Guess what? Christmas is almost here! I'm super excited, and grateful that I can finally start to decorate my home for the holidays. Last year I went for a Scandinavian-theme with my holiday decor, and this year I'm continuing the motif. I love the care and simplicity of the Nordic patterns that pop up during this season, and I decided I wanted to replicate those patterns on some hand-painted Scandinavian stockings. It was easier than it looks - keep reading to see how it works!
We're getting to that time of year where two different things are happening: parties are picking up, and the cold weather is forcing us to spend more time indoors. So... basically the perfect combination for some cozy aromatherapy! The fall season has so many distinct smells associated with it - like crisp winds, earthy leaves, fresh rain - and one of the most recognizable scent combinations is that of mulling spices. Whether you have a dinner party coming up, or simply want to flood your home with the scents of the season, this quick fall simmer pot is sure to do the trick.
Wintertime is in full swing here in Minnesota. Early in the week we experienced a few rounds of snow and ice, resulting in the outdoors being treacherous and uninviting. While I definitely have holiday-related errands to run this weekend, staying off the roads and keeping indoors is pretty tempting. I'm a homebody for certain, and I've learned how to keep the stir-crazies away during these colder months. Part of staying sane while being stuck inside has to do with how you light your home. Coziness is a must, and these DIY holiday luminaries are just that - cozy!
And there’s no easier way to add a little festive cheer to your presents than with...
When it comes to Christmas Day activities, it’s fair to say that the adults in our household could just eat and chat from morning 'til night. After all, there’s a lot to catch up on when the whole gang gets together!
But now that our family is starting to expand with the next generation of littles, having something to keep the kids entertained has become much more of a focus than it was in years past.
And since piñatas are a...
These felt trees are crafty, kitschy, quirky, and fun. Also? They're easy as pie--you'll have your own mini forest in no time!
Add a pop of color and a good dose of cheer to your next celebration with this easy, no-sew bunting!
It's pumpkin season. But instead of carving the buggers, how about drinking them? These boozy recipes would be perfect to serve at any fall gathering but especially at Halloweentime and Thanksgiving.
We'll start with the very fun and festive Pumpkin Margarita.
Or how about a Pumpkin
Considering how much time some people spend in their cars every day, it makes sense to bring a little Christmas cheer to your commute. The winking Wee Tree would do just that. Available through
During the Fall and Winter months, I tend to embrace my rustic side a bit more. The idea of logs and woodsy things in my home no longer seems borderline-tacky, but slightly charming and a semi-effective way of bringing nature indoors in an attempt to fight the winter blues. And speaking of fighting the winter blues, I think making this paper garland would be a great way to spend a drizzly and snowy afternoon (like today). Are you with me? Great! Let's see what we'll need for a day of November crafting.
Get your festive on by whipping up a fringe fleece winter scarf. Because it's made of fleece, there's no need to do any fancy edge-stitchin' (fleece doesn't fray). Just a center seam holds it all together--and that, by the way, could be done by hand!
Oh, sure, you can string them and put them on the tree as garland, but there's so many more ways to use cranberries to decorate for the holidays. Here's just a few ideas from BGH:
Add them to glass cylinders for a festive nest for candles. (I particularly like how you can get varying heights using the same candles.)
This super simple how-to will take you about five minutes to assemble and requires minimal supplies!
What you need:
- 8 or so small, empty baby food jars
- 3 stems of white daisy chrysanthemums–or blossoms/greenery of your choice
- 1 large pillar candle
- 1 large charger plate–or something equally round and plate-like
- Decorative stones or marbles
- A pair of clippers or sharp scissors
- Floral preservative, optional
What you do:
First, fill the cleaned baby food...
Wineglass stem markers are an easy and fast little item to fabricate. Supplies are minimal, which means they’re inexpensive. Great for gift giving as well as wedding favors, you might want to make a bunch.
Memory wire (This is the secret of making stem markers. You can find memory wire at your favorite craft store in the beading aisle. It comes in coils as well as split rings. I found, since I was going to make several dozen markers, the...
Have you ever noticed how public places make use of white twinkle lights year round? Why? Because it’s festive, of course. Which is exactly the reason we should all consider adding twinkle lights to our homes. An easy way to this is snag a couple of Graham & Green’s lighted Cherry Blossom Branches. For 16£, you get a 100 cm high branch outfitted with 35 lighted flowers (available in pink & white). How festive is that?