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Saturday, December 31, 2011

More New Year's Eve Decorating Sites

Searching for New Year's Eve decorating ideas was so much fun yesterday, that I decided to continue with my quest.  I definitely need to go shopping for clearance Christmas ornaments!

Texture is the design principle, 
which makes this decoration work.

Your Home Based Mom


New Year's Eve Goodie Bags.

Hoosier Homemade
I really like the New Year's Eve Goodie Bags, but...they are too casual for the theme. So, instead of brown paper bags, use metallic bags.  The clock background can be cut out of pearlescent card stock paper and the numbers can be created by using ready made stick-on numbers. Fold over the top edge of the bag, punch a couple of holes, and tie a classy, satin ribbon.  Taadaa!!!

Vintage record bowls...what a great idea for New Year's Eve decorating!

 The black, shiny bowls would be perfect for holding party supplies: strands of beads, noise makers, and blowouts.  For instructions on making the bowls, check out the two blogs linked below:


 Black, White, Silver, and Gold is the Theme.

Multiply Delicious

Multiply Delicious

Sparkling Crystal with the Clean Look of White.
Corbis Images
 An inexpensive way to copy this New Year's Eve look is to shop at a thrift shop.  There are so many missed-matched stemmed glasses available...for under $1.00!

Hope you have a Happy New Year!


Friday, December 30, 2011

Getting Ready for New Years Eve...

January 1, 2012 is almost here. What are your plans for New Year's Eve?  My husband and I are planning a quiet evening at home, so I have been searching the Internet for ideas on creating a festive atmosphere for an intimate celebration. Enjoy my favorite ideas...

Many great ideas are in this picture...from the bowl of white, gold, crystal, and silver ornaments to a party favor of snacks in a silver cupcake liner. On the table are silver candle holders, which would create a soft glow of light at the table.  Isn't the clock a fun idea?

Talking about clocks, how about a mantel with all the clocks counting down the final minutes before midnight.  This creative idea was found on Leslie's Blog.

Another fun idea found on Martha Stewart's Web Site is placing stemmed glasses on a white cake plate.  Each glass is filled with small ornaments (which may currently be priced at 50% or more off).  One could even super glue a plate to an upside down stemmed glass, spray paint the dishes, and create a decorative plate to hold the glasses.  Check out your local thrift shop for the dishes.

Creative idea!  Using Martha Stewart's Score Board would be a handy tool in creating the folds for the clocks.  If you want to keep with the silver and gold them, metallic wrapping paper would be excellent for making the clocks.



Put your hat on...it is time to party!

Ready to celebrate New Year's Eve?  Here is a fun hat, made from card stock, some curling ribbon, and feathers, to create for the festivities!  I found the directions on the JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts Web Site.


Thursday, December 29, 2011

With New Years Eve Quickly Approaching, Here's an Appetizer Recipe For You to Enjoy!

Happy New Year!!!

Shrimpies has been a favorite appetizer of mine, because I make the topping a day ahead of time and refrigerate it in a covered bowl.  Just before serving, spread the topping on the French bread.

If you are interested in lowering the calories, use reduced fat mayonnaise and cheddar cheese.

1 can chopped shrimp
1 cup mayonnaise (not Miracle Whip)
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 loaf sliced (1/2" thick ovals) of French bread
Sliced Green Onion for Garnish.

Mix together the first five ingredients.  Spread on top of the bread slices and place on a cookie sheet.  If this recipe is used as an appetizer, cut each slice of bread in half before placing in the oven.  Bake in a 475' oven for 8 - 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Top with a few slices of  Serve warm.

For more recipes...including Slushy Drinks, click on this link:

Nothing Fancy Recipes Blog


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Cute Free Snowman Applique Pattern

Some of my friends are spending evenings sitting by the fireplace, enjoying their Christmas tree and relaxing. (I, on the other hand, am still getting ready for the holidays!) So for those of you who have everything crossed off the "to do" list and looking forward to your next creative project, here is a cute complementary snowman applique from Mary Mayne.  The link for a pdf file is below.  Enjoy!!!


Looking for Ideas to Organize Stickles?

I've been working at organizing my cottage. Today in my web search for storage tips, I came across the Artbin Glitter Glue Organizer.  The cost is $29.99. Currently, on the web site, the organizer is on sale for $5.00 off with free shipping and a charge of $4.99 for handling....total cost $29.99. 

Has anyone purchased the organizer?  Please share your comments below...thanks!
In my search for ideas on organizing Stickles, I also came across Amanda Formaro's idea of gluing circular magnets onto the bottom of a Stickle's bottle.  Next, mount a metal cookie sheet under the cupboard. Viola! I noticed Amanda tied the cookie sheet to the metal shelf...great idea if you want to bring the Stickle's bottles to your work space.

(I am curious if the full-sheet magnetic pages, with adhesive on the back, would work too.)

Interested in learning more about Amanda?  Click on the link below:

Have fun organizing!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Eve Brunch

Getting up early this morning, I started the day by creating a "Count Down to Christmas To Do List."  First on the list...finish brunch menu and market order. Ok...I am going to check a couple of blogs for recipe ideas before finalizing the menu.   

Stephanie Lynn from Under The Table and Dreaming has so many yummy recipes on her blog, that I wanted to share them with you. I am anxious to prepare a couple of the recipes!  Let me know if you have tried any of the recipes...
Click here for a link to Stephanie's Blog
Healthy Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Casserole
{source: Cooking Light}


Sunday, December 18, 2011

What Fun...Recycled Bread Tag Snowman!

As I was searching for creative gift wrapping ideas, I came across the "Recycled Bread Tag Snowman" created by Amanda.

Aren't they cute?  

