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Hello, It’s Tyra and I’m here to celebrate the 365 collection! Two words to describe 365 are bold and bright, making this collection perfect for simple home decor items. Here I created a small art piece and a container, perfect for my home office!
Tyra Babbington Chickaniddy Crafts 365 Project supplies

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Project Steps

1. Select wood block or cardboard storage container.

2. Apply a base coat to your surface using white gesso or acrylic paint.

2. Measure dimensions of your object and cut card stock to match.

3. Use your favorite matte waterless sealer, glue & finisher to apply card stock 9Apps APK Allow to dry. Add a second coat if necessary.

4. Use coordinating washi tape to cover up seams.

5. Add embellishments.

6. Display in your office!
Tyra Babbington Chickaniddy Crafts 365 Project

I hope I have inspired you to create something beautiful today! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!

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Chickaniddy Crafts April Planner Spread Full by Carson RiuttaHello again lovelies! I'm back today to share with you my monthly planner makeover. Each month, in my planner, I create a spread for my month at a glance calendar. This is the first page I will turn to every time I open my planner and it's so fun to be greeted by such an explosion of texture and color. It certainly makes the mundane task of scheduling that much more enjoyable.

Chickaniddy Crafts April Planner Spread Closeup Flower by Carson RiuttaI wanted this month to mirror all the goodness that was happening around me in nature, lots of color and florals. With that in mind, I took these steps to complete this vibrant spread.

1. I started by trimming some mixed media paper to the right size for my A5 planner (8.5 x 5.5 inches).

2. I chose my colors and watercolored the background with abandon. There are no rules here, just play and have fun.

3. I chose a floral cut file from my growing collection, resized it in the Silhouette software and then cut it twice from the Chickaniddy "Together is Better" paper.

Chickaniddy Crafts April Planner Spread Bookmark by Carson Riutta

4. I ran the page through my sewing machine and stitched just the leaves to the background paper.

5. At this point I thought the page needed a little more peachy pink so I grabbed some coral spray and started flicking some color into the corners.

6. Now that the background was complete, the fun of embellishing the page began. I used all the gorgeous Chickaniddy supplies pictured below and really went to town, stamping and layering. You may have seen those flower brads on my last post, I just couldn't stop making them!

Chickaniddy Crafts April Planner Spread Supplies by Carson Riutta

Chickaniddy Supplies: TG14EB02 - Twirly Girly Sticker Sheet, DN14EB02 - Date Night Illustration Stickers, DN14EB06-Date Night Brads, TG14EB06 - Twirly Girly Brads,, jg14st01 - Jolly Good Mini Countdown Clear Stamps, jg14st02 - Mini Illustrated Clear Stamps, sc14st01 - Mini Alpha Clear Stamps, jg14eb07 - Mini Sticker Sentiments, TG14EB0 - Twirly Girly Alpha Stickers, DN14EB01 - Date Night Alpha Stickers

7. Because the left side of the spread was so vibrant, I thought I would keep the calendar side uncluttered and ready to work. I used letter stickers from both the Twirly Girly and Date Night collections as well as the countdown stamp set from the Jolly Good collection to complete my calendar.

Chickaniddy Crafts April Planner Makeover Bookmark Stamping by Carson Riutta8. No planner is complete without a bookmark and I decided to make mine for the month from a Date Night journaling card. You can see how I repeatedly stamped with the HAPPY stamp from Jolly Good to create my own patterned background.

And that's exactly how this spread makes me feel every time I open my planner, just plain happy!

I hope your month is happy and productive as well!

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Crafter Spotlight

Hey friends, Pam here. So glad you have joined us today for another "In the Spotlight". Today Julia from Germany is joining us on the blog.  I was lucky enough to spot her on instagram (which I have found myself using a lot now).  I spotted the layout that is posted below and I was wowed big time. It was so creative and inspirational. I couldn't wait to feature it! She also had a couple more projects I haven't seen before. 🙂 Let's get to know Julia!

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"Hey everybody, 
I am so glad to be on the Chickaniddy Crafts blog today! My name is Julia, I am from Germany and I live in a cute and tiny house with my beloved husband and our adorable cat. Crafting with paper is not only a passion for me but also a way to express myself. I love to play with details and to lose myself totally in the projects I am working on. Scrapbooking is more than a hobby to me, it is a kind of art, creating a colorful and happy life. 🙂 If you want so see some more projects or to get in touch, please check out my blog"
Christmas Packaging
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"With the Jolly Good collection from Chickaniddy Crafts I have made some cute Christmas Cracker last year to give my sisters and friends some cute christmas gifts. You can hide some candies or vouchers in it. It is a really funny idea!"

