Friday, December 23, 2011

Holiday Basics

It started with the leftover Halloween pumpkin (the one no one wanted to carve). I couldn't let it go to waste, so I roasted it up. Boy, you get a lot of puree out of one of those babies.

Pumpkin + orange + chocolate chips = delicious. Just the thing to get things rolling.

Speaking of getting things rolling, look what you can make with a magazine, some glue, and a sudden burst of holiday spirit (fueled by pumpkin cake). I was planning to paint it, but I loved all the colors. It would look better against a bright red door, but mine will do.

I think my paper rolling inspired my son to do some paper folding. He made me the cool origami wreath above...

...and this awesome little tree! He has more patience than I do.

Here's a trio of frosty trees made from scraps I found in the garage,

and one with pipe-cleaner snowflakes to light up the entryway.

Sometimes it's fun to use what you've got.

It also helps to have a tree that bears gifts,

and snow in the local mountains!

Plus, I've still got four cups of pumpkin left.

Hope you are all brimming with holiday cheer! Happy Holidays!


Suzanne Casamento said...

Make soup!

Love your crafts! We made miniatures of ourselves out of old wooden spools and lotsa of beads, balls and yarn. I will post them tomorrow.

Merry Christmas! :)

Ara Burklund said...

Wow! Amazing decorations!!! So unique and cool, too.

Yeah, I tried the pumpkin thing last year, and I've still got one Tupperware container of it left in the freezer. We've had pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, and pumpkin creme brulee. I like Suzanne's idea about the soup!

Have a wonderful Christmas, Adrienne! : )

Kim Kasch said...

I LOVE origami :)

Merry Christmas

ICQB said...

I'm drooling over your cake!! And all of the decorations are wonderful! I hope you've had a wonderful Christmas, Adrienne! One to the new year! I hope it's an extra special good one for you.

cleemckenzie said...

You made my heart sing with all those wonderfully creative masterpieces. Really! I wish all of us could be as innovative and use rather than toss those bits into garbage.

Yum to the pumpkin. Nothing tastier than freshly cooked pumpkin and it has so many uses. Loved your cake. It as beautiful.

Sharon K. Mayhew said... are so creative! I loved everything you and your son did.

Have a wonderful 2012!

Mary Witzl said...

Those are lovely. I MISS lemon and orange trees!

We make origami decorations too, and ornaments out of old magazines. Until I saw this done out of cigarette packets, I couldn't believe it was possible to make something so pretty out of something so worthless.

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