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Monday, December 3, 2007

CHRISTMAS CROSS DECORATING

I love my OOAK (Original One Of A Kind) Halloween Black Cat Art Work so much that I'm working some of my original black cat art collections into Christmas cross over decorations.

Here's my JOHANNA PARKER OOAK Halloween black cat collection that I've added to my fiber optic Christmas wreath.

I was delighted to have acquired Johanna's original Flower Pot Black Cat featured in the Better Homes & Garden October Holiday issue.

Johanna's pretty gift Black Cat Candy Box is the purrrrrfect finishing adornment!

Christmas Cross Decorating, it's a good thing. AND FUN TOO!

This third PIC includes my CHRISTY MEYER whimsical Black Cat Clock 'Mr. Wishes' who is keeping a watchful eye over everybody & guarding the door to my entrancing craft room...

My home is an ENCHANTING WONDERLAND because of the beautiful original art collections I have invested in.


MAY EVERYONE HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON WITH GOOD TIDINGS OF COMFORT & JOY, LYNDY

*TIME FOR MORE OF MY MOM'S SCRUMPTIOUS HOLIDAY RECIPES*



I love this easy & quick holiday recipe, it's what my Mom called Semi Homemade.




*CHRISTMAS WREATH COOKIES*
PREP & BAKE TIME: 30 minutes
YIELD: Makes about 2 dozen cookies

INGREDIENTS:
• 1 package (18 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
• 1 container (16 ounces) French vanilla frosting
• 2 to 3 drops of green liquid food color per cup of sugar & shredded coconut
• 1 cup sugar
• 1 cup shredded coconut
• 1 cup small cinnamon candies

PREPARATION:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Divide dough in half; wrap half of dough in plastic wrap & refrigerate. Roll out remaining half of dough on well floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters to resemble wreaths. Repeat with remaining half of dough.
2. Place cutouts about 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove cookies from baking sheets to wire racks to cool completely.
3. Frost cookies with frosting & decorate with green shredded coconut, green sugar & cinnamon candies.

*COLORED SUGAR & COLORED SHREDDED COCONUT*
Here is the 'How To Recipe' for making your own colored sugars & shredded coconut for your favorite pastrys.

This is a great money saver & the recipe can be kept in jars for months.

INGREDIENTS
• 1 cup white sugar
• 1 cup shredded coconut
• 2 to 3 drops of any color liquid food color per cup of sugar & shredded coconut

DIRECTIONS
1. Place sugar or shredded coconut into a jar with a tight fitting lid. Drip the food coloring onto the sugar or shredded coconut, close the lid & shake vigorously for about 1 minute. Adjust color with additional food coloring & repeat if the color is too light.

*Bon Appétit & Happy Holidays!!!

To all my friends reading this please check out the fabulous SANTA CLAUS FEST ACTIVITY HEADQUARTERS for all the wonderful holiday open house party links around the world!
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***MERRY SANTA CLAUS FEST***

Blessings For Health, Wealth & Happiness To All, Lyndy


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58 comments:

DesignsbyCK said...

Hi Lyndy,

WOW what a fun treat this am while enjoying my cup of coffee!

LOVE your collection of Johanna's black cats and they look quite stunning in the Xmas wreath! Love Christie's "Mr Wishes" clock too!

AND last but not least, I adore your new song on your blog...I love "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"! '-)

XOXO
ME :)

Witchy-Poodle-Art said...

Yum, yum, YUMMY! You always have such interesting recipes, Lyndy!

HUgs,
Becky

Anonymous said...

Lyndy~ Love your Christmas cross over decorations. They look so natural among the snow and wreaths. And how nice to be sharing recipes. Look forward to swapping blogs. Here's mine: http://ivascreations.typepad.com/. I hope you have a peacful holiday. Love and hugs...Iva

Carolee said...

Lyndy, your decorations look as scrumptious as those cookies! Thanks for sharing the recipe.....(Love the new music too!)

Happy Holidays,
~ Carolee

TODAYSGOLD said...

Hi Chris, the holiday season should be magickal with good friends, good music, good food & most of all enjoying the blessings one surrounds themselves with!

I love the Blenders too. My Sonific player always has at least 7 of my favorite corresponding hits for your listening pleasure. I love listening to good music too. I like to refresh the music with 7 more fave's every new Blog post...

