Remember what your favorite toy was growing up? Maybe it was a doll or a stuffed animal or a board game. Sadly, many of these once-must-have playthings have faded into obscurity over time. That's why we're advocating for a retro-toy reboot ... starting with these classics. (And we bet your kids will love them too, which is why one comes with a set of DIY instructions.)
Once you see how easy biscotti are to make yourself, you’ll pass right by the ones that come in boxes or wrapped in cellophane. The crisp Italian cookies are a breeze to bake in large batches and to customize with add-ins -- try our master recipe, with almonds and anise seeds, or one of our clever variations.
Think of your scrapbook as your novel. The scope can be small or large, focused or loose, a chronological narrative or a visual montage. At the most basic level, a scrapbook is a place to collect anything you don't want to lose, from musings on a particular experience to recipes and postcards. Here are some creative ways to customize the pages and covers of your scrapbooks.
There's nothing wrong with a plain purse. But some occasions call for a bit more sparkle. Add beads, sequins, and pretty fabric to a simple bag -- and suddenly it's a dazzling clutch, ready for a night out.
Shopping for a sister, daughter, or friend who has everything can be quite a challenge, especially when trying to stay within your holiday budget. The solution to both dilemmas is handcrafting your own thoughtful gifts. Here are our favorite ideas; we're certain there's something for everyone on your list.
Handmade gifts are the best kind, particularly when they're edible and prettily packaged. And although the items in our collection are all easy to make, offering them to friends is much more than a small gesture -- it's a personal one, showing the best sentiments of the season.