My 5 Favorite Creative Supplies

I’ve been thinking a lot about 2017 and what direction I want to take. That brought me to my five favorite creative supplies that help me on this colorful journey. It’s really hard to narrow the list to just five, but here is what I came up with: I complain about my old Elna, but…

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My Five Favorite Things

When I started thinking about this post I had a hard time coming up with just five of my favorite things. But the more I thought about it, I narrowed it down to those items that have really helped me to be creative. So let’s get started. 1. Silhouette Portrait I absolutely love this machine.…

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More Stencil Making

Since I bought my new gadget, The Silhouette Portrait, I have been in the stencil-making mode. Here is my new design on fabric. In this post I’m going to take you through my process from a photograph to my finished stenciled fabric. A couple years ago, my friend Amy and I took a day and…

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Swapping and Thrifting

Yesterday I received in the mail this wonderful package of soaps from Wendy Lorimer of Lorimers’ Soap in Scotland. Wendy had emailed me about my marbled fabric. Since I also love to not only make soap but to try others, we set up a swap. I sent her two of my marbled pieces for her…

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Drying & Using Tomatoes

Over the past five years here at Happy Acres we’ve found that Juliets are one of our favorite tomatoes to dry. They are good fresh (Dave made some killer salsa the other day with them), but drying really brings out the flavor. So last week I harvested almost 10 pounds from our four plants. This…

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Pizzelle – Oh my!

My love affair with this cookie started a year or so ago when I bought this tin. I never really thought about making them. We liked them so much that we hopped online and bought several tins. And we ate them all up. Of course, I saved the tins. Then somewhere on the web I…

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Summer Sketching

Last night, after a busy day here at Happy Acres, I sat and played a little bit with my sketchbook. I used some of the new Gelly Roll Metallics I won recently. I also used some of my favorite markers. They don’t seem to be “in” markers, but I really love them. It seems like…

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Attempting Scones

For you who have been reading my blog, you know I make biscotti. But a lot of people don’t like biscotti or the type I make – the less Americanized version or the Italian cantuccini. I’d love to make cantuccini for the garden club meeting next month (It’s my time to bring snacks.) but I…

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Spinner Fabric Art

I’ve had this art spinner for quite awhile. In the past I used it to make colorful pieces of paper for cards. I’ve been so into fabric lately so I decided to try using fabric instead of paper with those Claudine Hellmuth Studio acrylics. So I got out my trusty spinner and played. You are…

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