Tag Archives: Christmas

Classic Holiday Gingerbread House

6 Jan

Merry Orthodox Christmas! Thank goodness for Orthodox Christmas, without it this post would seem extremely outdated. I mean, come on, Christmas was twelve days ago! To all my readers celebrating Orthodox Christmas – Merry Christmas. I hope your day is filled with love, happiness and gingerbread.

In December I spent a lovely afternoon building a homemade gingerbread house with my friends Vanessa and Renee. Thank you to the charming Vanessa for baking the delicious gingerbread house from scratch! I’ve never had homemade gingerbread before.

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Gingerbread House Recipe from The Recipe Link.
• 1/2 cup shortening
• 1/2 cup granulated sugar
• 1/2 cup dark molassas
• 2 tablespoons cold water
• 3 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon ground ginger
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream together shortening, sugar, molassas and water. Sift together flour, spices and salt. Add dry ingredients to shortening mixture and mix well. Dough will be stiff. Chill at least 1 hour. Grease or spray cast iron mold with vegetable spray. Press dough into the mold. Bake in pre-heated 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. Let gingerbread cool in the mold for 10 minutes. Carefully remove each piece of gingerbread to cooling rack, flat side down. Repeat with other side, front, roof, and chimney. It is better to bake gingerbread a day ahead of assembling to allow for stiffening. Assemble and decorate!

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Royal Icing from The Recipe Link
• 3 egg whites at room temperature
• 3/4 teaspoon cream of tarter
• 1 lb. of 10X confectioner sugar-sifted

Combine in mixing bowl and mix on high speed for 7 to 10 minutes. Beat until very stiff – you can’t overbeat. Store at room temperature. This royal icing dries quickly into a hard candy consistency. Perfect for decorating the most charming of gingerbread houses!

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It was the perfect holiday afternoon filled with laughter, tea, candy, and yogurt covered pretzels. Thanks friends!

Let the holiday celebrations continue.


Merry Christmas!

24 Dec


May your Christmas be Merry and your New Year be Bright!

Enjoy celebrating the holidays with this delicious mulled wine recipe
from Style Me Pretty.

4 cups apple cider
1 bottle cabernet sauvignon
1 tbs honey
3 cinnamon sticks, and 1 to garnish each glass
1 orange, juiced
4 whole cloves
2 oranges, sliced thinly, for garnish

In a large saucepan, mix the cider, wine, honey, orange juice, cinnamon sticks, & cloves. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to simmer for 10 minutes. Scoop out the cloves & cinnamon sticks. Pour into glasses garnished with cinnamon sticks and and orange slices.

Happy Holidays from The BB Creative!

Thanks for reading!

And thank you to Elysse Ford Photography for the lovely family Christmas card.

Merry + Bright Christmas Cards

24 Dec

Merry Christmas! I cannot believe it is Christmas Eve; where did the time go this December?! I am incredibly behind on my Christmas cards and Christmas blogging! I apologize a thousand times.

I love sending snail mail. A hand written card with a thoughtful compliment is one of my most favourite things to receive.

Last year I made embroidered and printed cards for family and friends. This year I kept things simple and made one lovely linocut stamp “Merry + Bright”.

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May your days be merry and bright,
And may all your Christmases be white!

Warmest wishes for the happiest of holidays from Saskatchewan.


p.s. – I am sorry if you are viewing your Christmas card online before you receive it in the mail!

Shop Local! Handmade Markets.

12 Nov

I love holiday craft fairs. I’m disappointed to miss Vancouver’s amazing Got Craft and Make It events this year. I’m hoping Saskatoon’s Flock & Gather Winter Wonders Handmade Market and Artisan Fine Craft Market can help fill this void in my DIY, local shopping, holiday heart.

I am really loving Flock & Gather’s Winter Wonders poster! How charming is this mustached reindeer?!

Flock & Gather Winter Wonders Handmade Market.
December 7 & 8.
St. Joseph’s Parish Hall.
Admission: free!

2012 Artisan Fine Craft Market
November 23, 24 & 25
TCU Place, Saskatoon
Admission: $5.00

To readers nearby and readers far away, I encourage you to shop local this holiday season! Over the past five years my parents’ favourite Christmas presents were handmade, purchased at a local shop, or bought at a holiday market. Holiday craft fairs are the perfect opportunity to shop for one of a kind goods in a casual environment where you will have the opportunity to meet the makers in person, talk about their handmade goods, and learn about their creative processes.

Doesn’t it feel amazing to support artisans and crafters like Mabel Pike!?

Happy shopping!

Snowmen Holiday Cards

29 Dec

Thank you to my creative friends for these handsome, handmade Christmas cards!  I find it super amusing that you all gave me snowman themed cards. Your lovely cards almost make up for the brown Christmas I am having in Saskatchewan this year (I’m a little disappointed there is no snow).

