I keep seeing fun handmade decorations on the web, and wanted to share them with you. Over on Missy's Crafty Mess you can see daily posts of great handmade ornaments from simple to complex. I've enjoyed getting a personal look at someone else's ornament collection. Another beautiful bauble, which reminded me of my own beaded ornament,... Continue Reading →
There are plenty of movies to watch that are all about Christmas, and much as I love great classics like It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and A Christmas Carol (1951), my favorite Christmas movie -- Mixed Nuts (1994) -- is rather off-beat. So maybe it's not surprising that at this time of year I often think of... Continue Reading →
When I was a kid, we used to buy kits to make beaded ornaments. The balls were styrofoam wrapped with silky thread. Then pins with beads were stuck in them in a pattern to make a glitzy ornament for the tree. I adored those old ornaments and when I see them today, I still love... Continue Reading →
As a quilter, I have plenty of fabric lying around. When I decide I want to dress the house up for a holiday, the first thing I think of is ways to use fabric. This fabric Christmas wreath can be adapted to any holiday and is quick and easy to make. All you need is... Continue Reading →
For those of us with food allergies, food sensitivities, or diets restricted due to health issues, the holiday season can be tricky. Just talking about Thanksgiving and Christmas can result in a food orgy. For the gluten- or lactose-intolerant, the diabetic, and others with dietary restrictions, many holiday favorites are off-limits. I struggle not to... Continue Reading →
We had a quiet Thanksgiving at home this year with one friend as our guest. While the elaborate cooking always makes it feel like a celebration, I wanted to dress things up a little. My new focus on the handmade life had me watching for the things we did ourselves. First off, I took the time... Continue Reading →
Or, in Christopher Robin's words: GON OUT BACKSON BISY BACKSON, See you here next week.
Henslowe: Mr. Fennyman, allow me to explain about the theater business. The natural condition is one of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster. Fennyman: So, what do we do? Henslowe: Nothing. Strangely enough, it all turns out well. Fennyman: How? Henslowe: I don't know. It's a mystery. Shakespeare in Love For "theater" substitute... Continue Reading →
Happy Holidays to you and yours! May the kindness of the season inspire you throughout the year.