“May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please,
but as the opportunity to do what is right.”

-Peter Marshall


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    This & That

    Tear-Free Gingerbread Building

    Along with a new year came the fulfillment of a fun family tradition here at The Three-Acre Wood — the eating of the gingerbread! As my boys commenced with the destruction and consuming of a weeks old gingerbread house (good thing we have dental insurance) I couldn’t help but think I should have written this post sooner rather than later, but as I’ve poured through so many plights of gingerbread making sob stories across social media I decided late is better than never. Maybe you will find your way back here before you embark on your next gingerbread building adventure. We started building gingerbread houses, trains and other things several years…

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    Saturday Sparks

    Saturday Sparks — More Christmas Window Boxes

    This time of year I usually get lots of visitors to my Christmas Window Boxes post from four years ago, so I decided to create an updated version full of new inspiration just in time for this holiday season. Never mind that I still haven’t decorated my own boxes this year, but my son and I did take a walk in the woods this morning to collect evergreen branches so it shouldn’t be long now. If you’re still looking for a fun, elegant, natural or whimsical look for your windows, I think these creative ideas will be a good place to start.

  • Craftiness

    Touch of Tartan DIY Wreath

    In the spirit of all that is plaid this jolly time of year, I finally finished the newest addition to my Christmas d├ęcor, a rag wreath that adds a tiny touch of tartan to the entry of my home. I made this cute little thing using two coordinating types of plaid fabric, some heavy gauge wire and a bit of burlap ribbon. I used about 200 1.5×6 inch ripped strips of cloth for this project and created it in exactly the same way as I did my St. Patrick’s wreath this spring. You can read all the DIY details by visiting that earlier post. So here’s to last-minute decoration ideas; and by the way, this…

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