Fancy Belt Packs

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What is a Channel Panel?

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Fancy Mug Rugs

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Custom Jigsaw Puzzles

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Jigsaw Puzzle Outlines

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Embroidered Jigsaw Puzzles

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Fancy Window Pouch

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Fancy Shoulder Purse

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Fancy Chess and Checkers Set

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I've Got You Covered

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Tall and Skinny

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Please Tie Me

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Fancy Pocket Pinny

     My brother rides a trike.  (No, it is not a tricycle like we had whenwe were young.  He rides one of these, an elliptical exercise machine.  Hesays that it's a lot more fun for him than a stationery machine in his basementwould be.)  I bet you are won... [更多...]

Fancy Scrap Bag

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Going to the Dogs -- In Style!

     A young woman, who uses a service dog to help cope with certainhealth issues, asked me recently to make a pouch to contain the dog'sofficial ID card, a bag for waste, and a few dog treats.  I was happyto oblige and created this simple pouch.  I had time to crea... [更多...]

Fancy Water Bottle Caddies

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Baby Activity Book Project

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What is a Kaleidocycle?

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Look Mom! No Zippers!

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Keeping It Simple - A Beautiful Lace Snowflake and Easy Turtles too.

Keeping It Simple - A Beautiful Lace Snowflake and Easy Turtles too.

Well, the Christmas music is playing everywhere, most of the shopping is done but the sewing pile still looms, at least at my house.  I have at least four more gifts to make before Christmas Day.  November and December have been busier than usually with things unplanned but just part of life.   So we are doing the best we can and maybe next week will be a little less hectic. Our oldest grandaughter wanted to make snowflakes again this year.  "Pretty white ones that look like snow." she requested.  "and lots of them."  Hmm, I have heard that before and know that after just a few she will be off to something else.    Overall she did well though, making amost two dozen freestanding snowflakes.  And this week Annthegran has them for 50% off.

Here is what we did with them.


1.  Made a Christmas Card.

2.  Put glitter on one and used it in place of a bow on a package.

3.  Attached some to ribbons and strung them down the front of the cabinet.

4.  Hung some on the tree for ornaments

5.  Attached some to last year's wreath (I think we will work on this one a little more next week.)

We used the snowflakes from Annthegrans Fancy Snowflake collection.  They sewed out beautifully for us and they are half off this week.  We sewed them on wash away mesh stabilizer.  I would think that Badgemaster would work as well.  Then we cut away most of the stabilizer and used a spray bottle of warm water to spray away the edges and holes, leaving much of the stabilizer in to keep the snowflakes stiff.  We placed them on a plastic table cloth with old books on top to be sure they dried flat.  And we strung popcorn for her tree at home while they were sewing.

Some other ideas for these:

6. Wrap a ribbon around a clear glass vase and attach the snowflake.

7.  Sew the finished snowflakes on a sweatshirt, runner or stocking for a dimensional look.

8.  Make garland by stringing them together.

9.  Use to embellish a scrapbook page.

10. Hang in the panels of a paned window or door.

If you like snowflakes as much as we do here is a blog with a free one in it from last year.

Take care,


P.S.  Have you heard how to make easy turtle candy?

Rolo Turtles


About 56 small pretzels

1 bag Rolo candies

About 56 halved pecans, walnuts or whole jumbo cashews

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place small pretzels on the parchment paper about an inch apart. (Gluten Free ones work just fine)

Top with unwrapped Rolo candies.

Put into the oven for no longer than 2 minutes.

Remove from oven and firmly press a nut down on each rolo.

Let cool completely.  Store in airtight container.  If you store them in the refridgerator set them out a few minutes before eating.

So, easy, and really good.

Comments (1) -

cherrylmaree 12/14/2010 4:08:15 PM

Thank you for the great ideas and I hope you get everything finished and have a lovely day.

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