Cover Your Chairs With Jack-O’-Lanterns! Create an Embellished Wool Penny Rug! Knit Yourself a Cup Cozy! Piece an Autumn Glow Quilt! Make a Spooky Mummy Vase! Autumn Potholders to Sew! Decorate with Pumpkin Masks! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Smiles, Memories, and More!

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DON’T MISS A THING, MISS THANG!

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The SLOW STITCHING MOVEMENT Webinar is now ON DEMAND!

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At last! The much talked about SLOW STITCHING MOVEMENT webinar is now available ON DEMAND for download directly to your computer. This is a recording of the record-breaking webinar hosted by Mark Lipinski in June. Here is the link:

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YOKE DU YOUR 

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Arnold Schwarzenegger has a big one, Michael J. Fox has a small one, Madonna doesn’t have one, The Pope has one but doesn’t use it, Dominique Strauss-Khan uses his all the time. What is it? A last name! And shame on you for thinking it was something else.

ARTspiration

Artists or art that turns me on and feeds my muse! Like it or dislike it, what about this art inspires your own art or creativity?  By photographer, Scott Finsthwait.

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DESIGNspiration

Look around you. Design is everywhere! How can you incorporate the beauty that surrounds you into your art or craft?  Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi Wedgwood Plates, $8500

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IDEA I LOVE

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These Halloween chair covers are so simple to make that you will cover all of your chairs, and the chairs in your neighbor’s house too! They are made from pillowcases and a little black fabric. Don’t have launched pillowcases? All you have to do is dye some cheap or old cases with orange RIT Dye.   Check it out:

http://www.cherylstyle.com/creative-crafts/halloween-pillowcase-chair-covers/

GARDENspiration

 

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Herbs on the go. Dig up your rosemary, basil, tarragon, oregano, marjoram, thyme, parsley and chives to grow them inside as house plants. Keep them in a cool, sunny spot, and allow the soil to dry out before watering. Snip off the leaves as needed in the kitchen, but do not strip them completely. For herbs that have grown vigorously through the summer, cut them back about halfway and then dry or freeze the extra harvest or share it with friends. Herb crafts such as lavender soap and sachets are great as gifts.

IDEA I LOVE

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I was right in the middle of designing my own  wool penny rug when I stumbled across this cute little, button snowflake embellished, free penny rug pattern.   Of course, you will want to make mine, too, but why not start off with this one? Here’s how you make it:

 http://cathavencrafts.blogspot.com/2010/11/free-penny-rug-pattern.html

YUMMY DISH!

SLOW COOKER VEGETABLE PORK STEW

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray 
  • baby carrots 
  • red-skinned potatoes
  • Hunt’s® Diced Tomatoes,drained 
  • thick cut boneless pork chops
  • Hunt’s® Garlic & Herb Pasta Sauce
  • sugar
  • cut green beans,drained 

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.readyseteat.com/recipes-Slow-Cooker-Vegetable-Pork-Stew-5738.html#sthash.snTuT2I4.dpuf

 

IDEA I LOVE

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This project is a terrific yarn stash buster. Grab some of your tangled and out of date yarns and quickly knit  a pair of   hot beverage cup cozies.  I am not such a great knitter but I am an exceptional yarn buyer. I’ll have to dig through my stash for the perfect colors. Whip up a few of these as stocking stuffers. Here’s the pattern:

 http://www.cottoncashmereandwool.com/2014/09/knit-cup-cozy.html

 

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BREAD!

SWEET POTATO BISCUITS

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • flour
  • brown sugar
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • nutmeg
  • butter
  • cooked sweet potato
  • buttermilk
  • orange zest
  • smoked paprika

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/sweet-potato-biscuits/

 

BREATHLESS INSPIRATION

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NEW JERSEY!

I will be presenting The Slow Stitching Movement lecture, LIVE, on Friday, October 17, 2014, for the Hunterdon County Quilting Guild in Readington, New Jersey at 9:30 AM (refreshments will be served). Here’s the address: Readington Reformed Church; 124 Readington Road; Readington, NJ. (between White House Station and Flemington).  See you there! xoxom

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SO DRINK, CHUG-A-LUG CHUG-A-LUG 

SPICED MULLED WINE

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INGREDIENTS

  • red wine

  • cinnamon stick

  • star anise

  • cloves

  • orange

  • lemon,

  • brown sugar

FOR THE FULL RECIPE VISIT:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/mulledwine_84959 

 

WORDS TO LIVE BY

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IDEA I LOVE

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This flower-holding Mummy is the cutest flower vase I have seen a long time and perfect for Halloween (or for someone who has just had a facelift). Grab yourself a Dollar Store vase, a little gauze, craft store goggly eyes, and a small amount of water down white glue or Mod Podge.   You can literally make dozens of these in minutes. Here’s how:

http://www.tinselandtrim.com/home/2014/10/7/diy-halloween-mummy-vase

 

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MEMBA?

