Showing posts with label holiday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label holiday. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

SHOW & TELL: 4th Annual Handmade Holiday Link Up | Gift Guide

There's something special about a handmade gift. Whether you made it yourself or purchased it, handmade is unique and thoughtful. I love supporting handmade products and I used to have an Etsy Shop but gave it up to focus on this blog and my day job. 

Every year I host a Handmade Holiday Link Up. It's a chance for shop owners and artisans to share their wares. From the links, I create a Handmade Holiday Gift Guide to help boost your sales for the holidays. 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

CELEBRATIONS: Holiday Home Tour–Dining Room

Holiday Hutch 2The holiday décor has finally started to make an appearance at my house. This year I went with the on-trend look of plaid and red for a couple of reasons. I love the look and I have loads of red knick-knacks that I could use to complete the look. My dining room hutch is usually the first piece to be decorated for every season. I love switching out the plates and server ware but almost always have a foundation of white dishes. I added the pretty black scrollwork plate at the top and a buffalo plaid scarf and the rest came together easily.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

CELEBRATIONS: Christmas Vignettes from my Home

Merry Christmas friends! If you celebrate Christmas, I wish you from the bottom of my heart a joyous day of faith, family and friends.

If you happened by today, here are a few photos from my holiday décor this year. Enjoy the day. I hope to have the features from The Inspiration Board up tomorrow but they might be a little later in the day…

Christmas Vignettes from homework (2)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

ETCETERAS: Dollar Store Owl to White Glue & Crackle Paint Owl

DIY Crackle Paint Owl via homework (11)One of my favorite things to do is to makeover dollar store items. I’m always on the hunt for fun knick knacks that I come across while strolling around the dollar store.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

HOMEWORK {Reading}: Holiday Issue Martha Stewart Living & a Giveaway

There’s still time to create handmade or homemade holiday gifts and these ideas from the pages of the holiday issue of Martha Stewart Living are amazing. This story is titled Partners in Craft. I love that title because I love to share ideas and feel like the creative community is all about partnering. The projects featured in the story and in this post were created by members of the Martha Stewart extended family – colleagues, friends, current and past contributors to the magazine.


These cookie snow globes are darling. We’ve all seen hundreds of variations of the mason jar snow globe but these take things to a new level. Everything in the jar is edible. Homemade gingerbread cookies, royal icing and little trees made out of hard candy are nestled in a snowy field of icing.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

CELEBRATIONS: Glitter Ornament with Dimensional Magic

Dimensional Magic Holiday Ornaments via homework |
Oh... hello December, where did you come from? It's sort of strange to rush into the holiday season when you still have Thanksgiving leftovers in your refrigerator. But here we are and I lucked out and happen to have a holiday ornament post all ready to go. I participated in UCreate's Handmade Ornament Series a few weeks ago and now is a perfect time to reshare my ornament. Of course, I couldn’t resist using a little glitter to start off my holiday crafting season.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

GOOD TASTE: Peanut Butter Cookie Cups with Salted Caramel Ice Cream

Peanut Butter Cookie Tart with Salted Caramel Ice Cream via homework | There are some days when I count my blessing even more than others. Like days when I get to to come up with a recipe using ice cream that was sent to me. Not just any old ice cream but Graeter’s ice cream. It’s my absolute favorite brand of ice cream. Graeter’s still makes their ice cream in a French Pot two gallons at a time and it’s rich and creamy and oh-so good.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Celebrations: holiday clearance {repurposed hanukkah candles}

Candles 7-001Christmas ornaments, lights and garlands aren’t the only thing you can find on clearance after the holidays. I spied these bright colorful Hanukkah candles during the holidays and was thrilled to find them on the clearance shelf after New Year’s.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Au Naturale: frosty apples

Here’s another item leftover from my fall décor. These beautiful Golden Delicious apples were part of my Thanksgiving tablescape. Of course, at the time, the were unadorned and hanging out with white pumpkins and acorns.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Dirt: forcing bulbs for holiday color

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scotts Miracle-Gro for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Even though we barely waved goodbye to summer, you know what happens once we hit September… our lives get even busier and the holidays are here before we even know it. This year, I’m planning ahead. I want to give gifts of beautiful paper white narcissus and red amaryllis. I am also envisioning a beautiful blooming centerpiece.

