Tis the season for fun times with Christmas crafting and cocktails! So I hosted a Girls Craft Night recently to basically give me an excuse to wear a festive vintage outfit,
make some holiday crafts with a few friends and try out my new drink recipe, Sage Infused Vodka Crantinis.
FYI-cocktails are a key ingredient to a successful crafting session. It’s the fuel for firing up your inner artist.
And even if it doesn’t, at least you’ll think it did! And that’s pretty much all that matters, because it’s all about just having fun.
I wish I could give you an official recipe with all exact measurements, but I usually wing it when mixing up drinks like this. It’s pretty much take a few cups (or more) of your favorite vodka, add a handful of (washed)fresh thyme springs. Let sit for a couple of days or more, depending on how thyme-y you want it to taste. Fill cocktail shaker with ice, thyme vodka, equal parts cran-raspberry and cranberry/pomegrante juice, fresh squeezed lime juice and Cointreau. Triple Sec would work too. Shake vigorously. Pour into chilled martini glasses. Thread fresh cranberries and lime wedge on sprig of thyme for garnish. Cheers!
I love to bake cookies in December to give away as gifts. These are three of my favorites, chocolate chocolate chip and almond biscotti, cranberry, white chocolate chip, pecan oatmeal cookies, and lime cocoanut shortbread. (This post would be waaaay too long to include all the cookie recipes. But if anyone wants one of them, just let me know in the comments and I’ll be happy to provide!)
But this year I couldn’t find any cookie tins or other containers that I liked to pack my treats in. None of the images on them thrilled me very much. So, for my project, I decided to make my own cookie gift boxes decoupaged with cutouts from vintage wrapping paper and food ads from a 1969 December Family Circle Magazine.
I found some authentic vintage wrapping paper and the Family Circle magazine online.
All my other necessary supplies. Boxes, Mod Podge and brushes from Michael’s.
Fabric trim from Joann’s and cocktail of choice.
This is what it looked like initially.
Just cutout random sections of the print and started slapping them all over the container
for a collage effect, brushing on the Mod Podge as I went along.
I like their Antique Matte finish to give everything an aged look.
Mod Podged a piece of glittery gold striped wrapping paper to the lid of the the larger box.
Then hot glued the decorative braid on both, which I think gives them a nice festive, finishing touch.
Now when I gift the cookies, the recipients get a pretty container they can reuse.
And just so you have an idea of how long this takes, it was definitely a two Crantini project!
Now, back to the outfit. It had to be red and definitely had to have the whole a mid-century housewife thing going on. I haven’t done any outfit posts for a while as I broke my foot and had to wear this very unattractive Frankenstein-esque shoe thingie for six weeks. Here I had tried to spruce it up with some vintage brooches. But that still didn’t cut it. There was just no way I could style an outfit while wearing this monstrosity. So because I just got the ok from the doc that I’m all healed, I was looking forward to getting a little dolled up!
I had my husband take a few photos before the girls showed up.
Figured it was best to do that before there was glue and Crantinis flying all over the place.
Accessorized with vintage reindeer pin, poinsettia earrings and hair clip and gold
laser cut ballet flats.
Do you do holiday crafts? If so, what have you made?