The results post – “What is it?” Wednesday #1

Well, we are not quite sure who had more fun with our “What is it?” Wednesday post. We could tell that YOU had fun by how many comments were left, but WE certainly had a blast reading them. Thank you for playing! I also have to say, that anyone around my age (not important) or older, probably knew what the image was immediately, and anyone younger had to think about it a bit. You are too smart for us… next time we will have to be trickier with our photo!

Here is the full view of the treasure. Aaah, the memories of good, old-fashioned records! We found this 45rpm record stand at a yard sale. It is one of those items that made me smile, and I ‘had’ to buy it. I laid out a whopping 25 cents for it, and thought it would be fun to use on my desk. Be sure to check in on the guesses that many of you posted on the original post (below), too!


It’s “What is it?” Wednesday!

Since Noelle and I frequently stumble upon curious finds when out treasure hunting in local junk shops, we thought it would be fun to start a “What is it?” Wednesday series. We can identify the item we are showing in the photograph, but have tried to show it at an interesting angle with hope of stumping you. I can’t promise that we will get a pic up of a new item every Wednesday, but today, here is “What is it?” Wednesday #1:

I have to admit that I believe this first puzzle is an easy one, however Noelle doesn’t agree, and confesses that she wouldn’t know what it was. So, let our silly game begin! Please post a comment as to what you believe our photograph is. We will post again this Friday with a full photo of the treasure, along with your comments.

A smile is nearly always inspired by another smile -Unkown

Happy weekend, everyone! The Create & Decorate staff is lucky enough to have a three day weekend (thank you, famous former Presidents) and I am determined to do some major spring cleaning with my extra time off. My daughter warns me that this is only February, and there is plenty of winter remaining. However, I actually saw a robin at the birdseed mound outside my kitchen window. Please encourage me and confirm that spring is approaching.

While working in my bedroom today I did get a welcome spring smile from my miniature indoor greenhouse. Tucked on the sunniest side of the greenhouse window is my Bolton Massachusetts Geranium (perhaps you remember the post last summer about this geranium). This little geranium cutting found its way indoors for winter and is thriving. I thought you would enjoy a geranium smile, too.  If you would like to read the origin of the Bolton Geranium and my original post from last summer, click here.

Now I’m off to conquer the tumbleweeds under my bed.

And the expressive, eloquent, and articulate winners are…

We weren’t certain how many of our readers would be inclined to respond to our word game, or how many words would be derived from the word ‘valentine’. We have to admit that we were pleasantly surprised! A special thank you to everyone who participated in the fun. We have decided to award prizes to everyone who took the time to enter!

So a hearty congratulations (in alphabetical order) to: Angela, Annie, Deb, Debra, Leisha, Linda, and Sandra! Noelle and I believe we have arranged an awesome selection of prizes and each of you will be receiving one of the following prizes:

Handmade Hellos – Fresh greeting card projects from first-rate crafters, by Sabrina Moyle. Chronicle Books

Creative Collage – Making memories in mixed media, by Marie Browning. Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.

Papercrafting in No Time – 50 inspirational projects crafted from paper, by Clare Youngs. CICO Books

Cornish Heritage Farms – Primitive Beginnings Rubber Stamps AND K&Company – Kelly Panacci Valentine Decorative Pins

Glue Arts – Glue Glider PRO Continuous Adhesive Applicator

Flower Soft – Pots of Coloured Sprinkles and High Tack PVA Glue

TPC Studio – Grandmas’s Attic Collectibles Assortment Pack

Please check the comments at the end of our original valentine word game and project post to read all of the words that these puzzle divas came up with! If you played the game and are a winner, please email Noelle at with your mailing address so that we may send your prize to you.

Follow your heart… to the sewing machine!

