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News from the Nest, December 5

Good Morning, friends.

This time last week, I was bragging about my very relaxed Thanksgiving holiday. I was patting myself on the back how I just spent time with my daughter and didn’t worry about ‘getting things done.’

Well, I made up for that delightfully languorous break this week!

I’ve had yards of fabric and pillow forms sitting in our master bedroom for most of this year that I’ve intended to use for a bed skirt and euro shams. This was the year I was finally going to tackle the hodgepodge that was our bedroom and master bath. In the three years we’ve lived here, the space kept getting moved down the list of ‘rooms that need to be addressed.’

So, I decided that the week we were decorating the house and having dinner guests, I would also sew the bed skirt. And because there is really nothing going on this time of the year, I also decided to paint two work tables in my office that I use for photography backdrops.

I’m exhausted, but checking a few things off my list feels good.

For the bed skirt, I used this pattern. I turned and burned and was able to get it done in six hours, from start to finish. And what of the Euro Shams? Well, I may finally have reached the pillow saturation point on the bed and am rethinking them. I love the fabric, but I’m having a pillow self-intervention.

new on the blog

Please don’t ask me how, but I also created four new sets of printable gift tags this past week! It was one of those ‘one thing leads to another’ situations.

I used a paper punch for all these tags, but you don’t need to. You could just as easily cut the rectangles out with scissors or a paper cutter.

Christmas Gift Tags.
Christmas Gift Tags.
Presents and food gifts.

from the kitchen

  • Speaking of food gifts, these Toasted Rosemary Walnuts are easy to make and are appreciated by all. One warning, if your home is anything like mine, be prepared to hide them away. My husband eats them before I get them packaged for giving.

Consider some of these options if you want to add a few new recipes to your Christmas cookie repertoire.

  • If you are looking for a quick AND delicious cookie, you can’t beat these Amaretti cookies. I can make two dozen, start to finish, in less than an hour. They are also great cookies for shipping as they aren’t fragile. I’ll be mailing some to my son this week.
Amaretti Cookies on a silver pedestal.
  • For a fancier cookie, consider these delicate Spiced Linzer Cookies. These gorgeous treats are filled with pear caramel, elevating them to something special.
  • And I love everything about these mini chocolate tarts! First of all, they are mini! Meaning I can assuage my need for an after-dinner sweet without the guilt. Then, I can make all the parts of the dessert ahead of time, assembling them as needed. And the combination of chocolate and cranberry curd is a match made in heaven. But most importantly, just take a look at these gorgeous treats! They will be the star of your dessert table!
Mini Chocolate Cranberry Tart

some handy printables for you

more gift lists and ideas

bits and bobs

Well, I’m feeling the need for a long winter nap! But before that, I am going to bake some Amaretti and Pizzelles to send to my baby boy all the way across the country in San Diego!

Wishing you a wonderful week!


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  1. Lynn,
    I absolutely love your bed skirt and your pillow shams! My thought is not to take any pillows off of your bed at this point . . . maybe just don’t add anymore!
    Happy Holidays to you!
    Kitty Plovanich

    1. Hi Kitty,

      I think what you are telling me is that I am perilously close to having a ‘pillow problem’, but if I stop now, I may be able to avoid that! 🤣 My husband would say I crossed that bridge many years ago.

      And thanks for you kindness! If you ever need to make a bedskirt, that pattern is the way to go!

      Hugs and Merry Christmas!


  2. Good Morning Lynn, I have made the Lavender and Rosemary hand balm and really like it. I would like to print the labels, I have inadvertently lost the link to print the labels. I have tried a couple of times to get them from the library and not sure what went wrong, but I am not receiving them.

  3. Thank you so much for the beautiful gift tags!!!!! You are amazing to share so much with us! Love your patterns, recipes and your thoughts!!!!
    Have a very Happy Christmas!

    1. Oh Debbie, you are so very welcome! It is a treat for me to create and then to share my creations with those that can also use them. Thanks for being a Nourish and Nestle subscriber! Without you, this little job of mine wouldn’t be nearly as much fun.

      Hugs and Merry Christmas!


  4. Hi Lynn,
    I love all your patterns and projects! This year I made the Turks Head coasters and they were a real hit! My son liked them so much he asked me to make a few sets for his friends. Thank you for the very helpful PDF! After I stopped getting myself tangled and figured out the sequence, they were a breeze to make. Thank you!
    May your Holiday Season be filled with love, peace, health and good cheer! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    1. Hi Haydee! Thanks so much for your kind comment! It does take a bit of noodling at first, but when you get the hang of it, their is a rhythm to the process. And a request from your son for more is about the highest compliment possible! Well done, mom!

      Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas, as well.

      Hugs, Lynn

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