Simply Basics: Wind a Center Pull Ball

Ever wonder how people hand wind such neat looking center pull balls? I wanted to learn to make those perfect little parcels myself and tried doing it around my fingers, but just made a mess.  I recently learned how to wind a center pull ball on a nostepinne - a tool originated in Sweden that makes the process a snap. Nostepinne's can be as ...read more

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Inspiralize Me!

  Have you ever heard of a vegetable spiralizer?  Me either, until today when Mom introduced us. I'm normally not a huge fan of kitchen gadgets. They pile up so easily, falling into disuse and crowding my cabinets. But the Spirooli, (the brand I got to play with today), has now made my list of must have's. This tool slices effortlessly ...read more

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Pencil Pouch Tutorial

One good thing about my son being in year round schooling is that I have more time than most parents to think about what I can do for a teacher appreciation gift. Connor’s year of Kindergarten is coming to an end this week so it was time for me to get the gears turning. I wanted to make his teacher something that she could actually use, and something ...read more

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Earl’s Mouthwatering Beef Brisket

There are just 3 things you need to know about Earl. 1- He is my best friend's Dad 2- He makes hands down the best brisket 3- He shared his recipe with me and now I'm going to share it with you. Why be selfish with a recipe which can only be described as love on a plate? Brisket is a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest of a cow.  ...read more

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Bedazzle your Spinning!

Spinning with beads is such jazzy, dazzling fun. All those pretty glass baubles catching the light and making your handspun extra special! I get that you can string beads onto thread or yarn and ply it with handspun to get the effect, but always wondered how you'd accomplish it with singles. I recently investigated and gave it a trial run. It was ...read more

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Distressed Chevron Wooden Growth Chart

  The weather is getting so nice here in Northern Utah, it only makes sense for Emily and I to put away the sewing machines and play out in the garage for a bit. Emily was inspired by the recent cute growth charts she'd spotted on pinterest, and came up with a modern twist on them to go with her decor. I admired her finished chevron wooden ...read more

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Chalk Paint: Is It Worth the Hype?

We hope you liked Cindee's cute Old Chair redo. It must be the nice weather because Cindee, Carli, and I have all begun furniture redo projects lately. Repainting furniture with chalk paint has been a big trend on Pinterest. I have heard that chalk paint will stick to everything and that it provides a durable finish. In fact, my neighbor repaints ...read more

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Fruit salad with a twist!

Summer is quickly approaching which means the farmer's markets are opening and delicious fruit is hitting the local markets for a much more reasonable price.  This fruit salad is to die for!!!  It is simple to put together and is sure to please EVERYONE, even the pickiest toddlers. You will need: fruit, limes or lemons, honey (agave or sugar ...read more

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Be Fearless

  When it comes to spinning  - experimentation is the rule for me these days. I've been taking the time to explore different methods and to play with color. I've had some help and inspiration with a new spinning resource: PLY magazine by spinner extraordinaire - Jacey Boggs. This is a compendium of spinning know-how that has sent my little ...read more

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Reusable Snack Bags Sewing Pattern Tutorial

  It never fails - 9:00 pm and my kids tell me they have run out of ziplock bags for tomorrow's lunch. Same at your house? Enough is enough - I decided to try my hand at making reusable snack bags. Today is the day I free myself from throwaway plastic bags and join the reusable snack bag revolution! <grin> Materials you need for ...read more

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