November Tablescape

November is such a great month for tables, with all the lovely colors of fall.  I like to set an everyday table for us to enjoy all month, this time featuring the two large pilgrim figures I inherited. To begin, I wanted the table to be full of color, so I put the burgundy tablecloth …

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Virtual Fall Craft Show – My Booth is Open

Today I join with Quilt Shop Gal for a Virtual Fall Craft Show.  The Virtual Fall Craft Show is for bloggers like me to connect with people who enjoy decorating their homes with handmade items, and giving handmade gifts.  The show will run one week on Quilt Shop Gal's blog, with several booths highlighted each …

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Working on a Quilt of Valor

It is Veteran's Day weekend, time to honor our living veterans and thank them for their service.  One of the ways I do this is by participating in the Quilts of Valor organization.  In October, I went to a retreat and got a little farther on my Quilt of Valor that I started last February.  …

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Stamping Thanksgiving Cards

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday of the year.  I love the Macy's parade, the football games, the turkey dinner, and the anticipation of the holiday season ahead.  The fall colors are blazing, and a cold day means a fire in the fireplace too, with any luck.  I've been sending Thanksgiving cards to my family …

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Veal (or Turkey) Meatballs with Basil Cream Sauce

Ready for a delicious dinner that is on the table in under half an hour? I have had this recipe ready to go for some time, but just haven't had the time to get to it.  It is so good that I've made it several times already and My Sweet Babboo thinks it is a …

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November in the Garden

Autumn color is slow to develop this year, and it will be well into November before we can say we are seeing the peak.  Rain this past week should help some leaves stay on the trees, and freezing temps overnight may bring out some color before they all fall off.  At least I hope so.  …

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Teacups Quilt Along – Block 16 Japanese Tea

As my regular readers know, I am fascinated with Japanese culture and way of thinking about the natural world.  So, I had to have a Japanese teacup design as the last block for this project.  It made sense too, since all of my fabrics are Japanese or Asian style prints.  This teacup has no handles. …

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Autumn Jubilee – One More Day of Fun

Today is the last day of Autumn Jubilee, and I still haven't been able to show all the things in my head. Plus, there are some great deals and specials going with the Autumn Jubilee sponsors, check out the list at the bottom.  Halloween is tomorrow, so I have just enough time to show you …

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Autumn Jubilee Fabric Crafting – Recovering a Lamp Shade

Autumn Jubilee has to include some crafting time, and this one will use fabric.  I found this little lamp at a thrift store (naturally, LOL!!), and it was the size I wanted for the den.  I needed a small lamp to provide some low light for the room when we are watching movies.  My Sweet …

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Autumn Jubilee Stamping Fun

One of the things I really enjoy is making and sending cards for the Autumn season, and particularly Thanksgiving.  Friends and family love getting them.  With a love of pumpkins and all things Autumn, this is a great time to stamp and play with paper.  I have a couple of stamp sets that are perfect …

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Autumn Jubilee Harvest Star Quilt Along Finishing

Today we finish up the quilt along table runner, and I'll show you some more ideas for making full quilts from the blocks.  We left off last week here, with two quarter-square triangle blocks, one on each side of the Tri Recs Star block. For the Harvest Star runner, I added only one border 2-1/2-inches …

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Autumn Jubilee – Kitchen Wreath

Autumn Jubilee continues today with a project featuring a new idea for your jelly roll strip leftovers.  We'll make an Autumn Kitchen Wreath!  Of course, you could use Christmas fabric jelly roll strips for a Christmas theme wreath, or really any color scheme you like.  Use your kitchen colors for an everyday addition to your …

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Autumn Jubilee Sewing Project – Placemats

Time for another sewing project, as Autumn Jubilee continues.  October is just slipping away too quickly!!  As promised, today I'll show you the tutorial for the placemats from yesterday's tablescape.  These are quick and easy to sew using chain piecing methods.  The finished size is 12-1/2 x 18-1/2 inches. Bernie's bundle will have some half …

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Autumn on the Blue Ridge Tablescape

Nothing is more beautiful than Autumn in the Blue Ridge mountains.  We are so lucky to live here, and the explosion of color in the trees is wonderful, even in a year that has been too warm for too long.  Finally, we are seeing some of the Autumn glory, now that the temperatures are getting …

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