Christmas Baking!

The past two weeks I’ve been trying to wrap up my 2016 reading challenge and I’ve had one delicious addition to my reading time: Christmas cookies. I love to bake, and the holidays are a really great excuse to make tons of baked goods! From shortbread to chocolate macaroons, mincemeat pies and apple muffins, the holidays are just so delicious.

Shortbread Cookies - Food Network

Shortbread Cookies – Food Network

The other thing I absolutely love about the holidays and baking? Cookbooks! I may not be very good at cooking or baking, but I love to flip through cookbooks, to look at all the yummy pictures and get ideas for making yummy food. Holiday cookbooks are even better. They’re full of gorgeous Christmas colours and sparkles and of course recipes for the yummiest cookies.

Gingerbread Cookies - Reader's Digest

Gingerbread Cookies – Reader’s Digest

usborne-christmas-baking-for-childrenI was absolutely delighted to discover that my library has a plethora of cookbooks to borrow, and this year I stumbled across Usborne Christmas Baking for Children. This is the cutest little cookbook I’ve ever seen, full of cartoon drawings of all the baking instructions and really simple recipes for Christmas cookies. It’s colourful and fun and the cookies look delicious! I’ve already made a ton of cookies but I know I’ll have to try the recipes from this book!


No matter what you’re reading or eating this holiday, I hope your holiday is filled with books, cookies, family and friends. Have a very happy holiday!

Linzer Cookies - Joy of Baking

Linzer Cookies – Joy of Baking


Bookish Ornaments!

Okay, so I got super distracted last week, but for one very good reason: I got a Christmas tree!! This is the first tree I’ve gotten as an adult, so it’s pretty exciting. Finally, I got to take my Harry Potter ornament out of its box and put it on a tree! Naturally, I then went on Pinterest and looked at all the amazing book related ornaments. There are so many amazing ones out there, and I’ve been pinning them like crazy all week. Here are some of my favourites!

Calvin & Hobbes Magical World


This ornament made me smile as soon as I saw it. There are so many good Calvin & Hobbes comics that feature their wintertime adventures, and I loved that this ornament reminded me of all their antics yet was heartwarming at the same time. And for those who love upcycled books, this ornament is for you!

Novel Arts | Etsy


Peter Pan | Pixie Dust


Peter Pan doesn’t usually jump to mind when I think of Christmas, but I melted over this ornament. It captures that feeling of magic and is really pretty. It’s so simple, and yet there is so much to it, and this ornament is definitely one of my favourites.

KaleyCrafts | Etsy


Jane Austen Collection

jane-austenI had a really hard time picking one ornament for Jane Austen’s books, as there were a couple that I really liked. I finally choose this one. I love that it’s the whole collection of her works, the different colours, and you really can’t beat books as ornaments!

Bookish Gifts | Bas Bleu


Steampunk Airship


I just finished reading a collection of Steampunk short stories, and when I saw this ornament I got so excited. Steampunk creates some of the most unique stuff I’ve ever seen and I think it’s just gorgeous. I love this ornament because it features the traditional glass ball, yet totally transforms it into that Steampunk look.

Merimask | Deviant Art


Steam Punk Glass Ornaments


If the obvious Steampunk ship isn’t your style, these more subtle Steampunk ornaments might work. I absolutely love this set of ornaments. I think they’re so pretty and I might have to buy these for myself in the future!

Turtleshell03 | Etsy


The Hobbit Burrow


Out of all The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit ornaments that I looked at, I kept coming back to this one. Even though it’s not overly Christmasy, I kept thinking to myself, the Burrow is home. I absolutely love the handpainting work, and the sparkles give it that little something extra.

ArtsyDeniseToo | Etsy


Harry Potter Glasses


I told myself I could only share one Harry Potter ornament, and you have no idea how hard that was! There are some amazing Harry Potter ornaments out there, including Hogwarts Letters, Howlers, Prongs, and Floo Powder! I finally chose Harry’s glasses. I absolutely love ornaments that are stuffed with book quotes, and the fact that this stuffed with HP quotes and has Harry’s glasses on the outside makes it perfect.

Ornaments for Adoption


Percy Jackson Nectar and Ambrosia


I ran across these wonders fromĀ Percy Jackson and totally fell in love with them. I think these are really cute and I love that its something a little different from the round ornaments.

DIY Percy Jackson | Lemon Lime Adventure


Beauty and the Beast Belle

belle-ornamentFinally, what may be my all time favourite ornament that I found was this adorable little Belle. I got so excited when I saw this ornament that I dropped my phone. I love Belle, and I absolutely love that she is reading a book. I think this ornament is perfect and I can’t wait to get it!

Precious Moments Belle | Hallmark


I had a REALLY hard time narrowing down which ornaments I wanted to share. There are so many amazing bookish ornaments out there, from Game of Thrones to The Mortal Instruments, Alice in Wonderland, about a million Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings ornaments, and so many more that I can’t even name. Check out TheLibraryLife’s Pinterest page to see more of my favourites. I hope my family can handle it, because I see a very bookish tree in my future.