Do you have any big plans for New Year's Eve? My days of big parties are long behind me, but this does not mean I don’t still celebrate. I may not stay awake until midnight, but you better bet I make pipe cleaner tiaras every year and have a batch of black-eyed peas on the stove.
See? We celebrate!
Hopefully by now all your Christmas shopping is done. All that is left to do is wrap those last minute gifts. The perfect paper has been chosen. The bows have been tied just right. Don't neglect the gift tag. Your tag should be just as lovely as the rest of your gift. Lucky for you and me BlogHer is full of many talented graphic designers who are willing to share the printable tags they designed for free....more
Do you remember the thrill of getting money when you were a kid? Even if it was a two-dollar bill when two dollars would buy you, um, nothing good? For some of us, the thrill of getting money never wore off. *cough* If you've got a money-lover on your holiday list, check out some of these cute ways to pass cash....more
I have been on a real crafting bender lately. Christmas seems to bring that out in people. I’ve been putting together Putz Houses, crafting Christmas cones and tonight I’m sharing how I have been doing it up diorama style. ...more
This is the gift I made this holiday season that I wanted to keep for myself. But that wouldn't be fair for the originally intended recipient, now would it? So I may be making a second one someday. Until then, I will share with you....more
Lot’s of people make their own Christmas ornaments, but how many people make their own holiday lights? Luckily, you don’t need to be an electrician to make these lights. All you need is some puffy paint, chicken wire and gold glitter. Now let’s light it up! ...more
Are you participating in December Daily? I must admit that up until a few weeks ago I was not sure what December Daily was. However, now that I know – I’m in. All in. December Daily started as a scrapbook thing and has morphed into a smashbook, art journal, paper craft kinda thing. In a roasted chestnut shell it is documenting your December activities in a crafty way all in one book. I have been doing so much of said documenting my December Daily journal won’t even close anymore. ...more
Want holiday photos as magical as your holiday memories? This year, take some holiday bokeh photos. Bokeh is a photography term that refers to intentional blur in parts of a photo, such as when the background is blurred while the subject is in focus. When combined with holiday settings, especially lights, bokeh becomes especially pretty - bright dots of color or light turn an ordinary snapshot into a gorgeous photo. If you have a dSLR, taking a photo with holiday bokeh is actually pretty simple. Keep reading for three ways to get that beautiful blur....more
There are moments I can't help but photograph. My 100-year-old grandmother holding both of my children. My toddler's first steps around the lit Christmas tree. The way my husband and daughter sing and dance with the lighting of the menorah. During the ever-famous carving of the perfectly-cooked Thanksgiving turkey. Whether these moments are small and large, one thing for certain is that they are poignant to my family. They are photos I want to be able to show to my kids and grandkids one day.