Xmas 2013
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"After I have made them with the Envelope Punch Board, I found some paper scaps left over, so I thought I could use them on a cute-looking Scrapbooking layout. . I arranged them as some pretty christmas ornaments on the background and stitched them to the cardstock. I totally adore stitched elements on paper projects. :)"

Christmas Cards
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"And you never can have enough greeting cards right? ;)) I love the bright colors of this collection, they are so fresh and inspiring to create some beautiful projects. The deer the cutest, right? 🙂 
Thank you so much and have a nice day. 🙂
xo Julia"


Thanks to Julia for her great projects for the blog today!!

Amy Tsuruta Chickaniddy Crafts Spring Projects
Hello Chickaniddy Crafts Fans!  It's Amy here with a spring time project.  Spring can mean different things for different people.  I live in the beautiful state of Washington so when I think of spring, I think of rain.  
I designed a gift set that uses the Jolly Good Collection.  As a Washingtonian, I gravitate to raindrops, rubber boots and umbrellas!  This collection captures all that and more!
First up, is my card:

 The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

Amy Tsuruta Chickaniddy Crafts Spring Projects card
supply list:  jolly good - 6x6 pad/jg14pd01
I adore the fun & fresh colors in this collection.  My card was designed using the 6x6 Jolly Good paper pad.
Two of my favorite colors:  green + orange
I love glass jars so when I saw these plain milk bottles, I knew that I wanted to alter them.

 The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

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supply list:  jolly good - deck the halls/jg14os06, holiday/jg14os08; Embellishments - die cut tags/jg14eb04
I made a belly band for the bottle using 2 different patterns:
deck the halls + holiday
I heat embossed the Spring sentiment on vellum and used it as an overlay of the die cut tag.  It softened up the colors on the tag and also enabled me to use a large stamped sentiment.
TIP:  a great way to bring in colors is to use twine.
The pink twine is a way to bring together the pink + green color combo.
Who doesn't love chocolates?  These M&M's are actually from the holidays, I buy the bags when they have been marked down and part them out if they have multiple colors.  These are white chocolate peppermints.


Hello!  It's Amy here with you today sharing a fun wedding favor project.  I'm so in love with the Chickaniddy Crafts Jolly Good Collection!  It is filled with fun colors and patterns:

Amy Tsuruta Chickaniddy Crafts Wedding Favors
I decided to alter a couple of squares of Goat's Milk Soap.  I'm all for practical gifts, bonus points for usable gifts.
Amy Tsuruta Chickaniddy Crafts Wedding Favor 1
supply list:  jolly good - sugar cookie/jg14os02,  tis the season/jg14os11  embellishments - illustration stickers/jg14eb01
This particular soap is "all natural" and I knew that I wanted to have one of them slightly exposed to show the natural color and no fragrance characteristics.  The Jolly Good - Sugar Cookies belly band is a perfect backdrop for any of the Jolly Good embellishments.
Jolly Good Sugar Cookie
I decided to use the large floral spray sticker and follow it up with a label from the Jolly Good - Tis the Season sheet.
Jolly good sticker sheet
Jolly Good
Next up is a soap that I completely covered with paper from the Jolly Good Collection:


Amy Tsuruta Chickaniddy Crafts Wedding Favor 2
supply list:  jolly good - sweater weather/jg14os04, holiday/jg14os08, sugar cookie/jg14os02, tis the season/jg14os11
I used Jolly Good - Sweater Weather as the base.
Jolly good Sweather Weather
I followed it up with 2 different belly bands 
Jolly Good Holiday
Jolly Good Sugar Cookie
I topped it off with a flag using a portion of the 
Jolly Good 'Tis The Season
For a bit of sparkle, I wrapped the bottom of the straw with glitter washi tape!!
So, what do you think?!  Fun little Wedding Favors or even a little 'thinking of you' giftie!
Thanks so much for stoppin' by!

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Hello friends and fellow craftophiles, Carson here. I want to share with you one of my newest crafting passions, art journaling. I've been curious about art journaling for years and was always turned off by the feeling that my style, simply wasn't artsy enough. I like patterned paper, I swoon over stickers, I've never used Gesso, and because of these things I thought I wasn't allowed to art journal.

