Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Not just a jar of cocoa

Sculpting is like giving life to a clump of clay, it  fills my heart with laughter and joy.

The best gifts I have ever received are often those which were handmade.  Or those gifts that while not fancy or expensive, have great meaning behind them because the person has taken the time to find out your favourite colour or your favourite material.  Those are the gifts that touch your heart.

As Christmas day approaches and time to buy the perfect gift appears to be running out, here is an easy homemade gift for your neighbours, teachers or perhaps as a hostess gift.

I made these hot cocoa jar gifts for my children's teachers. 

For a little extra whimsy, the children and I made salt dough cookies. I painted this one with a mixture of glue, paint and cornstarch to give it a real icing look and texture.  It looks good enough to eat, doesn't it?

This little ballerina mouse sits on top of the jar, which I covered with felt.  She is ready to open some presents.  Lucky girl!

Clay is my favourite medium.  I promise you that once you start using it, you won't be able to stop.

I cut out a little tag from paper stock.  For the teacher's presents, I want the kiddies to use their own handwriting to add a personalized message.

This little guy is having his own cup of cocoa.  Would you like to see how easy he was to make? I have prepared a tutorial to share with you and will post it in days to come.

He's covered in snow and deserves a nice warm drink....notice his little cup of cocoa has tini marshmallows floating on top and a itti bitti candy cane.

Another handmade tag with coordinating colours.

This jar holds candy canes and peppermint candies...yummy

Here is another look at the jar toppers and some more of the faux sugar cookies.  To make the sugar cookies, I mixed glue, paint and cornstarch. I don't know the exact amounts or why I used those ingredients; I just figure things out as I go along and most of the time it makes the cut...:o)

This is Isabella's creation

And Tristan decided he wanted to make his teacher a necklace instead. This is his Christmas mouse.

Here is another look at the 'sugar cookie'.  I have never piped a cookie in my life and used a little zip-lock baggie and the crazy mixture of ingredients.  I can't wait to try making real cookies with real icing and real materials (I think I have found a new pastime).

I have been feeling in my heart the need to say 'thank you' for your visits and for watering this little Craftberry Bush with your wonderful comments.  The first thing I do when I log into my little blog is to check your comments and I smile from ear to ear every time I read your words.

So, thank you so much for your visits; I really do appreciate them.

Wishing you a 'clayful' day,

Having tea at


  1. Those are the cutest jars with the cute little mice on top. What a great idea for a gift. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  2. Just love your decorated jars..what a beautigul gift :)

  3. Super Cute! Whoever gets this as a gift is very lucky!
    How can you part with them?

  4. Lucy,
    I wish we were neighbors. I think we would have so much fun making our crafts and loving on our families:) I love these ideas!!
    I need to figure out my boy's teacher gifts!!! YIKERS!

  5. I agree with Lucy, wish you were my neighbor! I look forward to your fun and creative posts filled with inspiration for us crafters! Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  6. Holy Cute! Everything from the tags to the topeers to the photos! Adorable! Thanks for linking up!

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  9. These jars are sooooo darn your ideas here. I’m having a Christmas Open House…would love to have you join in on the fun. Merry Christmas to you and your family!


  10. These are so incredibly adorable! I'm looking forward to seeing the tutorial on how to make these little characters.

  11. How precious! You have more talent than I have in both thumbs.
    This is a friday's favorite for sure~thanks for linking up!

  12. What a cute idea...these are adorable!

  13. Beautiful homemade gifts! As a teacher, I would love to receive any of them. Adorable!

  14. These are soooo sweet! I just love the little mouse! I am a new follower, following you from the Blog Guide.

  15. I stumbled upon your blog from Linda's coastal living, I was visiting Pink Sat. girls and truly fell off the wagon lol.
    Your site is just beautiful. I adore you sweet jars. I've never played with salt dough, but my husband started making bread!! I would love the recipe. I should go back and check to see if you've posted it. My kids are all grown up, but I think I know some "blogging friends" that would truly appreciate these cute little jars and creatures ; ).
    You are very very talented.
    Happy Pink Sat, I see a lot of sweet pink in your blog, but especially the little mouse.
    Love Claudie from Canada

  16. These are so adorable! I collect mice, so I especially loved your jar toppers.

    I'm featuring you on my blog tomorrow!

  17. These are beautiful!! I linked your post up to Christmas I'm Lovin' It Round Up!! thanks again!!

  18. How I love these! So much cuteness...I'm off to tweet this post!
    Do come back next Wednesday and link up some more of your brilliance!
    All Things Heart and Home

  19. Wow. These are absolutely beautiful and inspiring!

  20. Uno più bello dell'altro, complimenti ;)
    Buona giornata

  21. This is so adorable! We are going to have to try this next year, thanks so much for the wonderful idea!! And thanks for adding it to The Christmas Party.

  22. So beautiful! I love this post and wanted you to know that I featured it today in my Superstars. Thanks for linking so that I could find your blog.:O)

  23. I just discovered your blog and I went to your December posts to look at your Christmas decor. I love how you decorate your gifts and the cocoa jars are beautiful. You are so talented - the cookie dough figures are soooo cute. Do you sell the jars ?? I hope so and if yes, how can I buy some?? My email address is


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