Pin Junkie Pin Party #97

Welcome to The Pin Junkie!  
 I'm on a mission to do the things I pin on Pinterest and try something new every day!
 I'm so glad you're here to party with us!


Here's what I've been up to this week:

the-13th-gift-by-joanne-huist-smith felt-ribbon-candy-ornaments sugar & spice Christmas tree felt ornaments

The virtual ornament exchange will stay open for the entire month of December.
Be sure to stop by to share your favorite Christmas ornaments!

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There were so many great projects shared at last week's party!  Thanks to everyone for sharing your projects, recipes and tips.  I can't wait to see what you will share this week!  But first, take a look at some features from last week's party.

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Roasted Red Pepper and White Bean Hummus
by Jenny at Honey & Birch


christmas penguin card diy
Christmas Penguin Card
by Linda at Paper Seedlings


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Yarn tree Christmas Craft
by Heidi at One Creative Mommy


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Easy Gift Idea
by Lisa at Wine and Glue


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White Chocolate Mousse Cake
by Linda at With A Blast



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Now it's your turn to share what you've been working on.
Scroll to the bottom of the page to link up your projects, crafts, and recipes! 
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Here's what you need to know:


Party Rules
1. Follow The Pin Junkie.
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3.  Share anything family friendly - crafts, recipes, DIY projects. (No giveaways, contests, or link parties please.)
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Ornament Exchange


I love making ornaments!  Although I really don't need any more ornaments, I still make new ornaments every year.  I wish I could invite everyone over to my house for a big ornament exchange.  Instead, I'm doing the next best thing.  I'm inviting everyone over to The Pin Junkie for a virtual ornament exchange!  So, let's share our favorite Christmas ornaments.  If you have a special Christmas ornament or ornament that you've made, you're invited to share it here!

To get things started, here are some of my favorite ornaments I've made.

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felt-santa-christmas-ornaments

paper-snowflake-wreath-ornament


coffee filter angel ornament how to

Please . . .

1.  Link Christmas ornaments only.  Please no other holiday decorations - just ornaments.
2.  Link as many Christmas ornaments as you'd like.  You can even share old posts.
3.  Please pin from the original source.




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Felt Ribbon Candy Ornaments

Felt Ribbon Candy Ornaments
Felt Ribbon Candy Ornaments

Last week I shared a project for a garland I made with dollar store supplies.  That project prompted me to completely redecorate my little tree with a whole new theme which I'm calling "sugar and spice" which includes these felt ribbon candy ornaments.  Old fashioned ribbon candy always reminds me of my dad since it's one of his favorite holiday treats along with English toffee.

sugar and spice themed Christmas tree

We always buy a big tree to decorate for Christmas, but it takes time to get it home, get it inside, and set it up.  Sometimes I get impatient and can't wait for the Christmas decorating to start, so I get out my little tree and decorate it with ornaments I've made.  This year I made these fun felt ornaments inspired by old fashioned ribbon candy.

Materials:
felt
rotary cutter
cutting mat and ruler
needle and thread
ribbon

How to Make Felt Ribbon Candy Ornaments

Cut strips of felt 9 inches long and 3/4 inch wide.  Cut three strips of felt for each ornament.  Then, stack the strips on top of each other, making sure to align the edges. 

How to Make Felt Ribbon Candy Ornaments

Fold the three layers of felt back and forth.  With a threaded needle, pull the thread through the folded layers of felt.  Add a piece of ribbon for hanging. Tah-dah!  They look like old fashioned ribbon candy!

Felt Ribbon Candy Ornaments


Here's what my "sugar and spice" tree looks like this year.  
I think it still needs some candy canes and presents!

Felt Ribbon Candy Ornaments

For directions on how to make the garland, go here.

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For directions on how to make the felt gingerbread men, go here.

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To see how I decorated my tree last year, go here!

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Inspired by this pin for felt ribbon candy.


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The 13th Gift by Joanne Huist Smith

The 13th Gift by Joanne Huist Smith
The 13th Gift by Joanne Huist Smith

I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review.

The unexpected loss of her husband just before the holidays left Joanne feeling anything but festive.  Already overwhelmed with grief, she also has to learn how to be a single working parent.  As much as she wants to ignore Christmas and all of its many memories that are now painful, she knows she must be strong for her three children, but just getting through the day without crying is a challenge.

One day a poinsettia shows up on their doorstep with a note attached.  Each day thereafter a small gift arrives with a note referencing the lyrics from The Twelve Days of Christmas.  At first the gifts are met with Scrooge-like grumpiness, then curiosity as to who the giver could be.  The family soon finds themselves anticipating the gifts, and as each gift arrives, Joanne and her children find ways to come together through their grief.

The 13th Gift by Joanne Huise Smith is the heartwarming true story of a family learning to heal after the death of a loved one.  It's also about the importance of everyday miracles - small acts of kindness that have a big impact for both the giver and the recipient.  This story is an excellent reminder that gifts from the heart are the best gifts of all and can be given at any time of the year.

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Pin Junkie Pin Party #96

Welcome to The Pin Junkie!  
 I'm on a mission to do the things I pin on Pinterest and try something new every day!
 I'm so glad you're here to party with us!


The virtual cookie exchange will stay open for the entire month of December.
Be sure to stop by to share your favorite holiday cookie recipes!

cookie-exchange

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There were so many great projects shared at last week's party!  Thanks to everyone for sharing your projects, recipes and tips.  I can't wait to see what you will share this week!  But first, take a look at some features from last week's party.

white-chocolate-mocha-cupcakes
 White Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes


nativity-ornament-craft
Nativity Ornament
by Phyllis at Grandparents Plus


how to make a small gift box
Small gift Box
by Noreen at Crafty Journal


vintage-ornament-wreath
Vintage Ornament Wreath


christmas-cocktail recipe
Christmas Coctail
by Linda at With A Blast