Category: Seasons

Groundhog Day – February 2 – Folklore

Groundhog in the sun

Much of the country is covered in snow in early February, and many people have had enough of winter.  It is no wonder that a common question on Groundhog day is “will the groundhog see his shadow at Gobbler’s Knob on February 2?” What does it mean if the Groundhog sees his shadow on Groundhog Day? According…

Valentine Party Poppers

Valentine Party Poppers and conversation hearts

Are you looking for something fun to add to your Valentine’s Day party?  I don’t have a lot of time to devote to crafting, so easy holiday crafts are a favorite of mine. These fun Valentine Party Poppers are very easy to make, fun to fill and the kids will love to help you make…

Wine Cork Heart Door Decoration

This Wine Cork Heart Door Decoration is perfect for a glass paneled door where a wreath won't work.

My husband and I did a make over on our front door a few years ago. Instead of a solid door, the front door now has an oval panel in the middle of it. I LOVE the way it looks, but it does make it a bit harder to decorate the front door since normal…

Raspberry Cheesecake Truffles

If you are looking for a special dessert for your Valentine’s Day dinner for two, look no further. These Raspberry Cheesecake Truffles and decadent, pretty to look at and very easy to make. They are cross between a cheesecake recipe and a candy treat! If the idea of making home made truffles scares, you don’t…

Wine Cork Heart Wall Hanging

Finished Wine Cork Heart Wall Hanging

This Wine Cork Heart Wall Hanging project is very special to me. It started out as a fun project to share on my blog and ended up reminding me of a very special time in my life. Using wine corks in craft projects is a lot of fun, both for the drinking and the making…

Vinegar & Water Melting Ice Trick – Does it work?

Vinegar Water Ice melter

For many of us here in the U.S. there is a lot of snow. That means that, more often than not, when you go outside in the morning, your car will be covered in snow and ice.  Wouldn’t it be nice if there was something easy that would make melting ice on your windscreen and…

Snowflake Calm Down Jar for Winter Relaxtion

Snowflake Calm Down Jar

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, and the kids are not delightful!  Looking for something to help your kids calm down and relax when they are cooped up indoors because of the cold weather outside?  Try this Winter Snowflake Calm Down Jar.   This relaxing project is as easy to make as they come.  In…

Valentine’s Day Wall Hanging

DIY Valentine's Day Wall Hanging

This Valentine’s Day Wall Hanging is inspired by my favorite Valentine’s Day candy – conversation hearts. I made two versions of it.  One has the names of my family members and the other has some conversation heart inspired sayings. One of my wall hangings is on the wall between the dining room and den. It has…

No Sew Fortune Cookies

These no sew fortune cookie. are perfect for the Chinese New Year Celebration

We just finished our New Years celebrations and it seems a long way until the next New Year.  But if you celebrate Chinese traditions, your new Year is soon to come! These no sew fortune cookies are fun to make and perfect for the Chinese New Year Celebration.  January 31 marks the beginning of a…

2016 Top Posts – Always The Holidays

These 2016 Top Posts were the most visited roundups and projects on Always The Holidays last year. From a mummy doorway to a scarecrow door decoration, these were all a big hit with my readers

The New Year brings us the chance to think back over last year and plan for the one to come.  Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?  I do, both for myself and also for my blog. Part of that process is looking back over the year that just ended to see what YOU, my readers,…

Chinese New Year Celebrations and Traditions

Chinese New Year Traditions

Chinese New Year is a traditional Chinese holiday that is celebrated on the first day of the Chinese calendar.  In 2017, the first day of the Chinese New Year falls on Saturday. January 28 – almost a month later than our normal New Year. This special day on the Chinese calendar is also celebrated in quite a…

Lucky New Year Foods & New Year’s Day

Lucky New Year's foods

Do you have a favorite food that you eat on New Year’s day?  For many of us in the USA, there are one or two foods that we try to eat on or around the beginning of the year. But the list of lucky New Year’s foods is quite long, if you start to look…

Cork Christmas Star – Rustic Holiday Decor

Rustic cork Christmas Star

My kitchen pantry has recently been renovated and we added a rustic barn door to it.  As usual, there is a lot of left over wood for me to reclaim.  Today’s project makes use of the off cuts of light gray wood from the barn door project.  I love the way this Cork Christmas Star…

Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Christmas tree Cupcakes

These sweet little Christmas Tree Cupcakes are so festive looking and have a healthy surprise lurking under that rich green frosting! They will be the hit of your Christmas dessert table, for sure! The holidays are a time when sweet treats abound and the calories in most of them are high.  What a refreshing change…

