Waldorf Salad (Passover Friendly)

Posted on | July 10, 2014 | No Comments


Waldor Salad (Passover Friendly)This tasty and refreshing salad is good for Passover or all year round.


1 large unpeeled green apple, diced

1/3 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 medium stalk celery, diced

3 walnuts, finely diced

1/2 – 1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 – 1 teaspoon mayonnaise

tiny pinch cinnamon

pinch salt


Combine apple and lemon in a bowl. Stir well to coat the apple. Mix in the rest of the ingredients.

Serve within a few hours.

Optional: Red grapes make a nice addition to this salad.

source: cignoh

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DIY Lingerie Skirt

Posted on | July 10, 2014 | No Comments


DIY Lingerie SkirtDescription: Add a bit of lace to a skirt or pair of pants, and you get me every time.

Craft Link: DIY Lingerie Skirt

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How to Make a Homemade Water Toy

Posted on | July 10, 2014 | No Comments


6877351431_35b57d32f8_zI had my toddler nephews over for a long visit yesterday and in order to keep them occupied for a while I made an (almost) instant water table for them.

I put a large dish pan bucket filled with water onto the porch. I add a sponge, a colander, a couple of cups, dish soap, a ladle, and a whisk to the mix and showed the boys how to use them.

This simple toy kept the kids thrilled for almost two hours. Try it!

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How To Make A Basic Shirt Pattern

Posted on | July 8, 2014 | No Comments


Make A Basic Shirt PatternDescription: How to make a basic shirt pattern using a pre-existing garment.

Craft Link: How To Make A Basic Shirt Pattern

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DIY Sawhorse Desk

Posted on | July 3, 2014 | No Comments


DIY Sawhorse DeskDescription: Sawhorse desks have been around forever, but usually in a workshop or garage. This is the first time I’ve seen a sawhorse desk nice enough to be used in the main part of the home. Great redo!

Craft Link: DIY Sawhorse Desk

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101 Free Hat Patterns For Sewers

Posted on | July 1, 2014 | 8 Comments


Free Hat Patterns

The 101 links on this page are for sewn hats only. There are fabulous patterns available for knitted and crocheted hats, but I don’t do those crafts so I didn’t list them. If you do knit and crochet, take a look here.


Fleece hats are all the rage now, so naturally there are a lot of free patterns on the web. For more fleece hats, also look under hats for kids and check out my post titled Free Fleece Hat Patterns


A headscarf is the easiest type of hat to make. Just hem a rectangular or triangular piece of fabric and you are finished. Here are some fun ways to wear your new fashion accessory. For more headscarf ideas see How To Tie A Headscarf


Lots of funky hat for kids.


I used to wear berets a lot during the 90’s, but lately they seem to be out of style. I’m keeping my old patterns in case they come back again.


A great hat, can make the whole costume. The links below are for a mix of adult and children’s sizes.  Many of the patterns can be used for all ages with a couple of adjustments.


These hats are a bit more advanced than most of the hats listed on this page.


Cloche hats are in again! Here are a couple of my favorite patterns.


Caps are a great way to keep off the sun, without making your head too hot.


Snoods are generally worn only by orthodox Jewish women, but lately I have seen other ladies wearing them also.


This category is a hodge-podge of tied cotton hats.


This category is for all the hat styles that don’t seem to fit elsewhere. You will find everything from turbans to felt hats in this section.


I am not sure how helpful these books will be, but you will enjoy looking at them.

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Polymer Clay Tips

Posted on | June 30, 2014 | No Comments


Fimo colour wheel

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Working with polymer clay doesn’t need to cost a fortune. Make your purchases with care, choose inexpensive projects and protect the clay you already own to save money on this popular craft.


Spend less cash on the clay itself. This means that instead of running down to the local craft supply store to stock up whenever you feel like it, wait until the next sale. Or, better yet, see what polymer clay is selling for on Ebay or a craft website and compare prices.

Don’t buy every polymer clay accessory that comes out.  Do you really need a pasta machine for conditioning the clay or can you warm it in your hand? Do you have to buy the set of texture tools or can you find interestingly textured objects around your house? Be selective in what you purchase.

Polymer clay books, with their full color pictures, cost a fortune. Search the internet and your local library to  find plenty of how-to’s for free.

Always be on the lookout for found objects or household supplies that can be used with polymer clay. For example, aluminum foil can be shaped into a variety of molds.

Don’t use expensive clay when cheaper will do just as well. Compare prices on Fimo, Sculpey and  Kato. Buy the cheapest clay that will do the job.

If you use a lot of clay, buy it in big blocks. Amazon sells white Sculpey III in 2 oz blocks for $2.75 or in 8 oz blocks for $7.47.  Do the math!


You never know when you will need lime green or dusky rose. So, save every scrap of clay.

If you hate the color, still save it. You can use it as “waste” clay for the center of larger projects.

Clay left in a hot location (such as a car) may start to “cook” and no longer be usable. Be sure to store your clay in in a cool, dark location.

You don’t want different colors of clay clumping together. Wrap each chunk of clay separately.

Choosing Projects

Many projects require the use of a lot of expensive clay. Choose smaller projects instead. Try making polymer clay jewelry, magnets and covered pens; not vases and bowls.

Choose projects that have hollow centers or are shaped around molds. You will save a lot over the long run.

Some polymer clay projects have a list of supplies an inch long. Avoid projects that require a lot of “extras”. Look for projects that only use clay or supplies that you already own.

Projects that use a thin layers of  cane to cover “waste” clay or inexpensive objects are big money savers. I used to cover small pieces of PVC pipe with cane. Votive holders and metal candy boxes can also be covered.

These are the useful tips that I have discovered. If you have any other good tips, please send me a line. I would love to add them to the list.

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