Well, I now know how silly that sounds and I'm here to tell you the only thing you ever need to know about art journaling... THERE ARE NO RULES!

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Sorry about the yelling, I just get so excited about the freedom of it all that I get a little carried away. Now hopefully you're intrigued, but you may not know where to start. Well let me help you with that. Follow these steps and you'll be well on your way.

1. Choose your journal, (I use a mini three ring binder, which allows me to manipulate the pages more than a bound book would) but whichever journal feels good and makes you want to create will absolutely work.

2. Find a technique, a product, a feeling or a quote that moves you, and get it onto the page, go from there.

3. Fight the urge to make it perfect, in fact, strive to make it messy.

4. Try new things.

Chickaniddy Crafts Carson Riutta Goals Art Journal Supplies

When I sat down to compose my goals page, I had a prompt (craft goals) and desk full of gorgeous Chickaniddy Supplies. From there I just started putting things together. I experimented with leaving the ends of my thread loose, and stitching that zig zag at the bottom of the page, two things I've never done before. I didn't throw away my vellum when I made mistakes with my vintage typewriter. I kept it simple, goal focused and now I have something to look back on throughout the year to remind me to always keep improving and experimenting.

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I hope you'll give art journaling a try. It's a great way to play with your supplies on a smaller scale and to make something quick and easy just for you. What are you waiting for?

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HAPPY NEW YEAR Friends! If you ask me, I feel like this year is going to be the BEST year EVER and I'm kinda excited that we are starting the month off right! On Jan 9th- 13th we will be at the 2015 Winter CHA Show in Anaheim Ca and we have some really fun plans.  So let's get down to business

Booth - If you haven't heard, we will be in booth 345 and this year we will be celebrating one year of business. It's amazing how fast this year has gone by and we as a company have learned so much. We hope you will stop by to visit us for a chat.

Chickaniddy Booth CHA 345

Games and Giveaways - What is a birthday celebration without it's games?! While at CHA we will be playing a couple of fun games and you could win a few awesome prizes! Make sure to come back tomorrow for more details 🙂

New Collections - This week we revealed our newest collections called 365 and Yippee. If you missed them, just click on their names for the direct link. So many of you have left us lovely comments and we are thrilled that everyone loves them. It's going to be exciting to see what you create with them.

Project of the Month - This month I was so impressed by this darling idea. Carson on our Craft Team created a mini album to celebrate the first year of her son's life. What a great way to document your memories in a small portable album. This would make the best gift for a proud grandparent. To view the full post, check out the project on the sidebar or click here.

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Alrighty.  That's it for today. I hope your New Year's Goals are off to an amazing start and that you had the chance to take some pictures while celebrating with your loved ones.

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Hello it's Tyra and I'm here to share this fun envelope album I created using Chickaniddy's Jolly Good Collection. The type of album I created used envelopes which are versatile and you will see why in a minute!

Chickaniddy Jolly Good Mini Album Tyra Babington


Chickaniddy Jolly Good Mini Album Tyra Babington opened



Let's get to the supplies that I used.

Tyra Babington Jolly Good Packaging

Supplies Used: Jolly Good Collection Pack/jg14cp01, Jolly Good 6x6 Paper Pad/jg14pd01, Envelopes, Binder Rings.


  1. Choose your envelope size and envelope number. I choose twelve to coordinate with the "12 days of Christmas" themed paper. My envelope size was 5x7, providing just enough room to print and paste pictures onto the outside of the finished envelope and as well as a place to keep small mementos on the inside on an envelope if desired.
  2. Cut paper to size of each individual envelope. Add embellishment to your taste.
  3. Once you have completed the desired number of pages, punch holes onto the side on the finished envelope pages .
  4. User binder rings to "bind" the album together.
  5. Add extra embellishment and you are done!

Follow is an excerpt of some of the album pages:

Tyra Babington MiniAlbum Collage Page 1 Jolly Good

Tyra Babington MiniAlbum Collage Page 2 Jolly Good

Tyra Babington MiniAlbum Collage Page 3 Jolly Good

I hope this mini-album inspires you to create your own holiday album! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!

