Keeping Christmas Simple With Handmade Ideas

As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season sets in, I thought this would be a good time to share some recipes and crafts from my Christmas in July blog hop.

You’ll find lots of cookie recipes

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as well as some tips on hosting your own cookie exchange at Laughter and Grace.

Time for new stockings? You can try your hand at making your own following the tutorial at Stone Gable.

These gift wrap ideas are both practical and pretty.

 You will find endless inspiration for handmade Christmas cards over at Scraptastic Memories.

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Make Christmas morning special with these cinnamon rolls from Confessions of an ADD Housewife,

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or this blueberry french toast from Go Ahead and Take a Bite.

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See you in class,

Mrs. Hines


  1. These are wonderful ideas. I love the white stocking. Gorgeous! Thanks so much for the gift wrap inspiration, too.

  2. These are great ideas. I think the white stocking is fabulous!


  3. I’ve always wanted to use brown paper for gift wrap, but never do. This year, I’m determined to make it happen. You can click on the picture of the stocking to get the full tutorial at Stone Gable.

  4. It was so much fun hosting this party in July. Lot’s of great inspiration. I agree, Yvonne’s stocking is beautiful. You can get the full tutorial by clicking on the photo of the stocking.

  5. What wonderful ideas, I can’t wait to check them out. Especially the stocking pattern and the baked french toast.

  6. I’ve always wanted to know how to do the felt poinsettias…and I didn’t know Yvonne had a tutorial. Thanks for this inspiration…it’s much needed around here! I have some Christmas ideas in my head but that’s it. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

  7. Love these ideas my sweet friend xo P.S> did you link this at the hop? Don’t forget to get your entry in for the Happy holidays giveaway too 🙂

  8. I can’t wait to try the french toast too, Lois.

  9. Thank you, Ann. I had a lovely Thanksgiving and am enjoying this long weekend with my family.

  10. Thanks for the reminders, Katherine!

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