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Tablecloth Play Dresses

I've always wanted to make dress up clothes for my daughters. I made an Elsa princess dress a few years ago that I enjoyed creating, but not much else since then. A few weeks ago around my youngest daughter's birthday, a lightbulb went off. 
You might remember from my last post that I created birthday table displays using inexpensive party decorations, including plastic tablecloths that cost about $1. As I was picking up the latest display, I got the idea to recycle the tablecloth into a play dress! The first one I made was from the pink tablecloth in the display shown above.

I felt I had to create at least one more so they wouldn't fight over one dress, but it soon escalated to a total of four dresses that I made over the following weeks. I bought more tablecloths, solely for the purpose of making dresses this time. It was fun stocking up on different colors, hehe. I drafted my own patterns to my girls' measurements, and I had fun getting creative with different colo…

Pumpkins and Cranberries!

Happy Halloween everyone! Here are some images taken last weekend at the Keene, NH annual Pumpkin Festival. They didn't break the record this year (for the most lit jack-o-lanterns in one place), but it was still a lot of fun. As usual, there were lots of people, lots of yummy food, and, of course, lots of pumpkins.



My sisters and I contributed these three jack-o-lanterns.

Here's a little pumpkin pattern I've finished recently. It reminds me a little of the Charlie Brown "Great Pumpkin" cartoon.


With Halloween season ending, pretty soon I'll be gearing up for Thanksgiving, and I just love to bake pies. As sort of a little warm-up, I recently baked these cranberry tarts. I thought they turned out kind of cute. I've included a recipe below. Enjoy!



Cranberry Tarts
Ingredients:
3 cups cranberries
Zest and juice of one orange
1/2 cup water
1 3/4 cup sugar
5 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
Pie pastry

Directions: Bring the…

Happy Autumn!

The air is getting crisper every day. We had our first frost this past week. Despite the cold, I have to say that autumn is my favorite season of the year, and New England is the perfect place to be right now. Here are some of my favorite fall images I've photographed this year so far. The first three were taken at an orchard in Vermont when I went with my family to go apple picking recently. The fourth is typical of the beautiful scenery one can enjoy while through NH and VT right now. The last picture is the view from my own window, looking out at the end of my driveway.








Here are some little doodles and ideas from my sketchbook inspired by these beautiful images.