December 9, 2012

Sunday Linky Party #89 + Goodies

Just came back from the office holiday party and I'm so tired. Plus I have a headache. But it was delicious and fun, and we played the White Elephant party game, except everyone had to bring something they already own that's been lying around the house as a gift, which made it very interesting. If you're not familiar with what a White Elephant party is, basically, everyone brings one gift that could be given to anyone else at the party, puts them in a pile, then picks a number. Whoever goes first picks a gift from the pile and anyone else afterwards can steal one of the already opened gifts or pick an unopened one. Each gift can only be stolen twice. Now when you throw in the whole "used" part into the game, you get a bunch of really interesting stuff. For example, a jazzercise video from the '80s, an old real pigskin football, a creepy hand on a stick... yeah, don't know where my coworkers got that.

Anyway, are any of you hosting a White Elephant Christmas party?

You know there'll be lots of wine-drinking this season (except for me because I'm pregnant), and this is such a great way to make use of all of those wine corks! Instead of throwing them away, make lots of stamps and get started on decorating your wrapping paper and cards! Great idea, Soap Deli News :)

Make the perfect holiday pinecone wreath (I seriously love how naturalistic and gorgeous this wreath looks) with this tutorial from Twigg Studios! Check out her other equally great holiday tutorials: faux moss deer on faux wooden board, two turtle doves bird cage ornament, and miniature snow globes.

Decorate your holiday tins by making a cozy for it! You can use winter themed fabrics and it'll make a beautiful gift/decor :) Of course, you can use this tutorial for your coffee mugs and such, too. Find this at Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom and check out her other posts: How to verify your Blogger blog on Pinterest and Hand-warming muff tutorial.

Make a beautiful wood pallet sign for yourself or your friends! What's great about this tutorial from The Thinking Closet? She's got her hubby in on the tutorial, from picking the wood to the types of tools to use, which is very helpful for people who know next to nothing about woodwork (like me)!

Make the most adorable boutique hairbands from your favorite buttons! Forget overspending at the hair accessories section :) Find this tutorial at Sew Can Do.

Bonus Link: 15 Steps every blogger should take, from Mom On Timeout's trip to the Bloggy Boot Camp conference! Very helpful advice for us bloggers :)

Get your fingers all powdery white with these chocolate pecan sandies! Get this recipe at Mom On Timeout and try these other ones: Grilled California turkey club sandwich, Totally addicting snickerdoodles, Pull-apart crescent veggies Christmas tree, and Chocolate peanut butter toffee bars.

What's better than drinking eggnog? Eating it! Enjoy this eggnog layered pie from Jam Hands, and try these other recipes from her blog: Peppermint bark cookies and Italian anise cookies.

Aside from your eggnog, give this Christmas liquor a try! Also known as Eierlikör, follow the recipe from Lemon & Lime Thyme. Try these other Christmas recipes too: Christmas stollen and Christmas chutney and oatcakes.

If you like tacos but want something a little fancier, try this taco pie from Dishing with Leslie! It looks like a pretty balanced meal, just needs a side of veggies :) Try her Parmesan bowls, too.

If you have a box of store-bought cookies that you'd like to decorate, head over to The Seven Year Cottage for some great ideas, including this wise old owl cookie! These are super cute!

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aimee said...

Thankyou so much for featuring my pine cone wreath I'm so glad that you like it have a great week xxx

Elisa said...

Thank you so much for featuring my Eierlikor and hosting...

Rebecca D. Dillon said...

Thank you so very much for featuring my stamps!

Debi @ Adorned From Above said...

Jen, Thanks so much for the great party every week. I love that you post links to my recipes each week. Thanks so much

Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom said...

Jen, you are so sweet! Thanks for featuring my gift tin cozy. Have a great Sunday!

Alderberry Hill said...

I am happy to be linking here this week, thanks so much for this wonderful party. Happy Sunday!{Hugs}

Leslie said...

Thanks for featuring my Taco Pie! Have a great week!

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Thanks for the party and the mention of my Cranberry Salsa!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Thanks for featuring my pallet headboard and for your kind words about our project. It made my day! -Lauren