Christmas Posts Round-Up

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 9:23 am on Tuesday, December 24, 2013

I’ve written many posts about Christmas but have never done a Christmas Round-Up before! Here are some posts going back to 2008.

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Strawberry Santas

10 Christmas Breakfasts

Peppermint Meringue Cookies

How To Roast Chestnuts

Traditional English-ish Christmas Dinner

Which Dessert For Christmas?

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Holiday Cheer Cocktail

Wassail Punch

Christmas Cosmo

Puerto Rican Coquito: Coconut Eggnog

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Gift Wrapping:

From Plastic Bag To Gift Topper

5 Cool Gift Wrap Ideas

Gift Tag from Paint Chips

How To Make Christmas Bows

Gift Wrapping Round-Up

The Cheapest Ways To Get Wrapping Paper

savvyhousekeeping shalkboard serving tray christmas gift present

Make Your Own Gifts:

10 DIY Christmas Gifts

10 More DIY Christmas Gifts

10 Fast DIY Christmas Gifts

My Christmas Food Gifts

Polite Ways To Reduce The Gift Treadmill

DIY Christmas

Five Tips for Saving Money on Gift Giving

savvyhousekeeping Miley Cyrus Christmas ball ornament


Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball Ornament

3 DIY Christmas Ornaments

3D Print Your Own Christmas Tree Monorail

3D Print Your Own Poinsettia Ornament

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House Decoration:

3 Christmas Decoration Ideas

Giant Balloon Ornaments

Easy Christmas Decoration

The Cost Of Running Christmas Lights

How To Save Your Poinsettia

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Nightmare Before Christmas Wreath

Five Recycled Christmas Wreaths

3 DIY Christmas Wreaths

Knitter’s Wreath

Rory Dobner House Tour

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:41 am on Friday, December 13, 2013

I love looking at how artists decorate their homes. The objects artists tend to collect are not simply things purchased in a store, but things that have been made, or collected, from interesting or personal sources. This makes their homes much more interesting than the pretty ones you see on most design sites. Artist houses tend to tell stories.

Rory Dobner’s house is no exception. I mean, a doll head under a bell jar, a stuffed dodo, plates on the walls, flamingo paintings? It’s not for everyone–not for many people at all, really–but that’s all the more reason to like it, as far as I’m concerned

I love the anatomy poster. I almost bought that umbrella can, once.

Rather stern looking, isn’t he?

The local antique store had chairs just like that. They looked comfy.

My favorite thing in this picture is that pillow on the left. It’s so awesome. I also like the boat.

I wonder what the story is with what looks like an old flag hanging from the ceiling.

I love the doll head, as mentioned. I love the parrot pillow. I love the “love” lamp. The plates are great.

Purple furniture? Eh, not so much.

Just, awesome.

See more at Elle Decor EspaƱa.

Christmas Decoration: Nightmare Before Christmas Wreath

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:50 am on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

This made me smile: make your own Nightmare Before Christmas Wreath using wire, bundles of garland, cardboard, scissors, crayons, and a red bow.

Oh look, here’s another one on Instructables.

Easy Christmas Decoration: Giant Balloon Ornaments

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:43 am on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Here’s more easy Christmas Decor: Giant Balloon Ornaments. The bottom of the ornament is balloon, the top is metallic cardstock and pipe cleaners. This is great for a Christmas party.

Easy Christmas Decoration

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:38 am on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Here’s an easy Christmas decoration: put some Christmas balls under wine glasses and some tea lights on top. Pretty, festive, and frugal, too.

5 More Clever Kitchen Storage Ideas

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:16 am on Monday, December 9, 2013

I wrote 7 Clever Kitchen Storage Ideas, and then I kept finding more cool possibilities for my 2014 kitchen remodel. Here are 5 More Clever Kitchen Storage Ideas:

My mom told me that it was annoying for her to lift her heavy mixer out of sight in her kitchen, but this lift-up shelf might solve that problem.

Here’s a simple way to hide your trash and your recycling.

Put your microwave behind a cupboard and no one knows it’s there.

Hang your pots instead of stacking them.

Keep the cat food and water out of sight with this adorable cat-friendly addition to the kitchen.

Thanksgiving 2013 Round-Up

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:00 am on Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving is almost here.

Here’s the 2013 Thanksgiving Round-up of helpful posts:

savvyhousekeeping thanksigivng round-up how to smoke a turkey

How To Smoke A Turkey

savvyhousekeeping thanksgiving round-up cranberry margarita

Cranberry Margarita

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Perfect-Every-Time Pie Crust

savvyhousekeeping butternut squash pie thanksigiving round-up

Butternut Squash Pie

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Turkey Confit

savvyhousekeeping thanksgiving round-up 5 brussels sprouts recipes

5 Brussels Sprouts Recipes

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Make A Thanksgiving Thankful Jar

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Multi-Tier Oven Rack

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DIY Pumpkin Candles

See EVEN MORE Thanksgiving posts here.

Make A Thanksgiving Thankful Jar

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:53 am on Tuesday, November 26, 2013

[Image via LittleDiddy]

Here’s a cool Thanksgiving activity: when the guest arrive, they write down what they are thankful for and put it in the “thankful jar.” Later in the night, you read the slips of paper out loud.

It sounds like a great way to celebrate and share in being grateful.

5 Reasons Packages Get Destroyed

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:59 am on Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Here’s an interesting article on 5 Reasons Packages Get Destroyed, as written by a former UPS worker.

Apparently writing “fragile” on a package might mean postal workers treat it more roughly, but it might work to “Camouflage It as a Heartwarming Gift.” From the article:

My default is to curse every package that comes down that slide. Anything that sticks out is going to brighten my day. So if you want your package handled a little more tenderly, give it to your small child (or a friend’s child — anyone’s child will do) and let them write on it in crayon.

See, I’m not about to smash a package that belongs to some kid. I see all the crayon scribbles and poorly spelled adulation for mom, or grandpa, or whoever the hell, and all I can picture is a toddler sending his beloved teddy bear to grandma on the raisin ranch because she only has days to live. And I’ll be goddamned if I’ll let anything happen to that teddy! Maybe you aren’t allowed within a certain distance of small children. That’s fine; just make the package look like a gift. Some stickers, “Happy Birthday” written on it, whatever. As long as it’s enough to create a heartwarming story to make us care a little more.

Got it. Write the address in crayon, maybe avoid this?

Read the rest of the article here.

How to Clean Enamel Cookware

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:05 am on Monday, October 28, 2013



Not bad for a 50 year old pot.

Awhile back, I bought a set of vintage Dansk enamel cookware from a thrift store for $10 a pot. Since I use them all the time, they have gotten pretty beat up, so I decided it was time for a good cleaning. All is took was laundry soap and elbow grease.

How to Clean Enamel Cookware

1. Clean and scrub the pot as best you can.

2. Fill the pot with water and add a tablespoon or so of laundry soap.

3. Put on stovetop and bring to a boil.

4. Let boil for 5 minutes.

5. Take off the heat and scrub under running water while the pot is still warm. It will magically come clean.

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