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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Up to Snow Good

Up to Snow Good

Stamping with friends….

It’s a wonderful day in the studio, just me, the cat, Lorelei, Rory, and Snow Buddies.

I’m stamping and stitching and painting as I binge watch Gilmore Girls. This show just gets me. And because there’s so much dialogue, it’s almost like listening to a radio show while I craft.

Snow Buddies arrived. Insert happy dance. Want to see what I’m making?

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May Your Heart Be Light

May Your Heart Be Light

Remembering and Giving Back

On this Veteran’s Day, my morning pages are filled with gratitude. As I do ordinary things today, I’ll be thinking about brave veterans and their families, and finding ways to honor their service and sacrifice.

The crafting industry is filled with caring people who always find ways to give back.

Honey Bee Stamps cares.

Today they’re having a sale that gives back.

Yes, I shopped.

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How to Print on Fabric: Freezer Paper Method

How to Print on Fabric: Freezer Paper Method

Tutorial for Printing on Fabric

Most of the time I use fabric paper when I print sentiment panels for mug rugs. Starting with white, I can leave the panel clean and simple or paint and ink it up with color.

For the Winter Song sentiments, I knew I wanted to print them on snowflake fabric.

Want to try it? It’s simple with the right tools and supplies.

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Snow Buddies: Grateful for Mentors

Snow Buddies: Grateful for Mentors

inSpired by Kristina Werner

It’s another day in the studio for me so I’m popping in with a bit of inspiration for you. It’s a video from Kristina Werner from her new holiday card series.

On my craft table…

Freezer paper, fabric, Creative Grid rulers, rotary cutters, and an iron. Can you guess what I’m doing?

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'Tis the Season for Craftsy Savings

'Tis the Season for Craftsy Savings

The Wonderful World of Craftsy and Bluprint

“We believe there’s creativity in everyone, and our job is to help find it, grow it and let it out to play. We believe that when you give the time and love to create something by hand, you make the world a little bit better.” -Craftsy

When I discovered Craftsy I found expert-led tutorials, free patterns, and a great place to shop for fabric and crafting tools. Now is the perfect time for you to check it out!

Sign Up For Bluprint Now & Get 50% Off All Craftsy Purchases Through December

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In the Studio with Rita: Snow Happy

In the Studio with Rita: Snow Happy

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Winter songs inspire me. Even before the first snow, I’m ready for merry and bright. Right now, Kristen Bell’s song, Do You Want to Build a Snowman? from Frozen might be on my playlist.

We only have each other. It's just you and me.

What are we gonna do? Do you want to build a snowman?

There might be a fresh pot of coffee on the kitchen counter. There might be chocolate-covered strawberries in the freezer. It’s a good day in the studio.

Want to get crafty with me?

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Introducing Winter Song

Introducing Winter Song

Winter Song

Autumn is winding down and winter is coming. It’s time for snowflake fabric, hot chocolate, wool sweaters, and a joy-filled playlist in the studio. To welcome in a warm and wonderful season of crafting, we’re releasing a new collection called Winter Song.

Lyrics that evoke the magic and memories of snow days were the inspiration for Winter Song, available now in the shop.

You’ll have plenty of time to make handmade gifts for holiday celebrations using new sentiment panels, Print & Quilts, and paper piecing patterns. Stay inspired with a blizzard of Winter Song projects we’ll be showcasing on the blog all month.

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Start with Tea: Sentiment Panels

Start with Tea: Sentiment Panels

Are you making handmade gifts for the holidays? If you are, where do you start? For me, half the fun is in the planning! This year I want to make coffee and tea-themed gift baskets, featuring our Coffee Helps and Start with Tea collections (available now in the shop).

Grab a cup of tea (or coffee) and I’ll give you a sneak peek at the possibili-TEAS.

Come along inside….

We’ll see if tea and buns can make the world a better place.

- from the children’s book, The Wind in the Willows

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