Christmas Corner - Christmas Tree Applique Block


Although we are not done sharing fall crafts, we all know if we want to get things done in time for the holidays, we have to start now (or in July if you're really together!) So, we would like to share our first item in our Christmas Corner. We mentioned in an earlier post that we planned to take a simple applique design and show how to use it in many different ways. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing many different projects using this basic Christmas Tree design. We will also have a wonderful give-away which we will be sharing soon. You may decide to make one of the projects or many. Either way, I think it will be fun using different materials to craft different projects using the same design.

Today, we are sharing a basic applique block. As always, this was designed to fit a 6" x 6" block but can be enlarged or reduced to meet your needs. It can be crafted plain, snow can be added to the branches, or you can even add ornaments with buttons or embroidery stitches....Read more

Favorite Fall Recipes - Gypsie Soup

When I first meet Tim, I told him most of my family's favorite meals were soups. He had this quizzical look upon his face... which for some reason he often has when talking to me... and said he just didn't think of soup as a meal. After I made him my first soup... thick and rich... wholesome and filling... he changed his mind. I LOVE getting other people's favorite soup recipes. I want to thank Laurie Anne for her recipe for Gypsy Mermaid Soup and sharing her soupy story! The soup sounds great and I can't wait to try it. Make sure to stop by Laurie Anne's Blog, The Rebel Blossom, (edit: this blog is no longer active) and say "hi"! Remember, if you have a favorite fall recipe you would like to share, email it to us at

This recipe has been in my family for many years now but it was never on paper...every time someone makes it, they tweak it and it tastes a little bit different.
I remember my Nanny Ilda making it while I sat at the table with my grandpa Jerry {who was a sailor} and he would...Read more

Braided Barrettes

My children were little kiddos during the 80s. Michelle wore a jean jacket covered in pins, slouchy socks, and side ponytails. I also made her about a million sets of braided barrettes... colors to match every outfit! Funny, I made so many of these puppies I seriously think I could have braided them in my sleep. But today, when motivated to make a pair to go along with the new party dress I'm making for Fairy's up-and-coming birthday on Friday, I felt like I had 6 thumbs! (It wasn't soooo awkward that I felt like I was all thumbs!) Anyway, I had to play with it a while until I got the hang of it again. Trust me when I tell you that the second one practically made itself. It all came back... rather like riding a bike!

Perhaps braided barrettes are nostalgic for you or maybe you've never seen them before. One way or another, they are darn cute and worth making for yourself or some wee one in your life. They make super great birthday gifts and, of course, incredible stocking stuffers. The directions for our Braided Barrettes can be found HERE or...Read more

Favorite Fall Recipes - German Donuts

Rane and Kids just added a recipe via comments. I wanted be make sure everyone saw her link. Check out her yummy recipe for German Donuts and she shares a little about the recipe and family. The recipe can be found on her flickr account. Thanks Rane!  Hmmm... I now want a cup of coffee and donuts!!! I will definitely give these a try. I've never made donuts before. more

Autumn Oak Applique Block

This is the pattern I used when crafting our Wooden Autumn Forest. It's always fun using different materials to make the same pattern. I made this Autumn Oak Block Applique in golds, but it could be done in oranges, reds and browns. I designed it to fit our 6" x 6" applique blocks but you can enlarge or reduce the pattern to meet your needs. How will you use it? The pattern for the Autumn Oak Applique Block can be found HERE or in our FREE Applique Patterns. Enjoy!

NOTE: On the pattern, the stitches used in the leaves are labeled as "detached lazy daisy" and in the glossary, the stitch is shown as "detached chain". The lazy daisy stitch is a variation of a chain stitch, and the "detached lazy daisy" and the "detached chain" are simply a single chain stitch. So, if you need help with the stitch, check our glossary under "detached chain".

Note about patterns: We are sharing patterns we have designed and made for our own children, families and friends. Every effort is made to share information in a clear and...Read more

Favorite Fall Recipes - Mulligatawny Soup


We would like to thank Stacy for sharing this recipe for Mulligatawny Soup. I Love Mulligatawny soup. We use to vacation every year in Vermont, and there was a restaurant that had this on its menu. I'd think about it throughout the year, and it was always one of the first things I ate when we got to Stowe. Never made it myself... I will now! Here is Stacy's recipe and her comments.
My mother was not a very adventurous cook. She made basic meatloaf, pot roast and tuna casseroles because my dad had "simple tastes". She found this recipe for Mulligatawny Soup in one of her women's magazines, and something about it caught her fancy. I remember she had to go out and buy curry powder. I think she was as surprised as anyone when my dad actually liked it! It became the one "exotic" dish she made. As the years went on, she got a little heavy handed on the curry, and I know I liked it even more. But I'm including the original recipe.

As soon as fall hits, this is the first cool weather food we make. It is a fairly easy recipe. The...Read more