Meg Makes (November 2010)

Meg Makes (November 2010)

Making wreaths marks the start of holiday decorating

I haven't had much of a chance to decorate for Christmas yet, but I have been experimenting a bit with wreaths.

Day-after-Thanksgiving traditions don't always include shopping

I wanted to write a story this year about people who have day-after-Thanksgiving traditions that aren't just about shopping. (I've already written about my family's tradition of attending Paxton's Christmas tree lighting.)

Variety: the spice of Thanksgiving dinner?

Ahh, the culinary wonders of Thanksgiving.

I can't decide if I'd rather eat all the customary dishes, or just think about all the possibilities of delicious combinations while my mouth waters.

Homemade hair accessory shines up the season

Lately, I've been seeing frilly hair flowers, feathers and jewels in magazines and on fashion blogs. My December Real Simple magazine is no exception – it has an entire spread featuring unusual hair accessories.


Poem captures Christmas Tree Lighting tradition

I wrote a story for Sunday's paper about a new book called “Christmas in Illinois,” edited by James Ballowe.

Tips for getting organized during the holidays

Today, I thought I'd share this list of holiday tips I received as a story pitch. They come from Lorie Marrero.

A variety of cool DIY projects

It's been a while since I've written about any do-it-yourself projects – a combination of being busy and not wanting to reveal homemade Christmas presents.

Lucky for me, plenty of other bloggers are still making things and writing about them. A couple of these items can be used year-round, but several are holiday-centered.

Breaking out the gift guides

It seems like everywhere I look, I'm seeing gift guides. They're in magazines, on blogs and sooner than you realize, they'll be popping up in The News-Gazette.

Easy recipe: Black Beans for One

I know this time of year is busy and stressful for almost everyone, and of course, I'm no exception.