What Should You Do This Month? Throw a Backyard Solstice Party to Celebrate the Start of Summer

Backyard Solstice Party

While many Americans think that summer starts on Memorial Day, it officially begins on summer solstice, usually June 21 in the Northern hemisphere. The longest day of the year seems like the ideal excuse for a party, so here are some ideas for a backyard celebration of midsummer. And if you don’t get around to throwing a summer solstice party, there’s no expiration date on these outdoor party ideas!                

 For these summer solstice party ideas, I wanted to spotlight some of the things that are better in summer than any other part of the year. Continue Reading

The Days After Christmas Should Be the Best Week of the Year – Here’s How

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You've decked the halls, hung the stockings with care, wrapped and unwrapped the presents, and it's no wonder if you're all tired out. Hopefully now that Christmas is over you finally have a bit of time to relax. Maybe you already know exactly how you want to spend the week between Christmas and New Year's, but here are 10 ideas for how to unwind in case you've forgotten how.       

 

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Photo: Rachel Jacks

1. Take a long, hot bath. Continue Reading

Give the Gift of Self-Care with Bath Salts That Smell Like a Christmas Tree

Though the holidays are supposed to be a relaxing, fun time, for many of us they end up being stress-fests. Between shopping for gifts, preparing holiday meals and treats, and managing family interactions, it can be too easy to end the year feeling worn-out and frazzled. But that’s where self-care comes in. Taking the time to give yourself a break can make a huge difference, and if that break takes the form of a hot bath for you, you can incorporate the rejuvenating scent of evergreens via these Christmas tree bath salts. Continue Reading

Make a Felt Avocado Toast Christmas Ornament For Your Favorite Foodie

I know people love to mock Millennials for our devotion to avocado toast, but I have no problem admitting that it's one of my favorite breakfasts (and snacks). If you have anyone on your Christmas list who is a fellow avocado-toast-lover, this might be the perfect handmade gift for them.         

Materials

 

  • Dark brown felt
  • Tan felt
  • Light green felt
  • Dark green felt
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Batting
  • Clear or silver seed beads
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Printable template

Step

Print and cut out the paper template, pin to the felt, and cut out the following pieces:

(2) pieces of toast from the tan felt

(4) larger crescents from the dark green felt

(4) smaller crescents from the light green felt

(1) 14 1/4-inch by 3/4-inch strip from the dark brown felt

(1) 2-inch by 1/2-inch strip from the dark brown felt

In addition, cut a piece of batting slightly smaller than the toast template.  Continue Reading

3 Ways to Give Plain Ornaments a Stylish, Scandi Makeover

If you’ve ever been inspired by try a whole new color scheme or style in your Christmas decor, you may have been deterred by the fact that you’d have to replace all of the ornaments you already have. But with a little paint, you can give your ornaments a makeover, saving cash and keeping your old decor out of the landfill. Here’s how I gave some glass bulbs a new look, three different ways.  Continue Reading

How to Sew Your Own Pet Christmas Stockings

If you're anything like me, your pets are an important part of your family. So like the rest of the family, don't they deserve their own Christmas stockings? If you know how to sew, you can easily make your pets their own personalized holiday stockings. Just don't forget to stuff them full of their favorite treats and toys on Christmas. 
 

For an extra touch, match the fabrics you use for these pet Christmas stockings to your pets, and embroider their names on the cuffs. Continue Reading

Make DIY Mini Concrete Christmas Trees

 

Though real Christmas trees are wonderful, not all of us have the time, space, or energy to deal with them. So if your tastes lean to the more industrial, minimalist side of things, you can make your own little Christmas trees out of cement. These concrete Christmas trees are reusable, require no maintenance, and you don’t have to worry about ornaments or lights. Of course, there’s no reason you can’t have both a real tree and some of these mini ones. Continue Reading

Make a Bright and Colorful Boho Holiday Pom-Pom Wreath

Ready to go full boho with your Christmas decor this year? This fun pom-pom wreath will set the tone on your front door, and prepare your guests for even more color inside. But of course the color scheme is up to you, so feel free to put your own twist on this project and make your pom-pom wreath in your favorite holiday colors.   

 

This pom-pom wreath is also a great way to use up yarn scraps you may have sitting around from past projects, so you can start the new year with a cleared out, or at least reduced, yarn stash. Continue Reading

Giant Chunky Knit Blankets to Buy or DIY for Your Coziest Winter Yet

A few years ago, super chunky knit blankets started popping up on blogs and Pinterest, and I immediately knew I wanted to knit my own. Mine knit up quite quickly and easily, and I’ve been enjoying its cozy embrace ever since. Now I’m even considering putting one of these kits to knit another on my Christmas list, partly because my cat thinks that the one I made should be reserved soley for her use. Continue Reading

Tired of Red and Green? Try A Fresh Christmas Color Scheme This Year

Tired of green and red? Check out this inspiration for decorating with a non-traditional Christmas color scheme.

If someone mentions Christmas colors, red and green probably instantly come to mind. But though they're the default,  they're far from the only choice for a Christmas color scheme. If you're not a fan of the color combination, or it just doesn't look good with your existing regular decor, why not get creative with your Christmas colors? Check out these ideas for alternative Christmas color palettes for decorating your home.          

 

Why are Christmas colors traditionally red and green?

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