Merry Hallomas With XOXOs, Lyndy

TODAYSGOLD said...

Hi Becky, I love homemade cooking. But when I'm pressed for time semi homemade is easy, quick & delicious too. I always buy the best products so everything really does taste YUMMY!

The Colored Sugar & Colored Shredded Coconut is truly a good thing! Extra Colored Sugar can be in a crystal sugar bowl on a festive holiday table of delights.

*Bon Appétit & Happy Holidays With Bountiful Blessings, Lyndy

TODAYSGOLD said...

Hi Iva, I'm so glad you stopped by for a little visit. Delighted to trade Blog links too. I see Chris found you through our linking. Great PR: 'Links For Links'! It's like following the yellow brick road to places of magick & enchantment. Your Christmas creations are wonderful.

Thank you for the compliments. I'm going to Christmas Cross Decorate more of my beautiful OOAK Black Cat Art collection for the holidays.

Art & Music is very healing & yet sometimes it can bring a flood of tears from even the best memories of loved ones that have past. We just need to stay strong for those that count on us & in doing so we will get through the sadness with fortitude.

I love sharing my Mom's recipes. My best memories of my Mom were in the kitchen as a little girl helping with the holiday cooking & baking. She always said she was cooking or baking comfort food for the mind, body & soul.

Heartfelt Blessings With Hugs & Love, Lyndy

TODAYSGOLD said...

Hi Carolee, thanks for the compliments. I'm going to Christmas Cross Decorate more of my beautiful OOAK Black Cat Art collection for the holidays & hopefully post more photos.

I really truly believe the holiday season should be magickal with sincere family & friends, fantastic music & mouth watering delicious comfort food. AND most of all, enjoying the blessings one surrounds themselves with!

I'm very happy to be able to actually share my love for the Celebration Of Life, Art, Music & especially my Mom's comfort food recipes with anyone that welcomes these little musings.

Cooking & baking can be very healing like art & music. My Mom always said she was cooking or baking comfort food for the mind, body & soul. Well, writing, art & music can also be comfort food for the mind, body & soul.

Happy Holidays & Enchanted Blessings Always, Lyndy

Kitty Forseth said...

Hi Lyndy!

Wow, I love what you've done with Johanna's cats.. how creative! And who would not just die to have one of Christy's clocks??


I thought of you this morning, te fog was wrapped around the hills and covering the bay. But no time to grab the camera, darn!

Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes, I think it's a great day to make cookies!

~Kitty

TODAYSGOLD said...

Hi Kitty, thanks for thinking of me. I wanted to photograph the fog this morning too. But my camera needed new batteries.

Since holiday accenting with my darling Johanna Parker Design's, I can't wait to work on more original black cat art Christmas Cross Decorating.

I'm still trying to perfect my Mom's holiday coffee cakes. I'll be adding more holiday comfort food recipes.

So many things to do & never enough time! I'll have to ask Mr. Wishes my CC's Whimsies black cat clock for more time, LOL...

Happy Holidays & Creative Blessings Always, Lyndy

Witchy-Poodle-Art said...

Lyndy, what a beautiful idea, combining Johanna's black cat creations with Christmas! Yeah...and I see a familiar looking whimsical clock, too!

I like combining my Shafford black cats with all holdiays. Their red ears and green eyes go so well with Christmas colors.

Becky

Johanna Parker said...

Ahhhh Lyndy!... You beat me to it! Thanks for sharing these delightful pics with the folks in blogland! I too just love how my creations look all together in that wreath...How clever!..... And Christy's clock is purrrrrfect!

I cherish your art appreciation :)

Hugs,
~ Johanna

DesignsbyCK said...

Lyndy, thanks so much for your lovely post on my blog tonight. You always say the nicest things.

I am loving the cross-decorating and glad you are as well! Your Johanna infused pieces are great and Tom's modified train sounds like a FUN project!!

Thanks for the idea to MOD my own train creative lady! Surprisingly I would have never thought of that!

Your posts are always a bright spot to my day and thanks for that. :)

BIG HUGS,
Chris

TODAYSGOLD said...

Hi Becky, I love the Shafford Black Cats too. Your right they look great at Christmas time & all year long.

I'm working on more original Black Cat Christmas Cross Decorating, so watch for more of my ideas. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised...

