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Christmas List Ornaments

Christmas List Ornaments

Last month during the height of the No Ugly Ornament Series, I shared these awesome Christmas List ornaments over on the Graphic Fairy’s Craft site. They’re super easy, and you can personalize them however you’d like. I think they’d make pretty special gift tags, what do you think?



In the next couple of weeks, I’ve got a hodge-podge of recipes, round-ups, and reviews scheduled. I hope you find something you like and enjoy these harried holiday times!
Erin Sipes
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Book Spine Bookmarks

Recycled Book Spine Bookmarks

Last Wednesday, I participated in a Google+ #HolidayHangout with Cyn from Creative Cynchronicity. During it, I shared a super cute Book Spine Bookmark gift or table favor idea. I made it by combining a couple of ideas I’d seen via the web, this one and another I’ll mention later on.

I’m really in love with these bookmarks! They make perfect table favors, decorations, or gifts. Wouldn’t you want one of these decorating your Christmas present?

  • Old books
  • Scissors and/or X-Acto knife
  • felt
  • Fabric Fusion
  • Optional: string for tassel (I do not include instructions for making tassels)
  • fake pine garland
  • ribbons
  • glitter pipe cleaners
  • candy canes
(For starters, you could just watch the video I link to above. In addition to this craft, Cyn shares several really great projects, even some for the kids!)

Start by cutting the spine out of your old books…just the ones that we're headed for the recycle bin.

@mvemother Cutting out the book spines to make bookmarks
Trim a piece of felt the same size as the book spine.

@mvemother Using felt on Book Spine Bookmarks
Glue the felt and spine together using Fabric Fusion and let dry.

@mvemother Making Book Spine Bookmarks
Next, you’ll add the candy cane and trimmings! For those instructions, be sure to head over to SMC by Design, and she’ll give you the 411. Once everything is all together, you end up with a favor even the sourest of adults would love to get!

My Very Educated Mother: Book Spine Bookmark Christmas Favors
My Very Educated Mother: Book Spine Bookmark Favors
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#Torani Recipes: Salted Caramel Frosting and Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies

#Torani Recipes and Review

A couple of weeks ago I received two bottles of Torani Syrup to review and experiment with in my holiday recipes. I couldn’t have picked two better flavors, Salted Caramel and Peppermint! I completely admit that this was the first time I’d ever used Torani in my home. I had no idea I could find them in Wal-Mart, Walgreens, etc. When I initially added the Salted Caramel to my coffee I went a little overboard and had to dump it.  Since then I’ve perfected my morning cup (2 Tbsp syrup, splash of half&half, coffee) and I’ve created these two recipes. 


@Torani @mvemother Salted Caramel Frosting

Salted Caramel Frosting


  • 1 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup Torani Salted Caramel Syrup
  • Milk as needed to reach desired consistency

Mix shortening with half of the powdered sugar until combined. Add syrup and rest of powdered sugar and beat until smooth.  Add milk if necessary to reach your desired consistency. Spread onto cake ( I used spice cake) and enjoy!


@Torani @mvemother Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cake Mix

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • White Cake Mix
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup of Torani Peppermint Syrup
  • 4 Peppermint canes crushed
  • 1 cup of white chocolate chips (optional – these cookies are pretty sweet you might want to omit these)

Preheat over to 350 degrees. Blend together first four ingredients. Fold in the chocolate chips and half the crushed peppermint canes. Drop by the spoonful onto a greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with remaining crushed candy canes. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet promptly to avoid the crushed candies from sticking to your pan. Cool on rack before serving.

*Note: Personally I hate having sticky crushed peppermint candies on the tops of the cookies, if you feel the same way, you can always mix all of it into the batter.

If you like these recipes, take a moment and visit the Torani site for other recipe ideas and heck, just to peruse the many flavors they offer, you might be surprised at just how many and how off the wall some of them are! ( Bacon flavored syrup?)


This was a sponsored post. I was provided with two free bottles of Torani syrup for review through the SheSpeaks review program. That said, the opinions expressed are my own and I was not compensated in any other way.

