Fall color tends to come to Arizona a little later.
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When the nights get longer, so many traditions celebrate light.
Elements like candles, lanterns, and bonfires – as well as the sun, moon, or stars – often play an important part in autumn/winter holidays. Think of Christmas (and Advent), Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Lucia, Moon Festival, and Yule.
In the Southern Hemisphere, this season happens around their winter solstice in June with traditions like the Andean Inti Raymi (“Sun Celebration”) and the Maōri New Year, Matariki (“Pleiades constellation”).
Whatever your source, may you find the light and warmth in your life to guide you through every season of darkness.
Since I got some great feedback from my autumn and indigo color palette, I thought I’d make color-themed posts a regular thing.
Currently on my mind is the combination of vibrant greens (from kelly to forest) paired with softer golds – think mercury glass, champagne, tarnished jewelry, candlelight.
While this combination could go modern, I particularly love it as a complement to rustic decor. It looks fabulous with natural materials like birch bark, adding just enough sheen to make it all feel chic and festive.
For a woodsy vibe, you can bring in the classic evergreen boughs and pinecones or whatever’s growing outside your door. Twigs, olive branches, rosemary sprigs, eucalyptus leaves, berries, potted cacti, or mossy driftwood can all work great.
Here are more ideas for places to visit, projects, products, and recipes in this palette.
I hope you enjoyed this taste of the holidays!
Each photo links to its source, except for 1. + 14., which were taken by me.Read More
Looking it up, I found out it’s another word for something that goes around a coffee cup to keep you from burning your hands on it. Like a scarf for your coffee.
They definitely could have said “coffee sleeve” or “cozy” instead. But zarf is kind of a cool word. Originally, it was a fancy metal thing used with glass tumblers. Now it’s a cardboard ring around a disposable cup.
***insert pithy observation about the decay of civilization here***
The good news is there are several ways to make a zarf/coffee sleeve/cozy that you can use over and over.
(My sister-in-law Liz made me the cool fabric one above. I love the colors!)
1. Reusable Coffee Sleeve: First, a coffee sleeve in the most literal sense – made by upcycling the cuff of an old shirt.
2. Leather Cup Jacket: Make a leather jacket for jars or other cups without handles.
3. Fabric Coffee Sleeve: Inspired by projects she had pinned, Sarah from One Crafty Home sewed up a reusable sleeve and a put together a tutorial with a template, so you can make your own, as well!
4. Crochet Cup Cozy: Julie Tarsha of Simply Notable created this cute pattern for a cable-knit cozy that you wrap around a mug and secure with a button.
5. Felt Coffee Cozies: Tutorial for making 16 felt coffee cozies at once, so you can give them as gifts or set them out next to cups for hot chocolate at your holiday party.
6. R2D2 Coffee Cup Cozy: Twinkie Chan created this clever crochet pattern that uses acrylic yarn, a red button, a silver eyelet, and a safety eye with the post snapped off to make exactly the droid you’re looking for.
And, of course, if you’re not up for DIYing this time, there’s always Etsy!
Caffeinating Please Wait Cup Cozy by Sew Tara ($14).
Happy Fox Cup Cozy by Tiny Bubbles Crafts ($12).
“You Got This” Leather Coffee Cozy by Wilhelm and Friends ($18).
7. Purl Soho
8. Twinkie Chan
Etsy sellers –
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I love the look of candles in glass jars – until they’re all melted and stuck to the sides. I’d read a tip about freezing them to make the melted candle stub easier to remove, but that only works some of the time.
Phillip came up with an ingenious improvement: give the candle a handle!
Here’s what to do to unstick melted candles from jars and other glass containers:
*Phillip used IKEA S-hooks, because we had those around. Large paper clips weren’t strong enough, but a Popsicle stick or butter knife might work.
[Some thoughts Phillip wrote down during our journey from Rome to Venice on a high speed Italo Treno train. –S]
How do I love thee high-speed train travel? Let me count the ways!
After my first trip on high speed rail in Italy, I’m a believer!
Here are some things I loved about traveling on a train instead of flying:
1. You don’t have to check your luggage, so it’s way less likely to be lost.
2. Quick boarding and deboarding time.
3. You can move around. Since there’s no turbulence, there’s no “fasten seatbelt sign,” and you can get up and down whenever you want.
4. No extreme pressure changes.
5. No taxi time or Air Traffic Control delays. (For example, when we were traveling back to Phoenix, our plane was stuck on the ground close to 40 minutes at JFK airport).
6. You can keep your phone on. No need to put it in “airplane mode” on a train.
7. Still very fast (250 kmh/150mph). A plane travels around 500 mph, but with all the extra time and hassle at the airport, it might still take about the same amount of time to get to your destination.
We were guests of Italo Treno.Read More