Sunday, December 08, 2013

Simple Things To Do At Home

 

 

Today the sun shone quite brightly a good part of the day and I was able to capture on camera a small amount of the sweet sparkle across the snow.

 

An idea for those who do not want to use sugar or chocolate but still miss the warming effect of hot chocolate: heat whole milk in a small saucepan, stirring with metal whisk to prevent it from sticking to he bottom of the pan. Pour the heated milk into a cup, and top with whipped heavy cream ( organic cream whips up faster and thicker) and generously sprinkle with cinnamon. I found it to be delicious and the taste was similar to hot chocolate. You can get good quality cinnamon in a fairly large container for a dollar at Dollar Tree.
 

Here is an idea for anyone who wants to make something that does not cost much. Cut blue paper to fit an envelope, and add a couple of dollar store glittered foam snowflake stickers. The cost is a dollar for about 24 stickers of various sizes, but the total cost to make each card card, including envelope, is just pennies. It is also not very complicated or messy, and can be done with children.

Adding your own glitter glue to dollar store cards is also a frugal way to do a little craft. Here, I used a small paint brush to add glitter glue to the snow areas on the card such as the roof tops, porch steps, snowman, trees and paths. A box of cards costs a dollar. You can also add a foam sticker, such as a tree or a red bow.

 

Another dollar store card embellished by writing with the point of glitter glue. In a box of 14 with envelopes, these big cards amount to just a little over 20 cents apiece. The quality is good card stock.

 

8 comments:

budgeteer said...

These are lovely idea LadyLydia, As you say - simple- but fun and pretty, to spread some cheerfulness and love around. Sometimes we feel we must do great craft projects, but a jar of glitter can be all that's needed to be creative in our homes. I like the idea of the 'no chocolate' hot chocolate. Even if you did not have cream in the house, you could use hot milk, and sprinkle the cinammon on top. Sometines, it is lifting to the spirits just to ring the changes with various cups and plates, as you often do.

LadyLydia said...

This is true. The milk can be whisked into foam while heating and when poured into a cup it looks like whipped cream. With a lot of cinnamon sprinkled on top it makes a very warming drink, and if you prefer. Use a tiny. It of nutmeg instead,to make it taste like eggnog.

Bible Babe said...

I never thought of using just the warm milk and cinnamon--I think I know what I'll be having this afternoon...

Gayle said...

Thanks so much for the tips. I am always trying to think of frugal ways to do crafts with my granddaughter, who happens to love glitter, so the project will be one I will have to fit into our next craft day.

LadyLydia said...

Gayle, the single cards are only 50cents , so another
Idea would be to get a few of the higher quality non boxed cards and have your grandchildren
Add glittered sticker snowflakes to the sky, trees to the land and red bows to lamppost or house. The stickers are already glittered.

anita crane said...

Your posts always lift me up when I am down. The cards are lovely. I'm trying to do a bit for Christmas, but no heart for it. Perhaps I will make some cards like these :) I also like hot milk with a bit of vanilla flavoring instead of chocolate.

living from glory to glory said...

Dear Lydia, I always save my old Christmas cards from each Christmas, just in case we need them for a craft!
I have been drinking some warm milk myself in the evenings. I like the idea of spicing it up a little bit:)
We just came out of an arctic blast, now high winds today. Never a dull moment! I worked on a few Christmas gifts today. I have been listening to Christmas music all day long. Merry Christmas!
Blessings Always, Roxy

glorificemus said...

What a great idea! I can't wait to try some warm cinnamon milk on a cold winter day! And I love the idea of adding touches of glitter to inexpensive cards - what a great way to make a store-bought card more personal and special. :)

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