🎄Using “Leftovers” to Make Ornaments, Supper🦃, and Gifts🕯

On my last post I showed you how to make velvet pumpkins. I had lots of leftover fabric, so I looked up on the Internet, for DIY velvet Christmas ornaments and this is what I got…

These, like the pumpkins, are easy to make and would make lovely gifts…

These are the materials needed to make velvet ball ornaments…The gold ball ornaments are from the dollar store, seven balls for one dollar!! Leftover fabric from any project, it doesn’t have to be velvet, ribbon to coordinate with fabric, Christmas berry sprigs, 10 inch circle newspaper pattern (I traced a dinner plate), ornament hooks (I ordered these from Amazon), scissors, needle noise pliers and elastic or craft wire.

As with the pumpkins, once I started making these cute little decorative velvet balls, I couldn’t stop!!


Place the ball in the center of fabric circle, gather fabric up to the center of the ornament around the loop, wrap an elastic around the material at base of loop.

Next pull back the fabric to expose the loop, then put the hook through the loop and use needle nose pliers to squeeze hook ends together. Now you’re ready to tie ribbon around the elastic. Before you make a bow, place berry sprig on top of knot, then tie the bow over it..

You might have to use a glue gun to attach sprig to knot, but mine stayed put without it!

They would make lovely Thanksgiving favors for each guest at your table, something for them to bring home for the holidays, for a tree, hang on a door knob, use in a center piece, adorn a gift or display on a mantel!!

Our table at The Train House, set for guests, with a velvet ball ornaments at each place setting…not bad for leftover fabric!!


This is a recipe idea for leftover turkey, after Thanksgiving…

An easy turkey/chicken pot pie made from egg roll wrappers!! These are the ingredients, I’m using leftover chicken, but you could use turkey instead…

Turkey/Chicken Pot Pie with Egg Roll Wrappers


  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, cut into ¼-inch dice (1 cup)
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken or turkey cooked breast halves, cut into ½-inch dice or leftover turkey
  • 2 teaspoons Bell Seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 1 cup all-natural chicken broth
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups mixed frozen vegetables, thawed (I used fresh carrots and celery, I just cooked them longer)
  • 8 egg roll wraps (NOT the smaller wonton wrappers)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, then add vegetables and cook until softened.
  2. Stir in the chicken or turkey and add seasoning.
  3. Place the broth and cornstarch in a bowl and whisk until well combined. Add to the skillet, and bring the liquid to a simmer, stirring constantly. Continue to simmer and stir gently until the sauce thickens, about 2 minutes.
  4. To prepare the bowls, I used a 12 oz. souffle dish, you can get these dishes at Amazon. Spray with vegetable spray, gently place 2 egg roll wraps into each cup, letting it extend over the sides and overlap in the middle of bowls, like the photo below.
  5. Place a generous scoop of the chicken mixture into each bowl. Fold the corners up and over the top of the filling and press to seal the edges (it doesn’t have to be perfect). Brush the tops with egg white, then sprinkle with kosher salt or sea salt.
  6. Bake until golden and crisp, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool slightly before eating.

Drape the egg roll dough over bowls to get ready to fill…

Once the bowls are filled, brush with egg whites and sprinkled with salt, these pot pies are ready to be cooked…

Now they are cooked with golden brown tops.

A nice green salad is a perfect pairing for turkey/chicken pot pie!!

Oh yes, and guess who enjoyed it??!!


Now, an gift idea for the holidays, that involves leftover tin cans…

Gina gave me this candle holder, she bought at a holiday fair, it is made of recycled or leftover tin cans!!

I got in touch with the creator of this beautiful candle holder, this is a small candle holder and the price is $7.00 plus shipping, but they are very light so I imagine shipping wouldn’t be much. The best thing about these are, that they are recycled from tin cans, and that is good for our environment!! For more styles and sizes and for ordering, click Sleepy Hollow Lights on FB.

For this centerpiece, I simply put fresh greens, cut from our shrubs, around the edges of a gold charger and placed gourds on them. You could use tea or votive candles, place them in a votive glass, then inside the candle holder or use battery tea lights, then place the candle holder in the middle of the charger!!

Then, for a cozy holiday accent, for a coffee table or dinner table, you could add red berries and pinecones!! Easy, eco friendly and beautiful!!


I always like to say what I’m grateful for on this blog, during Thanksgiving!! This year it’s something unexpected…I started preparing this post in MA at The Yellow House and then we traveled to The Train House in VA, where I am putting the finishing touches on this post!! As we were traveling down, we were in an accident..we are fine, no injuries at all!! But it was very scary…a truck in front of us, that we didn’t see, had dropped a 4 ft. by 4 ft. package in the middle of the left lane, which we were traveling on, during morning rush hour. With guard rails on the left of us and fast traffic on the right, we had nowhere to go, so we tried to stop!! But the car behind hit us on the rear back side, and bent our rear axle/tire 45 degrees and damaged the brakes and steering!! We were swerving all over the road and that was the scary part, but we were finally able, by the grace of God, to get to the side of the road. Everyone stopped that was involved including the truck driver that dropped the debris!! The fire department and police came, they were nice, but not very comforting. Then along came the tow truck!! The driver jumped out of his truck and came right over to us to ask us if we were okay, and could he bring us to the hospital!! When we told him we were alright, he said to us, “I am going to take care of you, don’t worry about a thing!!” His name was Adam, and he did exactly that, took care of us!! He brought us to his auto shop, called the insurance company and the rental car place to find us a car, then drove us to the rental place and waited until we were sure we got a car!! He was an angel and I’m so grateful that his tow company came and got us on that fretful day!! If you are ever in an accident in Southerington, CT, which I pray you’re not, hope that Adam from Northeast Mobility comes and rescues you!!

