This month, Too Cute Tuesday is changing up its usual format of cheap crafting and cool cocktailing and helping some of our regular crafters with projects around their houses.

This first week, it was Christie’s turn. Christie is super-excited about having a Christmas tree in her apartment but was bummed to know she didn’t have enough ornaments to decorate it (and doesn’t have lots of money to throw at the problem). Enter the TCT team and salt dough ornaments!

A perfect pairing with our November Christmas craft was ‘Early Christmas’ suggested by our TCT cocktail consultant.


Dorrie's specialty shape was the candy cane while Nicole specialized in randomness like mittens and martini glasses.

2 c. flour
2 c. salt
1 c. water
Bowl and spoon
Cookie cutters (apparently optional)
Cookie sheets
Cooking Oil
Paint and brushes
Butter knife
Paper towels

Some of our finished products, prebaking. Try not to be impressed with our skillz.

Cocktail of the Night: Early Christmas

Fill an old fashioned glass with ice, 1 part Creme de Cacao (dark) and 1 part Drambuie.
According to Joe “I don’t have Drambuie (or Creme de Cacao, come to think of it) but I have approximated a photo using Irish Cream and Coffee.”

(Trooper he is, Joe even tried a candy-cane-tini for our benefit but assured us it was too ridiculous, even for Too Cute Tuesday.)

Tonight's TCT Month of Giving Beneficiary: Christie, lover of primates, tie dye, and children's t-shirts, expecially all combined togetherGetting to Know Christie
Pets: Jane and Doodle, kitten sister and brother
Hobbies: Painting, dancing, hula hooping, hiking, Lady Gaga

1. Head to Craft Central with flour, cocktail supplies, and a friend (in my case, Dorrie).

2. Mix up an Early Christmas to get into the spirit of holidays.

3. Prepare a batch of salt dough with 2 parts salt, 2 parts flour, and 1 part water. Add a bit of flour if the mixture is too watery. Knead to a dough-like consistency.

4. Shape the dough on a greased cookie sheet and with knives for straight edges. (Cookie cutters may have been helpful here. Oh well!) Put a hole where the string will go. Note: Ornaments for Christie do not have to be Christmas themed. Actually she seemed to prefer randomness.

5. Place in the oven (preheated to 250 F) for about 20 minutes. Ornaments should be firm but not brown. You may need to put them in a bit longer but just keep an eye on things.

6. Once cool (which doesn’t take long), paint the ornaments. Get annoyed by how many times the Vampire Diaries commericial about ‘Want to have a seance?’ comes on while you are trying to watch bad television.

7. Be satisfied that you’ve helped a friend get ready for Christmas. Next week, Sue’s turn for the month of giving!

Aren’t we crafty… and helpful!

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