This last one was made using the pinecone picked up from the cabin. I had an idea similar to Sarah's to dip the cone in a white coating (too bad the porcelain didn't work out for her -- that would have been perfect!) I used glossy white paint watered down a bit so it wouldn't clump up too much. I dipped the cone at least 20 times, and couldn't get any better coverage than this. So, neither porcelain or paint appear to be the way to go with a project like this...
On to other topics -- hope everyone had a nice New Year's! I was a baking fool all weekend. Before Christmas, a neighbor across the street brought us a Costco pecan pie. Now, I don't always need to give a gift to somebody who gives me one, but in this case I felt bad for not thinking to put something together for him (there weren't enough cookies here to dole out to the neighbors we interact with more regularly. I only picked up a few dozen cookies at the cookie exchange, so I was short.) He is an older gentleman, and lives with his son (also an older guy). They have lived in their house since the 50s, and knew the family who lived in our house prior to us and who had lived in the house since the same time (plus had an older son who lived at home -- please don't tell me that is some kind of trend for this neighborhood!) There don't appear to be any women that visit the house (girlfriends, daughters, etc.) So who would be more deserving of a little home-baked goodness!
The great part about having New Year's a mere week after Christmas is that you can do many of the activities you missed out on for Christmas (presents, cards) and make it look like you planned it that way all along. I actually love the idea of having New Year's cards instead of Christmas cards -- may have to consider that for next year. In any case, wrapped up a few of Martha's finest (almond horns, chocolate peppermint thumbprints, and gingerbread bells) with noise makers and blowers to give to the bachelors on New Year's Eve. I made a similar package for BT's co-workers (he wouldn't let me make anything before Christmas as they were inundated with treats) , and took the rest to the NYE party we attended.
I am digging these Sunday holidays -- make for nice long weekends :)
Favorite of the day: Finding out that my Christmas stuff still fit in the same number of bins :)
Working on: Cleaning. Not as intense as I would have wanted, but since it's been a month or so since I did anything more than a wipe down, the house looks much better!