Snow Day Crafts: Bling Your Wardrobe

While many crafters are focusing on holiday decorations and finishing up a gift or seven in the next two weeks, there are things happening in the crafty blogs that have nothing to do with holidays.  Check these blogs for a refreshing respite from the holiday madness. ...more

Five Ideas for Making Quick Advent Calendars Right Now

With the first weekend post-Thanksgiving quickly approaching, will you be pulling out your crafting supplies and making some fresh new holiday decorations? This year, it appears that one of the most popular items to craft is a fresh and charming Advent Calendar. ...more

I have a kit that my Mom bought before she died to make up for my son's Advent Calendar but ...more

Helen Uffner: Get Me Warm and Hose Me Down

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Christmas - Nine Dollar Couch Remodel

When Mr. Scrimp and I got married, we got a living room furniture set that had belonged to Mr. Scrimp's grandparents. It's really great furniture--sturdy, well-made, and well taken care of. And, though it's definitely retro, it really fits with our style. But when it comes to Christmas, it just isn't going to work. ...more

Holiday pajamas, a picture-perfect tradition

Let me set the scene for you. It's Christmas morning. The kids excitedly wake their parents with squeals of "Santa came! Santa came!" The family heads to the Christmas tree to open presents. Mom grabs the camera to record the memories forever when she realizes her kids are wearing mismatched, ragtag pajamas. The moment is not so picture perfect anymore. It doesn't have to be this way though. With a little foresight, you can get adorable (and even green) holiday pajamas well before the "Kodak moment." ...more

It has long been a family tradition that we get pajamas on Christmas Eve.  This makes ...more – Off The Fence and Making A Difference

When deciding what to write about today, I opted to bring a human interest story to you, my wonderful readers. You know how I feel about all things WOMAN. I love discussing all the issues that women of all ages face, and this story touched me deep in my gut. I hope after reading about an incredible woman and her story, Terry Grahl and her organization Enchanted Makeovers, you will be just as inspired as I was. Her energy and passion literally jumped out of the phone, and I had to pass her story on to all of you. Enjoy!...more

Looking for a Quick Holiday Gift Idea You Can Make with Your Kids?

Yesterday, my girls and I were working on a few Christmas gifts for their friends.  One thing led to another and I found myself making yet another flower pin.  This time a Poinsettia.  I loved this project and ended up making two for my girls, and plan on making more.  They are perfect as a broach or as a hair clip. Here’s what you will need:...more

Five Tips for Making a Holiday Wreath

I believe in "short time" holiday decorating-limiting the exposure of Thanksgiving and Xmas decorations to something close to 10-14 days. It's a personal choice that makes seeing any of these items appear much more dear to me. The one exception to this rule is the door wreath. Wreaths can decorate doorways years round - either changing the actual wreath by the season, or changing some element of it to indicate the seasonal changes. Wreaths are one of the simplest items for anyone to make and decorate themselves, making them a perfect crafty project for a winter afternoon. ...more


You're welcome!  I enjoyed reading your instructions for the wreath!  ...more

Crafting for the Military. How we Thank our Troops.

This year in honor of Veteran's day, how about spending some time- this weekend, perhaps?- sewing up a couple small items that can shipped to our deployed troops to say "Thank You"? Or reaching out those volunteer operations creating personalized items- and find out how they could use your talents? Operation Support for Deployed Military began as Operation Pillowcase in August, 2004.: ...more

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Make a Snowman Kit - Christmas Gift Idea