Did anyone else sign up to be a secret santa? The wishlist I was directed to does not match the name of the person I am supposed to buy something for, and anyway the wishlist is not activated for buying (no shipping address). Is anyone else encountering troubles, or is it just me?
Plum Party must really love us, they have a load of great holiday stuff:
- make your own jelly donut kit (you can bake them, yay) (I know this has little to do with the holidays, I just like this one) (edited: I have learned they are a traditional hanukkah treat, apologies for being a dweeb, and thanks to everyone who chimed in!)
- blinking tree rings
- holiday nips cards (they have Christmas and Naughty as well)
- snowman kit
- snow paint
- Eat Drink and Be Merry napkin rings
- colorful wine glass charms
- silver party crackers
- pretty chocolate dipped spoons
- sequin bow tie napkin rings
- felted coasters and placemats
- top hat ice bucket
- snowman (parts) cork coasters
- gold berry garland
- red feather wreath
- inflatable ornaments
- inflatable blue tree
- hannukah dog collar
- dog antlers
- holiday cat treats
- holiday dog treats
- holiday kits for dogs and cats
for new years
- new years dinner
- girls’ night new years
- new years eve stay at home kit
And there is so much more there, go, go.
Malika’s Nobody’s Fool: Food Notes and Stories got a terrific write up in the MetroSantaCruz paper! Read it! Christina Waters realized something which had escaped me, a subscription to Nobody’s Fool would make a perfect present for all those food lovers you know…
A little while ago Squibnocket mentioned she was looking for a knitting bag which she could use on public transportation. What she described made me think of a combination of the shape of the Kate Spade (warning, flash) shoulder bags, with that kind of square shaped rigidity and snap closure, with a water tight bottom made of something like the Martha rubber totes, with the whole thing being made out of oilcloth or some similar durable material. I began doing a search for what kind of knitting bags there are out there currently and they are all pretty hideous. I didn’t find the perfect knitting bag but I did find some bags which I liked a lot: MOMA blue skies bag modeled after the Tibor Kalman umbrella, and
Relan bags made out of old billboard fabrics (specifically “tiara”).
I also ran across a few places in my search I liked: Kitschen Sync and Retro Lounge. And if it gets to that point, there is always Reprodepot Fabrics, they also offer an oilcloth tote bag, but don’t offer any details on it, fooey.
I keep coming across this – the search for the pattern for the Harry Potter Scarf. There are a few patterns out there, and there is a site devoted to knitted items in Harry Potter. There are a two patterns for the Gryffindor scarf that I know of, both on the Knit List (a rather large Yahoo group list) – wizard scarf one and wizard scarf two (note: both of these patterns are copyrighted, please do not use them for profit). There is some discussion of the scarf on this site – hpknitting.dot.nu with pictures of knitted items from the HPGalleries site. And there is of course a football scarf maker in the UK who is offering Harry Potter style scarves.
So far it seems the consensus on the details on the Gryffindor scarves are these: the scarf is knitted in stockinette in the round with a fairly thin yarn (sport weight?), the scarf is at least a foot wide and at least five feet long, there are eleven tassels on the ends beginning and ending with the scarlet color, the scarf is modeled after English football scarves. How does that sound? I have not seen the movie yet, just the stills.
I might make a scarf for my teddy bear, though, sort of along the lines of the tiny scarf the Hagrid toy wears. I’m surprised that there is not an official scarf, besides the ones given out at the premiere and the scarves from Sears, being sold.
When I was starting to research soapmaking I ran across the site of Rashunda Tramble, a soapmaker and TV reporter with a website, I was charmed! She has since gotten married, moved to Bern, Switzerland and opened up her own little soapmaking site, take a look at Blue Bath and Body. Congratulations Rashunda!
So I did watch the Martha Stewart Christmas Special last night, and I liked it. I have heard some people say they would have liked less history and more projects, but I appreciated the various traditions. I like all the traditions of a charm or coin being baked into a bread or pudding. One thing I learned from the show was how that French chocolate guy she has on from time to time makes his chocolate wafers round – once he has spooned chocolate onto the parchment paper he took the cookie sheet and gently swirled it while keeping it flat against the table. I plan on making these chocolates this year, the recipe is up on the site but it’s kind of a pain to find. Here’s what to do: go to the tune in page and find the small banner in the very upper left, click on that and you’ll get a pop-up window, the recipe I’m referring to is found when you click on Thirteen Deserts. Beware: it is temperamental in loading.
If you’re more into dissing Martha, you can join in the Glitter rant.
My favorite part of the special was my not all that well thought out Martha Drinking Game, which involved shouting out “Drink!” and sipping each time she used the work “beautiful” or “charming”. Hee! Kept me more alert and focused than I would have been otherwise. I’m sure one of these exists elsewhere.
As you may know already, I love everything Tops Malibu makes. They have a page full of terrific holiday goodies, but I’m disappointed to find they didn’t list the stuff they make for Chanukah which I saw in Sur La Table last weekend (not on their site either).
So, I’m pretty inexperienced when it comes to cooking and baking, our house was more of an Open the Box and Add Hot Water type when I was growing up, not that my mom isn’t a great cook, she is, I just didn’t take the time to learn from her when she did have the time and occasion to cook. When I first ran across a reference to parchment paper – for making hard handy – I was all like, yeah, whatever, fancy schmancy cooking stuff, waxed paper will be fine. I finally broke down and got some parchment paper for making dark chocolate covered almonds last weekend and hey, the stuff is great! No sticking! But I must remember that tempering the chocolate is well worth it. I’m gearing up for making hard candy window glass for my gingerbread house, and I’ll let you know of the parchment paper works for this better than the waxed paper (which melted and stuck to the back, boo hoo!).
I found the neatest thing last night at the grocery store – a bag of Chupa Chups Christmas Lollipops. The lollipops have red or green wrappers, but here is the best part – the bag comes with a bunch of plastic hooks you stick into the bottom of the lollipop stick so you can hang them on a tree (or, in my case, the top edge of the glass of my cubicle). I can’t find an example of them anywhere online so you’ll have to use your imagination.