Monday, October 31, 2005

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Sunday, October 30, 2005


From Martha Stewart Living

Pom-Pom Tom Decoration

The only turkey you won’t want to gobble up this holiday? One of our comely yarn-and-felt creations. Perched on a mantel or arranged on a straw-covered tray on a sideboard, they are a fun, fanciful touch. You can also use them as place-card holders (glue name tags inside their beaks), and invite children to take their feathered friends home at the day’s end.

Pom-Pom maker kit*
Red, brown, gray, yellow, and white wool yarn
Small scissors
Red and brown waxed twine
Yarn needle
Black embroidery floss
Medium-size sewing needle
Disappearing-ink pen for fabric
Black, red, white, brown, and gold wool felt
Hot-glue gun
Black pipe cleaners


*The kit we chose (available from Purl, 800-597-7875 or includes four sizes of pom-pom makers, ranging from 1 1/4 to 3 1/2 inches wide. To make the turkey shown here, we used a 1 1/4-inch pompom maker and red yarn for the head and a 2 3/16-inch one and brown yarn for the body. Each pom-pom maker has four plastic pieces; you’ll need all of them to create one pom-pom.

1. Place two of the plastic pieces back-to-back, and wrap densely with yarn, keeping the yarn tight; snip end. Do the same with remaining pieces. Snap the halves together; snip the yarn along the rounded edge of each half. Tie halves together in the center with waxed twine; knot twice, and trim the excess. Pull templates free. Trim so yarn is even all around.

2. To make wings and whites of eyes, thread a yarn needle with a long doubled piece of yarn. Keeping loose ends aligned, push through pom-pom, leaving excess on both sides; thread back through. Repeat until details are desired size and shape. (Use multiple colors for wings.) Cut needle free; trim yarn so it’s flush with surrounding strands. For pupils, push knotted length of black embroidery floss through center of white and pompom with a sewing needle; pull taut. Part yarn; snip the end as short as possible.

3. Download tail-feather templates (enlarge as desired for bigger birds), and cut out. With a disappearing-ink pen, trace onto different colors of wool felt; cut out. Stack in descending-size order, then apply hot glue to feathers; hold until glue is set, about 30 seconds. 4 Apply a generous amount of glue to base of tail feathers, and attach to body; hold in place 1 minute. Repeat to affix head to body. Photocopy wattle templates . Cut out, and trace onto red felt with disappearing-ink pen.

4. Apply glue to top edges. Part yarn at base of head, and insert the two shapes, positioning the smaller one above the larger one. Hold in place 30 seconds. Photocopy beak ; trace template onto gold felt, and cut out. Apply a dab of glue to base of each piece, and use a needle to help attach to head; hold in place 30 seconds.

5. To make legs, cut two 3-inch pieces and two 1 3/4inch pieces of black pipe cleaner (for 3 1/2-inch birds, use heavy floral wire). Fold 3-inch pipe cleaner 1 inch from end; adjust longer side so it’s perpendicular, with a 1/2-inch crimp at the back of the foot. Fold 1 3/4-inch pipe cleaner into a V shape; dab glue on outside corner, and slide inside crimped edge. Hold in place 30 seconds. Repeat for other leg.

6. Apply glue to tops of legs and insert into body as far as they will go; hold in place 30 seconds. Set turkeys on their backs to dry for 10 minutes before displaying upright.

Finishing touches: Once you’ve completed your turkey, give him one final trim to ensure his furry feathers are even. In general, the closer you cut the yarn, the denser the pom-pom will be. Use the templates below for creating tail feathers, a wattle, and a beak, as well as a pumpkin leaf and fall foliage.

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Friday, October 14, 2005

Candy, Soap, Candle Resources

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Monday, October 10, 2005

Witch's Brooms

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These sweet-salty bewitchin' cookies are easy to make and fun to eat!

