Hello! I am Linda Holton from Holton Handicrafts. I am partner to my hubby The Lathe Junkie, mother to two grown children, two fur babies, and four grandchildren. I love to craft and write and have a large variety of interests. On my blog I share with you my experiences and fun ideas for You, Your Pet, and Your Home with lots of other fun thrown in.
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Time for some Pinterest Fun. This time we will be exploring some DIY Christmas Ornaments I found. I know it feels early but you will want time to purchase supplies and maybe even round up some helpers. In this assortment custom ornament pins you will find: Lighted Burlap Garland, Paw Print Salt Dough Ornaments, Scrap Ribbon Tree Ornaments, Clothespin Snowflake Ornaments , Button Garland, and Melted Peppermint Candy Ornaments. I also Included 25 Best Handmade Crafts and to do with the kids, 28 Christmas Ornaments for Kids. As always click on the picture to access the pin and the link.
You will find these ideas and more on my board Holiday Ideas. I hope you found some new ideas for Christmas ornaments that work in your home or that you can give as a gift. I know there are a few I want to try.
In Michigan we are lucky to have four very different seasons. Since I have always lived in areas where there are seasons, it is hard to imagine not having them. It is fall now, harvest time, and that started me thinking about apples. We love eating apples year round but right now apples are plentiful with lots of varieties to choose from. Michigan is a big apple producing state with over 900 million pounds of apples grown here every year making us the 3rd largest producer of apples in the nation. With over 16 different varieties of apples to choose from, you are sure to find one that you like. This infographic shows the types available. Peak harvest time starts in August and goes into October. Different varieties are ready at different times. You can find apples everywhere this time of year, local grocery stores, farm markets, roadside stands, and of course you pick apple orchards.
Apples are an important part of a healthy diet. They are loaded antioxidants, and filled with fiber while being low in sodium and calories. Eating apples can also help you reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer. While it is always tasty to just bite into a big juicy apple, the other wonderful thing is all of the recipes you can find to use apples in. Michigan Apples offers lots of ideas to use them in main dishes, side dishes and desserts. You will find their ideas here.
Hope you have enjoyed this information on Michigan Apples, go out and find your favorite variety today.
Until next time… Linda
For More Information on apples grown in Michigan, visit their web site: Michigan Apples
Since it’s October, we are deep into football season. We like college football best and in my neck of the woods this weekend it’s the big rivalry game between Michigan and Michigan State. This is a big game here between two Big10 schools. Most of the people I know are Spartan fans but there are many that live in a "House Divided" where one person is a Wolverine and the other a Spartan.
All the football talk this week got me thinking about a football party. You could go to a party store and pick up some decorations and stop at the local carryout and get beer and pretzels and call it good. Instead let your creativity flow. Here are some ideas to get you going.
Now is the time to hunt up all of those fall colored yarns that you have in your stash, pick up your hook and whip up some of these cool fall crochet items. These eight selections contain lots of free patterns (and a couple to purchase) for quick appliques as well as fun decorations. I especially love the Crochet Pine Cones. There is even a beautiful Fall Afghan and Four Hour Sweater you can whip up for yourself. The turkey hat would make a great photo prop for fall baby pictures and the Witch Upon A Star Scarf is super cute.
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I hope you have enjoyed these fall crochet items and that they have inspired you to pick up your hook and whip up a few of these. I would love to see your creations. Post your pictures in the comments!
In Michigan it is time for the seasons to change from summer into fall. While I will miss summer, fall brings with it beautiful colors, bountiful harvests, and Halloween. When my kids were little it was always great fun to decorate for every holiday. Halloween is one of my favorites since there are always great items in the stores. I had lots of light up pumpkins and of course black cats. I like my decorations to be the fun smiley pumpkin types, not scary monster ones. Now that the kids are grown and have their own kids, we don’t decorate as much but I always love visiting my kids to see that they have carried on with decorating.
Let’s have some fun looking at fun items for fall and Halloween. While trolling around the internet, I found some pretty creative things you can make to decorate and eat. Enjoy this list of my favorites:
Crochet Turkey and Pumpkin Coasters:found on Maggie's Crochet
Happy Memorial weekend. It is the unofficial start to summer, a time to camp, go to the cabin, open the pool, or have fun with friends. But wait.....why do we have this holiday? To Remember.....and honor........the men and women who gave their lives so that you can do all of these things.
For most crafters I know, every month is craft month. I rarely have a day go by that I am not crafting something. I generally have numerous projects going on at any given time and like most crafters, I have a variety of interests too. Right now I have projects going on involving Crochet, Knitting Looms and Coloring but I also like to Sew and Scrapbook. I have a Modge Podge project planned involving my coloring but that has yet to happen.
It doesn’t matter what craft you enjoy, just do it! Or better yet, try something new. Retailers use this month to promote crafting, so those craft supplies you might need are probably on sale. Don’t think that you have to spend a lot of money on crafting though because there are plenty of things you can create that involve things that you probably have at home right now. Make some time in your busy schedule to learn how to knit, crochet or to design something beautiful. Even if you don’t think you are crafty, you will probably surprise yourself.
A wonderful way to get into crafting is to involve a child. Kids love to craft and learn new things. What a fun way to explore crafting by involving your kids. Not sure what to do. This article from About.com gives you lots of ideas and how to’s for crafts. This is a pretty long list of different ways to show off your craftiness and they include how to’s and videos.
A big plus to crafting; Crafting can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, experts say. It may also ease stress, increase happiness and protect the brain from damage caused by aging. This fact is what keeps me crafting. After a stressful day, it is great to be able to come home and loose myself in crochet or coloring. In my busy 9-5 job, we even color on our lunch hour. It helps to refocus your brain after staring at a computer all morning.
Whatever you choose or how you do it, just enjoy crafting. Use National Craft Month as a starting point and keep going………….