Homemade Gifts 2016

Here’s this year’s round up of our homemade gifts: infinity scarves, yard dice, cedar cacti planters, money boxes, cookbooks, book marks and dog biscuits. Oh, my! . . . → Read More: Homemade Gifts 2016

Memory Boxes

Keep track of all the joy and happiness that 2016 will surely bring. Make a memory box to keep track of all the new year happenings. . . . → Read More: Memory Boxes

Gift Ideas

No Christmas posting theme here this year. Things are just too hectic, but the Ghost of Christmas Pasts is visiting today. Here are my gifting-themed posts from 2010 to present. . . . → Read More: Gift Ideas

Farolitos: DIY Decorating

So I am starting my own game of Christmas  CLUE with you today.

Clue #1:  Today I am posting very difficult instructions (facetiously typed) for farolitos or luminaries to decorate your driveway or front step.

Clue #2:  On Christmas, I will post about the New Mexico state cookie.

Intrigued?

Have any guesses as to why . . . → Read More: Farolitos: DIY Decorating

A Reindeer Barbershop Sextet (or root beer pack to go)

I feel obligated to again share with you, dear reader,  as we embark on another Christmas gift giving season that I am an often ungrateful gift recipient.    (For more on my Bah Humbug attitude, click here.)    I have received some scary pig teapots…,some lovely wine glasses…,

lots of cat-themed items, regifted towel-sets (that . . . → Read More: A Reindeer Barbershop Sextet (or root beer pack to go)

Make Your Own Gift Bags and Go Retro

I become even more retro and vintage at Christmas time.   I think as I get older, I enjoy more retro stuff.   Er…or maybe it is me that is actually become more vintage.

Anyhoo, I found some old forgotten sticker paper in our office/guest room and I went nuts printing vintage images for packages . . . → Read More: Make Your Own Gift Bags and Go Retro

DIY Body Lotion

Is your skin still trying to recover from the harsh winter? Try out this super-simple recipe for a do-it-yourself, super rich lotion. . . . → Read More: DIY Body Lotion

Happy New Year

Some vintage images from my grandfathers’ post card collections and a couple of Happy new Year wishes to you and yours. (And, I finally got around to doing a Top Ten!) . . . → Read More: Happy New Year

Doo rags (and doo-doo rags)

Keeping up a tradition of gifting tidy-whiteys to the nephews, we created some original headgear for them this Christmas. . . . → Read More: Doo rags (and doo-doo rags)

Maldivian Body Scrub

Ah, wouldn’t a trip to a tropical paradise be great right about now? Can’t carve out enough time to go during this holiday season? Make this spice scrub instead….. . . . → Read More: Maldivian Body Scrub

My Favorite Reads

Eat, Pray, Love
Running with Scissors
SantaLand Diaries
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Angela's Ashes
Naked
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
My Life in France
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
The Liars' Club
Code Name Verity
The Paris Wife
The Shoemaker's Wife
The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel
Brother of the More Famous Jack
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls


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