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1   Craftster Quickies: Table Top Christmas Trees in Winter Holidays by kittykill on: December 04, 2016 07:46:28 AM
This month's Craftster Quickies was all about decorating for the winter season. These table top trees are so insanely easy to make. The big trees take about an hour to make. They remind me of gingerbread. I may need to make an entire scene around them. Check out the video for a complete tutorial! You can see it HERE.

Close up of the trees.

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2  Let's Get Lost in Needlework: Completed Projects by kittykill on: November 28, 2016 08:19:33 AM
I stitched up these little bunnies (they are from Sew Lovely) and thought that it needed a bit more so I wanted to add a quote. At first I was going to go snarky but I went sweet instead.

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3  Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-until the END OF TIME in Needlework: Stitchalongs by kittykill on: November 28, 2016 08:04:29 AM
Awww! The little flowers are so sweet!

I stitched this up on Thanksgiving.
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4  Craftster Quickies: Glitter and Succulent Pumpkins in Thanksgiving by kittykill on: November 07, 2016 08:36:08 AM
Dress up that fall table with glittery pumpkins and succulent pumpkins. They are super easy to make! The real pumpkin I used is still going strong and I plan on putting it in my garden once it goes south.

You can see how to make them HERE.

close up!
Real pumpkin:

Fake pumpkin:

Metallic pumpkins
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5  Thanksgiving Projects that We are Thankful For in Thanksgiving by kittykill on: November 04, 2016 01:02:45 PM
So  many times Thanksgiving gets overlooked. We are coming down from our Halloween high and planning for winter holidays. We at Craftster are so thankful for our awesome crafty members. They really keep us going. Below is just a small sampling of crafts from our Thanksgiving Board. Enjoy!

Celebrate the season with elegant decopage pumpkin decor like the ones posted by Craftster member, Mistress T. She creates this wonderful table display with just a few simple steps and does it without breaking the piggy bank. You can read more about it HERE.

No matter how many people you are having over this Thanksgiving, creating a buffet style setting can be easily done with Table Signs like the ones from Real Crafty Girl. These signs  will let your guest know exactly what is on the menu, which is great for those who have food allergies. If you use chalkboard paint, like she did here, you can use these for any occasion and for years to come. Check out this craft HERE.

What are you thankful for? Family? Good food? An endless craft supply? Whatever it is, show your thankfulness with this tutorial from newimagegal.  This is a great projects for the kids to do while dinner is being made. At dinner, everyone can wear a pin. You can craft names, events, whatever you are thankful for. If pins aren't your style, why not create a Thankful garland for the mantel. Check out the tutorial HERE.

Be sure to check out our Thanksgiving Board for inspiration, ideas and tutorials.
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6  Crockpot Pumpkin Apple Oatmeal and Leftover Oatmeal Cookies in Recipes and Cooking Tips by kittykill on: October 26, 2016 10:04:24 AM

Last week I decided to make some overnight crockpot oatmeal. I thought I had all the ingredients but I was missing cinnamon and brown sugar. I decided to wing the recipe with honey and pumpkin spice I had in the cabinet. It was a huge success but WAY too much for the hubs and myself. I decided to put the leftovers in the fridge and warm it up later, deep down knowing that would never happen. So instead of letting it become a science experiment, I decided to make cookies. Once again, I changed and winged the recipe.

The cookies have a slight sweetness to them. They are cake like. Like a whoopie pie consistency. They are super duper addicting and excellent with tea and coffee.

Overnight Pumpkin Spice Apple Oatmeal

2 tbsp butter
4 apples peeled and cut into small pieces (I used Fuji apples)
1/2 cup honey
2 tbsp pumpkin spice
2 cups uncooked oatmeal
3.5 cups water

Break the butter into small pieces and with one piece wipe down the sides of the crockpot. Put the remaining butter in the bottom of the crockpot.
Place the apples on top of the butter
Sprinkle the pumpkins spice on top of the apples
Pour the honey on top of the spiced apples
Add the oatmeal on top of the honey and apples
Add water. DO NOT MIX!!!!!
Cook on low for 8 hours and then mix before serving.

Now for the cookie recipe!

Leftover Oatmeal Cookies

2 cups sifted flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
2/3 cups shortening
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup leftover oatmeal

Preset oven to 375
Mix dry ingredients together
Add shortening, eggs and oatmeal to dry ingredients
You will have to use your hands to mix. The dough will almost be bread-like. It is VERY thick and dense!
After completely mixing all the ingredients together, scoop out dough and place on a greased cookie sheet.
*my first batch I used a tablespoon and the cookies were kind of big. They do not spread out, so if you want, half way through you can press them down a bit but they will not run.  I used a teaspoon for the second batch and they were a good size.
Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes (my oven runs hot so it only took 13 minutes)
Fix a cup of tea and enjoy your cookies!

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7  Dancing by the Moonlight Embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by kittykill on: October 24, 2016 08:17:31 AM
Sew Lovely Embroidery asked me what I loved and of course I said, "dogs and Halloween," so she made this pattern for me. While most people think that cats are the best familiars, I would have to disagree and say dogs are where it's at (although I love kitties too, maybe I should have a farm of familiars).

She also paid tribute to my little girl, Lola, who passed away last year.

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8  Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-until the END OF TIME in Needlework: Stitchalongs by kittykill on: October 24, 2016 08:14:19 AM
So stinking cute!

Here's my offering for October. Maureen at Sew Lovely created this pattern for me. She is such a doll. I told her I loved dogs and Halloween. These little pups are my familiars! I love that she also paid tribute to my little Lola by making her the cutest little angel witch dog ever.

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9  Re: Vintage Halloween Swap 2016 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kittykill on: October 18, 2016 09:09:51 AM
Be prepared to be BLOWN AWAY! I received from KarenLouiseM and holy macaroni, did she ever spoil me. I forgot to take a few pics, so I will be adding more. Warning! PIC HEAVY!

First: The most coolest, amazing cabinet you will ever see. I collect vintage Halloween stuff and display it all year. This will be on display in that cabinet.

close up:

The most awesome witch ever! She is staying out too. I love this type of doll and a witchy one is the best ever!

A fab candle living on my mantel now.

Spooky blocks! Did I mention how much I love these?

I have a kitty cat that I need to post.

Not pictured: the most delish pumpkin truffles and bread and an adorable pumpkin scarf.

Thank you SOOOOOOO much, KarenLouiseM! You made my entire Halloween!  Kiss
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10  Primitive Witch Cross Stitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by kittykill on: October 17, 2016 08:12:14 AM
I stitched this up for KarenLousieM for the Vintage Halloween Swap. I was super stressed about the framing because it was my first time trying something like this and my first idea didn't work. I actually love the framing and plan on doing it like this more often.

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