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Autumn Jubilee Stamping Fun

One of the things my family looks forward to every year is a Thanksgiving card. I started sending them years ago, when it was very difficult to find them in card boxes in the stores. But I liked sending a card when it wouldn’t get lost in the deluge of holiday cards. One year I didn’t send them, and everyone missed them. Now that I stamp my own, it is much easier. I have so many ideas, everyone will get a unique card.  Beginning with the card stock, I pulled some pretty colors.

Autumn Cards at From My Carolina Home

I wanted to give you some ideas for autumn inspired cards, some Thanksgiving, but any could be changed to a birthday or friendship card just by changing the sentiment. I had so many elements to play with, pretty papers, leaf stickers, ribbons, lots of stuff!

Autumn Cards at From My Carolina Home

I got out my embosser, and embossed rust card stock with the closest thing I had to a leaf design.  I like the addition of some texture to the cards.

Autumn Cards at From My Carolina Home

I stamped a pumpkin scene on ecru stock, and colored it with pencils. It was mounted on dark brown card stock for a frame, then on the gold color card base with the embossed paper on the upper left. A nice small sentiment is stamped in the lower left corner space with a pine cone accent.

Autumn Cards at From My Carolina Home

It looked like it needed just a bit more, so I added some leaf die cuts, like they were falling. The envelope got a leaf and some acorns.

Autumn Cards at From My Carolina Home

Inside, a sentiment of Thanksgiving stamped in brown with more leaves stamped in rust.

Autumn Cards at From My Carolina Home

Of course, all the backs got my personal stamp, some with a pumpkin too.

Autumn Cards at From My Carolina Home

On the next card, I did one of my favorite things, stamping lots of leaves in different colors of ink.

Autumn Cards at From My Carolina Home

I put the leaf ribbon across the middle, adding a framed sentiment on top.  While mine says Happy Thanksgiving, it could just as easily say Happy Birthday for a November birthday.

Autumn Cards at From My Carolina Home

I really like this ribbon, so used it on the next card with some pine cone design paper.

Autumn Cards at From My Carolina Home

Over the top, I added another embossed rectangle, with an accent of dark brown to set off the leaf stamped on gold.  The sentiment again is Thanksgiving themed, but also could be something else.

Autumn Cards at From My Carolina Home

While looking at the papers, I found this leaf one and wanted to use it too.  Starting with a rectangle on the side, I had room to stamp another Thanksgiving themed sentiment.

Autumn Cards at From My Carolina Home

Using the same idea from the previous card, I added a brown accent, then topped it with a stamped turkey framed with an embossed rust paper.  On the left, the card uses the same leaf paper across the bottom with the brown accent above.  A sweet stamp of a harvest scene is framed with embossed rust paper, and the sentiment Happy Thanksgiving is stamped above.

Autumn Cards at From My Carolina Home

So there you have it, five cards all variations on a theme with stamped envelopes ready to sign and mail.

Autumn Cards at From My Carolina Home

One more card, I needed to send with a gift, and I wanted a Friendship theme.  The leaves are the piece left over from die cutting leaves out of a piece of card stock.  I backed them with some of the patterned paper and glued them to the bottom front.  Friendship was stamped at the top, and then thin ribbons were added on the left and across the top edge of the plum card stock.

Autumn Cards at From My Carolina Home

So there are all the cards.  Just to let you all know, if you are a stamper, I have a number of new listings in my Etsy store of stamp sets, and my pin cushions make nice gifts too.  I have nice quality fabrics and vintage items as well.  Check out my listings Craftnuts Studio on Etsy.  Today, I’ll give away two Stamp sets to one lucky reader!  The one on the left is a build-a-flower set with friendship and birthday messages, and the one on the right is suitable for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Do you enjoy stamping for holidays?

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Autumn Brunch

Autumn Jubilee wouldn’t be complete without a pretty table and some yummy ideas for an Autumn Brunch. The idea of an Autumn Brunch reminds me so much of my mother. She and I loved to read cooking magazines and cook together, and never more so than when pumpkins were in season and a chill was in the air. We once hosted an Autumn brunch for our extended family of 15 guests with an all day affair starting with a tea breads course and working our way through more hearty dishes ending with a pumpkin roll cake, all while chatting and watching football on TV. It lasted hours, and we loved every minute of it.

Autumn Breakfast at From My Carolina Home

With those memories filling my thoughts and warming my heart, I set out a large ceramic pumpkin on the placemats I made a few years ago. I added the color corn and crackle glass votives to both sides.

Autumn Breakfast at From My Carolina Home

For the place settings, I set out the brown chargers, and added brown napkins held with my pumpkin napkin rings.

Autumn Breakfast at From My Carolina Home

The place settings were completed with white stoneware topped with my autumn leaf small plates, and everyday flatware. The pumpkin bowls are set out for cereal, and glasses added for water or juice.

