Tuesday, December 22, 2009

How did it happen so fast?


Every year I ask this same question. I really do need to get on the Christmas thing in November, not the week before the big day. Panic shopping = refunds on the 28th.

I'm working on Christmas crackers today. This year I picked up some great little surprises for everyone. Warning: Any family member reading this post, should stop reading now as your cracker surprise will be spoiled. If you continue to read I will know, and so will Santa. Believe.

Found some cute flower clips and rings at H&M, vintage scarves at Mintage, robot magnets at Nood to name a few of the treats. This year, I'm using brown kraft paper, silvery grey yarn, and I cut out tree shapes (see above) from Vogue magazines, to decorate the crackers. Picked up the snappers at Urban Source, made the tissue paper 'crowns' and fortunes, and inserted them into a lovely toilet paper roll. If you are making your own crackers, make sure to take off any bits of paper from roll as this looks a little bottom shelf.

Not a good look. Do remove excess paper from roll before making your crackers.

Robot magnets, snappers, mini pens, vintage scarf and finished cracker.

Last note before Christmas. The cookie baking segment on CTV news, went well! Tamara Taggart made it very easy. Huge thank you to Karen, my sister, for doing the segment with me and making some cute aprons the night before. Kate, thank you too for all your help as well. Wink.

Tamara, me, and my sister Karen making yo-yos. Picture taken by Louise Hartland


Have a fabulous Christmas everyone! Back next week.

16 comments:

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

These are adorable..wishing you a Merry Christmas...


looking forward to spending more time with you next year....

Fondly,
Kary
xxx

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I am knee deep in cookies too!
Have a wonderful, happy Christmas!!

Pooch Morning Glory said...

o m g those look soooo FUN !
totally cute!
merry christmas and, cheers
~laura

Dragonfly said...

Have a very happy Xmas!!
Cheers, Karen & Patsy!

Chemin des Muguets said...

Greetings Janis,

I love your Christmas crackers, they will be a big hit with the family. I wish I could have seen your CTV segment. The aprons are a nice touch. If you have a chance check out my Christmas menu.

What's your next project?

Good luck with all the prep for the hols,

Marjorie

The romantic query letter and the happy-ever-after said...

I'm thrilled to have found your charming blog and will call from time to time to see how you keep.
Warmest regards and a very Merry Christmas.

{little.happy.things} said...

These are really cute!
Wish you a marry Christmas and looking forward to see more of you in 2010!

Paige said...

Those are super cute! Did not know they were called "crackers". You have taught me something new before my first cup of coffee was finished. Love the simple wrapping- makes them look even more fun. Merry Christmas to you!

mise said...

Matching aprons! You all look super, and what fun it must have been. Merry Christmas Janis!

Tony said...

The Italian Fig cookie that made its way too me was awesome I must say......thanks for the taste test. Tony

jan said...

Oh I missed your cookie segment - but thought I could play it later like the others - boo - yours doesn't play. and i'm totally jealous of those crackers! Wow!

Merry Christmas Janis!

Couture Cookie said...

Christmas crackers sound lovely! Hope you and your family are having a wonderful Christmas! xo

The Haute-Shopper said...

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Love the Christmas crackers you made and you all look fantastic in the aprons! I"m really bad with planning ahead when it comes to Christmas shopping and preparations, but thankfully I'm good at the last-minute thing ;-)

koralee said...

I am so sad I missed you making cookies. Hope your Christmas was amazing.

bluehydrangea said...

I never thought of making my own!! Love this!!! Homemade Christmas Crackers next year. They would also be fun to put in my sisters stockings with some extra special treats!!

Let The Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore said...

Crakers are so much fun...I never thought about making them until now! xx