If you're like me, you give away a lot of what you stitch or craft over the course of the year. I also used to do several craft shows in the area and I'd feverishly stitch, stitch, stitch each summer night to make ornaments and other items for when the Fall/Winter fairs rolled around. Each year though, there would be something that would catch my eye or someone else's in the house so we couldn't part with and it made it onto the family Christmas tree. Below is a photo of some of those which I yanked off our tree this morning to take this photo and then had to remember where I pulled them off from...and it's early and I don't have coffee in my system yet... :)
The Noel heart was done using a basic baking soda dough and baking them like sugar cookies, then painted with various acrylic paints and sprayed with a clear acrylic to seal it. This one is from 1994 and has held up really well. I made a TON of those for various craft fairs that year and wanted to make sure I kept at least one for myself since at the end I think I was seeing them in my sleep I'd done so many! The recipe for these can be found here: http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Craft-Dough-For-Ornaments-Recipezaar if you'd like to make some of your own. (One tip: although they're very easy, you want to remember two things. 1: make sure to make them a little on the thick side so when they air dry they dont crack and break and 2: make sure they're completely dry and free of any moisture on the inside before you paint them.
The cinnamon heart is also along the same lines as the baking soda ones and whipped up really quick. The finishing is just the tip of a toothpick or a pen to score the lines before baking and then a glued a simple bow on the top. I have a daughter who is allergic to cinnamon so I won't be making these until she heads off to college but you can find the recipe here: http://www.mccormick.com/Recipes/Other/Cinnamon-Ornaments.aspx if you'd like to take a stab at it.
Feel free to comment with any ideas for ornaments you've used through the years that are part of your family's Christmas traditions!
Speaking of college, Katie has a vocal audition at a music college later this morning so I need to sign of for now---have a great Saturday everyone! ~Nicole