Yuletide Tool List + GIVEAWAY

December 10th, 2010

Last year, I wrote up an article ‘Tools for a Cool Yule’ with a list of the the tools I consider important for my own DIY projects.  Now that this year is coming to a close, and some of you may be thinking of adding a few tools to your holiday list, here’s a revised list of a few I consider essential. 

Those of you just beginning to dip your toes into the DIY pool might consider a few of these handy dandy tools to add to your growing collection.  This list is not exhaustive, nor is this list anything near what a professional might possess.  These are just my personal favorites and the tools I frequently use.  Oh, and if you like the word "Dremel” you’ll love the giveaway at the end! 


Cordless Drill/Driver & Drill Bit Set

dewalt combo

I have a DeWalt just like this one.  They are expensive, but worth it.  I use this for everything, from removing seat cushions to assembling furniture to drilling pilot holes with drill bits.  Cordless, powerful, wonderful !   I couldn’t live without it. 


Measuring Tape and Level

Essential for everything from hanging pictures and art, to more advanced projects like installing molding, trim and wainscoting


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Dreaming of a White Christmas Tree (or Two)

December 9th, 2010

When I was little, I remember my grandparents always had a flocked Christmas tree.  As a girl, I always loved sitting under my Memah and Papa’s white tree, it was so enchanting, like something out of a storybook.  The tree had a crispy texture and funny smell, but I still loved it.  Every single time I see a flocked tree in reminds me of my grandparents.  (And that mothball scene when Lucy hides in the wardrobe before she discovers Narnia, strange but true.)   

Growing up, my parents always kept it green and natural, so after I got married, I followed their lead.  Never ever have I even considered a white Christmas tree in my house.   At the lot the other day, while walking passed the flocked trees, I told my hub about my affection for my grandparent’s tree.  Funny, we’ve spent fifteen Christmases together and he never knew! 

 cg white tree left side


So this year, we decided we wanted a flocked tree too, as a throwback to their generation.  The decorations are a fun but unexpected mix of gold berries, mini disco balls, teal plastic garland, crystals, brown ribbons and mercury glass, and of course, new and old treasures. 

 cg flocked tree fur skirt gold cross



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12 Favorite Hostess Gifts under $25

December 8th, 2010

I love being invited to parties, especially this time of year, don’t you?   Laura from Texas recently wrote to me asking about inexpensive but elegant hostess gifts.  Nothing beats a homemade gift, but time and money are precious and short this season.  If you’re looking for something unique and special and don’t want to spend a lot of moola, here are twelve charming ideas that make great hostess gifts!  All under $25!  

Extra Ingredients Measuring Spoons ($18) and the Castle Key Bottle Opener ($12), both from Anthropologie.


anthro gifts


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