2 Easy Sewn Christmas Gifts

                        The first gift idea: Christmas tree-shaped cloth napkins. This is a perfect hostess gift or to give to someone who loves to entertain–or for your own decorating. The…

3 Easy Knit and Crochet Gifts

                          Here are three easy-to-make gift ideas: two knit scarves and one crochet shawl. The patterns are easy to memorize, require minimum tools and supplies and are easy…

Christmas House Box and Mini Album

                          Are you ready for a super cute paper craft gift idea? Start with a paper mache’ house box, a little glue, some paper, embellishments and basic tools…

Santa Sacks

                  I know how to knit. Really, I do. I got a start on a knitted Christmas stocking for my ever-expanding family to add to our heirloom stockings. That was 12 years…

Mermaid Dress Costume–Pattern Review–McCall’s #M7175

    This adorable pattern for a mermaid dress is from McCall’s, pattern #M7175. Although I ran into some difficulties, overall, I picked some fancy materials and the rest is mermaid history. I’ll let you know some tips and tricks,…

Turtle Costume

It’s a tough decision: what to be for Halloween. Well, finally she decided and I bet she’ll be the only rainbow turtle out there. Yep…a rainbow turtle. She then decided to be Queen Rainbow Turtle. My next project will be…

Christmas Banners

                    It’s not too early to whip up a couple of decorations or Christmas gifts. A little chipboard, some design paper and embellishments are all you need to craft a unique…

Altered Cigar Box

                      I’ve discovered cigar boxes. A friend pointed the way and now the train has left the depot and cannot stop. Cigar boxes are inexpensive and sturdy; there are so…

Fold-Up Stationery Box

                  This project makes a great gift. Inside you’ll find lots of fun surprises to delight you–or the paper lover on your gift list. While you have all your supplies out, why…

Russian/Friendship Tea Mix

Here’s a blast from the past that’s sure to make you smile–Russian tea, sometimes called friendship tea. I have had this in my recipe box for decades. Even after tweaking the ingredients, the taste still brings me back and is…

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