Posts Tagged 'holiday'

Best of Valentine’s day projects links

Unless you’ve been stucked on an island (without internet access, for that matters!), you probably realized that there are a tons of Valentine’s day projects popping on the blogosphere, lately.

As I was browsing through my blog reader, I thought I’d share some of my favorite projects with you.
It’s good for karma, they say. 😉



Free downloads & printables

Thanks to all the amazing crafters/cookers/designers who share their projects with us. Without this community, Valentine’s day surely wouldn’t be as fun! 🙂  

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Martha Stewart: Holiday Sweets review

I was looking for Matha Stewart’s special Holiday magazine with crafts, but I found this one about baking holiday treats, instead. I thought you would enjoy it as much as I did.

What I love about this issue is that they have a whole part of the magazine dedicated to Gingerbread houses making.

It’s very interesting for me because, in the Quebec culture, we don’t know much about Gingerbread houses other than this famous story and the general mainstream talk about it during the holidays.

What’s even more interesting, is that they show you different versions of the Gingerbread houses. This one is more cake-like and can be eaten.

If you’d like to know more about them, I strongly suggest you give a listen to Craftypod’s podcast about Gingerbread houses.

There’s also a big selection of different Yule log recipes. A great classic!
I’m planning on making the Gingerbread one on the far left. Yum!

Theses little cakes looks amazing! I love the pine effect it gives with the almonds. It must take some time, too. :-p

And, as usual, there is always some great recipes to please the little ones. The snowman’s hat was made with a rosted marshmallow!

I can’t wait for the kids to grow up, in my family, so they can start appreciating thoses things and build memories for the future. Come on, grow up, kids! 😉


I certainly won’t have time to make all theses recipes, but this is a great magazine to keep for future holiday baking. With all it’s new take on old christmas classics, it makes it a sure value.

If you’d like to get one, check out your local magazine retailer and Ebay‘s a great ressource to find recents or old issues.

Magazine review: Holiday cookies from Cuisine at home

I wanted to share my favorite cookie-recipe magazine, Holiday Cookies from Cuisine at home. I got it last year for the holiday and, of course, didn’t had the time to make *all* it’s great recipes.

Being a visual learner, I really appreciate all it’s very detailed “step-by-step” techniques.
And since english is not my first language, it makes me appreciate it even more! There are so many cooking terms that are extremely different that you can’t even “guess” what it is.

I am so looking forward to make theses cookies with Oli. 🙂 I convinced him to have a little “christmas cookie” making time with me during december.
I’m not sure if we’ll put all that much sugar on them, I may try something different.

Theses are Hawaian style cakes/cookies with coconut. They just look soooo good! Perhaps I’ll make them for the family.

You could give theses tea cookies along with a handmade cup and some tea next to it.
I’d make a great gift for coworkers. 🙂

I don’t know if I’d make theses ones as I am not too fond of the candy-cane kind. Too hard for the teeths, maybe? :-p
Thought they do have an amazing look!

Again, I think thoses would make another great gift for coworkers or friends.
Or maybe just some small bites at a Christmas party.

At the end of the magazine, they show you different ways and ideas on how to wrap the cookies for gift.
I love this one with a simple glass j and some ribbons! Voilà!

If it’s not available at your local magazine/book store, you can get it online straight from the Cuisine at Home store for 9.95$ (and free shipping! Woot!).

Oh, and I found it on Ebay as well.

Let the Christmas baking begin!

Another Halloween trick-or-treat bag project

I’m really into Halloween crafts, lately. I’m trying to get everything done before everyone else. Eheh. 😉

Other than using my free stickers, I am also planning on making theses cute muslin candy bags for Halloween from Marthat Stewart’s Living magazine of October 2008. (Yes, it is an “oldie”. :p)

It’s very simple, you need:

  • Muslin bags (You can get them at this Etsy shop)
  • Apple (This will be your “stamp”)
  • X-acto knife
  • Foam brush
  • small cosmetic sponge (1$ store kind)
  • Acrylic paint (orange & green)

01. Cut an apple in two, vertically. Use your x-acto knife and carve out the pumpkin face.
02. With your foam brush, apply a thin layer of your acrylic paint. Stamp.
03. To create stem shape, cut off the tip of your small cosmetic sponge, dip in green paint. Stamp.

Only 31 days left untill Halloween! ^-^

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My name is Fanie and I’m a Montreal based illustrator & graphic designer. You may know me from drawing The Crafty Life comic in CLM. I ♥ comics, vegan food & ghost stories.

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