Autumn Jubilee Crafting – Hogwarts Textbooks

Our first crafting project of the Autumn Jubilee event is a fun one.   With Halloween coming up, I've been working on a plan for costumes for us.  We have a really fun Halloween party to attend at the end of the month with our Mini Cooper Club, and the costumes last year were spectacular, which …

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Making Handmade Papers

After buying a couple of books and reading about this process, assembling what I thought I needed, waiting for a nice day outside to try this and dilly dallying for a year, I finally got around to a day to attempt making paper. I've been Drying Flowers for months, so I have a lot of …

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Drying Flowers from the Garden

I have a couple of projects that will require some dried flowers, so I've been working on this for a few months.  Drying hydrangea stems is pretty easy, and as you can see, I have a lot to choose from this year.  I cut some while they were still mostly blue, and others after they …

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Herb Garden Mossy Planters

These small pots were found on a recent thrifting outing, and I knew immediately what I wanted to do with them.  Taking them to the workbench, I got out the basket of acrylic paints.  The green stuff in the glass dish is moss. I scraped a the moss from the stone and concrete drainage half-pipe …

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Preparing for the Easter Parade

Tomorrow, the Mini Cooper club will participate as a group in the Dillsboro Easter Parade again this year.  We went to last year's event, although we didn't have our Mini yet so we couldn't be in the parade.  This year, we will be part of the procession, and I needed to get a few things …

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“In Your Easter Bonnet …

...with all the frills upon it!"  Yes, we are doing the Dillsboro Easter Parade again this year with the Mini Cooper club, so I needed to step up the Easter Bonnet from last year.  My Spring Hat was cute and went well with the sweater I wore last year, but didn't have the panache of …

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It’s been 5 years!

It's my blogging anniversary!  Five years ago I decided to begin writing my own blog, and I am still here, with more to say, LOL!!  From the beginning, I wanted my blog to be a bit different.  I wanted to do posts on all the things I am interested in, not just a single subject, …

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A Basket of Comfort for the Recovering Heart

The day after Christmas, a dear friend had a heart attack, and then bypass surgery two days later.  We went to help bring him home on New Year's Day, taking a gift basket for the recovering patient.  I know from my experience with upper spine surgery just over 5 years ago, that after a week …

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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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Thanksgiving Projects and Ideas

Every year at this time, I go through the some past posts that have relevance to the season.  There are so many fun things to do for Thanksgiving and the Autumn season, that I have not run out of ideas yet.  But, new readers may not have seen these ideas from past years, so here …

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Autumn Jubilee Pine Cone Crafting

Pine cones are in abundance in Autumn, so fitting for an Autumn Jubilee crafting project.  I have so many pine cones it is fun to find a way to use a lot at once.  For a centerpiece, I thought this wire basket would make a good base for a pine cone basket.  The wire basket …

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Quilter’s Meet and Greet

Today I am participating in an event called Quilter's Meet and Greet - a blog hop of quilting bloggers, some new, some established.  Welcome to From My Carolina Home!  I am a longarm quilter, pattern designer and speaker for quilting enthusiasts, and I've been blogging for over 4 years. I do lots of free patterns …

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Getting Ready for the Fair

The Mountain Regional State Fair turn-in day for the competitions is Monday, and I am entering 23 contests this year in a bunch of divisions.  I actually started early enough in August this year pulling it all together, getting my online entries done,  and completing projects.  I have 5 quilt entries, 5 photography entries, several …

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Bird Nest Art Project

One of the categories in the Mountain Regional State Fair is Natural Materials.  This one is always a challenge to use items found on our property, created by nature, in a project.  This summer, a Carolina Wren built a nest in a little bucket on the veranda and then abandoned it when DH was painting …

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