Let It SNOW-Flakes!

Hey everyone!  The AZ desert is finally starting to actually feel like Christmas with a few days here of freezing and below and highs in the 50's!  Am I happy?  You betcha!  Sweaters, fleece-lined boots, mittens and scarves -- oh yeah, I'm HAPPY and totally enjoying the Christmas season!  

I don't typically do Christmas themes, but I have found that this year there is an underlying theme running throughout my home -- snow!  Pretty odd here in the desert and probably just wishful thinking, but I seem to have snowflakes or snowmen or snow-related items everywhere in my decor.  Case-in-point, some ornies I made.  If you have followed my blog for awhile, you know that I always make ornaments for our grandchildren each year.  

I made these last year.  See, I told you......snow on the brain even last year!

This year, while snooping around Pinterest, I found THIS idea that Jill came up with.

I got this Model Magic at Michael's (coupon, of course).  Let me just say, if you have young children, this is a wonderful product to work with.  It is much nicer than playdough, plus your art or theirs will dry to a permanent keepsake that is VERY lightweight and non-breakable!  It would be so cute for those hand or foot molds.

I used this cookie cutter, rolled out the Model Magic (super easy) with a rolling pin, & started cutting out snowflakes.  I made quite a few more than I needed just because they were so cute.  I used a straw to make the hole for hanging.

I forgot to take pics of what I did next, but it was so simple.  I took a texturizing rubber stamp that I had and pressed that all over each snowflake.  Then I painted each one (front & back) with Mod Podge and sprinkled the fronts with crystal glitter.

After they were dry, I took a permanent pen and wrote the name & date for each "Grand."  Just a simple ribbon tie finishes them off.

Like I said, I made quite a few extras.  Here, I simply pushed a tiny light through the hole that was originally for hanging.

It made this little vignette on my bookshelves come to life!

I took a few more and made a garland for this lamp.

The rest I used in my craft room and just hung from a shelf.  I'll show more of this 
room in another post.

Well, I guess snowflakes "rule" around here, and I'm loving it!

Now for just a little "nosh" temptation -- 
I made these Brownie Bites for a party I attended this week.  I used my mini-muffin pan, then swirled on some white almond bark after the brownies were cool, dipped the tops in crushed candy canes and topped each one off with a mini-candy cane.  What could be better than rich chocolate and peppermint?

That's a wrap for today.  Hope you enjoyed seeing all the snowflakes around here.  Keep on enjoying your Christmas preparations and have a great weekend!

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