Tag Archives: christmas

The Best Christmas Cookie Exchange Recipes

One of my very favorite holiday traditions is the hosting of an annual cookie exchange and this year I decided to throw one in true Scandinavian style. The tradition started as a way of saving everyone...

five easy cranberry recipes

Combine this tart holiday fruit with everything from cheese to chocolate and quickly whip up holiday treats that everyone will love. Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks to make this traditional fruit great....

Simple Cranberry Christmas Cake

We often think of stringing cranberries for the Christmas tree, but the tart fruit is good for so much more! In our coming holiday magazine I’m directing an entire story on cranberries. The fruit is one...

merry Christmas morning

We are hosting Christmas this year and busy finishing up the last minute preparations for the weekend. With all the festive meals to be eaten, it is Christmas morning breakfast that I am most excited about....

making merry painted bucket

A simple project for this last week before Christmas. It only takes a couple minutes to throw together (plus dry time) and you can easily use an old glass vase you have on hand. I’m hoping...

reason to celebrate | reverse lights

Christmas lights with their twinkling in the night are the loveliest this time of year. For day, hanging felt balls and bunting outdoors allows for the celebration to continue even while the sun is bright (love!)....

layered paper balls

I’ve had a stash of these purchased paper balls for years that have slowly dwindled down each holiday season. They are such a pretty addition to our Christmas decorations. To revive the couple left, I set...

feather wreath

This festive wreath was originally designed as a movable art piece for our crafted gift guide. I ended up loving it so much, does that ever happen to you? So much… that it seems to have...

oversize wooden blocks

These over-sized blocks will bring a dose of brilliant fun for the kids this winter. I originally crafted them for the twins bedroom and they’ve received much playtime and love since then. Although the project looks...

crafted gift guide | to give the Mr.

Unique gifts presented with joy will elate your Mr. during this holiday season. Especially when you let him know how much you thought of him while crafting his perfect present:)

a year of indulgence

A favorite treat produced in twelve distinct forms equals the perfect DIY gift for most of the men in our lives. From BBQ to beer, beef jerky to books, twelve special and thoughtful selections of their...

painted tip Christmas tree

I adore the touches of paint I have seen on nature this season which inspired this painted tip Christmas tree. A pretty living gift for that favorite teacher, the neighbor who always watches your dog, or...

caramel sea salt ornaments

I am happy to welcome in holiday season 2011 by kicking off our week long DIY holiday gift guide! Giving handcrafted can allow your Christmas season be more meaningful, peaceful and affordable. It leaves extra time...

wrap it up | for advent

This weekend marks not only the wonderful celebration of Thanksgiving, but also the start of the Advent season. I love a simple Advent calendar design during this very busy time of year, we used balloons! To...

wrap it up | in stitches

Hand stitched wrapping paper is an easy way to put a sweetly personal touch on your holiday gifts. Use festive words, names, or designs to give each present a special and unique presentation. To recreate the...

holiday favorites

Before we jump into the new holiday season I want to take a minute to recap my favorite projects and events from last year… A sketched holiday celebration, at the beach and Christmas in a bottle....

sparkle and lace bunting

A recent bunting DIY with sparkle and lace! I first used this idea for our Valentine’s girls night and imagine it to be a gorgeous touch for any winter wedding. I saved the project after photographing...

reason to celebrate | stray dog designs

Although it is still September something about the crisp chill in the air has caused me to begin dreaming about the season to come. These bright handcrafted ornaments are fueling my excitement (especially the artistic pine...

reason to celebrate | Christmas in July

Today it is officially five months until Christmas. Does that seem crazy to anyone else? Since we will be (for the first time) living in a city blanketed in white for the season I am already...

Dreaming of a white Christmas

Merry Christmas to you. I am so glad to finally share my third holiday shoot, done all in white with a festive metallic touch. A Christmas morning brunch filled with little doughnut ornaments, scrumptious macaroons and...

Mulled wine bar

I found this gorgeous inspiration for a simple white entertaining spread that would be perfect for Christmas afternoon or New Year’s eve. The look of homely white paired with mulled wine and cheese makes such a...

Flags for Christmas morning

Now that we have young children, I feel very strong about having solid family traditions. We’ve talked a lot this season about which holiday traditions we will incorporate into our celebrations. I wonder what some of...