Monthly Archives: December 2011

console jars & christmas cookies

more handmade gifts that i sweated over this festive season – this time of the delicious variety…

cinnamon christmas cookies

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
cinnamon sugar

– preheat oven at 180°C whilst, in a mixing bowl, cream together sugar and butter; beat in egg & vanilla
– combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder & salt
– add to butter mixture & blend well
– cover & refrigerate 2 hours or till firm enough to roll into balls
– shape dough into small balls about 3/4-inch in diameter
– roll in cinnamon sugar to coat
– set cookies 1-inch apart on lightly greased cookie sheets
– bake for 10 minutes or till the edges are lightly browned
– cool slightly on pans, then remove to racks to cool completely

(makes roughly 42 cookies – i doubled the recipe)

scribbles for gifts

i decided to do mostly handmade christmas presents this year.  now this sounded like a great idea, a money-saver, however, the real challenge was finding the time during the busy working festive season for extra once-off drawings.  here were the three illustrations i managed…for the rest i baked delicious cinnamon christmas cookies! (which i will post about later)

a self-conscious polar bear

ferrets for cindy

rabbit & otter

brown paper packages tied up with string…

another christmas-y post on a few of my favourite packaging ideas…

{etsy.com}

{wedfully.com}

{tokketok.com}

{katherinemarie photography}

{martha stewart}

{deebeecampos.com}

{urban comfort}

{blissful inspiration}

happy holidays!

i thought i would just take this moment, before i am swept up by the oncoming tide of christmas festivities, to wish you all a most terrific christmas and fantastic family-friend times!

lego fox

amazing lego fox by artist david cole

wishful thinking

i thought in the spirit of “letters to santa” and the often-regretable christmas gift shopping, i would compile a small list of my material lustings…enjoy!

1. beautiful leather lace-up shoes!   2. robot tea infuser   3. elephant scarf   4. moustache cup   5. white & navy chevron blanket   6. star wars matryoshka dolls   7. my dream bag   8. this oliver jeffers’ painting (it is my desktop background)   9. burberry strap watch

10 things

i was asked by the talented people at nicework to contribute to their magazine‘s 10 things feature.  since it was the last volume of the year my 10 things had to centre on christmas – such fun to share a little of what year-end festivities mean to me.  nice magazine is a wonderful design e-zine and well worth a read!