Notes from the Tulip House

The Name Game

Willow Creek Jasper Cuff

Willow Creek Jasper Cuff

Hi folks!  Happy 2013!  I’ve finished a lovely new bracelet, my first “Cuff!”  It sports an ever so pretty egg shaped cab of Willow Creek Jasper, but for the life of me I can’t seem to come up with a name for this piece.  So, I thought maybe we could do a little contest, a name in exchange for a coupon.  All you have to do to enter is leave a fitting name for this bracelet in the comments section.  If I choose your name, I will give you a coupon code for 20% off in my Etsy store!  Whatcha think?  Can you help a girl out?

Willow Creek Jasper CabochonWillow Creek Cuff Willow Creek Jasper Bracelet

The colors in this stone are pale yellow, soft pink, and rose.  You can check out the other pieces in my Naturals Collection, here, to get an idea of how I generally name things.


Pumpkin Walnut Cookies

pumpkin walnut cookies

pumpkin walnut cookies

Over here at The Tulip House I make Pumpkin Walnut cookies a lot.  I like them, the Mister likes them, baby likes them, even the hound likes them!  If you like pumpkin bread, you will probably like them too.  The recipe is so simple and it makes your house smell heavenly.

This year I decided to make them as one of our Christmas cookies.  And, to make them extra yummy and festive, I topped them with cream cheese frosting and sprinkles!

Here is the recipe,


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • vanilla cream cheese frosting
  • sprinkles


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Beat together first 4 ingredients.  Sift together dry ingredients and add to wet, mixing thoroughly.  Stir in walnuts.

pumpkin walnut cookie dough

Drop dough by the tablespoon full onto cookie sheets.  (I line my sheets with parchment paper.  They don’t stick and it’s easy clean up.)  Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes.  Cool.

Pumpkin drop cookies

Generally I do not frost these, they are yummy as is.  But, when I want them to be a bit richer, I top them with cream cheese frosting!  Here’s the recipe from Glorious Treats, Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting .  Warning, this recipe makes more frosting then you will need. You’ll want to halve it and you’ll still have some extra. I stick my extra frosting in the freezer for future cookies.

pumpkin walnut cookie with cream cheese frosting

Happy Christmas!

p.s. makes about 3 dozen cookies.

DIY Yarn Bauble

red yarn ball

I made a few of these last week for our Christmas tree.  Our tree needed a few larger ornaments that were baby friendly (not breakable.)  This is a very simple, fast, and mess free project.  Perfect quiet thing to do while baby is down for his morning nap ;)

supplies for yarn ball

Materials you will need:

  • Foam balls, (i think i got mine at JoAnns)
  • Yarn
  • Small Pins with a flat head
  • Large pearly topped Pins
  • Twine (I used red and white baker’s twine)
  • Ribbon (I used satin ribbon)

To start, attach the end of your yard to the middle of your ball with one of the small flat head pins.

Yarn ball step 1

Then you tightly wrap the ball like so,

yarn ball step 2

Now, with my first ball, I wrapped in one direction, then cut the yarn and pinned a second strand and wrapped the other end.  I made sure to tuck and cover the little end piece of yarn from the first wrap.  On my second ball I did not bother with cutting the yarn and pinning it again.  As long as you wrap tightly and are careful to always go across the ball you won’t need to cut and pin for each direction.

Continue wrapping until you have covered all the white.

yarn ball step 3

Secure the end of your yarn with the decorative pin while you tie the twine and ribbon.  I cut my piece of ribbon at around 10-12 inches and tied it in a simple bow.  For the twine I cut according to how long I wanted the ball to hang from the tree.   Longer twine for lower branches and shorter for higher ones.

yarn ball step 4

Then take the pin off the ball and carefully stick it through both knots like so.

Yarn ball step 5

Stick the pin down through the top of the ball.  Make sure you go through the loose end of yarn.  You can trim the excess yarn or work it under the wrapped yarn to hide it.

yarn ball step 6


Balls can be made in any color or size.  You can hang them on your tree or place them along a mantle.  If you make small ones they can be interspersed in greenery for pops of color.  They can also be made in blue, white, and gold for Chanukkah decorations!

completed yarn ball ornaments