Happy New Year

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year. Our celebration was quiet. Very quiet. As in we stayed home and watched football and neither of us made it to midnight. We did have a New Year’s Eve lunch at a favorite restaurant, where I couldn’t help but sneak a pic of their gorgeous dome. My […]

A Winter Reading List

Hello from the frozen tundra that is Kansas City. Our fireplace is getting a workout, I’m drinking at least one cup of hot chocolate a day, and I’m spending a lot of my spare time with my covers piled high and reading, reading, reading. Here are my winter-themed book suggestions. I’d love to hear yours. […]

Snow Days and French Chairs

On Tuesday we got slammed with snow. A foot of it. Grant was out of school from Tuesday until Thursday. Lindsey and her roommates got a couple of snowdays at KU. And even Tom came home early to work from home on the day the snow hit. It’s almost unheard of for Tom to alter […]

Winter Centerpiece with Twigs and Floating Candles

Note: I get lots of questions about how to keep the twigs from floating in these clear vases. The key is to choose little “branches” instead of individual sticks. If the branches are just a bit wider than the vase they should stay put nicely. Recently I’ve made a habit of going out to the yard and […]

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Ten Minute DIY Winter Wreath

I’m always so relieved when the Christmas decorations come down. After a month or more of decked halls, I love the fresh feeling you get when the boxes have finally been put away and the rugs have been vacuumed of every last pine needle and piece of glitter. But I like a little winter decorating […]

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Hot Chocolate Bar

Last fall I bought this tiered, wooden tray and filled it with mugs and plates and apples and little pumpkins. I told my family that the apples were fair game for eating, but the tray ended up being more for show than anything else. Generally speaking, things that are just for show make me cranky; […]