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Missouri Wine Country

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We took a trip out to the Hermann Wine Trail in Missouri this summer. This photo is the view from the deck at Oak Glenn Winery. It was overcast that day, but everything was so lush and green that it was still beautiful. In case you’re wondering, the wines in Missouri are worth the trip. There are lots of little bed and breakfasts’ to stay at, and most of the wineries will gladly walk you through samples of all of their wines. Some of the wineries have attached restaurants, too. Downtown Hermann has a number of antique stores to keep you busy, and a wonderful little chocolate shop that’s worth a stop.

While we’re on the topic of wine, here’s a tutorial for a quick, do-it-yourself wine rack made with mailing tubes. As anyone who has “done” a wine trail knows, you’ll need a place to store all that wine you picked up. Why not throw one together yourself?

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Flickr

You may have noticed that I added a flickr section to the left side bar. It pulls the 6 most recent photos I’ve posted to flickr. I’ve known flickr existed for some time, but never bothered to check it out. I finally got around to it (it’s amazing what you get around to doing when you’re supposed to be doing something else), and it’s become a little obsession. I didn’t realize you could join groups and post your photos to group photo pools. Even better, you can see everyone elses’ photos that have been posted to the pool. I’ve joined a bunch of crafty groups, and it’s clear that people are doing wonderful things out there. It makes me want to create more (which also, unfortunately, is on hiatus until I have less school work to do.)

Here are some of the cool things I’ve found through flickr (so far):

Are you on flickr? Will you be my flickr friend?

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Free Sewing Patterns

It’s Friday! What are you doing this weekend? I’ve been hard at work on my dissertation all week, which has put my sewing activities on hold. It’s also preventing me from doing too much with today’s blog post. It seems like the right time for another one of those posts where I share links with you, to other sites where people don’t have dissertations keeping from them from being interesting and creative. So for today, a collection of links to cool sewing patterns:

Hopefully these links will get your creative juices flowing. I hope you have a great weekend!

And a quick thank you to Lynn at Pink Polka Dot Poodle, for her mention of Anodyne Design on her blog! And, really, thank you to everyone who has been kind of enough to mention or link to Anodyne Design.

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A Few Crafty Links

Just a quick post today. I’ve been keeping busy with school and sewing up a whole pile of card wallets. I had no idea they would be so popular! I thought I’d share a few cool and crafty links I’ve come across in my web travels.

  •  Terry Cat Instructions — Learn how to make your own Terry Cat (a cute little stuffed kitty made from a bath towel!) These little guys are adorable. I tried my hand at one and learned that stuffed animals are not really my strong point (my poor little kitty was bow-legged and looked like he’d been kicked in the face), but maybe you’ll have better luck.
  • Lotus Pincushion — Step-by-step instructions for how to make the cutest pincushion I’ve ever seen. I tried to make one of these, too, and wasn’t able to wrap my head around how to fit all the pieces together. The instructions are good, I just have a hard time thinking in 3-D apparently. I’m sensing a pattern here.
  • Fabric Panels — Pretty, easy wall art. I have not tried to make my own fabric panels yet, but I intend to, and I expect more success than I had with the terry cat or the lotus pincushion. I think anyone could make fabulous fabric wall panels.

Enjoy! Let me know if you try any of these tutorials, I’d love to see your results!