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Saturday Spotlight: Hearts

by Marie on February 5, 2011

Hearts are all-a-flutter over at the M&T Spotlight. With Valentines a week away, here are a few fun and fancy heart projects found over on the Spotlight, perfect for this time of year. Next week I’ll be featuring Kid’s Valentine Cards, so submit your best to Spotlight. Chenille Heart Pillow Paper and Wire Heart Garland […]

DIY Fabric Flower Headband

by Kami on January 20, 2011

I love all the different fabric flowers there are to make these days. Here is the step by step for a very simple fabric headband. What I love about this one is that you can “slop” it together in a jiffy, and it still looks great! Here is what you need: one skinny headband (I […]

Here’s a few places I’ve been posting this week. A little Frosty snack, as well as getting the house ready with a few Valentine projects. This Rice Krispie snowman from Snackpicks is dipped in powdered sugar snow to keep him cool! We had fun building him. We’re lining our steps with these Valentine Paper Bag […]

I couldn’t resist stitching up this cute little snowman made of buttons, complete with scarf and orange carrot nose. It’s giving my stitched cards a fun 3D element. Supplies for Snowman Button Card: paper cork board for punching holes punching awl or thumb tack to punch holes embroidery thread cross-stitch needle buttons cardstock paper for […]

It’s January, so of course I have organization on the brain! My fridge gets so cluttered that I decided to make a message board to hold wedding invitations, baby announcements, party invitations, etc. using an old wooden window frame saved from an antiques flea market. No more cluttered fridge! Supplies for Altered Window Message Board: […]

I’m starting to feature some Spotlight submissions each week, as you all have such great make and take ideas yourselves! This week is Snowmen! Here are 5 fabulous ideas found over at Spotlight. If you’d like the chance to be featured, submit your posts over at Spotlight, next week’s theme is snowflakes. Snowman Treats by […]

We are happy to be launching our new Spotlight page here at Make and Takes. Wahoo! We’ve been working hard on getting it set up over the last several months and it’s ready to go! Say hello to… Spotlight. I wanted to create a place where people could be featured, shared and spotlighted. I receive […]

Each year I look forward to receiving Christmas cards and pictures from my friends and loved ones. Sometimes that’s the only time I get to see them all year! So I really love to display each card, but more and more people are sending flat photo cards, which do not stand up on my mantle […]

It’s been a long time since I have been thrifting, and I am really itching to go. I found this mirror way back in March while thrift store shopping with Marie and Allison. You can see it here in this post on 4 helpful tips for thrift store shopping. It has been in my basement […]

You know I love a good countdown! Well, remember these Chocolate Christmas Countdown books? I picked up one for each of my kids to have from our local grocery store and it’s bringing back all kinds of memories. These were my favorite as a kid! Here are a few other really fun and creative advent […]

My in-laws give great neighbor gifts for the holidays. Last year they gave these towel wrapped bottles, spending under $5 each (depending on your bubbly). It’s a quick and cheap way to look fancy and give a great gift. Supplies for Towel Wrapped Bottle: bottle of bubbly – wine, champagne, sparkling cider flour sack towel […]

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to #227 Emily. Have fun with your new phone to help you do more with less! This giveaway is brought to you by the new Windows Phone 7. Less MIA. More PTA: Learn about Windows Phone online and see it in person at local T-Mobile stores today.  I hope that by now […]

I’m never sure what to do during that awkward period between Halloween decor and Christmas decor. I need something fall-ish. Something to keep those beautiful autumn leaf colors around a little longer. A little wool felt, a pillow form, and a needle and embroidery thread were exactly what I needed to bring the fall colors […]

Sugar Pumpkin Potted Plant

by Marie on November 10, 2010

Guest Post by Craftzilla of Glue Gun Crafts Take a cute little sugar pumpkin and create the place setting and party favor for the holiday season with this earth friendly craft! Supplies for Sugar Pumpkin Potted Plant: Sugar pumpkins Winter pansies or any other potted winter flower Solid color cardstock Printed cardstock Toothpicks Felt tipped […]

For our final week of the Beginning Quit Along Series we are going to talk about another method for binding a quilt and how to care for quilts. The baby quilt above was made with Charm Packs from the Bliss collection by Moda Cut a Bias Binding: This binding method is very similar to the […]

Here are a few fun Thanksgiving crafts we’ve done in the past. There’s all kinds of ideas for your table, the kids, and yummy food! Fun Recipes for Thanksgiving: Tasty Turkey Table Favors (pictured above) Chocolate Pudding Pie Oreo Cookie Turkeys Easy Apple Pie Caramel Pumpkin Pie Crafts and Ideas for the Kid’s Table: Gobbling […]

This week we’re going to talk about adding a machine-done binding to finish you project. Next week we’ll finish by talking about hand-done bias-binding. Pick whichever option works best for you! A neat binding makes the quilt look professional, crisp and finished. It can also provide a cute ‘frame’ for the design. When I first started […]

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to our 25 winners. Here are the comment numbers who won: 1, 2, 4, 12, 17, 21, 23, 24, 27, 30, 32, 33, 37, 39, 41, 47, 50, 52, 58, 63, 64, 68, 72, 86, 87. I will contact you all to receive your Scotch(R) Double Sided Tape! This […]

I fell in love with this Corn Husk Wreath tutorial from How Does She? the second I saw it. Ever since I made tamales with my brother-in-law and had an extra bag of corn husks, I’ve been waiting for a project to use them. You only need one bag of corn husks (found at almost […]

We are now ready to combine the three layers of our quilt sandwich and ‘quilt’ our project. There are a variety of methods for quilting. I’m going to focus on machine quilting, but we’ll discuss others as well. Basting: Basting is a very important step in the quilting process. It seems tedious, but doing it […]

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