Arne and Carlos Visit Portland!

My already well used and much loved collectin of books by Arne and Carlos

Arne and Carlos rock!

Most of you following me these last couple years already know how much I admire and enjoy their knitting books.

Christmas is Around the Corner! Great Kits and Patterns for Making Perfect Holiday Gifts.

MY Knitted Dove

75 days until Christmas! Don't you think it is about time to get started stitching? Or glueing, making, stuffing, piecing? I've got some great ideas for you including patterns you can order on line and download instantly so you can begin making Christmas right now!

(And incidentally, they are all patterns I am currently stitching (or about to stitch) myself!)

"Pumpkin Patch Snack Mat" Features Technique for Making Pumpkin-y Faces!

"Pumpkin Patch Snack Mat from Craftypod

I still remember my reaction the morning I opened my e-mail and found a picture of one of these adorable pumpkin faces smiling back at me and the words from Diane "look at what I just figured out how to do!" I was all smiles and giggles and experienced the immediate desire to drop everything and use this technique to make my own EPP pumpkins!

Corn Husk Craft That Will Take You From Halloween Through Christmas

Corn Husks - from Halloween to Christmas

Don't toss out those fresh corn husks!!! Make a forest of frightfully delightful table top trees to take you from Halloween through Christmas - and beyond if you like!

Hands down, this was my favorite crafty idea in 2013! Well worth a little re-post!

New Pattern Shop and a Fabric Giveaway on Craftypod!

The Gemstone Pillow: English Paper Piecing PDF Pattern

Diane at Craftypod has just opened a brand spanking new addition to her Craftypod Shop - a special corner of the shop just for her awesome English Paper Piecing Patterns!

Quick Fix For Fall Leaf Color Fade!

Red is back 1

So! Sharing how I restored the red in my faded leaves!

A very good idea that hit me while responding to a reader's question about how to prevent color fade in fall leaves that have been applied to lanterns using Mod Podge.

Hello Again! Happy Michaelmas Season!

photo of red

Many years ago - many, my family persuaded this shy, nearly friendless teen to enter the Junior Miss Pageant. Since I was not particularly talented, I decided I would speak. And what I shared with that huge, invisible audience hiding in the darkened auditorium were words from Confuscious:

"It is better to light one small candle, than to curse the darkness."

Hello and Sending Love

Rudbeckia

As much as this space and the friends I have made here continually fill me with joy, I am not ready yet to return 100%. But I do want to dip my toe in, say hello and thank each and every one of you who have reached out to me and to Diane in so many lovely and heartfelt ways during these past two months. I have been completely overwhelmed by the out-pouring of love, prayers, warm hugs and reminders of friendship that have been sent our way - that are still being sent our way.

Sadness and Love, and a Hiatus

(Hello - this is Pam's daughter Diane posting. I'm posting this to both her blog and mine.)

Life is woven from both beauty and tragedy. Two weeks back, tragedy struck my family when Mom's husband of 25 years passed away suddenly from a heart attack. We both loved him dearly, as did so many people. He had one of those twinkling spirits that always made people brighten around him.

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