About Torani:  Since 1925, 3rd generation family-owned Torani has been crafting great tasting flavored syrups that coffeehouses use to make their flavored drinks taste so delicious. With over 120 flavors in Regular and Sugar Free varieties, Torani flavored syrups are perfect for flavored lattes, mochas, coffees, cocoas, Italian sodas, teas, lemonades, cocktails and smoothies. Coffeehouse professionals choose Torani flavors because they are expertly crafted and made with the highest quality ingredients, like natural flavors and pure cane sugar. The Sugar Free flavors have no calories and are sweetened with Splenda. Now, Torani flavored syrups are widely available at retail so you can easily create authentic coffeehouse quality drinks at home.

Erin Sipes
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Recycled Wine Cork Candle Ornament

Wine Cork Candle Christmas Ornament

Here is the second ornament I shared during Monday’s Google+ #HolidayHangout!

My Very Educated Mother: Supplies for Wine Cork Christmas Ornaments

@mvemother Wine Cork Candle Ornament

www.myveryeducatedmother.com Recycled Ornaments

My Very Educated Mother: Recycled Wine Corks

@mvemother Wine Cork Candle Ornament

www.myveryeducatedmother.com Recycled Wine Cork Candle Ornament

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Scrappy Star Christmas Ornament

Christmas Ornament Fabric Scraps Star

This past Monday, I took part in my first Google+ Hangout on Air with Cyn from Creative Cynchronicity. We shared 3 quick and easy ornaments, and this Scrappy Star was one of them! (Warning this post is photo-heavy!) Watch the hangout via Youtube to find out how to turn this ornament into a garland as well! 

@mvemother: Scrappy Star Instructions 1

@mvemother: Scrappy Star Instructions 2

@mvemother: Scrappy Star Instructions 3

@mvemother: Scrappy Star Instructions 4

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Christmas Décor: Peppermint Paper Plates

It’s Craft Lightning – Holiday Edition! 
Back in September I shared a super easy, 15 minute project as part of the Craft Lightning Series hosted by Angie at The Country Chic Cottage and Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts. Well, we’re at it again, but this time there’s a theme and it’s all about the Holidays!

  • 2 plain white paper plates (a smaller size works best, in my opinion)
  • Red markers
  • Plastic wrap
  • Glue

Candy Cane Christmas Peppermints
Whether swirls or squares, make an outline on the back of both plates.
Red and White Christmas Decorations
Color in your design.
Peppermint Christmas Decor
Line up your pattern and glue the two plates together.
Paper Plate Christmas Decoration Idea
Lay out a piece of plastic wrap.
Wrap up your Paper Plate Peppermint Christmas Decoration
Wrap up your mint and twist the ends.
Add hot glue to Peppermint Paper Plates @mvemother
Add a little bit of hot glue to hold everything in place.
www.myveryeducatedmother.com Peppermint Paper Plates
Use to decorate your garlands, wreaths, or Christmas tree!

Don’t forget today at 4 p.m. CST I’m going to be hosting a Google+ Hangout on Air where I’ll be sharing 3 Quick and Easy Christmas Ornaments along with Cyn from Creative Cynchronicity!

Erin Sipes
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#HolidayHangout 3 Quick and Easy Ornaments

handmade holiday

In the mood for some Holiday Inspiration? Next week over 22 crafty bloggers will be sharing holiday crafts, party tips, décor ideas, and festive recipes in a series of Google+ Hangouts on Air (HoA).

Ready for the really fun part? Yours truly will be hosting a hangout at 4 p.m. CST on Monday with Cyn from Creative Cynchronicity! As if a month of ornament tutorials wasn’t enough, we’re going to be sharing three quick and easy trinkets for your tree!

Did I mention this would be live? To tune in, just come back to THIS POST and about a half an hour before the event starts you should be able to click the image directly above and it will take you where you need to go! You can visit the event page HERE or my own Google + profile HERE to watch! The beauty of Google+ Hangouts is that even if you’re unable to catch the live broadcast you can always head over to Youtube and watch at your convenience.  P.S. You don’t need to have a Google+ account to watch the #HolidayHangout!