Autumn Breakfast at From My Carolina Home

A simple setting, festive and fall-like.

Autumn Breakfast at From My Carolina Home

OK, so now, what do we eat?  Today, everyone is a winner with a round up of some of my favorite fall recipes!  First, my original delicious Pumpkin Orange Bread.  Download the PDF  for this recipe – Pumpkin-Orange-Bread

Pumpkin Orange Bread ~ From My Carolina Home

Next, Spiced Pumpkin Cake Donuts!  Download that recipe – Spiced Pumpkin Cake Donuts

Spiced Pumpkin Cake Donuts at From My Carolina Home

Caramel Apple Coffee Cake , download the pdf for this recipe – Caramel Apple Coffee Cake

Caramel Apple Coffee Cake

Apple Cake Donuts is one of the first recipes I did for the blog in 2014.  Download the recipe – Apple Cake Donuts

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See this post for making Perfect Breakfast Eggs.

Perfect Breakfast Eggs | From My Carolina Home

Breakfast for Thanksgiving day (and many years Christmas Day as well) is usually a baked egg dish with sausage or bacon and lots of cheese.  I haven’t done a post on it yet, even though I have made it year after year.  This year I’ll try to remember to get photos and give you my recipe.  It is flavorful, cheesy deliciousness with hot coffee and scones or biscuits.  I am reworking my scone recipe and should have that for you soon as well.

Autumn Breakfast at From My Carolina Home

Do you have a favorite autumn recipe?

 

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Autumn Jubilee Week 4 Winners

One more week of giveaways, and we have several more winners. There is an additional surprise today too, so read on to the end. There is still time to enter this week’s giveaways, just look back to the previous posts.  Today is the final day for entering the Electric Quilt drawing from last Sunday, be sure to get in on that one!

First up, the Perfect Scissors!

The very lucky winner of the Karen Kay Buckley Scissors is April, congratulations!!

Giveaway winners at From My Carolina Home

If you would like to have a pair, click on Karen Kay Buckley’s Perfect Scissors to get your pair from Fat Quarter Shop.  Or, get the 4-inch ones at this Amazon link-  Karen Kay Buckley 4-Inch Perfect Scissors.

Giveaway winners at From My Carolina Home

Congratulations to Joni who won the new purpla Olfa Splash rotary cutter!  Get your Olfa Splash Cutter at FQS too – Olfa Splash

Did you see the gorgeous fabric available in wide widths at Backside Fabrics?

Amber wins the Backside Fabrics gift certificate with her tweet, congratulations!!

Giveaway Winner at From My Carolina Home

I have had such a great time reading all your comments this month!  Although there are too many to respond to every one, I want you all to know that they have been so fun, and some very heartwarming, thank you!  That brings me to the winner of the out-of-print Gooseberry Patch gardening book, For Bees and Me.  If you didn’t win, Amazon has some for just a few dollars plus shipping, click on the title link or the picture below to see them and order your copy.

For Bees and Me by Gooseberry Patch

The winner of the book is Jill K, who lives in New Zeeland. She wrote “I am really enjoying your posts. I loved this latest post with all the various animals and bird life wandering freely – I do miss seeing this close up. I live in New Zealand and we are coming into Summer. I have just moved house and I am looking forward to putting my mark on the garden. Spring growth is lush at the moment. Thank you for sharing as it is always a pleasure to see what each issue brings.”  I am thrilled to have another international winner!!

The surprise is I have decided to share my tomato seed bounty with a couple of readers.

Saving Tomato Seeds at From My Carolina Home

For the first winner, I picked a second name from the gardening comments, and the winner is Nancy H.  Nancy said “We moved into our home last fall. I am afraid this last spring and summer I did not get much done in my garden. My husband decided to rip out much of the shrubs that were present. I am hopeful for next spring when I will have retired and has more time to work in the yard.”  I hope you want to grow tomatoes next year.

The second person will be chosen from comments on today’s post.  Both seed winners will get some of my heirloom red tomato seeds along with some Cherokee Purple seeds, and maybe a surprise addition too.  So leave a comment today about the Autumn Jubilee event overall, what you liked best, what you would like to see more of in the future, or anything you want to say.  And again, thank you for reading, and commenting!!

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Stars on Autumn Lane Assembly and Borders

Are you ready to assemble?  I know some of you have already done this, and I am enjoying seeing all your shares on the groups on Flickr and Facebook.  I will finish up with the quilting next week, I know it will be November, but we just need an extra post to get it all in.

For both designs, arrange blocks in an alternating pattern.  The borders on this one are simple, a pretty print or a textured solid first border.  Certainly you can add additional scrappy borders as you like.

If you have done the tesselating design, you may wish to do the first border with the points extending into the border.  This is fairly easy, just figure out how many points you need.  You’ll make flying geese for those, adding fabric strips to the ends to complete the border.  For the table topper you need four flying geese units.

