How to Make a Jingle Bell Jar (and other Mason Jar crafts)

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You all know I feel I'm a bit lacking in the craft gene department. Yet in a cruel twist of irony, I've always been drawn to crafts and enjoy the idea of them immensely. The honest truth is that most of my crafting attempts over the years have … ** Read more **

A Touch of Christmas in Every Room!

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I think there is something so  romantic about decorating every room for Christmas, don't you? Sigh. I love seeing a bit of holiday decor in bedrooms, bathrooms, hallways and the kitchen as well as the expected places like the living room and dining … ** Read more **

Only at Our House:: The Week Before Holidays

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the new paint (Behr All in One Studio Taupe):: one less room with swine! What?! Am I the only insane person who tears apart her house to paint walls just before the holidays? Kind of like the week before Thanksgiving in 2007 when I was … ** Read more **

10 Ways to Get Inspired for Christmas

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Is it really only 2 weeks until Thanksgiving and a little over 6 weeks until Christmas? Gahhhh. I need to get in the festive holiday spirit. Here is what I'm going to do to start getting myself in the mood: 1. Start listening to the holiday tunes. … ** Read more **

Christmas at The Bloedel Estate

We are having a lovely Christmas holiday just spending time together. Of course, there is nothing like being chased by a GIANT SWAN! I was the one he was chasing. I was sure he was coming to peck my eyes out. Isn't this wonderful? I'm ready to … ** Read more **

Holiday Mom Fail?
Time for a Change of Focus.

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photo: H. Dickens So here I sit, presents NOT wrapped, blog NOT done and a merry MESS on every surface. The snowman muffin papers are still empty, waiting for me to get baking. I'm printing out online gift certificates for one of our kids who ended … ** Read more **

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