One man’s trash=crafty Christmas treasure

One man’s trash=crafty Christmas treasure

Oh, I had plans. I was going to make things, I tell you. There was a perfect crafting storm brewing around here about a month ago. I rediscovered my love of craftiness through the family room pillow project, and for the first time in years I found myself looking forward to the holiday season with(…)

The most wonderful time of the year?

The most wonderful time of the year?

For years, I’ve struggled with the holidays–mostly privately, but sometimes out loud. I’ve tried a variety of stances toward this season: Fully embrace it (let’s do everything and will ourselves to have a big ol’ Merry Christmas dammit!) Acknowledge its difficulties (admit out loud that I don’t like it, hoping that such admission will allow(…)

Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

Rita has been politely asking me for a while now to write up the post on the benches I made in the kitchen. I’ve been putting it off for a while. I was writing it this summer when I woke up one morning with Bell’s Palsy. (I think Rita wrote about it somewhere on the(…)

Easy, thrifty pillow covers anyone can make

Easy, thrifty pillow covers anyone can make

Chances are, if you attended an American high school anytime from the 70s through the 90s, at some point you wrote a “found poem.” As Poets.org will tell you, “Found poems take existing texts and refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems. The literary equivalent of a collage, found poetry is often made(…)

Great source for handmade gift how-tos

Great source for handmade gift how-tos

As I mentioned in our Minted giveaway post, I’m not a huge fan of the holidays–mostly because it’s so hard for so many of us to resist all the messages to buy too much and do too much. However, I’m not a total Scrooge. I love giving and receiving gifts from the heart that haven’t(…)

Because sometimes I’m slow on the uptake…

Because sometimes I’m slow on the uptake…

…it didn’t occur to me that our little deal with Minted could be a giveaway, in which we’d share our good fortune. (Don’t know what I’m talking about? See our last post.) But when the nice guy at Minted sent me a code for store credit, and it was way more than I’d need for(…)

Getting a head start on the holidays

Getting a head start on the holidays

There are two things I thought we’d never do here: 1. Write a sponsored post. 2. Write a Christmas/winter holiday post before Thanksgiving. I’ve gotten on my soapbox before about my dislike of holiday craziness (for example, in an early-blog post here), and one of my pet peeves is the way in which Christmas has almost(…)