Handmade Christmas Wreath from Christmas Cards Past

I have a problem throwing away things, especially paper remembrances – ticket stubs, cards, programs. There is no logical reason to hold onto the Phantom of the Opera program from my high school orchestra trip or the autographed Penn & Teller program from their performance at Duke, but I still have them. I have quite a stack of holiday cards, […]

Flower-Shaped Paper Ornaments

In preparation for the holiday season, I’ve been making paper ornaments. These ornaments are perfect for wreaths, trees, garlands, or as my favorite use — a gorgeous substitution for a traditional bow when you wrap a gift. It’s amazing how pretty folded & cut paper can be! Today, I’m going to just post some pictures of the ornaments I’ve made […]

Tinseled Pompom Garland

There have been a lot of really cute garlands around this holiday season. I’ve been especially drawn to the felted ball garlands, like this one at Anthropologie: or this one at Branch: And, I think this Christmas ornament garland from Crate & Barrel is also pretty cute: I set about doing some research investigating what kind of garland cost would […]

Semi-Homemade Christmas Stockings

When it came time to make some Christmas stockings for my husband and me, I was limited by the fact that I can’t sew. (I know this is a severe character flaw that I will begin to remedy in the new year via sewing classes from my mother.) I had no idea what I wanted our stockings to look like, […]

Chocolate Kahlua Pecan Pie

For Thanksgiving festivities this year, I made/created a Chocolate Kahlua Pecan Pie. I know some pecan pie lovers are purists and against adding other ingredients to their traditional pecan pie, but I am not. And I love chocolate…and liquor! There’s nothing better to add to a pecan pie to make it even better!

Fat Cracker

The perfect hors d’oeuvre for any Champagne Thursday is Fat Cracker. I don’t know the original names for these divine little appetizers, but they really should just be called Fat Crackers. Bacon fat baked into club crackers with melted, bubbly Parmesan cheese. Yummy. I’m lucky–because my metabolism is so high, I can eat a million Fat Crackers and still not […]