Meg Makes (December 2012)

Meg Makes (December 2012)

Rounding up some ideas for what to crochet next, including a broomstick lace cuff, a pixie hat and a textured pillow

After working on crochet Christmas presents from August until late November, I've taken a few weeks off from the hobby I discovered this year.

However, after all my gifts' recipients seemed to like the items I made, and after I received a couple of wonderful crochet books, I've found myself browsing Pinterest the last few evenings to look for more ideas.

How I made a faux button-down sweater vest for my dog

I made several crochet gifts for various people this Christmas, but I forgot to take photos of most of them before giving them away. Whoops.

DIY resolutions: how I did on my list this year, and what's coming next year

I've written before about how, as a house person, I tend to make a list at the beginning of each year with a list of house-related projects I'd like to tackle.

This year, Rob and I made some excellent progress on that list - perhaps more than ever before.

Reposted: Tried and True recipe for Sweet Potato Cranberry Casserole

Edited Dec. 24, 2012: I'm making this for Christmas lunch tomorrow at my parents', and figured I'd share it again. Hope you all enjoy some delicious food over the holiday, as well!


Looking for decorating ideas for using an amazing old galvanized mop bucket

I really love the look of things that are galvanized, and recently, my father-in-law gave me this amazing galvanized mop bucket.

It's on casters and has been well-used, as he owns a janitorial company.

I don't have a good use for it yet, and I'm hoping to hear your ideas.

Takes the Cake: How Erin made charming holiday cupcakes with sparkling stars and candy canes

My baking friend and coworker Erin Lippitz recently sent me a photo and instructions for how she made gorgeous holiday cupcakes.

A look at our finished penny tile floor, and some ideas for replacing our vanity

It's been more than a week since we finished our bathroom floor, but I'm finally getting around to posting a photo of it.

I could not be happier with the penny tiles. They're a little bit sparkly and are kind of like having a polka-dot floor, but in a socially acceptable way.

Homemade gift idea: how I made a fairy garden terrarium

Earlier this year, I was shopping one day in Arcola with my baking friend and coworker, Erin Lippitz.

We saw a display of fairy garden furniture at a shop downtown and she expressed her delight at the tiny details.

Christine des Garennes seeks advice on restoring her mom's 1940s dollhouse

My co-worker, Christine des Garennes, is working on a little DIY project and needs some help. So, she wrote a guest post for my blog. It's below.

If you have any advice for Christine on restoring this 1940s dollhouse, you can email her by clicking this link.

Exciting announcement: I'm now writing a cooking column for The News-Gazette

If you're local and a subscriber, chances are you saw my exciting news in today's paper: I'm now writing a little cooking column for the Food section each Wednesday.