Archives for the month of: December, 2010

This is me, sincerely hoping that you have yourself a merry little Christmas. I know I am. Today we get to celebrate the holidays with the Johnson family out at the farm. Yesterday we went to Sioux Falls and celebrated with Grant and Andrea. We switched things up a bit this year by by going ice skating as a family. I’m definitely never going to be a professional ice skater – but it was still a blast! : )


Yes, I have had quite a few posts in regard to the Baking Day we hosted, (and as far as I know this will be the last one!) but I wanted to show you the recipe book I put together for each of the guests that came that day. I asked everyone for their recipes in advance – and knew I wanted to put something together that would be very similar to recipe cards – but still in a book-ish format.

Enter: Rubber Bands. While most may think that rubber bands are simply a mechanism to group things together – or a torture device when flung at unsuspecting souls – they can also be utilized as a pretty nifty (and cheap) book binding!

The recipe cards themselves are the typical recipe card size – but what makes this little book so unique are those notches that are cut out up at the top of the card. When piled up and wrapped in the cover (utilizing the same design and paper from the invitations) then hooked with the rubber bands – they stay together in a cute little package. Believe it or not, not only is it cute – but it’s actually quite convenient too. I’ve pulled the book out a few times since Baking Day – searched for the recipe I needed – pulled it out and then just put it back in when I’m done. That way you don’t have to worry about fumbling with a wonky book while your trying to bake delectable treats.

All together now: gift bag tag. invite. recipe book.

I tackled my Christmas cards early this year. I think I had them in the mail the first week of December. Definitely not typical for my procrastinating self – that’s for sure.

At any rate, I decided I wanted to do postcards this year instead of regular cards with envelopes. Nothing too fancy – just simple black and white with a little hint of jazziness. You can’t tell in the pictures (Well you kind of can. It looks like little black flecks in the close-ups.) but there was some bling-age added with some gold spray glitter. I love me my glitter. : )

I don’t know if you have noticed or not, but I’ve been kind of on the quiet side for posting projects lately. But fear not! I have been a busy little elf. Hopefully after the Holidays I will share a few of the projects I’ve been working on. I don’t know how it happened, but I unofficially claimed this year to be a handmade gift giving year.

Until the lucky souls that are going to receive my gifts open them – I’ll share this little design-y project with you. Somehow I caught the Holiday bug this year. I think it started with my Baking Day Invites – and has just continued with my Christmas Postcards and these Johnson Family Christmas Day invitations. While the design isn’t earth-shattering, I personally love how they turned out. My favorite part is the cheery green envelopes and wrap-around address tags. It also made me smile a bit to know that our deck even got to partake in a bit of the holiday spirit by spending a day or two covered in gold spray glitter.

Random note: I wish I could have somehow sent the snow that’s floating in my background along with the invitations. Doesn’t it make it just a bit more magical? : )

Hi there! How is your day going thus far? I am very much aware of the fact that Mondays are usually a little rough for those of us who have a typical schedule of 8-5 / Monday – Friday. In an attempt to bring a little cheer and happiness to your life today I thought I’d share a little something I happened upon just now.

Just go to this link and remind yourself that Monday is almost over! Oh! And you should also be ecstatic that you can download some free wallpaper to jingle-ify your computer desktop like these:

Merry Christmas Wallpaper

Just a quick sneak peak for a special mama. I met up with Kim on Friday and we attempted to get some 1-year pictures of her daughter Skylar. Not going to lie – it started out a little rough and I was somewhat worried that Kim wouldn’t have anything to choose from. While these definitely aren’t the posed pictures like you’d get at Walmart – they make me smile when I look at them because they truly capture all of Skylar’s sweetness.

Baking day took place this past Saturday – and I like to think it was a raging success. Six ladies were busy baking, shaping, dipping and taste testing all day long. We started at 10 am on the dot and while a few ladies had to head out a bit early, we were going strong until about 5:00 p.m. We ended up having around 25 treat trays that we split up amongst everyone to take with them so they could share the joy.

Here’s a ‘brief’ list of what we made on Saturday: Oreo Cheesecake Cookies, Peanut Butter Balls, Peanut Butter Cups, Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies, Caramel Cookies, Molasses Cookies, Chocolate Chip Shortbread, Almond Joy Bars, Oreo Truffles, Sugar Cookies, Dipped Ritz Crackers, Cream Cheese Cupcakes, Peanut Butter Cookies (Stuffed with Snickers, topped with Kisses, and encased in Peanut Butter Cups. Yum!) and lots of things dipped in white chocolate. Everything was absolutely delicious and looks amazing!

Thanks ladies for joining us on Saturday. It was a wonderful day. :)