Christmas Traditions

I’ve never questioned where my knack to create things came from.  Growing up my mom made all of my Halloween costumes, if something was broken my dad would fix it and our homemade gingerbread house parties were a hit with all of my friends.  It was no different when it came to decorating the house […]

Winter Citrus Cocktail

If we’re being honest, when I think “winter cocktail” I usually think of something along the lines of an eggnog or a mulled wine.  Maybe a chocolate martini garnished with a candy cane or even a hot toddy.  But a grapefruit concoction? -usually not on the top of my holiday drink list.  This winter citrus, […]

Thanksgiving Preparations

As usual the holiday season is approaching at lightning speed.  Thanksgiving is just three days away and I swear summer was just a few weeks ago!  How did that happen?! Now while I don’t have any tricks to slow down time, I do have a few tips to assist in your Thanksgiving prep. I’ve mentioned […]

Sweet & Salty Stove Top Popcorn

I have strong feelings about popcorn.  It’s always been a staple in my household and is more than just the occasional movie food.  Growing up my mom would pop a big bowl, top with salt and mix in some raisins – the perfect simple snack.  Freshly popped popcorn is a blank canvas to be dressed […]

Twine & Braids Winter Collection

The weather in New Jersey has been unseasonably warm for early November, today reached a balmy 75 degrees.  As much as I am trying to enjoy this unexpected warmth before it’s gone for good, it’s been making it difficult to get into the holiday groove.  Despite the heat, I’ve been working hard on my winter […]

Hand Painted Globe

I’ve wanted to take on this globe project for a while but have had a difficult time allowing myself to actually paint on a globe.  I just think there are certain pieces that are best left in their original state. That is, however, until I found this globe in the clearance section.  It came with […]

Mason Jar Chalkboard Lids

When we moved into our apartment, one of the first DIY projects I completed were these Mason Jar Chalkboard Lids for kitchen organization.  I have half gallon mason jars all over my kitchen storing everything from coffee to flour, clothespins to popcorn (lots of popcorn).  They would also be great to use as office and […]

Apple Muffins

Fall is in full swing around here and these Apple Muffins are the perfect breakfast treat for a chilly morning.  We recently went to an orchard and naturally came home with more apples than two people can handle, so I’ve been in the kitchen thinking up ways to use them.  These muffins have chunks of […]

Paint Pen Pumpkins

Despite being an avid fan of all holiday customs; pumpkin carving, egg dying, tree decorating, holiday card making – you name it, I’m there (in appropriate seasonal attire),  I’ve recently been taking these time-honored traditions and giving them an update.  With Halloween approaching I decided to opt against the classic jack-o-lantern and instead decorated my […]

Here goes nothing

What came first? Twine & Braids or the egg?  In this case it was the yarn egg. In late January of this year I started an Etsy shop called Twine & Braids based on a homemade Easter decoration I crafted up a few months prior.  Since then I have expanded to various home and holiday decor pieces […]

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