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Bind Off the Edge of Your Weaving


I've been weaving this week with the idea of New Year's Eve in mind.  I'm making an evening bag for 
the Authentic Knitting Board Company using their All in One Loom.  It allows one to make larger
pieces of fabric than your average peg loom can.  Anyway, I am pulling out all the stops and going for 
some serious bling with some fab gold metallic ribbon and braid.  

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Christmas Ornament Earrings


At Christmas, all roads lead home.  --  Marjorie Holmes

The holiday party season is in full swing.  Decorate your ear lobes with a pair of miniature Christmas ornaments.  They
are a breeze to make, taking under an hour total using a Smoothfoam ball for a base and washi tape for the embellishment.  
Make a pair for yourself and another for the hostess!

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Festive Cranberry Muffin


I'm just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression.  --  Maya Angelou

Cranberries need to be pulled from ranks of sauce and given their full due as a fruit.  These muffins are the perfect blend of sweet and tart. The bright dots of red color add a festive note to what is essentially a basic muffin.

I adapted this recipe from The Joy of Cooking by Mrs. Irma S. Rombauer.  This is my basic go to cookbook for anything and everything even as a vegetarian.  Gam was friends with Mrs. Rombauer and did much of her initial recipe testing.  Gam was the kind of baker who kept a notebook of the weather as she baked.  An overcast sky always meant baking times would be slightly longer.  She instinctively understood the chemical reactions of baking soda, baking powder and the various liquids such as milk, sour cream or yogurt.  

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Washi Craft Tape Beaded Ornament


Christmas doesn't come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more....
Dr. Suess from How the Grinch Stole Chrismas!

Grandma loved to make ornaments using sequins, pins and ribbon on a Smoothfoam base.  She'd buy intricate kits and then spend all afternoon making her "treasures" as she called them.   This is my version with a contemporary twist using craft tape to cover the surface before adding the sequins.  My version takes less time to make (approximately an hour), but still has a colorful sparkle.  Try your own tape and sequin combo or make my winterberry.

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Designer Crafts Connection :: Christmas Wreath of Favorite Ornaments

Christmas Wreath

Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.  --  Washington Irving

I've inherited scores of ornaments from family, especially Mom.  Christmas was her absolute favorite holiday.  As I began to unpack everything over Thanksgiving, it became quickly obvious that our tree wasn't going to hold our extensive collection.  Rather than pack away the excess of ornaments, I decided to make a wreath with them.  I love the final result, but better yet I upcycled the wire base from a previous project that was looking a tattered and tired after months in the sun.

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