Category: Winter

Holiday Mailboxes – Decorating your Mailbox for the Holidays

These holiday mailboxes add great curb appeal to your home.

These holiday mailboxes show that Christmas decorations are not just for indoors.  Decorating your mailbox for the holidays is fun, inexpensive and a great way to add holiday curb appeal. Decorations outdoors on the lawn and around the garden really brighten up a front yard and greet your guests in a festive way. Your mailbox…

Christmas Labels – Print out These Christmas Gift Tags

Do you need some last minute Christmas labels?  Why pay retail price for Christmas tags when it is so easy to make your own?  These Christmas gift tags will look perfect on your holiday presents and you can just print them out right on your printer at home! Hand made Christmas gift tags show the recipient…

The Incredible Christmas Place – Pigeon Forge Christmas Shop

The Incredible Christmas Place Sign

If Christmas is your favorite holiday, then a visit to The Incredible Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge. Tennessee is a must-see. This amazing Christmas shop celebrates Christmas every day of the year! Join me in a virtual tour of The Incredible Christmas Place. My husband and I toured the Christmas Shop as a part of…

Meringue Cookie for the Holidays – Christmas Snow Flower Cookies

Meringue Snow Flower Cookies

The recipe for these delicate Christmas snow flower cookies use red and green gum drops for their centers.  With its light as air texture, this meringue cookie is perfect for the holidays. Perfect for your cookie swap: Christmas Snow flower Cookies A meringue cookie is made with mainly egg whites and this makes it a naturally low…

Love Potion Cocktail – Valentine’s Day Drink Recipe

Love Potion Cocktail

Valentine’s day is a special day to show your love of another person in your life in a special way. One way to do this is with fancy cocktail recipes. This simple Love Potion Cocktail is easy to make and so pretty to look at, too. Pink is such a romantic color.  It is perfect…

Groundhog Day – February 2 – Folklore

Groundhog in the sun

February 2 is recognized as National Groundhog day and celebrated through out the country as a fun way to predict spring.  Don’t know what a national day is?  Find out all about these special days in my National Days Guide. Much of the country is covered in snow in early February, and many people have had enough of…

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! Truffles are one of the most popular forms of candy, especially…

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 and Water Melting Ice Trick – Does it work?

Vinegar Water Ice melter

Have you heard about the vinegar and water melting ice trick? Does it really work? 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…

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,…

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! It’s never too early to think about Christmas.  Even though today is only October 18, it is National Chocolate Cupcake Day. Perfect…

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…

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? I love using peppermints in food recipes and craft projects this time of the year.  (See…

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.

Recycling old items into new holiday decor is one of the fun parts of the holidays for me.  See my alphabet block Christmas tree for another fun example of turning old items into new treasures.This Santa Claus Wall Hanging is fun to make and would look great on your wall or entry.  The reclaimed wood Santa…

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! Recycling old items into new holiday decor is one of the fun parts of…

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

Recycling old items into new holiday decor is one of the fun parts of the holidays for me.  See my alphabet block Christmas tree for another fun example of turning old items into new treasures. This adorable light bulb snowman ornament is all dressed up for the cold in his blue scarf and hat.  He…

Indoor S’mores – A Rainy Day Treat

Indoor S'mores

August 10 is National S’mores Day!  When the weather is raining cats an dogs outside, thoughts of camping are normally not at the front of the mind. But when bad weather hits, the kids can still have a fun camping food favorite.  In honor of this fun National Day, how about making these indoor s’mores…

Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Tag

This DIY Valentine's Day Gift card is simple to do and needs just a few tools and supplies. Today's featured project from my friend Regina at mollymel.blogspot.com

Dress up your gifts with this easy DIY Valentines Day Gift Tag. Valentine’s day is almost upon us. For many that means candy treats, home made Valentine’s day desserts and gift giving. ;Do you give gifts on Valentine’s day? \If you do, this easy DIY Valentines Day Gift Tag will add a decorative touch to your…

Sweetheart Cookies – Brazilian Sweet Treat

Sweetheart Cookies - Brazilian Sweet treat from mollymel.blogspot.com

Happy Valentine’s day!  Today’s featured sweet treat are these sweetheart cookies from my friend Regina at Molly Mell.    Regina has a fondness for Brazilian confectionery and often submits recipes for me to consider as featured posts on my websites. I love making themed cookies for any holiday. They put me in the mood and are fun…