I realized this morning that my pups don't make it on my blog, ummmm, maybe ever? So I thought I'd have Zoe and Karma wish you all a fabulous 2011!
Okay, so my dogs aren't technically pups, but they still are to me. Zoe is eight and Karma is nine. We tried to get Karma in reindeer ears but he got so excited his tail kept knocking the tree around and he was stepping on the presents... it got ugly. Oh well. Karma prefers to hang out in the kitchen in case you drop something. They've been part of our lives for almost eight years and we love these guys.
If you haven't noticed, I love craft projects. I can trace this back to kindergarten. Cutting and gluing, next to swinging on the monkey bars, was my favorite thing to do! And, of course, baking is right up there on that list too. So, I decided to make Cookies in a Jar for our friends and family (if you are reading this and didn't get one yet, I still may have one for you! lol). I did this a few years back and decided that this would be a fun family activity and it really was. Even my very cool 17 year old got in on it.
I used wide mouth mason jars to hold the dry goods. (I collect vintage jars and used some filled with wild flowers at my wedding.) Each jar got a recipe card so the recipients knew what they were making and how to make them. I found these cute, vintagy cards over at The Shabby Princess.
One thing I've come to realize lately is that I'm a scrapbook supply hoarder! I love all my papers and accents and never want to use them. I'm trying to over come that, so to dress up the card a bit I pulled out a bag of buttons, ribbon and raffia.
We set up an assembly line, including the firefighter, and had 24 done in no time at all.
And the finished jars...
Wishing you and your family a sweet new year too.
Hopefully you are sitting on the couch enjoying your family today, or around the table eating delicious food. But if you happened to have stopped on by here today, I wanted to take a minute to say thank you to all my blog readers and clients for allowing me into your lives this year.
I also wanted to say thank you to those families that took the time to include me on your holiday card list and for using photos that I took for you! I feel so grateful to you all.
If you'd like to see the full sessions from these shoots, click below, left to right:
From my family to yours, may this coming year be full of love...
As I sit and write a personal note on the back of recipe cards (a holiday project that I'll show you guys in the next day or two) I thought I'd do one of my "What's in the Mix" posts. I think random holiday music is pretty appropriate tonight so here are the next ten random songs pulled from my holiday iTunes playlist.
- Baby, It's Cold Outside - Elf Soundtrack (I love the sweetness of Zooey Deshanel's voice matched with Leon Redbone's bass. I love this song and play it on the piano for the Firefighter and I to sing.)
- One Little Christmas Tree - Stevie Wonder (Can't go wrong with Stevie)
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - the Pretenders (I remember buying this first 'A Very Special Christmas' as a cassette and I still love supporting these compilations that support the Special Olympics. Most of these songs are from those albums.)
- The Chanukah Song - Adam Sandler (I love the trilogy but this first one is the best!)
- All I Want for Christmas is You - My Chemical Romance (you're probably starting to figure out what kind of holiday songs I prefer)
- The Little Drummer Boy - Johnny Cash (Dude, Johnny Cash!)
- A Great Big Sled - The Killers (as much as I love classics I enjoy these less known ones almost as much)
- Frosty the Snowman - the original (... what the...? I must have put this on here when my daughter was little. Can we pretend this didn't play?)
- Happy Xmas - The Fray (okay, I was hoping that the John Lennon version would pop up because this is my all time favorite holiday song. Ever, in ever-ness. But this is a cool version)
- The Little Drummer Boy - Sean Kingston (yes a repeat, but I always need a reggae fix so it's all good)
- (...because 8 never happened...) Silent Night - Boyz ll Men (beautiful acapella harmonies!)