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Chinese New Year Recipes & Crafts

Chinese New Year Recipes and Crafts

Just in case you are looking for a chance to party again, or if you need to "restart" your new year's resolutions (ahem), today is the Chinese Lunar New Year. We are ushering in the Year of the Horse. The wood horse in fact so there's lot of fun crafting ideas you can do with that right? I found a wood horse at the craft store, painted him with Martha Stewart's craft paint and added a felt riding blanket. Now he's all set to ring in the new year. I think he would look cute a on a New Year table. Maybe with a little take-out for dinner?

Here are some of my Chinese New Year Recipes and Crafts from years past:

Chinese New Year Recipes and Crafts

Make a Chinese Lantern

Chinese New Year Recipes and Crafts

Chicken and Mushroom Noodles Recipe

Valentine’s Day Felt Crafts

Felt Crafts for Valentine

Valentine's Day is just over a month away! (Yes, already!) I don't know about you, but every year, I promise myself that I will get ready early and, every year, I don't do it. But maybe you will! To inspire you I thought I would share some felt project posts from Valentine's Days past. Enjoy!Continue Reading

Thanksgiving Ideas

Thanksgiving Inspiration

1. Turkey Loves Pilgrim Embroidery Pattern 2. Painted Pumpkin Fall Centerpiece 3. Thanksgiving Place Cards

Dia de Los Muertos Embroidery

Dia de los Muertos Embroidery

I had every intention of releasing this Dia de los Muertos Candy Skull Embroidery design before Halloween, but October just slipped right by me!  At least I was able to stitch it up!  Maybe next year? I glued some felt flowers that I cut with Eileen Hull's flower dies and glued them around the edgeContinue Reading

Chinese New Year Crafts-Paper Lanterns

Chinese New Year Crafts-Paper Lanterns

I love Chinese New Year!  Well, actually I just love celebrating two new years because I figure if one's resolutions fall through, I get a second chance in February.  My little family always celebrates by breaking out our chopsticks and having a Chinese feast and I love to make Chinese New Year Crafts.  This year,Continue Reading

Alien Valentines

Alien Valentines www.laurabraydesigns.com

I'm old-fashioned and I insist that my daughter and I make her Valentine's for her class.  It gets harder every year as the class size grows and grows.  This year we have to make 34 Valentines!  (I could make this post a rant about the state of education in the U.S., but let's just talkContinue Reading

The Best Classic Holiday Movies

The Best Classic Holiday Movies:laurabraydesigns.com

We had a very busy weekend.  Parades were marched in and parties were attended, but somehow on Saturday afternoon I found myself (blissfully) home alone.  I brewed up a cup of tea, got out my current embroidery project (from Embroidery Companion: Classic Designs for Modern Living), and watched some of my favorite holiday movies.  IContinue Reading

Advent Activity Printables

Advent Activities Printable from www.laurabraydesigns.com

I don't know about you, but I can't believe it's time to start our Advent Activities!  I spent the morning looking for our Advent Calendar House in the garage.  I could have sworn I put it away last year with the intention of making easy to access and find.  It must grown legs and movedContinue Reading

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe-Cranberry Pastries!

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe: Cranberry Pastries:www.laurabraydesigns.com

I'm still working through my holiday leftovers!  On Monday, I dug through the fridge, packaged up some things to be frozen and put some other leftovers aside to create some meals for the week.  Of course, I made the family's favorite, Spinach Stuffed Shells and I made some butternut squash soup with turkey melts onContinue Reading

Make Button and Felt Gift Tags

Make button and felt gift tags

I've got some cute button and felt gift tags up on the Buttons Galore and More blog. Hop over here to check them out and to get a full tutorial to make the snowman gift tag.