Saturday, December 20, 2008

First snow and lots of Christmas prepping

Today we had our first real snow of the season. I {heart} snow and it was a perfect day for it because I had nowhere to go. Bandit, even though he is almost 12 and very arthritic finds his inner puppy with each snow. Look at that face!!

I stayed home and baked, packaged up some Christmas goodies and crafted. What better day could I ask for?

So what did I do you ask? Well, first, I headed on over to PTI and purchased two of the My Time templates.

Then I preheated my oven and got to work on my gingerbread men. The dough has been waiting patiently in the fridge, well wrapped, for a few days - keeping my royal icing from my last batch, company.

Here there all are hanging out on the table, waiting to be packaged up. I'll get to that part later.

I did a few designs but they all have a white outline and white face. One was just plain white with no additional decorations. I did another design with a Christmas tree on the front, yet another with a heart and then a star version.

It kind of reminded me of Shirt Tales. Do you remember that show??

I was reminded of that show the other night when I found it on my Boomerang On Demand. They only had one episode available but it brought me back to Saturday mornings as a kid.

Here is a close up of them. Some came out better than others but for the most part I'm pretty happy with them.

Aren't they cute??

I also made a batch of Sarah's pretzel rings but the picture didn't come out so well. Oh, and I couldn't find the rings, despite a full on hunt that involved FOUR grocery stores, so I substituted the square waffles and they turned out just fine.


Then, after all that was done and I was exhausted, I settled down with some of my favorite Christmas movies and got to crafting! I made eight of the Lollipop boxes (minus the lollipop part and minus the boxey part at the top) and one of the Keepsake Boxes. The lollipop box is very similar to my bath salt box that I made a few months ago for a bridal shower. The only difference is that the cover is two pieces of acetate instead of a full sleeve. But...I bought it anyway because it was just so much easier than trying to find my measurements from a few months ago!

Speaking of acetate, you can now get it by the sheet here. This one is good for window sheets and boxes that are mostly supported by cardstock but I am also waiting for a much thicker version that I prefer for my card bases and boxes made mostly from acetate. I'll be sure to post again once I have it.

I used the Be Merry Snowball Fun for the DP on the boxes and SU Riding Hood Red for my cs. And, yes, I confess, I used the faux suede again, this time in red. I think I'm addicted.

Tomorrow I've got a few more baking things to finish off - mostly my favorite Christmas cookie, the pecan snowball. YUMMY.

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget Carolyn's blog candy!!

1 comment:

Ann said...

Whew! Long post, but so worth it. Lots to comment on...

Your dog has the sweetest face! How can you resist? ;)

Gingerbread men--yummy! And the packaging is really cute!

I forgot all about Shirt Tales--loved that show. I had pj's with the raccoon on it. Thanks for the flashback!