I have this issue with noise. And that issue is... it stresses me out. I don't know why. There are lots of nice sounds in the world, but sometimes I just don't like any of them. And some noises I kind of just hate all the time -- the incessant beeping of my child's alarm clock at 11am, the snowplow grating on the clear road, sounds of eating... well, really *any* noise where you can hear the saliva in someone's mouth...Oooh. I can't even think about this right now. Hold on. Hold on. Give me a minute...
I turn off my phone notifications all the time and then my husband is like, "Why don't you love me? I called nine hundred times and I thought you had moved to China because you never answered."
And I'm all "I can't hear you over the sound of children screaming while scraping their chairs across the floor so they can play that game that buzzes while they try to remove the treasure. And our neighbors are starting a mariachi band. Also... I might be hiding in the closet. With ice cream. Because ice cream is quiet."
And then he says, "I'll hurry home." Because he loves me. But also, I think, because he worries that I might have thrown out anything else that makes noise.
BUT... something I do love is the sound of bells. Not hundreds of them being thrown down the stairs or anything...but a nice controlled ringing of a single bell. I think it's lovely. Also... I love cookies that are quick and easy. Like these bells. You can make them in TWO steps. Can you even believe that?
1. If you don't have a snowman cutter with only two circles, just cut off the top circle from a 3-segmented snowman. (I just turn it upside down and use the bottom curve to cut it off.) Outline and fill the bottom circle with a medium consistency copper icing. Immediately draw an X on the bottom of the jingle bell with medium consistency black icing and a #1.5 tip. Pipe a circle on the top and quickly use a toothpick to draw the 5 points out for a star. (Or be all crazy skilled at piping and just pipe the start to begin with. Your choice.) Let it dry for about 30 minutes.
2. Grab a big ol' round tip like a #8 or #9 and pipe a slightly rounded line across the jingle bell and pipe a loop on the top for the handle. See? Super easy.
Find out how to make the wet-on-wet poinsettias HERE.
You can also make two bells at once with a cat cookie cutter. See how HERE.
See how Callye from Sweet Sugarbelle makes her bells HERE.