Friday, January 31, 2014

Today's Featured Shop - Plum Thicket Prims

Today's featured shop is Plum Thicket Prims.  Edna makes beautiful and unusual art dolls and offers patterns for her creations.   These are some of her patterns.

Primitive Folk Art Angel Cupid Valentine

IceAnna Winter Snow Elf Art Doll

Primitive Folk Art Doll BugBaby and Pumpkin
Lady Bones Halloween Skeleton Doll

Be sure and visit Edna's shop to see all she has to offer.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Witches Stitches Cold Weather Soup

People think homemade soup is hard and time consuming. Here is an easy fast soup to make the whole family will love. My husband is under the weather and I am a little bit. Even my poor cat is sneezing. So I made a big pot of really hearty filling hot soup. It is so easy to do. The amount of ingredients depends on how much soup you choose to make and how much of each item you may like.

Step 1 – Peel as many potatoes and carrots  you want for your soup Place them in different pots filled with water. Now simmer until they are soft and cooked through. Drain each.

Step 2 – Fill your soup pot with 2 large boxes of vegetable stock. Now add the same amount of water. If you are making a really large pot of soup, (it can be frozen), add as many boxes of stock and water as it takes to fill your pot. Now add the potatoes and carrots. Also add any other veggie you want in your soup. I add corn and peas.  You can add salt and pepper to taste. I do not add spices. You get your flavor from the veggies.

Step 3 – Simmer for about 45 min. Soup will be very thin. To thicken it up put a cup of the soup in the blender and puree. Now add that back to your soup pot. Keep doing this until your soup is the thickness you desire.  Stir, turn off heat and let sit for a few hours.  That is it. Thus soup is good the day you make, but it is better the next day.  Enjoy!

Not only is this very easy, it is also very figure friendly. Because you do not thicken with flour or add ay cream the calories are very low.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Needles-N-Pins Stitcheries: Valentine's Fabric

Well January is about over and February is getting closer and our thoughts are starting to turn a little bit closer to springtime (YEAH!!) February is the month of Valentine's Day and if you are like me and a lot of quilters and sewing people we like to have a quilt made or sewing done for every month and season and function and, and, and..........:)

I thought I would show you some of the pretty fabrics there is to use on your next Valentine's project.

                           Valentine Fabric / Valentine Rose / Tanya Whelan

Deb over at trinketsintheattic has this beautiful rose pattern fabric

                                Surrounded By Love by Deb Strain for Moda Fabrics- 1 Yard Bundle (7 Yards)

CottonBlossomFarm has this great collection of pinks and red that would make a really nice quilt or wall hanging. 

Pink Medium Chevron Riley Blake cotton fabric - 1 yard cut

One of the trends these days is the Chevron pattern and what a great Valentines pillow this would make. Jenny at GatherFabrics has this nice pink fabric. 

vdc21 Sweet Victorian Valentine's Day Love Cupids Heart Quilt Fabric Blocks for Decoupage.

Now if you want more of a vintage type fabric with pictures on it to maybe make a block wall hanging you can us the fabrics at wwwvintagemermaidcom. They have some beautiful fabric that they print themselves in all different size blocks. 

These are just a few of the wonderful fabrics that are available out there in "cyberland" for you to use on any Valentines project or any springtime project. Makes me want to get busy making some Valentine's Day stuff. :)

Have a great week!

Colleen :)

Monday, January 27, 2014

Jacquie's Up-Cycle Nation: Kitchen Kitsch

January is a perfect time to liven up the living spaces.  With Super Bowl parties and Valentine celebrations fast approaching, give the kitchen a kick of up-cycled kitsch to keep guests delighted. 
These Etsy up-cycle artists have that perfect kitchen item ready to roll!
Metal whimsy is the order of the day at kathrynarnett. Angels, birdhouses and floral bouquets come to life in brightly painted recycled glory.  Give that special hostess the gift of functional art with these winged magnets!
Wine gets eternal life at winecountrycraftsman where stem to barrel is repurposed into intoxicating home d├ęcor and functional wares.  Eco friendly designs that pair well with any home style.
Get the conversation started with a fun up-cycled wooden panel sign from RelicRedo.  Check out this Etsy shop for more shabby chic rehabs and kitchen vintage.

Humor and functionality combine at orangecottagedoor where everyday items are topped with the unexpected. This store has that perfect centerpiece for the superstar party!
 Nothing screams kitsch like vintage cookbooks! For an appetizing selection head over to OldeVintageGoodies where all things retro-entertaining gather. 
Stop "borrowing" (you know who you are!)  barware from the pub and offer guests a customized glass up-cycled from brew faves. BelangerDesigns crafts drinking glasses, vessels and vases from empty wine and beer bottles.  From everyday to special occasion, this is your one stop shop!

To find more up-cycled kitschy decor search "up-cycled kitchen" on Etsy.

Jacquie Wheeler
Hand of Bela Peck

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Blog Party Sunday -- Show Off Your Handmades

Welcome to our Blog Party Sunday. We would love to have you show us what you are crafting.

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.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Today's Featured Shop -- Rabbit Hollow Prims

Today's featured shop is Rabbit Hollow Prims.   Susan specializes in primitive dolls and animal dolls.

Primitive Cats, Sadie and Jinx

Primitive Lulu or Jack Rag Stuffed Bunny

Primitive Dottie the Robin

Primitive BeeAtrix Mohair Bee Doll

Be sure and visit Susan's shop to see all she has to offer.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Witches Stitches Kids Crafts Finger Puppets

Cold weather is here and kids will be spending more time in the house. I never wanted my kids to spend too much time in front of the TV so I came up with things they can do to keep busy and have fun.

With a little prep work on your part, here is an idea that even your older ones may have fun with. These finger puppets are so easy to make.

Step 1 – Ahead of time get pieces of felt. You can get some felt squares at the craft store and they do not cost much. Now lay your finger down on a piece of paper and trace around it. Best to use your pinky finger if your children are little, use your ring finger if they are a little older.  Cut out the shape and use this for your base pattern. Cut out a bunch of finger shapes and whip stich two pieces together so it fits on their finger. 

Step 2 – Cut out a bunch of little square and circles, for eyes ad noses, cut a long skinny strip and then cut it into little ones to use for a mouth, now cut a little wider strips for arms, some wool for hair, some hat shapes and so on. If the kids are old enough they can cut out shapes themselves too.

Step  3 – Give each child a small dish with some white glue in it. Each child must have their own dish. This way there is no, he has the glue, I want the glue and so on. If you have more than one child you know what I mean.

Step 4 – Give them a bunch of sewn together finger puppet bases and let their imagination run wild. Show them how to glue and they will be doing it in a second. You can suggest themes like aliens, or silly people, or purple people or anything like that.

I have done this with a group of kids, (30 3rd graders), and they were great. They had so much fun. They laugh and play and while they are doing this fun craft, you can run to the sofa and have a hot cup of tea and relax for 10 min. Thanks for reading and if there are any questions give me a shout.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Handmade Spotlight - Handmade Wall Quilts