HUGS & XOXOs, Lyndy

TODAYSGOLD said...

Hi Johanna, on the subject of my Johanna Christmas Cross Decorating, I'm hoping you'll still share a PIC or two as well. LOL, it took a whole weekend to find just the right wreath to place my pretty black kitties...

So please do promote the idea of the black cat Christmas Cross Decorating...

IT'S A GOOD THING!

Merry Christmas & Hugs, Lyndy

TODAYSGOLD said...

Hi Chris, thank you too for your enthusiasm. It warms my heart that I inspire you, as you do me. I'm working on more Christmas Cross Decorating ideas. So stay tuned for some real eye catchers!

Happy Holidays With Love Always, Lyndy

Stempelchaotin said...

Wow wonderful. Really nice deco. Have a great Day.

Hermine said...

Beautiful and the recipe sounds great. have a wonderful day.

stampingbalou said...

Wow, what a great idea to add your black cats to the christmas decoration - and thank you so much for the receipe... Have a nice Santa´s Day "ho-ho-ho"

http://fatmasplace.wordpress.com said...

what a beautiful decoration. thanks for your recipe. have a nice day

johanna said...

i really enjoyed this wonderful post and the CATS!!!

DymphieM said...

What a gorgeous decoration!

ilonka said...

thanks for showing these photos and for sharing the recipe ... sounds very interesting!
have a joyful advent time!

Belinda said...

your ornaments are fabulous and very unique - great crossover! the deco goes right with it. and thank you for sharing these yummy recipes!

katrin said...

great XMAS-deco!!! ant thanks for this easy cookie recipe. :-)

katrin (http://kreativkram.wordpress.com/)

TODAYSGOLD said...

Oh thank you all so much for the wonderful compliments. This is great fun! It really does feel like Christmas now.

Everyone's Santa Claus Fest posts are just FABULOUS & so inviting. I can almost smell the spice candles & all the Christmas cookies everyone is baking...

To all my friends reading this please check out the SANTA CLAUS FEST ACTIVITY HEADQUARTERS for all the wonderful December 6th open house party links around the world today!

***MERRY SANTA CLAUS FEST***

Blessings For Health, Wealth & Happiness To All, Lyndy

DesignsbyCK said...

Hey Lyndy,

Just stopped by and great Xmas eye candy goodies thru the Open House. I really like your Victorian Xmas postcard collection slideshow too! :)

Best always,
Chris :)

Kim Hardt Originals said...

What a nice surprise. I went to Chris's blog and heard about your open house. So I decided to drip in. Boy and I glad! I truly enjoyed everything. I love the Johanna wreath and the CCwhimsies clock. I am glad I could be a part of your holidays.

Kim

stamp and scrape said...

These are so beautifully presented - you have worked hard. The music is just right - pure imagination! Hope you're enjoying the day.
Ros

tina's space said...

Thanks for your enthusiasm. I love the song playing and your decorations are fab. Off to try and figure out how to put some music on my blog!!LOL

TODAYSGOLD said...

WOW!!! STEMPELCHAOTIN:
Mein lieber Sandy, Ich moechte mich bei Ihnen dafuer bedanken, dass ... everything & such a WUNDERBAR Sinter Klaas Fest!!! Danke schoen!

Eine Menge Umarmungen...

Fröhliche Weihnachten, Lyndy

TODAYSGOLD said...

WOW!!! HERMINE:
Die Internetseite Schön!!!
Mein lieber Hermine, Ich moechte mich bei Ihnen dafuer bedanken, das Besuchen.

WUNDERBAR Sinter Klaas Fest!!! Danke schoen!

Eine Menge Umarmungen...

Fröhliche Weihnachten, Lyndy

TODAYSGOLD said...

Immer Spannender WOW!!! STAMPINGBALOU:
Mein lieber Heike, Ich moechte mich bei Ihnen dafuer bedanken, das Besuchen. WUNDERBAR Sinter Klaas Fest!!! Danke schoen!

Eine Menge Umarmungen...

HO, HO, HO und Fröhliche Weihnachten, Lyndy

TODAYSGOLD said...

Immer Spannender WOW!!! FATMASPLACE:

Die Internetseite ist Schön!!!

Mein lieber Fatma, Ich moechte mich bei Ihnen dafuer bedanken, das Besuchen.

WUNDERBAR Sinter Klaas Fest!!! Danke schoen!