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Hello! Tessa Buys here. This year, I'm working on a very special December album. It's my little girl's first Christmas and I wanted to document all of those special first moments in a special place. I turned an old book into a mini album and filled it with pages just waiting for photos:

Tessa Buys Chickaniddy Crafts December Mini Album
All items from the Jolly Good line: Alpha Stickers (JG14EB02), Caroling paper (JG14OS03), Christmas Eve paper (JG14OS01), Deck the Halls paper (JG14OS06), Die Cut Tags (JG14EB04), Enamel Stars (JG14EB09), Holiday paper (JG14OS08), Holly Jolly paper (JG14OS05), Journal Tags (JG14EB03), Making Spirits Bright paper (JG14OS07), Mini Sticker Sentiments (JG14EB07), Mini Sticker Tags (JG14EB06), Tis the Season paper (JG14OS11).

To make an album like this, you'll need an old book (preferably one that is no longer readable), a craft knife, spray paint, a paper piercer, and a ring binder mechanism. I used a book my dad had as a child. It was musty and brittle, but had a great debossed cover.

Tessa Buys Chickaniddy Crafts December Mini Album close-up

1. Using the craft knife, gently cut the pages of the book away from the cover.

2. Spray paint the book cover, including the inside. If you're going to cover the inside with patterned paper like I did, you only need to paint the inside edges. You could also use acrylic paint. I just love how fast spray paint dries, and this fantastic metallic silver finish.

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3. Use your paper piercer to pierce the spine of the book cover and attach your ring binder. My ring binder attached with brads, so to hide the open prongs, I tied a thick ribbon around the spine.

When deciding how large to make your pages, consider how far they will stick out from the ring binder when the book is closed. I wanted my edges to stick out a bit, but you might want your pages more narrow than mine.

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Rather than take you through my process for each page, I thought I would share some of my strategy for creating a mini album.

Tessa Buys Chickaniddy Crafts December Mini Album page 1

Tessa's Tips for Making Minis:

1. Start with a kit. By choosing just five Jolly Good patterned papers and a few embellishments, I was able to create a coordinated album in less time than if I had more choices.

2. Work "assembly line" style when possible. For example, I always mat my photos on white cardstock, so I cut all of my photo mats out before I started piecing the album together.

3. Repeat elements. By repeating parts of your design, you'll create a cohesive look and save more time. For example, I always paired an enamel star with two rhinestones.

Tessa Buys Chickaniddy Crafts December Mini Album page 2

4. Add inserts. Adding smaller pieces to the rings between the main pages will add visual interest and create more space for photos or journaling. I plan to add Christmas cards, too.

Tessa Buys Chickaniddy Crafts December Mini Album Pages

For a closer look, check out my you-tube channel for a video walk-through of the whole album. Then grab your Chickaniddy Crafts stash, an old book, and get to work! Thanks for stopping by today!



 Good day to all! Cassandra's back to share with you a DIY Christmas album! Hope this gives you some inspiration to create a handmade gift for your loved ones or use it to document your holiday! 


Here's the final product:

Cassandra Chen Chickaniddy Crafts Mini Album

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Supplies:Jolly good Collection: Patterned Papers: Caroling (jg14os03), Christmas Eve ( jg14os01), Deck The Halls (jg14os06), Happy New Year ( jg14os12), Holiday (jg14os08), Sweater Weather (jg14os04), Sugar Cookies (jg14os02), Making Spirits Bright (jg14os07), Illustration Stickers (jg14eb01), Die Cut Tags (jg14eb04)

Here's the step-by-step instructions!

Cassandra Chen Chickaniddy Crafts Mini Album supplies

1. Gather your supplies! I cut the patterned papers into 12x6" and combined 3 patterned papers into one set and folded them into halves. This formed one signature as illustrated in the first photo. Create as many signatures as you deem fit. Then choose a patterned paper you like as the front cover and cut them into 6x6". Then I gathered the embellishments and set them aside. For this ribbon binding tutorial, use a needle with a wide hole so it's easier to thread the ribbon through.

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Cassandra Chen Chickaniddy Crafts Mini Album technique

2. I used my ruler to measure and punched hole with my crop-a-dile! As for the front cover, I wanted it to be firm so I used a cardboard  and glued the front and back patterned paper to it. I scored the front cover slightly so that it's easy to open and it won't be too stiff.


3. Then I thread about 24" of ribbon through my needle.


4. I started out first by threading through the second signature as shown in the photo so as to hide my knot. Remember to leave about 4" so that it's easier to tie a knot at the end.


