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Noel Home: Grand Pinwheel & Pom-Pom Tree Skirt

Friday, 19 November 2010 9:00

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Our large, lush tree skirt is over four feet square; grand enough for Christmas morning's bounty of pretty packages. The pinwheel design is a patchwork classic, simple and sweet. And, even if you've never done patchwork or quilting before, I know you'll have success with this. It's just four squares of fabric cut on a diagonal, alternated, then sewn back together into four new squares. A 'stitch-in-the-ditch' at each seam quilts it all together. Easy as that. You really don't need to read all the directions now do you? Well... maybe just a few.

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Noel Home: Velvet Cuff Stockings

Thursday, 18 November 2010 9:00

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Welcome to this year's warm and cozy holiday series: Noel Home . Over the next few weeks, we have a dozen projects to add classic charm and quiet comfort to your décor. The fabric at the center of it all is the beautiful Lumiere de Noel from French General for Moda, a collection of simple yet striking toiles, stripes, plaids and florals, as well as elegant combinations of all these designs. The rich tones of red, ivory, cream, spruce and chocolate are reminiscent of a brimming basket Christmas potpourri. You can almost smell the cinnamon sticks simmering on the stove. Our series kicks off with a trio of soft stockings with handsome velvet cuffs and whimsical, dangling pom-poms.

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Haunted Halloween: Bat Mobile

Tuesday, 19 October 2010 9:00

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I admit to a fascination with bats. Perhaps it's because I'm so nearsighted and think it might be nice to have radar when I've knocked my eyeglasses off the nightstand. Or, maybe I like how they swoop in nearly silent loops through the night skies above our hay field. They don't scare me in the least. Anything gobbling up spiders and bugs is okay in my book. Our very cute Halloween Mobile boasts five friendly bats with felt fangs and button eyes. Stuffed with polyester fiber fill, they are soft and chubby and ready to fly above your door to welcome trick-or-treaters.

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Haunted Halloween: Crazy Cape

Monday, 18 October 2010 9:00

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No self-respecting Halloween witch would be caught out under the moon without three important items: a flying broom, a pointy hat, and a kookie cape. Turns out flying brooms are rather hard to come by, but we have you covered on the other fronts. Today: the cape. Ours is stylishly short and made of witchy wedges cut from Fat Quarters, lined with Green Slime satin, and tied 'round the neck with black velvet ribbons. Ghoulish yet glamourous.

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Haunted Halloween: Dead Roses Witch Hat

Thursday, 14 October 2010 9:00

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One of my favorite characters in the Warner Bros.® series of cartoons is Witch Hazel , who debuted in the 1954 short, "Bewitched Bunny." Disney® had previously created a Witch Hazel, and she was kind of cool too, but not nearly as sarcastic or quite the fashion victim as the Hazel created by Warner Bros. animator, Chuck Jones. A major part of his Hazel's signature style included a wonderfully crumpled black hat. We think she would approve of our Dead Roses Halloween Hat with its scrunched top, wilting flowers and stowaway spider. "Hauntingly hideous haute couture!"

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Haunted Halloween: Jeweled Spider Mask

Thursday, 07 October 2010 9:00

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A little wicked glamour and a wicked little spider make a spellbinding mask. It's what the most beguiling witches are wearing this season; combining spider web construction with a practical soft fleece backing. Your jeweled spider continues to weave its web while you bewitch those who dare to cross your path.

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It's A Cinch: Fast & Fab Webbing Belts for Kids and Adults

Wednesday, 06 October 2010 9:00

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During American Idol this past season, General Larry Platt gained his fifteen minutes of fame with a wild rendition of the song, Pants on the Ground. "Pants on the ground, pants on the ground, lookin' like a fool, with your pants on the ground." Proving a) we will watch just about anything, and b) these super fast and easy webbing belts are a must-have to keep you and everyone you know from lookin' like a fool.

Cheerleader Pony-Os from The Ribbon Retreat

Thursday, 30 September 2010 10:00

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Gimme an L! Gimme an A! Gimme an N! I won't take the time to spell out Lanae Hale completely. But she does deserve a shout-out for this Cheerleader Pony-Os Project from her must-bookmark website TheRibbonRetreat.com. I absolutely LOVE looking at rolls and rolls of ribbon. It's the same feeling I get opening a fresh box of crayons or a new jumbo pack of markers. So many colors and ideas just waiting to happen.

Felt Travel Sewing Kitty

Thursday, 05 August 2010 9:00

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I tend to have wardrobe malfunctions at the most inconvenient times. Just before making an important presentation, a strategic button will fall off or a seam opens up. I can't even think how many stapler and Scotch Tape repairs I've made over the years. I finally created a small sewing kit that contains just what I need to fix almost any disaster – contained in a cute felt kit with a built-in pincushion kitty.

Kid's Birthday Party: "Something's Fishy" Game Curtain

Wednesday, 04 August 2010 9:00

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"Here Fishy, Fishy." Make your own colorful curtain for this classic kid's party game. Johnny (or Janie) stands in front of the curtain with a pole; mom or dad is on the other side with a bowl of prizes to clip to the end, guaranteeing the day's friendliest catch. It's a fun game they'll fall for, 'hook, line and sinker.' As an added benefit, you can use the curtain to cover a real window after the party's over.

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