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4 Festive Party Garland Ideas

4 Festive Party Garland Ideas

Creating a fun and festive garland is a great way to easily add some flair to your next party. String it up on a backyard fence, attach them to a plain white wall in your home, or style them down a staircase – Voila, you have instant décor!...

A Creative Gift Wrap Idea

A Creative Gift Wrap Idea

Gifting your loved ones with money or a gift card can sometimes feel very impersonal. However, if you put some thought into how you present your gift, it can make all the difference. Instead of just handing the recipient a card with some cash, consider taking a few moments to wrap...

4 Simple Tips to Entertain Like a Pro

Party planning doesn’t come naturally for everyone. While some people are very comfortable preparing menus and digging out their linens, others, break into a sweat just thinking about entertaining a large crowd. Even if you are not a natural hostess, you can still host an event that surprises your guests into thinking you’re a party pro...

Non-Fabric Sewing Fun

Non-Fabric Sewing Fun

Do you own a sewing machine but lack the space at home to have it readily available for spontaneous sewing and craft projects? Though I now have a studio where I can keep my machine available all the time, I used to keep it in a travel bag in my closet and sadly, rarely pulled it out for small jobs...

An Easy and Thoughtful Housewarming Gift

An Easy and Thoughtful Housewarming Gift

Recently, we’ve had a few new families move into our neighborhood and I’ve been searching for a thoughtful, yet simple, gift to deliver to our new friends. After thinking it through, I had the idea to put some of my family’s favorite “must have” kitchen items into a jar...

Home Decor: Upcycled Vintage Plates and Platters

When I’m shopping at thrift stores or antiques shops, I often stumble upon sweet vintage plates and platters that are inexpensive due to their less-than-desirable condition. Hairline cracks and surface crazing can put an otherwise pretty plate right into the bargain bin...

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