Family Traditions

Sunday, December 23, 2007

It's closing in on Christmas and time for my favorite family activity: cookie decorating. We always bake several kinds of cookie when the holidays come around, and we always try out at least one new recipe; but every year we decorate Christmas-themed sugar cookie cutouts.
Instead of a traditional sugar cookie, I use a butter cookie for the "canvas" in a sampling of shapes from the mountain of cookie cutters stored in the pantry. Then we pull out the confectioner's sugar, and dyes to make the royal icing "paint". I use gel icing color because it doesn't thin out the icing. If you're not familiar with gel icing color, I believe you can find it hiding among the baked goods at most stores. Soon as the cookies are cool and there's icing, we all grab paintbrushes and go to town!
Every year, I pack up tins of cookies to give my close friends when I visit back home. It's the perfect personal thing to share with those you love.
This year I've also made a eye-pillows using Amy Butler's pattern available at the Sew, Mama, Sew! blog, and wrapped both up with their holiday gift-tags.

A Res-Life Christmas

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Christmas comes early in the Residence halls, when Resident Assistants come with individualized tidings on slips of paper and random mini-tubs of Play-Doh.

Last-minute studying

Monday, December 10, 2007

Companion cube hearts you too...That's not Sandy Claws (Santa Claus)...
Little Santa-bunny...

Legend of Madness

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The semester is coming to a close and I've taken an unannounced hiatus from the blog to accommodate my workload. I have made a few updates to the project lists: I've completed my pincushion, and am now in a felt and sewing sewing mood. Once exams are finished, I think I may finally have time to work on a wild and crazy idea I've had floating around my head for at least a year. Any Legend of Mana fans out there?
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