Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Bakin' & Creatin'

Happy Thanksgiving Eve! I have been in the kitchen all morning baking Pumpkin Rolls. I took great step by step pictures for all of you....then I saw that Phillip @ Dirt Therapy had just done a post on Pumpkin Rolls. So I am going to let Phillip walk you through it step by step. They are pretty easy to make, and they are WONDERFUL! I wish I would have seen his post earlier...I could have kept my dirty fingers off of my camera! LOL!!! Besides baking, I have been feeling crafty!

I had this urn that I bought back during the Summer. I never did anything with it...I was too busy gardening. I had a bright idea the other night to make a topiary for it. I know...urn...topiary....duh! I decided to make a Christmas topiary for my table. I can change it out with the seasons.

I bought the foam form to fit my urn. I glued a small round foam form to the base so it would be stable in the urn. So lets get started! I purchased the silver garland to wrap around it. 48 glue gun burns later....
Ta da! Warning...the HOT glue bleeds through the garland, and the garland melts, and then you burn your fingers. I am sure there was a "better" way...but hey...that's how we learn.
Next I had to start attaching ornaments. I had 90% of the ornaments already, and picked a few for embellishment. I didn't have all of the floral necessities for this I do what I always do...improvise! Yes, those are toothpicks! I inserted toothpicks into the ornaments using hot glue. Then I stuck them into the topiary.
Off to a good start....
I picked up these snowflakes to add to the topiary.
I added them after all of the ornaments had been attached. They were gap fillers!
Then I added some nice glittery, sparkly things to the top and on the form.
And here it is! It was SOOOOO much fun! I could make a 100 more of them, all different! Next I am making one for the BIG urn on my front porch. It is going to be totally different. I will be using a tomato cage to make it!
I cut some fresh holly and magnolia leaves this weekend while I was at the camp. I will use them in various places throughout the house when I start decorating. I always wait until the day after Thanksgiving to start decorating for Christmas. I like to enjoy one holiday before jumping into the next.
I love to decorate for Christmas! I always forget about the decorations that I have, until I pull them out!
The Friday after Thanksgiving is known as "Black Friday". It is the busiest shopping day of the year. I have never been shopping on "Black Friday". I know there are some great deals, but I would rather be decorating. However, this "Black Friday" will be a little different. I can promise you that the sales in the state of Alabama will drop around 11am. Why you ask? Because all
4,661,900 residents of Alabama will be watching this....
VERSUS This is the BIGGEST rivalry in this state. People plan weddings, showers, and probably funerals around this game, LOL!
I am just hoping that come Friday afternoon, Toomer's Corner looks like this!!!! ( I said "hope" Ginger!)
& Happy Thanksgiving!


Tootsie said...

oh girl...when you texted that you channeled your inner tootsie....I had no idea that you were making something this fabulous! looks fantastic girl! you did if you don't mind...please send my inner self back!
I got some fantastic news today...will email it to you later on!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

You have been very busy! The pumpkin rolls sound yummy! I love how your topiary turned out, I wish I was that creative. Those hot glue burns hurt!
Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Stephanie said...

I like your Christmas topiary tree :-D Very creative. Enjoy decorating for the holidays!

Darla said...

cute craft idea!!! and we play the the swamp. Oh, and we are ging to get our butts kicked!

Debbie's Garden said...

Sounds like it might have been a good project to get out the "swear jar" for! You cant help but let out a bad word with hot glue burns. It turned out really cute, so many possibilities for anyone wanting to making one.

RainGardener said...

How creative you are once again. Love your tree. Maybe I'll try one. Did I remember to tell you how much I like your new header? Well I do!
You and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

LOL! Despite all those glue burns(that glue just lies there and keeps on burning) your topiary looks terrific.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving DP.

Jesikarena said...

I love the topiary! You are so creative! I wish you would send some to me : (
Anyways hope you have a great Thanksgiving!
(Ps. I LOVE your layout and your blog picture! very nice!)

Dirt Princess said...

Debbie I am still nursing my wounds on my hands! I keep neosporin near by and apply as much as possible

RG they are SOOO easy! I am going to make some more, just different styles

Jesikarena I have missed you! So glad you stopped by for a visit!

Lona normally I get burned when I touch an area where I just put glue. I somehow managed to end up dripping hot glue on my thumb, right on the skin under the cuticle. OUCH! It burnt a hole into my skin. It looks like someone held a cigarette to my skin and just let it burn. It is really gross looking!

Catherine you are creative...look at your garden!

Tootsie I have been very creative this weekend

Stephanie that is all I have been doing!

Darla....well I guess you know what happened by now! So close!

Ginger said...

Ha ha ha ha ha I just saw your post!!! I'll give you this: Alabama's win was due to some talent but also a whole lot of luck. I can admit that!!

Anyway, your topiary Christmas tree thingy is DARLING. Happy Thanksgiving!

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