It’s been a pretty great week here at Crafty Staci. I’m leaving today to attend the Schoolhouse Craft Conference in Seattle, which I’ve been wanting to do for years. I’m hoping to come back better, smarter and faster than before, but I’ll settle for a fun weekend. I also found out I’m going to be one of the curators for Sew Mama Sew’s Handmade Holidays series! In the past I’ve provided one of the giveaways and had my projects featured, so it will be fun to complete the circle.
Last, but not least, meet my new toy:
My Etsy shop stays hopping, so I’ve been working with a second machine for a while now, but it was missing my favorite feature: the built-in walking foot. I love my old Pfaff, and found out I could buy a brand-new one that has everything I want and need, and nothing I don’t. Now they can sit side-by-side with white thread in one and black in the other, while I glide smoothly back and forth. Or dive frantically, depending on the day.
Another great thing about this week was the start of autumn. I love the sun, but after an exceptionally warm summer, I’m ready for my boots and scarves.
We had a pretty good wind storm here recently, and the pinecones rained down like we were under attack. I’ve got plenty of supplies to make these Homemade Pine Cone Bird Feeders from Freebie Finding Mom.
We also have a few leaves hitting the ground already. From what I read elsewhere, you want to press and dry them before making something like this Autumn Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holder from Spark and Chemistry.
One thing we don’t have around here is acorns but I’d love to find some to make these Acorn Owls from Bloesem Kids.
This Fall Tree “Snow Globe” from Frugal Fun for Boys is a fun take on a winter tradition. The author mentioned the water turning brown from the twig, but I think that could be remedied by using an artificial branch.
I can imagine so many ways to use these Happy Autumn Leaves from Moogly.
We can’t talk about autumn without bringing out the big, orange pumpkins, can we? These Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches from Sewlicious Home Décor are a great transition from warm weather into fall.
I’ve seen pumpkins made from just about everything in the craft world. I particularly like the simplicity but unique quality of these Framed Pumpkins from Country Design Style.
My son loves fritters, so I’m almost afraid to show him these Apple Fritters from Greek Food and Greek Life. On the other hand, he’s becoming a good cook himself…hmm.
Need a quick, simple but cute little something sweet? Check out these Chocolate Peanut Butter Acorns from Tikkido. There are so many flavors of Hershey Kisses, you could really get creative.
I used to be really into cross-stitch. I still do it once in a while, and love the look of it. This Wood Plank Cross Stitch Fall Décor from Make It and Love It puts a fun spin on it.
Now, I’ve got some sewing to do!