Let’s recycle! If you
kept your old cards just cut out a picture out of the front area and either
write your invitation on the back or glue the cutout on some blank card stock
and take it from there. Or cut simple Christmas shapes out of Christmas fabric
and appliqué them onto the blank card stock with some fusible web. Embellish
with gold and silver metallic ink pens. This is definitely a recycled idea –
in Victorian time, people use to make their own cards from cutouts!
for stocking stuffers
Instead of the same old
boring Christmas stockings, send your guests home with a unique and useful
container – a flowerpot! The contents? Let’s see…some novelty Christmas
earrings, candy and/or chocolate, gift certificates for "Mirtha
Stuwort" merchandise, and dare I say Debbie The Seed Queen’s favorite
gift: SEEDS! Jazz the pots up with some Christmas ribbons and trims and your
guests will be sooo grateful.
Oooo...I just had a
"Mirtha Moment! Listen to this: Buy some miniature baby Christmas trees
or rosemary plants. Or if you’re like me, and who is? Just grow them!
Decorate with homemade cookies tied on with ribbon, or decorations of your
Both these ideas could be
used as place cards for your entertaining. Just put some plant labeling stakes
in the flowerpot and label for a place card. For the little trees, try this:
Photocopy your guest’s picture several times and glue onto some heavy paper
stock. Cut out their heads and punch a hole in their heads (ew…that doesn’t
sound nice, does it?) and tie onto the tree as little ornaments. All the
guests will have to do is look for their own personalized tree at your table.
Wow! I even surprise myself sometimes! How do I do it? Just born this way I
Well that I find to be a
personal preference. But one of the most important symbols at this time of
year is the "Star". Lets make some of our own!
Paper Star or
Handmade paper stars add a
festive touch, whether you're adorning a holiday mantel or decorating for a
party. To make one, start by folding a square or rectangle of paper into
accordion pleats (you may want to experiment with plain paper before working
with fancier stock).
The number of pleats
determines the number of points on the ornament: For example, four pleats will
equal eight points. Fold the accordion of paper in half to find the center;
unfold, and staple once at the center. If your ornament is too long to be
stapled, you can fashion a staple out of wire.
Make two small holes in
the center with an awl, insert the wire through the holes, and twist the back.
Make a deep diagonal or slightly curved cut into each end of the folded paper
(about halfway to the center); the sharp corners will form the points of the
star. Fan the sides out so that they meet, and attach them on the back with
small pieces of tape. Use Scotch Magic tape, which is easy to remove, so you
can flatten and store the star until the next special occasion.
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How about a special
Christmas soup to warm your bones? Try OGG's famous Christmas
Soup and Red Cabbage Slaw!
Let’s make some darling
cupcakes! Use your own favorite recipe for the cupcakes. Frost them and place
a small Christmas stencil on the top, and shake on some candy sprinkles. I
find if you press the sprinkles in gently, they will hold and not fall off.
This is a great project to keep the kidlets entertained and they can eat their
Meaning of Beans
Here’s a quick and easy
gift idea! Make a mixture of the following beans, put in a jar, and tie a card
with the following written on it. Yes, beans do have secret meanings I guess!
barley - Love
Split peas - Joy
Black Beans - Peace
Red Beans - Patience
Beans - Kindness
Navy Beans - Goodness
Lentils - Gentleness
Black-eyed Peas - Self-control
The recipient can then use
these fiber filled goodies in their homemade soup - and you'll provide a copy
of the Christmas Soup recipe too!
fun for all ages
Ok what about when all the
Christmas fuss is over with? It’s time for New Years! Most of us have a
long, cold winter ahead of us still so we need to warm ourselves up. So...let’s
have a "Beach Party"!
Get up off that sofa! And
you do not even need to invite Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello! What is a
beach party without sand? Your carpets probably have enough sand in them
anyway! You could always drag in your child’s wading pool and fill it with a
few inches of sand. Remember Mirtha’s rule #3 - atmosphere is important!
Serve fruity drinks and
summery snacks and wear your favorite summer outfit. And if you’re daring
enough, wear your bikini, hopefully you haven’t gained too much over the
Put an oscillating fan up
high on a bookcase or china cabinet and let it slowly blow the warm air near
the ceiling down on your guests, and make the wind chimes you hang in the
corners tinkle and your paper stars and suns twirl!
To mimic the look of a
beach bonfire make some summery Shell Candles. Use your shells that you
have collected as souvenirs during your summer vacation. I will show you how
to make some lovely candles from them. Use a good size shell such as scallops,
clams or quahogs. You will need to clean the shells in a solution of bleach
and water and make sure they are thoroughly dry.
wax or some of your old candles in the top of a double boiler (use one with a
lip, if possible; it will be easier to pour from). If a shell has a tendency
to wobble, stabilize it by resting it on top of a cup. Cut the wick to 2 – 3
inches, and attach it to a metal wick holder; set aside. Pour the melted wax
into the shell, then place the wick and holder in the bottom of the shell,
being careful not to burn your fingers. If wick droops, trim slightly. Let
cool until hardened, about 30 minutes. And be careful: The top layer of
the wax hardens first, but the melted wax underneath will spill out if the
candle is moved before it has had a chance to cool completely. How’s that
for a bright idea?
of these suggestions can be adapted to fit any occasion. Just put your own
twist on each one. So have I given you enough ideas to keep you busy this
holiday season? Hope so! And to quote Charles Dickens: I will hold Christmas
in my heart, and try to keep it all the year!