November DIY Challenge Results + A Holiday Recipe!

November DIY Challenge Results

We are so excited to share the great submissions we received this month for our DIY Challenge! The theme for this month was ‘Herbs & Spices’ and we were blown away by the delicious looking food, beautiful crafts, and homemade concoctions. As promised we are awarding our three favorite projects and showcasing everyone’s submissions. DIY… 

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BEHIND THE SCENES: Creative Blog Hop

We were invited to participate in the Creative Blog Hop by Lindsey at A Wooden Nest, and I thought I (Alison) would take a swing at the hop. What am I working on? I split my time between running the So There shop in Issaquah and working on my own line of paper goods. I have to… 

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RECIPE: Brownie Mix In A Jar #gift #holiday #christmas

RECIPE: Brownie Mix In A Jar

Every year for Christmas, I try my best to avoid shopping at big box stores and instead shop locally or make gifts to give. This brownie mix is a favorite because it’s very easy to put together and is a great activity to do with a child. Simply layer the dry ingredients in a large… 

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FEATURED MAKER: Emma Reid of Emusing

FEATURED MAKER: Emma Reid of Emuse

Please welcome Emma Reid, our newest Featured Maker! I came across Emma’s blog recently and fell in love with her sense of style, the variety of projects she makes, and her passion for creativity. After reading through pages of posts, I sent Emma an email inviting her to be featured on Adventures In Making. Before… 

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DIY: Woven Paper Gift Basket

After my experiment with the rolled paper gift basket, I decided that I needed a quicker version that I wouldn’t feel bad about parting with as a gift basket. (The rolled paper version was lovely, but it took so much time that it was more like a gift in itself.) Using similar methods, and the… 

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RECIPE: 9 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

Every year we hold a “transplant Thanksgiving” for friends who are far from their families, and encourage them to bring the dishes they miss the most from home– or to try something new. We usually end up with a beautiful selection of vegetarian comfort foods, and the house smells amazing. Here are a few recipes… 

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DIY: Holiday Floating Candles #christmas #decor

DIY: Holiday Floating Candles

‘Tis the season for holiday baking, making gifts, and of course getting creative with decorations for your home. I’m making up these beautifully simple Holiday Floating Candles to display at our family dinner table. I first saw this idea on Bell’ I fell in love with its simplicity and even had most of the supplies… 

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RECIPE: Gypsy Soup #autumn #vegetable

RECIPE: Gypsy Soup

Yesterday was our first day of winter weather here in Portland. We are in the process of moving at the moment, so today I decided to make a batch of my favorite soup to enjoy after a long, cold day of packing and moving boxes. I discovered this recipe years ago and have made it… 

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DIY: Rolled Paper Gift Basket

Sometimes the best gift is a collection of small things. I love to put together little sets at the store, and I’ve been looking for a awesome little gift basket that would be special enough to keep. Since it’s the season of unrequested catalogs, I thought I would use this abundant (and colorful) resource as the… 

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DIY: Cookie Cutter Candles #holiday #christmas #handmade #gift

DIY: Cookie Cutter Candles

I love coming up with creative handmade gifts every year for Christmas. I first saw this idea for cookie-cutter candles on and knew I wanted to try making some. My mom has TONS of cookie cutters, so I sorted through them, picked out my favorite holiday shapes and got to work. WHAT YOU NEED:… 

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Sweet Slumber Tea Blend #recipe #diy #herbs

RECIPE: Sweet Slumber Tea Blend

I am a big tea drinker, especially on cold winter days when I want to stay warm. This tea is one of my favorites- a delicious herbal blend of chamomile, peppermint, lavender and roses. I made up a big batch of this loose leaf blend to enjoy this winter and also to give as gifts…. 

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