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How to Set Up a Coffee Bar

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How to Set up a Coffee Bar

Many people claim that coffee is the most popular beverage in the world, with more than 400 billion cups consumed each year.  About half of the people in the United States over the age of 18 drink coffee every day!  Chances are you have many coffee lovers in your family too, so why not treat… Read more

Holiday Essentials List

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Seasonal Essentials

Now is definitely the time to start stocking up on holiday essentials.  The days and weeks seem to fly by during the months of November and December!  By planning now, you can take the stress out of holiday preparations.  Do yourself a favor and make note of this Holiday Essentials List (before the craziness begins). … Read more

Finial Tree Topper Display

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Christmas | Decorating | Finial Tree Topper Display

One of our great joys this season was the ability to make a lovely presentation using tree toppers and crystal candlesticks.  I seem to have more tree toppers than I have trees!  Some of these treasures are just too beautiful not to display.  With the help of vintage glassware, we were able to display all of… Read more

Adorable Pinecone Elves

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Christmas Crafts | Adorable Pinecone Elves

It was a few years ago that I saw this wonderful craft project featured in a magazine.  The article was titled “Felt Friends”, and it showcased a trio of the most adorable pinecone elves I had ever seen!  One look at the photo and I was hooked.  I love working with felt, and try to… Read more

Candy Cane Place Card Holder

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Christmas | Crafts | DIY Candy Cane Place Card Holder

Every year I try to make at least one Christmas craft during the holiday season, and this year it was the Candy Cane Place Card Holders!  They were extremely easy to do, and the entire project is done in a matter of minutes.  You can design and make them in a variety of colors, adorning… Read more

Holiday Decorating – Pretty Presentation

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Holiday Decorating Tips | Pretty presentation on how to add height to your displays.

If you are in the middle of holiday decorating, here is a great tip on how to add some height to your display area.  Simply grab a few wrapped or decorated gift boxes and create a stack – with the largest box resting at the bottom, and the smallest one sitting on top.  This pretty… Read more

St. Nick’s Napkin

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St. Nick's Napkin - a very easy and fun DIY project!

I am a lover of vintage glass, and because of that … I am also a bit nostalgic.  While recently designing a tablescape with my Fostoria American crystal dishes, it just made sense to add a few pops of holiday color wherever possible.  I had recently seen a page in the December 2016 issue of the Taste of… Read more

DIY Poinsettia Wreath

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DIY Poinsettia Wreath

Some of the best holiday crafts come from scraps that are left over from previous projects.  That is exactly what happened with this beautiful DIY Poinsettia Wreath!  The green sparkly yarn was left over from an afghan I crocheted last year.  I did not have enough of the yarn to make another big project, so… Read more

How to Make a Peppermint Plate

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DIY | Peppermint Plate | They make great bases for delicious holiday confections!

The holidays are here, and now is the time when treasured moments and wonderful memories are made.  If you are wanting to make an impression that family and holiday guests won’t soon forget, then you should consider making this easy and edible Peppermint Plate!  It is a fun DIY project, simple to do, and requires few ingredients… Read more

Mason Drinking Jar Lights

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Mason Drinking Jar Lights | These are absolutely beautiful sitting on a stairwell, especially during the holidays!

This DIY project started as just a whim; however, it ended up being one of my most favorite Christmas crafts of all time.  Pledging not to spend one dime for any materials, I searched high and low throughout my house.  I looked in cabinets, closets, bags … and every nook and cranny. With no directions to guide me, I… Read more