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Make It : basket weavers guild

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How sweet is this lovely heart ornament …. woven with ash strips, it is a great introduction to basket weaving. Judy Flanders and Marty Parker from the Westchester Area Basketmakers Guild (WABG) were kind enough to share the instructions below. Make one as a gift (or for yourself !) as this is really quite simple …

Make It : Himmeli ornaments

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Today’s post comes to us from Melissa Hruska of amradio. You may have seen her beautiful ornaments featured in the gift guide of Martha Stewart Living’s December issue. You can buy them in various materials through her etsy shop. I bought the straw ones last year and I can’t wait to decorate with them again really soon. (I’m …

Make It : Beaded Bags

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I’ve long been eying the amazing beaded accessories that many designers did this season … just couldn’t afford a single one of them. So I decided to make my own … scaled down and simplified maybe, but then again I prefer that anyway. These bags were the results and in the December issue of Martha Stewart …

Inspiration Board : my favorite Thanksgiving (or anytime) decor

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Having grown up in Germany, Thanksgiving is not a Holiday I had ever celebrated. Therefore no memories, no traditions … but maybe that’s good ?! It certainly allowed me to think outside the box and when being assigned to work on Thanksgiving stories for Martha Stewart Living, I had no problem saying ‘lets make it …

Inspiration Board : hostess ('kids) gift

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    I just put together this basket with all supplies needed to make several cornhusk dolls. I will bring it to my friends’ house for her kids (and me !) to spend many hours crafting with. But it would make a wonderful present to bring to a Thanksgiving gathering. After all what’s a better …

Inspiration Board : Tom (LEGO) Turkey

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LEGOs make all of us happy, no ?! They remind us of our children, of our own childhood, they are colorful, playful and everyone can make ‘something’ out of LEGO. ‘Something’ is not however what  British LEGO artist Tom Poulsom creates with these colorful little bricks. I stumbled across his LEGO birds a while ago …

Make It : Angela Liguori albums

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About 5 years ago I received a package filled with cotton ribbons in the most beautiful colors. They came from Angela Liguori, who had started importing them from Italy. I put the little pile on my desk, and that’s where they’ve lived ever since. They make me happy, inspire color combinations, and remind me how …

Make It : cornhusk dolls

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If our little friends Nora and Hugo are any indication for this craft, you will have no worries about having enough decorations for your Thanksgiving table. After several hours of shooting variations of  their little hands making dolls, neither one of them would stop. I sent them home with a bag full of cornhusk and …