Sugar Ornaments

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Production Assistant: Anthony Lunsmann
Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography

Sugar, like snow, is beautiful. I’ve made a sugar angel out of my weight in sugar, baked up more sugar cookies than I could ever remember and this holiday, I made sugar ornaments!

Simple really, but stunning on the tree or in my case just in a clear mixing bowl for a holiday decoration in the kitchen. Do this one with the littles! It will be messy and fun and fun and messy!

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Sugar Ornaments

What You Need: 
Clear glass ball ornaments
Small piece of paper for a funnel
Small spoon
Dark brown sugar
Light brown sugar
White sugar
Strips of colored leather or yarn to hang on the tree (I used strips of pink metallic leather)

What to do: 
Fashion a funnel out of the paper and use the spoon to layer in the sugars. It’s like sand art you used to make as a kid! Just have fun. No two sugar ornaments are the same! Tie the leather or yarn on the top and hang on the tree or just pile in a glass bowl!
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Ginger Snap!

By Libbie Summers
Photography by Cedric Smith Photography
Animation by Thought Stamp

This week I’ll be sharing loads of holiday cookie recipes and last minute fun decorations as we count down to the holiday! And remember to watch out, because ginger snaps back!!

Turnip-inspired Holiday Ornaments

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Production Assistant: Anthony Lunsmann
Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography
On location at The Grant Hotel, available through Lucky Savannah Vacation Rentals

It’s funny really. I was working on a turnip recipe, then shooting fresh turnips, then some holiday ornaments with turnips, then I turned a turnip into an ornament by pushing an ornament hanger thing in the top…and it stayed. And the next day it was still holding. And the next day and the next day. So the turnip ornament was born and a turnip-inspired holiday was beautifully created.

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Since I didn’t want the whole tree covered with real turnips, I hand painted a few plain white ball ornaments in an ombre of fuchsia and purple and glitter!

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Overall, a stunning turnip-inspired tree!
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A Food-Inspired Holiday: Turnips

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Production Assistant: Anthony Lunsmann
Photography by Chia Chong and Teresa Earnest Photography
Shot on location at The Grant Hotel available through Lucky Savannah Vacation Rentals

My father is a raw turnip eater –most times after washing but often times fresh from the ground. Dad’s method of consumption is simple. He takes out the pocket knife he’d been carrying since before my birth and carves off a small piece of the colorful flesh. Then, he does what he’s been doing with most things cut by his pocket knife…he sprinkles it with salt. LOTS of salt. The first time I tasted a turnip it was from the cut of his knife and because of my father, I’ve learned to love a raw turnip (now lightly sprinkled with Alderwood Smoked Sea Salt). But, it was my mother who taught me the love of a purple ombre.

Family and color were the basis for this food-inspired holiday week featuring the turnip –they are oftentimes the basis for all I do.
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Check in all week as I decorate for the holiday with the beauty of a turnip as my inspiration!!

Turn up! I’m decorating with Turnips (VIDEO)

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Video Edited by Candace Brower
Production Assistant: Anthony Lunsmann
Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography
On location at The Grant Hotel, available through Lucky Savannah Vacation Rentals

Proof that a humble turnip can inspire beauty and that I’ll never be a professional dancer.
Check back everyday this week as we turn it up for the holidays!