On the fifth day of Christmas... I finally managed to write the post about making my Christmas village. I realize it's a bit unorthodox to continue with the Christmas themed content at this point, but as we currently reside in that Post Christmas/Not Yet New Year's Eve no man's land I thought I'd sneak this one in.Read More
I don't consider myself a particularly crafty individual. I do appreciate a good DIY, but only when a ready-made solution isn't cost-effective or aesthetically superior. But there's something about Christmastime that inevitably taps into some repressed get-out-the-glue-gun-and-sequins-and-construction-paper facet of my nature. This year was no exception. In fact, our Holiday Halls dawned a decidedly handmade and homespun attire.Read More
After three years proudly displaying the hot prink Christmas tree I fortuitously snagged at Goodwill, I'm officially ready to declare 2016 its final year. We've had a good run, this flamboyant Christmas hedge and I. But Luke's initial pleasant indifference has since morphed into a seething hatred, with increasingly disparaging critiques lobbed at it (blinding! garish! nuclear!) each passing year. And while I don't share this animosity, I do get bored rather easily.
Three years is enough.Read More
Ok, so I know I'm not exactly reinventing the wreath (or the Banksy), but this was a useful project that turned out even a little better than expected. As I mentioned in my previous post I loved the idea of hanging an oversized wreath above the mantel. However, securely adhering something to that wall is sort of impractical because directly behind the plaster remain the brick remnants of a chimney. Not impossible, but it just requires a little more intentionality (which doesn't necessarily make a lot of sense for holiday decor with a shelf life). Propping something up against the wall is best. Thankfully I had a large piece of 1/2" plywood literally chilling upstairs in our drafty guest/storage room and after some brainstorming, came up with the idea to spray paint a wreath outline on it.Read More