Thank you for the charming cards and kind words. Merry Christmas + Happy New Year!

Stitched + Printed Christmas Cards

18 Dec

One of my favourite things about the holiday season is giving and receiving cards. I love getting Christmas cards and knowing that someone out there is thinking about me. Cards are such a simple gesture to show friends, family, and colleagues that you value their friendship, encouragement, and support.

That being said I am incredibly behind on my holiday cards. It is December 18 and I have not given away one Christmas card. I am sorry that many of you are viewing your Christmas card online before I give it to you in person.

This year I made two different Christmas cards – hand stitched cards and lino cut/printed cards. I am incredibly pleased with how all my cards turned out. I hope the recipients enjoy them as well!

I found a tutorial for DIY hand stitched cards from Leigh-Ann on Freckled Nest. Leigh-Ann’s instructions are really easy to follow and her blog is beautiful. I love the versatility of hand stitched cards, you can create these cards for any occasion. Your creativity and imagination is the only limit!

I found some fantastic fonts online (Honey Script, English Essay, and Morado) to help me with the type for my quirky, hand stitched, holiday cards.

The idea for “Merry Me” came from a coworker who created a poem with my Magnetic Poetry Little Box of Cheer word magnets. This magnet set only contains cheerful words, which made it quiet challenging to write an interesting poem! One of the verses from this very happy poem is “Merry Me” and I thought these words would make a really charming holiday card! Do you agree?

Joyeux is a beautiful word. These cards are inspired by my Québécois heritage. Joyeux Noël!

“DFF” and “Slutty Work Pants” are cards for friends, both are inside jokes and I cannot adequately explain their hilarity in this blog post. I am sure they will both be greatly appreciated – let the inside jokes continue into the New Year!

“Cool Beans” was inspired by the movie Hot Rod and is for my brother (who does not read my blog so his card will be a surprise). If you haven’t seen the movie you should definitely check out this clip. Whenever I watch Hot Rod it makes me think of my little brother and smile.

I love lino printing. I love the process: finding an image, modifying it for the linoleum sheet, cutting the lino, choosing the image colour, rolling the ink on the stamp, printing the first image and praying it turns out the way I envisioned. It’s exciting because you never know exactly how the print will turn out! Each card has small imperfections that make it unique. No two cards are the same.

My lino cut cards are dedicated to my childhood memories of horse-drawn sleigh rides at Christmas. When I was really young my grandpa would harness up the horses, cover them with jingle bells, and take us for a sleigh ride (or wagon ride). It was such a magical experience.

When searching for images of sleighs I came across The Bells, a beautiful poem by Edgar Allan Poe. I love how Poe describes the sound of the silver bells and the crisp, starry night skies. For me The Bells invokes romantic and quintessential Canadian images of Christmas nights on the prairies.

The Bells by Edgar Allan Poe

Hear the sledges with the bells –
Silver bells!
What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
In the icy air of night!
While the stars that oversprinkle
All the heavens seem to twinkle
With a crystalline delight;
Keeping time, time, time,
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells
From the bells, bells, bells, bells,
Bells, bells, bells –
From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells

A wagon ride with my grandpa during a very brown Saskatchewan Christmas.

Happy Holidays + Merry Christmas.

Here’s to many more laughs, crafts, dreams, and successes in 2012!

Christmas DIY Ornaments and Décor

4 Dec

I love DIY holiday décor and Christmas crafts. Once the decorations are up and the crafting beings mundane tasks, like watching television or reading a book, seem so much more exciting and festive. I have come to the conclusion that life is better when surrounded by twinkle lights.

I’ve been looking for some simple and modern ornament and décor ideas for the next Crafty Ladies event. Here is a roundup of some of my favourites found on the blogosphere. I absolutely love the Joy to the World poster and snowman globes – genius! As Emily says in her post, “They say ‘holiday’ but in a totally young, hip, way.” Agreed.

1. DIY: Thread Ball Ornaments from Eat. Live. Shop.
2. DIY: Clay Ornament from Eat. Live. Shop.
3. Paint Marker Ornament from Aesthetic Outburst’s 20 in 20 challenge.
4. Geodesic Ornament Tutorial from Ink Inspired Creations.
5. Tree Slice Ornament from Aesthetic Outburst.
6. Cross-stitch Ornament from Aesthetic Outburst.

1. How-To: Globe Snowman Family by Emily Henderson
2. Molly and Laura’s Felt Christmas Ornaments from The Purl Bee
3. DIY: Holiday Craft Tree from Design*Sponge

How-Tuesday: Paper Ornaments from The Etsy Blog.
Vintage Glam Holiday Theme Party Printables from Hostess with the Mostess.