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Monday, December 20, 2010


From our family to yours!

Create Your Own Snow Globe

Try this quick and simple idea to make your own personalized snow globes at home!

1.) Pick out a jar with a screw top.

2.) Take the lid and sand the inside so that glue will stick.

3.) Glue a figurine or whatever else fits to the inside of the lid. Set aside and let it completely dry.

4.) Fill the jar almost to the top with distilled water, a pinch (or more) of glitter, and a few drops of glycerin (available a drugstores).

5.) Apply a ring of glue to the mouth of the jar and screw the lid on tightly. Let dry completely.

6.) Turn over and voila! A snow globe!

Fast Festive Napkin Rings

Here are two ideas to add a little holiday cheer to your cloth napkins.

1.) Slide your napkins thru holiday cookie cutters.

2.) Glue minature ornaments to wide velvet ribbon and create a loop (glue the ends of the ribbon together) to slip your napkin thru.

After the holidays, you can store your napkin rings on an empty cardboard paper towel tube!

::Sugared Fruit Feast::

Add a festive touch to your holiday tablescape with fabulous sugared fruit! Here's how:

1. Gather small pieces of fruit, such as Seckel pears, lady apples, and grapes.

2. Prepare powdered egg whites according to the package's directions. Brush apples and pears with whites and roll in course sanding sugar; shake off excess. Let dry on parchment-covered sheet pans for 3 hours. Store at room temperature in a non-humid environment for up to 24 hours.

Holiday Centerpiece Idea

Here is a great idea for a quick and festive holiday centerpiece with items you have lying around the house. Collect a few glass vessels. We used a small cylindrical vase, an over sized martini glass, and an unused trifle bowl. Next we gathered up all the left over glass Christmas balls that didn't make it on the tree. Next, we filled each of the vessels with ornaments. Finally, we arranged the trio on a circular silver place mat to add a modern touch. See what you have laying around the house and have fun being creative!