I love vintage Christmas trees and ornaments, but they can often be quite pricey and with curious cats around, it’s just asking for those precious relics to be shattered. Instead I created some DIY mid-century atomic starburst inspired ornaments using foam and toothpicks. They’re fairly simple to construct and you can customize them to fit your color theme. And if you’re a last minute Christmas shopper like me.. they come… Keep Reading
If you haven’t yet heard the folklore of Krampus, you are totally missing out on one of the best Christmas tales of all time. Krampus is a creature bearing horns, fangs, a long tongue and carries with him chains and a bundle of birch sticks to swat naughty children with. He shows up at the beginning of December and then hauls the bad kids back to the underworld. I must… Keep Reading
Working in retail makes it difficult for me to get into the holiday spirit (I’m more like the Grinch this time of year) so I’ve been revisiting some of my top 5 favorite Christmas posts to help revive the magic of this season. And if it doesn’t.. at least 3 out of the 5 involve alcohol! Be sure to leave a comment below and let me know which of these… Keep Reading
Hot Toddies are always a go-to when temperatures drop or you find yourself with a terrible cold that only spices, citrus, and a wee bit of bourbon can cure. With the weather feeling quite arctic here in the Midwest, I couldn’t think of a more perfect time to make one and Maker’s Mark must have read my mind when they asked me to participate in this year’s #MakeItTealicious Hot Tea-Toddy… Keep Reading
Every December I have this day dream of spending an entire day listening to classic Christmas music, putting up the tree, and baking and decorating hundreds of Christmas cookies. REALITY CHECK: I don’t have that kind of time in my schedule right now! Instead I came up with a quick and easy alternative that doubles as a DIY gift for friends and family.. hot chocolate spoons! It took me 20… Keep Reading
When I initially made this Peppermint Crunch Popcorn Mix I was mildly concerned that I had made far too much and I realize now what a silly notion that was. I’ve been catching myself snacking on this stuff for breakfast, all throughout the day, after dinner, and well.. right now! It’s sweet, salty, crunchy, pepperminty, festive, and clearly just a wee bit addicting! It makes a huge batch which is… Keep Reading
With temperatures dropping this weekend here in the Midwest, I find myself already layered in sweaters, burrowed under blankets, and drinking all the tea and hot chocolate that I can. I know this is only the beginning and it’s going to get MUCH colder, so I’m stock piling on ingredients to make all of my favorite warm boozy drinks through those extra chilly winter days. Luckily this Spiked S’mores Hot… Keep Reading
A bourbon cocktail recipe? I know what you guys are thinking.. I’m normally a rum drinker, but a few weeks ago the wonderful people at Maker’s Mark reached out to me with their #GetCozyCocktail challenge to create a delicious eggnog cocktail using Maker’s 46. With strong notes of vanilla, caramel, and oak and a smooth finish, I had no problem making the switch for this recipe. Oh and guess what?… Keep Reading
For years I’ve been enjoying mugs full of delicious hot cocoa that I had convinced myself could not be improved anymore… then I came across Smitten Kitchen’s Decadent Hot Chocolate Mix recipe and realized I’d been doing it all wrong.. Rich, frothy, chocolatey amazingness so easy to make that there’s no excuse for why you would ever have to buy store bought mix again! It was so good that I… Keep Reading
Tis the season to get a little ballsy.. with rum balls that is! My pumpkin spice and chocolate rum balls have been fan favorites for a while now, so for those of you that have already made them, this recipe will be a breeze! Decadent, boozy, and just as delicious as their predecessors, but with a festive gingerbread twist! Be sure to follow the post to the end to see… Keep Reading
If you’re shamelessly addicted to AMC’s The Walking Dead like I am, then you might be experiencing withdrawals since the show is on their mid-season break. Rather than counting the days until February when the show returns, feed your ravenous appetite with some cookie carnage! Inspired by my own zombie gingerbread tattoo, I put a morbid twist on the classic Christmas cookies! They’re a lot of fun to create and… Keep Reading
Apparently you all love balls! Rum balls of course! 😉 The Pumpkin Spice Rum Balls I posted back in October have become the number one post of all time on Tattooed Martha.. Let’s see if these chocolate rum balls can top them! Cocoa, spices, a healthy dose of Sailor Jerry Rum, and topped with festive sprinkles make these decadent boozy balls perfect for the holidays!
I can’t speak for anyone else, but I find the holidays extremely stressful! Traveling, family, and trying to find the perfect gift for everyone (without going broke) can all add pressure to what should be an otherwise merry time of year. I decided to make things a bit easier for myself this year by creating homemade body scrubs to give as gifts. This simple 4 ingredient scrub keeps your skin… Keep Reading
As a blogger you have to be prepared and aware of upcoming holidays/seasons. We usually start Halloween crafts in July and Christmas in August, but sometimes inspiration strikes you at the last minute. These pin-up ornaments are exactly that! I’ve seen so many fun ideas and crafts out of the labels, so I wanted to come up with a quick and easy holiday-themed idea. If you’ve tried to remove a… Keep Reading
I haven’t made sangria since my Spicy Summer Sangria so it seems only fitting to make a White Winter Sangria! Fresh apples, pears, grapes, and spices topped off with bubbly champagne make this a festive drink to be enjoyed well through the new year!
Why, hello, there Tattooed Martha readers! My name is Allison and I’m a crafty blogger over at Dream a Little Bigger. I’m really, really excited about guesting here, simply put, because I adore Sasha! She’s one of my favorite, must-read bloggers and her talent always boggles my mind! Nevermind that she’s about as sweet as the day is long! So I’m so pleased to be here and hope that you… Keep Reading
Red velvet is definitely my go-to recipe for cupcakes, but I wanted to change it up a little bit for the holiday season! The cake is still rich and moist, while the decadent buttercream frosting ads just a hint of peppermint to get you into the holiday spirit! And achieving that red and white swirl frosting is easier than you think! Bake a batch for your upcoming holiday party or… Keep Reading
What’s the best way to get into the ‘holiday spirit?’ Candy cane infused rum of course! Perfect for spiking hot chocolate, coffee, or enduring those awkward family get-togethers! 😉
Looking at our tree I realized we were missing a few things.. garland, tinsel, and photo ornaments. Instead of making/buying all of those I decided to just combine them! I used the iPhone app, Postal Pix, to select photos from my phone that I wanted to use and this Glitter Eyelash yarn from Martha Stewart that reminded me of tinsel. The best part about this project is that you can… Keep Reading
My 2nd most popular post is my CREATE project, where I showed you six different things to do with cardboard letters. Well here’s one more simple and quick thing you can do for the holidays with cardboard letters!
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting In October I put up my Red Velvet Ex-Girlfriend Cupcakes recipe and everyone loved them! Well.. everyone except the exes themselves ; ) so here’s the recipe again only with a December twist! The peppermint cream cheese frosting melts in your mouth while the crushed up candy canes give it a nice crunch! I took these to a party last night and… Keep Reading
Last year my roommate and I had a total of maybe 5 ornaments on our tree and used an old flannel shirt as our tree skirt. It was a very “Portland” Christmas to say the least, but I thought I would step it up this year and get a REAL tree skirt! I looked online and was completely shocked at the cost! For a felt tree skirt the prices ranges… Keep Reading
What better way to decorate for the holidays, then to create your own wall art using quotes from your favorite Christmas movies!
Peppermint White Hot Chocolate Decadent and delicious! Made with white chocolate chips and a hint of peppermint, this is just what you need to warm up with on chilly days!