Eine Menge Umarmungen...

Fröhliche Weihnachten, Lyndy

TODAYSGOLD said...

ANOTHER WOW!!! JOHANNA-MIXMEDIAFUN:
Die Internetseite und Stampfts ist Schön!!!

Mein lieber Johanna, Ich moechte mich bei Ihnen dafuer bedanken, das Besuchen. WUNDERBAR Sinter Klaas Fest!!! Danke schoen! Eine Menge Umarmungen...

Fröhliche Weihnachten, Lyndy

TODAYSGOLD said...

MORE WOWY WOWS!!! PAPIERENAVONTUREN:
Die Internetseite und Abbilder Schön!!!

Mein lieber Dymphiem, Ich moechte mich bei Ihnen dafuer bedanken, das Besuchen.

WUNDERBAR Sinter Klaas Fest!!! Danke schoen!

Eine Menge Umarmungen...

Fröhliche Weihnachten, Lyndy

TODAYSGOLD said...

Mein lieber Ilonka, Ich moechte mich bei Ihnen dafuer bedanken, das Besuchen.

WUNDERBAR Sinter Klaas Fest!!! Danke schoen!

Eine Menge Umarmungen...

Fröhliche Weihnachten, Lyndy

TODAYSGOLD said...

SUPER WOWY WOWS!!! BELINDA:
Die Internetseite und Kunstschätze!!! Mein lieber Belinda, Ich moechte mich bei Ihnen dafuer bedanken, das Besuchen. WUNDERBAR Sinter Klaas Fest!!! Danke schoen!

Eine Menge Umarmungen...

Fröhliche Weihnachten, Lyndy

TODAYSGOLD said...

OH MY MORE WOWS!!! KATRIN:
Die Internetseite und Kunstschätze!!!

Mein lieber Katrin, Ich moechte mich bei Ihnen dafuer bedanken, das Besuchen. WUNDERBAR Sinter Klaas Fest!!! Danke schoen!

Eine Menge Umarmungen...

Fröhliche Weihnachten, Lyndy

TODAYSGOLD said...

Hi Chris, you smarty party... YOU understand the art of PR!!!

THANK YOU FOR VISITING ON SANTA CLAUS DAY!

Fröhliche Weihnachten, Lyndy

TODAYSGOLD said...

Hi Kim, I'm so glad you stopped by for the Santa Claus Day Party... You know I love Ya!!!

Fröhliche Weihnachten, Lyndy

TODAYSGOLD said...

Hi Ros, thank you so much for visiting my Santa Claus Fest. It was a lot of work & I enjoyed every minute of it.

I Love Christmas!

You have a beautiful site too!

Fröhliche Weihnachten, Lyndy

TODAYSGOLD said...

Hi Tina, thank you so much for visiting my Santa Claus Fest. I loved being a part of this wonderful holiday!

Christmas is wonderful but I especially love Halloween!

Fröhliche Weihnachten, Lyndy

P.S. Good luck with your site & the music too... Music is the great enhancer...

Johanna Parker said...

Hi Lyndy!

Looks like you had lots of international visitors yesterday and what fun! (and YES, you're doing a great job at PR!)

So, I posted your Hallowmas black cat wreath photos on my blog today! I just love how you combined the 2 holidays! It's delightful!

Thank you again for sharing my creations with the world!

Hugs,
~ Johanna

Carolee said...

OMG, Lyndy! Just now found your comment on my blog (either blogspot didn't send me a message or my email is acting up again). Looks like I missed all the fun....What a wonderful idea to have an open house on St. Nicholas Day, and your crossover decorations are WONDERFUL! I see so many pieces I recognize. Thanks as always for your support of OOAK art!!

~ Carolee

vintagepaletteart said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Gorgeous wreath Lyndy! Lucky, lucky, lucky you!!!!!!! And Christy's clock is gorgeous! I own a party girl clock of hers and I just love her so much! Thanks for sharing your beautiful decorations!

Happy Holidays!
*Lori

TODAYSGOLD said...

Hi Johanna & Kitty TOO, sorry you girls missed Sinter Klaas Fest! It was WUNDERBAR!!! You can still visit the Santa Claus Site anytime though. It was a lot of fun & great International PR.

