Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Visions of Sugarplums Day Four

Wow - here we are at Day Four of Visions of Sugarplums.  So glad you came by today!  This is a long post, you might need a coffee or a tea or donuts...

Who won yesterday's prizes?

$20 gift certificate from My Time Made Easy:  Miriam
1 set of choice from Digital Paper:  Laurart
1 set of choice from Moonlighting by Mary:  Karons
1 set of choice from Paper Sweeties:  Sue D

Congratulations to the winners (email me and we'll get your prizes to you) and a big thank you to Lauren, Janet,  Debbie, and Mary for being so wonderful!

Three of you have already been lucky enough to win a giveaway from Debbie at Paper Sweeties - lucky you!   Debbie has made a fabulous idea come true - the sweetest stamp images with clothes that work just like paper dolls! 

Here I've used Abigail and her oh, so sweet bunny and gown from Some Bunny Loves You.  I added some abstract looking poinsettias to create her Night Before Christmas gownie tail.  Now that I have Abigail I can put her in different costumes that Debbie continues to design.  Fun, huh?  I created a tag using a wish list image from Digital Paper and added an origami tree.

Our first Thursday giveaway is one set of choice from Paper Sweeties!  This is actually the fourth set we've given away - thank you, Debbie!

I love these origami trees - when I taught, I did a lot of origami with my kids.  You would be amazed at what first graders can do!   The coolest thing was that it was often the kids that struggled with other things that were helping all the other kids and were the hero for the day!

They are really easy to make:  you need 4 graduated squares (ie:  3", 2.5", 2", 1.5"). 
Fold each square in half - open and fold in half the other direction. 
Fold each square diagonally into a triangle - open and fold the other direction.
Now you have all the scores you need. 
I looked for a video - couldn't find one - so here are a couple of pictures of the only tricky part:

Fold in half into a rectangle - don't hold it tightly closed - push in end.

Use scores to create a pointed end.

Do the same with the other side.

Flatten the triangle and fold the top layer into the middle.  There you go!

I love old doorknobs  - they are great for lots of things.  Like placecard holders at Thanksgiving.  Here's a project I've started.  I left the bottle brush tree undecorated - haven't decided what direction I'm going yet.  Suggestions?

Now for the best poppy seed bread recipe in the world - I'm not kidding!  If you're going to make homemade bread for gifts, this is a winner!  If not, how about a part of Christmas breakfast?  I have given this recipe out like crazy over the years - it's that good!   Now don't laugh - I've never rewritten this - I have no idea who Dell Watson is - it's messy, etc...

How about some ideas on wrapping up this best poppy seed bread for gift giving?

This is just a couple of doilies, a wooden ornament, twine and ribbon.  Easy!

This is just a vintage ornament - pretty and easy!

Or how about a reindeer bag?  The bread fits in perfectly! 

I whipped up a drawstring bag and dolled up a felt reindeer from Micheals - it's so cute!

More giveaways:
1 set of choice from Moonlighting by Mary
Christmas Creation from Mitra - see her blog for details
Lisa Minckler's giveaway keeps growing, just like mine.

What I am adding to my giveaway:

You get a finished drawstring bag, just like the one above and a reindeer ready to embellish.  Also a couple of wooden ornaments (similar but not exactly like the one on the first bread picture).   These will be added to all the things from the first three days! 

 Again, how to win giveaways is easy - just comment.  Every comment is an entry - so comment on all participating blogs!  Here's who has Christmas goodies today:

Have fun and come back tomorrow for the last day of Visions of Sugarplums!


  1. Darling packing of bread loaves and your recipe sounds wonderful. Are you saying if you use small loaf pans you can get 5 loaves of 1-1/3 cups of batter? Anxious to try this!

  2. I very much just "happened across" your sweet blog tonight, and what a blessing! To see your DARLING Paper Sweeties creation really blessed my heart. Debbie is SUCH a sweetheart, and is actually a sponsor this week at Word Art Wednesday (come play with us if you can). I just LOVE what you did with yours - SUPER sweet.
    Karen - My Personal Blog
    www.wordartwednesday - Challenge Blog

  3. WOW WOW you have been busy - love all the projects. That poppy seed bread sounds wonderful and love how you wrapped them. TFS and have a great day. Oh and I think I won? Thanks if I have LOL! Never mind if I haven't! I have emailed you though just in case:-)

  4. Incredible, I love the inspiration I've found here this week Lori. Your projects are wonderful and the recipe looks yummy so will definitely give it a try. :) The stamps at Paper Sweeties are exciting and I love piecing things together and will check them out after I finish hopping. Hope you have a super day and can't wait for the finale tomorrow.

  5. Your packages of bread is so beautiful!

  6. Wow, so many wonderful and unique ideas...would never have thought to use a doorknob as part of a decoration! The "paperdoll" reminds me of when I used to play with them so many years ago...she's cute and what a lovely bag! Will have to try out your poppyseed bread, yum, beautiful way to wrap them!

  7. Wonderful ideas Lori, I'm making note of the bread recipe...we always give breads to the neighbors for Christmas!! And I'll be trying the origami tree too!
    I finally have some time on the computer today, I have a lot of hopping to catch up on! I can't wait to see what everyone has made this week!!
    hugs & blessings

  8. Thank you so much for the lovely recipe... Gosh you have been busy creating wonderful makes.. Simply Fabulous inspiring post!! Hugs May x x x

  9. Everything looks so fantastic! I am really enjoying this blog hop as there are so many wonderful things here xxxxx

  10. Lori, Lori, make sitting still a challenge. I love visiting your blog and seeing your oozing creativity, but when I'm done, I feel like I HAVE to get up and decorate. Your ideas are mind boggling and always so much fun to look at. You are truly a gifted lady and I'm so happy you invited me to be a part of the best blog hop ever. VOSP rocks and so do your lovely holiday creations!!
    Lisa xx

  11. I'm going to have to try that poppy seed bread, thanks for sharing the recipe!

    I'm just loving all the beautiful eye candy that you are providing. It makes me really want to get busy and create! :)

  12. Oh yay! So excited, and I am loving that folded tree, so cool!

  13. Wow so many ideas, wish I'd read about your week long party earlier!
    Do I need to say I'm stopping by from Craft Us Crazy??

    ** Kate **

  14. I like the ideas you put elements from different area (even a recycled doorknob!!)all together and made them work as great art creations.

    I just can't resist the pretty pattern on your demo origami papers. The wooden ornament on gift wrap-- brilliant.

  15. oh, forget to say, I found your link from Craft Us Crazy

  16. Wow've got so many wonderful things on your post today. Sweet! Love the cute little origami tree (thanks for the tut) & the little girl is darling with her cute bunners slippies.
    I can see lots of tiny little vintage ornies on that bottle brush tree. Or little colored digital images with sweet little bows. The possibilities are endless.
    I'm going to hate to see this blog hop's been so much fun to see all of the wonderful treasures.
    Happy Huggies & Sweet Blessings ~

  17. Lots of fabulous projects today! Love Abigail and the origami trees. How clever to use the doorknob as a tree stand--I like it just as it is. Wonderful wrapping for bread too.

  18. Oh, Lori!!! You've outdone yourself with your sweet Abigail paper doll dressed in her nightie and sweet little bunny friend! The polka dotted gift bag is so yummy .. I just love it all!! I love the bread wrapped up so sweetly and ready for giving! Thank you for showcasing the Sweeties so beautifully :) Hugs - xoxoxo


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