Happy Holidays

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Christmas is over. Sigh. Hope you had a merry one! My mother gave me our family ornaments and I think I worked on this little cross stitched mouse as a kid. I’m guessing I had help with it.

Happy Halloween

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Happy Halloween! Here’s a tutorial I did for Whip Up a few years back. You can make it as a pincushion or fall decoration. My 8-year-old movie star and my 10-year-old doughnut are all ready to go trick-or-treating tonight! Hope you have a happy and safe Halloween!

Tutorial: How to Make Perfectly White Eggs

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Ahem, updated note: This post was written on April 1st.

Although it’s a day after Easter, today I’ll show you how to achieve perfectly white eggs. Of course, your eggs may not look as good as mine, but you can still give it a try.

First, gather eggs from your chickens, boil and cool them (not the chickens, just the eggs). Then wrap one egg in aluminum foil. Use firm pressure as you wrap, sealing any cracks with duct tape, which can be painted in a later step.

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Next, fill a measuring cup with gin, toss in the foil-covered egg and let it soak for several hours.

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Finally, remove the egg from the gin, peel off the aluminum foil, and drain the measuring cup. The egg-infused gin makes a great martini, perfect for Monday mornings! To make the egg shine, polish it with a homemade chamois cloth moistened with rabbit saliva. If you’d like to achieve various shades of white, such as parchment, snow, or cotton, add dryer lint accordingly. Paint the egg white if needed.

Keep eggs away from pets and children. 

Quick Crafty Round-Up

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String Art Time Elapse Video from Maptote.

Boucherouite Blush Box from I Heart Linen.

Origami Heart Lollipop Covers on the Chronicle Books blog (from Party Origami).

Printable Arrow Pencil Holder Valentines from Sweet Muffin Suite.

Paper Cut Inspired Wall Art from Kollabora.

Liberty Hot Pads from The Purl Bee.

Sweetheart Wristlet from Kimberly Gladman for Sew, Mama, Sew.

Geometric Felt Heart Garland from How about Orange.

Red Hot Buttercream Frosting from Made.

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays! Above is a fabric bow I made last week. The background fabric is from my Stamped collection for Kokka, available here, among other places. Since I haven’t posted in a while, I thought I’d give you a quick update via Instagram photos.

Cranberry Upside Down Cake from Martha Stewart was super easy. Here are the cranberries in the pan — the finished cake wasn’t as pretty as Martha’s, but it was tasty. Would also be nice for a holiday brunch.

Legos have been spread out all over our kitchen table since Christmas.

I got a bit of sewing in before Christmas and have about 20 of these blocks that will turn into something one day.

Love vintage ornaments. This little rocking horse is from our childhood tree. I think it’s missing the reins and I had to glue the leg back on this year.

And there were birthdays this month too. My younger daughter got this cute little guinea pig to keep my older daughter’s lonely pig company. Yes, I know, only cute if you like little furry rodent-like creatures.

I made little mini-totes for 18″ dolls as party favors.

Then my older daughter had her birthday which we celebrated at school with our annual box of birthday doughnuts from Sublime Doughnuts here in Atlanta.

And I finished what is hopefully the last round of major edits for my book, 1, 2, 3 Quilt, which will be available sometime in the fall.

I’m also planning the year ahead and struggling with the fact that I can only do one of the quilt trips I’d like to do in the spring. So I think I’m opting out of QuiltCon to head out to Quilt Market in Portland. It’s a tough decision, but I’ve never been to Portland and my husband and I are thinking of making a vacation of it. And it looks like I will have another collection coming out with Kokka at spring market, though I haven’t finished it yet!

 

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