DIY Envelopes

While at Marshall's a few weeks ago I came across some pretty wrapping paper for Christmas. Because what I'm giving some people can fit in a card, I decided to make envelopes out of the new wrapping paper. So I searched for a tutorial on how to do it and was able to do it pretty easily. I just used the tutorial, scissors, a ruler, printer paper, and glue. (To make the envelope a little less floppy, I glued the printer paper to the back of the wrapping paper before cutting it all out. That way it had a weight similar to wallpaper.)

Below is my finished product!

Northwest Pearls: Christmas Envelopes

Northwest Pearls: Christmas Envelopes

Northwest Pearls: Christmas Envelopes

So now the envelopes coordinate with the rest of the gifts under the tree and I put a little extra love into the project.

Have you made any Christmas DIY's recently?

Cranberry Treats

In order to help out my mom, I took over her task of making treats for a bake sale. Because it's December, she wanted to make the treats holiday themed so I made cranberry-blueberry muffins, cranberry citrus bread, and cranberry citrus muffins. She wanted me to use red and green cupcake baking cups, but  I couldn't find red so I went with blue and green for the Seahawks, as well as some pretty brown cups. All of the treats below are the cranberry-citrus kind, made with this recipe. We deviated from the recipe by making the treats gluten-free and by using grated grapefruit and grated orange rind. Northwest Pearls: Cranberry Treats

The bread before it was put into the oven.

Northwest Pearls: Cranberry Treats

The finished muffins.

Northwest Pearls: Cranberry Treats

I also made some Apple Roses, which I'll show you in another upcoming blog post. Those apparently had people arguing over who would get them. I'm pretty proud of how they turned out. I saved a few treats for myself and have been enjoying them.

Is there anything you enjoy baking?