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March 13, 2013

Giveaway: The Beautiful Edible Garden

I could not be more ready to see flowers blooming and plants growing, but until then, The Beautiful Edible Garden: Design A Stylish Outdoor Space Using Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs has been holding me over. Authors, Leslie Bennett and Stefani Bittner, have a keen eye for outdoor design and will inspire you to create your own garden oasis. We have enjoyed this book so much, we want to share it with you too, so today we’re giving away one copy of The Beautiful Edible Garden: Design A Stylish Outdoor Space Using Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs to a lucky reader. First, here’s more about the book…

Photo Credit: Jill Rizzo

From the founders of landscape design firm Star Apple Edible & Fine Gardening in the San Francisco Bay Area comes a stylish, beautifully-photographed guide to artfully incorporating organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs into an attractive modern garden design.

We’ve all seen the vegetable garden overflowing with corn, tomatoes, and zucchini that looks good for a short time, but then quickly turns straggly and unattractive (usually right before friends show up for a backyard barbecue). If you want to grow food but you don’t want your yard to look like a farm, what can you do? The Beautiful Edible Garden shares how to not only grow organic fruits and vegetables, but also make your garden a place of year-round beauty that is appealing, enjoyable, and fits your personal style. Written by a landscape design team that specializes in artfully blending edibles and ornamentals together, The Beautiful Edible Garden shows that it’s possible for gardeners of all levels to reap the best of both worlds. Featuring a fresh approach to garden design, glorious photographs, and ideas for a range of spaces—from large yards to tiny patios—this guide is perfect for anyone who wants a gorgeous and productive garden.

Photo Credit: David Fenton

Keep reading to find out how to enter for the chance to win a copy of The Beautiful Edible Garden: Design A Stylish Outdoor Space Using Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs after the jump…


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March 12, 2013

Giveaway Winner: Wee Felt Worlds: Sweet Little Scenes to Needle Felt

Wee Felt Worlds: Sweet Little Scenes to Needle Felt edited by Amanda Carestio, is filled with pages of inspiration for getting crafty with needle felting. It’s not a problem at all to figure out where to begin when you know you’re only a few steps away from creating these cute critters. Start your needle felting journey with the Land of the Dinosaurs scene, Little Cub’s Adventure scene, or Circus Maximus.

Find out who won a copy of Wee Felt Worlds: Sweet Little Scenes to Needle Felt after the jump…


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March 12, 2013

5 Sewing Supplies I Can’t Live Without

Clover Wonder Clips
These babies are the BEST INVENTION EVER! As in: no pins needed. You can use the clips for bulky, unwiedly, or otherwise hard-to-pin fabric concoctions, and the other added benefit is they have measurements on the sides, so you can actually clip a hem with precision rather than pin and hope it all comes out even. One side is flat and the other rounded so you know which to put on top… I mean, I could go on about my love for them, but see for yourself. I started with a pack of ten clips, but wish I had ordered a a pack of 50 to begin with, cause I use them daily and in multitudes. I shall never pin again!

Circle Cutter

Have you ever needed or wanted to cut a perfect fabric circle? That business is IMPOSSIBLE to do well by hand. Yes, I’ve made templates, used a compass and my scissors, but results were iffy and there’s no reason for it. Get yourself a fabric circle cutter. You use it like a compass, with one side pinning the center of the circle down, then setting the radius, then simply cutting by exerting a little pressure while you spin the blade. It sounds a little cray-cray but it’s actually crazy simple. Try it out: OLFA Rotary Circle Cutter.

Simplicity Studio Ruler Simpli-EZ Bias

If you want to make your own adorable bias tape (which you should, because it’s adorable like I mentioned, but also not that hard), you can make your life a heck of a lot easier if you get a bias ruler to help you mark your cut lines. Pick it up here Simplicity Studio Ruler Simpli-EZ Bias, then use our tutorials for how to make bias tape and how to sew with bias tape to make all of your cute-binding dreams come true.

Walking Foot

If you want to make quilts or sew with knit/jersey, you should get a walking foot. It makes a lot of sewing easier but becomes a necessity/joy of life in those situations. Search for the walking foot designed for your machine and invest in it (it shouldn’t be too much more than $25), and you will thank me. No seriously, I am waiting for my thanks. You’re welcome.

Dritz Dual Purpose Twin Marking Pens

I am obsessed with this pen! One side is air-erasable (meaning it eventually dissappears after you mark your fabric), and one is water-erasable (also known as Mark-b-Gone), so a spritz with your iron and the markings disappear. I use this one literally EVERY DAY, I buy them in bulk I use them so much: Dritz(R) Dual Purpose Twin Marking Pens

So, those are a few of my favorite things. I hope you enjoy my secrets, and share any of your fave rando sewing gear in the comments, I do so love to collect sewing doo-dads.

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