I do this every year,
Cram a few hundred vintage glass ornaments onto a 4foot wreath frame.
This year Jamie set a camera up at the end of the living room and set the timer to get a shot every 60 seconds. Motivation like that really set my ass on fire, and what usually takes me all day (I guess I get distracted a lot) only took a couple of hours……condensed to 10 seconds of video….
To quote one of my favorite Simpson’s episodes; A Streetcar Named Marge S5E2
Home of pirates, drunks and whores.
Tacky, overpriced souvenir stores.
If you wanna go to Hell
You should take a trip
To the Sodom and Gomorrah on the Mississip’,
Not sure we want to go to hell, (I know there were quite a few pictures of indulging in libations)
Here’s a quick recipe for lasting Christmas ornaments.
All’s ya need is cinnamon, applesauce and glue.
You read that right: cinnamon, applesauce, and glue.
Mix together a full cup of cinnamon, 3/4 cup applesauce, and 2 tablespoons of glue. It starts out easy to mix with a spoon, but eventually you’ll want to knead it with your hands. If the mixture is too dry…..add a little more applesauce, if it’s too moist….add more cinnamon.
You know the drill….
Once it’s well-mixed, roll the dough out on a well-cinnamon-ed surface until it’s about 1/2 inch thick.
I used a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out my cookies. It’s honestly my favorite. But this project would work just as well with a ginger-man shape too.
Arrange the cookies on a cookie sheet spaced evenly to dry.
With a drinking straw, poke holes into two sides of the cookies. Y’all are gunna love where this step is headed.
If your home is dry enough, the ornaments will air-dry hard in a few days.
If you’re impatient, like me, pop them into a 200 degree oven for a few hours.
I hope I can accurately describe the smell of them baking; it’s like the house fills with a warm cinnamon explosion.
Once the “cookies”are hard, you can thread them onto a ribbon. I used a red/white striped 1” grosgrain ribbon from PaperMart.com. Cut the ribbon into a sharp point and thread it from the back first leaving a striped piece across the middle of the star.
Be prepared to re-cut the ribbon several times so it will keep slipping into the holes.
I ran a string of these stars on top of the cedar garland on the mantle in our den.
Am I right?
So, it happened.
Bungalow 5 in the Dallas Design District was kind enough to host my first book signing as part of their Dallas Design Author Series last night.
It went well…..
It went really well,
Thank you to everyone that came. Especially the friends I haven’t seen in years….and the blog readers I got to meet for the first time. There was a great mix of both.
I have decided that I want to spend the rest of my life sitting at a desk and chit-chatting with people who think I’m awesome.
Is that a career?
My first official book signing.
I know, I can’t believe it either.
Please meet me (along with 4 other Dallas design authors) at Bungalow 5, 1201 Oak Lawn ave, from 4-6:
Hope to see you there….
Y’all are probably not familiar with D Magazine,
Not many people are. Unless you live within a 2.5 mile radius of downtown Dallas and are in need of a restaurant, or lawyer, or plastic surgeon.
So when Kathy from D Magazine emailed me a couple of weeks ago looking for some vintage Christmas ornaments for a photo shoot (She had Googled; “Vintage-Christmas-Ornaments-Dallas”…and I was the first name to pop up. Sounds pretty accurate) I thought “What the Heck”.
I’m always up for some unsolicited/unpaid exposure. That’s what bloggers are for. Am I right? Free content for magazines.
See how she titled the piece “Handled with Care”?
(I’m whispering this part) That’s our little inside joke……because, she didn’t.
It seems that our photographer, Chris, is an amateur juggler. Emphasis on the amateur.
He broke one of the ornaments that I personally hand delivered to their office in a plastic tub.
Some kind of monkey house D Magazine has going on there.
At least he took a mediocre picture to preserve my memories.
The memories I individually wrap in bubble wrap every January.