the fairies and elves living in the trees in their yards or at their favorite parks.

September 22  marked the First Day of Fall. This is also known as the Fall Equinox.  It’s one of two times a year when the Sun crosses the equator, and the day and night are of approximately equal length.

Everything seems to slow down when the leaves change colors. I have always enjoyed the Fall Season. (It’s one of my favorite times of the year.) To celebrate the new Fall season, here are some fun activities for you to enjoy:

Nature Collecting – Collect acorns, leaves, chestnuts and any other items you find on your nature walks. Bring along paper bags for collecting. Store all of your treasures in a glass bottle so that you can admire then throughout the Fall Season.

Fairy and Elf House Searching – Engage your imaginations by seeking out fairy and elf homes in tree holes and underneath fallen stumps. Collect acorns, feathers and other items related to the first day of fall, that they can leave for the fairies and elves living in the trees in their yards or at their favorite parks.

Learning about Life– During your nature walk, take a moment to look at a tree stump. Count the rings and think back to those years. Ponder what might have been in those surroundings.

Just a Note– Write down your thoughts and feelings about change. Put leaves and flowers in a journal to preserve their colors.

Fall Leaves Guide

Fall Leaves Guide