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:
This 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!
I 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.
Each 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.
This 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.
I 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.
I 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!
I love “dear Santa, I can explain…” from the 12 Days of Christmas Tags.
Why yes, Life IS better with fresh baked cookies!
And 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.
So, 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!