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
10 pretzel rods, about 8 1/2 inches long, cut crosswise in half
2 teaspoons shortening
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Butterscotch-flavored chips, melted

1. Heatoven to 350ºF. Mix brown sugar, butter, water and vanilla in mediumbowl. Stir in flour and salt. Shape dough into twenty 1 1/4-inch balls.
2. Place pretzel rod halves on ungreased cookie sheet. Press ball of dough ontocut end of each pretzel rod. Press dough with fork to resemble"bristles" of broom.
3. Bake about 12 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool completely on wire rack, about 30 minutes.
4. Covercookie sheet with waxed paper. Place brooms on waxed paper. Heat shortening and chocolate chips over low heat, stirring occasionally,until melted and smooth; remove from heat. Spoon melted chocolate overbrooms, leaving about 1 inch at top of pretzel handle and bottom halvesof cookie bristles uncovered. Drizzle with melted butterscotch chips.Let stand until chocolate is set.

Friday, October 07, 2005


I can not take credit for these bookmarkers. The person that sent was sharing with group. Click on picture to enlarge and print.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

October - Breast Awareness Month

It seems that CANCER plagues my family and once again we have lost another member of my family to Breast Cancer this past week.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. CreateForLess is proud to support this cause and invite you to Think Pink this month and join the fight against breast cancer. And don't miss our Weekly Specials, Fall Sale and Shopping Spree Winners...

In The Pink For A Cure!

Crafting is at its very best when it is used to help others. The pink ribbon symbolizes breast cancer awareness and it's an awareness that touches all of us. In support of our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, and friends, each of us should know the facts about breast cancer and learn how we can make this killer a thing of the past! In America more than 211,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 43,300 will die from breast cancer this year (1,600 men will be diagnosed with this cancer and 400 will die from the cancer). Yet, the 5-year survival rate of this cancer exceeds 95% if detected early! For more information about breast cancer and how you can make a difference please visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation at:

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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Snickerdoodle Dreams

Whimsical, Primitive & Country Graphics
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Snickerdoodle Dreams provides country, primitive, and whimsical computer clip art along with digital scrapbook kits. The scrapbook kits can be used for your personal use or commercial usage. Their designs has endless possibilities such as: craft projects, handmade gifts, business, scrapbook, and so much more.

Strawberry Shortcake

My daughter loved Strawberry Shortcake when she was little. This doll has been around since 1980s. Strawberry Shortcake Central (click on logo) to take you this wonderful site. Too bad my daughter had to grow up. Not only will you find Strawberry Shortcake items this site has Care Bears, Retro Characters, Collectible Dolls, Specialty Toys, Personalized Products, Party Supplies, T-Shirts & Pajamas, and Create a Bear.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Terry's Village

I just love seeing the decorations from Halloween to Christmas. The colors, they give that warm feeling and the excitiment that the year is ending. I have found some Whimsical Halloween Accents at Terry's Village that are so adorable. Here are some of the cute things you will find at Terry's Village

Designed to dangle his legs over his pumpkin-painted wooden chair, our trick-or-treating chenille jack-o'-lantern is weighted to stay in place. For decorative use only. Mr. Pumpky, 20"H; chair, 12 3/4"H x 6 1/2" square.

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Disguised as a jack-o’-lantern, this cute kitty and his ghostly companion need a home of their own to “haunt.” Prop them on a chair or sofa and you’ll scarcely know they exist. Cat, 25”H; detachable ghost, 6”H.
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While out frightening folks this monster meets an unfortunate fate. Crafted of plastic and fabric. Includes two adjustable nylon straps with plastic clasps for placing snugly around a tree trunk or pole. 50”L.

Be sure to check out Terry's Village Thanksgiving decorations as well.

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Add these miniature terra cotta pumpkins to a fall arrangement, group them on a table or fill the spaces in a shadow box. Your imagination is the only limit when decorating with them. Range in size from 1 1/2” to 2 1/2”H x 2” to 2 1/4” diameter.

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Designed to dangle their legs over any shelf or mantel, these resin pilgrims and their turkey pal are happy to be a part of your harvest festivities. 7"H x 3"W.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

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