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  • Toys can be turned into ornaments

    From tractors and trains to cats and knights, my son’s evolving obsessions all find a place on our Christmas tree.
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 4:14 pm
  • Photo-transfer projects make personalized handmade gifts

    Busy lives may require sacrifices, but forgoing handmade gifts for the holidays doesn’t have to be one of them. We only need to plan well to have our ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 4:13 pm
  • Not crafty? Monthly gift boxes have you covered

    Christmas is less than a week away, and once again you find yourself exercising your brain to the max to think of perfect gifts for the ones you love. ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 4:12 pm
  • Saving Santa: Volunteers repair decoration on display in McHenry for 52 years

    McHENRY – “The Santa House” has looked a little empty this year. The home on Oak Drive in McHenry ha ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 11:54 pm
  • 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' turns 50

    Just like the song, he's gone down in history. But that's not why the reindeer with his nose so bright was created.
    Dec. 13, 2014 - 10:20 pm
  • Historian shares story of beloved TV special

    UNION – Rick Goldschmidt isn’t one for mincing words. He became the historian and archivist for Rankin/Bass Productions Inc. out of appreciation for t ...
    Dec. 13, 2014 - 10:19 pm
  • Novice crafter? There’s a project for that

    NEW YORK – Inspired by that colorful homemade gingerbread on Instagram or the hand-painted coasters on Pinterest, but worried about your skills?
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 4:10 pm
  • Post office pays homage

    RUDOLPH, Wis. – Thousands of Christmas cards are pouring into a small Wisconsin village that shares its name with the most famous reindeer.
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 4:11 pm
  • Tiny critics stoke new sales for toy makers

    NEW YORK – A snaggletooth 8-year-old. A middle schooler with a punk rocker bob cut and big earrings. Tween siblings with a penchant for playing.
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 4:10 pm
  • Social media changes holiday card landscape

    For many people, the rules for posting personal news on Facebook, Pinterest and other social media are clear: Put a Good Face on Everything.
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 4:09 pm
  • Woodstock Wedding Network to provide free wedding for winners of giveaway

    WOODSTOCK – Children may dream about their wedding day – the dress, the flowers, the ring – a fairytale event. Then as life twists and turns, those wi ...
    Dec. 6, 2014 - 11:50 pm
  • Designers offer tips for trees

    For generations, the choice was simple:1. Strap a live Christmas tree to the roof of your car, wrest ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 4:21 pm
  • Jazz up your holidays with the latest in lights

    Clark Griswold would be proud. Thanks to advances in lighting technology, suburban dads (and moms) a ...
    Nov. 30, 2014 - 12:11 am
  • 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
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