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Best of Etsy: Kitchen Gifts for Cooks

Season’s greetings! How are you all surviving? I hope that you’re having a merry month and that your shopping is more about the holidays and less about the hassle. If you’re still stuck on what to get a chef in your life, I have a few unique kitchen suggestions. Just make sure you order soon! Time is flying!

Gourmet salts might be the perfect gift for foodies who don’t normally indulge themselves. These special salts are made in small batches and infused in a variety of flavors. They could become the secret ingredient in your favorite cook’s favorite dish. Shop the many gift pack options here and have this salty gift sent from California stat. Read Post…

Pantone Color of the Year 2015: Marsala

Well, the results of the secret meetings have been revealed! The Pantone Color of the Year for 2015 is the vineyard dwelling marsala – and I can’t wait to hear what you think of this winning, winey hue.

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As the handmade pillow above displays, this hearty tone pairs well with neutrals and whites. According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, “Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.”   Read Post…

DIY Decorations: Yarn Star Ornaments

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The holidays are here and I’m seeing stars already! I hope you all had an excellent Thanksgiving. Now that all of my dishes are done and I’ve eaten approximately 17 leftover sandwiches, I thought I’d turn my attention toward decorating for the holidays.

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If you like a rustic look and a simple DIY project, making your own yarn star ornaments should be right up your alley. With just a few toothpicks, some yarn and household glue, you can create cozy, personal and cost effective gifts in minutes. Click here for my step-by-step tutorial.


And if you like working with yarn, you don’t have to stop at stars. Especially if you knit, you might find you have lots of yarn hanging around the house. There are all kinds of warm and wonderful decorations you can create from your scraps. Camilla Fabbri came up with these unexpected and fun yarn-wrapped pinecones. I always love bringing the outdoors inside – particularly when it’s freezing out there!


I also love finding low cost and practical ways to wrap my gifts. This adorable yarn pom pom and doily combo is sweet and savvy. H. Camille Smith instructs us “To make the pom-pom, wrap several loops of yarn around your fingers, knot the loops in the middle, then trim the knotted yarn into a rounded pom-pom shape.” That sounds very doable to me – I can’t wait to try it.

So I’m all set to get to work. Check back here for more simple and sweet ways to decorate this season. And if you have any favorite holiday crafts you like to break out this time of year, feel free to share them below.

Thank You, Veterans! Poppies of Appreciation

Maya Angelou said, “How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” and today we do just that.


The beautiful red poppy is a symbol of gratitude that can be displayed in support of our soldiers, past and present. If you’re interested in learning more about the significance of these rosy and resilient flowers, please read this article written by DIY Host and garden guru, Maureen Dilmer. I loved learning about the symbol’s history and I’ve been thinking of different ways to include poppies in our everyday lives.

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Windows Boot Camp: Window Materials

Aristotle once told us that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” and that is certainly true when it comes to your house. That being said, choosing the right parts can help significantly to create the best home for you.

All photos courtesy of Pella

Welcome back to Boot Camp, recruits! Your windows are an integral component of your house and it’s important to select the right material when you’re shopping for new ones. Let’s take a peek at some of the options out there.

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