Christmas

How to Make Cupcake Ornaments

I have to apologize for the late Christmas ornament post, but we made three dozen of these cupcake ornament with everyone on our gift-giving list getting one (or two). I didn’t want to spoil the surprise for those gift-receivers.

how to make cupcake ornaments, super cute, fun and easy!

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CUPCAKE ORNAMENTS HOW TO | These are super easy to make. You will need a tub of Drywallk Compound at your local hardware store, hot glue, ornaments (glass or plastic), cupcake wrappers, red jingle bells, small glass beads (found in the jewelry isle) and a pastry bag.

cupcake ornament tutorial

Cute in any color

Hot glue the bottom of the ornament into a cupcake liner. Load the drywall compound into the pastry bag like you would frosting. “Frost” the ornament like a cupcake. Use a plastic spoon to smooth out the compound a bit. Sprinkle with beads, add a jingle bell cherry.

cupcake ornament tutorial

I like the glitter the best

Place the ornaments in cupcake tins to let dry overnight. Once the compound hardens you can add a cute hook.

cupcake ornaments tutorial

3 dozen cupcakes

Alexandra and I did the frosting of the ornaments. Parker was in charge of the sprinkles and cherry jingle bell. That is the perfect “job” for little hands who really want to help but can’t manage the frosting without getting it all over your table, and themselves!

neon cupcake ornament

Almost good enough to eat!

Christmas Eve Advent gift:

Advent gift

Truth.

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Pass the whine…

You know what is a real let down? Finally getting a date night with hubby, then eating a bad meal. Seriously. We eat out so little that when we finally do get a date night the meal should effing fantastic, but it wasn’t, and that sucks. I know. Boo-hoo.

Okay, enough whining…

This weekend we mustered the energy to check off one of our Christmas traditions…Holiday Lights! Last year we went to Golden, Colorado to check out their river walk lights. The girls were so impressed with the huge pine tree completely wrapped in lights that we had to share it with friends this year.

Golden Lights

Standing under the pine tree wrapped in lights

Golden Light

Under the tree of lights

Each branch is wrapped in strands of lights. I wonder if they leave the lights on all year…hum.

Starbucks

Another tradition…stop at Starbucks to warm up

Golden Light 3

Along the walk

Golden Lights 4

Fence post lining the river wrapped in lights

house lights

Our house with lights

Our home: It may be old and worn. It may have stained carpets and pet hair. It may need a fresh coat of paint on the inside, not to mention new windows. There is not a pretty decorated Pinterest worthy fireplace mantle. Very few people I know would have house-envy upon walking into our house, but it is OUR HOME. It is full of love and happiness. And, that is all I can really ask for.

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December Daily | 14

Where to begin? Yesterday, another school shooting here in Colorado. One student in critical condition, the teen shooter dead at Arapahoe High School. Today is the Sandy Hook School shooting 1 year anniversary. I had to turn off the Today Show yesterday morning. Too many tearful memories were being replayed.

I can’t seem to get into a festive mood.

  • We haven’t baked cookies. Thanks to my bestie for inviting the girls over to bake with her family.
  • We haven’t gone out to see the holiday lights (although we plan to go on Sunday).
  • I half-hearted let the girls decorate gingerbread houses, which we threw out after only a week of display because the candies were falling off, and onto the floor, then sticking to our socks when we inadvertently stepped on them.
  • Rocco peed on the Christmas tree…again. Thankfully there is nothing under the tree to get wet except the tree skirt.
  • We’ve watched only one Christmas movie. Home Alone.
  • I think the girls are disappointed in the uninspiring Advent gifts in the countdown calendar this year. Last year, I set the bar high.
  • I am not even sending out Christmas cards this year.

I am just not in the mood.

Anyone out there feeling the same way?

ice skating

At the ice rink

spiral

Spiral

Parker is thinking she wants to start ice skating again. This morning we went to the Ice Centre and I had to bribe Alexandra to get on the ice with her little sister. A Starbucks Mocha Frappacinno was her prize.

Alex hasn’t skated since February of this year. Six years of skating and competing…she still can do a Spiral, but she wouldn’t even attempt a jump or spin in rental skates. She misses skating. I can tell.

December Daily layout

Embellishments by Sweet Shoppe Design.

****UPDATE: Claire Davis, the victim of Arapahoe High School shooting mentioned above, passed away December 21, 2013. Senseless. Her family are an example of grace and love in the unimaginable time of tragedy and heartbreak. “Last week was truly a paradox in that we lost our daughter, yet we witnessed the wonderful love that exists in the world through the tremendous outpouring of support we received,” read a statement posted by the Davis family on the hospital’s Facebook page. {source}

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Santa Ornament (Lazy) Tutorial

December Daily | 8

santa ornament

Cute, right?

This weekend’s Advent gift was crafts. We made these cute Santa ornaments. Inspiration by Pinterest.

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She’s a good little crafter.

I am not good with tutorials. So, here ya go…my lazy Santa ornament tutorial. Enjoy!

santa ornament tutorial

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Go make something creative.

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BTW: I was featured last week on Living Well, Spending Less. If you’re interested in fun ways to spend less, and awesome link ups, you should check it out! Linking up with DIY Dreamer, A Glimpse Inside and Farm Blog Hop.

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Something Smells Funny…

December Daily

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TRADITIONS | The day after Thanksgiving is not for Black Friday madness in our house. No. The day after Thanksgiving we put up the Christmas tree. This year I assembled our pre-lit tree only to find that one section will not light up. I changed the fuses. No lights. I check about 10 bulbs. No lights. I changed the fuses again. No go.

I finally throw my hands up in frustration and let the girls decorate it anyway…with an unlit ring around the tree. A trip to Target for a 100 pack of multi-colored lights fixed my problem. I just strung the lights in the area with non-working lights. You don’t even notice.

We have another little tradition in our house. We stack our growing Christmas book library under the tree. We read the books throughout the month of December…and we always add a few new books each year.

See that dog at the top of the post? Cute, isn’t he?

Well, he PEED on our Christmas tradition! He peed all over our books and tree skirt!

He’s not so cute anymore is he?

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Okay, maybe he’s a little cute.

>> December Daily brought to you by Ali Edwards. This year, document your family traditions leading up to December 25th.

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Free Christmas Card Templates

free christmas card template

Tidings of Comfort and Joy Design

It’s almost “that time of year”…time to get your custom Christmas cards printed and mailed!

Breaking my own no-Christmas-before-Thanksgiving rule, I have designed two custom Christmas card templates that are FREE for your personal use! Sweet, right?

free christmas card template

Peace Love and Happiness Design

Both designs are available in 4×6 and 5×7 layouts. All you have to do is open the .png file in a photo editing program such as Photoshop Elements, drop in your photo, flatten and save as a .jpg. Then upload the file to the printer of your choice such as, Winkflash, or Shutterfly; both are offering great discounts right now. If you have any problems retrieving the files or using them, please let me know. (Note on downloading the designs: unless you are a member of 4Shared, you can only download each files one at a time, not all cards as a .zip file.)

Leave a comment if you downloaded either design. I would love to hear from you. Enjoy!

Download Tidings of Comfort and Joy Design Here.

Download Peace Love Happiness Design Here.

FINE PRINT: If you like it, Pin it, but please don’t copy it. All designs by Jeri Stunkard. All rights reserved.

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