25 Fabulous & Easy DIY Ornaments

We got a new tree this year. I should clarify for all of you who purchase real trees and get new trees every year--we got a new artificial tree this year. My husband is allergic to the real ones, plus I admit I like the convenience of the pre-lit trees and how easy they are to set up. Our new tree, though, is 12 feet tall--a far cry above our old 7 footer. That means a LOT more ornaments! I will post about my full experience in decorating … [Read more...]

13 Stunning Christmas Porch Decor Ideas

One of the things I was most excited for with my new house was my large front porch! I was really looking forward to decking it out with holiday decor for both fall and Christmas.  And guess what?  I learned that in my particular area and the direction that my house faces are not so conducive to an awesome front porch display.  Wah-wah-wahhhh!  In the fall, since my house is north facing, all the mums I bought that were gorgeous quickly died from … [Read more...]

20 Of The Best Holiday Wreaths

Even I weren't a blogger, I'd still be early with the holiday decor. Why? Well for one, I love the Christmas season. And I've never been huge on Thanksgiving decorations, although I keep some of my 'fallish' ones up until after. And for two, Christmas decorating is a big job and I don't want to have to cram all that work into one day. I start at the beginning of November and just slowly work on it all month. Then by the time Thanksgiving is over, … [Read more...]

Top 10 Tool Gifts for DIYers

Christmas is coming and if you're like me, your list is full of 'weird' gift ideas like new tools and such.  Well, being a DIYer, I know what would make ME happy to receive--tool gifts!  So this gift list is for all you people who are DIYers--send your loved ones to this post and say "Get me anything on here." This list includes affiliate links, please see my full disclosure here Ryobi Nailers 18-Volt One+ AirStrike Brad Nailer … [Read more...]

20 Handmade Christmas Gifts to Start Sewing Now

Well folks, you've seen the signs:  the red and green aisle at Hobby Lobby, the expression "Christmas in July" floating around.  Half of the year is over and the holiday season is ever creeping up on us.  Many of you may be thinking "Christmas presents?! Really?!  Let me enjoy my summer!"  But you know how it goes--you have great intentions for giving some really special, meaningful gifts, but then October turns into November and you've spent all … [Read more...]

20 Thoughtful Neighbor Gift Ideas

Usually I do a super easy neighbor gift or skip it altogether. Sometimes Christmas is just such a hectic time of year that you have to cut your losses and decide which things are really a priority. I fully give you permission to do that! However! If you are ahead for your Christmas planning and want to do something special for your neighbors and friends...even teachers or the postman...here is a list of 20 thoughtful neighbor gift ideas! Merry … [Read more...]

Chocolate Peppermint Crack Recipe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Glad & M&M’S® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. And three times for the win...another version of crack.  Let's just get the record straight--it's crackers.  Crack for the crackers. Today's version (chocolate peppermint crack) is brought to you by M&M'S® and Glad Holiday Press 'n' Seal. I went to Target and got all my stuff-the M&M'S® White Chocolate Peppermint, the … [Read more...]

Ho Ho Ho Christmas Marquee Sign

I love marquee signs--don't you? They are so fun and cheerful.  And so is Christmas, so why not combine the two?  Marquee signs are not as hard as they might seem.  And for an extra Christmasey effect, I candy-cane striped the board.  And now- here's how to make your own Christmas marquee sign. Supplies: 1 1x12x6 2 1x2x6 6 large craft store chipboard letters (3 H's, 3 O's) Round Christmas lights Drill Nail gun, strong craft … [Read more...]