Sunday, December 12, 2010

HOW TO: favorite ornament

What to do with your tiny Xmas fabric scraps?

Gather your tiny Xmas colored scraps
Craft glue
foam balls from the craft store...
red string, and a pin...

We dabbed small drops of glue around the ball
stuck on the fabric scraps, 
then tightly wound the ball with string 
around and around, every which way, 
tying securely at the top
making a loop with the extra string,
and securing the knot with a pin.

Fast, easy,
and make a lovely ornament or gift!


 preheat oven to 350

in a large bowl mix

1 c confectioners sugar
1 c brown sugar
1 c butter
1 cup veg oil

(Cream these together)
add in
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
(stir it all up!)

In a smaller bowl,

4.5 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cream of tartar

Stir into creamed mixture.

Roll balls into walnut sized balls lay on ungreased cookie sheet.
squish down with the palm of your hand...
I find a glass doesnt' work as these are a bit mushy...

sprinkle with sugars,  bake 5-10 minutes... till lightly brown edges...

then put a lock on the cookie jar, because they disappear fast...


  1. Fast and fabulous. Remember the liquid blue starch, balloons, and yarn projects from grade school? These are SO MUCH PRETTIER and lots less messy.

  2. Just finished catching up on reading several days of posts & comments ... so much inspiration here from the children's decorated bags to the wonderful neighbors in your life to the quilting on your lime/red quilt to beautiful gift ideas from your readers ... Thanks everyone!

  3. How economical and that just makes them even that more SPECIAL & BEAUTIFUL 8)

  4. Great review of an idea previously explored! You always have something new to suggest! This is great!

  5. I adore these ornaments! I can't wait to make a couple. They would be so fun to hang in the windows, and use different colors for different holidays. Now, if only we weren't snowed in today, I would go to the craft store to pick up a couple foam balls. Thanks for sharing!

  6. A very sharing Christmasy post! Thanks for the cookie recipe... and I love the ornament. I could just pick pieces up off the sewing room floor. I'm a messy...
    <3 Terri

  7. Thanks so much for the post on the ornament. I was wondering how you did it. Looks fun and easy.

  8. Great ornaments and those cookies look delicious!

  9. Mmmmm! Homemade are always the best (and tastiest!), thoughtful gifts!

  10. Thanks for sharing these fun ideas! I can't wait to try them!

  11. those are really cute!!! I got little bitty scraps and chopped them up so more and then stuffed them into those clear hollow ornament balls. They came out really cute.

  12. What a great idea! I knew I wasn't crazy to save all of my tiny scraps. Now I know what to do with them!

  13. Thanks for the how-to. There might be some of those on my tree this year...

  14. What a great idea! Can't wait to try it!

  15. cute!! I can just imagine an entire tree with these in!


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