Unique High Heel Stocking Filled For The Fashionista

Today is bittersweet because it's the last day of the 12 Days of Christmas blog hop and as exhausting as it's been creating and sharing three handmade ideas each week, I'm sad to see it end. For the grand finale, I'm excited to share a unique DIY high heel stocking filled for the fashionista in mind. Even someone with novice sewing skills could make this, I did! 
High Heel DIY Stocking Filled For The Fashionista
But first, I'd like to send a shout out to Shirley from Intelligent Domestications for all her hard work organizing this event. It's been such fun working with her and the other talented 50+ bloggers who shared their creative ideas throughout this four-week event.

I hope you've enjoyed all the creative ideas and found loads of inspiration to help you decorate your homes, gift the ones you love, and make & bake for your holiday soirees.

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas!


Welcome to Day 12 of the Fourth Annual 12 Days of Christmas Series!
DIY Christmas Ideas and Recipes you can use this year! DIY Christmas Decor and Games Ideas #12daysofChristmas
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Unique High Heel Stocking Filled For The Fashionista


High Heel DIY Stocking even for a novice sewer

About the high heel stocking

I made several high heel stockings for gifts several years ago, in my pre-blogging days, and they were such a hit. I should point out that I am self-taught behind the sewing machine and in no way a pro by any stretch of the imagination. To make these you need to be able to sew a straight line and understand some sewing terms but the pattern I used is very easy to understand and follow.

The pattern is called a Brangway Stocking but there are several different styles to choose from. You can find them online here at Sewing Patterns by Arkathwyn Designs (not an affiliate link). She provides easy to follow instructions and the pattern in PDF format.

High Heel DIY Stocking Plus Stocking Stuffer Ideas For A Fashionista

I've included affiliate links for your convenience so you can see what products I used or recommend for both making the stiletto stocking and filling it. See my full disclosure policy.

What I used to make my high heel stocking

Red Dimple Micro Chenille fabric
Gold Fabric Lining
Black Velvet (heel & loop)
Black Velvet Non-wired Ribbon (belt)
Small Silver Buckle
Black Faux Fur (cuff)
Black Ruffled Organza Ribbon (Vertical Ribbon)

High Heel DIY Stocking With Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Stocking stuffer ideas for women

Mesh Pouf Bath Sponge
Mini Makeup Foundation Sponges (ornament)
Cupcake Lip Glosses
EOS Lip Balm Cranberry Pear
Makeup Brush Set With Travel Case
Revlon Insta-Blush 300 Rose Gold Kiss
Revlon ColorStay Lipstick 010 Womenswear
Revlon ColorStay Lipstick 070 Preview
Sally Hanson Diamond Strength Nail Polish 120 Diamonds
Secret Deodorant Ooh La La Lavender
Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes
Lindt Chocolate Holiday Treats Candy Cane (every woman loves chocolate, right!)

Don't forget the mandarin orange!

Did you find an orange in the toe of your stocking Christmas morning when you were a child?

Do you know why this tradition began?

If not, grab yourself a coffee and google it for a fun morning read.

I assumed it was my Mom's way of tiding us over until breakfast and buying her more time to sleep because it wasn't uncommon for one of us seven kids to wake up at 4:30 am and wake the others.

Unique DIY High Heel Stocking Filled With Beauty Products

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Family Favorite Walnut Strudel Christmas Cookies

Already it's Day 11 of the 12 Days of Christmas blog hop, only one more to go. That flew by way too fast and it's been such fun. Today I'm sharing a family favorite walnut strudel Christmas cookie recipe and if I don't make these for the holidays, do I ever hear about it. They are always the first go on the cookie tray!
Family Favorite Walnut Strudel Christmas Cookies

Welcome to Day 11 of the Fourth Annual 12 Days of Christmas Series!

DIY Christmas Ideas and Recipes you can use this year! DIY Christmas Decor and Games Ideas #12daysofChristmas
We have teamed up with 50 plus bloggers to bring you a oodles of DIY Ideas and Recipes to make your holiday season merrier. There are 12 different posts in the series and we have spread them out over a four week period with three posts per week. Now is the time to subscribe!

GO HERE for the complete list of Dates and Topics plus a collection of most popular holiday ideas including ornaments, games, recipes and more from all 50 plus talented bloggers!

It's Day 11 and we have been in the kitchen making something sweet to share!




