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Merry Christmas from Zose DesignsA dash of sweetness and an ounce of love.

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Christmas pancakes

All for the little one’s Christmas joy. Ho ho ho!

It’s berry season in Australia. Fresh organic strawberries and homemade organic raspberry jam with chocolate chip eyes and nose.

ho ho ho pancakes

A dash of sweetness from Zose Designs.

Delicious and easy Christmas cookies.

As Christmas approaches, and the weather in Melbourne cools (it was 41 C, or 106 F last week!), it is time to start baking the cookies. I have put together a list of quick and easy Christmas cookies that we will be baking and giving away as gifts. I have not included any recipes that call for processed ingredients (like cake mix). Click on each of the photos to link to the recipe !

Easy sugar cookies.

Eloise's Easy Sugar Cookies. Photo by Delicious as it Looks

Adorable gingerbread cookies.

The Most Wonderful Gingerbread Cookies. Photo by louisapont

Linzer cookies.

Peppermint meringues.

Peppermint Meringues recipe

Have a delicious holiday season! A dash of sweetness and an ounce of love from Zose Designs.

How to… Make teapot birthday invitations.

For my daughter’s birthday this year, the theme was “A secret garden.” We handmade these cute invitations together. It was a perfect activity to keep her busy on rainy days. These are much cheaper (and cuter) to make than buying expensive party invitations. Plus, you can personalize them anyway you want. Here is a brief tutorial for how to make these yourself.

birthday invites 3

Materials:

  • scrapbook paper
  • cardstock paper for the back of the invitations
  • mod podge
  • hot glue gun
  • decorations. We used wooden buttons for the teapot lids, grosgrain ribbon, ric-rac and paper cutout butterflies and flowers.

Instructions:

  • Trace the teapot template onto cardstock (for the back) and patterned scrapbook paper (for the front). Cut out your teapot. Make sure to cut on the dotted line for the front of the teapot, but not the back.
  • Print your invitation information into the rectangle template provided. This will be inserted inside the teapot when finished. Make sure to print it on heavier cardstock, so that it doesn’t bend when inserting.
  • With your hot glue gun glue just the outer corners of the back (card stock) onto the front of the teapot (scrapbook paper). Make sure to leave an opening for the inserted invitation.
  • When dry, decorate with your ribbons, brads, buttons, etc. Have fun personalizing your invitations! Your guests will love these.

Here is the template that we used for our invitations: teapot template.

A dash of sweetness and an ounce of love from Zose Designs.

Tis the season. Christmas gifts. Things we love.

All for the little ones’ Christmas joy…

This post is about some neat Christmas gifts that we have bought ourselves and recommend. Tis the season!

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Christmas stocking. For a special touch to your fireplace mantle, who can resist these hand-sewn stockings? From Bebe Sniklefritz on Etsy ($26 + 10.50 USD for name/monogram). We bought one for our daughter two years ago, and can’t wait to bring it out this year. The fabric is so soft and fluffy, and the embroidery work is excellent. From the popularity of the shop, we think others agree as well.

Pink Christmas Trees Embroidered Baby Christmas Stocking

Finger puppets. Keep your little one entertained with these adorable finger puppets from MiChiMaLLC. Although the puppets are recommended for children 4 years and over, our daughter has been entertained by them from age 0.

Ten Little Ones - Felt Animal Finger Puppets

I spy bags are the perfect toys to keep your toddler and preschooler busy when traveling. In the car or on the plane, these are lightweight, will fit in your carry-on or stuff it behind the front seat. Each time our little one picks this up, there are always some new things to find and new surprises. We have bought several as gifts over and over.  Below: (top photo) Cupcakes, I Spy Bag Travel Toy by Aebaby, $20 USD, (bottom photo) Train hide and seek I Spy bag by Giggle Junction, $15 USD.

I Spy Bag TRAIN Hide and Seek I Spy Bag Sensory Toy over 70 designs in our shop

Baby blocks. These are so much better than baby blocks sold at retails shops these days, where you have no idea how the wood was processed or about the paints and sealants used. These blocks have lasted us three years and have survived many a tower and even a tantrum or two. They are non-toxic and chemical-free. By Tiny Giraffe Shop, $26 USD.

Educational Toy ABC Wooden Blocks Original Artwork Modern Nursery Decor Baby Name Letter Blocks

Jewelry for little and older girls. We love the necklaces with resin charms by Baby Loves Pink. We bought this Koala necklace for $15 USD. They have charms and pendants in everything cute that you can think of. Perfect gift for little girls!

Koala Necklace

Slippers. Handmade slippers with no-slip soles. Perfect for any season. Durable and adorable. $18 USD from Swag Booties.

Infant baby booties slippers girl  Soft Soled Shoes Amy Butler Grey and Pink dots SWAG gray hot pink circles

Something for mom, too. Cute salt and pepper shakers from The Scatty Artist. This shop has so many other cute items – every one of them perfect as a Christmas gift!

Group Graze Hand Painted Sheep Salt & Pepper Pot Set Lush Green Fields with Cloud like sheep scattered

Dreamy pillows. From Fong Studio. These came in a set of two for $21.50 USD. They decorate my daughter’s bed and armchair, and have also served well as headrests in her car seat. I liked these so much I started sewing my own!

NEW/TWO/Polyfil Stuffed little owl pillows decoration/collection - Ready to ship

Hair clip/ hair bow holder. This is just perfect for your little girl’s hair accessories collection. Hang it in the closet, on a hook, on the wall. These come in so many varieties, and you can personalize yours by selecting hair color and style, eye color, skin tone, and name. $25 USD by Dennis Hockerman.

Hair Bow Holder/Personalized, Hand Painted, Unique Gift

And, of course, Zose Designs hair clips would add the final special touch!

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