Month: November 2011

Appliqued Shirt

So, now that it’s officially The Holiday Season, I figure you guys probably have people in your life to whom you may want to give gifts. So I thought in the coming weeks, I’d share some homemade gift ideas.

Now, I can’t actually share the things I’m giving this year, as the readership of my blog is approximately 99% my friends and family. And we can’t go spoiling surprises around here. It just wouldn’t be right.

So I’m sharing things I’ve done in the past for now. Maybe I’ll get extra crafty and make a few extra things just for you guys. I’ll definitely take pictures of what I’m making this year to share next year, though!

This is a shirt I made for myself a few years ago, sometime before I got pregnant, I think. I bought the shirt at Target, in the clearance section for $4. This was one of my first attempts at reverse applique. I was inspired by the techniques I found in The Alabama Stitch Book. A great book to give as a gift for your crafty friends! (more…)

Black Friday and The Right Way to Decorate a Christmas Tree

Hello, friends.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving weekend. I did.

I know it’s Cyber Monday now, and not Black Friday. I’m far more partial to Cyber Monday. It means I can sit at home in my pj’s and get deals on Christmas gifts. Some days I think that I might never get out of my pajamas if I didn’t have to. They’re just so comfy.

I’m not a big fan of the whole Black Friday thing. Maybe it’s because where I grew up there was no Black Friday. We knew of Black Saturday, but that’s a whole different thing. I remember when I was a kid, when we were here in the U.S., there were always after Thanksgiving sales, but I kind of feel like the whole thing has gotten out of hand. I mean, I really love shopping. And I love getting a good deal. But am I willing to risk life & limb over it? No thanks.

Plus, to me, Thanksgiving weekend is a time to celebrate our blessings and spend time with our loved ones. The Black Friday craze takes away from time with our families and friends, and drives us more and more to materialism, on the day after we’ve just given thanks for the things in life that really matter. (more…)

Wild Rice Stuffing

Wild Rice Stuffing

I have a confession to make.

I don’t like stuffing.

I know, it’s like a Thanksgiving heresy.

But often, stuffing is gummy and tastes strongly of celery and salt and the texture just gets to me. The boxed stuff is especially heinous.

I don’t begrudge others their love of stuffing. I just generally take a polite amount and keep it passing. But the thought of wild rice stuffing? That’s a stuffing I might be able to get behind.

Wild rice is a very Minnesotan thing. And one of my favorite foods of all time. (more…)

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