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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.

My Thanksgiving Survival Kit

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It’s almost here! Turkey Day, the beginning of the holiday season, is tomorrow.  That means that road trips, overnight guests and dinner party prep begins right now! But before you panic, take a look at a few tricks and tips I’ve come up with – with help from the genius mind of Dan Pashman, of course. Read Post…

3 Tricks to Lower Your Heating Bill


In many parts of the country, winter weather has arrived! Time to pull on a sweater, pull out the warm blankets and cozy up your home. Unfortunately, it’s also time for our heating bills to rise. But don’t worry – I’ve got a few tricks up my (long) sleeves. Check out these tips to see how low your heating costs might go this year. Read Post…

DIY Dip Dye Holiday Cards

The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming! Thanksgiving approaches! But there’s no need to panic. There is still plenty of time to set yourself up for success this season. A great way to do that? Get a jumpstart on your holiday cards.

I’ve been creating my own homemade invitations for weddings, parties and birthdays using one of my favorite techniques – the dip dye. So this year I thought, why not make my holiday cards, this way too? Above, you’ll see one of my mini masterpieces. To find out how to create your own dip dye stationary, check out my video hereIn this case I was making wedding invitations, but simply switch up your words and your stamp themes and you’re ready to go. Read Post…

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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