Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Christmas Virtual Cookie Exchange - Annual Blog Hop

Merry Christmas and welcome to the Annual Virtual Cookie Exchange. 
I have only participated in this hop I think once as I'm not a baker. I signed up this time because there were non baking options.   

Well since I showed up I decided to give the cookie part a shot and once again I have proved my basic inability to bake.

Started the process and pulled together the ingredients. I could find 3 of the 8 needed.

Run to the super marker for the remainder.

It is pretty much a buttery shortbread type dough spread on a cookie sheet and covered with raspberry jelly and chopped walnuts and baked.
So where could that go wrong.  Well I think for starters  the sheet I used was way to heavy.  And I apparently did a bit too much baking.

The upside is that the dough was so buttery the above pan ended up looking like this

after being wiped with a couple of paper towels.

After a bunch of fussie cutting I was able to put together a tray to take to Thanksgiving dinner

with leftovers. 

They were not as bad as I expected just a bit dry but great with coffee.

So back to the options Carol offered to participate in this hop.  I'm going with Christmas pieces from the past.

In this book from the distant past (publish date 1995 are patterns for jointed Christmas ornaments. Many years ago, maybe 2005 ish, I made these ornaments for my office staff and family.  I always loved them.  So every year when I pull my deorations out and see my lone jointed Santa I tell myself how this year I'll make some more just for me.

So thank you Carol for bring out these memories and giving me the incentive to slide a couple of  gifts for me in to the holiday creating mix.

The scariest part was that I found the book in the first place I looked for it.  

We had house guests for Thanksgiving breakfast and then we all went to dinner at friends. So after breakfast and before dinner I sat down and started the process while everyone else watched foot ball.

Copy the design to a fusible

Pull some scraps

Fuse the scraps to felt

Break for a wonderful dinner with friends.  Come home and finish the process to more football.

Cut out 

Add the details as in Jointed Arms and Legs

Iron and hand sew on the buttons and beads, no machine.  I actually used a marker for the bears nose and mouth and around Santa's beard and eyes. I am so very happy with myself.

And because my deal with myself was to do at least one embroidered piece per hop for 2019 I am going to show one of the very first pieces I made on my machine, last December, just for kicks and giggles. 

( yes that is a roll of toilet paper )

Happy Holidays one and all.  Thanks so much Carol for your amazing efforts not just for this hop but throughout the year.

Please take the time and visit all the cookie makers this week listed here for your convenience

Hope to see you all hoppin around 2020.


  1. Thank you for sharing your Christmas goodies

  2. Embroidery on toilet paper... that's a new one, haha ;) Thanks for the giggle.

  3. Oh Selina... you gave me such a nice giggle from your baking experience. I'm not laughing AT you, but with you, as I too struggle to be effective in the kitchen. Mind you, I can make decent waffles from scratch, and have family "renown" for my guacamole and salsa, but... it certainly isn't always pretty. I'm glad your shortbread cakes turned out okay, and no doubt the coffee just enhanced the taste. Happy to see you Christmas making now, as you make and make all the time. Your toilet paper roll is absolutely adorable!

  4. You caught me with the adorable Micky toilet paper. I keep saying I'm going to do this one of these days. What a fun holiday gift! Your little ornies are just the cutest. I have several of Debbie Mumms old books, but I don't think I have that one! How fun to go back and pull out an old book.

  5. Raspberry + shortbread + walnuts = amazing! I'd love a piece to go with my second cuppa tea! Your Christmas cutouts are just darling! And I LOL'd at the highfalutin tp! :)

  6. Since I know that roll of toilet paper didn't fit in your machine, did you embroider on fabric or toilet paper and then wrap it around a roll? It is too funny! I'm thinking I need to try that raspberry shortbread idea...it looks delicious. I love, love that jointed Santa, bear, and reindeer. They are so cute! I'm glad you joined in the hop to share your adventure at baking and your cute projects...thank you! xo

  7. Your jointed ornaments are so fun! The shortbread looks yummy, too. Glad it turned out well!

  8. Hi Selina! I think you did just great, you non-baker you. I'll bet everyone enjoyed the cookies at Thanksgiving. Just the perfect size because most do not have room for a whole piece of pie. Your jointed ornaments are so darn cute. I can't say I ever recall seeing them before even way back when. Isn't it nice to have made something for yourself, just once?! You'll enjoy them for years to come. I agree with Carol - you need to share more details about the embroidery on the toilet paper roll. How'd you do that??! ~smile~ Roseanne

  9. Thanks for sharing your exciting and brave adventure with baking. I'm not much of a baker either so I'm with you. I like the fussy cutting comment and the Father Christmas ornament is wonderful.

  10. Still giggling about "fussy-cutting" the cookies!!! Quilters take their language out into the wild!!! Adorable ornaments and embroidery on TP???!!! Wow!!!

  11. Your baking session sounds rather normal. Don't be too hard on yourself. The ornaments turned out really cute. I've seen those rolls of TP and always wonder how it's done; it looks like magic to me - Christmas Magic??

  12. Your baking experience really made me laugh!

  13. Your bars look good, but your baking story did make me laugh. I could understand no vanilla, but no flour, sugar, or butter? LOL Your little ornaments are adorable.

  14. Those raspberry bars look yummy despite the possible over-baking. I laughed when you wrote about that "vintage" book. I have several that are much older than that. I like those jointed ornaments. It is about time you made yourself a few more.

  15. Your baking session gave me a good laugh! Great ornaments!

  16. What a fun post to read. Love those ornaments and those cookies look great to me!

  17. Really cute ornaments, Selina and while I'm not a fan of raspberry, I think swapping it out with strawberry jam would be awesome!! I love embroidering on toilet paper - it's such a novelty and can make a great gag gift also!! Thanks for sharing.

  18. Cute ornaments, and the cookies do look delicious. Love that roll of embroidered toilet paper.

  19. Those ornaments are very cute and your cookies look delish!

  20. Lately everything I bake has problems, so I feel your pain, but your cookies look delicious!! I am so impressed with those ornaments! Very cute!!


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