Several years ago, a local television station started airing the ‘Yule Log.’ Basically, it’s a loop of burning logs in a fire accompanied with Christmas tunes. It has become a tradition in many households, even ones with fireplaces like mine, to tune into 'the log’. As a matter of fact, it’s ratings often top the charts. If you don’t have a ‘Yule Log’ station, here’s the perfect answer: HDScape’s Fireplace, which is a crackling fire sansContinue Reading
If you save gift bows like I do, you probably have a sack of them, all of which are looking a little crunched up by now. Here’s a great–and EASY–way to remake them into bow mums.
What you need:
- A scissors
- Bows! Large or small, it doesn’t matter, but they must be made of paper ribbon like the cheap sack o’ bows you can buy just about everywhere these days.
What you do:
First, cut the loops down the center, longways.Continue Reading
Spotted this ingenious little item on Ravelry. It's creator, madamsewingstick, first knitted the tiny piece on regular knitting needles and then transferred it to toothpicks with beads at one end. She slipped the entire piece into a clear glass Christmas ball, suspending the needles by invisible thread.
Nothing satisfies a seamster more than fresh new supplies. Whether it be sharp new shears or a handy cutting mat, sewers (not soo-ers) love their supplies. Opt for ala carte when putting together a sewing notions kit. That way you can choose higher quality items and eliminate the unncessary ones. The best thing about this is that you can spend a little or alot and get credit for everything. Here's a list....Continue Reading
Around my house, nothing lifts our spirits more than a tasty, healthy meal cooked out on a smokin' hot grill. We've adopted an untraditional tradition of grilling out on Christmas Eve. Whether it's burgers and brats, or a pork tenderloin, we feel like we've broken the rules a little bit.....Continue Reading
Christmas traditions in my family are pretty straightforward....and boring when compared to what’s going on in the rest of the world! Here's a list with links, just in case you'd like to adopt one or two or more.
In Norway, they hide brooms on Christmas Eve to ward off witches looking to take them for a spin. (Read more about the tradition here.)
In some areas of Italy, they forego the Christmas tree and decorate a small woodenContinue Reading
Sadly most wrapping paper hits the garbage soon after it's torn from its package. To continue to enjoy its beauty, you might want to extend its life by doing these five cool things with it.
1. Make a foil fan.
Company holiday parties, family Christmas get-togethers. They can be fun or feel like the seventh ring of hell--depending upon with whom you are trapped in conversation. Designer Alison Riley came up with the polite yet not-so-subtle 'Stop Talking' cards. You can find them at The Cooper-Hewitt Shop for 8 bucks. No word on how many that 8 bucks give you, although it does seem to buy a handy holder. For a quick and cheap alternative, may IContinue Reading
The winter solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the year, this year it's on the 21st of December. It's kind of a boon to those of
us who don't really do religious holidays at this time of year, as
folks have been eating, making wreaths and burning stuff (all my
favourite things!) to mark the solstice for pretty much ever... even
longer than Festivus has been celebrated.
You can, of course, observe Solstice simply by thinking quietly to yourself
'In your eye, rubbish darkness, bring on the longer days and the way more awesome part of the year'
If you were hoping for something a little more formal you could try:
- Building a wreath, gather your folks and a heap o' greenery (and maybeContinue Reading
Still haven't gotten around to your Christmas or Hanukkah shopping yet? Don't. Instead, you might want to consider opting for a recession-busting, buy-nothing holiday. However, just because you don't buy anything doesn't mean you wouldn’t be giving your loved-ones gifts. For example...
We've had upcycled sweater cushion covers here on Curbly before, and very fabulous they were too. These Christmas stockings from Martha may be their second cousins.
To make them you need
- A sweater (cardigans or Henley tops seem to be simplest)
- The downloadable stocking template included in the instructions.