Wednesday, December 19, 2012



Christmas will be here before we all know it and so just like every year I've been busy in my kitchen creating yummy holiday treats.  Now that my three "S's" are done (Shopping, Selling and Shipping) I can finally get my head back into a wee bit of Christmas baking fun!!!

I've shared with you in the past how we've gifted either homemade ALMOND BRITTLE or SUGARED PECANS to our co-workers, neighbors and friends for many years.  It's become a little tradition and we love remembering the special people in our lives in such a SWEET way.

Finding containers to hold our goodies is a yearlong process (think thrift stores!) and this year proved to be no different.  Year after year I hunt down glass jars to hold the most delicious and easy to prepare confections possible and when I can snag jars for .25 or .50 I'm sooo happy!  If you'd like to read my Almond Brittle post from last year you can go HERE.   Sugared Pecans (from 2009) you can go HERE.

Incredibly I found just enough jars this year to make twenty separate gifts.  I opted to do Almond Brittle again this year because it's our personal favorite and unlike the Sugared Pecans they have CHOCOLATE.  Who doesn't like CHOCOLATE????
Instead of wrapping the jars up with cello wrap I decided to place them into decorated bags!

I'm lovin' how they came out!

A few days ago I was in BIG LOTS (do you have those where you live?) and I found gift sacks in natural paper for 5 for $2.  I opted to decorate them up with a ruffle of doily shelf paper (edging) and then attached a sweet customized tag.  The edging was hand pleated and stitched like a fabric ruffle and then hot-glued to the bag.  

The graphic was originally the cover of some antique/vintage sheet music and I just changed it up a bit!  Reworking the graphic took a little time, but it was fun!  Just added more of the paper edging to the bottom of the tag before tying it onto the bag's handle.

A little white tissue inside and DONE for 2012!

Here it is again!  I've had the edging for years and I'm sad to say I'm clueless as to where it came from!  If I can hunt it down I'll let you know! 

Blessings as the Joy of the Season continues!

Love to you...


Julie Marie said...

So pretty Rebecca... sending Christmas blessings to you and your family... and lots of love... xoxo Julie Marie

Theresa said...

Beautiful and OH so sweet:) BIG HUGS to you dear friend! Have a blessed evening!

NanaDiana said...

How close do I have to live to be on the receiving end of a "neighbor" gift?;>) Those are darling, Rebecca. I can only imagine the joy you experience when you hand those over to people and see the expression in their eyes. Blessings- xo Diana

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Adorable, I wish I was your neighbor! If you find out, I would love that shelf edging paper


Unknown said...

Beautiful Rebecca, Christmas blessings to you and your family,
Hugs Marilou

Stephanie said...

Everything is so beautiful! Merry Christmas to you, dear friend!


White Lace and Promises said...

Have yourself a merry little Christmas, my friend. My baby boy will be here tomorrow. I am soooo excited. I don't think I'll be sleeping much tonight. Have to work tomorrow, uggggh! But I'll come home to sweet kisses and snuggles!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

What sweet gifts--I love what you did with the bags!

Cherished Treasures said...

Dear Sweet Rebecca,

Love the gift bags. Did you know that you can make your own paper lace shelf edging by using an edge paper punch meant for scrpbooking. Martha Stewart has some beautiful ones, and on sale occasionally at Michael's craft store. All you have to do is use regular adding machine tape on a roll and punch away. ;0)


Rebecca Nelson said...

Fabulous idea Miss Carol at CT. LOVE IT and will surely try it for Valentine's Day if my hands are healed up by then.

Love to you~


SImple and Serene Living said...

I hope you and your family have a wonderful and joyous Christmas, Rebecca. I am sure there will be lots of smiles when they get there treats.


Terri Smith said...

Merry Christmas Rebecca! Love Your Beautiful Gift Bags...gosh they're a gift within themselves. Just Wanted To Pop By And Say That Even While I Don't Visit You Often Here, I Do Have You In My Thoughts From Time To Time. I'm Still Feelin' Blessed By Having Gotten To Know You. I Wish For You And Yours' ~ Much Love & Light For The Coming New Year. xoxoTerri

Michele said...

Hi Rebecca, You are so sweet and I am sure your Almond Brittle is so delicious, and I do enjoy chocolate too.

May the LIGHT Of the LORD shine upon you and your family,
Bless You,
Pearl 13.1

Your Craft Book said...

A beautiful Christmas treat that I am sure will be treasured. Sorry for not having been on much but Reubs is in a downward spiral at the moment.

I hope 2013 is a fantastic year for you, blessings, Maureen

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