Few people love Christmas trees as much as Jennifer Perkins does.

 

The Austin-based crafting specialist and former jewelry designer has appeared on countless TV shows and websites dedicated to DIY, and she's honed her "kitschmas" specialty in the past few years to include brightly colored trees and handcrafted ornaments, tree skirts and tree toppers for every holiday, all year-round. In this week's episode of "I Love You So Much: The Austin360 Podcast," which comes out on Wednesday, Perkins joins hosts Alyssa Vidales and Addie Broyles to talk about why crafting continues to be such a big business in the U.S., and how the spirited decorations we put up this time of year can inspire a whole year's worth of creative projects.

The author of two books on making jewelry also explained why thrift stores and flea markets are a crafter's best friends and what a truly magical holiday looks like in her kitsch-tastic home.

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of "Elf," we're re-releasing an interview from last holiday season with John Muehlbauer, who loved the movie so much that he traveled to New York for four years in a row to dress up like Buddy, Will Ferrell's character from the movie, to walk around the Big Apple spreading holiday cheer. Alyssa and Addie share their own beloved holiday movies and their thoughts on why "Elf" became an instant holiday classic.

You can listen to previous episodes or find more information about the show, which is sponsored by Hilton Austin, at austin360.com/to-do/podcast. To share feedback or guest recommendations, send an email to loveaustin360@statesman.com. You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram @loveaustin360.