Homemade Ornaments: Pinecone Gnomes

I love making ornaments from found, natural materials. Cat-sitting for my crafty neighbor Jane last week, I spotted these little gnome ornaments she had made from the pinecones that fall on our neighborhood sidewalks, and asked if I could share them on The Tangled Nest. Jane’s gnomes were inspired by …

Friday Links: Holiday Craft Projects

I’ve written before on this blog about simple gifts and “The Sanctity of Giving.”  I love gifts, and I don’t believe opting out of holiday commercialism has to mean a moratorium on giving.  This week I’m sharing a few suggestions from the Tangled Nest archives: craft projects that can bring …

Cardboard Box Gingerbread House Gift Box: A Super-fun Upcycle

Last night I was wrapping a present for Claire, and I don’t know what came over me.  The ugly old box ended up as a cardboard gingerbread house.  When Claire woke up this morning, she thought the box itself was her present.  Now we are plotting a whole upcycled cardboard …

Six Simple Homemade Ornaments You Can Make

One day this week we unanimously  decided that Claire was looking much too pale to go to school.  Clearly, she had to stay home, sip hot chocolate, listen to Vince Guaraldi, and decorate the Christmas tree with me (I don’t homeschool, but I do try to keep my priorities straight–if …

Halloween Zombie Cats – Creepy Cookies

Lyanda is out of town, so Claire is stepping in with a guest post: This week my mom was away and I had to make cookies with my dad, to get ready for a Halloween party. Scary! We decided to make cat and pumpkin cookies. We used a recipe from …