Tuesday, July 31, 2012
All through July, I have been thinking about adding a few items to the Christmas Shop which is part of my A-Store on Amazon. I'm not very good about updating this shop, and I'm not sharing this link so you will necessarily shop at it, but just mostly for inspiration and for Christmas items I have enjoyed using (mostly books) and want to share the info with others. Hope you enjoy your visit if you stop in at My Christmas Shop!
Monday, July 30, 2012
|(Pour yourself a cup of Christmas coffee and enjoy!)|
I love Pinterest even though I seldom find a lot of time to go there. I just use my "Pin It" button when I find something that inspires me. It occurred to me today that those of you are are visiting here for Christmas in July (and beyond, I hope!) might like to visit my Pinterest board and see some of the nifty ideas and art I have found. Hope you enjoy your time there if you visit my Christmas board!
Saturday, July 28, 2012
My plan is that those family members who'd like to take part will draw names, with a $1 per gift limit. The local dollar stores will likely be our favored shopping sources. Then we will wrap our gifts and, at some point during the visit, have a little Christmas party. I'm thinking I will decorate very simply to suggest the Christmas season -- probably a Christmas table runner, perhaps a Christmas centerpiece (or just a mason jar full of evergreen sprigs), and a string of lights.
|I'll probably use this runner which I sewed in 2009; however ....|
|it's barely possible I'll have these placemats finished in time.|
Friday, July 27, 2012
|(Image from TipJunkie)|
Right now, TipJunkie is hosting Christmas in July. Head on over: TipJunkie's Christmas in July! You will find ideas for decorating, hostess gifts, Christmas trees, Nativity sets, kitchen gifts, bath and beauty gifts, stockings, gift wrapping, and homemade gifts for everyone from kids to neighbors to co-workers, teachers and more. I think one could easily spend a day browsing this site, so go on over and see what's happening! I guarantee you will find some great ideas!
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Over the past few years I have made lots of felt (and some crocheted) food for Christmas gifts and for other occasions too. I showed the sugar cookies earlier this month, but I've made lots of other items too. These fun projects are small and portable and can easily be taken along on vacation to work on wherever you may be. Best of all, kids love felt food. If you have kids or grandkids and like to make handmade gifts for them, felt food will likely be a hit!
|Pumpkin pie with whipped cream|
|Cheesecake (or cheese pie) with whipped cream and a strawberry|
|Fried eggs -- sunny side up|
|Strawberry frosted doughnut|
|Frosted chocolate doughnut with sprinkles|
|Bacon & eggs|
|Bow-tie tricolor pasta|
|Bags of chips|
|A closer look at the potato chips|
|Peanut butter & jelly on wheat|
|Ham & cheese, lettuce & tomato on hamburger buns|
|Four slices of pie|
|Chocolate cream pie|
|Crocheted chocolate sandwich cookies|
|A bag full of cookies|
|Pie slices in a bakery box|
|Ready to give|
|Tomatoes in a box|
|Tomatoes out of the box|
|Lemon meringue pie|
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
|These are the first three Gooseberry books I acquired. The one on the left is a particular favorite because it goes from Harvest right through Christmas and is packed with ideas!|
|Here again, the one of the left has ideas from Harvest right through Christmas. The middle one is one that I have a recipe published in, so got that one free. Christmas Pantry, on the right, is a favorite of mine.|
|These are all favorites. Simple Joys of Christmas contains one of my recipes and a Christmas memory; Farmhouse Christmas has one of my craft ideas. I bought Magic of Christmas at a Cracker Barrel in SC on a visit to my daughter when she lived there.|
|These larger books have so many of the recipes and craft ideas and they also are filled with gorgeous photos. Here are Books 1 and 3. I also own Book 2 but it was in use on my crafting desk.|
|Books 4, 5, and 6|
|Books 7, 8, and 9|
|A few more|
|And a few more|
|These Gifts for Giving and Merry Mixes cookbooks are filled with great ideas to make for gifts!|
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
|(Image from The Christmas Cloth Store at the Fat Quarter Shop)|
If you are like me and want to use up every possible scrap of your Christmas fabrics, here are some links to a few projects I have shared here in my Christmas kitchen in the past.
|A patchwork-look coaster -- so easy!|
|A yo-yo wreath ornament|
|A soft fabric tree in a Christmas teacup|
Foldable Fabric Baskets
|A foldable fabric basket|
Simple Flannel Throw
Christmas Fabric Throw
What better time than July to get started on some small projects for gifts? Have fun!
Monday, July 23, 2012
|(Image from Gooseberry Patch)|
Well, Gooseberry Patch has come to the rescue in more than one way lately. Last week's Recipe Round-Up was Recipes to Beat the Heat, and it featured 61 wonderful recipes from salads to beverages to desserts, all designed to help us beat the heat!
And now this week, of special interest to those of us celebrating Christmas in July, they are sharing recipes just for that purpose. Here's the link: Christmas in July Recipes! The featured recipes are from their Christmas with Family and Friends book, and they look fantastic. What a great opportunity this is to check out some new Christmas recipes well in advance of the season. Maybe it will even help us feel a little bit cooler!
Friday, July 20, 2012
|(Photo by Sew4Home)|
One year, I made simple Christmas table runners for each of my married children and gave them just after Thanksgiving. That was many years ago but it is always fun for me to see one of those simple runners on my daughter's table during December.
This patchwork one is way cuter, of course. In fact, I just may have to make a few of these!
Thursday, July 19, 2012
For today's Christmas in July post, I thought I would just share a few of my favorite vintage Christmas things. It's a busy day and I need to keep things simple. So here, without further ado, are some of my favorite things -- just pictures and captions, with the items in no particular order.
|A favorite white plastic deer; other items look older but are not.|
|This honeycomb paper bell belonged to my grandmother. Paper chain made by my grandkids.|
|My hallway ribbon board with part of my collection of vintage Christmas cards.|
|Years ago my grandmother tucked a dollar bill in this and tied it to one of my Christmas presents!|
|A vintage felt snowman. Notice that his body is in the shape of a snowflake.|
|Just a few vintage things on our tree. Several glass balls, a felt elf, a paper light reflector. The beaded icicle is a newer creation by one of my granddaughters.|
|On my grandmother's tree, these white reindeer were hung with red satin ribbon.|
|From a 1952 magazine. I love giving cookies for gifts!|
|The inside of a little vintage card|
|Vintage magazine page to accompany an article on cookie recipes.|
|Vintage magazine ad for A&P coffee. What beautiful coffee cups!|
|A favorite card. Oh, for the good old days!|
|Cute card. I seem drawn to cards featuring mailboxes.|
|An illustration from a favorite childhood book.|
|This card features a snip of real red satin ribbon.|
|Notice the fir branches framing this skating scene.|
|This vintage ski jump scene is amazing!|
|Love the peaceful village all in blue.|
|A favorite cookbook growing up. So happy I own a copy now.|
|Little square vintage card.|
|Another festive mailbox!|
|A page from a cookie booklet!|
|Christmas Eve service|
|From a vintage Christmas postcard.|
|Woman's Day cost 7¢ per copy!|
|Inside the skating card shown above|
|This peaceful village -- love that chimney smoke! -- is a page from a vintage Christmas carol book.|