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Cork Monogram

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I have a cork-monogrammed R on top of my refrigerator, and I always get compliments on it. When my friend Jackie K. admired it, I knew I had to make one for her. Cork projects aren’t difficult to do — after all, who minds collecting corks?! — but certain materials make the job easier. Read the rest of this entry

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Personalized Wine Label

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My BFF and I were looking for the perfect gift for a friend of ours (Jack) who was turning 65, and I think we found it! I bought a good bottle of wine (when is wine NOT a great gift?!), and BFF and I reworked the label to personalize it.  Read the rest of this entry

HaHa Cookies & Gift Label

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I am extremely fortunate to have a group of eight of us who have known each other at least since high school. (Carol and I just celebrated our 60th year of friendship; we’ve known each other since kindergarten!) We call ourselves the HaHa’s because we laugh so much when we’re together. This weekend, we had our annual holiday cookie exchange. The event has evolved over the years — we now bring frozen dough so we can each bake what we want when we want. In addition to our dough exchange and lots of laughter, we might have stuffed ourselves with good food and wine. I’m not confessing to anything! Read the rest of this entry

Princess M, Boot Cuffs, and Ponytail Hat, Oh, My!

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Princess M spent several days with Dan the Man and me right before Christmas. She was most interested in my knitting, and of course, wanted me to make something for her.  Since I’ve just mastered joining in the round (taking me from beginning knitting status to advanced beginners, I think!), I offered to make her some boot cuffs.  We trekked to Hobby Lobby, and the princess got to select her own yarn. Read the rest of this entry

Tassel Earrings

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I made the cutest earrings with some extra yarn I had after knitting a scarf.  Makes me wish I had pierced ears!  They were easy to make, though the construction was rather convoluted.  I first had to find an object that was the right size to wrap the yarn around.  I settled on Dan the Man’s new battery charger.  The charger is snuggled under the mess below. Read the rest of this entry

Washer Necklaces

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14138327_10210145393501730_570067790_nI’ve been spending hours and hours lately in the hospital with a sick friend, so my cooking and crafting time has been limited.  But about a month ago, a few girlfriends and I had two crafting days to make some door prizes for an upcoming conference.  We were looking for inexpensive ideas that our conference participants (mostly women) would like.  Necklaces made from washers seemed just the ticket. Read the rest of this entry

Marbled Mugs

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Like some girlfriends I’ve know along the way, the adjectives fast and cheap fit this craft.  Using dollar store white mugs, a dollar store bottle of lavender nail polish, and a bottle of pink polish I found in my bathroom cabinet, I tried to replicate the lovely marbled mugs found on a million Pinterest pages.  The photos on all these pins make the mugs look elegant. The pinners promise easy art.  My kinda craft, right? Read the rest of this entry

Salted Cherries

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CherriesToday I made an old family recipe that brings back the flavors and smells of my Grandma’s kitchen. She used to pickle bing cherries in a recipe she called Salted Cherries. They’re one of those you-either-love-’em-or-you-hate-’em relishes, and my dad and I used to go nuts over them. They’re easy to do when cherries are at their peak. Read the rest of this entry