What a fun idea to decorate your delicious food gift bags!


Free Pattern for Fabric Gift Bags

Enjoy another web site, which posts instructions on how to sew a fabric gift bag. If you are interested in personalizing your fabrics, there is a tutorial with instructions on using stamps to create designs.  Time to be creative!!!

TIP: Wouldn't these bags look cute stamped with a high heel shoe print and used for storing shoes in ones suitcase?


Saturday, December 17, 2011

McCall's Crimson Pinwheels Free Quilt Pattern

Ready to begin a new quilting project?  I thought this quilt looked so comfy in the picture, I wanted to share the McCall's pattern link with you.  According to McCall's Quilting Web Site, "This dreamy quilt features fabrics from the Fancy Hill Farm Collection by Robyn Pandolph for RJR Fabrics."  The finished quilt size is 66" X 82".  Robyn Pandolph's fabrics have always been a favorite of mine; not to be disappointed, I love the Fancy Hill Farm Collection.


Investigating Fabric Scarf Patterns ~ Part II

I am in my cottage studio gathering fabric to make this scarf!!!  What a fun way to use up all those scraps of fabric I have been saving for the perfect sewing project. Since Christmas is quickly approaching and there is much to do, I will to wait until the holidays are over to begin sewing. At least the fabric will be tucked away, ready for the sewing to begin!  Thanks Craftstylish and Mary Kay for the pattern.


Coupons for Fiber One, Country Hearth, and Village Hearth

Is bread on your grocery list?  Here is a 55 cents off coupon link for Fiber One, Country Hearth, and Village Hearth breads.  The site will allow 2 print outs for each bread...great savings!!!


Monday, December 12, 2011

Enjoy a Free Gift Bag and Tree Skirt Pattern

Looking for something special to wrap a gift in?  Henry Glass & Co. Inc. web site has posted a free 14" X 19" gift bag pattern designed by Anni Downs.  The snowman, wearing a stocking cap, fabric is perfect for the holidays! 

Time to begin a project for 2012?  There is also a free tree skirt pattern included in the pdf instructions.

Click here for the free Henry Glass Tree Skirt and Fabric Gift Bags Patterns


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Holiday House Internet Walk

The joy of decorating for the holidays!!!  Tomorrow we will be putting up our Christmas tree...can't wait to have the house sparkling with white lights. I just finished organizing the living room to make room for the tree. 

Interested in viewing decorated homes?  Jennifer Rizzo's Blog called, The Inspired Room, is having a Holiday House Walk. Holly Mathis Interiors (see picture and link below) is the home featured today, day 6.  Hope you get inspired.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Work Space Wishes

Is a new work space at the top of your wish list?  If your answer is yes, then I totally understand the planning process. 

Step 1: 
What steps do I need to take to design the perfect studio? There is only so much time and money, so the initial design needs to fit my needs. 

Step 2:
The next step in planning begins with "investigating blogs." Absolutely a fun step!  Do I have some wonderful ideas to share!!!  So many of the studios, I have shared, are for paper crafting, but the same ideas can easily accommodate the quilters.  Click here for storage ideas and additional studio pics... 

Check out two of the blogs I investigated:

Step 3:
Create plan and go shopping for supplies.

Step 4:
Time to get busy working on my plan.  Wish me luck!!!

PS: Wish I had room for the tables in the pics above...a gal can dream. 


Friday, December 2, 2011

Investigating Fabric Scarf Patterns: Part I

Good Morning...I am on a mission today to find a free fabric scarf pattern. Here is how my story began.  While shopping at a local mall I noticed, at the Hollister Store, flannel shirts were popular. The comfy, plaid shirts reminded me of my Dad who passed away in 2005.  Then I started thinking...I could recreate Dad's favorite fabric by sewing a plaid, flannel scarf! So, today I am searching for free scarf patterns.  Here we go...

The first scarf is sewn from warm and cozy flannel fabric.  Perfect for a chilly winter day!  Remember to wash, dry, and press the fabric before cutting it out.  This free pattern is courtesy of Amy Butler.

Amy's blog had another pattern for sewing a sash with beaded fringe.  Enjoy wearing the sash as a scarf!

Click here for Amy's Sash Pattern.


On to the next scarf...this pattern I found at About.com. from Debbie Colgrove. Gauze, homespun, or loosely woven fabric are needed to create the tied fringe at the bottom edges of the scarf. Check your local fabric store for a discount coupon on the purchase of fabric...there are some great sales available.  You will need 2 1/2 yards of fabric, which makes two scarfs.

To learn more about Debbie Colgrove, click on her bio to learn more about this seamstress, who began sewing at age eight. 

PS:  Here are some links to fabric stores in Northern WI

Here is an easy Linen-and-Lace Scarf...a serger is needed to finish the fabric edges. Directions for this sassy, summer scarf can be found on MyEvaForeva Blog by Jenya.

 Click here for the Linen-and-Lace Summer Scarf Pattern

Looking for a fun scarf with ruffles?  Dana's blog, called HOME, is an excellent resource for a light-weight flirty ruffled scarf. Dana makes two versions of the scarf...one pattern uses elastic thread and the other pattern incorporates a thread gathering technique. 

  • In the thread gathering technique I prefer to pull only the bobbin thread. I find the threads tend to knot more when both the top and bottom threads are pulled.  

  • Also, Dana mentions "stay stitching" and I think she means back or reverse stitching, which would secure the threads.

Click here for Dana's Summer Scarf Patterns

 Enjoy Kristie's Summer Scarf from Above the Clouds Blog

What fun I am having finding all the scarf patterns!!!  There will definitely be a "Part II Investigation."  So many ideas on are the web.  Can't wait to start sewing and trying some of the patterns.

Take care,


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