Real Talk: What's the Best Christmas Cookie?

by M.E. Gray

Real Talk: What's the Best Holiday Cookie?

I never believed in Santa Claus.

I was raised in a pragmatic and practical household. My parents were, and are, no-nonsense folk. Keen on traditions, but not fond excess frill. This was true during the holidays, too. From the very beginning, there was no Santa. He was just a story, a nice idea. Instead of the jolly man in the red suit, there was gratitude for one another, and drawn-out appreciation for gifts received (we were only allowed to open two gifts a day - one in the morning and one at night - for the duration of the twelve days of Christmas, or until the gifts ran out). I don't feel like I missed out having a childhood without Santa. If anything, I'm kind of glad I got to skip the heartbreak of realizing he was just a fantasy. You know where I did miss out, though? In the Christmas cookie department. Big time.          

Continue Reading

Curbly Original
Bet You Didn't Know Shelf Liner Could Be This Festive!

by M.E. Gray

DIY window decals - These aren't regular paper snowflakes!

Here in the frozen north (a.k.a. Minnesota), no one really likes snow. As soon as those first puffy flakes come tumbling down from the sky, you can almost hear a unanimous groan echoing across the state. We experienced our first snowfall the weekend after Halloween, and no one was happy about it... except for me. I love the snow! Granted, I'm not from here, so maybe it's just a matter of me not being sick of it yet. The snow is still magical, though. I can't get enough of it, and I am more than happy to hang a few DIY window decals in its honor.       

Continue Reading

81 Do-It-Yourself Christmas Decorations That Are Actually Stylish

by M.E. Gray

A mega roundup of do-it-yourself holiday projects that are actually cute

Christmas decor comes in a wide range of styles. Some decorations are cute, some are classy, and some are, well... I'll say it: ugly. Sadly a lot of do-it-yourself decorations can fall into this last category, but I'm here to tell you it doesn't have to be that way. I've found 81 examples of stylish Christmas decor that you can make yourself (and proudly display when you're done).          

Continue Reading

Curbly Original
Gifts You Need to Start Making Right Now to Stay On Top of Your Holiday Schedule

by M.E. Gray

DIY Christmas gift ideas. Here's your reminder to start DIYing for Christmas now!

That's right, folks. The year is coming to a close, and the holidays are upon us once again! Chances are if you're reading this, you have interest in the craftier side of life. Me too, and every year for Christmas I always promise myself I'll make a few DIY Christmas gifts to share with family and friends. This intention is all well and good, but useless unless I plan ahead. So crafters, here's your reminder: it's time to start making stuff! I've put together this roundup of projects that Curbly has made in the past in the hopes of jump-starting your creative process for a holly and jolly DIY Christmas.     

Continue Reading

Curbly Original
Make This: DIY Paper Wishbone Garland for Thanksgiving

by M.E. Gray

Thanksgiving decoration done on the cheap: Paper Chain Wishbone Garland

I've been a vegetarian for over 13 years now, and there aren't many meat-eating rituals that I feel like I'm missing out on. I don't crave hamburgers, I don't really care for barbecuing, and carving a turkey isn't my style either. Free wishes, though...that's something I could use more of! This quick Thanksgiving decoration is as close to a wishbone as I'm getting, and after the holiday I'll be ripping a few in half so I can make a wish anyway.       

Continue Reading

Real Talk: Does Anyone Actually Like Pumpkin Pie?

by M.E. Gray

Real Talk: What's the Best Thanksgiving Pie?

When it comes to Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s easy to get obsessed about the details. The holidays only come once a year and it sucks to feel like you missed out on the festivities. We all have certain traditions that make the holidays just feel like the holidays. One year as a kid, my mom tried to change up Thanksgiving dinner. She didn't feel like cooking the same old turkey and green bean casserole, so instead we had a thematic dinner...

Continue Reading

Curbly Original
5 Quick Costumes You Can Put Together Using Cat Ears

by M.E. Gray

5 Last Minute Costumes You Can Make Using Cat Ears

There are a handful of Halloween costumes are never going to go out of style. Year after year they make their appearances: witches, ghosts, Disney princesses, cats... Chances are if you've celebrated Halloween, you have some old props and costume pieces lying around. We're recycling the old and making something new with these five last minute costumes for cat lovers. Dig your old cat ears out from the bottom of your dresser drawer, and let's...

Continue Reading

Curbly Original
5 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes That Only Require Face Paint

by M.E. Gray

Five quick and easy costume ideas that only require a bit of face paint

Every year I set lofty goals for what I want my Halloween costume to be. I daydream that my costume will be obscure, creative, witty, complicated, unique... What inevitably ends up happening is that Halloween weekend rolls around and I'm still scrambling for inspiration. This year, I grabbed an inexpensive palette of face paint from the costume store so I'd be ready for any last-minute parties that creep up on me. If you're in the same perfectionist-steered boat and can't settle on ideas until it's almost too late, here are five last-minute Halloween costumes that only require face painting. Easy enough.     

Continue Reading