Walnut Strudel Christmas Cookies


Easy To Make Walnut Strudel Cookies
There's a funny story about these cookies. Many years ago my family affectionately renamed them but none of us can remember why and what in the heck it means. But when someone in our family says, Marie made her Neu-kin-knock-in's, everyone knows what they're talking about. I'm laughing while I type this!

And now that it's out that I baked some, they'll be coming a knock'n.

Walnut Strudel Christmas Cookie Recipe



Walnut Strudel Christmas Cookies

NOW ONTO HOW TO MAKE THE WALNUT STRUDEL COOKIES

These are the ingredients you'll need to make the walnut strudel cookies
Walnut Strudel Christmas Cookie Ingredients

Cookie dough

The dough is so quick and easy to make. Simply cream together the butter and cream cheese. You can use margarine but I find it tastes that much better with butter. Add two cups of flour and mix until the dough crumbles and starts to stick together. I prefer to knead the dough by hand at this point and then form it into a ball.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Walnut Strudel Christmas Cookie Dough

Walnut Mixture

While the dough is chilling is a good time to start the walnut mixture. With a food chopper, chop whole walnuts fine or purchase ground walnuts.
Walnut Strudel Cookies Ground Walnuts
In a small saucepan on medium heat add granulated sugar and milk, stirring occasionally until dissolved and starts to bubble. Add the ground walnuts and remove from heat. Set aside to cool and thicken. I put mine in the fridge with the dough.
Walnut Strudel Christmas Cookies Spread

Rolling the strudel

Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface into a 12 x 18-inch rectangle. Cut the dough in half lengthwise.
Walnut Strudel Christmas Cookies Rolled Dough
Spread the walnut mixture on both sides.
Walnut Strudel Christmas Cookies Walnut Spread
Starting with the long side roll up the dough as tight as you can jelly roll style and trim the ends.

Yikes, seeing this photo makes me realize maybe it's time to get new airbake cookie sheets.

Cut rolls crosswise in half so you'll end up with 4 rolls. Place them seam side down on an ungreased cookie sheet. Walnut Strudel Christmas Cookies Rolled
Cut into 1/2-inch thick slices without separating.
Walnut Strudel Christmas Cookies Sliced
Bake in 350º oven for 15 - 20 minutes until golden brown. Let cool slightly and remove to cool on racks.

Once completely cooled dust with powdered sugar. Separate the cookies and store in a container. These cookies freeze well.

TIP: The dough is too heavy for the electric mixer to double the recipe. They are best made in separate batches. 

Walnut Strudel Cookies A Holiday Favorite
You will want to make a few batches because these cookies will not last!

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Talk Of The Town Party 153

Are you ready for the holidays? I'm embarrassed to say that I am far from finished my Christmas shopping and only one cookie recipe has been baked so far (which will be posted on the blog tomorrow). Feeling just a tad stressed about to have an anxiety attack. Hope you're far more organized than I am this year.

Talk Of The Town Party 153 Features
Welcome back to Talk of the Town!
Talk of the Town link party
First, let's take a look at what you may have missed from your party hosts!

Last Week at Knick of Time

Last Week at My Repurposed Life

Last Week at The Interior Frugalista
Here's what we're talking about from last week's party!

Farmhouse Gather Sign for the Holidays
Farmhouse Gather Sign for the Holidays - Adirondack Girl at Heart Slow Cooker Phillies by Eat Move Make
Slow Cooker Phillies - Eat Move Make
DIY Wood Christmas Tree Shadow Box Sign by Adventures of a DIY Mom
DIY Wood Christmas Tree Shadowbox Sign - Adventures of a DIY Mom Crock Pot Hot Cocoa recipe by Flour On My Face
Crock Pot Hot Cocoa recipe - Flour On My Face

Cranberry Smoothie Bowl Recipe - Simply Blended Smoothies
Now, it's your turn!
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***Please keep in mind that linking up with stock photography or using photos without express permission by the photo owner is not allowed. Links of stock photography or photos that are not owned by you will be removed without notification.***
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Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Trees That Sparkle plus Giveaway

Today's theme for the 12 Days of Christmas is Christmas trees and to be honest my living room tree has no color scheme, no decor theme, and is an eclectic mix of mismatched ornaments. So instead of photos of that tree, I'm sharing two DIY Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Trees and a tutorial on how easy they are to make.
Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Trees That Sparkle
Welcome to Day 10 of the Fourth Annual 12 Days of Christmas Series!
DIY Christmas Ideas and Recipes you can use this year! DIY Christmas Decor and Games Ideas #12daysofChristmas
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It's Day 10 and we are sharing our Christmas Tree!





