Pretty cookies on pretty Christmas pedestals you can make for pennies.

Potluck pedestals

It takes like ten minutes to throw together these little pedestal dishes. Anyone can do it, and they cost next to nothing. Find out how!

To the Nines: Christmastime 2012

  With just a few weeks to go before we achieve critical holiday mass, I’ve rounded up my nine current favorites in each of the essential Christmastime categories: How to decorate, what to eat, and what the hell to give everybody. Find something inspiring to make your own season super merry and bright! Decorate          These lovely fabric and book …

Simple Styrofoam artichokes

Instant Artichokes

These artichokes are easy to make out of fabric scraps pinned to a ball. Also, congratulations to the winner of the Gangbusters treasury contest!

OREO truffles for Halloween

Eek! OREO truffle beasties for Halloween

I’ve never lived anywhere with heavy trick-or-treat traffic, but I imagine that as you hurl fistfuls of candy corn or whatever onto the porch at your neighbors’ kids, you want to come back inside to something better than the fun-size mediocrity you’re pushing. Maybe that’s the real Halloween trick—dispensing pouches of individually-wrapped “meh” masquerading as treats while you’re inside chowing down on, …

Jack-o-lantern peppers from Spabettie

To the Nines: Halloween roundup 2012

Leaping lasers, you guys, it’s October. What?! I’m pretty sure it was mid-March when I went to bed last night. Do you feel it? That old come-on-I-JUST-put-my-winter-clothes-into-storage-like-YESTERDAY feeling? It’s too rainy around here to feel the crisp bite of autumn yet, but the calendar (and by calendar I mean the tool-tip that appears when I hover over the clock on my desktop) says …