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Yearly Archives: 2011

Gift Ideas, Sewing

Handmade Christmas – Elves

Many years ago when we were posted to CFB Suffield in Southern Alberta, to earn extra money to help pay for Christmas each year, I sold my handmade crafts at farmers’ markets and craft fairs throughout the year. One of my most popular items was stuffed Christmas elves.  I would sell out of them almost every week and have to…

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Christmas on a Budget

We Had a Wonderful Christmas

We weren’t sure how we were going to manage to do Christmas this year living in our temporary housing, but it turned out wonderful in so many ways. Our Christmas celebrations started on the 18th with the decorating of the Christmas tree. Earlier in the week, we found a tree stand at a thrift store for $5 and then Saturday,…

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Budget Savers, Christmas on a Budget, Gift Ideas, Quilting

Quilt-As-You-Go Christmas Stocking Tutorial – Part Two

Continued from Part One of the Quilt-As-You-Go Stocking Tutorial To make the hanging loop: Baste the interfacing onto the wrong side of the hanging loop. Fold loop, right sides together and stitch along long edge using a ¼ inch seam allowance. To turn right side out, place safety pin in folded edge of one end of the loop. Turn pin…

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Budget Savers, Christmas on a Budget, Gift Ideas, Quilting, Sewing

Quilt-As-You-Go Christmas Stocking Tutorial – Part One

Using your favourite stocking pattern, cut 2 stockings from a light weight, light coloured cotton fabric. I used a print with a white background that was leftover from another project but if you are going to be using any light coloured fabric strips for the quilting, I would recommend a solid fabric for this.  Otherwise the print may show through.…

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Budget Savers, Christmas on a Budget, Sewing

Christmas on a Budget – Make Your Own Christmas Stockings

Have you seen the price of Christmas stockings?  Not the plain red ones with a bit of fake fur at the top (our kids had these when they were little) and can be picked up at the dollar store.   I’m talking about the really nice ones.  I’ve seen them priced anywhere from $20 on up. You can make your own…

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Happy Thanksgiving

I’d like to wish all our friends and neighbours and everyone else in the US a very Happy And Blessed Thanksgiving. Since we are busy packing for our move, I’m not cooking the big traditional Thanksgiving dinner that I usually cook. Our wonderful neighbours across the street have invited us to share their Thanksgiving with them. But it wouldn’t be…

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Gift Ideas, Sewing

November FNSI Results – A Most Successful Evening

I am so pleased with the results of last night’s Friday Night Sew In. I was able to complete both Christmas stockings and on Monday they’ll be mailed off to Lyanna over at Purple Panda Quilts for her Stocking Drive to provide a handmade stocking to each of the foster children served by the agency she works for. After finishing…

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