Mini Resolutions – 30 Day Commitments for Year-Long Success

Happy New Year, everyone! This year, instead of a huge year-long hope-of-a-resolution, try an experiment with me! I am making 12 Mini Resolutions. Mini Resolutions are 30-day commitments to small changes you’ve wanted to make in your life.  I think it’s going to be a great way to be successful and implement some great shifts in how I READ MORE

Travel To A Cotswolds Cottage in England

I wanted to share a little about my family’s recent travels to a darling 1640s Cotswolds cottage in the village of Biddestone, England. First, I love staying in Airbnbs when we travel because staying in a home instead of a hotel emerges you into the experience of being somewhere. Furthermore, this Cotswolds cottage was absolutely charming. I wanted to show you READ MORE

Mid-Century Style Counter Stools from Rove

I’m in love with our new Norman Mid-Century Style Counter Stools from Rove. Many of you know that we moved into a new house a few months ago. One of the critical areas that needed furniture was our new and beautiful kitchen island. You can’t have a big island like this without a stylish and comfortable place to sit! As READ MORE

Life is Better With A Little Me Time. Seriously!

Does this back to school thing have you as crazy as I am? With three kids getting older (all 5th to 8th grade!), it seems like things just get nuttier and busier with every passing day. You add to that my newly signed book contract (yay!), and you have an Anne that’s feeling a tad READ MORE

Get Excited, I’m Writing My Second Book!

Yay! I’m so excited to announce that I have just signed the contract and will be writing my second book with Potter Craft (Penguin Random House).  I feel honored that they have entrusted another collection of beautiful craft works to my hands. My mind spins with all the possibilities! Can you tell from the photos what I READ MORE

Fabulous Family Travel to Paris and Iceland

We just returned from incredible family travel to Iceland, Paris and Bruges. I adore traveling internationally, and it’s been over 10 years since I’ve been across the pond, and never with the kids. We have been planning a trip to Europe for years, but put it off multiple times for a move, my book and another move! Once we looked at costs for our original READ MORE

Fox Pinata DIY and Party by Anne Weil of Flax & Twine

Easy to Make Arctic Fox Pinata DIY and Party

Allie has developed a new obsession with Arctic Foxes. As a result, she wanted a Fox Piñata DIY and party for her 11th birthday. First, she promised she would help with “every little bit!” Next, she was full of creative ideas for how to pull it off.  I simply couldn’t resist. I have a full photo tutorial for READ MORE

Save $600 With Professional Hair Color At Home

I’m smiling this big for a reason. I just discovered eSalon and found an easy way to save $600 a year by touching up my roots at home instead of at the salon. eSalon gives you professional hair color at home with ease! I don’t share a ton of products and services with you guys, but this one READ MORE

Life on Elm Street – Getting Situated

Whew! I’m totally crazy getting situated in my new home on Elm Street. I thought the end of the school year was nuts. I wasn’t thinking about the fact that I’d be moving to a new house the first week after school let out.  I must blank out the pain of all those boxes every READ MORE

Life on Elm Street – A New Home

There is big news around the Weil household – we’ve found a new home! As some of you know, my family moved from Baltimore, MD to Denver, CO last August due to my husband’s career. We’ve been living in a rental house since then. I’m thrilled to announce that we’ve found a beautiful, modern home that READ MORE

Gone to Have Fun

I was skiing with my family last weekend. Cruising down a beautiful blue groomer, I followed the pack of them from behind, as I usually do. I watched my daughter fling her arms open wide and lift her head to the sky and close her eyes. Eep! I thought, open your eyes!! She urged me, READ MORE

Lemon Ginger Tea Recipe

I’ve recently added Lemon Ginger Tea to my daily routine and it’s making me so happy.  This isn’t generic ginger tea from a tea bag, but just the fresh ingredients seeped in boiling water. I find it so soothing and yummy, I wanted to share how to make it and a little about ginger’s beneficial READ MORE

Believe in Bountiful

Sometimes it’s hard for me to believe how fast the years are rolling by. This time of year comes around and I am a bit stupefied. My brain overflows with all the things I want to resolve to do in the coming year. I am awash with feelings that I wish I had done better the READ MORE

Cayenne Cinnamon Hot Cocoa

Add a kick to your hot chocolate this season by whipping up some of my newly famous Cayenne Cinnamon Hot Cocoa! Those cold and snowy days are coming fast and furious now.  There is nothing I like better than a little spot of something hot to warm me up.  But if you add a dash READ MORE

7 Ways to Get a Snow Day

So, you want to have a snow day? We have great news for you! Follow all these instructions to the letter and you will ensure yourself (most likely) a snow day! At least there is a crew of people here in this house wanting the very thing. This “How to Get a Snow Day” list READ MORE

10 Things I Learned During My Time In Baltimore

What a summer this has been! I keep meaning to pop in here with a personal post to let you know more about what’s been going on. It has been an insanely busy summer because we just found out in June that we’re moving back to Colorado! As in, this coming weekend, we’ll all be READ MORE

DIY Chocolate Chip Cookie Coffee Smoothy

Chocolate Chip Cookie Coffee Smoothie and Ice Pops

I just got back from a tropical trip to Costa Rica with six of my dearest and oldest girlfriends and their burgeoning young families. These are the kind of friends you see after months of not talking to each other and you zing right back to where you left off. Do you have some of READ MORE

This Week: Seeking the Essential

Spring is in full bloom around here. Lots of gorgeous cherry blossoms everywhere (and tulips and daffodils, of course)! I’ve never been a big spring cleaner, but honestly this weekend I’ve been diving in despite the gorgeous weather outside. This weekend is all about shedding. My goal is to declutter both physically and mentally. I’m READ MORE

2015 Flurry and Flax and Twine Events

What a flurry 2015 has been so far! I received my first book dummy, that’s the first graphic layout of my book, right after Christmas. It was so exciting. Seeing all my hard work in page layouts is making it all feel that much more real. Two weeks chock full of checking and double checking, cutting READ MORE

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Eat & Make, Sweet Paul Book Review

Though Sweet Paul’s book, Eat and Make, came out a number of months ago, I wanted to share a book review with you now. One, because I’m getting ready to bake for a whole house load of holiday guests. Two, it would make a fantastic Christmas or hostess present. And three, because I was just so charmed READ MORE

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Christmas in the Community-Holiday Service Project

Are you all running around getting ready for Christmas? I know I am. This year, I wanted to take time (beyond my usual toys donation) to give back to the community with a holiday service project.  I was trying to brainstorm ideas for a project when a fortunate email came into my in box. There, READ MORE

November!?

How does the time pass so quickly!? In November, the days are short but the sun is bright. That light seems all the more precious because of its daily scarcity. I love Fall days. They are my favorite, but they seem to fly by so fast! I thought when I turned in my manuscript the READ MORE

Fall Musings

Happy Fall everyone! It’s really hard for me to believe that we are well in to October. I keep thinking that with my book finally turned in, I’ll have tons of time to get back to blogging, but it feels like I’ve been busier than ever. It kind of feels like that gym thing, where READ MORE

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Just Breathe

I recently came across this photo of Allie from last spring.  I just had to pause . . . something in her face here to me is the essence of letting it all go and just being.  There is not one ounce of worry or thinking across that beautiful face of hers.  Just being.  I READ MORE