To finish off ghost week I present to you a cocktail. If you’re throwing a party tomorrow add this martini to your bar menu. Or, maybe you want something with a little kick to sip on while you’re handing out candy to the little ghosts and goblins knocking on your door.
Do kids really dress up as ghosts and goblins anymore? These days it’s all about wanting to be their favorite movie character – I challenge you to count the number of Elsas and Olafs. (Hey, this cocktail could easily be redone in the winter as a melted snowman!)
2 parts vodka
1 part vanilla simple syrup
1 part cream
2 parts seltzer
Combine martini ingredients in a large pitcher and gently stir. Pour into martini glasses. If only making one, 1 part = 1 ounce.
*This recipe is adapted from Janelle at http://www.hgtv.com/entertaining/liquefied-ghost-cocktail-recipe/index.html *
For The Year of the Snowman 2013 my mother-in-law and I made burlap snowman door hangers for the girls in the family. We found an example on Pinterest, but it led only to a photograph.
Luckily my mother-in-law is a genius when it comes to crafts! I have created for you a simple tutorial.
How-to make a Burlap Snowman Door Hanger
Start first with a template of your snowman (or whatever else you want to create!) and trace it onto folded burlap. Pin the two piece of burlap together.
Using a zig-zag stitch follow the outline of the snowman. (We used grey thread so it would show up in these photos. Make sure to use a thread that will easily be covered up with whatever paint you use.) At the bottom of the door hanger leave a 3″ gap, like you do with pillowcases.
Using pinking shears, cut just outside the seam. Lay out your door hanger on a trash bag or newspaper. It’s time to paint!
With the help from my father-in-law, holes were created at the top of the door hanger. A straw, cut to the width of the space between the holes was used to keep the door hanger sturdy. Thread your string/twine/jute through the holes and straw.
Stuff your door hanger with paper or plastic bags.
Using a thread to blend in with the paint, zig-zag stitch the door hanger closed. Garnish with a store bought accessory!
My mother-in-law taught my friend and me how to quilt last August and we knew we wanted to make her a thank you gift – once our skills improved a bit. We decided on creating a Christmas gift for it. When it was declared that there’d be a theme to the presents this year we started searching Pinterest for snowman ideas. There were a handful we liked, but most quilts were beyond our skill level or not in our style.
My MIL’s favorite fabrics are batiks so we knew we’d go with that for our fabric palate. My friend found some great snowman batiks at a local quilt shop and we spiraled off of that.
With the back of the quilt we decided to be more ambitious than a one-, two-, or three- paneled back and added some letters! We laid out our completed letter blocks until we decided on a layout and pulled out the graph paper to determine how to piece it all together.
When we went to the fabric store to buy the backing material the sales associate said, “You must be engineers” when we told her we’d designed the front ourselves. We laughed and said, “We are!” We still haven’t settled on whether or not that was a compliment. 😉
Thanksgiving weekend brings with it not only family and food but it also starts the Christmas season.
I have always grown up decorating for Christmas on Black Friday, and I’ve continued doing so in my own home. I put the family to work – the boys put the lights up outside, the girls do the Christmas village and the mantle, and as a group we put the ornaments on the tree.
2013 is the “Year of the Snowman”. My mother-in-law always puts a theme to her gifts. Our first Christmas she made stockings for everyone, the year after that aprons for the girls, last year gifts were made with buttons – ornaments and Toomer’s Tree art. This year we agreed to do the “Year of the Snowman” and spent the year planning on gifts. (I’ll share my gift tutorial later this season!)
That long story was told because my family surprised me with a second Christmas tree! In my craft room there is now a beautiful tree decked out in snowman and snowman-related ornaments and topped with a top hat!