6 Printable Stationery Sets + 3 Ideas For How to Use Them

Have you ever hosted a holiday party or meal before? I had the family over at my house for Thanksgiving this year. It was my first time hosting the extended family for a big meal. Luckily they are a talkative bunch who never run out of things to do or say; although this wouldn't be the case if I had hosted a different side of my family; that side tends to be quieter. If you're missing meaningful or engaging conversations at family gatherings, you can try one of these three conversation starters that I wrote for from Snowed In Magazine.

But first! Here are my six favorite printable stationery sets that you can download. I think they would also make a great DIY Christmas gift. The best part? They're all under $10!

As pictured above, from top to bottom, left to right:

Now, here are 3 ways to start conversation with printable stationery at your next family gathering. It's page 64 in Snowed In Magazine, issue 3!

Christmas Morning Chocolate Peppermint Crepes

Christmas morning is a time for indulgence – these chocolate peppermint crepes are amazing with a fresh cup of coffee and some fruit. Although crepes may seem complicated, that's not so! Give this festive dish a try.

Tip: you can finish your crepes by rolling them or folding into triangles.

Serves 4

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk or milk substitute
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • Peppermint extract
  • Chocolate chips for melting
  • Powdered sugar

Combine egg, flour, vanilla, milk, and salt in a small mixing bowl.

Heat a lightly-greased pan on medium heat. Slowly pour 1/4 batter at a time to make one crepe. Spread the batter thin. Flip after about 1 minute & remove after another minute. Repeat 3 more times.

Mix yogurt & ¼ tsp peppermint extract. Fill each crepe with ¼ of mixture. Melt chocolate + ½ tsp peppermint extract in microwave, and drizzle on crepes. Dust with powdered sugar and serve warm.

Happy Holidays, 

A Memory Jar for the New Year - DIY Project

The New Year is just around the corner. Most of us try to make some resolution to improve ourselves in the coming year, but so many of us give up early, or completely forget our new goals.

Moriah MacDonald of Fuzzy Slippers Designs created a beautiful, heartfelt project for the New Year. I think you will find that it is a meaningful way to find the beauty in our everyday lives, and keep track of little things that are accomplished on a day-to-day basis.

It would also make a very thoughtful handmade gift for close friend or relative.

You'll find Moriah's step-by-step tutorial, complete with photos, on page 83 in Snowed In Magazine below.

So I'm curious - have any of you made a memory jar? What do you love the most about them?

The 2014 Buy Handmade Holiday Gift Guide

If you haven't read the free issue 3 of Snowed In Magazine, then you're missing the 2014 Buy Handmade Holiday Gift Guide!

The gift guide features the very best of Etsy in an easy-to-read, clickable resource. Time is running out, so get your orders in before it's too late!

The gift guide starts on page of Snowed In Magazine below:

Having trouble viewing this magazine above? Read it on Issuu.com here.

4 More Low Cost DIY Ornaments

I've updated my growing list of handmade Christmas ornaments that cost almost nothing to make! With 4 more fun projects, the count is now up to 24 low-cost, handmade ornaments. Trimming your tree does not have to cost a bundle.

Click here to see the full list of 24 Low Cost DIY Ornaments! Continue below for the Faux Evergreen Globe Ornaments.

Faux Evergreen Globe Ornament

This is an updated version of my evergreen glass globe ornaments. While I like the look of the real evergreen ornaments better, the pipe cleaner version does not have to be replaced every year; plus, there is a little bit of sparkle in the faux version.

The materials are simple. You need:

  • faux evergreen pipe cleaners
  • silver or another metallic color pipe cleaner
  • clear glass globe ornaments
  • wire cutters

Simply cut the evergreen pipe cleaners into different lengths. For my 4" glass globe ornament, I used a 6" length, a 4" length, and a 3" length. You can do different lengths for each ornament so that they're all a bit different. Curve them a bit before pushing them into the globe so that they take the round shape of the ornament.

Twist the silver pipe cleaner around your finger to make a spiral. Gently feed the spiral into the center of the ornament after the evergreen pipe cleaners are placed inside.

Replace the cap of the ornament, attach a hook, and you're ready to trim a tree; alternatively, string these ornaments on a cord to create a unique holiday garland.

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