A Handmade Christmas


There is something about the holidays that brings out the creativity in me.  I enjoy making gifts for loved ones.  It slows the holiday frenzy down and I can savor time at home instead of rushing around. It’s fun to gather a group of friends to create together over a glass of warm cider, hot chocolate or wine.   Most of these ideas from the archives can come together in very little time and are easy on the budget.  Click on the highlighted link to get the instructions.   I hope you will find a spark of inspiration to create handmade gifts for everyone on your list.   Priceless.

Hot Chocolate On a Stick

The best hot chocolate ever and so adorable to wrap!

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Love at First Bite: Tea-infused Chocolate Truffles

A few weeks ago I received a small packet from Victoria, British Columbia.  The sender was my beloved Goddaughter and niece, Jessica.  It contained a hand-written thank you note on a gorgeous botanical motif card.    In this age of technology, a hand-written letter is a gift to be cherished, an intimate connection between the writer and the recipient.  This post is an ode to the joy and art of letter-writing and of course, to the love of chocolate, since,  with this beautiful card, Jessica had sent a packet of loose-leaf, Cream of Earl Grey tea from the famous Greenville Island Market of Vancouver along with a hand-written recipe card for tea infused chocolate truffles.

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