Five Halloween Decorating Ideas: Ghosts of Halloween Past

I’m excited about Halloween decorating this year! I have to confess that I wasn’t entirely feeling it last year. Actually, I confessed it last year, too. I posted about a small Halloween vignette in my foyer and said, “Honestly? THIS is about how much Halloween decorating I wanted to do this year.” Unvarnished truth is what I give you here … Continue reading

Christmas 2015 Recap

I’m easing back from my Christmas blogging break with a quick, photo-intensive recap of our Christmas. We were excited to have Dave’s parents, aka Nana and Grandpa, here for the first Christmas in recent memory (they usually spend Thanksgiving with us instead, but couldn’t make it then this year, owing to those crutches you see in this picture): I was … Continue reading

A Big Announcement, a Small Announcement, and a Little More Christmas

The Big Announcement: I started a new blog! Katja, from ShiftCtrlArt, who designed my header that you see up top here, put some wheels on my house for me. Because our trailer is boxy, too! If we ever buy an Airstream, I guess I’ll have to change it:   I mean, in addition to this one, not in place of … Continue reading

DIY Christmas Crackers: Simple Christmas Countdown/Advent Calendar

You might have noticed that it’s already halfway through December, and you might be thinking that halfway through December is kind of a funny time to post Advent calendar ideas. See, here’s what happened: MONTHS ago, I had this brilliant idea to make 24 Christmas crackers and have the kids do one each day for their Advent calendar this year. … Continue reading

Photo Book Making Tips for Disorganized People Who Take Too Many Pictures

I thought maybe that title was a little too specific, but then I thought about people I know, and I decided it probably applies to an awful lot of people. I’ve been making photo books as Christmas gifts for my parents and Dave’s parents for years and years now. And, a few years ago, it occurred to me to actually … Continue reading

A Very Merry Christmas Home Tour 2015

It’s here! It’s here! The day that forces me to actually get my Christmas decorating done in a timely manner so that it’s not hanging over my head until the middle of December! It’s Christmas house tour day! Specifically, I’m taking part in the Very Merry Christmas Home Tour with a bunch of other fabulous bloggers, hosted by Carrie over … Continue reading

Book Page Folded Paper Christmas Trees

Hey, it’s Christmas house tour week all over blogland! Or so I’ve gathered. I’m participating in the Very Merry Christmas Home Tour, hosted by Lovely, Etc., and my tour will be up tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s a small teaser, and a super simple Christmas craft. I posted on Instagram a couple of weeks ago about how I found this … Continue reading

Christmas Wreath Trio

Thanks to Home Depot for sponsoring this post!   Today I’m teaming up with Home Depot and a bunch of other bloggers for a Home Depot DIY Workshop Virtual Party; we’re all showing off our takes on this Christmas wreath trio and telling you how you can learn to make your own at a (real, non-virtual) workshop at Home Depot. … Continue reading

Dinosaur Christmas Village

“What do dinosaurs have to do with Christmas?” asked my pragmatic and grumpy eldest son. But, really, perhaps the better question is, “what do villages have to do with Christmas?!” Why did people decide that it makes sense to set up tiny little houses in December and not any other time of year? At least my dinosaurs embrace having nothing … Continue reading

A Mail Carrier, some guys from Zelda, and Thanksgiving Dinner Walked into a Bar….

Post contains affiliate links; thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! So who’s ready for Halloween?! What? What’s that you say? I’m supposed to be posting about Christmas this week? Yes. Well. I meant to get this up as a quick day after Halloween post, but it turns out I was so tired from actually living through Halloween that I didn’t get … Continue reading