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25 Days of Christmas – Day 20 Cora

For day twenty of 25 Days of Christmas with Simple Life Pattern Company and Art Gallery Fabrics I’ve got a beautiful Cora maxi to show you. Cora holds a special place in my heart since it was the second SLPco pattern I ever made.

First, I decided to add the wave pleats to break up the solid front bodice and add texture. Then, I added four straps for the criss-cross back and double ties for added interest. The elastic back makes this dress so comfy and a perfect fit every time. This is my go-to pattern in the summer for an easy breezy look. In the winter we like to pair with a cute denim jacket.

The maxi skirt features a double ruffle with the top ruffle being a coordinating solid print. Has the thought of gathering two ruffles kept you from buying Cora? Well then, I’m here to let you in on a little secret. Since both ruffles are cut the same width, they can be layered on top of each other and gathered together! This technique is such a time saver and produces gorgeous ruffle layers.

To achieve this look

AGF fabric is Winterberry Spice and Pure Solids Flamingo.

Dainty satin bow headband is from Clairebow Baby.

Bracelets are from Little Babes Bracelets.


Pom poms are all the rage right now, from garlands to earrings. This freebie is a tutorial on how to make Holly Berry Napkin Rings. Add a pop of color to your holiday table with these fun and easy to make napkin rings. You can get a set of pom pom makers from any major craft store. I think even Walmart carries the Clover brand pom pom makers. Just grab some yarn and get to wrapping around the pom maker and you’ll have homemade poms in no time! You can also find tutorials online to make reindeer or snowmen.


Today the recipe I have for you is my absolute favorite cookie, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. I remember my cousin and I would beg my mom to make these. Then we would sneak bites of the dough from the fridge as it chilled. The worst part of this recipe is the four hours of required chill time. It’s absolute agony waiting but the results are so worth it. I hope you and your family love these cookies as much as my cousin and I do!



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