Easy, Inexpensive Winter Decor Ideas

Hey Friends! We’re back! That last bit of 2016 was rough, wasn’t it?  We took a break over the holidays to just spend some time with our family – you can read about it some here – but with 2017 in full swing, we’re so happy to be back in gear with some great projects to share with you.  We’re going to kick off the new year with some easy, inexpensive winter decor ideas that anyone can do! Continue reading

2016

2016 is almost over.  Most of me is ecstatic to see it go, but the other part of me needs to take a moment to see it for what it was.  It was sprinkled with all sorts of ups and downs, highs and lows, like every year.  But I feel like before I can dive head first into 2017, I have to examine what 2016 brought our family. Continue reading

31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Christmas Card and Cookie Exchange

It’s officially Christmas Season, and you know what that means…

Parties Galore! 

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Work parties, family get-togethers, Church celebrations.  So many opportunities to enjoy time with people you love eating delicious food.

I was recently invited by a dear friend of mine to attend a Christmas Card and Cookie Exchange party, and it was wonderful!  I just couldn’t wait to share it with you guys!

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Thanksgiving, Politics, and Pecan Pie

I’m going to digress from making stuff for a little bit, because I think there’s some things that should be said.  It’s Thanksgiving Week, which is for many people the start of the best time of year.  We love it.  Our families are all very close-knit and geographically together, so we get to enjoy a lot of great family time here during the holidays.  But this year is apparently going to be different for a lot of people.

A cursory glance through the news reports this week are picking up fun headlines like this:

More Than a Third of Americans Say Idea of Talking Politics at Thanksgiving Stresses Them Out (ABC News)

How To Talk Politics With Your Family At Thanksgiving This Year (CNN)

A Handy Self-Care Guide For When Politics Come Up At Thanksgiving (Huffington Post)

How to Survive Thanksgiving Dinner Politics (TownHall.com)

How to Avoid a Political Showdown at the Thanksgiving Table, with Etiquette Expert Lizzie Post (People)

If You Must Talk Politics At Thanksgiving, Here’s How (The Atlantic)

Thanksgiving in Time of Trump: Millions Preparing for Main Discourse (NBC News)

And then there’s these:

The Election Is Getting People Uninvited To Thanksgiving (USA Today)

To Kelcey Caulder, 22, the division is painfully real. The college student from Athens, Ga., feels its looming presence every time she thinks about her grandma, a Trump supporter and ardent opponent of abortion rights.

They haven’t talked much since Caulder’s grandma found out that Caulder was voting for Democrat Hillary Clinton and told her granddaughter bluntly, “You’re going to hell.”

Caulder tried to be understanding.

“I think, in her way, she was trying to be protective of me,” Caulder said. “She wasn’t saying ‘Kelcey, go to hell.’ It was more like she was saying, ‘Kelcey, don’t you know this could send you to hell?’ ”

But when her grandma unfriended her on Facebook, Caulder said, it was hard not to take it personally. Now, she is nervous about Thanksgiving, although she hopes the family dinner could be a chance to reconcile.

“After Trump’s election: ‘There are two Americas now.’”, Washington Post

 …seriously?

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Our Candy Cane Pallet Lantern Is Now Available In Our Shop!

Did you like our Candy Cane Pallet Lantern, but don’t have the tools or time to make one?  You’re in luck!  We’ve listed the lantern in our Etsy Store, where you can get one handmade by us.  Check it out!

Click here to go to our shop!

31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Kid-Friendly Christmas Pizza

Pizza is always a favorite around our house, as it should be.

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But you know what’s even better than pizza?

Christmas Pizza.

I know that probably wasn’t going to be your answer.  The obvious answer would be two pizzas, some breadsticks, and a big cold Dr. Pepper (any other drink is UNACCEPTABLE, y’all).

But no, it’s not those things.  It’s Christmas Pizza.  Look, I know what you’re thinking.  Christmas Pizza?  Really?  Like pine tree pizza or sugar cookie pizza?  No.  Though sugar cookie pizza is totally acceptable and awesome in its own right but that’s another post.  It’s just pizza, but made in awesome Christmas shapes.  You might not be impressed with this, but trust me – your kids are gonna love it.

Super fun and easy Christmas Tree Pizza - your kids are going to LOVE this! Check it out at Sprinkles and Sawdust!

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31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark is synonymous with Christmastime. Almost every holiday party I attend has a plateful of Peppermint Bark, and it’s always gone by the end of the shindig.

The combination of milk chocolate, white chocolate, and peppermint is just perfect, and it’s something that anyone can make!

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31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Mini Pecan Pies

Down here in Texas, we know how to do two things really well.

1.) Sweet Tea

2.) Pecan Pie

In case you don’t know, Pecan Pie (pronounced puh-kahn, y’all, and don’t try to tell us otherwise) is a sweet, delectable southern treat that is to die for.

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And it is so easy to put together, you can be ready in less than one hour to give your mini pecan pie to your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, kids’ teachers…well, you get the picture.

Mini Pecan Pies - Quick and delicious recipe that makes a perfect Christmas Gift! 31 Days of Handmade Christmas | Sprinkles and Sawdust

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31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Candy Cane Pallet Lantern

 

Note:  This is not a lantern made out of candy cane pallets.  Unfortunately, they do not make pallets out of candy canes.  But that’s probably a good thing, since you can’t really ship freight on a giant candy cane.  What if it gets wet?  Everything would stick to it, and don’t even get me started about the ants.  Wait, where was I going with this?

Oh, right.  This is actually a lantern made from pallet wood that has lights that make it look like a candy cane.  Or a barber pole.  But seriously guys, this is Christmastime, not Barbermastime, okay?  Get it straight.

...or is it both? (Thank you Flickr for providing the most appropriate stock image ever)

…or is it both?
(Thank you Flickr for providing the most appropriate stock image ever)

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31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Ultimate Baker’s Gift Guide!

Leslie's Ultimate Baker's Gift Guide - 30 of the most awesome baking tools and gadgets that your favorite baker will LOVE! Brought to you by Sprinkles and Sawdust

I’m so excited to present to you guys my Ultimate Baker’s Gift Guide! I have had mucho fun putting this list together, and I have definitely found things to add to my wish list as well!

Although almost everything on this list is fun and colorful, most things are available in many colors, including neutrals.  So there’s something suited for everyone’s taste!

Gadgets and Utensils

 

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KitchenAid Artisan Design Series with Glass Bowl – $249.00

I know we can’t all afford to get our fave baker a new KitchenAid, but if you can you definitely should! They come with three attachments (paddle, whisk, and dough hook) and this one comes with a glass bowl, so it’s even cooler!

 

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