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Make It : fabric pumpkins

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Last weekend we drove to Long Island for a last chance to enjoy the beach … on the way we saw many pumpkin patches over-spilling with huge, orange, beautiful pumpkins. Our dry summer made it so we’ll have plenty of perfect pumpkins come time for carving. I’m by far not ready for that, but when …

Make It : grown-up pompoms

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Pompoms make me smile. As you wind yarn, tie, snip and take it out of it’s maker ready to be shaped, it is as if a personality forms in your hands. Soft and fluffy and always with a bit of a surprise of how the material might react, where the color might appear. We’ve made …

Inspiration Board : back to school (for grown ups)

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Every year I anticipate the kids’ school supply list, remembering my own proud moments of new pencil cases and new books … and yet every year it is a slight disappointment, as the lists are so specific : 36 yellow wood No.2  pencils, 5 two pocket plastic folders in purple, yellow, blue, red and green, …

Inspiration Board : more stuffed animals

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We’re about to visit my family in Germany, during which my kids will get to meet my cousins’ babies for the first time. My younger son is so excited and insisted I make them each a stuffed animal. It needed to be an Elephant and a Zebra, he insisted. Not that I didn’t have enough …

Our Sources : MexEvents

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Have you see the Easy Entertaining piece in the August issue of Living? As we were chanelling the flavors and ease of Mexico, I turned to this great vendor for Mexican banners. Mexevents.com in San Fransisco has an amazing selection of Mexican banners – wonderful shapes, sizes and colors for whatever occasion you are celebrating. …

Make It : crochet summer bags

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I think I’ve mentioned before that working with yarn is by far my favorite craft. But in this heat the thought of touching wool isn’t exactly enticing, nor would you need gloves or a hat, let alone a sweater. So when I found this beautiful yarn made out of the pineapple fiber from Habu I …

Make It : fabric note cards

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  When my mom was visiting last time, I was in the middle of my fabric clean up. She was admiring this Japanese fabric, so I’ve been thinking about ideas for what to make with the small piece of it I had. I decided to make some cards for her, as she still sends notes the …

Inspiration Board : refreshing teacher's gift

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During my annual search for ideas for what to give as teacher’s gifts, I didn’t go far – I asked my son what makes him think of summer : no school of course, ice cream (well, I did that already), the beach, ice cold lemonade …  At this time of year we can all use a cool …