Not in the mood for more ornaments?  Check out the schedule below, it’s packed with all kinds of holiday themed projects from a host of talented bloggers! Just follow the links to their Google + profiles at the time of their hangout!

NOTE: The schedule below is in Pacific Standard Time!

Monday, December 3rd
9 am PST  Creative Kristi Handmade Gift Ideas for Adults with guest Sawdust and Paper Scraps
11 am PST Mrs Hines Class, Setting for Four, DejaVu Designs  DIY Ornaments and Decor
2 pm PST My Very Educated Mother Three Quick and Easy Ornaments with guest Creative Cynchronicity

Tuesday, December 4th
9 am PST Uncommon Designs Team Simple Neighbor Gifts for Christmas
10 am PST Sugar Bee Crafts Easy Christmas Crafts with guest A Girl and A Glue Gun
12 pm PST Fox Hollow Cottage Holiday Crafts
6 pm PST Just Paint It Three Easy Ways to Guild Fruit

Wednesday, December 5th
9 am PST Atta Girl Says Stress Free Holiday Hosting Tips
10 am PST Hometalk, C.R.A.F.T  Holiday Hangout
1 pm PST Creative Cynchronicity Holiday Table Favors with guest My Very Educated Mother
3 pm PST Jader Bomb, Graphics Fairy, Shabby Creek Cottage Handmade Ornaments

Thursday, December 6th
9 am PST The Bold Abode  DIY Glitter Candles and Madlibs with guest Mom 4 Real, Creekline House
10 am PST Creekline House Working with Fresh Cedar with guest Mom 4 Real
11 am PST Simply Designing Snowman Candy Dish
1 pm PST The CSI Project DIY Ornaments
2 pm PST The Everyday Home The Everyday Home Show
6 pm PST Dukes and Duchesses Hosting a Themed Cocoa Party

Friday, December 7th
9 am PST Mom 4 Real Easy Teacher Gift
10 am PST It's Overflowing Holiday Craft
11 am PST The Everyday Home Creating a Christmas Wreath and Bow Making
1 pm PST 52 Mantels Holiday Craft with guest My Sister's Suitcase
4 pm PST 30 Minute Crafts, Country Chic Cottage10 minutes Christmas Crafts with Madigan Made
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*NUO* Christmas Vignette Ornament

Christmas Vignette Ornament

I looked up a vignette for the record, and this sparkling little beauty fits the bill in more ways than one. -Erin 

When I started this year’s No Ugly Ornament Series, I had no idea what to expect. This was the first time I’d ever had guest posters, and quite honestly, I constantly questioned how I managed to get such talented bloggers to share their stuff on my little blog. I thought for sure there must have been a misunderstanding and at any minute I’d get the e-mail saying, “Sorry…” But guess what? That message never came and this past month has left me completely humbled by the friends and relationships made through blogging and reminded of the positive effects of connecting with like-minded folks.  Thank You all, and I hope you’ll stop by again next year!

Now for the final ornament…

I was torn on what to name it. Christmas Figurines in a Toilet Paper Rolls seemed too descriptive, but it does explain things quite well. The idea behind this ornament has been on my mind since last year, and it’s taken all that time for me to finally make the darn thing. Of course, now that it’s done, I don’t know what kept me from making them sooner. They’re super easy and have a retro feel I just love.  

Supplies  (Alternative supplies in italics)
  • toilet paper rolls  or ribbon spools
  • vintage miniature Christmas or winter figurines or check your local Dollar Tree
  • Tinsel like ribbon/trim or small garland
  • Fake snow or cotton balls
  • white paint
  • glitter
  • glue
  • hot glue and gun
  • paintbrush
  • upholstery needle and thread



I started out by cutting the toilet paper roll into 1-inch segments with pinking shears.

Next, I went ahead and strung the ornament using the needle and thread.

Then I painted the inside and outside with a mixture of white paint and white glitter. Honestly, the glitter wasn’t really needed, but I wanted to make sure it was sparkly. I left one ornament unpainted and opted for green glitter to make it more ‘nature-like.’

Once the paint was dry, I painted a layer of glue on the inside and dipped the entire ornament into the fake snow.

