Handmade Holiday


Merry Christmas!!

I hope you all had a wonderful week full of family and fun and lots of love! So thankful for the best gift of all and the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of our SAVIOR! With all of the gift buying and sales and wish lists, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the commercialism of Christmas and forget what matters the most. Don’t get me wrong, gift giving is definitely one of my love languages and I LOVE finding my loved ones the perfect gift, but for the past two years I have decided to make some gifts for everyone instead of just buying things. Not only is it more cost effective, I think it’s more personal and special to receive something homemade. Hopefully my loved ones all agree and really enjoyed the candles and mugs I made last year with monograms, verses or cute quotes. πŸ™‚ This year after finding a great recipe for home made hot chocolate, I decided that would be a great gift for people on my list for Christmas as well as some other home made monogram pieces.

I didn’t get a picture of all the ingredients together but it’s pretty self explanatory. Riley and I made a batch for his family to use this winter and then of course had to try a little bit for ourselves. It was delicious!



  • 2 cups instant non-fat dry milk powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup powdered nondairy creamer
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • mini marshmallows


  1. In a large bowl, combine the creamer, milk powder, sugar, salt, and cocoa powder
  2. Mix to combine
  3. Pour into air tight container to store. I used mason jars and put about 4 servings in each jar topped with chocolate chips and marshmallows.

Cooking Directions:

  1. Add 1/3 cup of cocoa mix to 1 cup of boiling water and mix well.
  2. Add a few chocolate chips to taste and stir until melted.
  3. Top with mini marshmallows and serve. Add whip cream if desired.

Here’s how I made my hot cocoa mix into presents.


  • Mason jars with lids
  • Plastic sandwich bags
  • Decorative ribbon
  • Gift tags
  • White and Decorative tissue paper
  • Hot Cocoa Mix (I made several batches)


Super easy and cute! For added fun give the people on your list a mini marshmallow vodka or mini of choice for adult hot cocoa. So good! πŸ™‚

I also wanted to make some canvas art for my siblings for Christmas and just like my baking cabinet, I keep my art supplies stocked for nights when I feel a little DIY bug coming on. If you haven’t discovered Sharpie Paint Markers yet you have to get some. They are the BEST for crafting on glass, ceramics and canvas! Plus they come in several colors and metallic hues. For my brother and sister-in-law who got married last year I wanted to make something for them to hang up in their apartment with their other wedding related cuteness. I just sketched out what I wanted in pencil on the canvas and then painted it over with gold and silver. FYI the pencil is hard to erase so make sure you sketch or trace lightly. I added a large eraser to my shopping list for next time, ha.


  • Canvas
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Large Eraser
  • Sharpie Paint Markers
  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Protractor or some other shape making tool
  • White Chalk Paint- to paint all the white if you can’t erase the pencil marks


My sister is in college and I wanted to make her something to hang in her dorm room alongside all of her adorable sorority pieces. She loves pink and glitter like I do so this piece was so fun to make! πŸ™‚


So next time I think I will use a stencil for all the lettering because my free-hand is not so beautiful but it’s the thought that counts right?! πŸ™‚ What are some of your favorite things to make at the holidays? I was going to also make monogram ornaments for everyone but ran out of time. So looks like that will be saved for next year! Christmas came and went so fast this year! The older I get the faster time is going and I just want to make the most out of the time I have and enjoy every moment. Agreed!?

I hope you all put your phones down and were present with your loved ones during the holidays and that you enjoyed all the little moments as well as the big ones and that you brought a little magic into their holiday. Riley told me to use my magic the other day and it was the sweetest thing because like I’ve mentioned, he takes the magic of Christmas very literally and thinks I can make it even more magical. I think when you put others first you bring your sparkle into people’s lives and it might just look a little like magic. πŸ™‚ Sparkle on lovelies and go make someones day.

Thanks for stopping by!



2 Responses
  • Lauren
    January 1, 2015

    LOVE your hot chocolate recipe, it is delicious! And handmade gifts are the best!

    • MadelynMartin
      January 3, 2015

      Aww thanks!! SO glad you liked it! πŸ™‚

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