Custom Clay Family Ornament Giveaway

Marian ParsonsHoliday602 Comments

When I first started my business, finances were very tight.  That was the main reason I started my business! My parents helped me get off the ground by getting me some basic supplies, tools, but after that, I had to figure out how to get a business up and running with pretty much nothing to invest in it.  That meant … Read More

decorating with fresh evergreens

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Holiday15 Comments

I get asked a lot of questions about decorating with live evergreens, how I keep them fresh, etc., so I thought I would share all of the details in a post. In previous years, I have just used the put-it-in-place-and-don’t-touch-it-method.  With most greenery, that works pretty well.  Really, just put it where you want and leave it alone.  It will … Read More

forcing paperwhite bulbs

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Last year, I forced paperwhite bulbs for the first time and I loved watching them grow. It was a lot like the gingerbread houses…it was something I wanted to do for a long time and finally made it happen. So, I decided to do it again this year.  I purchased the bulbs from Terrain, but I also saw them at … Read More

gingerbread house recipe & templates

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Food & Fitness, Holiday48 Comments

A few years ago, I got it in my head that I had admired gingerbread houses long enough and I was going to make them myself.  Not just the graham cracker/milk carton/kit variety, but ones that I made from scratch and decorated with traditional white royal icing.  Kriste and I played hooky from working in the studio and we spent … Read More

little scandinavian christmas tree

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I am always drawn to things that are European, specifically if they are German or Scandinavian.  I am sure that is heavily influenced by my childhood years spent in Germany.  I still remember the wonder I felt when we took field trips to the Christkindlmarkt and that has always stuck with me. So, over the years, I have found my … Read More

orange clove pomanders & free mrs. meyers

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In recent years, I have enjoyed making most of my Christmas decorations from natural elements.  This year, I was inspired to make orange pomanders by Mrs. Meyer’s Orange & Clove holiday scent. I’ve been wanting to make them for a while, but this promotion gave me a good excuse. That’s right…  It’s that time, again!  If you’ve been thinking about joining … Read More