I’m truly grateful for Adam and that we got to The Train House in Virginia, in one piece!!  


Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends and family, because, if you are reading this, you are my friend and I’m thankful for you all🧡

18 thoughts on “🎄Using “Leftovers” to Make Ornaments, Supper🦃, and Gifts🕯

  1. Great crafts, recipes & pics Mom. You are truly amazing! Grateful to those guardian angels that kept you, dad & everyone else involved in the accident unharmed 🙏🙏🙏 Love ya!


    1. Yes, so grateful no one was hurt, it could have been so much worse!!
      It makes me happy that you love my ideas!! Thank you for checking into my blog, I love hearing from you!! Happy and healthy Thanksgiving to you and your family🧡🙏🦃


  2. Thank goodness you and Victor are ok ! How scary that had to have been for you. Another wonderful blog., Carol. Wishing you and the family a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving
    Lots of Love!

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    1. It was such a freak accident, but as you said, thank goodness everyone was okay and thank goodness we had someone like Adam taking us under his wing!! Thank you, Denise, for checking into my blog!! Wishing you and your beautiful family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving🧡


  3. So glad you are all unharmed and thank you Adam for taking care of my sister and Victor. Loved the ornaments (thank you for mine). I made a chicken pot pie a while ago and froze some of the left mix with out the crust. You gave me the idea of using the wraps instead of the traditional crust when I thaw and make pies out of the frozen mix. Thank you

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    1. Yes, thank the universe for Adam…I told him he was an angel, I’m sure he had heard it before!! He said he treats everyone like that, imagine the good karma he has following him around🙏🏼
      And you should totally use the wraps for your chicken pot pie mix, it makes it so easy!! Glad you like your ornament and thank you for checking in and taking the time to comment🧡


  4. So glad to hear you and Vic are ok! What a scare. Lots to be grateful for.
    You are so creative. Love your ideas and crafts.
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful happy T!🦃🦃🦃🦃

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    1. It was quite a scare, makes you think, what’s important in life… Thank you for your sweet comments, I so love being creative, looking forward to making my Christmas cookies😉 Sending you all love and good wishes for a happy and healthy T🦃 (love the way you did that!!)


    1. Yes, we’ll be extra thankful during the holidays this year!! Thank you for checking into my blog, it’s always good to hear from you❤️ Sending you and your family good wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving🧡🦃


  5. Oh my goodness, you are so talented and clever! I love the things you make and how impressive they are.

    Most of all, I’m so happy neither of you were hurt in the accident. I hope you’ll be able to get your car fixed and back to new quickly!

    Take care, God bless, and have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

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    1. Thank you, Nancy, I love having the time to be creative and I hope I’m inspiring others to be creative too!!
      And thank you for your concern about the accident, I hope the car can be fixed, because it’s very difficult to get a car these days!! But I’m just glad that no one involved was hurt!!
      Wishing you, Art and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving🧡🙏🦃


  6. Wow, Carol, I am SO glad that you guys are OK!!! I know how scary that is. I’ll tell you sometime about the accident I was in going to New Hampshire years ago. I agree that your tow truck driver was an Angel, literally! It’s so important to have someone get it, and make you feel like they can help when you go through something like that.
    As far as your beautiful pumpkins, what a great project! They really make your table look so extra special. And can I say Bohemian?! That’s the first thing I thought when I saw that cool candle holder with gourds and greenery. I bet the way the light flows out of it is very special.
    Have a beautiful Thanksgiving with your family! Hugs and love 💕

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    1. Thanks Penn🧡 I agree, so important to have a kind person helping when you’ve had a traumatic experience!! Since we were ok, the police and firefighters weren’t interested in talking much to us. Adam told us, he teaches courses for tow truck drivers, on how to deal with people who have been in accidents!! So he totally gets it!!
      I’m glad you like the candle holder and think it’s bohemian, maybe that’s why I loved it instantly, when Gina gave it to me!!
      Best wishes to you and your whole family, for a wonderful Thanksgiving🧡🦃


  7. Good morning Carol,

    Your angels were with you and Victor, and sent Adam to help and take
    care of you, and help provide the car for a safe trip to the “Train House.” One more thing to be very thankful for this Thanksgiving.
    Love the the ornaments , great place settings, and to place on packages.
    Even I can make them. Your craft ideas are always so creative and interesting, and should be in craft magazines. I’m not a cook, but enjoyed your recipes for left overs.
    Warm wishes to you, Victor and your family,( hope VJ will be there too)
    for a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING, from Dee and me.
    With LOVE,

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    1. You are so right, Lucille, angels!! We are very grateful to be spending Thanksgiving in Virginia, with the whole family, including VJ!!
      So glad you liked the post…I love making place settings special around the holiday!! A great way to do it is with ornaments, whether they are homemade or not!!
      Thank you for checking in to my blog and for your kind comments!! Wishing you, Dee and your whole family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving🧡🙏😇


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