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9 Lovely Needlework Calendars


Needlework calendars have a beauty and permanence that paper calendars rarely achieve. Whether it’s cross-stitch, quilting, or embroidery, it’s difficult to throw away needlework, especially if the pattern is complex and painstakingly crafted. Hence, if you expect a year to be wonderful, or if the past year was already wonderful, stitching together a calendar can be a lovely way to memorialize it.

1. Faint lines to embellish with colors of your choice
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2013 Calendar Hand Embroidery Kit Pattern Needlework

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19 Creative Ideas for Gingerbread Houses

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Like Christmas wreaths and light decorations, gingerbread houses are a holiday art that can be either really simple and pretty, or extravagant, time-consuming and spectacular. Either way, making & decorating a gingerbread house takes patience and ingenuity, especially if you want to enter into a gingerbread competition. For inspiration, here are nineteen creative ideas to help you begin your next gingerbread abode.

1. ‘The Gnome Home’

via The Etsy Blog
Gnome Home Gingerbread House

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25 Great Gifts for Urban Cyclists

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It’s easy to buy gifts for athletic cyclists; you just go to an athletics store and check out the cycling section. Urban cyclists are bit more complicated, since they usually don’t need energy bars or heart rate monitors. Still, there’s plenty of good stuff that any bicycle-owner would be happy to have.

1. Seat barrel bag
via Walnut Studio

Seat Barrel Bag For Bicycle

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O Tiny Tannenbaum: 21 Mini Homemade Christmas Trees


Miniature Christmas trees can be made at home as easily as holiday ornaments and garlands. You can make them from all kinds of materials, from pine cones to pieces of driftwood. They make lovely table centerpieces for holiday dinners or weddings–with snacks or favors tucked beneath their branches–and when the party’s over, you can easily place them around the house, or pack them away for next year.

1. French beaded flowers, layered to make a Christmas tree
via Sparkling Fantasy

White Beaded Christmas tree

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14 Fancy Ideas for Making French Toast

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Making French toast takes a lot of decision-making: which bread to use, which toppings, what soaking mixture, whether to bake or fry it, single or double slices… There isn’t an official ‘best way’ to make French toast, but there are plenty of beautiful and delicious ideas to keep you indecisive about which one you’ll make this weekend.

1. Grape-Stuffed French Toast – with almonds and orange marmalade
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Grape-stuffed French Toast

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Felted Slippers for the Holidays

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Winter and late autumn can be miserably cold and rainy seasons, which is probably why so many ‘comfort days’ happen in November to February. (The days when you say, ‘Actually, never mind my plans. I’m going to stay in bed, read a book, and have cookies with tea.’) A fine addition to any comfort day, or any winter day you wish was a comfort day, are fuzzy felt slippers. You can make them yourself, or find any number of lovely pairs on  Etsy. For ideas, check out the shops of these thirteen talented shoemakers:

1. Felting by Eglut

Felted mens slippers hunting time

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