Thursday, October 15, 2009

Podcast 003: Harvest and Halloween

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Total length of this podcast: 49:17 minutes

You can download the MP3 audio file (which can be played in iTunes or other multimedia players) and skip to whatever segment interests you -- check the minute marker for each segment.


Today's bumper music is Greensleeves, a popular 16th century ballad.

Where did my friend Kathie, her daughter Jeannie, and I go on our Crafty Adventure? Crafty Lady Trio in Macomb, Michigan. And I've since discovered a great yarn store in Ann Arbor, which is MUCH closer to my house: Knit A Round.

Here's my very first crocheted project. It's not beautiful, but it's useful!

CLICK HERE for a link to the book on Amazon. It's called Vogue Knitting - Crochet Basics. The scarf pattern is on page 68. I even used the same brand of yarn, Noro Kureyon wool, color 154.

I was on such a roll with crochet that I decided to jump in and make one of the cute hats from the same book. Here it is! I am SO pleased with how the shell border came out, and I actually figured out for myself how to add two rows of the double crochet to make the hat a bit longer so it will completely cover my ears on a cold winter day. And I even added a crocheted flower. Not too shabby!

CLICK HERE to download the next in my free Alice in Wonderland redwork patterns. This time it's The Queen of Hearts, and here's a photo of my finished piece.

THE FIBER ARTS SEGMENT [Podcast minute marker: 7:52]

CLICK HERE to download my free Meowing at the Moon wall hanging pattern. Here is a photo of the completed project:

Fire Mountain Gems - Great resource for Swarovski flat-back crystals, beads, and all sorts of goodies! They also carry Jewel Bond glue.

THE PAPER ARTS SEGMENT [Podcast minute marker: 14:38]

CLICK HERE to download the Tree of Life Quilt Block Note Card project.

Here's a picture of the completed mask.

THE RECIPE SEGMENT [Podcast minute marker: 18:33]

CLICK HERE for the Apple Dumplings With Caramel Sauce recipe.

Here are a photos of the process.

The ingredients (notice the lard!)

The dough being rolled

Nearly ready for the oven

The caramel syrup is done.

 One of the finished dumplings.
They're large, so Ted and I shared this one and topped it with vanilla ice cream and the caramel syrup.

THE GRAB BAG [Podcast minute marker: 30:18]

Here is Teddy's Knight costume. He designed this himself, but I made it. He was five years old.

And here I am in my award-winning Michigan Renaissance Festival costume (this was, if I recall correctly, 1983).

So get rid of all those store-bought costumes, be creative, and make your own costume this year! I challenge you! If you do, take a photo and share it with me!

Speaking of which, if you use any of my project sheets to make something, won't you please share it with me? I want to create a gallery to showcase your work!

Thanks for listening, and until next time, remember:
Creativity isn't a race...
it's an adventure!


  1. Wow! You are multi-talented. This podcast is chocked full of information and ideas. The scarf is beautiful, and the hat is delightful! You should be proud. I printed "Meowing at the Moon." It might just have to go ahead of my other projects since it is so adorable (and quick). I have a friend who loves halloween and cats. She'd be smitten if I pull it off for her. Thank you so much. Tami
    p.s. Don't worry about talking fast, its part of you and endearing!

  2. LOL! I tried to slow down! I guess, since it's endearing, I'll just talk as I normally do. I'm so happy you like Meowing at the Moon. It was so quick and fun to make.

  3. I've really been enjoying your podcast. I like that it is similar to a magazine, with various enjoyable "articles".

  4. Thanks, Ellen -- that's exactly how I imagined my podcast. I have so many interests, and the single thing that ties them together is "creativity," so that is the "tie that binds," so to speak. I'm so happy to be able to share my varied interests.


  5. I had to laugh when I heard you mention that you talk fast because you were the youngest in your family. I am also the youngest of four children & can remember doing the same thing. Great podcast! -debby

  6. Wow! Another great podcast! So much information and great stories. I really look forward to them. I will definitely have to try the apple recipe. Also, I used to crochet and seeing your cute scarf and has makes me want to pull out my crochet hook again! Keep up the great work!...Pat in IL

  7. Thanks for the kind words, Debby and Pat -- I hope you continue to listen! It's fun sharing not only my projects, but snippets of my life.