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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Color Inspiration

They say that opposites attract.  I definitely think these colors that are opposite on the color wheel attract some beautiful attention.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Handmade Chistmas Gifts

Consider giving a simple handmade gift to a friend or loved one this year.  Nothing shows how much you care more that something that was made from the heart.

Personalize a store-bought candle for an inexpensive Christmas gift. Simply wrap cardstock around the candle, and embellish it with a die-cut accent and letter. No die-cutting tool? No problem -- use stickers instead.  These candles can be picked up at any dollar store.  What a great girlfriend gift!

 Glass paperweights decorated for the holidays make practical and gender-neutral gifts -- ideal for coworkers and teachers. The simple project starts with a glass paperweight kit, available at crafts and hobby stores or online. Decorate the paperweight with scrapbook paper, gift wrap, or an old Christmas Card.  

This pretty-as-a-package pincushion is the perfect gift for a crafty friend. Cover a foam square with fabric (wrap it like a gift) and secure along the edges with fabrics glue. Glue on beads and tie on a ribbon bow.

 It takes only a few minutes and some embroidery floss to make these cute napkins!

Make a candle in a vintage teacup. Scour garage sales for cheap but interesting tea cups. Start with a wick, melted old candle ends, and a little scented oil, such as lemongrass or grapefruit. Find out how to make these candles HERE

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Little Girls Boutique Giveaway

The Little Girls Boutique is precious Etsy shop I've had the pleasure of finding and getting to know. Owned and operated by the very talented knitwear artisan, Laura Doville.  Laura not only runs  The Little Girls Boutique, she also has another Etsy Shop called Laurimuks. Both shops are stocked full of her beautiful knitwear designs.  

Laura, originally from Lithuania has been a resident of the picturesque Scottish Highlands for the last five years and this is where her studio resides.  According to Laura, she has always had a passion for crafting.  She started knitting at very young age and learned everything she knows through trial and error.  Deeply influenced by nature, she strives for the natural, organic look.  She uses her art as a way to express herself.

 The Little Girls Boutique is all about little girls and tweens.  It offers a wonderful selection of little purses and clothing for little fashionistas with their own unique tastes!

Laurimuks  offers unique and affordable accessories and clothing for ladies of all ages.

Many of Laura's pieces are adorned with one-of-the-kind, natural wooden buttons handmade by her Dad.
Have a browse around either of her shops to find an adorable and warm presents for the nearest and dearest to your heart to make their Christmas just a bit more special!

Ways to Connect with Laura:
The Prize
Laura has graciously offered this adorable little purse in this giveaway. Any little girl would LOVE to have this for Christmas!

How to Enter ~ Your Choice

*Follow my blog through Google Friend Connect
*Follow me on Twitter

Then, visit Little Girls Boutique  or Laurimuks and leave a comment below in This Blog Post letting her know what your favorite item is in either of her SHOPS - Every creator loves and thrives on feedback, compliments and support, so really let her know how much you love the item you chose! That's it! If you are already a fan or follower, just mention how you follow in your comment below, share your favorite item with a compliment and you are entered!

Make sure if your blogger profile does not include and email you provide one in your comments.  Laura will need to have a way to contact you if you are the winner

This giveaway will run from today to November 20th at midnight Central Standard Time. The winner will be announce here on December 19th.


Thank you to the everything soap blog for the design and use of this giveaway format!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Candied Apples

These candied apples are so elegant looking.  Must try to make these

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Thanksgiving Pizazz

A few clever ideas to give your Thanksgiving dinner that WOW factor!

This whimsical turkey centerpiece is made with a rainbow of fruits and vegetables: cranberries, brussels sprouts, eggplants, sweet potatoes, apples, peppers, carrots, dried corn, and a pumpkin. Carve Sahara oasis foam to form the base of the turkey's neck.  Find the instructions to make this Turkey HERE

Don't just have an ordinary vegi tray this year.  Give it some pizazz and turn it into a Turkey.  Find the full instructions to make this Turkey HERE

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Artisan Crafted Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide Week #1.  Some wonderful items from our handmade artisans.  Please support your handmade community.  Happy Shopping.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Lovely Fall Tablescapes

Now that I am feeling so "fall" the interior designer is coming out and I feel the need to decorate my table with a fall tablescape.  This is such an easy way to bring the feeling of autumn to the inside of your home.  Here are some great ideas.