Ok friends, valentine or not, you can count this to be a fun weekend!  Noelle and I are thrilled to present this quilting project by Joan Bassett, one of Create & Decorate‘s talented designers. Joan is excited to share her Sweethearts Table Mat with you, our amazing blog friends, to create on this Valentine’s Day weekend (is there such a thing?). Perfect for your farm table or dresser top, this pattern doesn’t require to be finished in country red, but we are sure you’ll agree that this color combination isn’t just perfect for Valentine’s Day, but all year long.

Below is the materials list and instructions. On your mark, get set… GO!

Sweethearts Table Runner

Designed by Joan Bassett


For product information, see sources on page 77.

2-1/2” x width of fabric (WOF)* red fabric strip** (for hearts), one

1/3 yd. red and white check fabric** (blocks and binding)

1/2 yd. background fabric**

Muslin or fabric of choice, a 21-1/2” x 37” piece (backing)

The Warm Company Warm & Natural cotton batting, a 20-1/2” x 36” piece

Iron and ironing surface, ruler, straight pins, scissors, sewing machine and thread, rotary cutting equipment, walking foot (for machine quilting and attaching binding), tape

*Width of fabric is selvedge to selvedge.

**100% cotton fabric is recommended.


Note: Finished size of piece is approximately 16-1/2” x 32-1/4”.


            1. Cut red fabric strip in half crosswise. From one of these halves, cut two 2-1/2” x 3” pieces and one 2-1/2” square. (Save the remaining half for strip piecing.)

            2. From red and white check fabric, cut four 2-1/2” by WOF strips. Cut one of these strips in half crosswise for strip piecing and save the remaining strips for binding.

            3. From background fabric, cut one strip 6-1/2” by WOF. From this strip, cut three 6-1/2” squares, three 4” x 6” pieces, and one 6” square.

            4. Cut two 2-1/2” x WOF strips. Cut these strips in half crosswise. From one of these halves, cut two 2-1/2” x 3-1/2” pieces and one 2-1/2” x 4” piece. Save the remaining three halves for strip piecing.


Nine-Patch Blocks

Note: Unless otherwise indicated, use a 1/4” seam allowance. It is helpful to label units or sections as they’re completed.

            1. Strip piecing: Using Fig. 1 as a placement guide, sew a 2-1/2” half strip of red fabric, background fabric, and red and white check fabric together. Press seams to the outside, then crosscut into six 2-1/2” sections.

Fig. 1   


            2. Sew remaining 2-1/2” half strips of background fabric to each side of the 2-1/2” half strip of red and white check fabric (Fig. 2). Press seams to center, then crosscut three 2-1/2” sections.

Fig. 2      


            3. Referring to Fig. 3, and matching seams where possible, sew the sections from steps 1 and 2 together; press to outside sections. Make three blocks; these Nine-Patch Blocks measure 6-1/2”.

Fig. 3    


            4. Draw a diagonal line on back of the three 6-1/2” background squares. Layer a Nine-Patch and a marked square right sides facing and drawn line paralleling checkered squares. Sew 1/4” on each side of drawn line (Fig. 4). Press flat, then cut on drawn line; this makes two Half Nine-Patch Blocks (Fig. 4a). Press to background half. Repeat two more times for a total of six Half Nine-Patch Blocks.

 Fig. 4    


Center Heart

            1. Sew short sides of a 2-1/2” x 3-1/2” background piece and a 2-1/2” x 3” red piece together (Fig. 5). Press to the red. Repeat one more time. Sew a 4” x 6” background piece to one of these sections (Fig. 5a). Press to background piece. Sew a 4” x 6” background piece to the opposite side of the remaining section (Fig. 5b); these are the sides of the heart.

Fig. 5          

Fig. 5a and b    

            2. Sew the 2-1/2” red square to one end of the 2-1/2” x 4” background piece. Press to the red. Sew a 3-1/2” x 6” background piece to this section (Fig. 6). Press to the background piece; this is bottom of heart.

