It may be too soon for boughs of holly, but now is just the moment for a crisp-as-fall wreath made with artfully layered dried cornhusks. We hung ours over an antique mirror using golden satin ribbon, secured at the top with tacks Small gourds, interspersed with candles and berries, complete the display.
Copy a handful of your favorites -- a friend's strawberry pie, your sister's Sunday-night roast chicken -- onto these charming, artful recipe cards, and tie them with ribbon. Bundled with a few blank ones for the new mom to fill in, plus a pie plate, a pie server, and a pastry cutter, they make a delicious gift.
Frightening fetes call for equally spirited invitations. This Halloween, tempt nocturnal visitors with a menacing wide-eyed owl. The creatures have movable body parts, attached with miniature brads, which make them compact to send and spook-tacular to receive.