Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Handmade Spotlight - Pumpkin Patch

The OFG Etsy team is having their Harvest Happenings Celebration. Come visit all the fun fall decor at the Old Farmhouse Gathering Team. Visit and search HHCOFG to see more.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Needles-n-Pins Stitcheries: Wintering Plants and Gardens

Now that fall is here and some of us need to get our gardens and flowers ready for old man winter, I thought I would share some ideas on how to get those gardens ready for the winter season and bring some of those plants inside.

Many people talk about bring their geraniums inside for the winter. I don't have any geraniums, but several people I know do bring them inside. The Weekend Gardner has the information for you to do this. 

Now many of you have vegetable and flower gardens over the summer that need to get ready for the long sleep ahead. The Farmers Almanac has some really good tips for this. 

Most of us in the north country have greenhouse for our growing of vegetable. If you are one of these people here is some ideas from Experimental Homesteader on getting your greenhouse ready for the winter.

Last but not least....let's not forget your lawn. In order for your lawn to make it through the winter and be ready for the spring there are a few things that will help it make it through the winter that you can do and Do It Yourself has all the tips for you.

So whether you have vegetable garden, flowers or lawns all these need to be prepared for the winter. I don't know if I am quite ready to be talking winter here tho.........I think I will enjoy more of the fall for now. 

Happy gardening! 

Colleen :)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Jacquie's Up-Cycle Nation: Autumn Craft Supplies

Growing up in New England, I loved creating autumn decorations with my mother.  Her craft supply closet had almost everything we needed for primitive leaf garlands, pumpkin pot holders, and wee festive critters.  What we didn't have on hand we could find in nature or dye to meet our color needs.  Today's Etsy up-cycle artists are still employing time-tested techniques to produce top quality supplies hot fall trends.
Cooler autumn evenings lend themselves to working with warm wool.  3BagsFulled is busy turning last year's sweaters into this fall's craft supplies.  Perfect for penny wool, wool applique, and small sewing patterns. 
Vintage ephemera adds instant whimsy to any project!  These orange and white transportation tickets are available at ZoeAmaris, where the shelves are well stocked with paper supplies for every season and so much more! 
Gourds galore are waiting for creative souls at ridgetopcottage. This Etsy up-cycle artist works with Mother Nature to perfect the canvas straight from the earth.  
Vintage buttons are the icing on the creative cake!  From pillow accents to changing the look of a favorite jacket to breath-taking jewelry, the versatile button stands center stage!  Pick up these brassy beauties at AddVintage.
Wrap it up!  Don't forget the ribbon.  The final touch for every autumn masterpiece.  Howsewears crafts vintage inspired ribbons by hand-dying seam binding in colors that inspire!
For more fabulous supplies search recycled craft supply on Etsy.
Jacquie Wheeler
Hand of Bela Peck

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Blog Party - Show Us Your Fall Handmades

Welcome to our Sunday Blog Party. We would love to have you show us your handmade fall items.

You are allowed to add 3 links to your shops or your blog.

The rules are simple:
1. Follow our blog
2. Handmade items only.
3. You may list up to 3 items each week.
4. Family friendly items only.

The success of this link party depends on the participants so spread the word to your friends, visit the shops,  post about it on your  blog, in a forum or on your favorite social networking site, grab the button and put it on your blog or website.
Just click on the Add Your Link button below and add your items.
And if you would like to add a link to the party you can grab this button below.