DIY Christmas Centerpiece

DIY Christmas Centerpiece

One of my favorite types of crafts to do are those that re-use, recycle or re-make crafts that I have already finished. Doing this saves me money, saves me time and gives me a great “I helped to save the planet” feeling.  This DIY Christmas centerpiece is one of those projects. Do you love Christmas…

Christmas Ornament Door Hanger

Christmas ornament Door hanger

My husband and I changed the front door to our home last year. Instead of a solid door, we now have an oval shaped glass panel in it.  I love this look, but it makes it hard to use wreaths now, so I am always looking for new ways to decorate the door.  This Christmas…

Peppermint Bark Recipe with Holiday Shapes

Holiday shaped peppermint bark

Peppermint bark is one of those desserts that just seems to spell Christmas.  The delicious combination of white and dark chocolate come together in layers and is topped with crushed peppermint sticks. What is not to like about that? Oh my goodness, how pretty is this peppermint bark treat!  It is festive and just perfect…

Wooden Elf Doorway Sign – Elves on Duty!

Elf Doorway Sign on Display

This reclaimed Wooden Elf Doorway Sign adds a touch of whimsical holiday glee to my front door entry.  The project is super easy to do and the kids will be overjoyed each time they walk though the door, thinking of Christmas. Is Christmas decorating your thing?  Check out my recent post featuring the Incredible Christmas Place.…

Santa Claus Wall Hanging – DIY Reclaimed Wood Santa Decoration

This adorable Santa Claus wall hanging is made from recycled wood from an old door frame. He adds a nice rustic Christmas decoration to your holiday decor.

This Santa Claus Wall Hanging is fun to make and would look great on your wall or entry.  The reclaimed wood Santa decoration makes use of some left over wood from a recent renovation project. Do you love Christmas decorating as much as I do?  Check out my recent post featuring the Incredible Christmas Place. My husband and…

Bottle Cap Snowmen DIY Ornaments

These Bottle Cap Snowman Ornaments are very easy to make and the kids will love to be involved in the project.

One of my favorite things to do in the holiday season, when my daughter was little, was to make Christmas crafts and let her take part in the process. These little bottle cap snowmen DIY ornaments are very easy to make and the kids will really enjoy helping you put them together. Each of these…

Paintbrush Christmas Ornaments

These fun paintbrush ornaments will delight both the young and the young at heart.

Nothing is more satisfying for me than using ordinary household items and a few inexpensive craft supplies to created fun and whimsical Christmas decorations.  This trio of Paintbrush Christmas Ornaments all started out their lives as a simple Dollar Store paintbrush! Each of the ornaments is easy to make and can be done in just…

Snowman Paintbrush Ornament

Snowman Paintbrush Ornament

This cute Snowman Paintbrush Ornament is very easy to make and will look cute either as a wall hanging or sitting front and center on your Christmas tree. I love to make easy Christmas crafts. Since I manage three blogs and my main site also features DIY and Craft in some form or other, time is…

Adorable Light Bulb Snowman Ornament

This adorable light bulb snowman ornament is all dressed up for the cold in his blue scarf and hat.  He would make a really cute addition to your Christmas tree. One of my favorite things to do is to make holiday decor projects with household items that might end up in the trash.  Do you…

Halloween Party Favors – It’s BOO time!

These Halloween party favors will hold your favorite snacks.

One of my good friends has a lovely blog called Molly Mel.  Regina often shares some of her favorite seasonal themed ideas with me so that I can feature them on my blog.  These adorable Halloween Party Favors are super easy to make and will give your party guests something to take home with them. This…

Banana Pumpkin Pancakes – A Taste of Fall

These banana pumpkin pancakes will welcome in fall in a very tasty way. Great to serve for Thanksgiving breakfast!

Breakfast will be a delight in your house with these banana pumpkin pancakes. They are super tasty and perfect for the season. Fall is the time for pumpkin recipes.  The creamy smooth taste of it is perfect for everything from breakfast to dessert. Welcome in Fall with these banana pumpkin pancakes. We love pancakes at…

Peanut Butter Chocolate Truffles Welcome Autumn in Style

These peanut butter chocolate truffles have a lovely coating of chocolate with some autumn leaf sprinkles. I love the texture that flax seeds and chia seeds add to the mixture.

Autumn is my favorite time of the year.  We have a long, hot summer here in N.C., so getting a break from the hot weather is a real treat for me.  And, since I also love all the holidays to come, I get very excited by this change of seasons.  These delicious peanut butter chocolate…