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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 31, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts Snowman-Dec31

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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 30, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts Snowman-Dec30

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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 29, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts Snowman-Dec29

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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 28, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts Snowman-Dec28

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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 27, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts Snowman-Dec27

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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 26, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts Snowman-Dec26

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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 25, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts Snowman-Dec25

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Happy Holidays!

December 25, 2009 in Christmas, Holidays 2009BlogHolidayGreeting

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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 24, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts Snowman-Dec24

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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 23, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts Snowman-Dec23

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Cranberry-Raisin Nut Bread

December 22, 2009 in Food and Drink, Recipes Cranberry-RaisinNutBreadCranberry-Raisin Nut Bread

1 1/2 C. all-purpose flour
3/4 C. packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. backing powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 C. coarsely chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 C. golden raisins
1/2 C. coarsely chopped pecans
1 tbsp. grated orange peel
2 eggs
3/4 C. Milk
3 tbsp. butter, melted
1 tsp. Vanilla

  1. Preheat overn to 350ºF. Grease 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 -inch loaf pan.
  2. Combine flour, brown sugar, baking power, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg in large blow. Stir in cranberries, raisins, pecans and orange peel. Mix eggs, milk, butter and vanilla in small bowl until combined; stir into flour mixture just until moistened, Spoon into prepared pan.
  3. Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Remove from pan to wire rack; cool completely. Store tightly wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature. Serve with Cranberry-Orange Spread. Makes 1 loaf.

Cranberry Orange Spread

1 package (8oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 package (3oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 container (12oz.) cranberry-orange sauce
3/4 C. chopped pecans

Combine cream cheese and cranberry-orange sauce in small bowl; stir until blended. Stir in pecans. Store in refrigerator. Makes about 3 cups spread.

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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 22, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts Snowman-Dec22

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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 21, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts Snowman-Dec21

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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 20, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts Snowman-Dec20

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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 19, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts Snowman-Dec19

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To & From

December 19, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts, Creativity, Holidays, Scrapbooking

GiftTagThumbsYou can craft your own Gift Tags with these free downloadable designs. Print out the designs and mount on cardstock. Add a little glitter or some stick-on gems, fill in the “To and From” and they’re good to go. Spread your Christmas spirit!

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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 18, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts Snowman-Dec18

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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 17, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts Snowman-Dec17

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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 16, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts Snowman-Dec16

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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 15, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts Snowman-Dec15

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Last Minute Gifts

December 15, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

Scarf FleeceNeed some last minute gifts? Using fleece is a quick and easy way to turn out unique handmade gifts quick as a wink! With our easy instructions and some colorful fleece fabrics, you can make a stunning boa and hat for a girl and a handsome scarf for a boy. These Debbie Mumm fleece fabrics are available at Jo-Ann Stores.
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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 14, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts Snowman-Dec14

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I’m Dreaming of .….

December 13, 2009

White-ChristmasJust about everyone I know could finish that line ~ “…..a White Christmas,” of course. For me the holiday classic “White Christmas” is not only my all-time favorite holiday movie, it is my favorite movie of all time.

DebbieBingI have watched this movie since I was a kid and every year since. I recall that every year when Christmas was approaching, I would study the TV Guide to find out when it would be on ~ back then it only aired one time per year and I didn’t want to miss it ~ ever. It just wasn’t Christmas for me without seeing that movie.

4girlsI now own two copies because I don’t want to be without an emergency back up (just in case) and the soundtrack is playing in my car all month long (I long since memorized every word to every song). It is kind of ironic that I had never seen my favorite movie in a theater or on the big screen – but I got to do that for the first time ever this year.

Bing Crosby grew up in Spokane and went to Gonzaga University. A few years back they renamed one of our beautiful restored theaters, The Bing Crosby Theater, and started doing an annual Holiday Festival culminating in a showing of White Christmas. For me, it was a Christmas dream come true…..

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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 13, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts Snowman-Dec13

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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 12, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts Snowman-Dec12

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Attention Shoppers!

December 11, 2009

Fruit-du-jour1House-quiltOur quilts have been very popular on eBay (probably because they are beautiful AND a bargain!) There’s still time to purchase for Christmas. Check out a whole new batch that we’ve just added. Happy Shopping!

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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 11, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts Snowman-Dec11

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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 10, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts Snowman-Dec10

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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 9, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts Snowman-Dec9

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Wrapped up in Wool

December 8, 2009

FeltTreeHomeComings Tabletop trees are the rage this year (because you can put them anywhere!) and I love this one that we made for the Home Comings book.

You can use wool scraps for the tree and snowflakes and decoration is just white-headed sewing pins and miscellaneous buttons so you may already have materials on hand. A Styrofoam tree and a small flowerpot are all it takes for the tree and base.

This tree is so easy that older kids can easily make it in an hour or two or it makes a great project to work on together. Have fun!

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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 8, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts Snowman-Dec8

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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 7, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity Snowman-Dec7

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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 6, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts Snowman-Dec6

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Heart of a Hero

December 5, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Current Affairs, Family, Friendship, Quilting, Quotes

ICareWithQuilts Sometimes we don’t think about some of the agony that volunteers and people who serve others can feel. However, a letter I received from the founder of American Hero Quilts reminded me of that. We featured this organization in our newest book “I Care with Quilts” and as a thank you to Sue Nebeker, the founder I sent her a couple autographed copies of the book. Here is an excerpt from the letter she sent to me.

“I wanted to tell you a little bit about the arrival of your unexpected package and what a gift it was on a very difficult day. The day started with a phone call letting me know that a young Marine I had come to know had succumbed during a facial reconstructive surgery. I then sent off three quilts to a family where their daddy had been killed. We packed the car with 100 quilt to go to Madigan (Army Medical Center ) and another 25 to be mailed to our wounded service men and women getting care in other states. In truth I arrived home quite depressed and once again wondering how I could continue this. My friend and volunteer greeted me at the door with a huge smile and your book. This was just the medicine I needed.”
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The message was clear – the volunteers who give their heart and soul to look out for others, need us to look out for them too. It really can make a difference.

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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 5, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts Snowman-Dec5

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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 4, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts Snowman-Dec4

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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 3, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts Snowman-Dec3

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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 2, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts Snowman-Dec2

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31 Flavors of Snowmen

December 1, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts


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Now that Thanksgiving’s over and we’ve had a couple of snowfalls, it’s time to focus on my favorite snow-time friends and begin the countdown to the New Year. Over the last 25 years, I’ve drawn innumerable snowmen and I still love these chunky circles of snow. It is amazing how much personality emerges every time I put pencil to paper and begin the snowman sketching process. I thought you’d enjoy a rundown (better than meltdown!) of snowmen over the years, so I’ve picked 31 favorites and will present a new snowman each day during December for you to download and use for ornaments, gift tags, scrapbook pages or even an Advent Snowman Tree. 

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Here are a couple of ornament ideas to get you started on our 31 days of Snowman Fun. Enjoy using these downloadable snowmen for all your paper crafting projects. Little ones will love making construction paper ornaments and counting down to the end of December with these cute snowmen.


IMG_0694Rough-cutting around snowman makes preparation easy

Use a scrapbooking tag template for a fun background shape

An over-sized grommet repeats the circular shapes


 

IMG_0690 Use a compass to draw circles for snowman shape and background

Embellish ornament with glued-on beads and glitter

A grommet reinforces the hanger



IMG_0706 Make ornament dimensional by affixing snowman to Styrofoam ball with ModPodge®

Lots of glitter and a ribbon add charm to the ornament



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