Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas Style TTT [Thursday December 1, 2011]

Thursday Think Tank
Anyone who reads MRL regularly knows that I have been preparing for Christmas since Halloween.  Actually...before Halloween...  In the very least I began fantasizing about Christmas in September, okay, maybe in August after my birthday.  It is, after all, my favorite holiday!!!

Confession.  I bought Christmas Music before Thanksgiving.  To be fair it was to help me decorate the tree which I did early anyway...  But still.  Christmas Music before Thanksgiving?  I mean...even I usually have very strict rules about those sorts of things.  The funniest part about this though is that Miss E is literally addicted to the song Silver and Gold and demands to hear it in repeat.  Hahahahahaaa, awesome.  The Mr.'s worst nightmare.

As the Christmas Making Spirit is not going anywhere fast in this house I thought I'd share some of the cool ideas I have found on Pinterest and Other Places with you...  Here we go...

DIY Ornament Chandelier
I'm just a tad obsessed with chandeliers.  A tad.  If I could be married over again, renewed vows, not new Mr., I would totally insist on chandeliers.  I want them in my daughters' rooms, in my room, in every room of my house.  Love them!!!  So when I saw this cool idea on Pinterest I had to go to the source.

I've already hunted for the plain silver balls and have had no success finding them...but I haven't given up yet.  Going to look some more tomorrow.  Fingers crossed!  I plan on hanging this above my dining room table this year.


Gingerbread House I am a bit mean about my gingerbread house decor.  I like it to look matchy matchy and well...beautiful.  You know, like this one below which I totally cannot take credit for.  Wow isn't it awesome?
But I am a Mommy...and last year I had to walk away and collect myself when my husband and Miss E were making her gingerbread house.  The artist in me wanted to be organized, let's make a plan and execute it.  I was not thrilled with my husband's whatever the two year old wants to throw on it is cool with me approach. I was trying to negotiate with Miss E about how to best utilize our limited candy resources, where to put colors, how all the snow should absolutely no avail.  Did I wince when her older cousin told her his gingerbread house looked better?  Absolutely.  Luckily she was too young at the time to be offended and said "oh weally?"  Ha, children!

In the end I was proud of her for being so decisive and creative and after my initial frustration I successfully kept my mouth shut during her process.  Since then I've decided that I will simply document her gingerbread progress each year and we'll see how the artist blossoms!

Miss Es Gingerbread House
Handprint Baby Ornament
I am so not a baby ornament person.  I know that is mean.  I know I should want to commemorate each year of my darling daughters' lives and growth...and I do...I just do not want it on my tree.  Wince.  I know, even as I write it I feel heartless.  Ah (throwing up my arms) I'm honest to a fault.  

Anyway...I did stop when I saw these though.  How freaking simple and cute?  And totally goes with my glass ornament obsession.  These would reflect light beautifully, especially if you did that adorable handprint in silver instead of color.  Gorgeous, simple, classic.  Will I follow through on still...I'm trying...

Crepe Gate (for older kids)
Someday when my girls are walking and sleeping in beds I am SO DOING THIS!  A crepe gate for them to break through Christmas morning!  How cool?  Hahahahah...go check out Secrets of a Super Mommy to see how she did it...

Cookie Pinwheels
It wouldn't be Christmas without cookies.  Although cookies (and cooking in general) fall under the purview of the Mr. I might have to intercede this year to try these out.  I mean, hello, YUM???


So as always...

Feel free to rattle off anything that has been brewing in your creative heads.  It can be anything, quilting, home improvement, fashion, crafting, DIY gifts, cooking...whatever you have recently thought "hmmm, you know what I should create" is perfectly appropriate for the Think Tank.  Have a blog?  Grab the Thursday Think Tank button displayed on the right.  

Please leave a link to your T.T.T. on your blog in the linky party below or leave a comment with your Thursday Think Tank ideas!  

- rebecca lynne


Erin @ Once Upon a Donkey said...

Her gingerbread house is awesome. Bad mummy! ;) I love taking the kids to activities and then watching the control freak parents take over. Soooooo funny. Can you post me some of those cookies? Yum! x

Lucy | Charm About You said...

Hilarious!!! I love this :) You're so OCD about decorations it's hysterical! I agree though ;) The handprints would be adorable in silver too. I'm still in awe of the fact that you do gingerbread houses every year!! :)

Snoodles said...

So, so funny! I can identify.....always wanted to "help" their projects look better! LOL
Enjoyed your post so much!

Pam @Threading My Way said...

Hmmm... I always had trouble trying not to direct too much. Love the ornament with the hand print.

Archie The Wonder Dog said...

I have never seen a gingerbread house IRL but Miss E's looks wonderful! Good luck with the swirly biscuits - I tried some cinnamon and orange ones once and although they tasted lovely they looked NOTHING like the photo ;o)

Toni said...

Do you know how much better you just made me feel? I despise all those "Baby's 1st Christmas" ornaments and never put them up. So glad to hear I'm not the only heartless one! I'm not sure, but I may have even thrown a particularly ugly one away. I have boys, they won't care!

Katie said...

As the oldest, I had a Baby's 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Christmas ornaments. My mom was nuts about ornaments and would give me a few Hallmark ones every year. I finally donated most of them because they weren't me.

I love the handprint one though. Silver would be a great choice for it!

Thanks for the cookie recipe (like I need another one!).

I think Christmas is so much more fun when you have little ones around.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

I love the ginger bread houses! The top one is awe inspiring but I think Miss E's is even nicer :) Good Luck with the silver baubles - I hope you find some. If not maybe you could glass? That would be awesome. I didn't get to linking up last week because first I had no internet connection then I just kept thinking I'd just finish sewing I'll have to link with double thinking this week!!