Dec 15, 2014

Santa Ornaments and Decorations

It's official - we are moved in.  I unpacked my last box on Saturday and then shortly after I spent several hours hanging out in the craft room making things.  To my long time followers, you know it's been a long time since I've done that.  It was wonderful.

So, just in time for Christmas I made some ornaments and a few more popcorn gifts. They are different from last time though, I mean, can you spot the popcorn in the photo above?  (I'm kinda addicted to this whole popcorn as a gift thing - it has seriously made neighbor and friend gifts so easy)

The great thing about what I was making the other night is that even though I made three different things, they all follow pretty much the same steps.  The sizes and quantities may be different but the over-all idea is the same.

Dec 6, 2014

Popcorn Treat Christmas Gift

Are you on the search for a fun little gift for your neighbors this holiday season?  Well, you are in luck.  I've got a great idea for you.  First though, here's a little back story.

(Miss M affectionately hugging her popcorn, because well - it's just that good)

I live in a pretty cool town.  Fort Collins has this great part on the northern end called Old Town.  It's full of quirky shops, great restaurants, fun music festivals, and all kinds of charm.  We head up there quite often to do photo shoots in the back alleys and sometimes to just roam.  

A few weeks back Fort Collins kicked off the holiday season by having a lighting ceremony.  It's when they turn on all the beautiful holiday lights that outline the trees down the main road and in Old Town square.  It's charming, it really is. Miss M and a friend headed out to enjoy the festivities and when she returned she had a bag of the most amazing kettle corn I have ever had.  I'd like to tell you that we had great restraint and only ate a handful but that would be a lie, a big one.  It was so good. 

Needless to say, we wanted more and now are dedicated fans of a local small business called A-Maize'n Kettle Corn.  So, when it came time to find some thank you gifts for some friends who helped us move last week, it was a no-brainer.  Kettle Corn!  Of course, Kettle Corn!  

We bought bags of popcorn as thank you gifts however with Christmas coming up, I thought this would make a great idea for neighbor gifts too so I'm passing along the idea.

Dec 1, 2014

Welcome December!

Hello December!

How did we make it to you already?  You are the last month of the year and usually the most stressful.  Yet, I find that having the calendar turn is a calming thought for me.  I welcome you, December, into my life.

You bring hope and love, family and friends.  Craft projects.  Colorful decorations.  Happy children.  Warm blankets.  Hot chocolate.  Surprises and snowflakes.  And, most of all, the reminder that there is still goodness in the world.

So, welcome December - I'm happy to have you here.


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