Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Repurposeful Christmas: Mummy Balls

My husband says I need help because all I ever do now is make Christmas ornaments to the wee hours of the morning.

Last night I wrapped my old boring Christmas balls in strips of linen. My son calls them mummy balls. So gorgeously rustic!

For this I used

1) old Christmas balls,
2) linen cloth I had lying around the house, and
3) Elmer's glue.

That easy.

It looks like I'm going to have a muted tree this year. Will have to do something about this star. Ideas?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Repurposeful Christmas: DIY Christmas Icicles

Beads and an old earring make for pretty Christmas icicles. Don't stress too much about the design. Go with your gut.


1) Choose sparkly and/or colorful material. Icicles tend to drown in the green of a Christmas tree's leaves, and the way to make them pop is to shock them with color.

2) When attaching ornaments to a tree, I find that it's better to tie each one to the tree individually, that way it's nice and tight.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

A Repurposeful Christmas: DIY Christmas Ball

Just a few more days to Christmas! Last year I wasn't very satisfied with our tree. There was just nothing special about it.

This Christmas, I'm determined to do a better job.

Through the years, I've kept many of the trinkets I used when I was younger. I don't wear them anymore, so I turned them into Christmas tree ornaments.

Kind of looks like those little gumballs we had in the eighties.

This one is made with some wooden beads glued onto one of our old Christmas balls. It's cute but it's a lot of hard work. I must have burned my finger with the glue gone more than five times doing this.

Lesson learned: one can never be too careful with a glue gun.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Good to Better: From Wine to Sangria

Ever cracked open a bottle of wine that you couldn't finish? Or maybe the wine was so sour that you couldn't drink it without making a face. Times like these, there's only one thing to do.
I do
Make sangria.

Wine doesn't keep well once it's opened, so a sangria is your best option. Even the worst wine can be made to taste good (OK, acceptable) if you turn it into sangria. Whatever sweetness the wine lacks, the fruit juice can compensate for. 

To boot, sangria is just divine when done right.

It took a bit of experimentation, but I've finally found a sangria recipe that is perfect for me.

750 ml red wine
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup cranberry juice
1/4 cup triple sec
1/4 cup simple syrup
1/2 cup brandy
garnish with apple and orange slices

Serve over a glassful of ice and voila!

I like to always keep a batch prepared in the fridge for my after-dinner treat. At the very least, I make sure I have the ingredients available at home so I can make it anytime.

Note, however, that to create the best sangria, you must use at least a decent wine.