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Sunday
Dec282008

Colorful Crafting with Jen: Wedding Wheel Quilt

Way back in January of 2008 when Ray and I began the process of looking for a wedding location, I had no idea where we would have it or what it would look like, our only preference was that it be outdoors. We were so excited when we found The Laguna Cliffs Resort in Dana Point, California, a beautiful spot overlooking the ocean where we could have both our wedding and our reception. The standard setting at Dana Point is all white chairs, table cloths and market umbrellas, giving us total flexibility to create a wedding that reflected our style: colorful and sunny with a handmade touch. There was no question that we would somehow make use of the fabrics we sell at purlsoho.com and so we began the process of considering colors and prints that would work for us. For the reception we decided to make cloth napkins, each table featuring a different print in varying shades of sherbet orange and citrus green. In April I started collecting prints in ernest, but even though I am surrounded by fabrics in almost every color and style at our warehouse, it was actually a bit challenging to collect enough prints that all worked together. Every time a new shipment of fabric would arrive at our warehouse I would rush to open the boxes as if they contained a hidden treasure!

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Sunday
Dec212008

Molly's Sketchbook: Giving Holiday Cookies

Christmas can be stressful, but taking some time to bake with my friends and family is one of the great joys of the season for me. I use leftover yarn and fabric from Christmas projects to wrap up my goodies. I love transforming simple things like paper lunch bags and leftover yarn and fabric scraps to create charming gift packages almost as much as I love turning flour, butter, sugar, and eggs into cookies! It's a fun and inexpensive way to spread some delicious holiday cheer. Happy Holidays! --Molly

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Friday
Dec192008

Whit's Knits: The Eleventh Hour Scarf

I wanted to come up with an idea that would answer the pressing need of the last minute gift without sacrificing quality, a gift that we can give without sheepishness or apologies. In fact, one that will be given with pride and received with gratitude, and one that, not insignificantly, you can start at the beginning of a movie and finish before the final credits roll! -Whitney

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Saturday
Dec132008

Super Easy Snowflake Stocking

Each year my friend Jodi and I make felt stockings for friends and family. We find felt so easy and satisfying to work with so we never tire of making them. We're both last minute Charlies so it's great that we can whip up a few of these in one evening! Each year we change the theme of the stockings since the possibilities of shapes you can make with felt are endless. This is mostly thanks to fact that it has a finished edge simply by cutting it. The pink and cream color palette we chose for the Purl Bee Christmas just enhanced how clean and contemporary our felt stockings feel.

Snowflakes are one of our themes for Christmas week on the Purl Bee and I had a great time figuring out how to make delicate snowflakes from felt to adorn these stockings. The beauty of the snowflakes is that they look as though they took hours to make each one when they were actually really quick and easy! 

Happy Holidays! --Page

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Friday
Dec122008

Molly's Sketchbook: Two Sided Felt Snowflakes

Just like real snowflakes each one of these ornaments is unique. One side is pink on white the other white on pink. You can create your own blizzard in a snap! --Molly

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