April 2011

  • Most Excellent News to Share

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    I could not be happier than I am right this minute!

    And I just have to share the news!

    Diane has just been named Editor in Chief of CRAFT.

    Pop over here for the full story!And more on Craftypod here.

    Diane and Natalie, I join many, many others I am sure in wishing each of you happiness and success in your new adventures.

  • Bustle and Sew Magazine Giveaway - Try The Magazine For 6 Months For Free On Me!

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    Image from Devon Bear Designs and Bustle and Sew

    I am thrilled with my subscription to Devon Bear Designs' new online monthly publication - Bustle and Sew Magazine.

    I just today received issue number four. You can get a peek here! It is beautiful and packed full of original and vintage patterns including a pattern for knitting the cutest little tea cozy I have ever seen, several adorable embroidery designs including one just for the big wedding coming up in a couple days, and a most interesting article about crafting blogs today - written by Zara Saliba of SewnbySaliba. Over 50 pages of crafty goodness including 8 embroidery, knit and crochet patterns.

    Bustle and Sew magazine was originally offered at the incredible price of $2.50 per issue. Remember - I told you about it not long ago!

    However, beginning May 1st, the price will go up to $4.50 per issue for new subscribers. Anyone subscribing before May 1 locks in the current rate of $2.50 per month forever.

    So - I have decided to giveaway a six month subscription to Bustle and Sew Magazine. Not only will the lucky winner receive 6 issues, beginning with the issue just published on April 26th, but she will be guaranteed the $2.50 per month rate when renewing.

    You can read more about the magazine and past content and even find free pattern downloads just by going to the Bustle and Sew blog.

    Then, leave a comment right here by midnight April 30th PST. You can leave any comment you wish but "love notes" are always welcome!

    Because Bustle and Sew Magazine is an online publication, the giveaway is open to everyone world wide.

    Just remember that only one person will win. So if you don't want to take any chances and want to lock in the $2.50 monthly rate, go sign up now! If you win, the 6 month subscription will be applied to your account.

    For those of you who are just not into embroidery or stuffies or knitting/crochet - enter anyway if you have a friend you would love to gift the subscription to.  We can do that!

    Good luck everyone.

  • More About Respecting Intellectual Property and Copyright

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    I am still "simmering" over here over the fact that several of my favorite bloggers have had content pirated from their blogs and no credit for the source given. But at least I am not on full boil now, so I thought it might be safe for me to share a few thoughts!

  • World Intellectual Property Day

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    I just found out that today is World Intellectual Property Day.

    Please take a few minutes to visit Zencrafting and read Pat's post about Intellectual Property - what it is and what resources you have at your disposal should you find that someone has pirated your work.

  • Easter Fun for Kids of All Ages: "Faux Pysanky" and Norwegian Easter Cookies

    P1100390 Making more "faux Pysanky" was not on my calendar! But I had so much fun making the marker Pysanky when I was playing with different ways to decorate brown eggs for Easter, that I just HAD to blow out more eggs to make more.

    I have shared a few tips below - but first....

  • Brown Eggs = Intensely Colorful Marbled Easter Eggs

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    I love the deep intense colors of these eggs. Only possible with brown eggs!

    Last Easter when we arrived for Easter dinner with Sophia and Antonio, there was a large basket on the dining table filled with beautiful eggs like these.

    As I told you, I was a bit apprehensive about how the eggs were going to appear when Lisa told me she had used brown eggs. I will never forget how gorgeous that basket of dyed brown eggs looked.

  • Christmas Stockings!? What?

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    I found a free pattern on WEBS recently for a Christmas Stocking and decided to knit it for the Christmas Stocking giveaway in December.

    Including a practice swatch to satisfy myself that the pattern really would work with all those slipped stitches, this is my progress so far!

    Trust me, the stitches are much straighter than they appear in places.

  • Playing Around with Beautiful Brown Eggs for Easter

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    I've been playing around with brown eggs this week!

    Having never even considered using brown eggs at Easter, I was more than a little apprehensive last year when I learned that Sophia and Antonio had been dying brown eggs for Easter.

    Turns out - brown eggs are beautiful when dyed and tomorrow I will show you Sophia's and Antonio's tricks!

    Today, however, I wanted to share some beautiful brown eggs I have been playing around with - revisiting techniques I have used in the past and some great ideas from fellow bloggers.

  • Ribbon Sandwiches - Perfect for Easter

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    When I was a kid and my mother made these little Ribbon Sandwiches - which she did every year for the church circle Mother's Day Tea - I was in heaven when she finally pulled the chilling loaves from the fridge and sliced off the crusts.

    You see - we kids got to eat the crusts and the bits of those yummy fillings still clinging to them! We weren't allowed to have any of the perfect ones because they were for the tea. But that was just fine with us. The "reject" crusts were just as good.

  • Following My Hero on a Road Less Taken

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    Diane is doing something that I think is really cool!

    What am I saying? I think almost everything she does is really cool!

    What is she doing? Taking the road less traveled and embarking on a journey that will hopefully lead to a more sustainable solution for all bloggers trying to make a living from their crafty and artistic endeavors.