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The REAL Blair Witch House.

The directions were wrong. When you first assemble the house, the box stated to “Hold in place for 10 minutes.” Obviously they meant an HOUR, because that’s how long it took after it caved in twice and chunks of the roof fell off and I had to prop it up with books. The pictures resemble nothing of what sits on my dining room table. It’s like a creepy, abandoned farmhouse with half the roof gone, with gumdrops. Its the Blair Witch Gingerbread House.

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Salt Dough Ornaments – Baby’s First Christmas

A few weeks ago I posted about how easy and economic it was to make salt dough ornaments to paint and give away as homemade Christmas ornaments. This is an ornament I made for one my nieces.  Hopefully it will be one of those ornaments that she treasures because she loves her wacky, crazy, foul-mouthed Auntie SO much.



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More Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas.

Money is tight, Grandma already owns these, and you haven’t found any other homemade Christmas gift ideas you’ve liked. Try these:



What are your favourite homemade gifts to receive?


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Christmas Crafts – Winter Village

Years and years ago, my good friend Karen and I had a great idea after I showed her  my Martha Stewart Christmas magazine. We would craft and cut and glue and sparkle and make cute little Christmas towns. We did this for hours, both happily wrapped up in Christmas, and we probably had Bing Crosby’s White Christmas cranked (Or possibly Alvin & The Chipmunks) along with half a dozen rye and cokes steaming mugs of cocoa. And maybe some chips and dip.
Of the many things we had in common, our love for All Things Christmas was a biggie.
Many evenings later we finished them. We each had made a little town, complete with trees, “snowy” roofs and glittery walls.
I’m not sure where my village went. I might have tossed it out during the 4237 times I have moved in the past ten years.
I wonder if Karen’s village is still kicking around somewhere.
Anyhow, I shall resurrect Martha Stewart’s Winter Village this year. With the help of my fabulous daughter. And it will be awesome.
I sure miss my friend. XOX

Martha’s hand looks pretty darn shaky to me. I wouldn’t trust her.

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Salt Dough Ornaments

So, it snowed. I’m not sure what it is about this time of year, and snow. It makes me wanna do stuff. CrAzY stuff. Like carve pumpkins and hang my outdoor Christmas lights and rearrange all my furniture and bake and make homemade  Christmas ornaments. I might have done all of these things in the past 48 hours.
Anyhow, I found a wonderful salt dough Christmas ornament recipe. You mix this goop up, use shapes to cut out “cookies”, bake for two hours and then you can paint them. Cheap, friendly, cheerful Christmas ornaments. Guess what, family! I love you all so much that everyone is getting these. Ha ha!
We made these once when I was very young and we still have a few of these homemade ornaments kicking around. Once you bake this stuff it is nearly indestructible.Keep in mind this recipe is made for teeny ornaments to go on presents next to tags. I TRIPLED it and got two sheets of various sized ornaments. Paint with paint afterwards. Hang on tree. Cherish. I remember licking these as a kid, they are saltier than salty chocolate balls.

Homemade Christmas Ornaments – Salt Dough Craft

What you’ll need:

  • ½ cup salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup water
  • Rolling pin- I used a glass. I guess I need a rolling pin.
  • Cookie sheet
  • Toothpick
  • cookie cutters:  I got a box of 101 (seriously, 101 cookie cutters) from Michaels for 17 bucks. It has the alphabet, numbers, and a bunch of different holiday designs.
  • Acrylic paints
  • Glitter glue or glitter paint
  • ribbon- I used silver elastic type stuff from the necklace making section @ Michaels. Could also use regular xmas ornament hooks.

How to make it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Mix together, salt, flour, and water until dough is formed.
  3. Knead the dough on a floured surface until the mixture is elastic and smooth. If dough is too sticky, sprinkle with flour, continue to do so until stickiness is gone. Do not add too much flour, this will dry out the dough and will cause it to crack before you get a chance to bake it.
  4. Roll out the dough to about ¼” thick with a rolling pin that has been dusted with flour.
  5. Use cookie cutters to cut out as many trees and stars as you want.
  6. Use a toothpick to make a hole toward the top of the shape. Poke the toothpick into the shape, then holding toothpick straight up and down, make a circular motion as if you were stirring something. Keep circling until the hole is the size you want.
  7. Place all shapes onto an ungreased cookie sheet and place into the preheated oven.
  8. Bake for 2 hours.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  10. Paint
  11. Use the handle end of the paint brush/toothpicks to dot on ornaments by dipping into paint then dotting onto ornament.
  12. When paint is dry, use glitter glue or glitter paint to put a sparkling cover coat on your ornaments. Use some type of clear coating when the paint is dry.
  13. When dry, thread ribbon through hole and tie in a knot in the back.Could also use regular wire hooks for holiday ornaments


  • If your ornaments are large enough, you can make two holes in each so that you can thread ribbon through like a button, only showing a small amount of ribbon on the front.
  • These make adorable pins to wear to school. Just don’t make a hole. Glue a pin back to the back of the completed ornament instead.
  • Uncooked salt dough doesn’t keep well, so only make enough dough for the ornaments you are going to make.

Lily and I are going to attempt to paint these over the next few weeks. MMMMmmmm  non toxic Crayola paint. Couldn’t they at least add some vitamins? This is a great craft for younger babies or toddlers since you can give them a bowl of paint and let them decorate these on their own.


Recipe By: Amanda Formaro at


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