P_100630990We always think of bulbs as a spring flower but you can cheat nature by forcing the bulbs. All you have to do is have them hibernate a little earlier and then depending on when you wake them up you’ll have fall and winter blooms.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Inkling: black, white & gold gift wrap

I’m happy to be participating in the Make it Merry holiday celebration. Organized by Diane at Home Sweet Homemade – Make it Merry is 14 days of holiday creativity by 14 different bloggers. Check the bottom of this post for the complete schedule where you’ll find an assortment of holiday inspiration. 

My creative contribution to the Make it Merry celebration is holiday gift wrap. 

This year, I decided to go with a black and white theme and then give it some holiday glitz with a splash of gold. 

For all the gift wrap used on these packages, I didn’t buy anything new. I had a few ideas but basically pulled out a variety of craft supplies, papers and embellishments in black, white and gold. 

This gift is wrapped in plain white printer paper. I cut strips of black heavy paper to use as ribbon. The gold sticks are the bottoms of some curly ting floral that I cut off. Simple, stark and modern packaging.

This small gift is wrapped in freezer paper with the glossy side out. I again cut a wide piece of black heavy paper to use as ribbon. The leaves and twigs are leftover from Thanksgiving projects and I spray painted them gold.

This package is also wrapped in freezer paper. I wrapped gold organza ribbon around the box and glued on black sequins for a festive feminine look.

This gift is wrapped in white corrugated paper that I had used on a few projects last year. I used black & white baker’s twine and covered each knot in a small gold star. The gold stars are large sequins that I spray painted gold. 

Black crepe paper streamers leftover from Halloween projects act as ribbon for this package. I made a flower out of the same crepe paper and added gold leaves and the tops of the curly ting floral. 

It’s fun to be creative with your gift wrap and it’s a great way to use up craft supplies. I hope you enjoyed my gift wrap ideas and find inspiration from the rest of the Make it Merry celebration.

{Click on the links below within the image to view the series}

nifty thrifty things
the blue velvet chair
project possessed
meridian road
modern country style
Truly Lovely
home sweet homemade
Jill Ruth & Co.
Rustique Art
hello lovely inc.
Decor to Adore
Inspire Me Heather
Ladybird Ln
Image Map

This project is linked at the parties listed here and 


Friday, December 24, 2010

happy holidays

It's been a flurry of holiday posts since Thanksgiving. I hope you've enjoyed the holiday themed projects this past month.

In case you missed any, here's a recap.

Holiday Decor
Table Top
Gift Wrap

Ornaments and Decorations
 All of these projects can be found in the archives.

Whatever or however you are celebrating this weekend, I wish you peace, joy & happiness.


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Inkling: oh christmas tree, oh christmas tree

For my final Christmas project, I wanted to accomplish two things. One: make a Christmas tree and, two: use up some of my scraps of paper.

I have a box of paper scraps that would no longer close and it was definitely time to either toss some of it or find a way to use up some of the smaller pieces.

I started with another branch that I rescued from the yard clipping bin. I made a cone out of cardstock and hot glue gunned it onto the branch. Then, I cut strips of paper and started gluing and gluing and gluing.

My tree is a little crooked and uneven but I like it like this. It gives it a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree feel.

A tree can get much greener than this. The trunk made from yard clippings and branches made from scrap paper.

This project is linked at the following:

 handmade projects

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Inkling: it’s a wrap – take 4

For my final holiday gift wrap idea, I wanted the package to have snowflakes that looked like they were falling.

I used my snowflake rubber stamps and stamped the snowflakes onto blue cardstock using silver ink. I taped a piece of string to each snowflake and then taped each string to the package. A contrasting blue grosgrain ribbon covers the tape.

When you pick up the package, the snowflakes sway back and forth.

Here's a recap of the four gift wrap ideas that I've shared.
Now, time to get wrapping!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Inkling: faux birch napkin rings

I found birch wood clipart on, where else…Martha’s website. You can download it here. There are a lot of craft possibilities with this clipart. I plan to make some fun things with it.
Here’s a quick and easy project that will dress up your table. Birch wood napkin rings.

Just like my Thanksgiving napkin rings, I used paper towel rolls as a base. I printed out the clipart on cardstock and glued it to the roll. Cut them up, added a little décor and voila… holiday napkin rings.

If you’re not planning on using napkin rings for dinner, just slit the rings and string them together. You’ll have a pretty birch wood garland.

This project is entered in the Winter Challenge



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