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1  Nurses & Nursing Assistants gifts in Winter Holidays by CubanMother on: December 23, 2016 02:08:00 PM
My father resides in a nursing home for almost two years now. I like to give a little token of thanks and good wishes at Christmas to his nurses and nursing assistants that take care of him everyday with kindness and lots of patience.

This Christmas I made 15 little gift sets with an apron, a cookie recipe, a cookie cutter, a matching kitchen towel and potholder in two color, red and green with a little jar of homemade guava marmalade.

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2  Homemade Guava Marmalade gifts. in Winter Holidays by CubanMother on: December 22, 2016 07:45:41 AM
Guava is "the fruit" for Cubans. We like everything guava flavor, juice, shakes, cakes, pastries, marinade sauce, paste, marmalade.... so, a homemade gift from me must be guava flavor   Wink

Collected and sterilized 2 oz baby food jars (Thanks to a member of my local FreeCycle board)

Making the Marmalade (These pictures are from another time I made guava marmalade, no time for pictures during the cooking Christmas season).

While I designed my own label for the marmalade I just printed a free food gift tag from the internet.

Pretty and yummy 24 little jars of Guava Marmalade.
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3  Re: Christmas Tree-Along 2016 in Winter Holidays by CubanMother on: December 21, 2016 08:43:36 AM
Our 2016 Christmas Tree.

Over the Thanksgiving school break, my 6 years old twin granddaughters and I made cinnamon ornaments. They are very proud and happy to see them in the tree.

Merry Christmas!
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4  Rustic Themed Wedding in Weddings and Bridal Showers by CubanMother on: October 20, 2016 08:10:41 AM
My son got married on September 23.

It was a beautiful, relax and fun wedding. The bride chose a rustic fall theme for the reception, very appropriate for the venue, a historic park.
The bride was beautiful and the groom very handsome, they are great people and I am a very lucky and happy moher and mother in law.

I had lots of fun crafting all the decorations for the wedding and more important, I make sure to get the bride's approval of all my ideas.
I suggested a dessert table because the bride wanted a cupcake tower instead of a traditional cake, she loved the idea and it came out beautifully!

My son loves robots

First I made the cake net with a lace trim edge and a burlap bow. My beige crochet tablecloth was perfect in size and color for the table. The bride's grandparents bought her the rustic cupcake tower. I made pia colada mini bundt cakes, cookie trays, a meringue basket; my daughter made a pumpkin pie and an apple pie. The cupcakes and mini cake were made by the bride's friend. I bought the lace cupcake wrappers and Love is Sweet sign on eBay. The big Love sign was a thrift store find that I painted from red to white. My new daughter in law chose to display pictures of the bride and groom's parents cutting their wedding cake at the dessert table (my husband and I are the picture on the left 38 years ago).

I made 21 burlap runners  with  lace edging for 18 guest tables, one sweetheart table, one guest book table and one gift table.

Each guest table had  decorated mason jars with baby breath flowers and metal pumpkins that the bride bought, pine cones and fall leaves.

I made the tall vases out of  2 Pirouline cans, wrapped in twine and embellished with lace trim and pearl string.

The vases for the sweetheart table had a wire edge white taffeta ribbon printed with hearts and the Mr & Mrs sign matched the sign form the desert table.

The bride made the seating chart.

My other wedding crafts were:
Rustic wood signs. I freehand wrote the signs because I am really bad at using stencils.

Small Wood Crates, one with the bride and groom's initials and one with a bride and groom chairs, one with a bride and groom figurine and photo props.

Picture Frame with the new Mr. & Mrs. last name initial, a small wood decorate box fill with wood engraved love hearts and a white basket with bubble sticks for the send off.

Handmade Fans

And finally, bathroom baskets.

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5   Eggshell Cups with Chocolate Pudding in Easter by CubanMother on: March 27, 2016 08:09:20 AM
I made these eggshell cups for my family. I decorated them with a wedding theme because one of my twin sons is engage to be marry.
Bride & Groom eggshell cups, Pink Flower Girls eggshell cups for my granddaughters and family wedding party eggshell cups for the rest of the family.

This is how I serve them.

The eggshell cups are very easy to make:
Crack and open the eggs.
Empty the eggshells.
Sterilize the eggshells in boiling water for 3 minutes.
Dry the eggshells
Decorate the eggshells.
Place the eggs cut side up in an egg cartoon.
Pour pudding into the eggshells cups.

The little color spoons are from Daiso (the japanese store where most items are $1.50) that fortunately we have several of them in the Bay Area.

