For the past few years my husband has been in charge of the games at his family Holiday party. So every year we try to come up with something different that will be entertaining for the variety of ages of those attending the party. In the past we've done various versions of Jeopardy and Minute to Win It as well as the usual trivia and mixer games. But this year we decided to do a holiday version of... (source) That's right. What could be better for a holiday party than a good old fashioned ... View the Post
An Old Fashioned Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial and Free Pattern
Yes, I know Halloween was just yesterday but Elizabeth and I have more holiday projects, tutorials, activities, and announcements planned than there are days to share them on so we need to get started. First in line is this Christmas Tree skirt that I shared over the summer over at The Moda Bake Shop. (When I made it Christmas seemed so far away and now it's right around the corner!) When it comes to Christmas I'm always looking to the past...I love anything traditional, vintage, and ... View the Post
A Snowball Quilt and other odds and ends.
I can finally share some projects that I made before Christmas for some holiday handmade gifts. This snowball quilt has finally reached its new owner, but I got to sneak a few pictures first. And although I barely finished hand-stitching the binding on Christmas afternoon, it was well-received when she opened it. I used Riley Blake Design's Alpine Wonderland by Sherry Berry Studios for the main fabrics. And for the snowballs, I followed this tutorial from Cluck, Cluck Sew. It's a great ... View the Post
Tales of High Fevers and Failed Plans
A week ago today I was curled up in a ball, running a fever, hallucinating and barely able to take care of myself let alone my family. I felt sad and overwhelmed. Starting at about 3:00am on Thanksgiving morning until now we have had at least one sick person at our house constantly.We've had everything from influenza to ear infections. And poor baby Ruth she had pneumonia and then got croup on top of that! I was freaking out. Literally this past month everything has taken a back seat to ... View the Post
Vintage Santa Napkin Holder Tutorial
While helping my mom put up her Christmas decorations a month or so ago, I came across these vintage Santa napkin holders that we used to use as kids. Only two of the many we had survived the years, but I thought that this year it would be fun to re-create them with the kids for our Christmas Eve dinner with my parents. If you want to make some too, here is what you will need: *White felt *Pink or skin-colored felt *Googly eyes (but I kind of prefer the tiny black poms like on the ... View the Post
A Handmade Christmas: A few thoughts.
(These were actually neighbor gifts from last year, I didn't even take a picture of this year's gift. Inside are the tiny blue sewing kits that you buy at the dollar store.) My deadline for sewing is today----ahhhh!!! And I can see the end in sight. I got the kids pajamas done (they aren't as fancy as last year's, but it's going to be okay), the teacher's gifts are done, neighbor gifts are handed out.....and I am ready for Christmas break to get here. The last thing on my to-do list is to ... View the Post
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