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31  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / DIY Dyed Bottle Brush Trees on: November 11, 2014 11:13:16 AM
I needed some bottle brush trees in fun colors for some upcoming projects I will be working on.  I did some searching online for colored trees and stumbled upon a post (sorry not sure from where now) saying I can dye my own trees.  So I bought some white trees and some dye and did it!

You will need white bottle brush trees, fabric dye, a plastic cup, and a plate for drying.

I used Rit dye for my trees.  This teal is in liquid form which I really liked and the pink was the powder most people are used to.

Fill your plastic cup up with water and add some dye.  You don't need much of either the liquid or the powder since you are using such a small amount of water.

Dip your tree in. These trees soak up the dye very quickly so only dip it for a few seconds then pull it out to check on the color.  If you want it darker then continue to dip for a few seconds then checking.

Put your trees on a paper plate and let them dry.

Have fun using them in your wintry crafts!
32  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Altered Holiday Art Decorations on: October 23, 2014 12:57:40 PM
I bought a few new things for the upcoming holidays from Retro Cafe Art Gallery and started working on them right away.  It's never too early to craft for the holidays right??

This nutcracker came as a blank canvas.  I coated the whole thing with gesso then used alcohol inks and a sponge for the color.  I added in some details with a paint pen, sharpie, and ink and stamps.  He was originally intended to be part of another project that got scrapped so now he's up for sale in my Shop the Swap Shop

I made a set of these little snowman magnets for my co-workers last year and loved how they turned out.  So I ordered more supplies to make more this year.  Here are the first two
33  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hello Fall Hoopla on: October 23, 2014 12:52:27 PM
Since the weather is starting to cool off, Pumpkin Spice everything is back in season, and boots and knit scarves are starting to make an appearance it must mean that Fall is here!!!  In honor of Fall I stitched up this hoopla. 

You can find the pattern Here
34  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Jewelry on: October 21, 2014 03:47:46 PM
I made this Halloween jewelry for quaggy in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap. 

First is a beaded Kumihimo bracelet in Halloween colors

Then a pumpkin stretch bracelet

A Halloween pendant, the circle bead has a spider like creature on it

and finally a Halloween charm necklace

Also here are a few hair clips I made for my daughter
35  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / BOO! on: October 17, 2014 10:01:09 AM

I made this sweet little hoop as a gift for a friend.  I printed the pattern out a little smaller than I had intended and couldn't find a smaller hoop so the proportions are a bit off  Undecided  I hope it's still loved anyway!

Here is where you can find the free Pattern
36  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / What Does the Fox Say?? on: October 08, 2014 12:23:04 PM
The world may never know.... Ooops that's from the Toostie Roll Pop commercial...

Sorry.... Now you will all have that song in your head for the rest of the day!

I stitched up this hoop for phoenixfiredesigns in the Little Visitor Swap.  I know she likes foxes and I found this super cute design on Urban Threads.  I stitched it up using a chain stitch, a little back stitching, and a satin stitched nose.

37  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Putz Style Haunted House on: October 08, 2014 12:16:48 PM
I made this we haunted house for quaggy in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap.  I ordered the blank cardboard house on Etsy. Then I used papers, ink, etc from Retro Cafe Art to decorate it.  It was originally intended to be in the middle of a little graveyard but it didn't work out so I ditched the graveyard and just sent the house.

Here is a close up of the front of the house
38  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Eat Drink and Be Scary on: October 07, 2014 12:54:18 PM
I made this hoop for quaggy in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween swap.  It's the first time I have done a fill stitch for an entire project.  I got some advice from the resident stitching masters Ludi and kittykill on what stitches to use and ended up doing the split backstitch for the letters and a satin stitch on the bats and spider.  I am so happy with this hoop and I had a really hard time sending it away.

quaggy posted a few more photos of it in the gallery

The pattern was purchased from Urban Threads
39  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Blocks on: October 03, 2014 10:06:32 AM
I made these decorative blocks for quaggy in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween swap.  The first side I used my silhouette to cut out the word SPOOKY

I also decorated the other sides of the blocks so could mix it up.  Each block has one side decorated with these themes

I think next time it would be fun to do a side for all the different holidays rather than just Halloween.
40  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Crock Pot Applesauce on: October 01, 2014 01:28:28 PM

I have been wanting to try making homemade applesauce for a while now and had I known how easy it was I wouldn't have waited.  Our local grocery store had all kinds of apples on sale last week and I decided to finally give it a try.  I used Fuji Apples which I peeled and cut into chunks.  I tossed them in the pot with two tablespoons of water and a sprinkle of cinnamon. 

They were cooked on low for 4 hours, then given a quick mash.  That's it. No added sugar and no preservatives. My kids gave it their stamp of approval!

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