Take a break from holiday stress: Girls Night Out! (& Giveaway!)

girls night out

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We all know how it is this time of year… we get so busy with shopping & family & busy schedules. So what I REALLY need this time of year is just a fun night out with the girls (no offense, guys!). So that’s what we did the other night — left the kids and the boys at home, and hit the town!

From Snow Globes to Card Art: 7 Simple DIY Holiday Decor Ideas

Winter Wonderland from Corner House

(thanks Jessica for this lovely guest post! -ed)
Whether we like it or not, the colder months are officially upon us and the holidays are just around the corner.  Using items you already have around, transforming your home into a warm and welcoming place is easier than you ever imagined. These quick and simple tips for do-it-yourself decorations will have you sitting back and relaxing with a hot cup of cocoa in no time at all!
Snow Globe:
[ KEEP READING ]Not only is it super easy to create your own snow globe, it’s a really fun child-friendly activity. Grab an empty mason jar and fill it with water, some sparkles (white or silver if you’re going for a snowy effect) and a couple drops of glycerin.

DIY Cupcake Ornament tutorial (+ more ornament links!)

DIY Cupcake Ornament tutorial (+ more ornament links!)

Check out this oh so cute Cupcake Ornament tutorial by Diana Evans… love it! And the tutorial itself is just plain adorable… all illustrated with Diana’s adorable drawings. In fact, I think this tutorial would make a lovely “Do it yourself” kit for Xmas presents. Buy the supplies, print the tutorial, and package it all up nicely for someone who’d love a DIY craft gift!
Get the Tutorial
Need more ornament inspiration?  Some great handmade ornament tutorials here:
Adorably cute Hot Cocoa ornament how-to over at Flamingo Toes.
Dollar Store Crafts has several cute handmade ornament ideas.
A christmas ornament roundup… [ KEEP READING ] over at One Pretty Thing.

Nifty pendants from Toilet Paper Rolls? Cool!

Nifty pendants from Toilet Paper Rolls?  Cool!

Meg over at MegaCrafty has these fun pendants, and you’d never guess they are made from toilet paper and paper towel rolls!
Go check it out: http://www.megacrafty.com/2011/10/pt-and-tp-roll-pendants.html

Halloween Roundup: Costumes, food and drink

Halloween Roundup: Costumes, food and drink

A few more cool links to get those halloween juices flowing:

Daphne (Scooby Doo) little girls costume


This was actually supposed to go up last year (!) but you know how the time around halloween gets around here!
My friend Cecily made this costume for her daughter…  She writes:
For my daughter, I didn’t like the Daphne costumes available for sale from the costume stores.  They are kind of skanky and not the cool retro Daphne from 1970!  She wanted to be the original Daphne for sure.

I used Simplicity: It’s So Easy, pattern #2825 (Dress and Backpack (didn’t make the backpack).  I used purple Kona cotton and lavendar bias tape for the trim.  Honestly I have no idea as to the “right way” to do something like this- I just followed the pattern and when I didn’t understand it, I improvised. … [ KEEP READING ]