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From our Guest Blogger Murray Browne of The Book Shopper. He shares how his blog is his personal archive and the joy he receives from reliving those memories. He shares the Typepad features he love and those he should use more. Continue »
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Collage art, bright colors and some cheery quotes to think about when skies are grey (or white with snow). If you'd like more cheerful inspiration, I recommend listening to "Daily Things to Fall in Love With", a podcast featuring Maira Kalman by KristaTippett via her On Being series. Krista interviews... Continue »
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(Parts of this post originally aired in Nov. 2015.) Each July I like to post a softie making tips roundup for those of you who are eager to make your own toys. The links are to blog posts I've written over the past few years as I expanded my skills... Continue »
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1. Red, white and blue floral fabric 2. Dala horse fabric 3. Floral embroidery pattern 4. Southwestern pillow cover 5. Bird fabric 6. Colorful Mexican animal fabric There's something joyful and summery about folk art patterns. The exuberant colors and shapes seem to say "Let's have a party!". Modern interpretations... Continue »
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Parts of this post appeared on this blog in 2015. I love collecting colorful vintage handkerchiefs. You can find pristine ones with lovely colors and motifs at flea markets and occasionally at thrift stores. They make pretty doll scarves or you can sew doll aprons and other items from them.... Continue »
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Artist Anne Butera of My Giant Strawberry blog has hosted a "handmade joy exchange" between artists around the world for several years. She asks artists who want to participate to create something handmade for their partner, while pairing up another artist to send their handmade gift to the originating artist.... Continue »
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Box Bottom Gauges At some point in the past it crossed my mind to make templates for different sizes of box bottom corners so I could quickly outline the corners without having to measure them out each time. I never... Continue »
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The weather is in transition into spring here which means it can be beautiful one day and dreary the next. This coconut mango smoothie is the perfect antidote to a grey day. One taste of the tropical sweetness and you'll find your imagination sailing away to faraway isles. The sweetness... Continue »
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These pancakes are my family's favorite request on leisurely weekend mornings or anytime we want to celebrate. The secret ingredient is lemon zest in the batter - it makes the blueberry flavor sing! Based on a recipe from The New Basics cookbook, this one's a solid gold "keeper". Turn on... Continue »
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New character doll arriving here tomorrow! Continue »
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Softie superhero Edna Wintergarden zooms about the landscape on silver wings, studying butterflies and contemplating the deeper meaning of metamorphosis. Toy design by Sharon Rohloff. Continue »
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Sevenberry Deco Flowers Grey - Japanese Fabric Linen _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ This linen fabric from Sevenberry looks fabulous! I like the minimalist print and the muted color palette. Do you like... Continue »