Orange Biscotti with Dried Blueberries

Biscotti makes a fabulous gift, especially when added to baskets with mugs or cute plates.  This recipe will make enough for the Christmas cookie exchange and be the hit of the party.  Giving biscotti on a vintage platter or thrifted holiday plate is fun too. It is really easy to make, and just takes a …

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Reworking My Ironing Board

This unusual shaped ironing board has been in my sewing room for many years.  It isn't made anymore, but was great when I was sewing most of my clothing.  That hasn't been the case for the past 15 years, as I have been doing much more quilting.  I've recovered it twice and did a tutorial …

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Christmas Cars Tablescape

Last year we spent a truly delightful weekend in Lake Lure with our Mini car club.  During the gift exchange, I got this adorable cookie jar.  While I was in Greensboro last summer, I found some soup mugs with cars on them, and an idea for a tablescape formed.  I put the cookie jar on …

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Embroidered Ornaments

Making ornaments from embroidered motifs is fun, and a perfect exchange gift for your holiday parties. I have made ornaments from crewel work and cross stitch, and today I want to show you how to use your embroidery machine to do something different.  My embroidery machine has cards with motifs on them.  I began with …

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Christmas Centerpiece

Reworking the pine cone basket I made last year, I wanted to freshen it up for the Christmas season.  Holidays mean a little more shine, so I covered up the foam in the middle to get it ready to spray paint. Several light coats of metallic gold were applied, turning the piece over and around …

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Quilting the Quilt of Valor

When we left this Quilt of Valor, it had the sashing finished and border added to bring it up to the right size.  If you missed the first post showing the block and how it was made, click on Quilt of Valor. It was loaded on the longarm, and I chose a navy blue thread …

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Acorn Squash for a Fresh Side Dish

I have one more new recipe for you for an easy side dish that will freshen up the turkey or ham leftover dinners.  It is nice enough for a special meal, like Christmas eve, but easy enough for a Tuesday night meal too.  Acorn squash is easy to cook and has a fresh squash flavor, …

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Late November Garden

There is always something going on in the garden, even in late November when the air is chilly.  We've had several dark and overcast days, lovely rainy days to stay inside to sew or stitch or read.  Then we get brilliantly sunny days that set the colors in the trees to light.  While most of …

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Happy Thanksgiving!!

The best day of the year is tomorrow, so today I'll be doing some prep cooking and baking some Rustic Egg Bread.  I get really excited about Thanksgiving, planning a great meal and having fun making dishes from scratch, setting a pretty table and enjoying the day.  See my post from 2014 for lots of …

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Finishing the Autumn Wool Work Table Runner

Yes, I got it done!  Finishing the wool work stitchery was a concentrated effort, working on it for several days to finish the details.  I don't like to have UFOs, and I wanted this done to enjoy this season.  I left off needing to attach the last leaf, and get the veining and details embroidered. …

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