Christmas Chai

Christmas Chai Tea

Drinking my Christmas Chai this week to help me get fight a cold. Cinnamon, ginger and cardamon in this recipe are all helpful. You can Mix some up for yourself. Click the link above for the recipe and brew up your own delicious cup of tea. Mmmmm.

Seasonal Decorating: Fall – pumpkins, leaves and scarecrows…

Pretty fall leaves in a basket.

Pretty fall leaves in a basket.

Fall is probably my favorite time to decorate for. I’m not sure why. I just love all the orange, red, and yellow. The pumpkins, leaves and scarecrows are quaint and I get excited as summer winds down and I can anticipate the crispness in the air that brings on fall. Here’s how we decorated for fall this year. It changes every year. I put some decorations in one place one year and in new place another year. I try to buy one new item on clearance at the end of every season so that we add to or decoration stash little by little.

 

 

Our fall twinkle lights. Made with orange halloween lights with paper leaves twisty tied on.

Our fall twinkle lights. Made with orange halloween lights with paper leaves twisty tied on.

 

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Window decals.

Window decals.

 

Pretty candle holders.

Pretty candle holders.

 

Cute scarecrows.

Cute scarecrows.

 

More cute scarecrows...

More cute scarecrows…

 

Our newest window scarecrow.

Our newest window scarecrow.

 

Isn't this little face cute peeking over my plant leaves.

Isn’t this little face cute peeking over my plant leaves?

Crocheted Easter Baskets

Easter Baskets 2011

Easter Baskets 2011

I made these for my kids a few Easters ago. Now that the baby is old enough to hunt eggs I need to whip her one up too. The thing I love about these: I’m not throwing away broken straw or plastic Easter baskets every year only to buy new ones. You can use them year after year. They will get use at times other than Easter too. As I type my kids are roaming around the house packing “things” in their baskets pretending to go on a trip. I don’t have a pattern to for these to share with you since I just eyed it and made them up as I went along using yarn scraps that I had. I used bulky cotton yarn for mine so that they would be durable, sturdy and long-lasting. If you want a pattern to follow, look over the ones from Lion Brand. You’ll need to register to view their patterns, but they have a lot of simple patterns that I like. The first one in the list if you search for Easter basket on their website is the one that I patterned mine after looking around for ideas. Happy crocheting and have a blessed Easter!

Seasonal Decorating: Easter

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It’s almost Easter. We barely got our Easter decorations up in time.  It was still cold until this last week so it didn’t seem quite right to be decorating for Easter/spring when it was still 30 degrees outside. But, it warmed up last week so the decorations are up now. And the nice thing about Easter decor is that it easily transitions in to spring. Here’s what we have up this year:

 

A white gauze babywearing wrap used as a garland for colored Christmas lights with a white cord.

A white gauze babywearing wrap used as a garland for colored Christmas lights with a white cord.

 

Easter eggs dangle from the lights. I used Christmas ribbon and poked it through the holes in the eggs to make loops to hang them from.

Easter eggs dangle from the lights. I used colored Christmas ribbon and poked it through the holes in the tops of the eggs to make loops to hang them from.

 

Lilies that I had from somewhere clipped on to a ribbon graces the entertainment center.

Lilies that I had from some time in the past clipped on to a ribbon graces the entertainment center.

 

Easter egg window clings from the .99 cent store.

Easter egg window clings from the .99 cent store.

 

The Valentine wreath (a wire frame wrapped with a scarf) becomes the Easter wreath with clip of a flower. I'll switch it to a spring wreath later by adding a yellow ribbon.

The Valentine wreath (a wire frame wrapped with a scarf) becomes the Easter wreath with clip of a flower. I’ll switch it to a spring wreath later by adding a yellow ribbon twisted around the frame.

 

Our scarecrow Rosie, gets a new hat and flower.

Our scarecrow Rosie, gets a new hat and flower.

 

Rosie's Easter basket with a few flowers and Easter eggs mixed in.

Rosie’s Easter basket with a few flowers and Easter eggs mixed in.

 

An Easter tree - the hall plant decorated with the rest of the hanging Easter eggs.

