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Ho Ho Holly Stocking

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After attending a class on thread sketching with Nicole Blum, I wanted to give this technique a whirl. (I also bought her book and got it signed! :) ) What’s thread sketching? It is like drawing with your sewing machine, or free form sewing. My sewing machine wasn’t cooperating very well when I tried thread sketching at home, so I sewed a simple straight stitch, rotating the material to make the wavy lines. Maybe with practice and more experimentation, I can make some free motion designs. Despite the misbehaving sewing machine, I still came up with a fun design for a stocking; find out more after the jump.


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Last Minute Gift Ideas: 9 Days To Go!

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Can you believe Christmas is only 9 days away? I’m sure you may still have lots of things to do—whether it is shopping, baking, and preparing for the big day. If you’re a little swamped with your To Do list, the elves are here to help. If you are looking for gifts or munchies for Christmas day, check out these snacks (and more) at Stonewall Kitchen.icon There’s still time to get your goods delivered by Christmas.

  1. Want an easy snack that everyone is sure to enjoy? Check out all these different nut mixes.icon

  2. Want a delicious accompaniment to you food? Try one of these aiolis!icon Dip your French fries in it, spread it on a sandwich (use those turkey leftovers!), spoon it over veggies, or pair it with the meat of your main course.

  3. Simply heat Chili Con Queso dipicon and serve with tortilla chips or veggies. If you don’t want to munch on this on Christmas, pop it open for your New Year’s fiesta.

Get It Delivered By Christmas!

To receive your tasty treats by Christmas, here are Stonewall Kitchen’s Shipping Cutoff Dates:icon

December 16th Midnight EST – UPS Ground

WA, OR*, CA*, NV, ID*, MT, WY, UT, CO, AZ, NM, TX
(*Remote parts of the state may require an extra day)

December 17th Midnight EST – UPS Ground


December 18th Midnight EST – UPS Ground


December 19th Midnight EST – UPS Ground


December 22nd Midnight EST – UPS Ground

(*Remote parts of the state may require an extra day)

December 20 Noon EST – 2nd Day Delivery

Anywhere in the Continental United States

December 21st Noon EST – Next Day Delivery

Anywhere in the Continental United States

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DIY Gift Bags: Fun with Washi Tape


If you haven’t already heard about washi tape yet, hold onto your seat! This decorative Japanese drafting tape comes in a variety of colors and designs, it’s repositionable, and it’s great for embellishing. Washi tape can be used for a plethora of things: packaging, scrapbooking, decorating, or whatever else you can think of. This tape is pretty hot stuff in the crafting world right now; give it a try!

Today, I’m showing you a few different ideas on things to do with washi tape. All you need are some plain gift bags, washi tape, and scissors. If you want to crank things up a bit, then you can use a little bit of embroidery floss. There’s no wrong way to decorate a bag—make it as simple or elaborate as you want.

It’s a Jam Jamboree!


Phew! I really worked up an appetite after making those North Pole Jam Pies this morning. As I fumbled through the kitchen trying to decide what to eat, I went for the—you guessed it—jam! We really appreciate a good jam because not just any ol’ jam will do. Here are some of our favorites that would make a tasty gift or stocking stuffing for anyone on your list.

  1. This Wild Maine Blueberry Jamicon from Stonewall Kitchen is the best we have ever had!

  2. These jams are made by artisan Bonnie Shershow using traditional preserving techniques without using pectin.

  3. We discovered Sand Hill Farms while spending some time in Pennsylvania a while back. Their yummy jams are made on their farm and are great for gift giving.

  4. The jams from Blackberry Farms are quite delicious. This PB&J Collection comes with strawberry rhubarb jam, blackberry jam and, of course, peanut butter.

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More Gift Ideas for the Traveler

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There are many parts of traveling that one might find enjoyable: the release of responsibility, the down time while waiting for the plane or train, the anticipation of the destination, or being immersed in a different culture to experience new things. Wherever the traveler’s voyages take them, give them a keepsake, a memento, or something they can take on their journey.

  1. Artist Renée Leone creates watercolor paintings inspired from her travels. Pictured here is her piece of the Brooklyn Bridge,icon but be sure to check out the other amazing works in her travel series.icon

  2. Is there a special place or city that has captivated the heart of your friend? This Latitude Longitude Pendanticon is hand-forged with the coordinates of that special place.

  3. The Eagle Creek Undercover Money Belt is great for people who travel. Wear it under clothing to keep passport and currency safe.

  4. This Postal Travel Journal Kit is a really great way for your loved ones to document their travel adventures. After they fill out the notebooks, they can mail them from their destination to have a postmark and a stamp from that city.

  5. Relive the fun of traveling when you assemble one of these City Puzzle Maps.icon Choose from London, New York City, or Paris.

Looking for more gift ideas for the traveler in your life? Click here.

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DIY Embellished Gift Tags

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Store-bought gift tags are fine, but handmade gift tags can really make a Christmas present feel special. You can easily make the gift tags in this post using your favorite paper—the great thing about paper crafting is that you can adapt these ideas and use whatever paper you want. Adhesive-backed cardstock is especially nice because you can just cut and paste, minus the messy glue part.

Cheery Christmas Blooms


No fussy measuring here! I simply cut a strip of felt, then cut one petal and use it as a guide to measure the rest. Make them big or small, red or white, and use them to decorate anything. I love how these flowers have a number of layers and plenty of dimension. In this post, I’ll show you have to make this flower two different ways. One way makes a lovely semi-flat flower, while the other technique makes a beautiful, more dimensional flower. Leave your thoughts/questions in the comments below!


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Salty & Savory Food Gifts for Christmas

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We all love to eat the special treats and foods that are given and received at Christmas. Sometimes there is an overload of sweets and sugary treats since many of us are happily baking cookies, breads, and cakes. So if you’d like to give some yummy food gifts that won’t send your friends into a sugar coma, send some savory goodies instead.

  1. Wisconsin is the home of many a cheesemonger including Wisconsin Cheese Mart. Their Nibbler Crate is a collection of Smoked Gouda, Baby Swiss, Cheddar, and Colby cheeses. Yum!

  2. If your friends are looking for a healthy alternative to potato chips, give them some SeaSnax. These sheets of roasted seaweed are delicious as is, but you could also add them to salads or rice!

  3. These organic artisan crackers are delicious. Pair them with cheese or jam or eat ‘em straight from the box!

  4. If you like savory nuts, you have to try the delectable nuts from Oren’s Kitchen. They are fabulous!

  5. This sampler includes cheese, salami, crackers, and preserves from Utah’s Beehive Cheese Company. For Christmas delivery, order by Sunday, December 15, 2013, 5PM PT.

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