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These are pretty much the perfect salty/sweet combo, if you ask me!  And super fast and easy.  All you need is:

-Mini Pretzel Twists

-Rolo Candies

-Pecan Halves (raw or toasted)

Start with unwrapping all the rolos.  I promise, this is the hardest and most tedious part.  (Watch a Christmas special while you do this. :-))

When they are all unwrapped, cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 300.

Arrange pretzels on parchment covered sheet and then put a rolo on top of each one.

Bake for 2 minutes in preheated oven.   The chocolate will be shiny, but not all melty.

Press a pecan half into each rolo, squishing it down.

Chill in fridge or freezer until set back up.  Now, give them away before you eat all of them!  🙂

I adapted this recipe here for these cookies. It’s doubled and makes a LOT.

These cookies are soft and stay soft for a while.  Taste yummy!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups butter softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 5 teaspoons  ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • extra granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter and sugar, then add liquid ingredients and mix well.  Add all dry ingredients except additional sugar and mix.

Use a cookie scoop and drop each ball in granulated sugar.  Roll each dough ball to cover in sugar and place on cookie sheet.  Use a glass (dip in sugar if dough sticks) to flatten each ball.

Bake for 8 – 10 minutes. Let cookies set up on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before moving to wire racks to cool.

First of all, so sorry for the terrible pictures!  It’s so dark and wet that it’s hard to get any decent pics right now.  😦

Second, these instructions are for the non-perfectionist only.  If you want a perfect scarf, I would look for a different tutorial.  I don’t measure, don’t use the correct tools, etc.

Supplies:

  • fleece of your choice
  • scissors (a rotary cutter or sharp shears would be great, but if you’re like me, paper scissors are all that are in the house.)

Directions:

Lay the fleece on the floor or other large flat surface, folded in half.  Try to make sure the edges match up as closely as possible. (I just used what I found in the remnant bin at Hobby Lobby, but if you want to make a scarf for an older kid or adult, you probably want to find wider fleece than I used.)

Next, cut a strip the whole length of the folded fabric, the width that you want your scarf to be.  I just eyeballed this, but you could measure if you want to.  Or use a straightedge, which I didn’t.  😉  I would guess this is around six inches wide.

Cut off the selvage on the ends.

Now, decide how long you want the tassels to be.  You could measure this or use a straight edge.  I just put a heavy book down on top of the fleece about where I wanted the tassels to stop.  This was to keep the fabric from moving around.

Then cut strips.  I just eyeballed again, but you could measure if you want.  I think these are about 1/2 inch each.

Tie a knot at the top of each tassel.  Do this very carefully if you wan the tassels to lie flat.  I didn’t.  I like the way they look kind of curled up on themselves, so I gently stretched each strip after tying.

If you stretch them out (be careful, so you don’t tear them off), they should look about like this when you get done.

There, all finished.  A scarf in less than ten minutes that cost about 50cents in remnant fleece!

Great gifts for any little girls on your list!  This is a re-post of a tutorial I did for the SavvynSassy blog a long time ago.

Supplies Needed:
-Ribbon (grosgrain works best)
-Thread
-Large Needle
-Hot Glue Gun
-Ribbon/Fabric Scissors
-Lighter (or fray check or similar product)
-Barrette Clips
-Aligator Clip (optional)

A few weeks ago, a friend showed me how to make hairbows, and I love that I can make bows to match any of my daughter’s outfits (thanks to my huge ribbon collection). If you don’t have girls, these can make great gifts! They’re really easy to make and take literally minutes to complete. And, lets face it, all of us ribbon addicts have plenty to spare. 🙂

1. Gather your supplies. If you don’t have thread that matches perfectly, don’t worry about it. Thread your needle and double the thread, tying a knot at the end.

2. Make your first loop–this will determine the size of the bow

3. Continue to make loops, crossing the ribbon back and forth. You can do two loops, three, or more!

4. I use an aligator clip to hold the bow, while I get ready to stitch.

5. Find the center of the bow and work your threaded needle all the way through.

6. Push needle through the bow and then pull on the thread to gather the ribbon. When you get it gathered as much as you want it, wrap the thread around the stitching several times until you know that it won’t move.

7. Secure with several stitches through the back of the wrapped thread. When it’s completely secure, cut off the excess thread.

