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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...