Just One More Thing

I realize we’re well past the Christmas season.

But just like that one lonely ornament which always seems to be hiding in plain sight after the decorations have been packed up and put away . . .

I have one more holiday tidbit to share with you. ;-)

Are these cute or what?

Santa Hats

My younger daughter made them for our family gathering on Christmas Eve.

The ingredients? Tiny brownies (made-from-scratch), cream cheese frosting (homemade), and strawberries.

Oh my goodness, kids! We are talking d e l i c i o u s!!!

My girl wields a mean pastry bag – just look at those frosting pom poms.

Better get out your pencils and paper, or fire up the printer . . . I’m about to give you the recipe she used. Put it in a safe place for next year. I promise you’ll be the talk of the party, or the darling of the family – or both!

The recipe for “Santa Hats” can be found here

‘Til next time,

Ah Ah Ah Choo

Hi Kids!

Don’t be afraid. The squeaky voice you hear really is me, Crystal.

I sound like “Miss Kitty” from the old TV show, Gunsmoke.

(Hope some of you are old enough to remember Kitty.) ;-)

I’ve had sort of a laryngitis/cold thing going on, here. Christmas was wonderful but I went through most of it feeling under the weather.

It began a week before the holidays when Sir Beads developed a raspy throat. I tried my best, but wasn’t able to escape getting it, too. Just around the time Santa and the reindeer left the North Pole, I succumbed. We’re getting better now, but if I never see another cough drop, it will be too soon!


Enough about that. I’m really here to chat with you kids one more time before the year ends! :-)

I want to wish all of you a Happy, Healthy, Creative, Prosperous, and Fun-filled New Year!!!

(See you early next week with the next Bead Challenge!) :-D



Holiday Funnies

Greetings Kids :-)

Thought you might like to start off this busy week with a smile, so here goes:

1. What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus?

2. What do elves learn in school?
The Elf-abet!

3. What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?

4. What kind of money do they use at the North Pole?
Cold Cash!

5. Where do polar bears vote?
The North Poll.

6. What do you call an expert group of Chess players bragging about their games in a hotel lobby?
Chess nuts boasting in an open foyer!

7. What did the gingerbread man put on his bed?
A cookie sheet!

ok, I know they were a little silly but I hope you found yourself smiling, anyway! :-D



It’s Around the Corner . . .

Hey there, everyone!

Hope you had a sparkling 4th of July weekend. :-D

Can you believe the stores are already stocking items for another holiday that’s on the horizon?

Uh-huh. Halloween!

Today’s edition of Show and Tell Tuesday will fit right in with that theme . . .


A few weeks ago, we were reminiscing with our oldest daughter about some Halloween costumes we helped her to make around the time she became a teenager.

Her school sponsored an annual Halloween Dance, which included a contest for best costume. She loved the event. Although we all contributed to the finished projects, her Dad (a.k.a. Sir Beads) did a lot of the work on these . . .

Here’s his “washing machine” – made with a sturdy carton and recycled styrofoam! There’s even a battery-operated light with an on/off switch!

Don’t you just love it? :-D

Next, we have a slice of pizza. Fabric-covered cardboard, designed to sit on the shoulders, “sandwich board”-style. :-D


This was during the late 1980′s. As I recall, neither costume won, but they were a hit nonetheless. The washer is long gone, but we think the slice of pizza may be packed away in the basement.

In any event, I’m so glad we still have the pictures.

They make our hearts smile!