I love my Links!

A post today about a giveaway or two that I have found in my recent travels on blog land, as well as some links you all might enjoy:

Linda, a fellow Ontario blogger from Lavender Ridge is having an amazing giveaway for a Accuquilt Go! I encourage you all to stay away from her blog until after Nov. 10th when she will draw the winner. That will leave me a better chance at winning, cause I really, really would like to win this beauty! If I won, I would get the circle and square dies so that I could make penny rugs without trying to cut manually on the wool. My hands aren't as strong as they used to be, and it hurts too much to hold the scissors, so I would be in cutting heaven!!
Oh what the heck, go and visit Linda now, she has a great blog, and is a really talented quilter. Lavender Ridge Giveaway for the Accuquilt Go!

There is a really great pattern and cookie recipe exchange going on that is hosted by some talented fibre artists in blog land. Here is a link and some information from the hostess of this wonderful online party!

First Annual

Quilt Designer Home for the Holidays Blog Hop & Cookie Swap
They have lined up some of our industry's TOP designers to share with each of you...
(you are not going to believe this.... DRUM roll please......)
12 Exclusive Holiday Projects
12 Yummy Cookie Swap Recipes
12 Inspiring & Creative Holiday Ideas

Each of the 12 designers will be posting on each Tuesday & Friday starting Nov 2nd! Please help us spread the word & share with your friends that you are hopping with us by posting the logo on your blogs, Face book or websites etc.... You can even email them the link! Be sure to leave plenty of super sweet comments as each of the designers have taken time out of their hectic schedules to share a little Holiday Spirit with each of us! I hope you whip up a new project to deck the halls, bake up a batch of yummy cookies for your annual cookie swap & most importantly, take time to celebrate the upcoming Holiday Season!
Home for the Holidays
Quilt Designer Blog Hop Line Up!
Nov 2nd * Brenda Gervais from withthyneedleandthread.blogspot.com
Nov 5th * Debbie Field from granolagirldesigns.blogspot.com
Nov 9th * Cheri Saffiote-Payne from quiltsbycheri.blogspot.com
Nov 12th * Kathy Schmitz from kathyschmitzstudio.blogspot.com
Nov 16th * Renee Plains from libertystar.typepad.com
Nov 19th * Tracy from plumcutedesigns.typepad.com
Nov 23rd * Lisa Bongean from lisabongean.wordpress.com
Nov 26th * Lynda Hall from primitivepiecesbylynda.blogspot.com
Nov 30th * Jan Patek from janpatek.blogspot.com
Dec 3rd * Tara Darr from sewuniquecreationsblog.com
Dec 7th * Debbie Busby from woodenspooldesigns.blogspot.com
Dec 10th * Stacy West from buttermilkbasin.blogspot.com

Now that the cold weather is officially here we can get back to some serious comfort cooking. This is a great site for crock pot lovers: Crock pot Recipe Exchange.

Little Birdie's blog has a pattern for a no sew purse, and its really cool, and looks very easy to make.

Paula Deen's son Bobby has some 'lighter' versions of Paula's recipes. Here is a link to these small apple pies, that Bobby has made a little healthier for us! Bobby Deen's lighter apple pies.

How to make crepe paper flowers, which can be used with any color of crepe paper that you might desire from Country Living.

I just love this idea from Good Housekeeping which would be great if you are going to, or hosting a toboggan snowman making party...or how about a winter backyard bonfire party? I know that my daughter Jess will grab this idea to have her friends over for a night of bonfire and a snowman building contest! What a great treat to serve with piping hot chocolate in over sized mugs...it almost sounds fun enough to get me to bundle up and head outside on a cold winters night. Here's a link to the Good Housekeeping Christmas Craft Website.

DIY Hot Cocoa Dippers.

Stir up something special this season with DIY hot cocoa dippers. Gather large marshmallows, drinking straws, chocolate, and red nonpareil sprinkles. Skewer marshmallows on straws, then melt chocolate in a small vessel (such as a shallow microwave-safe bowl). Dip in marshmallows, leaving white tops exposed; lift sticks straight up, letting excess chocolate drip off. Cool briefly on waxed paper, but dip marshmallow bottoms into sprinkles while chocolate is still slightly soft.

Visit Gwenny Penny for a great tutorial for an autumn banner, that could easily be adapted for birthdays and other holidays. Autumn Banner.

How to thread a needle and tie a knot for sewing or stitching.

While discovering how to properly thread needles, I wandered through the Wonder How To website, which is huge, and has a ton of 'how tos' for any number of things. It is well worth a look.

Great tutorial on making stuffed pumpkins. I made this first one last month, but gave it away for a 50th birthday present. I am going to adapt this pattern into making a three level snowman, similar to the pumpkin man below.

How to begin and end your knots for a stitchery. I am messy and lazy, so the back of my sewing looks like a mess of highway over and underpasses, but I am going to try and be neater from now on.

Lots of great help with stitches at Stitch School.

I just love the idea of making some of these ornaments to put in gift baskets or as gift tags for Christmas. Of course, I would adapt it somewhat to my taste with maybe a deep red or green paint, and probably a simpler stamp, but I just love it. Simple enough to do in an evening as well. This beautiful project can be found at Just Something I Made by Cathe.

Finally, on November 11th, please remember to pause for a minute or two to think about the brave men and woman who are protecting us in the armed forces, and remember all of those whose lives were lost to allow us to be free.


Wooly hugs, Trudy