Chill-Chaser Chili

Chill-Chaser Chili

  Yesterday was the beginning of fall.  Today we are recovering from close to a foot of rain in the last 60 hours, with cool temperatures and the threat of more rain on the way!     Thankfully we’ve had temporary ponds and big puddles but no flooding (unlike nearby areas).  However, seldom-used umbrellas had
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Crafting #bizwins

Crafting #bizwins

I can not begin to tell you how much I have learned in the last 10 months about business in general, craft businesses, marketing and promotion! Sometimes my head is swimming with all that I’ve learned – and how much I realize I still could learn. One of my business guru “idols” is Tara Swiger.
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Kransekake (Norwegian Wedding Cake)

Kransekake (Norwegian Wedding Cake)

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation when you click and/or purchase through these links. This is a post I’ve wanted to write for quite a while, and with my niece’s wedding this past weekend, it was a good time to revisit the topic.     Kransekake (literally translated as “wreath cake”)
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Pattern release – Moving Forward Cowl

Pattern release – Moving Forward Cowl

I’m a day late this week as it’s Tuesday, not Monday! 🙂     This design was a pivotal moment for me. It was December 2015 and I was trying to decided if I really wanted to get serious about designing or just let it go. I followed the advice in a movie :-). No, not
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Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival

Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival

We just had a busy weekend. On Friday we took a mini-vacation and headed to Milwaukee where my niece and her long-time fiancee finally tied the knot!  It was pouring rain when we left home, but on the other side of the state it was beautiful and sunny.  Good thing – because it was an
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Homestead update – the mosquito edition

Homestead update – the mosquito edition

It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned what’s going on at our place.  Part of the reason?  I’m not completely sure what’s happening.  Why?  We are living in a tropical rain forest this year, complete with an abundant crop of mosquitoes! We’ve had big hatches of mosquitoes before.  However, usually they overrun the place for a
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Pattern release – Granny Toy Hammock

Pattern release – Granny Toy Hammock

  Another pattern that came out of necessity.  Like a lot of children, our daughter has an abundance of stuffed animals that are usually sitting on the floor.  I know you can buy toy hammocks but of course I would rather make one.     The hardest part is determining the size needed to fit
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Mystery Sampler 20 Bag

Mystery Sampler 20 Bag

It’s pattern release Monday again!  This time, I have a special pattern for you. It’s a great stash buster and learning experience rolled into one design.     The pattern is called Mystery Sampler 20 Bag. The “mystery” isn’t that you are making a bag – it’s that the rounds are determined by a random
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Mom’s Favorite Picnic Coleslaw

Mom’s Favorite Picnic Coleslaw

  There is something about summer and the hot weather that comes with it that makes me crave chicken on the grill. But to me, the meal just isn’t be complete unless it also has baked beans and homemade coleslaw. It’s the ultimate summer meal. The meat may be a rotisserie chicken from the grocery
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Pattern release – Team Headband

Pattern release – Team Headband

Here’s a great way to show off your team spirit and at the same time keep those ears warm when the temperatures turn colder this fall!     I know I’m wearing this, but it was actually made for Papa.  I often saw him heading out to the chicken coop in freezing temps and coming
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