RECIPE: Garden Mint Chocolate Truffles

Coming out of hiding for one chocolatey post! If you’re in the Seattle area this winter, please come visit me at the Historic Shell Holiday Shop in Issaquah where you can find gifts from all sorts of local artists and makers- including cards, prints, and other great stuff by me (Alison) and by Rachel. Happy Holidays!… 

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DIY: Turn a Tea Towel into the Simplest Apron

My cooking style is much like a cartoon: with ingredients flying everywhere, sauces spilling across every surface, and flour covering every inch of my clothing. Aprons and abundant cleaning cloths are an absolute necessity. Since I like to cook my aprons need frequent washing, so I set out to make one to spare from a… 

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DIY: Target My Heart Pincushion

About 12 years ago I stitched together a utilitarian pillow stuffed with cloth scraps and called it a pincushion. It was my sad companion through many a sewing project, and as much as I wanted to replace it I never made the time. Well! The time has come. Seeing as it’s February and Stitches + Threads… 

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SHOW+TELL: A Rainbow of Faux Embroidery

I have spent quite bit of time working on my studio lately, and in the process have embraced a few truths about my personality. 1-I like to turn chaos into order 2-I love clean visually simple spaces with little subtle details 3-Rainbows are the best. With that in mind, I set out to turn this… 

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DIY: February (Peace Sign) Badge Kit

We are so excited to be back and have our DIY Craft Challenge up and running again. This year we are changing things up and have created a little DIY Badge Kit available for purchase in our Etsy shop! Each month we’ll have a different DIY kit to go along with our DIY Craft Challenge… 

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DIY: Heart Embroidery Sampler (For Beginners)

Embroidery is one of my favorite craft mediums. It’s the perfect ‘lap’ project to work on while watching a movie and I love that I can pick up my project, work on a few stitches and just as easily put it down again. I first learned embroidery from my grandmother, who taught me to sew… 

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The DIY Craft Challenge is back!

It’s a little late, but we want to wish you all a bright and happy 2016! 2015 was a big year for us, full of laughs and tears both personally and professionally. After taking a bit of a hiatus, we’re excited to get back to Adventures-In-Making and are making a few changes to push the… 

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TOOLBOX: Tips for Sharpening a Grumpy Paper Punch

I ask a lot of my tools, which is why I forgive my paper punches when they hesitate to punch happily through yet another piece of cardstock. Instead, I grab a piece of aluminum foil, fold it several times, flatten and… punch through it again and again until I have a foil mess… and a… 

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DIY: Photo Album Pop-up Ornaments

Okay. I’ll admit it. I have possibly been making too many ornaments. The floor is covered in little bits of paper, the ribbons are everywhere, and cat is oh so happy. (Happy and thus in the background of many of my photos.) I can’t help it. I’ve given myself over to the ornament bug, and… 

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DIY: Playing Card Ornaments

An old deck of cards in one hand, and the perfect Christmas Tree outside… something weird’s gonna happen. We love games at this house. Card games, board games… you name it. I don’t love worn-out cards, though, so I’ve been looking for a clever way of getting rid of a couple of our older decks. After… 

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DIY: Scrap Paper Strip Ornaments

Up until the last couple of years, Safety Husband and I would go home to Texas for the holidays, and we never felt the need to decorate for the season. For the last couple of years we’ve talked about decorating the “Christmas Tree” that just happens to be growing in our upper yard, and this… 

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