Merry Christmas!

OK, so I know I’m Jewish but I love Christmas. This year, Max and the dogs and I are keeping warm in the snowy ice tundra wilderness that is Buffalo, New York. We’ve spent the last few days getting into the spirit by sitting around doing next to nothing, shopping, eating too much, drinking too much, and cooking, so I’m pretty sure I’m getting the full Christmas experience? I don’t know how this works.


We aren’t tackling any crazy major projects in Buffalo this time around, but I needed something to keep my hands busy, so I threw some supplies in my bag before we left so that I could make Linus a Santa hat. This was important/essential because Linus is 1) old and 2) sleepy and 3) he looks like Santa’s disembodied beard with eyes and four legs.


1. Red felt
2. White felt
3. Hot glue gun/extra glue
4. Scissors
5. White pom poms
6. Elastic

STEP 1: Gather all your supplies.


Step 2. Figure it the fuck out.


Have a great Christmas, everybody.

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  1. 12.25.12

    This is the best tutorial ever.

    Merry Christmas, you guys. xoxox

  2. 12.25.12
    Jamie B. said:

    Merry Christmas, Daniel, Max, Mekko and Linus! I don’t feel you need to be Christian to enjoy the spirit of Christmas. Spending time with people you love means you’re doing it exactly right! All the best for the new year.

  3. 12.25.12
    Julia said:

    Well, for a short time period we were celebrating the holiday in the same city :-) Hope you don’t get too snowbound this holiday here in WNY :-)

  4. 12.25.12
    Dusa said:

    I think Mekko’s in on the secret: you guys are cooking something yummy, aren’t you? And I’m just a little bit in love with the fruit print hanging to the side of the range hood.

  5. 12.25.12
    CJ said:

    Haha. Nice tutorial. He looks adorable in that hat!
    Merry Christmas!

  6. 12.25.12
    Erica W. said:

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  7. 12.25.12
    Shelly said:

    Hi. I’ve read your blog for a bit. I love it. Love your style, which is similar to mine. I’ve done a few things myself in my house, but I am about to embark on a whole other (chaotic, obsessive and serious learning-curve) level,and some of your DIY (especially refurbishing) has helped a lot. Thanks.

    Happy Holidays.

  8. 12.25.12
    Nicole G. said:

    You’re the shit. I love you guys.

  9. 12.26.12
    Tuesday M. said:

    Y’all are too cute! Happy holidays!

  10. 12.26.12
    Louise said:

    Merry Christmas, or as we like to call it in Canada, Happy Boxing Day Eve ^^

  11. 12.26.12
    Farah said:

    I love you guys. In the words of the illustrious ?uestlove, Happy ChakaKhan!

  12. 12.26.12
    Monica said:

    That picture of you and Max is too much and yet, just right. Merry Everything!

  13. 12.26.12
    Carmel said:

    Wishing you both a wonderful holiday season! Daniel thank you for sharing all your frenetic gifts in this blog. I can’t go a week without checking out what you’re up to.

  14. 12.26.12
    Helena said:

    Thank you and wish you too a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year, nice boys and cute dogs! :)

  15. 12.26.12
    Sandy P. said:

    Merry Christmas & a happy and healthy new year to you and the family! You without a doubt rock!!

  16. 12.26.12
    Sherri said:


  17. 12.26.12
    Naomi B said:

    Happy Holidays to you all! Your blog has made me smile & laugh all year.

  18. 12.26.12
    Jenn said:

    Best Christmas Card Photo ever!
    Love you guys in the kitchen. So cute.

  19. 12.26.12
    Hanna said:

    God I love this tutorial.

    From one In-Buffalo-For-The-Holidays blogger to another, happy holidays.

  20. 12.27.12
    runswithscissors said:

    Um, the elastic, not the glue, keeps the hat on right?
    Thanks for another great year of posts Daniel,
    from: one who you have helped figure stuff out ;)

  21. 12.27.12
    nicolezh said:

    ahhh… Linus is such a cutiepie- as you two are!
    Thank you for inspiring me every single blog post- keep rocking and enjoy christmas!

  22. 12.27.12
    denise said:

    Best. Ever. You guys are rad.

  23. 12.27.12

    Merry Christmas guys! LOL Linus totes looks like a disembodied Santa beard . . . wearing a handmade Santa hat! xo

  24. 12.29.12
    Jay said:

    BEST.DIY.PROJECT.EVER. cute picture too. happy holidays!!

  25. 12.29.12
    Florian said:

    You didn’t take along your glue gun, you just didn’t! You really did, I can’t believe it!

    Love the kitchen choreography!
    Happy Hipster Holidays!

  26. 12.30.12
    sHERMI said:


  27. 12.30.12
    Joy @ OSS said:

    You guys are too adorbs! *squeee*

  28. 12.31.12
    Jenn said:

    Happy new year to you and yours!

  29. 1.2.13

    Yeah, that’s pretty much Christmas! Happy New Year! Also – best tutorial ever.

  30. 1.3.13
    rox said:

    omg- that photo in the kitchen is too freaking cute.

  31. 1.3.13
    Juliska said:

    I just have to ask: who took the picture of you and Max in the kitchen, and what were you cooking? How did it turn out?

  32. 1.3.13
    CindyE said:

    Great picture! I look forward to reading your blog 2013!

  33. 1.4.13
    Mary said:

    Fucking brilliant.

  34. 1.10.13

    Really clever – love the line of the inset handles

    actually realize that the handles completely make it.

    Well done