Wild Violet Simple Syrup
Wild Violet Simple Syrup
By Erin Huffstetler | 04/29/2022 | No Comments
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Have wild violets growing in your lawn? Collect some of the flowers, while they’re in bloom, and use them to make wild violet simple syrup. It’s the perfect way to preserve their gorgeous color, heady fragrance and delicate fruity flavor for year-round use

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How to Make a Gift Bag Out of an Envelope
How to Make a Gift Bag Out of an Envelope
By Erin Huffstetler | 12/19/2021 | No Comments
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Need a small gift bag? Save yourself a trip to the store, and make one out of an envelope. This simple project takes five minutes tops, and produces the cutest little gift bag, or party favor bag.

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Split Pea Soup Mix Recipe
Split Pea Soup Mix
By Erin Huffstetler | 12/16/2021 | No Comments
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Start with this split pea soup mix; toss in some chopped veggies, and you’ll have a hearty dinner in an hour. I’ve included printable tags, so you can gift it.

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Lentil Soup Mix Recipe
Lentil Soup Mix
By Erin Huffstetler | 12/10/2021 | 2 Comments
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Just add water and coconut milk to this lentil soup mix, and you have dinner for four in under 30 minutes. It’s the perfect thing to keep in your pantry for busy nights, and makes a thoughtful gift. Tie one of the free, printable tags, around a jar of the soup mix, and it’s ready to give.

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Potato Soup Mix Recipe
Potato Soup Mix
By Erin Huffstetler | 12/09/2021 | No Comments
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This potato soup mix is handy to keep in the pantry for a quick meal, and makes a great gift. Just add hot water to make a cup, bowl or pot of potato soup in minutes. The reconstitution instructions are included on the printable tags.

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Rows of Microwave Caramels
10-Minute Microwave Caramels
By Erin Huffstetler | 12/08/2021 | 2 Comments
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Make soft and chewy caramels in the microwave in just 10 minutes. This recipe skips all the labor and endless stirring that goes into traditional stove-top caramels, and delivers perfect, fool-proof results every time.

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How to Make Colored Sugar
How to Make Colored Sugar
By Erin Huffstetler | 11/27/2021 | No Comments
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Learn how to make your own colored sugar for a fraction of what it sells for. It can be used to decorate cookies, candies and cakes, or to rim cocktail glasses. It makes a great gift for bakers and mixologists.

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How to Sew a Scrunchie With a Hidden Pocket
How to Sew a Scrunchie With a Hidden Pocket
By Erin Huffstetler | 11/13/2021 | No Comments
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These scrunchies have a zipper sewn into the seam, which allows you to use the inside of the scrunchie for storage. Tuck some money, lip balm and your keys inside, and you can leave your purse at home.

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How to Make a Terrycloth Headband
How to Sew a Terry Cloth Headband
By Erin Huffstetler | 11/11/2021 | No Comments
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Make one of these terry cloth headbands, to keep your hair out of your way when you’re washing your face, applying makeup, using a face mask or taking a bath. It’s made with a double layer of terry cloth, so it’s super absorbent, and there’s an adjustable hook and loop closure that allows you to customize the fit. These sew up quickly, and make a great gift for women and teen girls.

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How to Make a Fidget Bracelet
How to Make a Fidget Bracelet
By Erin Huffstetler | 11/10/2021 | No Comments
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These fidget bracelets are a fun use for any small strips of fleece that you have leftover after making blankets, scarves or other fleece projects.

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How to Make a Fleece Pocket Fidget
How to Make a Fleece Fidget Toy
By Erin Huffstetler | 11/10/2021 | No Comments
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Use your fleece scraps to make these pocket-sized fidget toys. They’re a quick project, and would make excellent stocking stuffers, party favors or donation items.

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How to Make Pine Cone Fire Starters
How to Make Pine Cone Fire Starters
By Erin Huffstetler | 11/06/2021 | No Comments
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Have old candles that won’t light? Melt them down, and use the wax to make these pine cone fire starters. They make starting a fire a cinch, You can use them indoors (in your fireplace or woodstove), or outdoors (in your firepit or campfire). These make awesome gifts or party favors, so you may want to make extra.

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BBQ Spice Rub Recipe
BBQ Spice Rub
By Erin Huffstetler | 11/05/2021 | No Comments
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This BBQ spice rub is the perfect blend of barbecue spices. It works well on pork, chicken and beef, and can be used on grilled, roasted, smoked and baked meats, as well as potatoes and other veggies. Whip up a batch, and it’s guaranteed to become a house favorite. Since this rub also makes a great gift for grill masters and foodies, I’ve included free, printable labels that you can use to package it.

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How to Sew Pajama Bottoms From Vintage Sheets
How to Sew Pajama Pants From a Vintage Sheet
By Erin Huffstetler | 10/26/2021 | 1 Comment
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Whip up a quick pair of pajama pants from a vintage sheet. This is an easy beginner project, and you can usually get several pairs out of a single flat sheet. Since this tutorial uses a pair of your favorite pajama pants as the pattern, they’re guaranteed to fit you perfectly. Make a pair for yourself. Then, make matching pairs for your kids.

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How to Sew a Lettuce Crisper Bag
How to Sew a Lettuce Crisper Bag
By Erin Huffstetler | 09/28/2021 | 2 Comments
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Tired of having your lettuce go limp and slimy on you? Then, it’s time to change the way you’re storing it. Make yourself a lettuce crisper bag, and your lettuce will stay fresh days longer. This simple project takes 10 minutes tops, and only requires you to sew four straight lines.

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How to Make Vanilla Sugar
How to Make Vanilla Sugar
By Erin Huffstetler | 09/22/2021 | No Comments
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Vanilla sugar is expensive to buy, but ridiculously cheap and easy to make. Whip some up for yourself. Then, make more to gift. I’ve included free printable labels that you can use to dress up your jars.

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How to Sew a Bath Mat Runner
How to Sew a Bath Mat Runner
By Erin Huffstetler | 09/01/2021 | No Comments
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Looking for a long bath mat to run the entire length of your tub or double sink? Save yourself the hassle and expense of tracking one down, and make exactly what you need. Here’s how to sew a bath mat runner.

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How to Sew a Pillow Quilt
How to Sew a Pillow Quilt
By Erin Huffstetler | 08/23/2021 | No Comments
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This pillow quilt is the ultimate stash-buster. It’s made by making a bunch of tiny pillows, then sewing them together. The finished look is similar to that of a puff quilt or biscuit quilt, but requires less sewing and less fabric. Since the backside of the pillows serve as the back of the quilt, there’s no need for a backing and no need to quilt all the layers together. You don’t even have to bind the edge because there are no raw edges to hide.

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Lavender Sugar
How to Make Lavender Sugar
By Erin Huffstetler | 07/24/2021 | No Comments
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Whip up a batch of lavender sugar for a quick and easy way to add the scent and flavor of lavender to your favorite foods and drinks. This simple two-ingredient recipe has loads of gift potential, so I’ve included free, printable labels that you can use to gift wrap it.

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Lavender Simple Syrup
How to Make Lavender Simple Syrup
By Erin Huffstetler | 07/20/2021 | No Comments
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This lavender simple syrup is a great use for the lavender growing in your garden, and an easy way to infuse drinks and desserts with the delicate scent and flavor of lavender.

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