Home & Garden

Get your home ready for holiday company

Company’s coming. It’s time to clean up your act.


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 ready to tackle her next possibility.


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 1:30 p.m. Nov. 12, at the McHenry County Historical Society Museum, 6422 Main St., Union.


Cozy sweaters get second life in home decor (or just buy the style!)

Cozying up in a favorite sweater is one of the distinct pleasures of autumn.


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 keeping an eye on your kids around Halloween instead of Christmas?


Quoth the raven, ‘Happy Halloween’

Edgar Allan Poe and Halloween are enmeshed like cobwebs on a lamppost.


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 partiers or trick-or-treaters.


Algonquin home offers delights, frights

Te n years ago, Jim Haupert (right) of Algonquin put out a few tombstones at Halloween, a string of skeleton lights, when a neighbor joked that he was setting the bar pretty high.


Crystal Lake Housewalk organizers say four homes would make ideal getaways

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.


Area artists open studios for self-guided tours

A wide range of artwork including pottery, painting, art glass, jewely, photography and mixed media will be displayed during the2014 Studio Art Tour.



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