Holiday in the Southern Hemisphere: What It's Like Celebrating Christmas in Summer

By: Matt allison Dec 19, 2012

created at: 12/19/2012

We are less than a week away from Christmas. The trees are up, carols fill the airwaves, and gifts are being wrapped...but there's simply no way it's gonna be a white Christmas at my house.

You see right now here in Cape Town, South Africa the weather is a little shy of a 110 degrees, the surfs high and our pristine beaches are covered with tanned bodies flocking to 'The Fairest Cape'.  'Cause it's… Continue Reading

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Roundup: Free Christmas Printables for the Home

By: Craftmel Dec 19, 2012

15 Free Holiday Printables

Is there anything easier than printable holiday decor?  I love it.  And I'm loving that so many great options are out there these days.  I've rounded up 12 of my favorite freebies from around the web that make it easy to decorate for the holidays around the… Continue Reading

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How to: Make a DIY Modern and Minimalist Nativity Set

By: Chrisjob Dec 18, 2012

created at: 12/18/2012

I have lots of great holiday memories from when I was a kid: listening to the Merry Christmas from Sesame Street cassette while driving downtown to pick up the ham with my dad, waking my parents up with my sister after totally having scoped the presents, and warming the handheld candles to make funny shapes with my cousins and uncle during Christmas Eve service. But nothing stands out more than this silly little wooden nativity set I… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Simple DIY Felt Tree Ornaments

By: Capreek Dec 18, 2012

created at: 12/18/2012

How adorable are these felt tree ornaments?? There's still time to whip up a few for yourself or as cheery little gift toppers!… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 25 Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags

By: Craftmel Dec 18, 2012

created at: 12/17/2012

One of the most impressive final touches to a handmade or well-though gift is a unique and memorable gift tag.  You can't put time and thought into a present, and then just write the recipient's name with a sharpie across the wrapping paper!  Here are 25 FREE printable holiday gift tags to put a grand finale on the art of gift-giving.… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Cursive Candy Cane Ornaments

By: Diy maven Dec 18, 2012

created at: 12/18/2012

Love, love, LOVE these cursive candy cane ornaments! When I first saw them, I thought they were store-bought, real candy bent into seasonal words...but no. They're made… Continue Reading

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A Curbly Mom's Best Christmas Cookie Recipes

By: Diy maven Dec 14, 2012

created at: 12/20/2012

At this time of year, the kitchen of my childhood home was covered in a thin blanket of flour. That's because my mom when into baking overdrive around the second week of November and didn't stop until the day after Christmas. We kids all had our favorites and Mom always obliged. These six recipes, by far, were and still are, at the top of the list of must-haves at Christmastime. 

Because some of these recipes have been in my family generations, you'll notice one particular ingredient that would make dietitians faint. That ingredient is shortening/Crisco. When I make these cookies now, I swap the shortening out for butter, which my mother thinks is an expensive, unnecessary extravagance. Also, these… Continue Reading

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How To: Bake Your Own Gingerbread House

By: Matt allison Dec 14, 2012

created at: 12/14/2012

Making your own gingerbread house is a longstanding European tradition. Gingerbread is known as lebkuchen (life cake) in German because ginger preserves the cake for a longer period of time, a classic ode to all things sugar and… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Floating Winter Terrarium

By: Capreek Dec 14, 2012

created at: 12/12/2012

Add a bit of magic to your decor this winter with a scenic, floating terrarium!… Continue Reading

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How to: Give a Gaudy Glitter Reindeer a Classy Papier-Mache Makeover

By: Chrisjob Dec 13, 2012

created at: 12/13/2012

'Twas a few weeks before Christmas 2011, when I discovered the might glory of the craft store glitter reindeer. I had so much fun hacking these glam-covered beasts into something a little less insane, that I wanted to rescue this elegant species from their harsh coats of coarse, uneven glitz again this year. Last year, I came up with a trick for removing the factory glitter and replacing it with something more refined. This year, I… Continue Reading

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Make It: Rustic DIY Christmas Tree Stand

By: Brittni mehlhoff Dec 13, 2012

created at: 12/10/2012

What do you do with a big, old tree stump and a power tool or two? You make a DIY Christmas rustic tree stand of… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 15 DIY Garland Ideas for the Holidays

By: Brittni mehlhoff Dec 13, 2012

created at: 12/12/2012

Garlands are one of the most fun DIY projects to tackle during the holidays. Don't you think? They're festive and versatile and pretty much anyone can make one. So, if you're looking for some garland inspiration for decorating your mantle or elsewhere this year, be sure to check out this list of creative ideas.   

reindeer garland

1. diy santa reindeer garland

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2. cozy pom pom garland

easy neon garland

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Eye Candy: 40 Scandinavian-Style Christmas Decor Ideas

By: Capreek Dec 12, 2012

created at: 12/12/2012

What's black and white and wood all over? A modern, rustic, Scandinavian Christmas! We've rounded up forty (40!!) Scandinavian-style holiday decor ideas that will have you daydreaming of log fires and warm glasses of glogg in no time. God Jul!      

1. Simple Black and White Christmas Decor

2. White Christmas Kitchen Decor

3. Elegant Bathroom Christmas Decor

4. Rustic Bedroom Decor with DIYContinue Reading

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DIY Modern Nutcracker Christmas Mantle

By: Craftmel Dec 12, 2012

created at: 12/11/2012

Nutcrackers are one of my favorite Christmas motifs, especially when they are modernized to my taste (like these all-white beauties) and for certain, these Nutcracker silhouettes resting on the fireplace mantle will be added to my to-do list this… Continue Reading

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How to: Make Easy DIY Tabletop Christmas Trees

By: Chrisjob Dec 11, 2012

created at: 12/11/2012

Last holiday season, I had so much fun experimenting with sprayable glitter (see: here, and here, here, & here), that this year, it nearly didn't feel like Christmas unless I busted out the glitz again. But then, when a friend asked if I had any ideas to make some super easy, small woodland-style Christmas trees for a centerpiece, I knew exactly what to do. 

So, here's how to make a whole forrest of tabletop winter… Continue Reading

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