Winter has definitely arrived here in Minneapolis! I won’t even tell you the temperature because it’s just so ridiculous (okay, you twisted my arm, it’s a whole 1* right now!). But, we do have snow, a nice blanket of it, covering up the brown of winter. Have to say, if you can be tucked inside with a cup of hot cocoa, the snow on the ground is so darn pretty.
Christmas tree skirts in my house growing up were nothing more than a white sheet bunched up and gathered so as to look like drifting snow under the tree. My mom was pretty creative that way. But, I happen to know that if she had seen the Christmas Tree skirts that are out today, she would have had one of them on display in a NY minute!
This white ivory quilted tree skirt is so gorgeous. It is reminiscent of days gone by with the quilted feature, but the solid ivory white color with simple embroidered personalization speaks to a more modern time of clean lines, uncluttered and elegant. The back of the skirt closes with fabric covered buttons and looks so classy. Love! You can find this skirt on the Merry Stockings website, and it’s not too late for this year!
If you are in the market for new stockings, how about matching ones?! Check them out here ~ and they come in white, red or green!
All that sparkles and shines, ’tis the season! It’s no secret that the Christmas season is short this year due to a later than typical Thanksgiving, so we need all the quick and brilliant ideas we can find. We have been out of town and working lots of hours and welcoming a new grand baby into the family, so believe it or not we don’t even have our Christmas tree up yet! I canNOT believe that myself, but alas it is true. So, I’m especially looking for creative and easy ideas to make beautiful things for my family and friends.
This ornament is one of those brilliant ideas. So much of our music listening now is from iTunes or Spotify and Pandora, all fabulous options. Truth be told, some of the CD’s we own are, well, just taking up space. Here’s an ingenious way to recycle them and create a wonderfully, sparkly and shiny tree ornament.
It’s super simple to do ~ just take a white styrofoam ball or a plain glass ornament OR even a less-than-perfect ball that is showing it’s age. Grab those CD’s that you don’t need anymore, and break them up with some scissors. Then, just super glue the boken pieces on mosaic-style!
While that idea is definitely fantastic, I like to take things up a notch and make a really big one. It would resemble a disco ball but be 100 times better. Just find a ball that is as big as you like and follow the same instructions. These would be gorgeous hanging in the window, above doorways, suspended in a line above the dining room table, or yes, hanging on the tree. They would also make a lovely hostess gift!
It’s green. It’s really pretty. And, of course it’s easy.
I remember the first year that I bought all of my Christmas gifts online…it was before the term “Cyber Monday” was coined, but wow, it was so easy and fast! I had my list made, my budget in mind and my credit card out. In a matter of about 90 minutes I was completely done! So, there’s no doubt that this day can really be a life saver, right?
While some of us may still be recovering a bit from Thanksgiving combined with getting back into our work routines, thoughts of all there is to do in, really, 3 short weeks can be overwhelming. Still, isn’t it fun and just part of the season to:
- Enter into all the shopping madness at least once, the hustle and bustle can really get you in the Christmas spirit if you’re struggling.
- People watch . . . the energy and effort, and then the excitement when just the right gift is found.
- Sing along with the Christmas music on every radio station and in every store.
- Witness families cutting down their tree and mounting it precariously on top of the family car.
- And, the Christmas light displays, driving around and seeing colorful lights that help brighten the cold, dark December nights.
Of course, all of this is MOST enjoyed when some, if not all, of your shopping is done!!
So to that end, Merry Stockings wants in on some of that! Shop today at www.MerryStockings.com, and you can take 15% off your entire order by using the promo code “CYBER” at checkout. There are all manner of Bucilla Christmas Stockings kits available, ornaments, tree skirts and other decorations waiting to be delivered to your front door.
Photo courtesy: www.timeanddate.com
The fun and food and festivities of Thanksgiving 2013 have come to a close, and you know what that means. With just 27 short days until Christmas, it is time to get busy sewing, crafting, baking and of course shopping.
Thanksgiving was a quiet one in our house this year, so I did the unthinkable….I went out at 4pm to the craft store and took advantage of one of their door buster sales. I actually felt kinda guilty! I was the first customer in the store, and when I walked in the staff were all huddled in a meeting. They turned to me with big smiles and asked if I wanted a donut! I guess being the first customer on Thanksgiving Day deserves some respect after all.
Good news….for Merry Stockings Black Friday sale, you don’t have to fight for a good parking spot or stand in line for hours. All you need to do is hop on over to our website. Everything from wool Christmas stockings and Bucilla Felt Stocking Kits to photo ornaments, embroidered tree skirts and even holiday cards is there, and you can take 15% off your order when you use discount code “blackfriday”. This discount CAN be used in conjunction with previously discounted prices too. It’s quite the deal.
Don’t miss out, head on over to the Merry Stockings website by clicking here.
The name of the game on Christmas morning for this girl is simplicity. Especially when there is family in from out of town, a dozen kids sleeping over, and adults up late the night before still assembling toys . . . complicated just will not do.
Here’s a French Toast Bake that is quick, easy and will have your family eating out of your hand. Since this is a Christmas blog, we’re touting this recipe as perfect for the King of all celebratory days ~ Christmas Day ~ but really, this recipe is fabulous any time of year when you have lotsa mouths to feed early in the morning. Best part? You put it together the night before, refrigerate, then just pop it into the oven in the morning! It cooks while you sip coffee in front of the Christmas tree.
This recipe in it’s original version, however, was a sugar bomb. Being the health freak that I am, I just couldn’t recommend it when you’re feeding the people you love the most. But, do not fear, I’ve made some healthy tweaks so now it can be enjoyed freely!
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1 cup coconut nectar sugar
- 1 loaf of thickly sliced bread
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Powdered sugar for sprinkling
- Cinnamon for sprinkling
- Raw honey
- Melt butter in microwave & stir in the coconut sugar.
- Pour butter/sugar mix into bottom of 9 x 13 pan….spread around.
- Beat eggs, milk, & vanilla, and set aside. Cut off the crust of the bread (your kids will adore you for this).
- Lay single slices of bread in pan, and spoon half of the egg mixture over the bread, topping with cinnamon
- Add second layer of bread, and spoon on remainder of the egg mixture.
- Cover and chill over night.
- Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Remove foil for the last 15 minutes.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with melted raw honey.
Photo courtesy and recipe adapted from: www.tablespoon.com