I must confess that even when I like how the eggshells cups come out, I am considering buying a egg topper cracker tool to have a perfect eggshell edge for next year; is the curse of my mild OCD and my preference for uniformity.

Happy Easter!  Smiley
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6  Strawberry Cascarones 2016 in Easter by CubanMother on: March 10, 2016 12:15:28 PM
This is my third year making Easter Cascarones for my granddaughters. Because I only make 2 dozen, 1 dozen for each girl, I make them different each year.

This year strawberry design was really easy to make and they come out very pretty. The strawberry leaves are made with green crepe paper to give texture to the leaves and the "seeds" are painted on with gold permanent Sharpie marker.

The Strawberry Cascarones were already delivered to the girls. They are creating an Easter tradition of smashing Cascarones with their godmother. It has been really meaningful for their godmother because that was one of her childhood Easter traditions and I am happy to make the Cascarones for them.

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7  Crochet Easter Bunny in Easter by CubanMother on: February 29, 2016 01:09:13 PM

This is my version of this adorable crochet bunny pattern: http://www.craftelf.com/crochet-pattern-easter-bunny.html
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8   Valentines Day Crafts in Valentine's Day by CubanMother on: February 13, 2016 05:24:05 PM
These are the Valentines Day Crafts I made for my family.
For my children and their significant other, Valentines Day Heart Paper Doilies Pockets with Dove & Butterfinger heart shaped chocolates.

The red ones are for my granddaughters.

The heart pockets are very easy and fast to make, just hand stitch along the paper doilies hearts. You can hide the stitches union under the bow, but I choose to close it with a bow at the bottom because I didnt like the idea to end up with a torn heart.

Lips and Mustaches photo props.

The photo props are kind of a family tradition, I make photo props for holidays and family parties for fun pictures.

I made these Crochet Red Rose Hair Clips for my daughter and her twin daughters (my granddaughters).

I made these cards for my granddaughters to give to their parents.

These Valentines Day ornaments are in my fathers room at the nursing home he is residing.

This crochet envelope with chocolates and two crochet red hearts is for my husband. I made the envelope without checking which day of the week Valentines day was. I usually make something small to put on his lunch box.

 Smiley Happy Valentine's Day!  Smiley
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9  Belated Christmas Ornaments - Bride to Be & Political Ornaments - in Winter Holidays by CubanMother on: January 29, 2016 09:56:53 AM
Valentines Day is fast approaching but because I never had the time to post these Christmas ornaments (holiday gatherings and lots of family birthdays in January) I am posting them now; better late than never.

Bride to Be Ornament for my Future Daughter in Law

Political Ornaments for opposite political party family members. We have a lot of fun with these ones and took really funny family pictures with them.

Now, onto Valentines' Day crafting!
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10  Re: 2015 Tree/Decoration-Along! in Winter Holidays by CubanMother on: December 10, 2015 02:17:55 PM
steiconi, I love your white tree and your teal clock.
kittykill, your pink tree is giving me ideas ... pink is my favorite color! and I think I should copy yours and have a pink tree just for me.
Abberoad that picture is adorable. My 27 years old sons refuse to help me decorate the tree now, but when they were little that was our family activity after Thanksgiving dinner.

We got our Christmas Tree up the day after Thanksgiving.


The Three Wise Men ornaments were a gift from my future daugher in law last Christmas. It's a lovely and sweet gift because she remembered that Dia de Reyes (Three King Day) was my childhood tradition.

Known formally as the Feast of the Epiphany, Da de Reyes commemorates the visit of the three kings or the Magi to Baby Jesus. Boys and girls write their letters to the Three Kings or to their favorite King: Melchior, Caspar or Balthasar and put out something to eat and drink for the Kings and also water and grass for the camels. On the morning of January 6 children find their presents by their beds.
My husband and I decided that because our children were born here in the USA, they were going to believe in Santa Claus and we will keep our tradition of Nochebuena (Chrismas Eve celebration) for our family. It has work out really well for us and our son in law and our sons' fiance and girlfriend love to celebrate with us in Christmas Eve.

These victorian girls are a gift from my husband.

I have the 12 Days of Christmas ornaments or the 12 wheels of cheese as my daughter calls it =)

I always have a Nativity set under the tree. With 20 Nativity sets now, the collection keeps expanding =)

Coffee table Nativity

End table Nativity

Bookcase Nativities. Yes, I am a Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie nerd Wink

Dinning room divider Nativity

Fireplace Nativity
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