Thursday, October 30, 2008

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Quick and Easy Recipes From The Foodnetwork


Whether you're hosting an elegant dinner party or making a casual weeknight meal, find sensational starters for your meal. Easy appetizers – including these Spanish Tortillas – are sure to keep your guests entertained. Browse recipes with pictures

Cresent Mummy Dogs

Hot dogs are all wrapped up in a classic recipe for Halloween...or anytime a chuckle is in order.

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Winner Announcement for the Halloween Bag Giveaway

The contest has ended. The winners are Shel and Samsakara. Congratulations!

Thank you so much for taking the time to check out my treasures. Everything is handmade by me. I try to use recycled and natural fibers as often as possible. You will find a variety of items: bags and totes, quilts, wall hangings, table runners, place mats and a whole lot more. I’m just getting started, so be sure and stay tuned. Please bookmark my Etsy Shop so you can shop at your convenience. Most of my items can be customized to your liking. I would love to know what you're looking for.Your business is greatly appreciated!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Pumpkins Gone Wild Halloween Quilt

Here’s a wild and wacky Halloween quilt. You’ll have lots of fun displaying this quilt. It will stay out long after Halloweens over. Used Moda’s “Pumpkins Gone Wild” collection by Sandy Gervais.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Make Mealtime Extra Fun

Whether you're serving fly fricassee or caterpillar cutlets, Halloween specialties will taste all the better on these Jack-O-Lantern placemats, with Reversible Embroidered Napkins and Embroidered Napkin Rings. Made of machine washable 100% cotton. I justed added these items to my Etsy Shop.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

My Sewing & Craft Room

Wouldn't you love to have a space like this? Most days I can't even get into my sewing room. I think you'll enjoy these pictures.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Magician Cape

All we did to transform a mere 7-year-old boy to a mighty magician was use a fabric marker to draw a tie and collar onto a white T-shirt, affix a fake carnation to his lapel, and tie a black-and-red satin cape around his neck. And lo and behold: a levitating maestro ready to make piles of candy disappear.

Cape How-To

This unadorned cape falls just above the knee. You will need black satin and red satin fabric and two 14-inch pieces of red satin ribbon for ties. Make the cape following the basic directions. Stitch the ribbons securely to either side of the neck.
Crafting advice from Martha

Thursday, October 2, 2008


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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Creepy Crawly Halloween Spiders

These magnificently monstrous spiders are easily crafted from foam balls, black spray paint, and chenille stems.

What You Need

  • Crafts-foam balls: one 6-inch diameter and one 3-inch diameter

  • 1 bamboo skewer

  • Black matte-finish spray paint

  • 2 corsage pins with red heads

  • 8 black bump chenille stems

  • Heavy-gauge floral wire

  • Hanging cord
Make It

  1. To assemble each spider, insert a skewer through a large crafts-foam ball and then into a small crafts-foam ball.

  2. Cover your work surface and thoroughly spray the assembled spider with paint. Let dry and spray again if needed.

  3. Insert corsage pins into the small ball for the eyeballs.

  4. For the legs, insert 4 chenille stems into each side of the spider body. Bend each leg at a 90-degree angle approximately halfway down the length of the chenille stem. Bend the tip of each chenille stem to create the feet.

  5. Cut an 8-inch length of wire for each spider and bend the wire in half; twist the wire several times to form a loop.

  6. Insert the ends of the wire into the top of the spider's body.

  7. Thread a hanging cord through the loop.