super closeup of made over vintage ornaments behind the HouseMates Logo


What I Can’t Let Go Of:

(just like the NPR Politics podcast on Fridays- minus the “Politics or otherwise” disclaimer.

Publicly, this blog is a politics-free zone, so all musings will be “Otherwise“.)

Everything old is new again!

Scrunchies, Plaid Shackets, Banana Clips, Flare and Bell Bottoms . . . .

and in Home Decor, this sums it all up:

woman pointing at a chalkboard sign

Like the vintage string ornaments in the heading! Here’s is the super simple hack to modernize them so you love them all over again!

On the Blog This Week

Christmas bulbs with alcohol ink designs on them are in a bowl of faux Christmas greens and a candle in a clear glass hurricane

These ornaments!!!

I am so crazy about them.

Why? Besides how they look:

  • Fun, quick and easy
  • No artistic skill required
  • Minimal, inexpensive supplies
  • Totally customizable
  • Great project for a family with older kids

While I was on an ornament kick, I shared 11 great ornament DIY’s with suggestions on:

  • age for the craft
  • skill level required
  • time required
  • materials and supplies

collage of two ornament images overlapping on a speckled backgournd

Time is flying — and my studio is buzzing!

closeup of woman's hands working at a sewing machine

Here’s a little peek into my studio and the process.

Merry Christmas from My Studio to Your Home!

Now I’m off to my studio (thank goodness the commute is so easy — right across the hall and down two steps from my office) where I’m going to crank up the Christmas tunes and craft gorgeous Christmas Stockings for my wonderful Stocking Families!

Coming Up Next Week

Another makeover is in the works!!!

HINT: I’m loving it so far! What a difference ????

I didn’t have much time this week to explore the web, but I do want to share this new game!

Are you a Game Family, too?

Check this one out:

game box or Ransom Notes game
example of a prompt and the answer for Ransom Notes game
example of a prompt and the answer for Ransom Notes game

Stocking Update

This is the FINAL weekend tto get Christmas stocking orders in

South House Designs Christmas stockings

And those fabulous name tags can be found in Jane’s great Etsy shop

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Happy weekend!!! Thanks for hanging out with me a bit, my valued and worthy friend!

As I said before, I would greatly appreciate your feedback, any special requests, or questions you have.

Smiling face of Diane under a signature that reads: With My Merry Best, Diane


  1. Susan Sikes

    The ornaments are beautiful!

  2. Cindy Rust

    You’ve been busy Diane! Try to get some rest!


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