So I have decided that all of my posts for the next few weeks will be part of my Make Your Own Merry Christmas series, whether or not they are really Christmas-y. Because, I want to remind you that no matter how busy you may be, it is important to appreciate the season and make it merry in even the smallest ways. For example, when someone in your house finishes the milk before you have your morning cereal, go ahead, Make Your Own Merry Christmas and serve up a healthful helping of oatmeal [with marshmallows, walnuts, and sprinkles] instead of getting upset for no reason.
This weekend I was heading to a friend's house and needed to bring along a snack dish. I took advantage of the opportunity to put together a fruit and cheese platter because I have been toying around with the idea of creating fruit baskets for Christmas presents in the coming weeks. With only a few ingredients, I was able to construct a colorful dish to share at the gathering.
I used a few different kinds of cheeses: gouda, mozzarella, and blue, green grapes, crackers, and pomegranates. The secrets to the success of this dish are the colors of the fruits you select and the platter that you use. You can step this platter up by buying a dish you can leave behind as a host or hostess gift.
Next time, I plan to make cheese labels for each of the types. Remember that as intricate and exciting that you make the dish, the more of a challenge it is to transport. So, for this adventure, I kept it simple so I could wrap it up in plastic wrap like a mad woman.
Who needs Harry and David this holiday season? You got this! So, get out there and Make Your Own Merry Christmas. Stay tuned this week because I hope to get a Black Friday post out to all you shopping novices -- it's all in the plan! And there will be more about those holiday cards soon too.
It has been wonderful to see so many friends sharing one thing they are thankful for each day in November on Facebook. It is fun to read what people come up with and how they are showing appreciation for even the smallest things in their daily lives. The holiday season is definitely upon us -- Thanksgiving is only a week ago -- and there are so many things to be thankful for. I am thankful for the great friends and people who I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by. You know you are doing something right in life when you are invited to a homemade holiday card making party! That's right, this weekend I will be so lucky as to join a group of ladies to snack and craft for an afternoon in preparation for this gift-giving season.
To get ready, I pulled everything, well not everything, lots of things from the craft closet. Dun, dun, dunnnnnn. This is what I came up with: scrapbooking paper, magazine cutouts, colored cardstock, cardboard, buttons, antique Christmas planning book, envelopes, string, and ribbon. I think I will be able to get my collage on by mixing papers with magazine cutouts, then adding string and ribbon for dimensionality.
I have started to pull my tools together as well: large and small scissors, double-sided tape, cutting mat, pens and pencils, x-acto knife, extra blades, small t-square, metal scale, and glue.
Keep your eyes out next week to see what we come up with this weekend!
This past weekend was "post fall review recovery weekend." The recovery was channeled through shopping and crafts - what else is there really? Earlier this fall, I found a few great remnants at an antique and fabric store in New Hope, Pennsylvania. They had bins of beautiful, affordable pieces, but I successfully limited my purchase. Remnants and samples are wonderful starting points for creating simple pillow projects. Check the clearance racks at your local fabric store. Often you will find samples of expensive fabrics that are nice cut and ready to sew.
For this project, I picked up a 20" x 20" pillow insert. The remnant was large enough that I could simply fold it over and sew up two of the three unfinished edges. After securing the pillow in place, I folded each side of the unfinished pouch edges over and pinned them accordingly. The pillow has a great finished look to it, because there are buttons sewed to both sides as the closures. This pillow has no front or back, but I have made others with two different samples to create varied looks.
Throw pillows can bring great colors and textures to your living room. And they will bring all the more excitement if you try mixing and matching those textures.
I am more than impatient when it comes to sewing projects, but this is one that I can handle and is perfect for any beginner.
who : becky yannes.
where : pittsburgh, pa.
what : making, hosting, sharing.