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Homemade Holiday Gifts: Hardback Charging Station

At my house, we have quite a few electronic devices: MP3 players, cell phones, digital cameras and e-readers. It’s a mess, and I can never find the right cord and charger when I need it. That’s where the handy repurposed book … Continue reading

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Homemade Holiday Gifts: Catnip Fish

Handmade gifts are not just for people. Here is a fun and easy gift to make for your cat; or, skip the catnip and make it for a special puppy. I made this in a single evening after dinner. It … Continue reading

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Homemade Holiday Gifts: Spicy Ranch Pretzels

As the holiday quickly approaches, the perfect gift to give is on the minds of many. My favorite tactic is giving the gift of food. It’s always a hit. Like socks, sweaters and dish towels, if the recipient doesn’t like your gift, … Continue reading

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Homemade Holiday Gifts: Rag Wreaths

Submitted by Katie Long, Children’s Associate at the Columbia Public Library Recently I stumbled upon a type of decoration called a rag wreath. They have become one of my new favorite ways to add to add character the front of … Continue reading

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Homemade Holiday Gifts Get Steamy!

I love steampunk.  Love it.  I adore corsets and top hats and everything covered in gears.  What is this “steampunk” I speak of?  So glad you asked! Most things steampunk are heavily influenced by the Victorian Age, between 1837 and … Continue reading

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Homemade Holiday Gifts: Literary Ornaments

This year I was inspired by the many uses of Mod Podge to make holiday ornaments using the decorative imagines from old books and magazines. Once finished, the proceeds from these ornaments will go to local charities. Supplies: Foam forms (I bought … Continue reading

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Homemade Holiday Gifts: Hand Lotion

My absolute favorite DIY holiday gift to make is homemade lotion. I originally found the idea on Pinterest, but there are now countless blogs with slightly tweaked versions of this recipe.  I have given my homemade lotion as a gift … Continue reading

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Apps We Love: Color Splash

“Color Splash” is one of my go-to apps for photo editing. With the touch of your finger, you can isolate the color in a photo to a single object. It is a unique way to create focus and drama. Navigating … Continue reading

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Apps We Love: Machinarium

One of my all-time favorite apps is the brain-teasing game “Machinarium.”  I downloaded this app to my iPad and was instantly impressed by the stunning graphics and level of detail. Created by Amanita Design, this puzzle game takes you through a … Continue reading

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Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas

Perhaps the most meaningful gifts are those lovingly made by hand. They are as unique and special as the friend they are intended for. There’s also no denying that homemade gifts are also kind on your wallet. You can create … Continue reading

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