Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas to All!

Santa has already made his stop here in New England. Even brought us the White Christmas that I've been hoping for! Our Blogger's Challenge theme for today is Christmas, so I thought that I'd share some of the crafty things that we've been up to at home. First up is the gingerbread house that my little one and I decorated at one of the local Historic Inns. They bake the gingerbread for you and put it all together and then they give you a heaping bag of frosting and an array of candy to decorate it with while you enjoy their homemade treats and hot cocoa. It's a fun, family event! I especially love the Santa chocolate that we added coming out of the chimney.

I've been stamping too! I made a lot of cards for gifts, but didn't take pictures of any (yes, I know...very smart of me...lol!) I also made a lot of these treats for DH to take to work. When he managed to bring one back home, I quickly took a photograph before anyone ate it! The idea came from Becky Roberts' blog. I used Stampin' Up's Deer Friends set with my punches, a few York Peppermint Patties, some festive ribbon from Michaels, and a pretzel bag to contain it all.The last thing that I wanted to share with you is something that my DH and I create each year for the Christmas season. Our honeymoon was spent in Colonial Williamsburg and we've been lucky enough to go back on a few other occasions. One of those times was during the Christmas season and we immediately fell in love with all of the colonial Christmas decorations that they make there. One of our favorites is the traditional Williamsburg Apple Cone. It is made with fresh fruit, boxwood, and magnolia leaves. Even though the apples are attached to a nail-studded wooden cone, they last through the holiday season and their fragrance makes the house feel so cozy. This year, it looks wonderful on top of my Grandmother's old Singer sewing machine.

Hope you enjoyed some of our Christmas traditions and treats. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and many blessings for the New Year! Thanks so much for visiting today...Toodles! :D

14 comments:

Lisa said...

Love your decorations and the Peppermint Patty treat.

Sheryl Dickinson said...

Love the apple decoration--so pretty and I can just imagine how fragrant it is. Merry Christmas!

Lisa Somerville said...

Beautiful holiday decorations - love the Apple Decoration! Merry Christmas!

Lisa Bohler said...

What fun and pretty shares that you have for us today! The papercrafting is wonderful and I LOVE your other ideas! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Nikki Bond said...

WOW..these are all fabulous!Hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday!

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Robin Merriman said...

Love your decorations - we too do gingerbread houses each year and I love the idea of going someplace where they assemble it for you! LOL!
and your Williamsburg cone is gorgeous! We live 3 hours from there and have made many, many trips there over the years. Your cone makes me feel right at home.
Merry Christmas!

Connie said...

Great job on all your decorations! I have one of those apple cone things and have never used it, but I loved them when I first saw them! I will definitely make on next year after seeing your beautiful creation!

Ida P. Krause said...

Beautiful decorations. Great treat holder as well. Hope your family had a wonderful Christmas.

Connie Paxman said...

Your decorations, table centre and gingerbread house are superb...I especially love the table centre..
Merry Xmas
connie paxman

Selene Kempton said...

I LOVE that tree! How cool is that??? Merry Christmas!

Clara said...

What fun projects! The apple cone is just beautiful and I'm sure making the gingerbread house was lots of fun. Great job, it came out really nice. You'll have to share where you bought it unassembled.(great idea) :)

Shelly Schmidt said...

Such amazing decorations- love the Gingerbread house and the apple tree is awesome. Merry Christmas.

Tiffany Bauer said...

Boy you have been busy!!! I love all these decorations and that gingerbread house looks awesome!!

Crissy Armstrong said...

THe apple tree looks amazing, and so does your peppermint patty treat bag too. Looks like you had some fun!