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Italiano Kitchen: Bistro Napkins

Thursday, 21 October 2010 9:00

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My favorite part of Italian cooking is the sauces. Spicy red sauce with lots of chunky vegetables. Rich alfredo sauce with extra garlic and parmesan. They're all deliciously drippy. And, none can be properly eaten without a nice, big napkin. Our Bistro Napkins are generous at 20" x 20" and feature a fun border strip along the bottom of each. Cloth napkins are truly one of the very easiest projects for a beginner, and a great way to 'go green.'

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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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Italiano Kitchen: Bistro Tablecloth

Friday, 15 October 2010 9:00

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Benvenuti! I cannot claim a speck of Italian in my ancestry, but that doesn't mean I don't wax as rhapsodic as Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love when I describe the wonder that is Italian cooking. My husband tells great stories of the big Sunday Italian dinners of his childhood, with Grandpa Luigi at the head at the table and a heaping platter of spaghetti being passed from cousin to cousin to cousin... I lost count at about 10 cousins. The first of our five Italiano Kitchen projects is this simple, colorful tablecloth. It's the perfect setting for your own family gathering.

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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: Wicked Apron

Monday, 11 October 2010 9:00

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It's Halloween season and costume shops have popped up in all sorts of unusual places. We have one in a store front that previously housed a carpet and linoleum company. Everything smells like glue. They have all sizes and shapes of costumes for kids, and there seems to be endless options for buying and making kiddie costumes online. But... what about the grown-ups? If you don't want to be a glamourous vampire, a hot nurse, or Fred Flintstone, you're kinda out of luck. Sometimes, you don't want to get all decked out; you just want a little something fun to wear to go out trick-or-treating with the kids or to answer the door for the ghosts and ghouls. We think our Wicked Apron is the perfect choice. It's fun to make from pre-cuts, and with the faux front lacing, you'll be the most stylish wicked witch on the block.

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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.

Haunted Halloween: Ruffled & Reflective Tote Bag

Tuesday, 05 October 2010 9:00

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Why must Halloween totes only come in the shape of big plastic pumpkins? Surveys say ghosts, ghouls and well-dressed witches overwhelmingly prefer a beautiful bag. Whether you're carrying magic pumpkins and eye of newt, a few spell-binding books, or oodles of Halloween candy, this tote is the perfect choice. Raw-edged ruffles made from Jelly Roll strips decorate both sides along with a bright strip of reflective tape to catch the beam of a headlight or flashlight. Fully lined, it's just as pretty inside as out.

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Cozy Kid's Roll-Up Nap Blanket

Monday, 04 October 2010 10:00

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When we're little, we simply have no idea have wonderful it is to be able nap. I remember how hard I tried to keep my peepers open all day long, and my kids struggled against daytime dreams as well. If only we could still sneak away for nap time now. Not to mention a carton of milk and some graham crackers. This soft and sweet nap time pad with its own built-in blanket just might make afternoon slumbers a little bit easier. Believe me... everyone here at Sew4Home wanted to try out the sample when I finished it!

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