I'm not a crafty person, but my family has this home made Christmas stocking tradition. I didn't get Emily's done last year because there were no supplies in Germany and we moved right at Christmas. We use the stockings on St. Nicholas day so I hurried up and got this done before Thanksgiving.
These are our other 3 hanging at our home in Germany 2 years ago.
Eric's seemed to be missing something so I added a little to it this year.
I don't know about you all, but I am starting to think about Christmas. I would love to go outside the box a bit this year, but am not at all crafty. I am hoping to support some WAHMs by buying handmade items. I'm looking for beautiful, yet useful. Toys that require imagination.
I love these playsilks for little ones. They are so light and pretty you can't help playing with them. My girls have one and use it for a baby sling, peek a boo, a cape, a doll blanket, and more. There are so many gorgeous ones to choose from. This is from BeneathTheRowanTree
I just recently won a couple pairs of dryer balls. Even though I don't need to use my dryer yet there was one evening when I wanted something dry quickly and I really wanted to give these a try. I couldn't believe how fast the clothes dried! Cutting down on dry time is great for the electric bill and these balls work as a natural fabric softener too. Mine are scented with Rooibos Tea, but they come in unscented and look relatively easy to make at home too. The pair I am using now are from Rhineland Farms
Maybe the little girl in your life would like a tutu? This is another of those things that is supposed to be easy to make, but I haven't had the need yet as we have plenty of tutus given to us. My girls wear theirs all the time and are so adorable :) This pretty tutu is from piper's closet
I haven't made this cake yet this year, but I plan to soon. I only make it once every fall because it's a little more money than I like to spend on dessert and it is so rich! It's great for parties so you can share.
Pumpkin Pecan Layer Cake
2 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 50)
1 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup butter or margarine
1 box spice cake mix
1 can (16 ounces) solid pack pumpkin
1/4 cup butter or margarine softened
Filling and Topping:
2/3 cup butter or margarine softened
1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese softened
3 cups confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping
In a mixing bowl on medium speed, beat the wafers, pecans and butter until crumbly
about 1 minute. Press into three greased and floured 9 inch round cake pans. In another mixing
bowl, beat cake mix, pumpkin, butter and eggs for 3 minutes. Spread over crust in each pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove to wire racks and cool completely.
For filling: Combine butter and cream cheese in a small mixer bowl. Add sugar and vanilla,
beat on medium until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Thinly spread between layers
(crumb side down) and on the sides of cake. Spread caramel topping over top of cake, allowing
some to drip down the sides. Store in refrigerator.
I want to find something a little different than the traditional puffy skirt and scratchy tulle this year. Anika always hates wearing her dress because it's "itchy" or "pokey". Here are a few adorable dresses I have come across today.