Hello my friends, welcome, happy December, and Merry Christmas! Now that’s a mouthful. lol! Oh what a busy time for us all! After next week things should slow down a little for me and I am looking forward to a ride in the car to see the Christmas lights.
Today, I wanted to quickly share a couple of group gift ideas. I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for new ideas. The first one is simple, been around for a long time, and easy.
My Bunco group always shares some little thing for Christmas. What makes these jars fun is the SWEET bakers twine and jingle bell. If you had a friend that loved vintage items. An old blue jar would be SWEET!
This is the Sweet Rice Chex Mix. Super easy! Melt 1 1/2 cubes of butter with 1 cup Light Karo, and 1 cup sugar. Bring to a boil. Pour over 1 box of Rice Chex.
I add mixed nuts, but the recipe calls for blanched peanuts. Add 1 bag of M & M’s after a few minutes so that they don’t melt. YUM!
I just LOVE bakers twine, don’t you? Here’s a fun idea my friend saw on Studio 5. Put your twine in one of those old sugar shakers. It holds it nicely and the string comes out the pour spout. I have been picking them up whenever I see them at thrift stores. Just ordered a set of assorted colors of bakers twine off of Pick Your Plum for $4.95 ea. That’s a steal!
And look how easily I can travel with them.
I hold a stitching group at my home on Thursdays. This is a little something to exchange. I painted clipboards ($1.44 at Walmart) with chalk paint. It did take three coats. I used the brush on paint from the can. Adorned with tuelle, flowers, and a little bling they display a message that anyone who sews can relate to. Very fun, but it did take a while to make 14 of these.
One flower is a rolled 1 1/2 inch strip of leftover drop cloth. The other is a strip of burlap that I just took a needle, ran a stitch down the middle, pulled it up and tied it off.
Remember, next week is more of our ‘Creating Christmas’ party. Hope you will join Tracie on the 11th with your ‘Natural’ Christmas and me on the 13th with your ‘Vintage’ Christmas. Thanks to those who shared their farmhouse style with Cindy!
Well, I started with 14 links that I wanted to feature this week, but I am going to narrow it down to 5. Yes, I can do this! To help me I decided I would feature items that were handmade.
I fell head over heals in love with Carlene’s rustic Christmas mantel. Such creative ideas. Like the bicycle wheel for cards and the funnel tree. Go see more at Organized Clutter Queen
Oh, and look at this fun tree made of flower frogs by Once Upon a Firefly, love it!
Connie from Family Home and Life made these pretty scripture ornaments. She shows how she did them. Now folks, you don’t have to cut up your scriptures. You can copy the page from the Bible that tells of the birth of our Savior.
There were two darling advent ideas. I chose to feature Leslie’s from Spoonful of Everything. I had just featured the blog with the other advent last week. Isn’t this just fun? Hop over to see it all!
Last but not least is this darling primitive snowman designed and made by Jen from Bayou Quilts.
Let me tell you, you are all so creative that you make it difficult for a girl to narrow it down. Thanks so much for sharing your talents. Love seeing what it is in life that makes you happy. (Fills your cup)
Please grab my button if you were featured.
Now for a few rules and then let the fun begin!
1. I would love for you to be a follower of Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
2. Link up a particular post and not your entire blog. Please limit your links to no more than three.
3. Please have a link back to this post. That way others will know where the party is. Feel free to grab my button on the sidebar if you’d like. Only those with links back will be featured.
4. Please find time to visit at least a few other participants. It’s a great way to find new blogs
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