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December 2011

CAKES + desserts ENTERTAINING

Simple (and Not So Simple) Christmas Cookie Ideas

melting snowman cookies by the decorated cookie blog

melting snowman cookie by the decorated cookie blog

I love the tradition of making your own Christmas cookies and bring to as hostess gifts. With a little imagination, some practice and the right supplies, you could arrive with the best decorated cookies this Christmas. I visited The Decorated Cookie blog in search of tutorials and inspirations. What I found was several Wow! factors on the blog of Meaghan Mountford.

Melting Snowman cookies

melting snowman cookies by the decorated cookie blog

Look at her Melting Snowman cookies. Meaghan even depicted emotions when she drew the snowman’s faces. I love the various ways she decorated them.

If you are new to cookie decoration, you may wish to read Meaghan’s tutorial on how to write on food. Her preferred tools are edible markers, which are different from candy markers. The ones she uses the most are the Americolor Gourmet Writers. They deliver a fine line, which is what you would need most of the time. The FoodWriter collection by Wilton is a good option to write bold characters or to draw thicker lines.

Awesome, Yet Simple Christmas Cookies

christmas tree cookie by the decorated cookie blog

You can also find on her blog simpler cookie version. Have a look at her Christmas tree cookie pops or her simple Christmas wreath cookies. Both are super cute.

christmas wreath cookie by the decorated cookie blog

SOURCING:
+ Melting snowman cookies by The Decorated Cookies
+ More versions of the melting snowman cookies
+ Christmas tree cookie pops

 

ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY decorations

Spruce Outdoor Centerpiece

spruce outdoor centerpiece bhg

spruce outdoor centerpiece bhg

Delightful outdoor decorations greet your guests with style and character. I got tired of the big lit house decorations. It might be because we pass the Holiday at the cottage that I am more inspired by this birdbath evergreen tree centerpiece. The idea behind this project is to set up a welcoming woodsy vignette at the bottom of your stairs or next to the walkway.

spruce outdoor centerpiece details

I suggest that you use LED outdoor lights that are battery-operated. Look for snowflake lights of 5 to 6 inches. We want to see them from a distance.

SOURCING:
+ project: Better Homes and Gardens
+ Set of 2 Blue/White LED 6″ Snowflake Outdoor Ornaments $19.99 USD on sale at Mr. Light

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

Kyle Bunting’s Stylish Cowhide Rugs

alhambra rug

alhambra rug

These luxurious rugs from Kyle Bunting freshen up the rustic of cowhide rugs. The modern and geometric design brings a modern feel that I appreciate. His creations will look great in a modern or a contemporary interior.

glamorous carpet

You can specify any design, color, and size for rug, wall covering and upholstery applications. The dye catalogue is huge and includes bold colors. I love it!

jet stream hide rug

SOURCING:
+ Alhambra and other cowhide rugs by Kyle Bunting

ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY decorations

DIY Christmas Wreaths

DIY flowery wreath

yarn wreath

It is hard to beat the unique character of handmade Christmas wreaths. It is fun to see how people are still able to reinvent a Holiday decoration that have been around for ages. Have a look at three DIY wreaths that are beautifully rustic.

First, here an cosy idea from The Farm Chicks‘ Serena Thompson. It is one of the projects from her Christmas book, The Farm Chicks Christmas. This is a simple project that you can make a Saturday afternoon with your kids. And it might be a way for you to use leftover yarns.

recycled newspaper Laurel Leaf Wreath

Renate created a beautiful laurel leaf wreaths out of overdyed newspapers for the Rit blog. Visitors could read partial news or ads while they are waiting at the door.

DIY flowery wreath

Finally, have a look at the stylish silver and cream flowery wreath that I saw at Style at Home.

SOURCING:
+ For Americans: The Farm Chicks Christmas book $18.45 USD at Amazon.com
+ For Canadians: The Farm Chicks Christmas book $21.28 CAD at Amazon.ca
+ Eco Laurel Leaf Wreath at The Rit Blog – via Li’l Magoolie
+ DIY Flowery Wreath at Style at Home