DIY Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Trees


The one on the left is a little more rustic with a brush of gold and the one on the right is glitter and sparkle. I'm displaying them in separate parts of the house, hence them having different toppers and only one being lighted.

At 3-feet tall, they would make a beautiful statement piece paired together on a fireplace mantel, dining room sideboard, or an entry flanking a door. For symmetry add lights to both, or not, and have matching tree toppers.
Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Trees
A shout out to Burlap Fabric for supplying the ribbon to make the Christmas Trees. The project inspiration, use of the burlap ribbon, and all opinions in this post are 100% my own.

There is also a $50 Gift Certificate up for grabs so be sure to enter the giveaway further down in the post. Nobody walks away empty-handed though because Burlap Fabric is providing a coupon code for $5 off any purchase. More about that later in the post too.

Red Burlap Ribbon Trees For The Holidays
This is a great craft to do while watching Hallmark Christmas movies. Once you get a rhythm going, they are quite easy to make.

HOW TO MAKE BURLAP RIBBON CHRISTMAS TREES

Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Supplies

To make the burlap ribbon Christmas trees you will need:

I've included affiliate links for your convenience so you can see what products I used or recommend to make these burlap Christmas trees. See my full disclosure policy.

Materials list based per tree.

Step 1 - Replace paper towel holder dowel

Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Replacement Dowel

The dowel on the wood paper towel holder is much too short for the tree. You will need to replace it with a taller dowel cut 3-feet long. Use the original screw that came with the paper towel holder to attach the new dowel.

Drill a small hole on the top of the dowel in the center for inserting a tree topper. More about that in another step.

Note: If you plan on inserting the tree inside a small galvanized pail like I did, you may need to trim the diameter of the paper towel base to fit using a jigsaw.

Step 2 - Cut the Ribbon (based per tree)

Cut 12 strips of ribbon in lengths of 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, and 22-inches (as pictured below).
Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Cut Ribbon

Step 3 - What to do with all that burlap ribbon

Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Ribbon Knots

Tie the ribbon

Starting at the bottom with the 22-inch strips of burlap (above the top of the galvanized bucket) simply tie the ribbon onto the wooden dowel and scrunch the ties so they are side by side. Before tieing the next ribbon see the next step below. Trust me, you'll regret it if you don't.
Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Frayed Ribbon

Fray the ribbon

Burlap ribbon is prone to fraying so instead of fighting it, embrace the fraying by fraying the ends even more. It will also add some texture to the tree.

Be forewarned - this is the messiest and most time-consuming part of making the tree. A drop cloth of some kind and a Hallmark Christmas movie will be your best friend!

TIP 1: It is much easier to fray the ends of each ribbon first before moving onto tieing the next ribbon. Ask me how I know. 


FRAY TIP: With small sewing scissors simply cut a few rows of the horizontal weave where it is attached on both sides of the wire wrapped strands and pull down to remove them. I wasn't consistent in the amount of fraying on each ribbon.


Back to tieing the ribbon...

Tie the next 22-inch strip above the previous one with the knot facing directly beside the previous knot. Tie, fray, repeat until you've used all the 22-inch ribbon.

Move onto the 20-inch ribbon the same way, then the 18-inch, and so on until you've run out of ribbon.Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Assembled

Step 4 - Add the sparkle

To add some sparkle to the tree I painted the tips with gold glitter paint.

Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Gold Glitter Tips

I felt like a hairdresser doing foil highlights during this step. If you've ever had highlights you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. 

Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Glitter Paint
Starting at the bottom place a piece of paper or foil under the ribbon and with a small paint brush paint the gold glitter onto the tips of the branch. Move onto the next branch and so on. You will have to replace the paper or foil a few times throughout this process.

Step 5 - Add a pretty topper

Trim your Christmas picks to the right height for your tree topper. Dab a little glue onto the stem and insert into the predrilled hole on the top of the dowel (pictured below).
Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Trees Drilled Hole For Topper

Step 6 - Fluff the branches

Fluff, curl, bend the wired burlap ribbon branches to your liking to get a full and nicely shaped tree.

Step 7 - Light the tree

This step is optional. String micro LED lights around the tree in a whimsical manner - no need to be fussy.

You'll notice I only strung lights on the tree with the gold glittered poinsettia topper. I used different Christmas picks for each tree as well. That's because I don't plan on displaying the trees together. If I was, I definitely would use the same picks and string lights on both trees.

Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Trees With Gold Tips

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Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Ideas
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