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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: Cinnamon & Salt Dough Ornaments

Hello there, ornament enthusiasts! I spent my weekend decorating, shopping and crafting – so I am now officially in the holiday spirit.


And my house not only looks great, but it smells fantastic, too! Every year, my family has a tradition of making salt dough ornaments as gifts. This year, however, I decided to mix things up and to whip up some more rustic, aromatic cinnamon ornaments. Read Post…

DIY Decorations: Candy Cane Crafts

Hot Chocolate DIY Christmas Holidays

Happy Holidays! As you know, I’m all about making my own ornaments and cards this year. So I’m back with more DIY décor to get us all into a festive mood. Next on my list of Must Makes: The candy cane heart.

Candy Cane Hearts DIY Christmas Decorations

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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.

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