Making Packages Bright

OK, raise your hand if you think wrapping gifts is a chore.  Yeah, I thought so!  Many view it as a necessary thing, not a creative thing, but I have a different view.  Each gift represents someone in my life that is still here, and with the loss of my parents, a special cousin, and …

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Christmas from the Kitchen

Giving gifts from the kitchen makes more sense now than ever.  With many of us downsizing, or giving gifts to people who have already done so, the addition of more tchotchkes to a household seems silly.  After all, it is the thought that counts, so why not give something that won't need dusting? Using personalized …

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Asian Inspired Christmas Tablescape and Blog Hop

The beautiful Asian print on my new table runner becomes the base for a Christmas tablescape also Asian inspired.  Something different for this year!  I begin by covering the table with a burgundy color tablecloth, picking up the dark red in the Asian Inspired Christmas Table Runner I made just this week. It is placed …

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Asian Inspired Christmas Table Runner

In the stash of Asian fabrics I got from a friend's sale was this lovely red on cream print.  The print reminded me of the Christmas balls that you might have on a Christmas tree.  I got the idea then of doing an Asian inspired Christmas table, but it took quite a while to settle …

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Just To Let You Know…

I know, I don't usually post on Tuesdays, but I wanted to let you know two things.  First, that Bernie at Needle and Foot is having a fun giveaway on her blog this week.  Remember when I did a blogger bundle for her last August?  The Colors of August placemats, plus the Improv Table Topper …

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Making Christmas Cards

Making Christmas cards is one of the most fun stamping times of the year.  There are so many little things in my stash I've yet to use from cute stickers and cut outs, to fun papers and stamps.  I scored a few more items at the thrift shops recently too. One of the things I …

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Beginning of Winter

After a warmer than usual Autumn, we finally got a cold spell over the past couple of weeks, turning the remaining leaves pretty colors. Most of the trees are bare now, but a few remain here and there.  This picture is from the last week in November, early morning mist is settled in the valley …

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Teacups Quilt Along

The next pattern in the Teacups Quilt Along series goes back to paper piecing.  In the spirit of Christmas, I found this one that kind of reminds me of packages for the tree.  Of course, for me that means fussy cutting for the main part of the teacup. This was a supreme pain to get …

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Christmas Party Weekend at 1927 Lake Lure Inn

Our Mini Cooper club had a fabulous Christmas event last weekend, with several meals and events planned from Friday night to Sunday afternoon.  We caught up with them on Saturday morning in a local parking lot to decorate our cars for the Christmas parade.  The weather did not cooperate, and it began raining while we …

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A Merry Christmas Wreath

This year's holiday wreath is silver and red, inspired by the number of silk poinsettias in the stash.  I have spools of wire edged ribbon and making big bows is very easy with it.   I have a tutorial on making big bows HERE.  Knowing I wanted a good size bow, I started with that. Attaching …

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