Twas the season at my office for an inaugural holiday pod decorating contest. After assembling our group of working elves, we settled on a theme: The North Pole. Then it was off to Pinterest to find some inspiration.
Our DIY display included a faux cardboard fireplace, a mantel display featuring holiday photos of our team, santa and a snowman made from empty milk gallons, a reindeer stable for our newest colleague – an inflatable reindeer named “I’m Rein Burgundy?” – and lights, lots and lots of lights!
To keep “I’m Rein Burgundy” company, I also created some gingerbread cookies and reindeer marshmallows.
For the gingerbread cookies, I used a cookie mix from Betty Crocker, Wilton cookie cutters and icing, sprinkles and chocolate for embellishments. To create the reindeer marshmallows, I used jet puffed marshmallows (and icing to attach the heads to bodies), pretzels for antlers and legs, chocolate, red licorice strips for the scarf and an edible marker to create the eyes.
Our North Pole pod took home the award for “Best Use of Office Space”. Hooray! We were very proud of our collective efforts; I have some crafty colleagues. :) The entire experience definitely put us in a festive, holly, jolly mood.
One of these things is not like the others…but is definitely still super delicious. :) (I had just talked myself out of eating some of our leftover Halloween candy when my roomie walked in with a new batch of seasonally appropriate sweets.)
In related news, my roomie was at it again last night, decorating our apartment for the holidays. The santa I’ve affectionately dubbed “Kitchen Claus” has made his jolly return. It’s almost time to play round two of Spot the Santas!
Have I mentioned that my roommate LOVES Halloween? For the past two years that I’ve lived with her, she’s turned our place into a wickedly awesome wonderland of haunted decor. We have Halloween-themed candles, dishes, mugs and signs. We even have a broom outside of our door.
The lil ghost below always gives me the side eye whenever I want to take a piece of candy from our bat-tray, and our other lil ghost glows brightly in our hallway. It’s fun to come home to such a spooktacular place. :)
More Spooktacular Sweetness:
Last year, I stumbled upon a local monthly Meetup group for crafters: Craft Bar. I liked the group’s Facebook page and set a goal to check out an event. Almost a year later, I made my first visit, recruiting a few friends to join in on the fun. October’s session, “Hey Gourdgeous,” (cute, right?) was all about festively celebrating fall. Craft Bar partnered with Etsy Meet & Make to offer up some spooktacular craft projects. For a donation of $5.00 we had access to supplies, snacks and (most importantly) support from fellow crafters. :)
As attendees, we were invited to hand stitch paneled fabric pumpkins; resurrect matchboxes into “Day of the Dead” mini coffins using decoupage techniques; decorate mini pumpkins with stickers, ribbons and embellishments and sew fabric, Halloween-themed mini bags. To create my mini bag, I got the chance to sit behind a sewing machine. (I hadn’t powered a machine peddle since middle school days!) I snapped a few shots of some of the wickedly awesome projects in progress.
Thanks to the super friendly hosts and volunteer instructors. I’ll be back, Craft Bar!