Posted tagged ‘Christmas’

Christmas creativity

December 19, 2010

Since my usual work stations have been cleaned, and many of my tools put into boxes, I decided to get creative with sweets.  And, not wanting to get the kitchen too messy, I settled on Seven Layer Bars with dark chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.  Adding a little food coloring to the coconut makes them more festive.   My other treat of the day:  Rice Krispie Treats.  Nothing fancy, but so tasty.

Seven Layer Bars and Rice Krispie Treats

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!

December 24, 2008

It’s the best time of the year… At least that’s what I’ve heard.  My ornaments and I will be making a second attempt to visit friends and family today.    We had to turn back after freezing rain made the roads gridlocked.  It’s amazing how much relief my husband and I felt just getting out of traffic and turning back.  We’d just barely made it to 37N in the 45 minutes we’d been travelling — and if you’re familiar with Bloomington, you know that’s usually a 5 minute trip.  Here’s a tiny pic I snapped after we turned around.  Not the greatest, but you get the idea.


We’ll try to leave again, soon.  Wishing everyone the best of luck this season!


Finished ornaments

December 16, 2008

Yes, it’s true.  I’ve managed to finish some ornaments over a week before Christmas.   I’m not sure how, but I do know that I haven’t baked anything, yet.  So, here’s what they look like after several coats of high gloss tung oil finish.

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December 11, 2008

I had to put away my trivets for a little bit. I realized that my next idea was on a time crunch. Ornaments!! I found some little tag-shaped craft wood. (Yes, I spend a decent amount of time at Michael’s.)  A few round ones, and am turning them into stained wood ornaments. So far, I like them, and think they have great potential. This seems like a natural holiday project.  Perhaps an annual one?  Maybe I should just give them as gifts?

The work table

The work table

A little one on a sanding block

A little one on a sanding block

With a ruler for scale

With a ruler for scale

I guess I should get back to work.  Only a few are out of the stain phase.  Tick, tock!