I love the idea of squash filled with candy corn.  You could arrange these in a wooden tray with some moss on the bottom to add some texture.

These white rectangular plates are so easy to find.  I see them at Target all the time.  Fill them with miniature pumpkins and then scatter some yellow and orange mums on them.  Cut the mums all the way down so that only about 1/2" of the stem are showing. 

Go outside and bring in some branches with brightly colored leaves.  Use them to fill large glass vases.  You can even fill the vase with a few inches of acorns or pecans to add some texture to the arrangement.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Yummy Apple Cider

Try one of these yummy apple cider's on a cold winter night!  Better yet pair them with a roaring fire and you'll have a perfect winter evening.

Creamy Apple Cider

  • Hot Cider Nog: Whisk together 2 cups half-and-half, 1 cup each milk and apple cider, 2 large eggs, 1⁄2 cup sugar, 1⁄4 tsp. ground cinnamon, and 1⁄8 tsp. each salt and ground nutmeg in a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, 15 to 20 minutes or until mixture thickens and coats a spoon. Remove from heat; stir in 1⁄2 cup bourbon, if desired. Top each serving with sweetened whipped cream. Garnish with cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon, and apple slices, if desired. Makes: 5 1⁄2 cups  
Mulled Apple Cider
  • Cider Tea: Place 6 regular-size hibiscus tea bags and 2 1⁄2 cups water in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Boil, uncovered, until liquid is reduced to 2 cups. Remove tea bags, and stir in 4 each whole allspice and cloves and 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks. Let cool about 1 hour; chill 1 hour. Discard solids. Cook tea mixture and 6 cups apple cider in a large saucepan over medium heat until thoroughly heated. Note: We tested with Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger Herbal Tea. Makes: 8 cups
 Spiked Apple Cider
  • Rum Cider Tea: Prepare Cider Tea as directed, stirring 1 cup spiced rum into cider mixture in saucepan. Makes: 9 cups
  • Bourbon Cider Sour: Stir together 3⁄4 cup each bourbon and apple cider, 1⁄2 cup orange juice, and 1⁄4 cup sugar. Serve over finely crushed ice. Makes: 2 1⁄3 cups 
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Friday, November 4, 2011

Chic Wall Storage Idea

It is that time of year, jackets, gloves, scarves and boots will need to find a nice home when they walk in the door.  How about transforming an ordinary hardware store find into a functional piece of art!

1. Purchase two, four-foot-tall cardboard tubes, one measuring 10 inches wide and the other 12 inches wide. Use a jigsaw to cut each tube into smaller tubes of varying heights (refer to the photo at left for guidance).

2. Cover the outside of each smaller tube with contact paper. Cut away any excess paper with a utility knife.

3. Arrange the tubes on the floor as you'd like them to hang. Wherever two meet, use an awl to poke a hole through both. Slide a no. 10 washer onto a 6-32 x ½" bolt, push the bolt through both tubes, slide another no. 10 washer onto the bolt, and secure with a nut. Fasten all the pieces together in this way.

4. To create load-bearing braces, slide a piece of wood that's at least an inch thick underneath one of the topmost tubes. Trace an arc along the top half of the tube's interior onto the wood. Measure down two inches and draw another arc that connects to the first, making a crescent shape. Repeat for all the tubes on the top row.

5. Use a jigsaw to cut out crescents from wood, following the shapes you drew. Drill a hole into the center of each shape.

6. With a friend's help, position the tubes on your wall. Use a pencil to lightly trace the top arc on the wall, along the interior of each topmost tube. Set the tubes aside. Place a brace so it aligns with one of the drawn-on arcs, then stick a pencil through the brace's hole to make another small mark on the wall. Drill a hole in that spot, then tap in a plastic anchor until it's flush against the wall. Repeat with remaining braces.

7. Align the hole in one brace with the corresponding anchor. Using a drill with a Phillips-head bit, screw the brace to the wall. Repeat with remaining braces. Set the tubes onto the braces.

8. At the back of each supported tube, just above the brace, make a pilot hole with an awl. Fasten the tubes to the braces using ¾-inch screws.

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