Bitter drinks. Better South.

On our fifth wedding anniversary, my husband, Scott, planned a weekend getaway, staying at a historic hotel in Boonville, Missouri called the Hotel Frederick. It was an idyllic weekend. The restored 1905 hotel was like walking onto a quaint movie set. The bar downstairs was filled, the rooms were each unique and it felt like... Continue Reading →

2021 thoughts…

I have spent the past couple of months ‘getting my mind right’, as many of us do at year’s end. What am I being drawn to? What do I need to gently lay down? I have been increasingly drawn to my past during this quarantine year. Not necessarily my past, but my roots. Where I... Continue Reading →

She wore pearls and felt.

These 5” felt trees were meditative to work on. A perfect craft for a chilly winter afternoon. Scott is becoming a master Cricut user. (It’s a new-to-us tool that I’ll talk more about in the future.) He cut out a bunch of Christmas trees for me. I love using non-traditional Christmas colors. This cool aqua... Continue Reading →

Textured Decor

There is something cozy about a bowl of yarn. It adds warm texture to your living space. If you’ve ever made a yarn ball you know it takes a lot of yarn (and a lot of mindless looping.) This is such a simple hack that I’ve used for many years. It’s also a great way... Continue Reading →

Peppermint Hearts

I didn't mean for this simple wreath to be an ode to Rudolph, but it kind of looks like it, doesn't it?? I hot glued two candy canes together like a heart. Then glued their tips together to form a wreath. Pretty simple. I made a crude circle to use as a base to glue... Continue Reading →

A Few Christmas Glimpses

So many people struggled with the decision of whether or not to decorate for this weird 2020 holiday season. I can fully appreciate those who decided to skip it or simply go smaller than normal. For whatever reason, I felt unusually excited to decorate this year. I think I needed the safety net of memories... Continue Reading →

Hawt Chocolate

We made a deliciously rich and decadent hot chocolate recently that I decided must be a part of my #2020s20HolidayCrafts. I insist you make it immediately then sit back with a good book and one of those arm-knitted throw blankets and have yourself a merry MERRY weekend-before-Christmas. This recipe is adapted from a Southern Living... Continue Reading →

Away. At The Manger

December 18, 2010 Mom had been incoherent for a long time. Alzheimer’s turned her into a completely different person for the last eight years of her life. I sat next to her in the assisted living cafeteria. Dad was at the piano playing Christmas carols for the room filled with other residents, staff, and family.... Continue Reading →

That Little Sequined Number

Have you ever headed into a project and quickly thought: "Excuse me, ma'am. Have we met?!" This was that project for me. My self-awareness was off kilter the day I chose this particular craft project. WHAT possessed me to push nine gazillion sequins into a styrofoam ball with nine gazillion pins?! However...I really like it.... Continue Reading →

Buffalo? Check.

Buffalo check print. Gingham print. Plaid. I absolutely love them all. So when I saw this holiday project I was on board immediately. It was easier than I originally thought and, once again, I will try to stretch this project out further than just Christmas by swapping out the ribbon and wreath. I bought a... Continue Reading →

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