Friday, December 23, 2011

My Crafty Christmas {Ornaments}

We headed home to visit family this weekend for the holidays. Before we left we made some last minute Christmas gifts. These cinnamon ornaments made the house smell delicious! 
It's just 3/4 cup applesauce and one cup cinnamon. I just bought the cheap-o kind for 50 cents at the grocery store. We rolled the dough out and cut it with cookie cutters. Little holes can be carved out with toothpicks. They are so sweet looking hanging on the Christmas tree. 
Hope yall have a Merry Christmas. See you after the new year. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

My Crafty Christmas {Sugarplum Cafe}

Because our daughter has a summer birthday, it hasn't worked out for us to have a big party for her the past few years. The practical side of me knows that she doesn't need the mounds of presents that comes along with parties too. Instead, we made a deal with her that she can show a godly character of hospitality and host a Christmas Party.

At the Sugarplum Cafe, we attempted to make pulled taffy. It cooled way too fast and turned into yummy hard candy instead. The girls loved helping put in ingredients.

I kept the cost low by decorating with functional items on the table. The Cafe decorations (shown above) were made from just 3 pieces of poster board, some markers and dollar store cellophane using the cardboard roll for the lollipop sticks. 

We decorated gingerbread houses using an old school trick of using cartons for the base and attaching graham crackers to them. I think there was more eating than decorating, but that's the fun of it huh?!

I think this is a tradition we will keep each year. Our daughter loved hosting her friends. We feel like it gave her more of a servant's heart. Each time we talked about the party she was concerned about what her friends would like and what would make them feel special. What a different idea than entertaining where the focus is all on the entertainer or the birthday girl. I'm exhausted but it was a night of pure fun!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

How did this happen?!

The other day she was just four and we were meeting for the first time.

Now she is riding her bike by herself in the cul de sac. With no training wheels!

Such a milestone in her growing up. I have to say, I'm one proud mamma!