It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Canvas Corp Holiday Baking: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Hello, Friends! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Decorating for Christmas, holiday shopping, Christmas carols, time with family…all these things make my heart happy!  One of the things I love the most about the holidays is that it gives me a good excuse to get busy in the kitchen!  Nothing is more rewarding than whipping up a batch of holiday cookies to share with friends and family.  Over the years, I’ve developed a handful of truly delicious holiday treats, and I thought, how fun would it be to group them all together in a way that really makes them special?  Well, one day as I was trolling the aisles of my favorite thrift store, I spotted a well-loved, faded and worn, wobbly and chipped Santa sleigh.  Naturally, it found its way into my shopping basket and came home with me for a little bit of rehab.  Its sad little self was transformed into a dazzling Christmas Sleigh loaded to the gills with holiday cheer.  Take a look:

Kathy by Design/Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 01This is probably my favorite holiday project so far this year!  After some sanding and reinforcing with wood glue, I painted the entire sleigh with gesso.  Next came a coat of DecoArt Paintable Texture Crackle.  I was pleasantly surprised to see how quickly this dried, and how well it crackled!  A coat of black chalkboard paint was the next step, and I loved seeing how this little sleigh was starting to look very vintage and aged.  The final step in the painting process was to spritz it liberally with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Mist.  This stuff is magical!  It made my little Santa Sleigh look as though it had been nipped by frost!  Now I could get down to the really fun part of building this little beauty: decorating with Farmhouse Christmas and Holiday Baking Goodies from Canvas Corp Brands!

Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 02I cut this tag from Farmhouse Christmas Tags on Ivory and then stitched it onto pretty red burlap. This was topped with silky soft Black and White Houndstooth Ribbon and some sparkling Petaloo Jeweled Flowers. Santa’s sleigh was trimmed out in mini red pom poms to give it a festive flair.

Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 03Each side of the sleigh is dressed in holiday finery.  This red sentiment panel is from Holiday Baking Butcher Paper on Ivory.  The panels are the perfect size to use as a card focal, too.

Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 04This side of the sleigh is equally jolly with a fussy cut image from Holiday Baking on Ivory. Tucking in some Petaloo Jeweled Red Flowers and a glittered snowflake makes for a happy scene.  I trimmed the Happy Holidays sentiment from Farmhouse Christmas Stripe on Ivory to anchor the scene.

Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 05The front of the sleigh sports a shimmering wreath fashioned from pipe cleaners, jingle bells and another pretty Petaloo jeweled blossom.  You can really see the texture and “frosting” in this photo.

Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 06I used the rest of the panels from the Holiday Baking Butcher Paper to create dividers in the sleigh.  I love these sayings!  This divider is stitched onto kraft c-flute and black cardstock.  I tucked in some printed kraft tags and 12 Days of Christmas Tags.

Kathy by Design/ Altered Vintage SpoonI picked up this vintage spoon while visiting my girlfriend in Atlanta.  Topped with ribbon, jingle bells, flowers, a gift tag and tiny Christmas tree charm, it’s the perfect hostess gift for the holidays!

Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 07Fun recipes to warm the soul.

Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 08Sassy sayings and embellished tags go great with red gingham ribbon, canvas ticking, and vintage buttons.

Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 09I love “dear Santa, I can explain…” from the 12 Days of Christmas Tags.

Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 10

Why yes, Life IS better with fresh baked cookies!

Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 11And here’s my family’s favorite Christmas Cookie recipe, written out on a sweetly vintage recipe card. There’s just something special about a family recipe written out in your own hand. It turns it into an instant keepsake.

Kathy by Design/Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 01So, Santa’s on his way….and he’s got lots and lots of goodies in his sleigh!  I think this would be a lovely gift for a new bride on her first Christmas, or to hand one of these down to the next generation of family bakers would be really special, too.  However you decide to use it this sleigh adds to the merriment that makes this the most wonderful time of the year!

I’m entering this altered sleigh in the “Altered State” challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. (My favorite!)

I’m also linking Santa’s Sleigh up at the Vintage Inspiration “Deck the Halls” Party over at Knick of Time.

And at the Anything But Cute “It’s Ornamental” Challenge.