An Easter tree – the hall plant decorated with the rest of the hanging Easter eggs.

 

Happy Easter Everyone!

Happy Easter Everyone!

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day – DIY Crayon Hearts

2.13.14 013In honor of Valentine’s Day today we are making some crayon hearts. So save all those little bits of broken crayons, melt them down and turn them into new ones. The biggest benefit of these remade ones is that they are thick, so they don’t break easily. And they are easy for little hands to hold. More details to come….  If you’re interested in learning more now, visit my previous post – Crayon Rescue. The new mold pictured here is this one (Amazon affiliate link).

Seasonal Decorating: Valentine’s Day

140204_0006I love decorating my house for the various seasons and holidays throughout the year. There is Thanksgiving and Christmas of course. Everyone decorates for those. But, I’ve always enjoyed putting up decorations all year long – spring, summer, the Fourth of July, fall (which is probably my favorite), Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, winter, and now we are at Valentine’s Day.

Having kids makes this all the more fun because they enjoy it just as much as I do. And we’ve come up with some pretty fun ideas together along way. Scroll down to see some of our Valentine’s decorations this year. You can come up with some pretty cheap and easy ideas with some simple items from the dollar store that you can reuse year after year.

Valentine's wreath on our door made from a scarf wrapped on a round frame.

Valentine’s wreath on our door made from a scarf from the .99 Cent store wrapped on a round metal  frame (it’s actually a frame for advent candles) picked up from the curb.

A mini-Christmas tree decorated with paper hearts cut from a gift bag.

A mini-Christmas tree decorated with paper hearts cut from a gift bag.

Valentine's garland made with red Christmas lights wrapped around one of my babywearing wraps.

Valentine’s garland made with red Christmas lights wrapped around one of my babywearing wraps.

Sticky hearts from the .99 Cent store in the window - It's Valentine's Day NYC!

Sticky hearts from the .99 Cent store in the window – It’s Valentine’s Day NYC!

Meet Rosie. She's our scarecrow that we got on clearance two years. She sits in the hall outside our door. We decided that we liked her so much that we keep her out all year long and dress her up for each holiday/season. The kids say hi and bye to her each day.

Meet Rosie. She’s our scarecrow that we got on clearance two years ago. She sits in the hall outside our door. We decided that we liked her so much that now we keep her up all year long and dress her up for each season and holiday (watch for more pictures of her in the future). See – even she has a bag of Valentine’s for you.

Felt hearts hanging in the plant.

Felt hearts hanging in the plant.

Rosie's Valentine.

Rosie’s Valentine.

Isn't Rosie cute. She's a good friend.

Isn’t Rosie cute. She’s a good friend.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Homemade Firecrackers

140101_0005Not really. They are more like a firecracker shaped hand-held pinata that you pull apart.

This Christmas, Grandma and Grandpa brought our kids a London tradition of Christmas Crackers like these which are basically paper rolls stuffed with prizes. So, I replicated the idea for our New Year’s Eve celebration this year. Our six year old made them all herself and the kids had a blast opening them and seeing all the stuff fly out on New Year’s Eve.

Here’s how to make your own.

The pieces of our homemade firecrackers.

The pieces of our homemade firecrackers.

1. Cut a paper towel roll into four even segments or cut a toilet paper roll in half.
2. Stuff with candies, chocolates, tiny pieces of cut up scrap paper or ribbon to serve as homemade confetti. The heavier the contents the better for the flying about the room effect.
3. Wrap the stuffed cardboard rolls with tissue paper (we used leftovers from Christmas).
4. Twist and tape the ends. Tie with ribbon (again save all those leftover Christmas ribbons).
5. Decorate with stickers, marker, glitter, etc. if desired. The grown-ups can help too. 🙂

On New Year’s Eve, put a kid on either end of your homemade firecracker and pull. Watch the stuff fly and be sure and yell “Happy New Year!” The scramble to grab the goodies ensues and then the cleanup at the end. But, it’s fun and a good family celebration. And if you don’t want to use edible treats even fun small toys that you have laying around the house will work – legos, puzzle pieces, toy coins, etc. Fill them up with whatever. It’s the surprise that is the most fun.

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