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Here’s another tutorial from the Savvy n Sassy Christmas Crop for y’all. This project is so SUPER easy and can be made totally out of scraps. A great way to dress up those gift cards at the last minute. Sorry for the bad photos, I tried to get good ones in the dark, but it just didn’t work out very well. 🙂

Ingredients:
Arrow cardstock scrap approx 8″x3 3/8″
Arrow Christmas patterned paper scraps
Arrow ribbon scrap 4″-6″
Arrow hole punch and/or eyelet setter
Arrow eyelets or brads
Arrow embellishment for front of tag (chipboard, flower, paper cutouts, or whatever)
Arrow ink or paint (optional)

Directions:
1. cut corners from top of cardstock rectangle to make a long tag shape

2. fold up approx. 2 1/2″ from bottom of card

3. cut paper scrap to fit and adhere

4. ink edges of paper and cardstock if desired
5. punch holes in (a) top of card for ribbon (b) through both layers of cardstock on corners in the middle of card. it should look like this:

6. add eyelets or brads

7. embellish front of pocket as desired and add ribbon to top


8. slide gift card into pocket and there you go!

These make a great breakfast on Christmas or a great gift to give away!  🙂

Ingredients:

  • 2 packs yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup sugar (plus another cup for filling)
  • 2/3 cup butter (plus another 1/2 cup for filling)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons cinnamon

Sprinkle yeast over warm water in large bowl.

Microwave milk for 1.5 minutes in large measuring cup.

Cut butter into chunks.

Mix butter and sugar into hot milk until the butter has all melted. The butter and sugar should cool the milk to lukewarm.

In that time, the yeast and water should have become foamy.  Mix the milk mixture, eggs, salt and half of the flour until smooth.  Slowly add the rest of the flour until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

Turn out dough and knead (or use dough hook on your mixer).  Then lightly grease large bowl and put dough in it, turning greased side up.  Cover with a warm damp dishcloth and let rise till double, about 1.5 hours.

Punch down dough and divide in quarters.  Roll each quarter into a 9×15 rectangle.

Brush each quarter with 2-3 tablespoons melted butter.

Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixed together.

Use a sharp knife to cut into nine slices.

Arrange in greased pan. Cover with a clean, dry dishtowel and let rise till double.

When size has doubled, bake at 350 – 375 until golden brown. Top with glaze or cream cheese frosting.

Still playing catch-up from the wedding with lots of assistance from my little helper!

All you need is construction paper, tape, and a paper trimmer or scissors.

Our paper was 9″x12″, so I cut each sheet into eight 1.5″x9″ strips.

Then the littler helper takes over.

Make strip into a circle with the edges just overlapping.

Tape in place.

Put a second strip through the first circle.

Make into a circle and tape in place.

Keep repeating.

make the chain as long as you want!  put on the tree, hang over a doorway or window, etc.

December 18th – Felt Flowers

Sorry for the nighttime pictures, but I’m playing catch-up!

Supplies:

  • Felt circles in varying sizes (I used a sizzix die to cut these in four sizes between 1.5″ and 3″)
  • Hot glue gun

Start with one of the smallest circles and roll up like this, securing with a dab of hot glue.

On another of the smallest size circles, put a line of hot glue.

Roll around the first rolled circle.

Hold till the glue starts cooling.

Should look about like this.

Add another small circle following the same procedure.

Should look like this.

Once you have a complete circle of “petals” around the center rolled petal, start the next larger size.

I find it works a little better if you pinch the larger petal at the bottom, then add the glue and apply to the flower.

Should look like this.  You can trim off the excess felt now or wait till the end to cut it all off at once. When you have a full layer of this size petals, you can move up to the next larger size following the same procedure again.

When you like the size, just stop, trim off any excess felt on the bottom and use in the project of your choice!  You can add a pin back for a brooch or use to decorate with….OR you can hold on to them for a project I will post soon that uses these!

The flower on the left is made with four sizes of circles, the one on the right just uses three.

Great as a gift for grandparents, or use as a gift bag!

Supplies:

  • canvas tote bags (get the value pack with a coupon and it makes it pretty cheap)
  • fabric paints (we have a lot of these accumulated from other projects)
  • foam brush
  • paper plate

Start by painting one of child’s hands.  Completely cover with fabric paint.

When completely covered, press down on bag.  You will probably need to press down the child’s hand to make sure it doesn’t leave empty spaces.

Clean up the first hand and then do the same process with the second one.

Bag should look about like this.

Add a heart and a name if desired.

I also just let DD “color” some of the bags however she wanted to.

This is a little peek at a “guy” on one:

For today’s tutorial, I’m going to link you up to a new tutorial I just did for the SavvynSassy blog!

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!