#NUO2012 Retro Christmas Ornaments

Word to the wise…don’t buy this product. Why? Remember long ago when you’d rip open the newest Pearl Jam cd, and there’d always be one or two pieces of plastic wrapping that’d stick to your hand, hair, clothes, whatever, and it wouldn’t go away? Well, someone thought it would be an awesome idea to gather up all those annoying little pieces of plastic, stick them in a bag, and put a price tag on it so idiots like me would come along and buy it. Don’t be like me.

Fake snow product

Despite the mess that is still all over the tablecloth, it did look good, so maybe you should buy a bag, but wait until it’s on clearance.

#NUO2012 Christmas Scene Ornaments

With the insides looking like a frosty winter scene, it’s time to add the sparkle to the outside by hot gluing the tinsel ribbon around the tube.

#NUO20212 Christmas Ornaments

For real, I’m just completely in love with these guys; I want to make more and more of them!  In fact, I’m going to be using the empty ribbon roll to make a larger ornament with a more complete scene in it. I’ll share that one on Facebook when I’m done, be sure to check it out!

#NUO2012 Retro Figurines in Christmas Ornaments

And now it’s time for a few more pictures…

#NUO2012 Vintage Deer Christmas Ornament
#NUO2012 Winking Snowman Christmas Ornament

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*NUO* Fuzzy Christmas Owls

Fuzzy Christmas Owl Ornament

It’s not Christmas around our house unless there’s an owl on the tree! Love these ones by Emily. –Erin

#NUO2012 Fuzzy Christmas Owl Ornaments

I  was so excited when Erin from over at My Very Educated Mother contacted me to be involved with her " No Ugly ornament " Series over on her blog.  That started me thinking about what I wanted to make.  Maybe my idea of not ugly is someone else's idea of very ugly! Hmm.... what to do?

I was surfing around the net one day when I came across this image from Lilian Vernon.

It was so cute and so simple I knew I could redo it myself and make it more cuddly and warm for the holidays. I have a new interest in felt over the past year, so I went off in search of a felt ball or something round I could cover with felt.  But then I went to Target and found these sweater ball ornaments for $3 apiece. Perfect!  Done and done.  It wasn't felt, but it was sweater material, so that worked for me.

I started to sketch out what colors should go where since I knew I wanted to be all Christmas colors.  I bought my felt and was ready to go.

I tried to freehand some circles, but that ended in disaster. If you can do that, more power to ya.  I found a pill bottle ( for the eye circles),  a nickel ( for the smaller eye circle), and a princess cup ( for the wings), which I then switched out for a Ziploc container when I realized it would be too small:) I set them up on the felt and cut my circles.

Cut out your circles and make sure they look ok when they are lying on top of each other.  I did freehand the little beaks and feet.  The feet on the other version were just too hard for me to pull off.

Slowly start hot gluing them ( or whatever way sounds good to you)  onto your circle.  I did this very slowly, so I was sure where everything was going.

#NUO2012 Fuzzy Christmas Owl Ornaments 2

When I got to the wings, I wasn't sure how to approach them.  I decided to take my large circle, cut it in half, and then overlap them together like a wing or feathers might look. It gave me a smooth look I was going for.

#NUO2012 Fuzzy Christmas Owl Ornaments 3

#NUO2012 Fuzzy Christmas Owl Ornaments 4

I decided to make two owls, one for each girl.  They are so cute and fuzzy. I love them.

#NUO2012 Fuzzy Christmas Owl Ornaments 5

#NUO2012 Fuzzy Christmas Owl Ornaments 6

#NUO2012 Fuzzy Christmas Owl Ornaments 7

The tree here at our house is nothing but homemade or store-bought but with a purpose.  I try to buy/make things that the girls are into every year around this time. It's like a time capsule to look back on.  My mom did the same thing for me, and I love passing on the tradition. The girls get at least one new ornament a year that  I will pass on to them when they get their own place someday.

By the way..... I'm Emily, and I have a little blog called Entirely Emily where I talk about anything and everything. I get my craft on, take some pics, and show you around my hometown, Saint Louis.  I hope you'll stop by.

Erin Sipes
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