November 24th, 2008

Oh, it is good to be back!  Sorry it has been so long.  I had to order a new battery and power cord for my computer and it took longer than expected.  The computer just doesn’t run well with out electricity.

We have some snow on the ground and there is a very pretty light snow falling right now.  The roads have been in good shape and it hasn’t been too cold- good start to winter.

With the Christmas holiday fast approaching I have some new items that can be done in a short amount of time and would make awesome gifts for that special some one on your list.

For the guy on your list or the lady that likes to fish, a fish oven mitt from Vanilla House Designs.  This easy to make oven mitt comes in two sizes for either men or women and could be made from any fabric.  A floral fish would be fun too!  pict0403 Where the green trim crosses across the fish body is where your hand goes into the oven mitt.  Vanilla House also does a men’s apron so you could do a matching set.

Is there someone in your life that has a love of sewing gadgets? (This is so great that you may want to suggest this to your favorite elf.)  The new Bendable Bright Light from Dream World attaches to your sewing machine and allows you to direct the bright LED light right where you need it.pict04011

pict0404 Everyone can have new Christmas stockings this year with these quick to make stockings from Quilt Smart.  The stocking pattern is printed right on fusible interfacing.  You iron the interfacing to your fabric, fold where it tells you to fold, cut where it tells you to cut and sew where it tells you to sew and you are done.  Pick out the perfect print for each person to make the stockings really special.

New, from the inventive people at Clover and Nancy Zieman, purse and bag templates.  There are two sets: one rounded bag set and one square bag set.  From each set you can make six different bags!  With both sets that is 12 different bags!  For someone like me who can never have enough bags this is a dream come true.   Some bags have darts and pleats others have tabs and some are plain.  There are tons of ways to embellishment these bags and add special details.  Here is a picture of each bag.  These are just the basic bag without any extra details or embellishments.  pict0406 pict0409

A cuddly warm gift for those chilly winter nights would be a flannel raggy quilt.  This one starts with a panel and the squares are added around.  This line of fabric is called Tracks Along the Trail from Granola Girl.  If you haven’t made a raggy quilt before, you do the front and back together and there isn’t any binding so when you are done you are done!  pict0413

How about a little decorating around the house?  This next item would be great for a whole family project and you can decorate with them or make ornaments for the tree.  These wool felt snow people kits are from Artgirlz and all you need is glue, scraps of fabrics, yarns and any other embellishments you would like.  pict0410 Aren’t they just the cutest!!pict0411

If you are out and about this weekend come to “Christmas in Paradise”.  On Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28th and 29th area businesses will be having specials and treats.  On Saturday the Christmas Bazaar will be held at the Whitefish Township Community Center from 10am – 5pm and Santa will visit from 1-3pm.  Starting at 6pm on Saturday evening there will be the lighting of the town Christmas tree, caroling and refreshments.

During “Christmas in Paradise”, Village Fabrics & Crafts will be having refreshments and both days will be full of different make it take its.  You can go home with lots of ideas and items already made for trims and decorations.  While in the shop you can register for a $50 holiday shopping spree at Village Fabrics & Crafts!  (Need not be present to win.)

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!  We wish you and your families the very best.

Lisa 🙂

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