Babe perfume

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I  loved Margaux Hemmingway. One of the nicest celebrities I’ve ever worked with.

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IDEA I LOVE!

 

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Why not grade your fabric stash and whip up a pair of these colorful of autumnal potholders?  They are pretty easy to make, and are a perfect Thanksgiving Day dinner hostess gift, or could also be used as a hot pad to save your tabletop.  Here is the pattern:

http://www.buttonsandbutterflies.com/2013/10/quilted-leaf-potholders-tutorial.html

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DESSERT!

CHOCOLATE TURTLE LAYER CAKE

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Unsweetened baking cocoa
  • Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ devil’s food cake mix
  • chocolate instant pudding and pie filling mix
  • eggs
  • milk
  • canola oilv
  • vanilla
  • instant coffee granules or crystals
  • semisweet chocolate chips (6 oz)
  • chopped pecans
  • Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy cream cheese frosting
  • canned dulce de leche (caramelized sweetened condensed milk)
  • turtle candies
  • caramel topping
  • pecan halves

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HEREhttp://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/chocolate-turtle-layer-cake/abf4f862-10a0-4085-ba4e-7dc8bba3cf33

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PATCHWORK, BABY!

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This is the Autumn Glow quilt. I love the gradation of colors and the choice of color tones. It really is a striking quilt that pieces up quickly and gives a lot of design bang for the buck. Make one for yourself and one for a friend. Here is the tutorial:

 http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/201/bonusautumnglow.pdf

SHOEspiration

Embroidered Pump by Balmain

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MUST HAVE

 

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This is a hand-powered portable espresso machine that needs no compressed air or other fancy gadgetry to get the job done. Just scoop up the coffee, tamp it down, pour 2.4 ounces of hot water into the chamber, then start pumping to pre-infuse and build up the pressure. Keep pumping to extract the coffee and you’re left with a robust 1.7 ounce espresso to savor at your cubicle, on the plane, or in a fancy hot air balloon. Pre-order now for $39 and Wacaco says you’ll get your Minipresso in early 2015. [Purchase]

IDEA I LOVE!

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 Let everyone else in your neighborhood have a boring cut out pumpkin.   that’s not for you, cupcake!   Dig into your felt stash and craft one, or all, of these fun and funky pumpkin masks to celebrate Halloween  this year. Click on the link for directions and the pattern templates:

http://liagriffith.com/felt-costumes-for-your-halloween-pumpkins-michaels-sweepstakes/ 

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5 Comments on “Cover Your Chairs With Jack-O’-Lanterns! Create an Embellished Wool Penny Rug! Knit Yourself a Cup Cozy! Piece an Autumn Glow Quilt! Make a Spooky Mummy Vase! Autumn Potholders to Sew! Decorate with Pumpkin Masks! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Smiles, Memories, and More!”

  1. Sally Maxwell
    October 10, 2014 at 11:36 AM #

    I am absolutely in awe of your BLOG! How do you have time to do all this? And the connections that you make! The “production value”! I’m speechless.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Judy Mayfield
    October 10, 2014 at 6:13 PM #

    Do you remember when everyone’s granny crocheted little koozies for our soft drink bottles. No white rings on the furniture!
    PS I love those shoes you feature, not to wear but as works of art.

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  3. Peg Gilham
    October 11, 2014 at 5:51 PM #

    You are so darn funny. The turtle cake and then the turtle on the turnstyle was almost too much. I would love to spend a full day with youl You are just a trip!!! I look for your blog everyday and want to read it first and then again last. Do you have a whole crew helping you are so high on life and feeling better? Just love it. Keep it up!!!!

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    • October 14, 2014 at 12:28 AM #

      Let me know when you’re around New Jersey! 🙂

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  4. Sally Maxwell
    October 13, 2014 at 7:52 PM #

    OK, went back because there were so many things to consider at first read and I GOTTA comment on the sweet potato biscuit recipe. I can now consider myself an expert because we grow sweet potatoes on the family farm and here’s the mantra that I’m telling everyone when they buy a box: “low and slow.” That’s the way to cook sweet potatoes before you turn them into biscuits (or anything else). Oven temp at 250 degrees and cook them for 2-3 hours. We start them at dinner and turn off the oven at bedtime then let them stay in the oven overnight. Simple as pie…if you wanted to turn them into pie, I guess. “Low and slow”…everyone repeat after me.

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