Holiday sewing - santa, corsets and rosettes - oh my!

Are you sewing gifts this Holiday Season? Or just sewing because it's that time of year? Don't forget about my Brassy Apple patterns and ePatterns
Sew up something for you, your friends, kids, teachers and more! 

Here's 2 scarves from the Brassy Neck Scarf Pattern booklet...

How about the Maddie Bee sewn up Santa Style?!

and my personal favorite - Shaggy Mosaic Jeans!
This guy is sporting a pair of Honky Tonk HO HO jeans for the "home on the range" type boy...
And this cutie is "melting hearts" with her bright and colorful pair! 

and this apron started it all! The Kitschy Corset can be made up so many ways! Really fun for bridal gifts too :)

Make it a handmade Holiday this year! 

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Pennywise presents

Beckie over at Infarrantly Creative is running a series called Pennywise Presents. Gift ideas, decor and more all under $10.00! 

Today I am sharing an idea, so hop over there to see what it is and search through the others that have been shared!

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Mom it Monday #8 - Snowman tshirt tutorial

The Holiday Season has begun! Yeah!!!! It's the time of year that tutorials abound all over the internet. 

I'm sharing a fun way to spruce up a plain white tee for the winter season! 
You can find the full tutorial below or click on the direct link here

Also - the winner of the UglySofa.com Christmas stocking giveaway is:

SO - what have you been busy doing?
Link up your tutorials, cooking, party ideas and more!!! I love to share some of my favorites on my Facebook page so get linking!

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Snowman T-shirt tutorial

Tis the Season! Here's a fun way to spice up a plain white tee for the winter season!

I made these snowman tee's for my kids years ago. They are quick, simple and adorable!

White t-shirt
scrap of orange fabric (for carrot nose)
Fabric Adhesive
8 black buttons (mine were mismatched)
thread and hand sewing needle

Step 1: Cut out a carrot pattern to trace. (A carrot is really just a tall, skinny triangle with a rounded bottom).

Step 2: Place your orange fabric right side down and apply the fabric adhesive per the package instructions. Trace your carrot pattern and then cut out.

Step 3: Place the carrot on the tshirt and arrange the buttons for the eyes and mouth. Remove the backing on the carrot and iron into place. 

Step 4: Sew the carrot securely into place with a zig zag, statin or straight stitch. Then using your hand needle sew on the buttons for the eyes and mouth and you are done!

These can easily be made into a girl snowman by adding a hair bow or even eyelashes.

If you try them out - let me know!
I will be linking up here all week! 

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YCMT Black Friday deal!

Happy Black Friday! one of my ePatterns has been selected to be in the $5.00 Black Friday promotion that You Can Make This is having today! Jump over there and snag some other ePatterns for the $5.00 price too! 

**And watch for ther Cyber Monday sale in the Brassy Apple shop! The discount code will be mailed out in the newsletter! Sign up before Sunday afternoon!!! **

Happy Shopping!

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Thanksgiving Do and Don'ts from Martha

The Team at Martha Stewart sent me this list to share! 

2011 Thanksgiving Do’s and Don’ts
From The Experts at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

This Thanksgiving …

Check out our inspiration board on Pinterest and keep these tips in mind!

1.    DO Take It Easy:  Traveling? Make life easier with apps like TripIt, which organizes all your reservations into one itinerary for you. A great cocktail always helps take the edge off—get ideas from our Cocktails App for iPad & iPhone. –Pilar Guzman, Editor-in-Chief, Martha Stewart Living

2.    DO BYOD:  Bring Your Own Dish.  Whether you’re spending the holiday with friends or family, consider going potluck. Head to the Thanksgiving Center on MarthaStewart.com for recipe inspiration—with full menus you and your loved ones can use to divide and conquer. Dress up your dish with this ceramic Pumpkin Shaped Baking Dish or serve your turkey on thisFrench Cupboard Turkey Platter from Martha Stewart Collection only at Macy’s.

3.    DON’T Ditch Flavor, Ditch the Fat:  The typical Thanksgiving meal contains about 3,000 calories, and it’s not the turkey’s fault. Blame it on the sides! Try our healthy and delicious takes on popular sides like Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Grapes with Walnuts, Creamy White Bean & Vegetable Mash and more in November’s Whole Living—they’ll make your vegetarian and gluten-free guests happy. And kick start your day with a 5-minute or 15-minute workout with plans from WholeLiving.com.  –Alanna Stang, Editor-in-Chief, Whole Living

4.    DON’T Spend a Fortune, Use What You’ve Got:  It’s bound to happen on Nov. 24, the odd kitchen tool you never use but now need is missing. Tip: Use what you have—substitute drinking glasses for a biscuit cutter to form perfect biscuits! And get creative with table d├ęcor! Update your tablescape and transform ordinary objects into something special with Martha Stewart Living Project paint for The Home Depot.  Available in 33 colors and six finishes for added texture, sparkle and shine.

