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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Keep Calm & Create

Keep Calm & Create Thursday! Best advice ever!!! I took a vacation day to venture out to Hereford, PA. The destination to this road trip was The Cinnamon Stick! A loverly stone farmhouse filled to the brim with smiles, sweets, primitives, handmades and antiques! Judy put together some craft kits so that folks can gather and create together and start some new friendships.

My first find was the store owner Judy having some halloween fun with Joanne!

Then, I ventured up to the attic "creative laboratory" to learn quite a bit about paper crafting. New to me was making rosettes with a Martha Stewart rosette maker. Punching grommets with a monster of a grommet tool. And, distressing with ink and stamping! Put them all together and something fun happens.... this is the Halloween Garland kit... I created this one from the kit. It took only about 3 hours...

After the creating.... it was time for some shopping! :-) Here are a couple of pictures of the store area. Lots of good treats all around! Judy always has some beverage and snacks for you to sample. This day I tried some apple cider and some dips with pretzels... and of course, there are candies all about the store too! It is, after all, tricks & treats season! :-)

See the pumpkin lady on the pumpkin painted table? She AND the table came home with me to live in my living room! She is handmade by a local artist, and the craftsmanship and details are wonderful!

A very enjoyable day! I'm already looking forward to my next visit! :-)

The cool autumn breezes finally arrived here in Central NJ... so I have been spending most of my spare time outside in the yard. I've been clearing out the tired Summer flowers and making way for some mumms and Autumn decorations. It's also that time when the inside of the house gets a good scrubbing. Time to make everything warm and cozy so that time at home can be used for relaxing, baking, stitching and hooking. Ahhhhh... my favorite time of the year!

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!


Monday, September 3, 2012

Wisdom House Block 5

Happy Labor Day!!! Happy September!!! The heat has left our area for awhile, but the humidity remains. One step closer to the cool, crisp days of Autumn... 

I'm also one block closer to finishing a Block of The Month quilt I started way back in February of 2011. It's called Wisdom House and is a design by Jan Patek. This particular block is #5 and finishes off at 20" x 16".

It's raining here today, so not a very good photography day. But, these blocks are all stitched with homespuns and look very soft and prim. The hand stitching that is involved with the needle turn applique is very relaxing. It was so nice to get back to this project. I'm going to be continuing on this while also mixing in some smaller cross stitch projects and maybe a wool applique or two. 

The next post will involve another pattern giveaway... so, don't forget to visit here again sometime soon!

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