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Crafty Thanksgiving Place Cards

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It has all the tradition, festivities and family togetherness of Christmas, without the pressure to buy the perfect present. Not to mention the gorgeous palette for Thanksgiving decorations: scarlet, orange, brown and gold.These place cards for the Thanksgiving Day table are super-easy, made from recycled items and incorporate two of my favorite things about the holiday--they’re beautifully decorated in fall colors and they’re inspirational.What You’ll [Read More...]

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Fond Memory Photo Frames

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There are certain objects that, having outlived their original purpose, continue to enchant and inspire. I’m thinking of things like old keys, watch cogs, vintage postcards, and glass jars. Especially glass jars.Walk through any flea market, garage sale, or antique store and you’re bound to find a small—or not-so-small—collection of mayonnaise jars, jelly jars, pickled beet jars…you get the idea. There’s something really magical about that smooth, clear container. So many possibilities, so [Read More...]

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Living Inspired: Crafter Interview

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Living inspired is about finding a craft or hobby that “brings joy” to your life. Veterinarian and OttLite fan Cherie Buisson found that quilting is her favorite craft. She shared with us why she chose quilting, how she learned, and what was her favorite completed project.What made you decide to start quilting? I was jealous of my mother and her snuggly rag quilt.When did you start quilting and how did you learn? I started in 2005. My mother’s family is very big into sewing and crochet, but [Read More...]

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Holiday Eye Makeup Tips

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Most women have a go-to makeup routine. Maybe it’s three steps, or five, or ten, or just a quick swipe of gloss across the lips—whatever your makeup system is, the holidays are a great time to break out and experiment! With all the holiday work parties, after-work parties, family gatherings, and New Year’s Eve extravaganzas, now is the perfect time to add some pop to your look! Smoky eyes are classic, but there are also vibrant options for every eye color.Blue: Copper, peach, orange, rust, [Read More...]

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Happy Frog Mittens

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Our friends at Simplicity have shared with us this adorable child's frog mitten pattern. The fleece is tie-dye printed and super-comfy. They're a perfect way to make your mitten commitment. Sew a pair and put a smile on any child's face!You Will Need: 3/8 Yard of Green Fleece Fabric Scrap of White Felt Fabric Scrap of Black Felt Fabric 1/2 Yard of 3/8" Elastic Scissors Straight Pins Matching Thread Black Embroidery Floss and Needle or Black Fabric Paint Click here to download pattern in pdf [Read More...]

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Snow Kitten Mittens from The Crochet Dude

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Is there anything you can’t do with crochet? The Crochet Dude® shows us time and again that the answer is No. Check out these gorgeous crocheted mittens that mimic Scottish fair-isle by using a simple color-changing technique.Skill Level: IntermediateSize: One SizeFinished Measurements: 10" long and 7.5" around Materials Needed: ROWAN 4 ply soft (fingering weight)?100% merino wool, 50g/1.76 oz, 191 yd/175 meters) 2 Balls - #289 Espresso?1 Ball - #370 Whisper? (Or colors of your choice) The [Read More...]

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Suede's Classic Mittens

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From the super-fabulous mind of fashion designer Suede comes a pair of classic mittens that are warm, comfy, and easy to sew! You Will Need:3/8 Yard of Fleece Fabric8" x 6" Remnant of Contrasting Faux Suede or Fleece Fabric1/2 Yard of 3/8" ElasticOne Package of Baby Rick RackScissorsStraight PinsMatching ThreadClick here to download the pattern in PDF format, which will print on three sheets of 8-1/2” x 11” paper.Cutting Instructions:Cut 2 mitten body pieces of fleece fabric.Cut 2 mitten thumbs [Read More...]

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Mitten Commitment: Have you made yours?

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The first-ever Mitten Commitment wraps up on Saturday, December 3rd. We think it was a huge success, with millions of crafters all over the country spreading the word. Many told us they planned to donate their mittens to local charities, while others sent in their lovely, handmade creations. We're thrilled with either option--it's all about crafting for a good cause! And there's still time to make a difference!We're accepting mittens right up through this weekend! You can knit, crochet, or sew a [Read More...]

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Upcycled Sweater Mittens Pattern

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You don't need to spend a lot of money to make your Mitten Commitment! Sweater mittens are super-easy and super-trendy! We found clear and easy instructions from the Queen of Crafts, Martha Stewart.Upcycled Sweater Mittens PatternsYou'll Need: Paper Pencil Scissors Pins Sewing Machine1. Make a pattern: Trace one hand on a piece of paper with the thumb at a 30-degree angle from the fingers. Draw a mitten shape around the outline of the hand, adding 1/2 inch (allow more than 1/2 inch if the [Read More...]

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The End of Daylight Savings

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Daylight Savings ends on Sunday, November 6th. Most U.S. residents set their clocks one hour forward in spring and one hour back in fall. However, residents of Arizona and Hawaii—along with the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, among others—don’t observe Daylight Savings Time (DST).Why do we observe DST? And what exactly is it? The idea of daylight saving was first conceived by Benjamin Franklin. In 1784 good ole Ben wrote “An Economical Project,” a little whimsy on the [Read More...]

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