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TXK 411

Bow-tie-ful, How to Tie the Perfect BowSTEP ONE … Drape the ribbon on the front of the box down the middle, ensuring that one end of the ribbon is slightly shorter than the other. … STEP TWO … While keeping your thumb on the ribbon, wrap the long side completely around the box bringing it to the front side of the box. … STEP THREE … Cross the two pieces in the front of the box. … STEP FOUR … While holding the short end tight, bring the long end across the center of the box. … STEP FIVE … Tuck the long end under the crossed ribbon and create a bunny ear.

The Spirit of Christmas

At the tip top of a very special Christmas tree at Jennifer and Darby Doan’s sits a splendid little star. It was handcrafted by their oldest daughter during her time as a student at St. James Day School. The toilet paper core, painted green and crowned with a sparkly paper star, holds a special role as the official tree topper. Though they set up several trees each year, this one holds all the ornaments that their daughters, Katherine Anne and Johanna Claire, have made or collected over the years, and in the center, they tuck in a collection of Beanie Babies from when their girls were small.

My Drift

photo by Matt Cornelius
“GiGi, don’t you have this one?” … My seven-year-old granddaughter was indicating an image in a special Barbie edition of Life Magazine I had bought for her. Okay, maybe I really bought it for myself, but I let her look at it whenever she wants to. … I explained to Bryce that “this one” was actually “the one” that started the whole thing. With her blonde ponytail and her black and white strapless swimsuit, she was the original Barbie doll. I also explained that, while the one in my collection looks just like her, she’s really a 50th Anniversary special edition and not the original.

The Monthly Mix

Holiday Baking … The holiday season is busy, bright, and full of energy, but baking can be such a wonderful way to create quality time for you and your family. One of my main childhood memories is spending time in the kitchen decorating freshly baked cookies. There are plenty of handy and adorable must have items that will take your holiday baking to the next level this season! … Aprons are a necessity when baking. They serve the dual purpose of keeping your clothes clean and ramping up your holiday style. I love these adult and children’s holiday motif aprons.

Publisher's Letter

photo by Matt Cornelius
’Tis the season! As the chill of winter sets in and the days get shorter, we eagerly embrace the Christmas season. For some, decking the halls may have started well over a month ago. Some of us, however, firmly stand our ground, keeping Christmas neatly packed away until after the last of the Thanksgiving festivities. … I was recently attending some of the holiday open houses around town and realized that while I’m still searching for Thanksgiving inspiration, others are already packing up their turkey yard inflatables and turning on the Christmas lights.

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