5. Thread it through in the same direction as shown and criss-cross it at the end and back up again to join with the start of the ribbon. At the end, thread it back to the second hole to find your thread and secure it by tying a dead knot. 


6. You are almost done! Now decorate your front cover!:D You can work with almost any size but I like 6x6" so I won't waste too many papers!

Cassandra Chen Chickaniddy Crafts Mini Album

Thanks so much for dropping by! Hope you have enjoyed this simple tutorial! Upload your work on our FB page and hashtag chickaniddycrafts on Instagram so we can view your work too! May you have a blessed Christmas! 😀

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 Hello Everyone! Allie here, and I am so excited to be posting on this beautiful November day. November is my favorite month: I love the gorgeous leaves, sweater weather, time spent with family, and the anticipation of Christmas! Being a newlywed, I am still building up my holiday decor arsenal. I'm always on the lookout for affordable DIY projects I can make and reuse! This image on Pinterest caught my eye:
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I love everything about this picture! I will definitely be filling some glass jars and vases with ornaments this year. In the mean time, I knew I could replicate the gorgeous fabric embroidery hoops using Jolly Good (aka my new favorite Christmas collection)!


Allie Stewart Chickaniddy Crafts Wall Hanging
These wall hangings are so inexpensive and easy to create. I purchased the embroidery hoops at my local big box craft store, using a coupon. I chose two 4" hoops, as well as a 5", 6", and 8". You could do it with any number of hoops and variety of sizes!
1. First, choose papers and embellishments you'd like to use. The stickers and die-cuts were vital to this project--I love them so much!
2. Trace the inside hoop on the backside of your chosen paper. Cut around the traced shape, leaving at least 1" of room (I just cut a out large square around my circle). 
3. Place the hoop where you drew the circle, and carefully bend up the edges of the paper around the hoop. This will make it easier for the outer hoop to fit over the inner one without creasing. Flip it over, and place the outer hoop around the circle you just created. 
4. Tighten the outer hoop, then trim the remaining edges of the paper from the back side. 
5. Embellish as desired!
For the first hoop, I added stickers, a die cut frame, and an enamel star!
Allie Stewart Chickaniddy Crafts Wall Hanging close-up 1
Chickaniddy Supplies Used: Stickers ( jg14eb01, jg14eb03, jg14eb06),  Enamel Stars (jg14eb09), Paper (jg14os05), Die Cuts (jg14eb04)


I tried to keep things cohesive with the second hoop by using another Mini Sticker Tag. I just love how gorgeous the pink and red flowers are!
Allie Stewart Chickaniddy Crafts Wall Hanging close-up 2
Chickaniddy Supplies Used: Paper (jg14os07), Stickers ( jg14eb01, jg14eb06),  Enamel Stars (jg14eb09)


The chevron paper is so fun and unique, so I didn't want to do too much with the third hoop. I used a frame from the die-cut pack to coordinate with the first hoop.

Allie Stewart Chickaniddy Crafts Wall Hanging close-up 3
Chickaniddy Supplies Used: Paper (jg14os08), Die Cuts (jg14eb04)


For the fourth hoop, I went a little crazy with the Mini Sticker Sentiments. And how cute is that reindeer?!?

Allie Stewart Chickaniddy Crafts Wall Hanging close-up 4
Chickaniddy Supplies Used: Paper (jg14os01), Stickers (jg14eb01, jg14eb07),  Enamel Stars (jg14eb09)

I love the teeny tiny banners you can make with the banner stickers! I also added a few Enamel Stars and Die Cuts to coordinate with the other hoops!

Allie Stewart Chickaniddy Crafts Wall Hanging close-up 5
Chickaniddy Supplies Used: Paper (jg14os03), Enamel Stars (jg14eb09), Die Cuts (jg14eb04), Stickers (jg14eb05, jg14eb03)
I can't wait to hang these up on my wall for Christmas! Thanks for letting me share!
My favorite holiday recipe, courtesy of PaleOMG:
Paleo Eggnog Pumpkin Pie with Gingerbread Crust
For the crust:
coconut oil or butter for greasing pie
4 tablespoons grass fed butter (or coconut oil), melted
3 tablespoons molasses
2 cups almond flour/meal
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
For the filling:
15 ounces pumpkin puree
1 cup coconut or almond milk eggnog
2 eggs
½ cup coconut sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
pinch of salt
coconut whipped cream (optional)
-Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
-Whisk together butter and molasses. Mix in almond flour, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, and salt.
-Press mixture down into a greased pie pan. Evenly distribute mixture throughout the pan pan and press up onto the sides as much as possible.
-In a food processor or blender, add pumpkin, eggnog, eggs, coconut sugar, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice and salt and puree until smooth.
-Pour mixture into crust lined pie pan.
-Place in oven for 55 minutes. Let rest until cool then place in the refrigerator to set for 2+ hours.
-Cut into 8 slices and serve with coconut milk whipped cream (optional)

