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Hot Pad of the Month–August Bluebird

We broke a record here yesterday.  Largest number of days above 90 degrees in one year.  We’re up to 25, and we normally average 13.  We’re also socked in by smoke from the wildfires everywhere.  Mt. Hood is obscured and we’re feeling some not-fun effects from breathing it.  This summer has been crazy, and to…

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Friday Favorites–Father’s Day

It’s funny, when you think about making stuff for guys, it seems really difficult.  Things like flowers and much of the jewelry are generally out.  Good luck getting them to be happy about anything that could be described as pretty.  But every time I sit down to write about Father’s Day or gift ideas for…

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Hot Pad of the Month–June Bear Paw

I wanted to get this month’s hot pad to you before Father’s Day, because I made this one with the guys in mind.  They might not be the obvious recipients of something like this, but it’s definitely something they can use.  It can sit on a desk for their coffee mug – if they’re anything…

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Friday Favorites–Creative Cash for Grads

One of the most popular editions of Friday Favorites I’ve done to date was this time last year when I focused on creative ways to give graduates the gift of a fatter wallet.  It seems like other people agree with my “cash is king” philosophy when it comes to giving to grads.  Fortunately I didn’t…

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Hot Pad of the Month–May Ladybug

May is always crazy around our house, and this year has been no exception, so I’m sliding in sideways at the last minute with the hot pad for this month.  I think she’s pretty cute, so hopefully  you’ll find she was worth the wait. You’ll need this pattern, which is the same basic outer shape…

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Book Review: Sewing for your Girls

I’m here today to a book review courtesy of Tuttle Publishing.  They have provided me with the book in exchange for this review, but the opinions are all my own.  This post also contains affiliate links. I’ve never had the chance to do much girly sewing.  I gave up on sewing for a while before…

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Friday Favorites–My Birthday 2015

So, Monday is my birthday, and as has become tradition around here, today’s Friday Favorites collection is a wish list of sorts.  Everything here isn’t necessarily crafty or handmade, it’s just stuff I like.  A little change of pace to celebrate that the two numbers in my age add up to 10.  Yes, I’m 28…