Fig. 6     


            3. Referring to Fig. 7, sew a side heart unit to the 6” background square; press to background square.

Fig. 7     


            4. Matching seams, sew bottom heart section and remaining side section together (Fig. 8).

Fig. 8    

            5. Matching seams where possible, sew center heart sections together (Fig. 9). Press seam to one side.    

Fig. 9     


Putting It All Together

            1. Matching seams where possible, sew two Half Nine-Patch Blocks together (Figs. 10 and 10a). Press seam to one side. Repeat one more time.

Figs. 10 and 10a            


            2. Matching edges, sew remaining two Half Nine-Patch Blocks to center heart block (Fig. 11). Press seams to Half Nine-Patch Blocks.

Fig. 11     

            3. Matching seams where possible, as well as outside edges, sew sections together as shown in Fig. 12. Press seams to outside sections.

Fig. 12     



            1. If you decide to mark runner with a quilting design, do it now. (We machine quilted ours using a walking foot.) Place backing on a table or floor, right-side down, and tape to secure. Layer batting on top of backing. Place runner on top of batting, right-side facing up. Pin and baste together if you’re going to hand quilt, or pin together if you’re going to machine quilt. Remove tape and quilt as desired. Machine baste around outside edge of runner, staying inside 1/4” seam allowance. 

            2. Remove pins or basting, then trim batting and backing even with runner.



            1. Sew the three 2-1/2” red and white check strips together end to end. Press seams open. Press this strip in half, lengthwise, wrong sides together. Beginning in the middle of one straight edge of runner, line up raw edge of binding with runner edge. (We used a walking foot to sew binding on.) Begin sewing 3” from end of binding, using a 1/4” seam allowance. (This 3” is called a Starting Tail.) All outside corners are mitered. For inside corners, sew into inside corner, stopping with needle down where 1/4” seams would intersect. With needle in the down position, lift presser foot and turn runner to continue. Sew around to within 4” of Starting Tail. Stop with needle down and trim off any excess on Ending Tail so the strips overlap by 2”. Fold the end of the Starting Tail in 1/4” and finger press. Tuck Ending Tail into Starting Tail. Continue sewing through all thicknesses.

           2. Press binding out over stitching, away from runner.

            3. Turn binding to back side of runner and blind stitch binding down. At inside corners, pin binding to form an inside miter—the front of the binding will form a miter naturally.

            4. Whipstitch the mitered folds closed.

For questions regarding this design, please contact Joan at

A sweet Valentine treat

Looking for a fun, quick valentine craft? Noelle and I both got such a kick out of the Valentine Lollipops created by Kathleen Paneitz for the February 2011 issue of Create & Decorate, that we thought we would share them on the blog as well (find instructions and pattern below). Although the instructions are for a guilt-free treat, we think they would be equally sweet to create them as little pockets to insert a lollipop into, and give as a little Valentine gift to friends or coworkers.

Yesterday a subscriber to the magazine called to let me know that she was having a difficult time finding straight pins like Kathleen used to embellish the hearts. Since Noelle and I had just received goodies from our recent trip to New York City, and came home with new product from K&Company, we each had a package of these fun Decorative Pins. Although I am sending one package to our subscriber, Lelani, we still have one more package that we would like to send to one of YOU to craft with! In addition, our prize giveaways are growing now, with embellishments, and a paper craft book!

To enter your name in our drawing (winner selected on Valentine’s Day), comment back to us listing as many words you can create out of the word ‘valentine’.

(I know, we can be ridiculous sometimes!) We won’t post your comments/entries until Monday, February 14 (you got it – Valentine’s Day!) so that you won’t be tempted to sneak-cheat answers.

And now, without further delay, here are the Valentine Lollipop instructions: 🙂

Valentine Lollipops

Designed by Kathleen Paneitz


For product information, see sources on page 76.

