Every year, I try to make a new ornament for my girls. I saw the directions for this over on Julia's blog and thought they'd be perfect this year. Obviously, I changed the colors. Also, the list of necessities doesn't give how many of each we need. I got a small bag of seed beads and it barely made two baubles so if you want to do more than two, buy a bigger bag. And there are twelve sections so that's handy to know, too. Julia showed 24 drops but I didn't have enough end beads so made 12 drops.
Obviously, the top photo is better. I don't have a tree so had to come up with a way to 'hang' them! The beading is the same pattern but I used different beads on the drops.
I also wanted to make some Spritz cookies. They just taste like Christmas to me! I have a press but the dough wouldn't stick to the parchment (or the cookie sheet) so I removed the die and piped out a log, wrapped it, and refrigerated it overnight, then I sliced and baked them this morning. They aren't as pretty but they taste just right - very yummy!