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Awe, its been fun y’all! I’m kinda sad to end advent! But I have some fun stuff planned for 2015, so no need to fret! And I have one last post for you beautiful people, and its such a “sweet” past time with my sister! Merry Christmas and thank you for reading & for th new followers! 😘
Nothing intrigues me during the Christmas season quite like beautifully designed and decorated gingerbread houses. As a baker and food-designer myself, I find great inspiration in the beauty of them.
I’ll show you a few that I admire, including tiny and ginormous ones. I’ll even throw in a few that my sister and I have done…some with success, one in particular with a story!
I’ll begin with the tiny ones, since the tiny house movement is so big now days. (Tiny is “big” these days, cute, huh?)
Look at these. I mean, really, who wouldn’t want that cutie perched atop a mug of something warm and delightful?!
Here are a few others that just strike my fancy…
I’m particularly impressed by the White House replica. Seriously, do you know how long that would take? Not to mention the pressure! Kudos, chef! Well done!
And as to the enormous one. Wow, 65 x 45 feet! Okay people of Bryan, TX, way to go! I guess everything really IS bigger in Texas! And to add to the Christmas Spirit, the Texas A&M traditions club built this to benefit the St. Joseph hospital trauma center.
Okay now to the less impressive, but truly heartfelt versions made by yours truly.
This first one looks just like our old Kentucky home (pun intended). My sis and I made this beauty, if I do say so myself.
And who can resist celebrating the true meaning of the season by making the holy nativity, completely edible?! This is the one I mentioned that has a story attached.
So, we made it with the greatest of care, seeing as it was a most memorable event in time.
We added molasses for pitch on top and added shredded-shredded wheat cereal, which looked quite authentic (based on our imaginations). We made fondant capes to cover all of the character’s marshmallow and pretzel-stick bodies. As you can see, we were into the details.
Well, we gave it some time, basking in our creative genius, of course, only to notice that the roof is beginning to cave. Not good, right? We can’t have baby Jesus being crushed by rubble. However, in an great show of curiosity, we only waited and watched. No interference allowed. And this is what, honest to our God, happened.
That’s right, the roof did indeed cave in, but baby Jesus was completely untouched! And, as I said before, there was no intervention on our part. We were pleasantly surprised. We may even have called it “A Christmas miracle”…maybe!
This last one is just from this year. Nothing too special, I was flying solo with not a lot of time.
I hope you enjoyed the pictures and maybe were even inspired to make one of your own. May your Christmas be “sweet” and filled with inspiration.
I do love a good wrap…ping job! There’s something about the packaging that sets up a present to be good! It’s the little details that you put into your gift that can make it extra special! The Target Christmas section gets me every time, not to mention going into a papyrus or paper source and viewing all of the pretty paper they sell! Geesh!
Also the bloggers who come up with gorgeous ideas on how to wrap gifts need to be mentioned. I got the idea of what I am about to show you from
The Happy Hunters, when I saw it on Instagram I fell head over heels for it! It’s so darling!
That’s not paper that’s paint, folks! Loved it so much that I decided to do it myself, although with much brighter colors! I used acrylic paint, a sponge paintbrush, gold/white merry Christmas tape from target & white garment boxes, leather, merry Christmas tape & gold twine and went to town!
Though it may not be the same… I still really like it! And if there is one that I don’t like I can always put wrapping paper around it. Quick fix right?!
This is such an updated version on brown paper packages tied up with string… (Don’t get me wrong, I love brown paper packages but I didn’t have any, sooo.. I painted the white boxes different color brushstrokes.) I did buy some of my family “a few of my favorite things” as their gifts. What better way than to gift them in handmade boxes!
I then added leather hand stamped nametags to each package, which I love! I mean come on, I sell leather jewelry! ; ) I cit the leather into long ovals, hand stamped their names and punched a hole in the leather, so that I could lace the twine through.
And then I tied it on with gold twine! A few of my favorites indeed! Leather, gold twine & brushstrokes, oh my!
Now if I only had some Christmas tree twigs or holly berry…
Hope y’all get your wrapping done earlier than right at midnight on Christmas Eve…. Been there! 😠
Also, If you’re like me, you can use these boxes over and over again through out the year, since they don’t look overly Christmasy! Babam!
And now onto the giveaway part! My favorite!!! I’m giving away from my own jewelry line: The Terrarium necklace! It’s a hand blown glass globe with two brass nuts you can place on each side of the bead or place both on one side. I must say, I wear this necklace ALL the time. You need to get your hands on this gem! Its effortlessly cool when you wear it! (Retail value: $28.00) 36″ in length.
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Happy wrapping & entering the giveaway! 😉 – Ryn
It’s in the single digits, people! Who’s excited?! I know I am! 7 days from Christmas Eve!!
Light: 1. something that makes things visible or affords illumination.
Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
One of My favorite times in the Christmas season, would be going to the candlelight service at my church. Its simply.gorgeous. If I could find a picture, I would show you, I definitely would. I’ve tried, but its no bueno. But my favorite part is lighting the candles just after singing Christmas carols like silent night & the first noel, and taking a candle, lighting it up from one person to another, lighting each candle one by one. Until the whole room is filled up natural light. And then we pray over the country, people, over ourselves and the coming seasons ahead. It’s such an intimate time.
With God, And a time to be with family, friends & loved ones alike. And if you love to dress up, this the is the time to do it ! ; )
I love it when my sisters families come too. We don’t go to the same church, so when they accept the invitation its a real treat.
If you can, spend Christmas eve with your family. Even a church family… And if you don’t have a church to go to, I invite you to come to mine! DFW New Beginnings in Bedford Texas. It will not disappoint!
Or if you’re in NYC, you should go to Hillsong NYC,
Tulsa, OK: Church on the Move,
Charlotte, NC: River Church
Houston TX: Elevate Church
Newark, TX: Eagle mountain international church
Los Angeles, CA: Hillsong LA & West coast Believers church<Ryn
, Etc. I know a bunch of churches! ; )
If you want a turning point in your life, go. It's the best time, Right before the new year. Or if you just want to keep the tradition alive, And go to a candlelight service, you're always welcome!
Side note: My sister Dyanna, her boyfriend at the time (now husband) our friend Lindsay & myself decided to go to midnight mass a few years back on Christmas eve. It was an interesting experience… Experiencing different religion cultures can add to amazing memories! Try a new thing this Christmas season! So, “religon” may not be your cup of tea, it may just be fun to do something new!
If you haven’t been able to tell, I’m such sentimentalist. And I cry at so much now that I’m in my 20’s! That’s a fun fact, for ya! ; ) So, I hope you enjoyed! Thanks so much for reading! – Ryn
P.s. please let me know how you are enjoying this advent so far in the comments please! : )
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Here are a few of the products I’m looking into:
And then for the men folk, here’s some items too! No shave Novembers coming up!
See you on Monday! -Ryn