The September/October issue is on it’s way!

Even though everyone is still enjoying their summer days, we are ready to offer you up a big plate of autumn! We know crafters need plenty of time to create projects for the next season. While you are enjoying summer, we are busy little bees creating Create & Decorate magazine for fall and the upcoming holidays (just wait ’til you see the fun projects)!

Hop on over to visit our newly vamped website now to peek into the issue—and see what’s new for fall!



Yoo-hooo! Last call for entries!


We are down to the wire for the final entries to be submitted for the 2012 Cookies for Santa Cookie Contest, friends!

You have until midnight August 1st to email us with you favorite holiday cookie recipe. Noelle and I are looking forward to test-baking all of the yummy recipes (and sampling them, too, of course!)

We have lots of terrific prizes to give away (see below), so don’t be left out of this contest!

To see the official guidelines, click here.


In honor of achievement and inspiration

Today is a national day of recognition of Amelia Earhart’s life and accomplishments. Take a moment to be inspired by her courage and determination.

Amelia Earhart Day is celebrated on July 24th of each year in celebration of Amelia Mary Earhart.  Earhart was born July 24, 1897 and went missing July 2, 1937.  She was then declared legally dead January 5, 1939.

Earhart was a noted American aviation pioneer and author, as well as the first woman to receive the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross, awarded for becoming the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She set many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots. Earhart joined the faculty of the world-famous Purdue University aviation department in 1935 as a visiting faculty member to counsel women on careers and help inspire others with her love for aviation. She was also a member of the National Woman’s Party, and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment.

During an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937 in a Purdue-funded Lockheed Model 10 Electra, Earhart disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. Fascination with her life, career, and disappearance remains current today.

Thank you to for the above information.

A keepsake for the bride, perhaps?

If you have become familiar with Noelle and me through Create & Decorate magazine, blog, and/or Facebook, then you have a good idea of how much we love to go junking. The quirky items we find inspire creativity, evoke fond memories, and decorate our homes. A recent garage sale find was the sweet little handmade handkerchief below. We are sharing a partial scan of the piece, rather than a photograph, so that you may view the embroidery at it’s best.

Although I do not know the origin of this embroidered handiwork (yet!), I did find out from the woman that sold it to me, that her grandmother’s name is one of those embroidered. Why in the world would she sell this piece? (I am such a hoarder that I have a difficult time understanding the cleaning out process.)

We thought the idea of embroidering signatures would make a lovely keepsake for a bride. Have the guests at the engagement party, or bridal shower sign their names on a new handkerchief, and embroider it in time for her to carry it down the aisle with her bouquet. Although I am pretty sure the mother of the bride will need the handkerchief more than the bride will!

“What is it?” #72 – the answer

Psst—it’s Friday!

As you may or may not have known, now you are able to see that this week’s item is a cast iron soap dish!

Click here and scroll down to read the guesses. (Some of you had great sleuthing skills this week and guessed correctly.)

Thanks for playing along with us. See you on Wednesday for next week’s game—happy Friday, friends!