As I mentioned yesterday, I’m really in the mood to put together some Christmas crafts but my next opportunity to do it is the week of the 19th so I’m not sure that real Christmas crafts are worth my time. The crafts I have planned are mostly big projects that aren’t crafty at all: finishing the pantry, drywalling the reach-in closet, retiling the shower floor. BORING BUT REWARDING (I hope). So I probably need to plan for something that will outlast this Christmas and can stick around through Winter when the tree and the santas are gone.

Here are some of my favorite inspirations for this season:

Over at Bright.Bazaar, I’m loving his Three Ways To Festoon Your Living Room. I love all three which is probably a sign that I have interesting and diverging tastes right now because they’re super bright, really cozy, and super dark but I can’t pick a favorite most days.

Poppytalk’s Mini DIY Round-Up featured these junk-mail snowflakes. I’m so excited to have a way to reuse the junk mail that I’m so tired of… and really need to opt out of… and to turn it into something so colorful and pretty. Even better? You really can’t tell that it’s junk mail.

I love how simple these cone trees are. They’re such an easy way to add texture and color to a room while increasing it’s holiday spirit.

The coasters in Oh Joy!’s this & that… would be a really fun product do do your own DIY spin.

These Simply Silhouette stockings could be as elegant or whimsical as you wish. I like the tradition of the stocking with a more personalized (and less campy) spin on it! (via Scissors+Thread)

Well, I think that’s enough crafts to make my list way over-ambitious! Hopefully I’ll find the time to make some of these projects a priority during my Christmas decorating.


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I live with Kyle, my husband, in Kansas City, Mo. We have a dog, Oats, and a cat, Logan.

I am a development professional who specializes in museums and the performing arts. I write grants, fundraise, and assist with marketing in the form of donor communications. My academic background is in history and museum science, focusing on the presentation and interpretation of Africa in American museums.

As a freelancer, I work with clients in need of websites, Wordpress upgrades, and FileMaker Pro database solutions.


Hi! I live in a small two bedroom home in Austin, Texas. I believe in vintage, re-purposing, recycling, and making my home comfortable for us and everyone that visits. After grad school, I developed a love for design and giving old furniture a new life. Hope I can take you all along on my journey to rid my house of the "college days" furniture (or at least re-purpose it)! Welcome, and I hope you stay a while!

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