Maybe Matilda: Christmas Baking and Quick DIY Decor with Two Twenty One!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Baking and Quick DIY Decor with Two Twenty One!

I hope you guys are already familiar with Chelsea of two twenty one . . . if not, the "you owe me for this one" list just keeps growing, which is fine by me. I could use some Christmas goodies dropped anonymously at my door. Chelsea's blog is one  of those never-miss-a-post reads for me--she bakes the most delicious, beautiful treats (the cake batter blondies she'll share in a minute were such a hit at my house that I didn't even get to taste them. No kidding--Jeff ate the entire pan before I even got to try one), she decorates her home like a pro, and she creates really elegant, lovely DIY projects. Enjoy!
 Hi Maybe Matilda readers!  I'm Chelsea from two twenty one, where I blog about home diy projects, recipes, and newly wedded life.  
I'm super pumped (and honored) to be here today.  I consider Rachel to be one of my first blogger friends.  I mean, how could you not like Rachel and want to be her friend?  She's hilarious, creative, a crochet master, an amazing sewer (the thread and needle kind, not the underground conduit for carrying sewage kind), and she keeps it real.

Today I'm sharing some of my handmade projects and recipes that you can turn into your own handmade Christmas gifts.  These are things that you can easily make and bake in the comfort of your home.

Let's start with the wine lover in your family.  Don't think you can drink enough bottles of wine by Christmas to make this wine cork candle holder?  Don't worry, I can help. That's OK, stop by a local restaurant or winery and ask them if they could spare some unused corks.

Short on time like everyone else during the holidays?  You can make these thrifty hurricanes the day before Christmas.  Easy peasy.  Make them Christmastastic by swapping out the split peas (shown below) for Epsom salt.

Who wouldn't love a jute wrapped monogram wreath?  Monograms never go out of style, in my opinion.  It's probably because people love themselves, so of course they love their initials.  This puppy can be hung year-round!  Very functional.

Need to take a platter of sinful goodies to your office Christmas party, church, or the neighbors?  Look no further!

I've heard that these cake batter blondies are addictive.  Top with Christmasy sprinkles to make them even more addictive.  Tell your friends and family that you're not responsible for their blondie detox program.

Oreo Truffles.  All you need is oreos, cream cheese, and melting chocolate... and you don't even have to turn on your oven.

You might as well make two batches of these buttery cream cheese bars because you'll want to keep a batch for yourself.  I'm not kidding.

And there you have it!  I hope these handmade ideas are helpful to you.  Have a wonderful holiday season!  Thank you so much, Rachel, for having me!


  1. I gain 10 lbs every time I read Chelsea's blog. True story.

  2. Cake batter blondies?! I hope you're paying for my new wardrobe!

  3. LOVE all of these ideas! And now I'm hungry!

  4. Cute and yummy ideas! I love the idea of the jute wreath. Right now we live in an apartment, and my husband doesn't like the idea of much decorations because he just translates that to "More junk we have to store and move" so I think maybe that monogram wreath would satisfy my wreath yearnings. :) Maybe just change it up a little bit for each different holiday? I like. Thanks!

  5. I love Oreo truffles! I make them every year for Christmas cookie swaps :)

  6. Thanks for such a sweet intro about me! And thanks for letting me invade your blog for a day! :)

  7. Such cute stuff! Now I have a million new projects to add to my to-do list!


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