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  • Get your home ready for holiday company

    Company’s coming. It’s time to clean up your act.Getting ready for the holidays isn’t just about reg ...
    Nov. 14, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Known for her greeting cards, Crystal Lake’s Mary Ann Johnson keeps expanding her brand

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Wearing a holiday-red sweater, with a sash of her newly introduced snowman-print fabric wrapped around her neck, Mary Ann Johnson is re ...
    Nov. 10, 2014 - 12:19 am
  • Author to discuss hobo influence on quilts

    UNION – Quilt aficionados and rail fans will have an opportunity to satisfy both passions during a special “Hobo Quilts and Railroads” presentation at ...
    Nov. 8, 2014 - 11:33 pm
  • Favorite sweaters get second life (or just buy the style!)

    Cozying up in a favorite sweater is one of the distinct pleasures of autumn. This fall, designers an ...
    Nov. 2, 2014 - 12:24 am
  • Flexible mummies for Halloween decor

    Count me among those who find the "Elf on the Shelf" just a bit creepy. That said, wouldn't it make more sense to have a slightly spooky creature keep ...
    Oct. 26, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Quoth the raven, ‘Happy Halloween’

    Edgar Allan Poe and Halloween are enmeshed like cobwebs on a lamppost.In classics like “The Cask of ...
    Oct. 26, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Last-minute DIY decorations

    This Halloween, lighten things up with luminaries. There are lots of quick, do-it-yourself projects to make the flickering lights that welcome partier ...
    Oct. 26, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Algonquin home offers delights, frights

    Katzenstein: How long have you been decorating like this?Haupert: I have been decorating for many ye ...
    Oct. 28, 2014 - 9:47 am
  • Four 'staycation' homes featured in Service League's annual Housewalk

    Living at the four homes featured in an upcoming Service League of Crystal Lake Housewalk is like being on a permanent vacation, event organizers say.
    Sept. 22, 2014 - 9:37 am
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