If you’re interested in purchasing this item, it’s available in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

 

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19 thoughts on “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

  1. Pamellia

    Thud! That was my jaw hitting the floor! Wow Kathy, firstly I think I need to come to your place for the holidays to get me some of those yummy goodies that you’re baking up! Secondly, what a genius idea for a project to hold these goodies and recipes in! Love the colours, such a wonderful festive palette! I just added about 25 things to my shopping cart after seeing this gorgeous piece!! Love it, pinned it, bookmarked it! Thanks for the inspiration Kathy! hugs 🙂

    1. Pamellia

      I was so distracted by all the beauty last time I was here that I forgot to say thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our ‘Altered State’ challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT 🙂

      Also a quick hint hint that I sure would love to see this gorgeous entry at Anything But Cute for our “It’s Ornamental” challenge. You can enter as many of your wonderful decorations as you want and the team sure never tires of seeing your work. Hugs 🙂

      1. Pamellia

        Congratulations on on being chosen as a DT Favourite at Anything But Cute!! Your project is just incredible! Thanks for all your support, don’t forget to drop in and pick up your winner’s badge! hugs Pamellia DT 🙂

  2. Carol

    What a beautiful creation. Pipe cleaners how clever is that Kathy. I love all the bits and pieces you’ve added. So many ideas and all from a poor rescused sleigh. X

  3. Pattie Jns

    Hi Kathy, Santa’s sleigh is sure full of love and happiness. this is a gorgeous gift to share with family and friends. recipes tried and true from a special friend is always a welcome blessing. BIG HUGS for a BIG CHRISTMAS BLESSING…..have a Happy Thanksgiving…..more hugs

  4. LuvtoKraft

    Lovely! I would never have envisioned the chalkboard paint, but combined with the red, white and black, this sleigh is perfect! I love the family recipes and all the special embellishments you’ve loaded in and on Santa’s sleigh. Thanks, Kathy, for another sprinkling of your Christmas magic!
    Hugs!
    Kris

  5. Judy B

    Sweet sleigh Kathy. I love how every single side of your projects are finished, so that you never have just a plain view of anything. Thanks for sharing these great recipes too.

  6. Margie Malone

    WOW!! Had to have it!! Could not pass it up. This is pure Kathy at work doing what you do best.

  7. Samra

    Kathy, this is such a heartwarming and breath taking make! Love it!
    Thank you for joining us at Anything But Cute for our It’s Ornamental challenge!

    Samra DT

  8. Sara Emily Barker

    Kathy, I bet you could hear my squeals of delight clear across Rt. 40 into the town of Apex! Holy Schmoley, this is my all time favorite Kathy design! I’m so happy that sleigh found it’s way into your cart and that you gave it this amazing makeover! I didn’t even take in every detail (yet), because I rushed right over to your Etsy button, but alas, I see it’s been taken already! Love that red against the chalkboard painted!!!! sleigh, those tiny red pom poms and the shimmery wreath, made from Roger the cat’s favorite–pipe cleaners! Squeal! Oh, the snowflake, the tiny silver tree and sleigh, the baubles, the checked bow, the wonderful quote on the back; boy, Kathy NO ONE does this type of work but you! OUTRAGEOUS!

    Wow, I almost forgot to say thank you for joining our It’s Ornamental challenge at Anything But Cute! Big hugs! Sara Emily (DT)

  9. Anne R

    OMGoodness Kathy, this is absolutely STUNNING! That’s me shouting so you can hear me…. What a great find that sleigh was and you have decorated it so beautifully, it must have been a real labour of love but it was worth every moment you spent on it. What a gorgeous creation. I am so pleased you showed lots of photos, I could just stay here an oggle this creation for ages…. Thanks so much for joining in our ‘It’s Ornamental’ challenge at Anything But Cute. Anne (DT) xx

  10. Zoe Hillman

    This is such an incredible holiday creation. I love every single detail and now I am hungry for milk and cookies at your house! Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie, I’m so glad you did.

  11. Sue C

    Stunning Kathy ! Love the amount of detail you’ve added and the texture you’ve created on the sleigh. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

  12. Pamellia

    Kathy, Congratulations on on being chosen as a DT Favourite at Anything But Cute!! Your project is absolutely amazing! Thanks for all your support, don’t forget to drop in and pick up your winner’s badge! hugs Pamellia DT 🙂

  13. Pamellia

    Kathy, Congratulations on on being chosen as a DT Favourite at Anything But Cute!! Your project is just incredible! Thanks for all your support, don’t forget to drop in and pick up your winner’s badge! hugs Pamellia DT 🙂

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