I had a wonderful Christmas and I hope you did too.
A few of my favorite highlights:
- On Christmas Eve, Josh and I enjoyed a quiet evening with chili and cinnamon rolls and snuggling to Home Alone 2.
- Christmas morning I made monkey bread for breakfast. Can't recommend it enough. Delicious and easy.
- Christmas evening we went to my younger sister's home for the family dinner. I made a couple cheese balls for an appetizer-- amazing! I'm planning to share the recipe with you later on the week, since I'll make them again for New Year's Eve.
- The women of our family also had a cookie exchange this year. I brought snickerdoodles and fudge, but my absolute favorite for years has been my mom's easy bars. That recipe will be coming to you later this week too.
The past few days I've been perusing Pinterest obsessively. Apparently I'm not the only one because there's been some unusually good stuff floating around there.
I found this handmade envelope idea on Pinterest and while it's not a brand new idea, it inspired me to get off the couch and try my hand at a few.
Martha suggests taking apart an envelope and tracing it directly onto your paper of choice to make the envelope. I wanted to make an envelope template on cardboard that I could use repeatedly without taking apart real envelopes over and over. I know there are places that you can buy pre-made templates, but I thought it would be easy enough (and free!) to make my own.
I took apart an A6 envelope and traced it onto a cut-up cereal box.
I drew dashed lines for where the folds should be and added numbers to indicate which sides should be folded in first. While I was at it, I created a few different envelope templates.
For my first envelope, I used some gift wrap I had on hand. Traced the outline of the template onto the paper, folded it up, and glued it with a glue stick.
If the paper has a significant sheen, it might be difficult to write on. When I wrote on the metallic stripes on this paper, the ink would bead up and smudge. Adding a tag solves this problem.
You'll need to keep the glue stick handy for when you plan to seal the envelope too.
I'm planning on trying this out on some magazine pages and paper bags I have around the house.
Until next time,