Make it Simple, Make it Fun, Make it Matter

Make it Simple, Make it Fun, Make it Matter

Imagine August

The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color.

- Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

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inJoy Friday: inCider Secrets

inJoy Friday: inCider Secrets

Fall Surprises

If you make handmade gifts, you’re already planning and creating autumn projects. What surprises will you make for teachers, friends, and family? Do you have favorite fall colors, images, tools, and techniques you love to use year after year? I do. As the hot sunshine days of July wind down, my table is set with:

My favorite fall fabric collection, Flourish

Appliqué linen, hoops, floss, and Lori Holt’s Nifty Needles

Look closely. What inCider Secrets to new fall products can you find in today’s post?

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inCourage Me Monday: Watercolor

inCourage Me Monday: Watercolor

Create with Flourish

April is in bloom. As the last patches of snow melt, I’m thinking about how to plant ideas and create conditions to help them flourish. I’m envisioning paper and fabric florals in my art journal, on wall canvas, and on quilted mug rugs, placemats, and table runners.

If you’re like me, getting started is a challenge. Say hello to….

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Make Way for Wednesday

Make Way for Wednesday

Make Way for Spring

This week in the studio I’ve been splashing color on blank mini canvases, watercolor paper, and art journal pages. Piles of colorful backgrounds made with inks, paints, and colored pencils are spilled across the table.

  • How can I add layers to create story art from these beginnings?

  • How can I make something that will make me smile and think spring as I wait for warm breezes, fresh cut grass, garden blooms, and the farmer’s market?

  • What are my favorite memories and moments of spring?

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Snow Day: Paper Piecing Patterns

Snow Day: Paper Piecing Patterns

Introducing Snow Day: Paper Piecing Patterns

What do you do on a snow day? Ice skate. Make snow angels. Build snowmen.

Celebrate memories of your favorite Snow Day by sewing paper pieced blocks with our newest PDF package of patterns. With the blocks, create wall hangings, placemats, table runners, trivets, and mug rugs.

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Warmest in Winter

Warmest in Winter

My world is warm in winter.

It may be cold outside, but today in the studio, I’m creating a day of comfort and joy. It’s time to snuggle in at the craft table and make a blizzard of gift tags.

Free Gift Tags

Hot chocolate jars are easy to make for teachers, neighbors, mail carriers, babysitters, etc.

It’s fun to find unique wide-mouth jars and ways to package these popular-on-pinterest gifts.

Get started today with FREE PRINTABLE HOT CHOCOLATE GIFT TAGS.

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How to Make Cross-Stitch Ornaments with Lori Holt

How to Make Cross-Stitch Ornaments with Lori Holt

Make Cross-Stitch Ornaments with Lori Holt

I popped over to the Fat Quarter Shop blog and look what I found: (and couldn’t wait to share)

“Lori Holt and It’s Sew Emma are at it again! Just in time for the Christmas season, Lori Holt has created a new cross stitch pattern, Vintage Christmas Sampler. This Christmas-inspired sampler is filled with everyone’s favorite holiday sights — candy canes, gingerbread men and a gingerbread house, stockings, an ornament and Santa Claus. If a few of the blocks look familiar, you’re right – they are from Lori’s Vintage Christmas Book.”

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December Sneak Peeks

December Sneak Peeks

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You won’t want to miss what we’re bringing to you in December.

Here’s a couple of sneak peeks:

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