DIY: Fun Holiday Wreaths

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography

I love a wreath…but not just any wreath. 
Here are a few of my favorites this holiday season! 

1. Thanks For the Gum Drop Wreath
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What to do:
Step 1. Use toothpicks to affix colored gum drops in a fun pattern onto a styrofoam wreath form.
Step 2. Hang with a fun ribbon. 

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2. Crazy Like a Fox Wreath
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My dearest friend in the world, Sydney Kiefner, needlepointed this gorgeous wreath. I’m in awe of many many talents she has, but her needlepoint game is tops! I wish you could see the back it’s a beautiful green velvet…much like my shoes. I love you Sydney. 
What to do:
 Step 1. Have a friend who needlepoints make you a wreath. 

3. Pom Pom Wreath
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What to do:
Step 1. Wrap a styrofoam wreath foam with yarn (I used white)

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Step 2. Make pom poms (learn how to make a pom pom HERE) and affix to the wreath form with hot glue. 
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Step 3. Glue on different colored pom poms!
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DIY: Quick, Easy and ADORABLE Centerpiece (VIDEO)

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I’ve been collecting milk glass bud vases for years. Let’s face it, every flower looks good in a white vase! Many years ago, I had to do a dinner party on the fly and needed a centerpiece and this magic happened. I’ve been using it ever since. So fast, simple and chic! Step one, remove flowers. Step two, replace flowers with ball ornaments! Boom!

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photo by Chia Chong for Domino Magazine

 

Handmade Stockings To Stuff

By Libbie Summers
Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography

Each year, I sew new Christmas stockings. It’s a labor of love, because I don’t love sewing. Actually, I don’t even like sewing…but I love Christmas stockings! I wish I could tell you I use a certain pattern, but I don’t. I just draw a new one each year and go for it. Showing you these is meant to inspire, I’ve included a good reference video at the end (because I love her accent)! 

1. The Bird Dog
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gingham, polka dots, an embroidered Vizsla on linen and an orange pom pom

2. Gingham Style
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gingham fabric scraps, a cut up old pair of J Crew pants and pom pom trim

3. Dippy Dyed
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dipped dyed linen, purple pom poms and fancy thread

Need to learn how to sew a Christmas stocking? Check out this VIDEO (I love her accent)!

Pig Party (VIDEO)

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I hope you put on your most festive look and some bluegrass music and party till the pigs come home this holiday season!

Learn how to make these Party Pig Ornaments HERE!

Bermudan Eggnog

By Libbie Summers
Photography by Chia Chong

I’ve been making this rum laced egg nog for years. One particular holiday party, I rented an old-fashioned bubble drink machine and filled it with the eggnog so my guests could help themselves! I thought it would be so fun and look cool bubbling away on the table…BIG mistake…BIG. You see, the cream just kept frothing and frothing until it eventually became an eggnog volcano spewing all over the dining room floor. As I remember this was well into the party and no one cared one way or the other!

So this year, forget the whiskey and opt for this thick rich eggnog that’s quick to make and laced with the most wonderful dark Bermudan rum…just don’t put it in a bubble drink machine. 

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Bermudan Eggnog
serves 6

What you need:

What to do: 
In a large bowl, or bowl of a standing mixer, beat the egg yolks until just starting to lighten in color. Gradually add 1/3 cup sugar and beat until thick and light and the sugar has completely dissolved. Whisk in the milk, cream, rum, vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg.

In a separate large bowl, whip the egg whites until have reached a soft peak. Add sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.

Fold egg whites into egg yolk mixture. Place in refrigerator and chill for 30 minutes, stir again and serve with grated nutmeg for garnish.

 

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