Whether carolers are calling, neighbors are knocking, or family is coming to visit, it's always nice to have a cheerful, festive front door during the holidays. One of my favorite things to make for door decor is yarn wreaths. Inspired by the color palette of Jolly Good, and even using papers and stickers from the line, I created this wreath for my front door:

Tessa Buys Chickaniddy Crafts Holiday Wreath

To make your own, you will need:

- a wreath form (I used a 14" straw wreath wrapped in plastic)

- yarn in coordinating colors (you'll use about half a skein of the main colors if you follow my pattern)

- felt flowers and leaves (patterned paper - #JG14OS09)

- twig picks

- Jolly Good stickers (#JG14EB01)

- a large toothpick

- cardstock

1. Get comfortable with a Netflix marathon or your favorite DVR'd shows and wrap your wreath form with yarn. I alternated green and red, then went back with lime green and pink to stripe the sections. Make all of your knots on the back and be sure not to let any of your wreath form peek through.

Tessa Buys Chickaniddy Crafts Holiday Wreath directions

2. Make your felt flowers and leaves. To make the leaves, cut large leaves from felt and smaller leaves from Jolly Good patterned paper. Glue the paper leaves to the felt leaves.

Tessa Buys Chickaniddy Crafts Holiday Wreath flowers

3. Back your stickers with cardstock. Gather your twig picks. I painted mine silver to match the gray in the Jolly Good line.

Tessa Buys Chickaniddy Crafts Holiday Wreath supplies

4. To make the deer sticker stand, you'll need to make him into a pick. To do so, gather spare cardstock, a large toothpick, hot glue, a hot glue gun and the sticker. Stick the deer to the toothpick. Flip it over and apply a good amount of hot glue. Attach that to the cardstock. Allow the glue to cool, then cut the deer shape out of the cardstock.

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5. Arrange the flowers, leaves, stickers and picks on the wreath until you're happy with their placement. Then, using a hot glue gun, secure each piece to the wreath.

Tessa Buys Chickaniddy Crafts Holiday Wreath close-up

6. Depending on what kind of hanger you have for your front door, you could wrap ribbon or tulle around your wreath and hang the wreath from a bow.

Tessa Buys Chickaniddy Crafts Holiday Wreath 2

This kind of wreath is best suited for a porch that is protected from the elements. If your front door gets full sun or the full force of the weather, you might consider hanging your wreath indoors. Wherever you hang it, it's sure to make everyone who sees it feel "jolly good"!

My favorite holiday treat always makes me feel good, especially since it brings back such happy memories of my grandmother and visiting California for Christmas. She made these delicious Persimmon Bars with Lemon Glazed Icing, and I couldn't get enough of them! This photo and recipe is from Saveur (and pretty close to grandma's):

Tessa Buys Holiday Recipe


Unsalted butter, for greasing pan
1¾ cup flour, plus more for pan
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1 tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. ground cloves
1 cup pureed persimmon pulp
2 tbsp. plus 1½ tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup sugar
1 cup finely chopped dates
½ cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted


1. Heat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 10" x 15" x 1" jelly roll pan; set aside. Whisk together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and cloves in a bowl; set aside. Whisk together persimmon pulp, 1½ tsp. lemon juice, and baking soda in another bowl; set aside. Whisk together sugar, dates, oil, and egg in a large bowl; add dry ingredients and persimmon mixture, and stir until just combined. Pour into prepared pan, and smooth top with a rubber spatula; bake until lightly browned, about 25 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, make a glaze by whisking together remaining lemon juice and confectioners' sugar in a bowl until smooth. Let cookie sheet cool for 5 minutes and then pour glaze over warm cookie sheet, spreading it evenly over the top with a rubber spatula. Let cool to harden glaze, and then cut into finger-sized bars.