Christmas crafts, cookies, cupcakes and the winners!

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!

Christmas Peeps Wreath

Quick & colorful -- a Christmas Marshmallow PEEPS Wreath.

DIY a Marshmallow Peeps Christmas Wreath for fast, holiday cheer.

Christmas Santa Wreath

Make an easy Santa Christmas Wreath

You can make this jolly old wreath in less than an hour.

Peacock Feather Duct Tape Crafts

An elegant Christmas wreath made with duct tape? Yes!
Christmas Sock Wreath

Here's what you can do with all of those cute Christmas socks -- make a Christmas Sock Wreath.

2. And one bonus craft that’s both cheap AND easy – the Christmas Sock Ornaments.

These ornaments are so quick & easy (and super cute). And, you can find Christmas socks for $1, so they're super-cheap.
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.

Cookie Tour of Inns in Ohio's 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.

Garver House B&B.

We started our Christmas Cookie Tour at the Garver House B&B.

Stained Glass Window in the Garver House.

A stained glass window in the stairwell of the Garver House.

A majestic, multi-story Christmas tree was on display in the grand lobby of the Carlisle Inn in Walnut Creek.

Beautiful Christmas tree at the Carlisle Inn.

The tree in the lobby at the Carlisle Inn is several stories tall.

One of the buildings at the Carlisle Inn displayed this mural, a reflection of the area’s Amish heritage.

Beautiful mural of Amish-style quilts at the Carlisle Inn.

A mural of Amish-style quilts.

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!

Happy crafting.


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14 Responses to Christmas crafts, cookies, cupcakes and the winners!

  1. CraftyB says:

    The Santa wreath displayed is so jolly and round – perfect for tonight’s adventure. No home-made Christmas cookies here, either, but we will have plenty of treats and yummy holiday meals. Would have loved a cookie tour, though, how fun!! Merry Christmas!

  2. Thank you so much Sharon! Enjoyed hearing about your great travels, the beautiful pics and what sounded like some super cookies too!! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and many blessings in the New Year! Sincerely, Great Granny

  3. Angie Dyer says:

    Congrats to the 3 winners! Merry Christmas!

  4. The cookie tour sounds like a delicious adventure!! Congratulations on the cupcake win and to the three lucky winners of your prize package! Have a Merry Christmas!

  5. Katiria says:

    Congratulations Sue Wilde, Sharon S. and Wendy Williams!!!!
    Merry Christmas 🙂

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