Archive for December, 2012

What a year it’s been!

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There have been highs and lows, endings and new beginnings, lot’s of laughter and a few tears, metaphorical journeys and actual ones. It was a challenging year for me and I won’t deny I’m happy to see it drawing to an end, but despite the difficult times there were also many wonderful ones. Here are a […]


Merry Christmas!

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May your holiday be filled with laughter and love! Judy


Printing some last minute wrapping paper for the holiday

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When I left Chicago, I ruthlessly tossed a lot of things, one of which was my stash of miscellaneous gift wrapping paper. Now that the holiday is imminent, I made some new gift wrap using the beautiful carved wooden stamps I got from Colouricious, acrylic inks and kraft paper. One of the most crucial tips I […]


Felted Wool Ornaments

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With the holidays here and in honor of 12/12/12, I thought it would be a good time to repost my tutorial on making felted wool ornaments.   To make the ornaments shown in the 2008 issue of Quilting Arts Gifts, you need to make felted wool balls. Warning: once you start making these, it may […]


Happy St. Nicolas Day!

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The mingling scents of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and allspice fill the air as warm Speculatius (Saint Nicolas Cookies) bake in the oven. The tradition is that children put out their shoes the night before and Saint Nicolas puts cookies in them for morning. We could never go quite that far because our little four legged friends […]


Add Some Sparkle to your Holiday! – blog hop

Dec 4 – Lyric Kinard, Snowflake Pinwheel Ornament Dec 5 Tracie Lyn Huskamp, For The Smell Of It! Ornaments. Dec 6 Judy Perez, Speculatius-St. Nicolas cookies Dec 7 Jill Berry, Mini Book Ornament Dec 8 Traci Bunkers, Star Garland Dec 9 – Lisa Engelbrecht, Easy Gilded Letters for Cards


The Road to California

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48 hours after I returned to Chicago from teaching in Houston (on election night), we moved out, closed on the sale of our loft, and were on the road driving west. It was cold, dark and raining, but it was such a wonderful feeling to finally close the chapter on a long period of ambiguity, not […]