Saturday, November 22, 2008

Friday Holiday Idea's

Rubber Stamped Ornaments (otherwise known as I NEED SOMETHING CUTE AND QUICK!!!)

The 2 ornaments shown are over 10 years old.
I made 100's of these for my children's Christmas Fairs at school and they have always been one of my favorites.

Simply rubber stamp a design in red ink onto muslin. I would do a large piece of fabric ~ spacing the stamps evenly to make many at once.

Cut stamped fabric into squares and sew to felt cut the sane size ~ right sides together ~ leaving enough of an opening to turn right side out.

Stuff with lavender or poly fill ~ or both.

Don't forget to add your cord when sewing or you can wait till the end and hot glue a cord to the back.

Cover the front in glue and generously sprinkle the clear glitter over fabric. It will dry clear.The finished size is about 3" by 2".

This would be so beautiful done with black felt, black stamp and a black checkered cord .....

or pink or .........

My fave Christmas Cookies since I was a kid ~ SPRITZ Cookies!

Right Click to super size and print recipe. I had better luck using 2 cups of flour instead of the 2 1/2 they call for.
I have made these every year since I have been married.
This is the original recipe card my Grama used to make them :)

A Heart warming gift ~ copy and print a family members favorite recipe on fabric with your ink jet printer.
Make pot holders with the fabric for kid's or grand kids. You could even use a piece of a tablecloth or fabric from the clothing of the loved one.
Excuse me 2008 but I STILL LOVE those silly jello molds from the "olden" days!!!!

I copied this recipe from my Mom when I was 19 ~ just day's before I moved out and into my first apartment.
It is the PERFECT Holiday color ~ green, red and white!

So be a kid again and make this ~


3 oz pkg lemon-lime jello
1 1/4 cups boiling water
2 cans ( 1 pound each) pitted big cherries , drained (don't get the ones WITH pitts ~ like I did once heh! heh!)
3 0z pkg lemon jello
1 cup (3oz) cream cheese
1 pint cream style cottage cheese
1 can (8 3/4 oz) crushed pineapple

Dissolve lemon-lime jello in 1 1/4 cups boiling water. Chill until slightly thick.
Place cherries in the bottom of a 13 x9 glass dish.
Cover with lemon - lime jello. Chill until firm.
Dissolve lemon jello in 1 cup boiling water.
Cool slightly; add cream cheese and mix till smooth.
Pour over firm cherry layer.
Chill several hours or overnight.

I have been a fanatic about getting rid of excess holiday decor I don't use ~ and using what my heart makes me keep!
I have been decorating for the last 2 weeks and when I come across a glass bulb I am not using ~ I attach it to this tinsel wreath on my pantry door. (Tinsel wreath ~ $2.50 at Target last year)
It should be covered with assorted bulbs when decorating is done and I will have created a new heirloom ~ FREE!

I saw this lovely idea in the latest issue of HALLMARK magazine.

SO friends ~ I know many of you in the colder areas are not wanting to say good-bye to the warm weather.
I just purchased this box of Smith & Hawkins bulbs ~ regular $9.99 for $2.64 at Target this week.
I planted them as soon as I got home and before you know it ~ I will be posting pic's of them in bloom!
Spring will surely be here before we know it so put on a pair of warm socks ~ make some holiday gifts for your loved ones and enjoy this Christmas Season.
It's not about the money but the memory's you create and the ones that live in your heart.
I truly love you all SO much.
Feel LOVED ~ and pass it on :)


Laurie said...

Terri! So many great ideas! I LOVE your ornament wreath, and the felt ornaments. The wreath with the bird is beautiful, I know I can re-create that! All of it is so awesome, thank-you for sharing. I posted a new sachet on my blog, not as advanced work as yours, I really want to learn to do ribbon embroidery.
I love my blog friends also, they are the greatest!

Dahlia said...

Beautiful... your home is ready for the coming holiday season.

Maggie R said...

Dear Terri...
I so enjoyed all your Decorating ideas and the recipes....
When I was first married my Mom wrote out all my favorite recipes and I still have them. I should laminate them as after 54 years they are getting a bit worn!

I sent you an email Terri as I need your snail mail address.I think it must have ended up in the spam pile!!!
I finally got the pay it forward things ready to mail and you are on the list.I have nearly used up all my time!!!! Sometimes life just gets in the way...
Hope to hear from you soon..
my email is

Pat Winter said...

Beautiful post! I love your bog...such warm, heartfelt homey expressions that I can relate to.
Oh! You have been tagged my friend.

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