5.    DON’T Break Down, Break It Down:  Planning your menu in advance reduces stress when it comes to preparing holiday meals. From a Turkey with Brown-Sugar Glaze to Brandied Pecan Pie, November’s Everyday Food has easy, delicious menus for the holidays complete with shopping lists and plan-ahead schedules. –Sarah Carey, Editor-in-Chief, Everyday Food

6.    DO Make a Pie (and Watch the Parade While it Bakes):  90% of MarthaStewart.com users polled recently said they will have pie this year. Why not serve it in this festive Pie Dish from Martha Stewart Collection only at Macy’s?  And if you want to watch TV while your pie is baking, you’ll have plenty of company:  57% of those polled said they will spend time on the couch watching football and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  For great pie recipes, go online or pick up a copy of Martha Stewart’s Pies & Tarts.
7.    DON’T Forget to Be Personal:  Nothing’s more personal than a name. Simple place cards at the Thanksgiving table can add a special touch.  Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter set of 24 assorted colors are a fun and festive way to make your place cards sparkle!

8.    DO Ask For Help:  Wondering how to carve a turkey or pair wine with your menu? Martha Stewart and 30 of the nation’s top chefs (Mario Batali, Eric Ripert, Rick Bayless) are hosting the Fifth Annual Martha Stewart Living Radio Thanksgiving Hotline live on Sirius/XM 110 from Nov. 21-23. Call in with your questions and our experts will help you solve your T-day dilemmas. For more inspiration, download our free Thanksgiving Hotline Cookbook filled with more than 40 mouthwatering recipes! And on Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. ET/9 a.m. CT, tune in to The Martha Stewart Show on Hallmark Channel for another chance to ask Martha your last-minute turkey questions!

9.    DO Preserve Memories:  This year, don’t just make memories, preserve them. In December’s Living, Martha created easy and adorable personalized story books for her granddaughter Jude, which you can easily replicate with help fromPinhole Press.  Need more inspiration? Go online to check out fun scrapbook templates and scrapbook ideas.  For scrapbooking tips, watch & learn from Martha Stewart Weddings Editorial Director and Celebrations Expert Darcy Miller. Or create family recipe cards that you can pass down from generation to generation.

10.  DO Be Thankful for Leftovers:  Transform two of the day’s most common leftovers—turkey and mashed potatoes—into a comforting Turkey Pot Pie (Everyday Food, November).  For more ideas on how to turn your leftovers into a Thanksgiving encore, check out our gallery with more than 30 recipes, including Turkey Banh Mi, Cranberry Tartlets, Turkey Chili, Turkey and Sweet Potato Hash and more.

- Thanks Martha Stewart and Team! 

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The Dating Divas have a DEAL for you!

Hello readers! You know I do a lot of sewing and refashioning here, mixed in with home decor and crafting ideas plus some party ideas and fun with your kiddos. (yup sometimes it feels like a Hodge Podge to me too!)
But hey, I've got ideas and resources so why not share them!

Having said that, when Wendy emailed me about The Dating Divas new venture I was thrilled to share it with you! (Wendy is one of the darling Divas from that site and it's a pleasure to actually know her in real life)

The Dating Divas are compiling their best ideas, resources and have put their pretty little heads together and are releasing 2 eBooks! The A to Z Guide to a happier, healthier marriage and The Ultimate Date book! 

If you are familiar with The Dating Divas you know they have a SLEW of ideas! These eBooks are written by married WOMEN for WOMEN! They've been there, done that. They are bringing back the twitter-pated feelings of when you were first dating!

All the details are right here and you can snag both books right now at a pre-sell price! Don't miss that (order before Dec. 1st)! 

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Mom it Monday #7 - UglySofa Giveaway!

The Christmas decorations are going up in our house this week as soon as Thanksgiving Day is over!
UglySofa.com wants to deck out your mantel with new stockings!

They are giving away 5 stockings to 1 lucky reader! 

UglySofa.com sent me some to check out and I have to say their stockings are GREAT! They are large in size, well made (these are not flimsy or thin stockings!), and adorned with darling Christmas characters and scenes. 

Do you decorate with stockings or do they just hang waiting for Santa to come? I think they are great used in many different ways - in the middle of a wreath, slung over a chair, hung over windows and more! 

UglySofa.com also sent me some sweater stockings that had some random names embroidered on them. I quickly remedied that and wanted to share a quick project with you! 

I turned the stocking inside out. 

I cut a strip of burlap and pleated it across the name. Then it was sewn into place. Simple and easy! (it would be really easy to add fabric rosettes, buttons, pre-gathered ruffles and more!)

I love the cream color and texture of the sweater paired with the burlap. 

Now it's your turn to link AND enter the giveaway! 

for the giveaway: (leave a separate comment for each)

3. Link up a project! 

let's see what you've been crafting this week! 

