Thursday, November 30, 2017

diy christmas snow holly ornaments

hey how was your thanksgiving?
oh my goodness i did sooooo much over the turkey holiday.

like make these diy christmas snow holly ornaments 
for about 50 people!
they were quite pretty and once i got the hang of making one it was pretty easy to make the other 49-yikes!

the only thing i would complain about when making these is all the glitter you have to clean up afterwards but it sure makes the floor look pretty. lol

and speaking of floor, 
who knew floor wax was ornament glue too? 

yup, all you do is squeeze a few drops in the ornament, shake, and add whatever you want inside to stick. 

this is what i did:
i got some faux snow and 
tiny styrofoam balls at dollar tree and did this:

look out!
it's a snow ornament blizzard!!!
while they dry, i went black friday shopping at michael's and snagged some holly branches to use with my dollar tree bows.
then this is the start to the second pile of  
glitter-everywhere-and-in-your-hair chaos.

hey now doesn't that look festive?
but i had to personalize them too so i hot glued the hanging holly to the ornament and made some silhouette vinyl names. plain old letter stickers would work too!

and that was that.
then i repeated 
again and again and again and again and
again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again again and again and again and again and, well you get my drift,
cuz i made them for my co-workers.
so wow it was enough ornaments to cover a 10 
foot tree!
along with enough glitter and tiny styrofoam balls to almost cover the north pole.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

thanksgiving 7017 round-up

today's the day for turkey!!
yahoo! and most importantly giving THANKS!!!

but first lemme take a quick second of your time to gather up the turkey shenanigans that i had for 
this year's thanksgiving round-up.

 and that's it for turkey day 2017.
here's hoping you get as full as santa's belly!
and speaking of santa,
i think he's coming this way to help me out 
with upcoming christmas crafts... 

thanks for being YOU 
and visiting me! :)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

thanksgiving utensil holders

this tute for thanksgiving utensil holders 
is sooo easy even a turkey can do it. 
basically all you need is this at walmart:
for $1.97 each!
and then i grabbed some jars and a glass from dollar tree.
instead of gobble gobble we are talking cheap cheap here. lol
then just wrap it around if you have a good one.
and what i mean by "good one" is the other wrap i got was defected but i managed to get it to work like this:
then grab your utensils/flatware and put them to work.
remember these that i made last year?
well i used them again and grabbed my pie servers too.

and that was that.
extra?! well of course it is!
isn't that what thanksgiving is about?
(extra thanks, extra grateful, extra pie...)

Friday, November 17, 2017

thanksgiving cornucopia cookies

i'm not sure about these.
i had a vision of making these macarons 
but the time to do it messed me up.

so i took the easiest short cut possible and
 just (turkey) winged it...
so ladies and maybe a gent or two out there, 
let me introduce to you,
cornucopia cookies.
made with the best intentions to make them look like real cornucopias and ended up settling for these instead because as mick jagger sings 
"you can't always get what you want." blah.

what's really not blah is the time to make them.
the longest part about it is finding 
the sprinkles in my cupboard.

all you need is this:
plus some melted chocolate bark in a piping bag.

i got the fruit blast and harvest decor from home goods and the dylan candy set and pearls from michaels.

let's take a look at the sprinkle collection shall we?
ok so the green ones look more like smooshed limes.
let's just say they are green beans instead?

and speaking of smooshing, let's squish that dough:
i put a baggie over the cookie and 
shaped it like you see above.

then i baked 1 cookie with the sprinkles 
in it already to experiment and uhoh...
good thing i just experimented with 1 cookie... :>P

so i basically gobbled that ugly one up 
and did this to the rest with a spoon:
the cookie shaping that works is done before 
i took them out of the oven, right til 
they were almost done baking. 
(top left corner pic above)
then the ditch was made immediately upon 
removing them from the oven. 

i had to reshape the cookies because they spread waaay 
too much in the oven and looked like blobs.
but it actually came out more realistic like the basket weaves in a cornucopia when the cookie was pushed into shape... 
(?!? idunno!)

ok then while still warm, pipe the chocolate as shown 
and follow the steps below.
well do they look like cornucopias to you?
or more like smooshed fruit topped peanuts?
i guess i could've just made a pie or something but pies need to take a back seat once in a while 
(even though i am still gonna make them!)

i guess if i mix them up with the turkey cookies i made then the whole smooshed peanut vision goes away? 
i think the little kids will like these...
then they can say "gee Ms. Lisa! thank you for the smooshed fruit topped peanut cookies!"

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

thanksgiving napkin rings

it's hard to come up with thanksgiving stuff that has never been done before, and since there are a million turkey stuff that can be found in blog world, i decided to come up with something about our pilgrims and indians.

like these thanksgiving napkin rings:
ok so i know they are not sophisticated or anything 
but heck you are at hoopla palooza 
and nothing is sophisticated around here! lol

basically all i did was purchase the napkin rings at home goods and painted them using acrylics and paint markers.
you can use whatever napkin rings you can find,
as long as you can paint over them.

i favor paint markers over any paint when it comes to detail work-it's just easier for me to do it that way,
but use whatever you want.

it's a squaw in the making.
and here is myles standish and his pilgrim lady.
so let's put 'em to work shall we?
they didn't get any mouths because all they would do was eat.
so let's say we'll do the eating for them ok?
(s'cuse me but could you pass me the apple pie?)

Friday, November 10, 2017

turkey reese's stroopwafel cookies

there are a million turkey cookies on the web.
so i decided to make it a million and one.

today i made some turkey reese's stroopwafel cookies for ya!
they are super duper easy peasy and 
making them is actually kinda fun. 
first get this:
do you or have you ever eaten stroopwafel cookies?

they're kinda cute, especially the mini ones.
these i got at home goods but 
i see them at world market all the time.
they are filled with caramel and although 
they look crunchy, they're more on the soft side.

anyway, they make great turkey bodies.
and sunflower seed candy make great...
so let's take some melted chocolate (i used a bit of almond bark i had not pictured on the supply list) and just start gluing away.
and lo and behold you just turned a waffle cookie and 
reese's cups into a bunch of turkeys.
i like these cuz they're little and you can put them as a placecard for turkey dinner.
you know when some people on social media see a food craft they get all "oh i ain't got time for that! who would spend so much time putting little candies on cookies?!?!"

well that would be me cuz until i find turkey cookies 
at the store, i'm gonna make 'em.
and as i give these to my sweeties in my life and they get a kick outta them i will wonder, why do some people have to be turkeys?!?