What’s in a Tradition? 15 Stories of Holiday Habits

Holiday traditions
ShutterstockZivica Kerkez

Have you ever wondered why traditions are so prevalent and feel so important around the holidays? As it turns out, traditions reinforce important belief structures. They comfort us with a sense of belonging, and help us express gratitude! Traditions cement existing bonds, and create new ones. If those aren’t reason enough for you to hop on board the Tradition Train, consider it this way: traditions usually involve food, and are usually just plain fun. Continue Reading

How To: Make Fun Cinco de Mayo Streamers

created at: 05/03/2011

There is plenty to celebrate in May, and Cinco de Mayo is just one reason to bust out the colorful decorations.  But let’s not settle for plain streamers this year!  

All you need for this big-impact project are a bunch of streamers in different colors and a sewing machine.  Dana at Made shows us how to easily create multi-colored, ruffly streamers reminiscent of the skirts worn at traditional festivities.  Go here for a full tutorial.

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These make me want to strap on some huaraches and kick up my heels!  Continue Reading

Have Yourself A Nordic Little Christmas

Oh Scandinavia. Why you got to be so awesome?

Nordic folks
know a thing or two about winter, what with 20 hours of darkness and
months of temperatures that will kill you. They manage to say yahboo to
the most rubbish of seasons with the best Christmas/winter decorations
ever. And now, so can you… in two price ranges!

Ikea Light chain with three lights, $8.99

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Elflugan Light, $201 (ex.tax)

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Scandinavian design star light, $61.17 (ex. tax),

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Ikea Kallt Star Light $9.99 Continue Reading

Maven’s Top 5 How-To’s of Christmas Past

The holidays are all about tradition, which means we end up doing the same stuff every year. Including decorating and crafting. As I perused my posts from the last Christmas season, I picked my top 5 favorites. If you weren’t a member of Curbly then or if you were but need a refresher, here they are.

5) Greeting card gift ‘pillows’.

4) Newspaper wrapping paper + pinwheel bow.

3) Clothespin greeting card wreath.


2) Elegant ice luminaries. Continue Reading