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Christmas Shopping

The Christmas shopping season is upon us and with Black Friday looming less than a week away do you have your list? Do you have ideas of what to get? 

Squidoo's got the top 10 Christmas gifts listed out in each category if you are looking for ideas!

it's only 35 days from today so pop over there and take a peek!

If you are more of the Handmade type - You can Make This is ALWAYS a good stop for instant downloadable ePatterns for all sorts of handmade yumminess to create and giveaway.

And thanks to Plaid for the Christmas kickoff giveaway! The lucky winner is - 

Have a great weekend! 

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For the Twilight-ers

For all the droves of women heading to see the movie tonight and through this weekend here's a few fun pirntables, crafts and just good Twilight humor from Pinterest

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Crazy Christmas Crafters

Jamielyn over at I {heart} naptime is hosting Crazy Christmas Crafters! 50 Christmas Ideas/tutorials from Nov 1 - 24th and today one of my ideas is being shared!

And don't forget about Shabby Apple's 12 days of Christmas Sales! Snag 25% off the Anitquated Dress with the code = DAY5

Antiquated Dress

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52 Holiday Neighbor Gifts ideas!

It's that time of year again for neighbor gifts! Thanks to pinterest, I have been cleaning out some of my old paper "files" from the file cabinet and really only keeping what I am now interested in. 
While doing that I found some lists of neighbor gift ideas.  

I have typed them up and you can snag the file right HERE. 
There are 52 ideas in all! So snag the file, pin it or whatever! I hope you find an idea or two that you can use!

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Mom it Monday #6 - Christmas giveaway from Plaid

**GIVEAWAY now closed**

I love to be crafty with my kids and they love to delve into the paints, glue, papers and more! Plaid wants to kick off your Holiday season and help you create!

They are spreading the Holiday Cheer and giving away a prize package worth $40 to 1 lucky reader! It includes 4 FolkArt holiday colors, 4 FolkArt Extreme Glitter holiday colors, Sparkle Mod Podge, and a Value Pack of 25 brushes.

They are also having a Crafty Christmas Contest! All you crafty ladies be sure to check out the details!  

How to enter: 
1. Leave a comment! 
2. Link up a project (leave a separate comment)
4. "Like" my FB page
Winner will be announced on Saturday! (winner must claim prize within 48 hours)

LINK up your projects! How have you been crafty this week?

Catch day 3 of Shabby Apple's sale! Get 25% off the Tamburin Skirt by using the code - DAY3

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Shabby Apple - 12 days of SALES!!!

Dresses from Shabby Apple

Shabby Apple is kicking christmas off early with it's 12 days of sales! 
Each day they have a new item is on sale with a discount code! 

today? French Quarter.....lovely! 

save 25% off the purchase price by using the code = DAY2

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Get "Shaggy" for the holidays - 3 day sale!

You've asked and here's your chance to snag a design and have it ON SALE! 

I am offering 4 different Shaggy Mosaic designs - 2 for girls and 2 for women. These are great to wear during the Holiday season and as a gift as well! 

and for those that love all the designs - snag a SURPRISE pair! You let me design a pair of jeans with lots of colors and patterns and surprise you! (details in each listing)

Hop into the shop for the 3 day sale! Scarves, DIY kits and patterns are stocked up too!
Or if you want to create your own Shaggy Mosaic jeans - snag the ePattern booklet!

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Feather earrings winner!

Thanks for chiming in yesterday for my quick giveaway! It's always fun to try something new! I am happy to announce the winner is Kimberly

I will be sending her some brand new feather earrings. The same pair that I bought for myself

I've got more giveaways coming up! From crafting supplies to Gift CERTIFICATES!!! :) Stay tuned.

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Trend from Project Runway.... + giveaway

Did you watch Project Runway this season?
I couldn't help but love Anya from the start - I think we all did. She just has a bright personality with a smile that is amazing. 

I noticed she always had some type of long earring on and a lot of the time there were FEATHERS involved. I wondered through the season if I could pull something like that off. Would I like to wear that? So I went searching for the right pair. There are lots of feather jewelry out there and for me it HAD to just the right style and color. 

Well.....I found it! I came across a pair and snatched it up. I didn't ever do the feathers in the hair trend and wasn't really sure about the feather earrings but I did really like this pair. I think if you are going to wear them YOU have to love them. You have to own it and be confident in it. 

Everyone has a different style and taste - that's why we get to dress and look however we like! So - have YOU rocked the feather?share a pic of you and your feather accessories with me on Facebook! I'll show you mine ...now show me yours.... ;) 

GIVEAWAY - I will send you a new pair of feather earrings! all you have to do is leave a comment! Do you love the feather trend already or just giving it a try? Be clever! And if you post a photo on Facebook let me know - it's an extra entry (make sure to post it on my page or tag/mention Brassy Apple!

This is a quick giveaway! I will pick a winner and announce on Thursday! :) 

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