Calico Mason Jar Cover


This is the simplest Mason jar cover around... so simple it hardly needs instructions!
 
Materials:
Calico fabric
1/4" ribbon
Mason jars

Hot Chocolate Mix and Calico Mason Jar Cover

One of the true delights of cold winter days is a toasty warm cup of hot chocolate. Growing up, my Mom ALWAYS had a tin of this instant hot chocolate mix in the cupboard. If stored in an air tight container, it can last up to 6 months in the pantry. Plenty of time to get you through the cold winter months! For gift giving purposes, this recipe filled 9 quart sized Mason jars. Yum!

INGREDIENTS
2 boxes 8 quart instant milk
2 pound box Nestles Quick
2 pounds powdered sugar
1 11 ounce jar of coffee creamer* 

DIRECTIONS
Mix thoroughly and store in an air tight container.

To make: Mix 1/3 cup mixture to a cup of hot water. May add miniature marshmallows after powder is dissolved.

*If you prefer not to use a coffee creamer in your mix, add an additional 11 ounces of powdered milk. The mix will not be as creamy, but it is still hot and yummy.

The directions for the super easy, super fast Calico Mason Jar Cover can be found HERE or with our FREE Patterns. Enjoy!  

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Wooden Christmas Blocks


I was hoping to get more "words" done today, but alas, I didn't. Tim cut out and sanded a stack of blocks for me... enough to write a novel if I'm so inclined :) I did get a chance to write up the instructions. They are very easy to make and this is a craft you can definitely do with the kids. When thinking of gift giving, you don't need to be limited to the Holidays. Think of doing children's names for their rooms, or a word of encouragement for a co-worker's desk. OR perhaps the season names for your nature table. Whatever you decide, this was a fun and fast craft. The instructions for the Wooden Christmas Blocks can be found HERE or with our FREE patterns. Enjoy!Read more

Wooden Christmas Blocks

NOTE: For more photos of Wooden Christmas Blocks, check HERE!

Tea Wallet with Little Birdie on a Branch

One of the great things about our Free Pattern Database is the fact that we can pull from past projects as a fast starting point for new projects. For this super sweet Tea Wallet, I combined the base pattern of our Perky Note Card Holder with the smallest birdie from our Stacked Birdies Block. With minor adjustments, I now have a great gift for the tea lovers I know.

Check out the directions for this Tea Wallet here or in our Free Pattern Database.

(PS - this is my stitching not my mother's... sigh someday maybe my stitches will be as even as hers. LOL!)

 

 

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Gourd Ghost Sculpture


Saturday night is our 19th Annual Pumpkin Carving Party... I'll tell you more about that later. But when the decorations were unpacked, a devastating discovery was made. Mice had gotten into one of the boxes and ate one of the family's most beloved decorations... our Gourd Ghost Sculpture. I really find it hard to believe it could have been THAT tasty. I made the sculpture 25 years ago! But, alas, everyone of the little Ghosties was chewed on, leaving behind unrecognizable piles of gourd shell, and, little piles of, well, let's just say little reminders that we had been visited by mice!

I was heartbroken. This would be the first Pumpkin Carving Party that we'd celebrate without the watchful eyes of our little friends. I knew that I really didn't have time to remake the sculpture... what with the party 2 days away and out-of-town company coming. But, sentiment got the better of me. I told myself, if I went to our local craft stores, and could find actual dried gourds, not the Styrofoam type, I'd find time to make another sculpture. Well, at Michael's I found some real, dried gourds. Granted, they had been painted, and true, they...Read more

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