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Iron Chef – The Home Game!

Cooking Competition - Iron Chef Bountiful

  I’ve been wanting to blog about our local Iron Chef Competition for awhile now, but being a newbie to the group, I didn’t want the nice ladies that participate to think, (or know yet?), that I’m a little weird. ;-) When I first moved to Utah, sister-in-law Cindee invited me to the monthly get together they call Iron Chef Bountiful. It’s …read more

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Make Your Own Buttons

Make Your Own Polymer Clay Buttons

  If it’s not enough to spin your own yarn in order to knit your own sweater, how about going even further – making your own personalized buttons to put on it? :-D I started playing with clay – to make a shawl pin for a swap partner, actually – and once I got started, I got all sorts of ideas of what I could do with this great, mold-able …read more

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DIY Cake Stand and Fruit Bowl

DIY Fruit Bowl and Cake Stand

I’d love to say I came up with this awesome idea but it was one of those great ideas that fall into your lap when you’re minding your own business. I was admiring an adorable little cupcake stand at my local second hand store and upon closer examination, saw that it was put together by some unknown, but talented Crafty Friend. I purchased it, then …read more

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Noo-Noo Hair Bows

Painted Pasta Hair Bows

  Leave it to my witty daughter, Jaydin to come up with the most unique ideas for handmade holiday gifts for her sisters. Last year you may remember the Holiday Crayons she made and gave to her younger sisters and cousins. This year it was pasta hair bows! Yep! She actually started with bow tie pasta, then used little squirt bottles …read more

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Bling your String!

Bling Your String Custom Knitting Stitch Markers

Oh how I love beautiful, dangly, bejeweled stitch markers. At project cast on, I spend as much effort deciding on my stitch markers as I do my yarn. Sliding bright beaded markers across my needles to count my stitches just makes me smile. I’m so impressed with the custom stitch marker sets at Bling your String. Since the creator, Aryn is a part of the …read more

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One Day Only World AIDS Day Project!

World AIDS Day

I always enjoy checking up on my friend, StevenA through his Bitches Get Stitches blog. The man can knit, Crafty Friends and besides - he’s a witty guy who can write as well, so his blog posts almost always put a smile on my face and sometimes even make me snort right out loud, getting me some strange looks from bystanders. Steven is hosting …read more

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There’s things to love in Prague

old door 2

There isn’t much I run across in my travels that I haven’t seen before in some way shape or form. But Prague managed to surprise me. I may have had some preconceived notions about what to expect from this country, but it taught me a new trick or two. For one, despite all the interesting architecture I’ve seen, Prague still had plenty that wowed me. …read more

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Yarn Shopping in Athens

i love wool sign

With one week before I return to the U.S., I couldn’t leave without sharing a couple of my local yarn stores here in the city of Athens, Greece. There are two yarn stores I’ve enjoyed most. One is the Kangaroo Store – a super crafty little place loaded with supplies for fiber related crafts. On this last visit, they had everything imaginable for …read more

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DIY Glitter Polish!

DIY Painted Glitter Nails and Toe Nails

  Last week my girls and I said goodbye to Mom as she made her way back to Greece. During our family visit with Mom, Grandma, sisters in law Emily and Cindee, along with my four daughters – we managed some super fun girly activities, such as giving ourselves glitter pedicures! Cindee brought over a selection of Martha Stewart fine glitter and …read more

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Blazing Needles


  With Mom and Grandma  in town for a much anticipated visit, sister in law Cindee and I decided to treat our two favorite knitters to a trip to our super cool local yarn store, Blazing Needles. Our entire family of women: Mom, Grandma, Cindee, myself and my four daughters descended upon the store in force.  There’s no mistaking the location …read more

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