“What is it?” #60 – the answer

This week’s game item is a sterling silver baby food pusher. This particular piece even has my grandfather’s teeth marks on it. My grandmother had given one to me when my daughter was learning to eat with utensils. Folks were so much more civilized in the early 1900’s, weren’t they?

To read the guesses from this week, click here and scroll down.

Happy Friday, everyone!

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Passion for Primitives: Folk Décor for Interior Design

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Primitives are all about simplicity and function. True primitive pieces were ones that were mainly designed to be used, though some were constructed to add a little special touch to a room as well. To those who are in love with them, however, they could most certainly be called “accidental art.”

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Reduce, reuse, and STILL yet another giveaway!

Well, it’s the last week of our Triple R giveaway (see week 1, week 2, and week 3), but before we show you what you can win this week, we have to announce last week’s winner! Congratulations are in order for…dum dum dum…Dee Abernathy! Hooray, Dee! Send an e-mail to editors@createanddecorate.com to cuh-laim your puh-rize!

To win this week’s prize, just leave a comment on this post saying “Pick Me!” and we’ll randomly select a winner! Easy peasy. Now read on, peeps! And of course, Happy Earth Day!

Getting ready to toss those bottles in the trash? Think again!
For all the keepsakes you treasure – a special photo, a dried flower, concert or theatre tickets, vacation trinkets, cards and letters keep them close at hand and inside this unique Keepsake Bottle. Use this kit in conjunction with the G2 Bottle cutter, to make this one-of-kind memory container from recycled bottles.

Kit Includes: Copper hinge, Copper catch, Studio Pro™ 1/4” Copper foil, E-6000® Adhesive, Wooden craft stick and Instructions.

Diamond Tech is on Facebook, too, sharing additional green crafting ideas, mosaics, and more glass inspiration! Click here to “like” their page, and follow the fun. Then, leave us a comment saying “pick me!” to enter for a chance to win today’s kit.

Diamond Tech products are available from your favorite craft retailer or wholesaler throughout the United States.
Our Store Finder will help you find a craft retailer near you.

Blue Skies Stitchery

We would like to let our readers know that we have recently added patterns for the Blue Skies Ahead project featured in the May/June 2012 issue of Create & Decorate. The project features AccuQuilt dies. Since printing the magazine, permission has been given to use their die shapes as pattern pieces, so now you may cut the pieces (as a pattern) if you do not own the die cutting system. Designer Annelle Holzman is sharing this appliqué project on our website. Click here to hop on over to the PDF of the project, instructions AND pattern pieces! Woohoo!

“What is it?” Wednesday #59

Happy Wednesday, and welcome to another “What is it?” puzzle. This week we have a special item that we hope will be fun for you to guess at it’s identity. Our coworker and photographer, Kathleen, took the photos for this week’s game while visiting family in Canada.

Have fun pondering! Please leave us a comment as a guess and stop back in to visit us on Friday to see the item revealed and read the posted guesses.

It’s time for the Cookies for Santa Cookie Contest!

Hello! Happy Spatula here!

Announcing the Create & Decorate 2012 Cookies for Santa Cookie Contest!

You ought to be in pictures… and your cookies should be, too. Enter our Cookies for Santa cookie contest and you may be selected to have your recipe featured in the November/December 2012 issue of Create & Decorate!

Entering is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Whip up a batch of your family’s favorite Christmas cookies.

2. Take a digital photograph of your culinary expertise.

3. E-mail that picture along with your recipe

(ingredients and instructions, please) to editors@createanddecorate.com, or snail mail it to Editors, Create & Decorate, 7 Waterloo Road, Stanhope, NJ 07874. (Please include preferred method of contact.)

Yum… The Grand Prize Winning cookie from our 2010 Cookies for Santa Cookie Contest, submitted by Gwen Nugent! Yay, Gwen! (These are scrumptious!)

All entries must be submitted by 12:00 AM EST, August 1, 2012. Please include a short intro (about 50 words) telling us about your recipe. If the recipe is not unique to your family, please list your source, and any alterations you have made. We pride ourselves at being nondiscriminatory toward all baked goods. However, no pies, bars, or cakes will be included in this contest. Just cookies. Thank you! On your mark, get set… bake!

Our prize package continues to grow, so be sure to check back in with us! 

Happy Spatula (our official mascot) says, “The winning recipes will each be featured in our November/December 2012 issue. Each winner will receive a one year subscription to Create & Decorate magazine, and more wonderful prizes! Please be sure to visit our website for complete details:

 

reduce, reuse and yet ANOTHER giveaway!

Well, it’s week 3 in our Triple R Giveaway, (see weeks 1 and 2), so that means another project, aaaaand…we have to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway!

The winner is…Debora Carr! Three cheers for Debora! Send an e-mail to editors@createanddecorate.com with your mailing address, and we’ll get your prize out to you ASAP!

Now, onto this week’s prize. You could win this:

Luminary Bottle Art Kit

Getting ready to toss those bottles in the trash? Think again!
Add a dancing glow and a warm ambiance to any room or outdoor space with a glass luminary. Use this kit in conjunction with the G2 Bottle cutter to make a unique handcrafted candle luminary from recycled bottles.

  • Kit Includes: Votive shelter, Chain, Wire, Beads and Instructions.

Diamond Tech is on Facebook, too, sharing additional green crafting ideas, mosaics, and more glass inspiration! Click here to “like” their page, and follow the fun. Then, leave us a comment saying “pick me!” to enter for a chance to win today’s kit.

Diamond Tech products are available from your favorite craft retailer or wholesaler throughout the United States.
Our Store Finder will help you find a craft retailer near you.

We have already given away two Diamond Tech kits in celebration of the upcoming Earth Day, please stop back next Friday for yet another giveaway! Boo-yah!

“What is it?” #58 – the answer

This week’s puzzle was a good one, wasn’t it? We could see the steam of concentration pouring out from the computer! Congratulations to Suzanne and Barbara, who knew EXACTLY that this week’s item is a punch needle for rug yarn punching. However, we were very impressed with this week’s guesses (the bravest of brave souls who took a guess!), and a handful of you were so very close to being spot on and definitely knew that the yarn is fed through the tube! Thank you all for playing along.

To read the guesses, click here and scroll down.

Thank you to the (vintage) American Thread Company for the fun that Aunt Lydia’s heavy rug yarn punch needle brought to us this week.

Happy weekend to one and all!