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Stormy Weather Knee HighsInto each life some rain must fall — or so say Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Ella Fitzgerald. Too bad Henry and Ella didn’t have a pair of spiffy knee high socks with storm cloud appliqués from Stash Happy Appliqué to perk them up. But you’ll be right as rain this spring when you grab a pair of  socks, download the Stormy Weather Knee Highs pattern here, and start combating those rainy day blues in no time!

Authored by the oh-so-talented Cynthia Shaffer, Stash Happy Appliqué offers up a bevy of ways to use your stash of fabric, including a mod skirt, café curtains, a tote bag, a lampshade, and so much more.

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Don’t let April showers get you down — download your free pattern of Stormy Weather Knee Highs, then snag a copy of Stash Happy Appliqué for more creative ways to use your fabric stash!

 
 
 
 
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Two-Hour Cross-Stitch: AnimalsIt seemed like spring was never going to arrive this year (Snow in March? Totally unfair.), but I think warmer weather has finally settled in for good here in Asheville. And with the higher temperatures, a lot of us are feeling the urge to get stuff done: cleaning our front porches, packing away sweaters and scarves and pulling out sundresses, and planning our springtime craft projects—like these cross-stitch designs from Trice Boerens’s Two-Hour Cross-Stitch: Animals. The great thing about Two-Hour Cross Stitch is that every design can be made in a short amount of time—just right for stitching while you take a spring break road trip, soak up the sun in your yard, or indulge in an extra-long lunch (ahem) to enjoy the warmer temperatures.

Get started on your spring craft projects by entering to win a FREE copy of Two-Hour Cross-Stitch: Animals, plus two finished, framed pieces from the book: a little duck holding an umbrella and a squirrel with an acorn. You just can’t get any more spring than that!Squirrel and Duck

Plus, you can download a PDF pattern of these two designs for free: just click here and get stitching.

For even more cross-stitch fun, pick up a copy of Two-Hour Cross-Stitch: Animals at BN.com or at your local bookstore. You’ll find animal-themed projects to fit every occasion – birthdays, holidays, baby showers, and more!

 

UPDATE: The contest is over and we have chosen a winner! Thanks to everyone for participating!

To enter to win two framed cross-stitched pieces and a copy of Two-Hour Cross-Stitch: Animals, leave a comment on this post between now and 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 17. Any comment is fine, but we’d love to know what cross-stitch project you’re currently working on. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries and announced by Thursday, April 18. Click here for the official rules, and good luck!

 
 
 
 
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Pastel Earrings – Spring Jewelry Finds

April 09, 2013, 10:33 am  Posted by Lark
 

Raise your hand if you’re ready for spring!

Now raise both hands if you’re ready for spring accessories!

You and I both know we don’t have to look far when it comes to pretty eye candy on Etsy, and with the delicate, sweet, light colors of spring, Etsy is a treasure trove of delightful, pastel earrings.

So off with your overcoat and on with the pretty jewelry—three cheers for spring!

Thanks to the Etsy sellers featured above and below for giving us all something sweet and springy to cheer about!

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Brass Chevron “Fin” Earrings :: ILIOS

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Jade Teardrop Earrings :: LoveLittleDarling

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Wooden Geometric Earrings :: LiKeGjewelry

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Pastel Flower Earrings :: HelgaYutt

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Jade Dipped Brass Earrings :: AcuteDesigns

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Free Project Friday: Sweet Hooped Umbrellas!

April 05, 2013, 16:16 pm  Posted by Lark
 

Are you seeing hints of spring around you? If that means umbrellas, raincoats, and galoshes for you, we feel your pain. Brighten up your crafty afternoon indoors with a project that celebrates all that is fresh and lovely if not a bit soggy….and signals the coming May flowers!

This trio of April Showers umbrellas, from Heart-Felt Holidays and designed by yours truly, calls for scraps of felt, linen backgrounds, and wee embroidery hoops….things you likely have in your supply closet. Download the project instructions and the templates and get started this afternoon!

Download the project instructions here: April Showers

 
 
 
 
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Two-Hour Cross-Stitch: AnimalsI have done the occasional cross-stitch, and sometimes I even finish them! I have a whole box full of materials just waiting to be used. Well, I think I’ll open that box again, because Two-Hour Cross-Stitch: Animals is full of great ideas. Have you ever seen a cross-stitched alligator? How about a lion jumping through a ring a fire? And my favorite: a unicorn! This book contains all kinds of animals for you cross-stitching pleasure. There are your more tame animals, such as dogs, cats, ducks, and squirrels. And then there is the more wild side of the animal kingdom with seals, monkeys, kangaroos, elephants, and more!

To get you started, download these two free patterns in one PDF: a gentleman frog, and an owl and her owlet.

And to get you even more inspired, we are giving away the two finished pieces from these patterns, along with a copy of the book!

owl & frog finished cross-stitch

To enter to win two framed cross-stitched pieces and a copy of Two-Hour Cross-Stitch: Animals, leave a comment on this post between now and 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 9. Any comment is fine, but we’d love to know what would be your favorite animal to cross-stitch. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries and announced by Wednesday, April 10. Click here for the official rules, and good luck!

Congrats to Laura, our winner!