I’ve loved the use of wood beads that have started to pop up in handmade and lifestyle products. Wanting to bring a touch of the soft wood with a modern shape to my holiday decorating, we created this twist on traditional garlands and color schemes, and played up the bright pops of color and patterns to add more festive cheer to our mini tree.
The holidays seem to bring a nostalgic tone, don’t they? Reminders of our childhood or even of different eras from the past with the music of Nat King Cole’s Holiday song playing in the background while sipping hot cocoa. It’s part of the magic of Christmas! I was giddy to partner with Coca-Cola with their Share a Coke campaign as the image of Coca-Cola is such a clear picture of a classic and fun holiday. With their retro glass bottle shape, they were such a blast from the past that we had to throw a holiday party in the same tone.
We found royalty free images of cute houses, cars, and trees that we turned black and white, cut out, and painted on top to create a little snowed in holiday town and added in the Coke bottles to act as name tags for each guest topped with bells and ribbons. As you’ve probably seen, their Share a Coke campaign features various names and this season, for a limited-time, it’s names like the 8 reindeer (Dasher & Dancer, Prancer & Vixen, Comet & Cupid, Donner & Blitzen) as well as Santa, Mrs. Claus, Elves, Santa’s Helper, Someone Naughty, Someone Nice, Under the Mistletoe. They’re pretty adorable. And! You can even order your own customized bottles! I printed out pictures of my family and created tags to go on each one. I had a ball picking out who would be with which bottle. Clearly, Dad had to be Santa and Mom had to be Mrs. Clause. I gave myself “Someone Naughty” because it’s only fair, and Paul I gave “Under the Mistletoe, because, well, you know…;)
We’ve provided everything you will need to create this scene including the free downloads of the village. All you need now is to print it off, add some adornment, and get some Cokes.Read on →
Here in Australia it’s the middle of Summer. It’s hot, the mangoes are cheap and plentiful, and it’s a little hard to get right into the Christmas spirit. We all read the classic Christmas books, and watch Hollywood holiday movies just like everyone else. And it’s hard to ignore the snow falling in every scene, the cozy looking log fires, and everyone wearing ugly, snuggly sweaters.
I’ll be honest with you…I’m a little jealous. Summer is great! I’m not denying that for a second. But when the Christmas tree is up, even after 25 years, it still feels a little wrong to be heading to the beach to go swimming. And that’s why I find myself gravitating to desserts like this one that look as if they’re carpeted in snow.
This Chocolate Tiramisu Layer Cake is almost a lazy person’s Buche de Noel; if you squint, it could easily be a snow-covered log fresh from the forest floor. But I love the way that with its thick swathes of mascarpone frosting, and draped redcurrants, it looks like it’s come from the holiday banquet of some Frost Queen’s castle. Like the food of Narnia, if Narnia wasn’t so obsessed with Turkish Delight. The recipe itself couldn’t be simpler, and it dispenses with the raw eggs of traditional tiramisu. The layers are an easy chocolate sponge that takes only minutes to bake in a sheet pan, and the layers are then brushed with coffee and slathered in a mascarpone mix, sweetened and flavoured with vanilla and a dash of rum (extra holiday spirit!). This is the perfect thing for a holiday dinner, whether it actually is freezing, or you just wish it was. Happy Holidays! Read on →
Contributor Monica Lynch designed these adorable holiday wrapping papers and coordinating gift cards just in time for some Christmas goodies! I love the non-traditional direction she took with it: hot cocoa and peppermint pattern, smores with mallows and graham crackers (topped with origami mallows on a stick, of course!), and painted ribbons. They’re all available to download for free. All you have to do is print them off! And if you’re feeling extra festive here’s a fun class on the proper way to wrap gifts (because you never realize that there is proper technique until you’re in the thick of it!).
Retrieve the files below! And find out how to make the origami marshmallows.