Use scrapbook paper, paint and vintage Santa images to make these Christmas gift tags that also double as ornaments. Embelilish them with embossed paper, velvet ribbon and craft gems.

Years ago, I used to hand make all our Christmas cards. But our list has grown longer, and my days have grown busier, so I don’t have time for that anymore. But I still love papercrafting and adding a handmade element to our holiday celebrations. So, I’m really excited to be joining the Spellbinders Product […]

Holiday Baking Essentials at World Market and Homemade Food Gifts

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by World Market, but all opinions are honest and my own. Read my full disclosure policy here. It’s no secret I love holiday baking. Whipping up treats in the kitchen for homemade food gifts, holiday parties or fireside snacking is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. Homemade […]

Elegant Black & Purple Thanksgiving Table Decor

Disclosure: I received a free set of dinnerware and glassware as compensation for this post, but all opinions are my own. Post may include affiliate links. Read my full disclosure policy here. I love stepping outside my comfortable color palette and bucking tradition when it comes to holiday decorating. Who says Thanksgiving table decor has […]

These simple Thanksgiving table decorations were inspired by fashion runways. And would you believe everything comes from a box? Click for your chance to win a 4-piece feather frenzy table styling kit from Sparkle & Dine.

My dining room table is all set for Thanksgiving with feathers and burlap and mercury glass and shades of green and aqua inspired by the fashion runways! And it didn’t take me any time at all to pull this Thanksgiving table setting together because I used a table styling kit from Sparkle & Dine! This […]

Cheesy Green Chile Cornbread Recipe

Recent text message from my husband: “Do you want to win a chili cook-off?” Yep, we’re competitive. We’re confident. We’re brash. And with a recipe like my sweet and spicy chili, we can’t lose! Especially if we bring a skillet of this cheesy green chile cornbread to serve with it! (I play to win!) Now, […]

How I found my style

I love talking about decorating and showing off my favorite photos of our home. So, I’m delighted to be guest posting today over at my friend Pamela’s blog, From My Front Porch to Yours. I’m participating in her “How I Found My Style Sundays” series, where bloggers answer four questions about how and why we […]

Make up a batch of this yummy lemon curd recipe for homemade holiday gifts. Give it along with blueberry scones and a coordinating tea towel. Find the recipe, printable jar and package labels and an iron-on transfer pattern at AttaGirlSays.com

I love giving homemade treats to neighbors, friends, family and teachers at the holidays. Today, as part of this month’s Crafty Hangouts series, I’m sharing one of my favorite holiday food gift ideas. It’s part homemade, part store bought with a little crafty DIY element. This month, the live craft video hangouts are sponsored by […]

Learn how to make witch's brew punch, a foggy bubbling cauldron and a smoking Jack-O-Lantern, plus lots of other dry ice experiments for Halloween and beyond.

You can’t have a spooky Halloween display without some special effects. A cauldron, plus dry ice and hot water equals a fog effect that will have those trick-or-treaters hightailing it off your porch before they become an ingredient in the witch’s brew! Continental Carbonic, a manufacturer of dry ice with 39 branches in the eastern […]

Use vinyl that you cut yourself (or buy precut decals) and use them to decorate old windows and cabinet doors for Halloween.

Ever since that time I was crowned queen of Pinterest, I have been in love with making window art with vinyl. Oh, and I know we’re just a few days away from Halloween, but this is a great last-minute project if you’re not yet finished spookifying your space. If you have an electronic cutting machine, […]

If love North Carolina barbecue, do yourself a favor and try this slow-cooker, make-at-home version. You'll find recipes for Eastern style and Lexington style sauce. Make your favorite, or try them both, and decided which you like best.

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Smithfield®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #PutPorkontheMenu http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV Read my full disclosure policy here. Sometimes I feel like I’m living in enemy territory. In North Carolina, a culinary divide runs through the middle of the state, […]