8. Cut off excess ribbon at an angle and make sure both tails are the same length

9. Use lighter flame or fray check to seal the edges of the ribbon tails.

10. Pop the “spring” part out of the clip.

11. Apply a line of hot glue to the back of bow.

12. Immediately press clip into hot glue and set aside (do not play with this or touch anything for a few minutes–otherwise you’ll get those annoying “strings”)

13. In the meantime, tie a single knot in a small piece of ribbon (this can be the excess you cut from the bow, or a contrasting color)

14. When the glue is completely cool, put a small drop of glue in the center of the clip.

15. Stick on one end of knotted ribbon.

16. Apply another dot of glue on top of the glued end wrap the other end of the knotted piece over and adhere.

17. Once glue has totally cooled, pop the “springy” part of the clip back in and you’re done!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 T finely grated orange zest
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup chopped dried cranberries
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • plastic wrap and parchment paper

Directions

Zest orange, chop pecans, chop cranberries.

Cream butter and sugar.  Add orange zest, vanilla, eggs, cranberries, and nuts, stirring with each addition.

Mix flour, baking powder, and salt and gradually add to liquid mixture.

Dough will be sticky.  Divide in quarters and wrap each in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 325.

Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Use your hands to shape a blob of dough into a log on the lined baking sheet.  (I find it’s helpful to brush with a little water or use wet hands for this.)

Bake for 30 minutes or until pale gold.  Cool log on a wire rack.

Slice log into slices about 1 inch thick.

Place slices on parchment lined baking sheet and bake for an additional 8 or so minutes (until starting to turn golden), then flip them and bake an additional 8  minutes.

Cool slices on wire racks and store in airtight container.

These freeze very well.

You can also melt white or dark chocolate and drizzle over the top to make it extra pretty.  🙂

This is a re-post of a super easy gift tag idea from a year or two ago.  Enjoy! -KT

my new favorite way to use up scraps of ribbon and paper!

In the past I’ve done a lot more elaborate decorating of my goodie bags for Christmas, but this year I decided it was going to be really really quick and simple or it wasn’t going to be done at all. Oddly enough, the quick and simple solution I used has gotten far more comments than anything I’ve done in the past.

It’s so easy! Just use a 2″ circle punch and a slightly smaller circle punch. Use the 2″ punch on scraps of cardstock and the smaller one on patterned paper (or another color of CS). Stack them together with a little gluestick between, punch a hole, and you’re done! Oh, but make sure you tie the bow with REAL ribbon. Real ribbon makes people feel so much more special than the plastic stuff. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Check out the Savvy n Sassy store if you need some!

Remember playing with these as a kid?  Learning to thread a shoestring through the holes?  Feeling all grown-up because you were “sewing”?  I love passing things like this along to my daughter.  And lacing cards are super easy to make.  You could use just posterboard or cardstock if that is what you have on hand, but these are a little more sturdy for little hands.  I’m making several to stick in my daughter’s stocking this Christmas.

Supplies:

  • large chipboard shapes (you can find a lot of these in the dollar section at Michael’s)
  • scrapbook papers
  • glustick
  • crop-a-dile or heavy-duty hole punch
  • sandpaper or emory board
  • pen
  • sharp scissors
  • ink*
  • mod podge*
  • shoelaces or embroidery floss with blunt needle for lacing (MAKE SURE YOU SUPERVISE YOUR CHILDREN WITH THIS GIFT!!!)

*optional

 

How To:

1: Flip the chipboard shape upside down and trace on the wrong side of the patterned paper.

2. Cut out the paper shape and adhere to chipboard with gluestick or mod podge.

3. Sand edges of shapes with sandpaper or emory board and ink if desired.

4.  Use hole punch to punch holes all around the edges of the shape.  Seal with mod podge if desired.

5. Package up with shoelaces or floss and blunt needle for gift giving.

A nice feature of these toys is that you can vary the skill level a lot.  Punch fewer and larger holes for younger children, smaller and more holes for older ones.  You can also make these more elaborate by paper piecing, stamping, etc on the shapes.

I’ll be posting a few recipes for cookies a little later this month, but wanted to give you this ahead of time.  If you get all your hangtags and toppers done in advance, it makes the whole baking/packaging/delivery process so much simpler!  (Now, if only I could follow my own advice on that!)

First, gather your supplies.

