Monthly Archives November 2018

Darkest Before the Dawn

Categories: Books.

~ Darkest Before the Dawn by Mike Martin is the seventh book in the Sgt. Windflower series set in Newfoundland, Canada. The series is about Winston Windflower, an RCMP officer, who is stationed in Grand Banks, Newfoundland.  It is not just a mystery book centered in the police office but a book that shares the quiet side of Winston.   You will love reading about his family, his pets, his friends, his co-workers, and the people he encounters in his life away from his job. The unsolved break ins in Grand Bank, ghostly apparitions, and unexplained deaths are part of
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The Button Wreath

Categories: Christmas.

~ The button tin/jar holds an assortment of buttons in all sizes and colours. You can spend a long time reminiscing as you let the buttons fall through your fingers.  But sometimes there just isn’t enough of the colour you want to make a craft, so it was off to the dollar store where they sell bags of buttons in various colours. A layer of batting was added to the cardboard circle and then the whole thing was wrapped in white ribbon.  Around the outside a strip of lace was glued on. My wreath is about 23 cm. across and with the addition of
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Clay Embellished Ornaments

Categories: Christmas.

~ This is a way to fancy up those shiny coloured ornaments.  I used a cold porcelain dough, some plain and some tinted green to cut out leaves to add to the ornaments.  This was a craft we made at Creative Crafting.  Thanks to the instructor, Gail, for making the clay and sharing it with us and providing us with the recipe so we could make more at home. The clay was easy to manipulate and cut out easily with left cutters.  Mine came from Michaels with a 50% off coupon which made them a really good deal.  You roll
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Making Beaded Ornaments

Categories: Christmas.

~ I love it when Christmas comes creeping in.  Doing a little bit now means I don’t have to do a whole lot later on.  There is gift making and ornament making going on right now These little ornaments will add some sparkle to your Christmas tree.  They are quick and easy to make and would also make nice gifts.  You need the plain coloured ornaments, some beads and a glue gun … and a fair bit of patience as it can be a challenge getting the tiny beads onto the ornament with sticky fingers My stash of beads seems
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Hello Pep and Salty

Categories: Christmas and Crafty's Projects.

~ I’d like to introduce you to Pep and Salty … the shaker people, the latest addition to my snow folk. They started out as a salt and pepper shakers purchased from the dollar store for $1.25.  I’m wondering how it is a dollar store when there are very few items for a dollar anymore.  One store sells everything for $1.25 and another sells things a random prices in multiples of a dollar.  Perhaps if you are as old as me you remember the 5 and dime stores … ooh that goes back quite a way doesn’t it? I did have
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Nuts and Pinecones for Decorating

Categories: Christmas and Nature Crafts.

~ We are into November and the days are getting chillier and shorter so it is time to get into crafting mode.  Besure to visit the Christmas page from the drop down menu to see all my ideas.  I recently shared  some craf-tea ideas.  Nuts and pinecones are the theme for this post.  I”m a collector of items from Nature and they can be used for some lovely Christmas crafts. The first is a pinecone and candle centre piece.  The base is a wicker plate with a candle in the middle and decorated with pinecones and small ornaments.  Small pieces of
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Craf-tea for Christmas

Categories: Christmas and Craf-tea.

~ Dare I mention that the Christmas season is fast approaching, and now is the time to get a head start on gift making?  These craf-tea ideas for gifts  are all simple to make and can be personalized for any occasion. The teapot hand towel or tea towel was one of my favourite little projects to make.  I’ve used different motifs from teapots, to rabbits, to Hallowe’en ghosts. Why not tuck a tea card inside a greeting card.  Add a favourite tea, mine is Stash, or a festive tea bag inside.  It’s a lovely way to let a friend know you are
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A Mini Wreath

Categories: Christmas.

~ Christmas crafting started a week or so ago at our Creative Crafting group.  Here is a little mini wreath made from a curtain ring, some twine, little bits of felt, some red berries or sequins and glue.  This can be used as a Christmas ornament on the tree or as a gift topper. The curtain ring is about 7 cm or 2.5 inches in diameter. I’m showing the ring with a Toonie, the Canadian two dollar coin in the middle to give you an idea of the size. It already had a ring at the top to attach a
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‘Soup’er Sunday – Bean Soup

Categories: 'Soup'er Sunday and Recipes.

~ Nothing tastes as good as home made soup on a chilly day.  This delicious bean soup is quick and easy to make. The ingredients fit nicely into a mason jar to make a tasty hostess gift or Christmas gift. This ‘soup’er Sunday recipe comes from  Garden Therapy’s ebook of Homemade Gifts. The original printable recipe is here.  I purchased all the ingredients at the Bulk Barn and made up some jars in no time.  To put together two gift jars it cost less than $4.50   It took me longer to design a label with the cooking instructions to add to
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