I've made a bit of a custom of checking in on Thanksgiving morning and saying thank you to all our readers (see 2010, 2006!). November and December are our busiest months of the year, and we work really hard to make sure we do a great job keeping you informed about the best gifts, decor ideas, and DIY projects for the holidays. It's a lot of work, and Thanksgiving day is one of the few we 'take off'.
So, I just wanted to say thanks. To our… Continue Reading
I'm sure you've seen them: inexpensive silvery glass ornaments whose finish is starting to look a little peaked. Maybe the color is fading or even peeling off the inside of the glass. Well....Stephanie Lynn tells us how to turn those old has-beens into new faux mercury glass. And because… Continue Reading
By now, most Thanksgiving dinner plans have been made and we're all working on finishing touches, like how to make our Thanksgiving tables look their best. If you aren't going to go the napkin/napkin ring route, you can always use some creative folding to add a little extra wow to the… Continue Reading
Since Chris' reindeer has me thinking in glitter recently, my eyes were drawn to these simple-and-sparkly trees that could probably double as a photo-op backdrop for that reindeer when it isn't relaxing at the Aluminum Arbre. This easy glitter tree project involves 4 supply items and won't leave glittery messes… Continue Reading
Who likes getting gift baskets during the holidays? The better question is: who doesn't? But only if they're filled with stuff we love. The problem with giving gift baskets, of course, is the expense. Costs can rack up quickly when you fill a big, beautiful basket with a little of this and a little of that. When all is said and done, that stuffed basket might blow your Christmas gift-giving budget to the moon. There are, however, some… Continue Reading
If your DIY skills aren't quite up to snuff, but you're still wanting to give handmade gifts to loved ones and friends, you're in luck! We've rounded up 23 fabulous hand-crafted items from talented artists, craftsmen, and creators across the Internet.… Continue Reading
I've never actually had a wreath on my door, for any season or occasion. Ever. I'll probably be voted out of the craft community for admitting such a thing, but it is true. Still, I love looking at what other people come up with for their doors, like this candy cane-inspired wreath. … Continue Reading
I'll be honest. I'm not really into glitter. Maybe it's because I'm a guy, or perhaps because my taste lean towards the clean and contemporary. Mostly, it's cause, as my memories of summer camp and Sunday school taught me, it's messy to deal with. Open that bottle, and it's on you for life. It is, as Demetri Martin remarks, "the herpes of craft supplies."
But this holiday season...I don't know...I'm kinda feeling it. Perhaps it's sparkles will match my beloved aluminum Christmas tree, or maybe cause the holidays always allow for going a little over the top, but they're feeling festive… Continue Reading
While brown paper packages tied up with string are classic and timeless, we love this modernized, hand-crafted approach!
Kate Lilley of Mini-Eco created these stunning and simple gift wrap designs using silver pens and, well, her imagination! The metallic ink and brown paper combo keeps things looking classy, while the faceted designs keep everything up-to-the-minute fresh. Check out more over on Mini-Eco!… Continue Reading
As the holidays quickly approach, people everywhere scramble to get their homes ready to entertain friends and host out-of-town guests. It is important to have the high traffic areas such as the living room, kitchen and bathroom clean and tidy, but make sure not to overlook two easily forgotten areas: the kitchen pantry and guest closet.
Make your visitors feel right at home with these tips for creating clean and organized… Continue Reading