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Friday, November 7, 2014

Holiday craft, wine stopper DIY

This DIY colorful wine stopper is another great quick project to decorate your party table.

All you need is a pre-made wine stopper and some beads of your liking (I bought mine at Michael's but you probably will find them at your local craft store).
I chose the unfinished wooden beads for my project and I wanted some color so I painted my beads with acrylic paint. I used some acrylic coral beads in between.
So it's really easy: choose the beads and arrange them in the order you like. Make sure they will fit to your cork stopper pole.
If you are happy with the future look, undo the arrangement and paint the wooden beads in the colors of your choice. Let them dry thoroughly. If you'd like, use the clear finish on top. Arrange the beads on stopper pole in the planned order.
That's it! Have fun decorating!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Napkin rings with wine cork stoppers, wire and beads, DIY project

This project is absolutely great. It includes a recycling idea since we are using the used wine bottle corks.
This is a great practical idea (you can make them for any holiday dinner party and they are inexpensive) and they are a lovely piece of home decor. Albina (albinasjewelry) and I made this project together during our last get-together gathering and I am going to use my napkin rings for the coming Thanksgiving party. 
 If you like this idea here is how we made this.

Materials and Tools:
Pre-drilled wine corks
Wire 26ga and 20 ga
Beads of your choice
Mandrel, 1” diameter
Round nose pliers

1. Cut piece of 20 a wire, 2 ft long. Slide the wire through the cork’s hole, center the cork. Place a cork against a mandrel and start wrapping the wire ends around the mandrel, feeding the wire ends through the cork’s hole. 

2. Wrap the wire until you have 2” of wire ends coming out the cork. Using round nose pliers and chain nose (or flat nose) pliers, make spirals. Place the spiral so it is covering the hole.

3. Attach 26ga wire; wrap the ring, adding beads.
We made several sets of these using different materials and I've already given 2 sets as gifts to my friends.
They liked them a lot!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Inspired by harvest

This Fall we are just in love with color. It is colder here this year and the yellow leaves are already falling. We already harvested our herbs, watermelons, lemon Meyers, sweet Hawaiian peppers and Indian eggplant. They are so colorful (and delicious!).
That's when we decided to pull some bright yarns out of our stash and knit some new gloves!
I don't have more of these yarns so some of them are impossible to repeat. The colors are so rich and pretty that sometimes I don't even know how to explain the shades in words!  
So please visit our socksandmittens shop to see the selection. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fall stitching Acorns

Isn't it strange, how is your taste change over the years and how your surroundings influence it? Over the years of selling on Etsy my taste is constantly changing. I am originally a city girl who likes skyscrapers and clean lines of modern architecture and now I became a fan of simple nature forms and shapes. My Fall favorites are acorns, pumpkins, leaves and owls.

I stitched this neeldlework holder case last year and I am only now showing it. 

The scissors got lost unfortunately so I guess it was their last photo session :) I am sad about it since I brought them from Ukraine long time ago and they  reminded me of that trip.

What do you like about Fall? What are your favorites? Please share!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Halloween party food ideas

October is here so is thoughts of the holidays. Halloween is a first one on a list so I am already planning what we are going to cook for a party, what to wear and how to decorate that it would look different than previous years.
So I wanted to share some easy ideas on party food appetizer styles. Last year I made these and they were a big hit! These foods can be easily cooked any time you are in a mood for them. I used some food decorations and these dishes easily fit into the Halloween party table!

1. –°heese balls
Ingredients for the smaller ball:
cream cheese, 8 oz, at room temperature
goat cheese, 4 oz, at room temperature
chopped scallion
seasonings to taste: dried chopped onion, garlic salt, smoked paprika
black sesame seeds for coating

Ingredients for the larger ball:
cream cheese, 16 oz, at room temperature
1 can crashed pineapple, 20 oz, well drained
1/2 chopped green bell pepper
seasonings to taste: dried chopped onion, garlic salt, paprika
black sesame seeds for coating
Mix all ingredients but the sesame seeds, form 2 balls. Place sesame seeds on a flat plate and roll the cheese balls in it. Move to a serving plate, decorate and store in a refrigerator until ready to use. Serve with fresh baked sliced baguette.

2. Meat and cheese quesadilla
a pack of tortillas
cooked meat (cubed roasted chicken, shredded pork or some chopped steak)
Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded
Medium taco sauce to taste
Preheat your oven to 385"F. Line the tray with a foil. Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on 1 side of the tortillas and arrange some meat and cheese on half of the circle. Spread some taco sauce on top of the meat and cheese and fold the other half of the tortilla on top of the meat and cheese. Bake for about 10 to 15 minutes. Let it cool and cut to a single size servings. Arrange on a serving plate and decorate. Cover with a lid to keep moist until ready to serve (no more then 2 hours without refrigerator since there is some meat and cheese in it).

3. Chocolate cupcakes
I am sure you have your favorite recipe for these. So just bake and frost them as you always do, sprinkle with edible decorations. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
What are you going to cook for your party? Please share with me your ideas!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New at socksandmittens, Fall 2014

This fall we are adding some new items to our collection at socksandmittens.
They are shawls, bolero's and some lovely gloves in pretty colors for ladies and some lighter versions for our men's fingerless gloves in wool and acrylic blend yarn. 
They are mostly made as a single pair but might be available for a custom order so please ask us if you'd like a similar item in a different size or color. 
We are already getting booked with custom orders, it seems that the holiday shopping season is already on!

Friday, September 19, 2014

A little angel

We found this cute little doll at the estate sale. I thought it's a little boy but looks like he is also an angel! I found the little tiny wings painted in green on his back and there is a mark Japan on his back.
Does anyone knows anything about this doll? It's the first time I found something like this.

Thank you for your help!