You will need:

  • coordinating cardstock-weight patterned papers (some at least 8.5 x 11)
  • ribbons and trims (this is a great use for tiny scraps)
  • scalloped circle punch (around 2.5 inches across)
  • pen
  • sharp scissors
  • glue stick and tacky glue
  • stapler
  • hole punch or crop-o-dile
  • cellophane goodie bags that measure approx 4″ across
  • 3D adhesive foam dots or squares*
  • bakers twine*
  • mitten template here: mitten template

Step One: Print mitten template on back of an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of patterned cardstock, adjusting printer settings as needed.  Using sharp scissors, cut out all the mittens along the lines. (if you have trouble, I can email you the pdf file as well, for a limited time)

Step Two: Choose other patterned papers in coordinating colors and cut into 4×5 inch rectangles.  Then fold them in half to make cards that measure 4×2.5 inches.

Step Three: Punch out scalloped circles from co-ordinating cardstock using a scalloped circle punch approx 2.5 inches across.

Step Four: Using your pen (I love my extra-fine sharpie), doodle stitches around each of the mittens and circles or stitches around each scalloped circle.

Step Five: Using tacky glue, apply a scrap of paper to the “wrist” of each mitten for a cuff. You can use ricrac, ribbon, or whatever trim scraps you have on hand.  I LOVE the pompom trim from savvynsassy for this.

Step Six: Attach the scalloped circle to the folded card.  You can add more ribbon here if you like.

Step Seven: Using 3d adhesive, attach the mitten over the scalloped circle.

Step Eight: put your cookies in the baggies and fold over the top of the bag.  Slip the topper over it and staple on each side to hold shut.  Now go give them away!

Hang Tags: if you want hang tags, just make the mittens and scalloped circles.  Punch a hole in the top and run bakers twine or ribbon through the hole.

My little elf delivering baskets to the neighbors

Big thanks to my friend Kimmy for drawing the mittens for this template-thank you!

I’m going to apologize for all the photos for this (and the last few) tutorial(s).  We’ve been having some really dark rainy weather lately and I just haven’t been able to get very good pictures.  Finally have some sun this weekend, so maybe the ones I get photographed now will be a little better.

Supplies:

  • heavy patterned paper
  • glue gun
  • wide lace (mine is a vintage estate sale find)
  • ribbons and trim (check out SavvynSassy for great pompom and other trims)
  • scissors
  • pen
  • dinner plate (to trace)
  • rosette (make your own or check out luckygirlgoods on etsy for the ones i used here)

Directions:

1. Trace half of dinner plate onto patterned paper.

2. cut out semi-circle of paper.

3. Start at one side and roll the paper into a cone shape.

4. Once you have a cone shape, you can cut off the excess paper or just keep rolling.  (I roll it up the rest of the way)

5.  Apply hot glue along the edge and glue to cone.

6. You may want to add just a dab of glue on the inside edge as well, to keep in from moving around.

7. You should now have a finished cone shape.  Now for the fun part – embellishing!

8. Using hot glue at just the top of the lace, carefully apply just below the top edge of the cone, wrapping the lace all the way around. Start at the back, so that the raw edges won’t be visible.

9. Trim excess lace.

10. Carefully glue pompom or other trim just overlapping the top of the lace. (This should cover up any visible hot glue, too.)

11. Add a dab of hot glue inside on each side and attach ribbon or seam binding for hanging.  You could use staples instead if you want.

12. Create a rosette or purchase one and affix it to a scalloped circle of paper.

13. Attach rosette to front of cone and fill with goodies!

Here is another one I made with a rosette handmade from tulle and cardstock:

These are a fun project with kids, or just to do by yourself.  You can use sheet music, patterned paper, copier paper, or even magazine pages.

Supplies:

  • paper
  • scissors

How  To:

Step One: Start with a rectagle of paper (pretty much any size works as long as it’s not too small to fold.

Step Two: Fold top right corner down so that it meets up with the left side of the paper as shown above. It should then look like a triange on top of a rectangle.

Step Three: Fold the top left corner of the folded triangle down to meet with the bottom right corner of the triangle as shown above. When finished it should look like the picture below:

Step Four: Flip the paper over and it should look like the above picture.

Step Five: Now you are going to fold into thirds from the top point.  You will probably need to practice this a few times to get the fold in the right spot, but after you do it a couple times it gets a lot easier. Start with folding the left side over as shown here.

Should look like this:

Step Six: Now fold the right side over.  It should look like about like this:

Step Seven: Flip it over and it should look like this:

Step Eight: Cut off at an angle as shown here:

It should look like this after it is cut:

Step Nine: Now comes the fun part!  Cut shapes however you want!  Play around with different patterns and shapes.

Step Ten: When you have finished cutting, carefully unfold your snowflake.  You should end up with a beautiful six-point snowflake.

Stick to your windows, hang on the tree, attach to cards…