Gotta love these vintage ads!
A Hoover or a Cadillac, which would have made you happier? As they say, “getting a Hoover for Christmas would really suck.”
You can sit at this Hit Parade retro diner set and ponder the question.
How about reviving this 1980′s Jello Jigglers Gingerbread Man retro recipe? “There’s always room for Jello “on any Christmas Wish List.
4 packages (4-serving size) Jell-O Brand Gelatin or Sugar Free Gelatin, any flavor
2 1/2 cups boiling water or fruit juice
Dissolve gelatin completely in boiling water in a bowl. Pour into 8- or 9-inch square pan.Chill until firm, about 4 hours. Cut with any cookie cutter. Garnish as desired. Cube remaining gelatin.
Child Size Grand Piano for your budding musician.
Happy Birthday Ludwig!
Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany December 16, 1770. His father, a singer, was his first teacher. As a very young boy, Ludwig became a traveling performer, and soon found himself supporting his family.
In his early twenties, Ludwig moved to Vienna, where he spent the rest of his life. He was one of the first composers to make a living without being employed by the church or a member of nobility. At first, he was known as a brilliant pianist, but when he was around 30 years old, he started going deaf. When he could no longer hear well enough to play the piano, Beethoven composed some of his best music even after he was deaf.
Beethoven is considered one of the greatest musical geniuses who ever lived. His nine symphonies are what is is most famous for, but also wrote chamber music, choral music, piano music, string quartets, as well as an opera.
Start your little ones out on this colorful Learn to Play Piano featuring 25 keys and 2 full octaves to give kids a wide range of notes to play. Included is an illustrated songbook and color-coded key chart.
What’s a birthday without a birthday cake? Totally Kids fun furniture & toys has this delicious Pretend Birthday Cake that will let you have your cake and (pretend) eat it too.
We always like to end on a sweet note. Cookie Tray Cookies has these no bake delectable musical cookies available ready to ship.
It’s snowing here in Minneapolis, again! This collage caught my eye and the title “Catching Snowflakes” was so fitting for today. Just had to share. Isn’t this original art the cutest? The creative came from Aly Marcotte’s 3rd graders and posted on Artisan des Arts blog. All that talent in one classroom!
These Tortilla Snowflakes are today’s Recipe for Fun. If your house is anything like ours, you’ll find this is a great cook together for the whole family.
Snowflake Tortillas for a snowy day.
- Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Warm the tortillas (about 15 seconds) in the microwave.
- Individually fold the tortillas in half once and then in half again, so that you end up with a shape that resembles a wedge of pie (it will be thick). Using clean scissors, cut triangle, circles, or squares out of the edges, as if you were making paper snowflakes. Unfold the tortillas.
- Lightly brush the tops of the snowflakes with canola or vegetable oil and place them on a cookie sheet slightly apart.
- Bake them until lightly browned and crisp (about 4 minutes). Sift confectioners’ sugar on the snowflakes while warm. For an extra sparkly effect, you can sprinkle on a bit of edible glitter. Makes 6.
Now, go ahead and catch some snowflakes at your house.
An Ugly Christmas
Plus Very Ugly Sale!
Join us Saturday, December 14th
Refreshments will be served
and each child will receive a free prize.
Wear your ugliest Christmas Sweater
and take *40% OFF
a toy or game of your choice.
Very Ugly SALE!
Take *20% OFF
anything & everything
online or in the store.
The sweater that hurts the most eyes
will win a fun prize.
Uglies will be posted on our blog for voting.
Shop online or in our store.
Free Gift Wrapping!
(in store only)
*Not able to stop in?
Send a picture of your ugly Christmas sweater and you’ll receive the offer.
*Offer not valid on prior purchases, with gift cards or other offers.
Stuffed animals always find a way of taking over, and this is one of the cutest ideas I’ve ever seen to organize them! Veetje, a foreign language blog with no tutorial, featured this, but I’m pretty sure any of you DIY-ers out there could figure out how to make this.
Now, if you are finding little escapees here and there, this time of year there are toy donation drop offs all around the county. Why not re-home some of your extras for other children to enjoy?
Before too many Sugarplums dance in your head, there are other charities that could use help this season of giving.
Tomorrow is the big day and there must be a kids table at every Thanksgiving dinner, it’s practically an American tradition. For me, growing up, it was most likely for the preservation of fine china, crystal and family heirlooms from precocious little cousins.
Creating a decorate it yourself table for your little guests will make them feel special, and best of all, does not need to take much time or planning. Emulating this kids’ table idea from Country Living by simply using a roll of craft paper and some crayons or markers, you can easily become the favorite aunt or grandma. Not only will kiddos think that they have the best seat in the house, but this budget friendly cover, provides doodling entertainment before, during, and after the Thanksgiving dinner while waiting for pumpkin pie.
Life at the kids’ table begins here.
You’ll find a great selection of at child size table and chairs at Totally Kids fun furniture.
Keep your kids’ table guests happily occupied with a few colorful sticks of clay; allowing the adults more time to enjoy their meals. (Yay!) Ask the budding artists to create pieces that can be auctioned off for a few coins after everyone has finished their meals.
After dinner have the adults hold an auction. Start the bidding on the new clay sculptures with a few pennies. The young artists can be encouraged to tell stories about their creations to increase the bids.
Pass this tray of clay and tools around and let the sculpting begin. What will they make? How long can it take? Could you make something that you are thankful for?
After dinner when the table covering has become over decorated, drop this Pairs in Pears game on the table for a fast, fun and requiring no pencil, paper, or gameboard challenge.
Leave it to Martha to upcycle sweaters into these warm gifts.
Large and small pieces of felted-wool sweaters can create a variety of attractive pouches: A hot-water-bottle cover was cut from a turtleneck sweater, an eyeglass case began life as an argyle sweater, a waistband forms the top of a tiny stocking, and a portion of a sleeve became a case for an MP3 player.
Gather ye old sweaters while ye may, old time is still a-flying: and that same sweater that smiled yesterday will smile again tomorrow.
Who on your list would enjoy these lovely little gifts? Martha will show you the how to.