iPinit: December 2012   

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Kelly Kits

Kelly Kits encourage art play using a wide variety of creative tools & materials beyond what coloring books can offer and are the perfect holiday gift for your creative kiddo! For 72 hours only Kelly Kits is having a site wide sale where all products are 10% off! Get your favorite little artist a years worth of art kits or a special gift pack with 5 activities that explore the five discipline of art: Drawing, Painting, Print Making, Collage & Sculpting! 


Ciao for now!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Our Pippa Middleton Inspired Tree

So.......I have been a busy little bee making a slew of ornaments inspired by my new book Celebrate by Pippa Middleton. We now have the cutest traditional looking tree. I cannot wait to see what the books offers up for all of the other holidays.

I made the Peg angels/fairies on page 123
I used paper doilies, tulle and gold cupcake liners for my dresses.

I also made the paper birds also on page 123.
Just a little hint...when cutting your birds out, remember to reverse the pattern so that you have colored paper on both sides of the bird. I realized this after I had cut out enough paper to make about 50 birds.

We made glitter pinecones, assorted gingerbread cookies, and dried apples and oranges.

I have to say that this tree is very festive and reminds me of a good old fashioned Christmas......and I feel a bit of accomplishment seeing as how I actually made all of the ornaments. (I know the lights are a bit funky in the picture but you get the idea)



Monday, December 3, 2012

Homemade Kahula

Homemade Kahlua

2 - 1.75 liter bottles Cruzan dark rum from St. Croix (I like this one because it is dark and has a wonderful flavor but is not a spiced rum)

6 - cups of sugar

3 - cups instant coffee (I used Nescafé dark roast)

3 - cups brown sugar

1.5 ounces pure vanilla

8 - cups water

Start by combining both bottles of Cruzan rum and 2 cups of instant coffee in a large pot or bowl.
Stir. Cover and let sit for three days in cool dark place.

After three days you are ready for step two.

Place 6 cups of water in a pot on medium heat. Do not let the water boil.

Place 6 cups of plain white sugar in a large pot. Place on stove top at medium heat. (Depending on your stove, you may need to increase or reduce the heat. I have a glass top so I needed my heat on high.) Stir sugar constantly until it is completely melted. (With my stove, it took me about 20 minutes.) You will have a nice honey brown syrup.
Remove from heat. SLOWLY add the hot water a cup at a time. Be careful not to splash. (HOT SUGAR makes nasty burns.) This will make a sizzling sound and the sugar will bubble and steam. (I wore oven mitts because it was HOT) Continue to add until all of the water is mixed with the sugar.

In he same pot that you had the water in, place 3 cups of brown sugar, 1 cup of instant coffee and 2 cups of water. Heat until the sugar is dissolved.

Add the brown sugar water to the rum mixture.

Add the vanilla.

Viola! You have Kahlua!

I bought some really pretty bottles at Hobby Lobby and bottled mine for gifts.


Ciao for now!


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Best Husband Ever!

My husband flies into London every 28 days. I love entertaining and I'm always looking for a reason to have a party.

Well.......he arrived home last night and gave me my London prize!

I love this book. I have already dedicated one of my Christmas trees to Pippa! Pictures coming soon!

Ciao for now!