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ORNAMENTAL GNOME

You may be surprised at how easy it is to surround yourself with Christmas creativity without any real crafting experience. And, when it comes to these darling gnomes, supplies can be found literally in a used K-cup, an old shirt and maybe some cast offs from Christmases past, with tiny pieces of holly, berries or mini pinecones. Just look at the bottom of the box where you

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BUNTING

Make an elongated triangle out of scrapbook paper or cardboard to use as a pattern. If you have a fabric stash, use the pattern to cut a dozen or so triangles out of various pieces of patterned fabric. Depending on how long you want your bunting, take a natural jute string (be sure to make it long enough for tying) and begin sewing it on the first triangle by using zigzag stitches about a quarter inch from the top of the fabric. Keep adding fabric triangles until you reach the desired length. Every four triangles, I decided to deck out a triangle using Christmas related trimmings. Repeat the process until you’re completely delighted. 72

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keep your ornaments. You’re likely to find a garden of tiny bits of inspiration. With my project, I’ve even taken old yarn strands and dyed them with coffee, and then cut up worn-out plaid shirts, socks and scarves. If you feel like you have to buy some materials, then the dollar store is your best friend. Look on every shelf and rack. You’re sure to find creative treasures in unlikely places.

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Yellowstone Valley Woman magazine was started in 2001 as a 40-page free publication in Yellowstone County. Over the years, thanks to your re...

Yellowstone Valley Woman  

Yellowstone Valley Woman magazine was started in 2001 as a 40-page free publication in Yellowstone County. Over the years, thanks to your re...