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I stitched these little gifts last weekend. They are framed in 3" hoops. I didn't stitch them in this size hoop though, it's too small to work with. To finish them, I glue a felt circle on the back. Then...

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Last weekend pete bought whole spices in bluk, toasted them, and ground them up to make garam masala. We found the little spice jars at Cost Plus, and magically, quadrupling the recipe filled all 9 of them perfectly. The recipe...

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The low-pressure cookie party was a huge success, like always. There were many yummy cookies to eat, and it really was low-pressure—one guest came with two bags of oreos, and another with a purchased bag of delicious shortbread after a...

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Anne of Green Gables I stopped in my tracks when I saw this copy of Anne of Green Gables and had to buy it immediately. We already have a copy, and are almost done reading it, but this one, in...

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I bake these cookies every year for the Low-Stress Cookie Party I attend. it's a win-win, you just come and eat cookies. You can bring some you have made, or not, all you have to do it show up. Then,...

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I snatched up quite a bit of free/very low priced yarn this summer and have a big bag staring at me in the sewing room. Mittens and other items have been made from this stash, but I have had the...

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I made this for Thanskgiving—it was the first time I have used this amazing trifle dish Grammie gave me for my birthday. It was a raspberry, gingersnap, mascarpone trifle. It looked amazing, and in theory, was amazing, but in reality,...

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I stitched this for Grammie for christmas. I gave it to her early so she could hang it up now and enjoy it all winter. It is stitched with wool yarn and silk thread. I was so thrilled to get...

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My Milk Toof: The Adventures of Ickle and Lardee Last year, I realized our favorite books needed their own list, so here's the 2nd edition. Here's the 1st edition. This book was given to us a few years ago and...

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It's that time again! Here's the 2014 favorite kid gifts list. Some of these we have had for years, some we have gotten recently—all of them are very popular with our family in a way that stands out. Here are...

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I am very happy with my on-the-counter butter storage of late. Over the summer, I was looking at my butter and was getting disturbed. The girls are cooking more and the butter looked like it had been attacked by a...

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I'm so excited to have these new items in the shop before the holiday madness starts. I designed this sweet little Floral Gift Enclosure Card Set. I love making homemade cards, but so often I need something fast and easy...

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I knitted these earlier this month and they got worn yesterday in our weird freezing-rain-very-light-snow storm. We lost power for a good 15 hours and it was cold! Good thing Grammie is close by. We headed over there with the...

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I have four pieces of art in this wonderful show over at artstream studios. This show is curated by Lisa Solomon and Susan Schwake. All the pieces (by more than 60 artists) are available for sale online and are 4"x...

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I knitted some mittens. I have never knitted mittens before and really enjoyed it. These are knitted flat (the pattern source is on my ravelry page) and I'm not sure how I feel about that. I'm going to try another...

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day 6 This is all about nail polish. I love having nail polish on, I love color, and I love having nice looking hands/nails. I have always had a lot of polish. Then kids came into my life and I...

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My ladies and I went to Palace Cakes recently for some serious cake eating research. They were all divine. It's the same talent behind Two Tarts, which is my favorite place to get cookies in Portland because they are so...

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We are studying the Stone/Bronze/Iron Age right now and had a lot of fun making small Stonehenges. We got this idea over at the BBC website in the Hands on History section. There are so many great resources on this...

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Thank you all so much for your food tips in Santa Fe. It was a wonderful city to eat in and one of the perks of traveling alone is I could eat whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. The downside...

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We made these papier-mâché ghosts last week and finally got around to putting on the faces. I know I could type paper mache, but it's not as fun. To make these: We made a paste (flour, water and white glue)...

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So, making these was all I was thinking about today. I found this site, Piktochart, this morning while looking for a timeline of the stone/bronze/iron age (which is our new theme) and went on a brief detour. This took about...

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This is one of my favorite photos from my Santa Fe trip. It's from the Brasil and Arte Popular exhibit at the Museum of International Folk Art. It's a bear costume for Carnival. There was some information about how the...

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Emily's newest book is out, Day Dreamers, and it's so beautiful—it's been on heavy rotation at our house. It's a companion to her equally stunning Dream Animals, and I love how these two books look side by side. I was...

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Pickled radishes Pickled beets When I am cleaning out the fridge and getting anxious about veggies not being eaten, I pickle them. Right away. It takes about 5 minutes and then I feel so much better. I have been using...

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I love fish tacos. I sometimes forget this and then when I remember I get excited because they are so easy to find. They remind me of pizza—there is much variety and quality in this one dish. Fancy, fusion, good,...

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I bought this very lightweight printed linen at Jospehine's Dry Goods over the weekend. Josephine's recently re-opened in a new location and I hadn't been there yet. It's such a lovely shop. The very small shop is beautifully merchandised and...

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I have been getting some questions lately from local people and online about how we pick our themes and how we learn about them together with multiple ages. I received this e-mail a bit back, which has better wording than...

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I stitched this birthday gift for a friend recently. I am 99% done with my latest cross-stitch, but I needed a break. I used Renaissance Dyeing wool thread on linen fabric, backed with muslin. It's my own design, a bunny...

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I'm not sure when I learned how to make this easy textured paper, I think it was in a box making class in college. I was obsessed with it for a while and made stacks and used it quite a...

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I am close to finishing this cross stitch project. the pattern is by Stacy Nash Primitives and it's called Basket of Flowers Pinkeep. I want to get back to some crewel work. I have enjoyed doing this, but I get...

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