-The Kunin Group felt in Baby Pink, Camel, Champagne, Deep Rose, Lemon Frost, and Walnut

-Wilton cookie sticks

-Prima Marketing Inc. paper flowers in Camelot Roses Squire*

-Martha Stewart Crafts pink felt appliqué stickers (birds)


Clear Heart Stamps in Lasting Love

Pinking shears

-American Crafts MiniMarks Marilyn font Rub-On Transfers in Chestnut*

-Avery marking tags

-Ranger Ink Distress Ink in Antique Linen

-Pink heart straight pins (or colored ball straight pins of choice)

-Making Memories ribbons:

-Lizzie Funky Vintage Trims in Brown, Pink &Yellow Stripe

-Ruby Funky Vintage Trims in Aqua Double Loop & Ivory Crochet

-Audrey Trim from Noteworthy Collection in Pink Velvet w/ Satin Border

-Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Adhesive, Fairfield Processing Soft Touch Poly-fil Supreme Fiberfill

scissors, sewing machine and thread

*Available through Two Peas in a Bucket.


For pattern, see below.

Note: Refer to color photo for placement.

1. Cut heart shapes from various colored felts.

2. Stitch heart shapes together, leaving an opening at the bottom to insert cookie stick and Poly-fil. Trim around heart edges with pinking shears.

3. Stuff hearts, then insert a cookie stick, applying some Fabri-Tac around end to secure.

4. Tie ribbons around cookie sticks at base of each heart (covering unstitched opening).

5. Adhere paper flowers and felt bird stickers to front of hearts. Cut very small hearts from Lemon Frost felt and adhere under birds’ beaks.

6. Stamp images and apply Rub-Ons to tags as desired. Age tags using Antique Linen Ink.

7. Pin tags to ribbons using pink heart pins (or straight pins of choice).

EK Success New Product Release

Beverly and I traveled into the city (that’d be NYC for those of you not from NJ) with a few of our AAC compatriots to check out some of EK Success’ new product. The show was held in a private room at Radio City Music Hall where people with names like Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra once partied (swanky, eh?). There was also free cupcakes from Magnolia bakery! Hello—FREE CUPCAKES! And of course, lots of really cool new stuff.

We got sent home with a pretty hefty goody bag, filled with awesomely awesome crafty items. Check out this swag, baby:

In no particular order, here is what we went home with (just a note: these all fall under the EK Success umbrella, but I’m listing them this way so they’re easier for you to find!):

K&Company Glittered Clothespins (these are red and sparkly and one of our coworkers used them to hold her Christmas cards—so cute!)

K&Company Valentine Baubles

K&Company Valentine Decorative Pins

K&Company Brenda Walton Garland Paper Crafting Kit

K&Company Brenda Walton RubOns & Gems and Cards (Flora & Fauna Collection)

K&Company Brenda Walton Cards and Envelopes (Flora & Fauna Collection)

K&Company Brenda Walton Butterfly Baubles (Flora & Fauna Collection)

Dimensions Needlecrafts Handmade Embroidery Kit in Bright Floral (Heads up—this kit is adorable, and perfect for both the beginner embroidery enthusiast and the expert looking for a weekend craft!)

Jolee’s CRYSTALLIZED—Swarovski Elements Hotfix Combo Pack in Aquamarine-Blue Zircon and Magnetic Pendant Kit (Bourbon Street and Hematite)

Jolee’s Large Pendant (this will make an awesome statement piece)

Jolee’s Boutique Dimensional Stickers (Layered Hearts)

EK Success Chain of Hearts Edger Punch

Martha Stewart Crafts Punch Around the Page in Eyelet Lace (this is so much fun to use!)

Inkadinkado Beginner’s Guide to Embossing Powder, Glitter, and Flocking Powder

Perler Beads Snow Friends Bead Ornament Set (These are the beads that you iron together—remember those?!)

American Girl Crafts Pom-Pom Scarves Kit (If you know an American Girl fan, this makes a great gift; she can make a scarf for herself and one for her doll! Oh, to be a kid again…)

And finally, a Dora the Explorer Sticker Collecting Book

Well, when I type it all up like that, it’s quite a haul! Be sure to keep your eyes open for all these items; you won’t be sorry you added them to your crafting stash.