Here in the frozen north (a.k.a. Minnesota), no one really likes snow. As soon as those first puffy flakes come tumbling down from the sky, you can almost hear a unanimous groan echoing across the state. We experienced our first snowfall the weekend after Halloween, and no one was happy about it… except for me. I love the snow! Granted, I'm not from here, so maybe it's just a matter of me not being sick of it yet. Continue Reading
I always stop by the little Christmas village displays in craft stores and look at them for a while, wondering how I could use bits and pieces of it in my holiday decorating without being tacky. It turns out I wasn’t thinking creatively enough, because this simple solution is absolutely perfect for me. Rebekah of A Bit of Sunshine displayed her little pieces in a collection of apothecary jars, which now has me looking everywhere for fun shaped jars. Continue Reading
Have you ever noticed that snow is a great equalizer? Covered in a fresh, frosty blanket of white, the most humble structure can be as breathtaking as the most majestic. Here’s a collection of photos that recently caught my eye that seem to illustrate my point.
The blue home above and the one pictured below were spotted on Pinterest’s “Magical Abodes” page. They may be worlds away in locale and square footage, but they’re equally beautiful in their own way. Continue Reading
Alas, more snow. Can February be any longer??? What to do with all this snow, and feeling all Jack Nicholson (The Shining)? One tasty little distraction would be to run outside, gather up some snow and whip up some, almost free, snow ice cream. With all the desserts that are baked around here, a little refreshing ice cream on the side will round out a hot apple crisp or double, nay triple, fudge brownie.
All you need:
- 4 cups of fresh, clean snow
- 1/2 cup of milk or half and half
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 1/4 t.
A coffee table that interacts with its rug. Absolutely precious.
The beautiful hardwood toboggan sits atop a fluffy white floor rug complete with runner tracks. It’s pretty pricey, but perhaps a thrift store find, some white carpet, and some 2x4s pressing down glue on the carpet will make a nice DIY option.
Brrrr… We’re certainly in the dead center of winter, and for those of us north of the Mason-Dixon line (and for many of you below it), that means lots and lots of shoveling to keep sidewalks, porches, and driveways clean. But, as any 12-year-old kid can tell you, after the first few minutes, snow and ice start to build up on the shovel’s surface, and it becomes heavy and more difficult to use.
To keep the shovel slick and (mostly) ice free, spray both sides with non-stick cooking spray, and dig away. Continue Reading
Jeffery Rudell of the modern paper chain fame, has given us another fabulous tutorial for making your own personal snowstorm. And it couldn’t be easier–or less expensive–to fabricate!
What you need:
- Dental floss
- 1″ round white labels
You can probably figure out how to proceed with the project on your own, but a visit with Jeffery is always a delight!
Readymade has a fast and so-easy-a-kid-could-do-it tutorial showing us how to make our own custom snow globes. Start with a recycled glass jar–they suggest using a Grey Poupon empty–then use epoxy or glue that won’t dissolve in water to attach figures to the underside of its lid. Fill the jar with water and a couple of pinches of glitter. When the glue has fully dried, replace the lid and make it leak-proof by applying a bead of glue or epoxy around the seal. Continue Reading
Here in Minnesota, we have more snow than we need, but if you live in a climate where snow is rare, or non-existant, check out this video. A little sodium polyacrylate and water and–voila–snow.
This is a very simple craft, requiring no artistic skill, that looks elegant and professional when completed. It's perfect for attaching to gifts or hanging up for a little winter sparkle of your own.
- Wax paper
1.Cut the piece of string into three 3-inch (7.5cm) pieces, one 4-inch (10cm) piece, one 8-inch (20cm) piece and six 1.5-inch (3.8cm) pieces.
2. Lay out two pieces of wax paper. Squeeze a few teaspoons of glue onto one piece of wax paper. Continue Reading