I have a crazy list to share today, from a few super-easy Christmas crafts, to Rosie O’Donnell’s first wife (I’m still trying to figure that one out – see #5 below), to the winners in our celebratory giveaway. It’s totally random, with a little of this and a little of that. I’ll start with a few fun & fast Christmas crafts, four of the easiest ever Christmas Wreaths.
1. I know what you’re to-do list looks like right now, and perhaps you’ve had to push aside any thought of crafting. But, if you’re like me, sneaking in just a little creative time can shift your mindset and ease the stress, making all of those “must-do” chores a little easier. So, here are four of the fastest Christmas Wreaths I know of, and as I made three of them, trust me, they’re quick!
2. And one bonus craft that’s both cheap AND easy – the Christmas Sock Ornaments.
3. It’s time for my annual holiday confession (head hanging in shame) . . . I love the beautifully staged homes I see online, but I just can’t seem to do the same in my own home. So far this year, my decorations look a lot like the glimpse I shared last year . . . But I’ll get on it this weekend, promise!
4. One reason I’m a little behind at home is that this past weekend we spent a day on the Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns in the Ohio Amish Country.
A dozen area inns, hotels and B&Bs opened their doors to share their decorations, and each one served a different Christmas cookie. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? We started at the Garver House B&B, a beautiful historic home with several stained glass windows.
A majestic, multi-story Christmas tree was on display in the grand lobby of the Carlisle Inn in Walnut Creek.
One of the buildings at the Carlisle Inn displayed this mural, a reflection of the area’s Amish heritage.
So, though I’m not yet decorated at home (nor have I baked any cookies) we enjoyed the sparkling holiday decorations at the various inns, and now thanks to the tour, we have more cookies than we can eat!
5. “Rosie O’Donnell’s first wife.” What does this have to do with crafting? Beats me, but my blog stats tell me that earlier this week, two people landed here at Crafts ‘n Coffee after searching for Rosie O’Donnell’s first wife! What?!
6. Before I get to the winners in the Crafts ‘n Coffee giveaway, I wanted to share that I won a six-pack of gourmet cupcakes this week! Of course, based on the abundance of cookies around here (see #4 above), I am not sure it’s a good thing.
7. I want to thank everyone who shared their Christmas crafts last week. I so enjoyed reading every single comment! I love how passionately you craft, and how so many of you are creating special gifts for those you love. Many readers are also passing along their love of crafting to a younger generation, teaching a love of the handmade, and creating happy memories, too.
8. Thank you, again, for helping Crafts ‘n Coffee reach a milestone this year! The winners of the $50 craft store gift cards and subscriptions to Craft Ideas magazine are: Sue Wilde, Sharon S. and Wendy Williams. Congratulations, ladies! Please contact me so I can arrange for your prizes.
Thank you for reading Crafts ‘n Coffee this year. I wish you and your families a wonderful holiday! I will see you in 2015!