I won something from the Santa Claus Fest Gala hosted by Wednesday Stamper from Germany for my blogsite Santa Claus Day presentation, I can't wait to see what it is.

Your whimsical Black Kitties look even more beautiful on your blogsite. You really do have that magic touch! I will be adding more of my favorite artist's original black cat artwork Christmas Cross Decorating to my blogsite for the holidays.

This is really fun combining the MAGICK Of HALLOWEEN with the ENCHANTMENT OF CHRISTMAS!!!

HO, HO, HO und Fröhliche Weihnachten, Lyndy

P.S. Thank you for the link & I finally got my links working, but photobucket's special effects are crazy today...

TODAYSGOLD said...

Hi Carolee, sorry you missed Sinter Klaas Fest too! Like I said it was WUNDERBAR!!! You can still visit the Santa Claus Site anytime though. It was a lot of fun & great International PR.  

I won something from Germany for my Blogsite Santa Claus Day presentation too, I can't wait to see what it is.

Johanna is showing my Black Cat Cross Over Christmas Decorations on her blogsite & they look even more beautiful. I will be adding more of my favorite original Black Cat Art Christmas Cross Decorating to my blogsite. I think you'll be pleased...

Hope John is feeling a little stronger & you are staying well.

Fröhliche Weihnachten, Lyndy

TODAYSGOLD said...

Hi Lori, so glad you stopped by for a visit. I wish as you say Crusty would. It might brighten up her day to see her beautiful artwork 'Mr. Wishes' the black cat clock appreciated by so many around the world!!!

Please let her know... AND your Crusty Party Girl Clock sounds adorable too!

Thanks again Sweetie Pie for brightening up my day...

Merry Christmas & Blessings Always, Lyndy

TODAYSGOLD said...

*Suzanne Urban From Connecticut Writes:
Thanks for telling me about the Santa blog Lyndy, I love your black cat clock-what artist created it?
Suzanne in CT

Hi Suzanne, sorry you missed Sinter Klaas Fest too!

The third PIC reveals my beautiful black cat clock 'Mr. Wishes' is a OOAK by Christy Meyer AKA CCsWhimsies.

The Santa Claus Fest was WUNDERBAR!!! You can still visit the Santa Claus Site anytime though. It was a lot of fun & great International PR.  

I won something from Germany for my Blogsite Santa Claus Day presentation too, I can't wait to see what it is.

Johanna is showing my Black Cat Cross Over Christmas Decorations on her blogsite & they look even more beautiful. I will be adding more of my favorite original Black Cat Art Christmas Cross Decorating to my blogsite.

Fröhliche Weihnachten, Lyndy


*Addendum: I added these Santa Claus Fest comments from The Magickal Moon post...

Random York said...

Dear Lady Lyndy!
Your blog gets more beautiful everytime I visit!!! You could charge admission!

May I ask you a question... do you know if there is a way I can get some of guitar music to play on my blog whenever someone visits?
Your devoted fan!
JOhn Random

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Wow! What a great way to display your Johanna Parker cats! I love her work too.
Best wishes~
Cathy

vintagepaletteart said...

Hi Lyndy! I tagged you to play the MeMe game! Pop on over to my blog to get the details! Just a little bit of fun..................:o)

Happy Holidays!
~Lori

TODAYSGOLD said...

Hi John, you are the best Blog Meister. When I feel a little sad I know you'll always make my day with your kind words.

I have sent you an email & left you info on your blogspot. You're such a doll!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY BLOGGING, LYNDY

TODAYSGOLD said...

Hi Cathy, I love Johanna & her whimsical folk art too. Thank you so much for stopping by & leaving such a sweet comment.

Your art work is lovely! I wish your slide show was a little bigger so I could see it a little better, everything looked so charming...

Merry Christmas & Bright Blessings, Lyndy

TODAYSGOLD said...

Hi Lori, thanks for the MeMe Tag. I really do think it's another great linking Spotlight Game bringing one's blogsite up in the search engines though one's answers as Tag Words.

Also, it's always fun when you stop by!!!

Merry Christmas & Bright Blessings, Lyndy

Robert said...

Hello,
I have not written in a while, but if you get a chance stop by my blog and see my pooch! One of your fellow Johanna fans, Robert

TODAYSGOLD said...

Hi Robert, thanks for the comment.

I'm flying by right now to check out your pooch...

Hugs, Lyndy

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