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Friday, November 19, 2010

Inspiration Friday.....Cinnamon Bird Ornaments

I'm sure you all have a cinnamon recipe or two for making ornaments but these little birds just captured my heart. Lydia and I are planning on making a little bird tree this year and these will be perfect. I may decorate them a little more primitive but aren't they beautiful????

  •  2 medium bowls

  • 1 cup ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup applesauce

  • Craft glue

  • Rolling pin

  • Bird templates

  • Utility knife, or bird-shaped cookie cutters

  • One straw

  • Wire rack

  • Paper towels

  • Baking sheet

  • Glitter and beads

  • Bottle with applicator tip

  • Length of thin ribbon for each ornament

  • Tissue paper, for storing

  • In a medium bowl, mix together 1 cup ground cinnamon and 1/4 cup applesauce using a rubber spatula.
    Stir in 1/2 cup craft glue. Stir the dough until consistency is smooth and dry. Let stand 1 hour. Applesauce gives the dough pliability, glue makes it firm, and cinnamon imparts a lovely fragrance and a gingerbread color.

    Turn out one-quarter of dough onto a cool, flat surface; flatten with your hands.
    Flatten with a rolling pin to 1/4 inch thick (I like to roll between 2 sheets of wax paper ~ easy plus clean-up is easier).  If dough becomes too dry, spritz with water. If it sticks to rolling pin or work surface, sprinkle with additional cinnamon.

    Photocopy bird templates onto card stock (these are enlarged roughly 150 percent); cut them out, punching holes where indicated. Lay a template over dough; cut out shape with a utility knife (or use bird-shaped cookie cutters). Repeat with each of three remaining quarters of dough.

    With a straw, poke a hole in dough as indicated on template (for hanging). Air-dry ornaments on a wire rack lined with paper towels for 24 hours, turning them over every 6 hours or so to keep them flat. Alternatively, preheat oven to 200 degrees. Transfer ornaments to a baking sheet; bake, flipping once, until dry, about 2 hours.

    Once the dough has dried completely, adorn the birds with markings inspired by nature or your imagination. As you decorate, proceed from the finest embellishment to the coarsest, adding glitter, then beads in order of size. 

    Using a bottle with an applicator tip, spread craft glue over the area you wish to decorate.  While glue is still wet, sprinkle with glitter or beads, holding ornament over a bowl as you work; tap off excess.
    Wait for the first area to dry completely (at least 30 minutes) before repeating steps 7 and 8 on another section. Thread a length of ribbon through ornament's hole, trim the ends to prevent fraying, and knot.

    Once you take the ornaments off the tree, store them, wrapped individually in tissue paper, in a cool, dry place.

    You can also find these instruction with step-by-step pictures from Martha Stewart Living here 

    Have a happy weekend!
    Hugs ~ Jenn

    Tuesday, November 9, 2010

    Working and Watching

    Just a little hello! I've been so busy with holiday orders I haven't had much time to keep up with my blog or blogger friends.

    While I work the day away I watch (or listen to) lots of movies. 'Tis the season ~ for me that is! It keeps me in the holiday spirit while sewing Santas, angels, snowmen and other Christmasy things.

    This is what I'm watching today....

    "The Homecoming" has always been a favorite with my family since I was a little girl. This is part one. The rest of the movie is available on youtube.

    Have a lovely happy day!

    Hugs ~ Jenn

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