So make the geese using two more HSTs per point needed.  Instructions and sizes in the pdf.

Note that the scrappy print is the exterior of the geese, and the geese section is background.

For the table topper, the strips are added on each side, exactly the same length.  For other sizes, I have included the formula for figuring out exactly what you’ll need.

Attach to the opposite sides first, then you’ll add 3-1/2 inches to the strip length to accommodate the first border width.

Attach the border pinning the points to be sure they line up nicely.  Cut the border to exact length prior to sewing.

Now put the other sides on, again pinning is key to getting them perfectly placed.  Here’s a pdf of the border instructions for the points – Stars on Autumn Lane Borders

Add more borders if you like.  Quilt as you like and bind as usual.  Next time I’ll show you how I quilted mine.

Facebook Autumn Jubilee Sharing group is getting rolling with shares, and everyone who has asked to join have been approved. You can also upload your photos to our Flickr group Autumn Jubilee.

Today’s Giveaway is a Fat Quarter Shop $25 Gift Certificate!  See their gorgeous autumn collections, layer cakes and cake mix recipe papers for your next project, or to make another Stars on Autumn Lane Quilt. Check out today’s flash sale!

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Giveaway entries will be open until October 31st.  What are you wishing for from Fat Quarter Shop?

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October in the Garden and a Giveaway

Our weather has continued to be warm through most of the month, not really getting chilly at night until this past weekend. But I know that the garden is winding down, most of the flowers are done. It is time to prepare for some things to come indoors for the winter. One of the plants I want to keep over winter is this schefflera, and it was getting potbound. It was a gift, and I had not paid any attention to it other than to set it out on the veranda and water it. So it got a bigger pot.

October in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

While it was still nice outside, I wanted to dig up more of the day lilies. I was going to a quilt retreat early in the month and wanted to give some away to friends. So I dug up two more big clumps, divided them, and put them in bags to take with me.

October in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

So, the brick planter in the front looked like this last summer, full of two colors of day lilies. This was one end….

Late June Garden at From My Carolina Home

and this was the other.  Between these two clumps of day lilies were several purple iris plants.

Late June Garden at From My Carolina Home

After I dug up the daylilies and the irises, I planted two perennials on one end. They are miniature asters. I haven’t had these before so will see how they do.

October in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

I got them on the bargain shelf at the garden center for 50 cents each.

October in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

I also needed to make room for these, a bag of irises. They were picked up from a gardener friend who got three times this amount on a free giveaway. I don’t know what color they are. With my luck, they will be purple, LOL, since I am already overrun with that color. I really hope they are white or yellow. But, I won’t know until spring. They went into the brick planter on the other end until I know what color they are.  If they are purple, I’ll dig them up and give them away next summer.

October in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Believe it or not, I still have tomatoes growing. Some larger ones I just had to pick and bring inside to the window to ripen. There are still over a dozen really small ones that may not make it to maturity. But, I’ll leave them there for now.  I am still not happy with my tomato pie recipe, but DH has asked that we take a break from that particular recipe for a bit.  So, I am shelving any further testing on that one until next tomato season.  Not to worry though, I have other recipes ready to share in November.

October in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

One more hydrangea, and these will be done for the season.

October in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

The African violets got huge over the summer, and I brought them inside for the winter.

October in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

October in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

I brought in the red amaryllis too. A few days later, the leaf fronds started to turn yellow, so I cut them off and put the bulb’s vase in a cool spot in the Carolina room and covered it up so it could rest. It needs about six weeks of dry dormancy. I’ll bring it out the first of December to start watering it in the hope that I’ll get earlier flowers next year. If it blooms again, it will be the fifth year that it has bloomed.  Amazing to me, as I have thrown these away in the past after the first year!

October in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Putting the orchid outside in the summer heat was good for it, but it still doesn’t look like it is going to flower.  I was happy to see some new leaves, though, so there is hope.

October in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Back outside, there are two daisies that decided to bloom once more before winter.

October in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Wildlife is visiting our mountain home regularly as well. Just past the hosta seed pods, there are four deer in this photo. A small family unit with one male, a female and two juveniles.  Look carefully and you can see their tails on the right.

October in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Beautiful buck, isn’t he!

October in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Both of the little ones still have their fawn coloring with spots.

October in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

On another day, a second small herd with two females and two young ones stopped by for some acorns.

October in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

These deer were much more skittish, and took off for the woods fairly quickly, so getting their picture was a challenge.

October in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

On the feeder, the purple finch is stopping by more often. He discovered the lower feeder that DH put up.

October in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

The goldfinches live here year round, and are in the process of losing their bright color for winter.

October in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

This little guy, a young woodchuck (or ground hog if you prefer), has been seen several times. He loves the acorns like the other visitors do.

October in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

A large flock of female turkeys are stopping by on almost a daily schedule. There are 12 or 13 of them, and they have decided that they like the bread I give them. It is funny to go out on the veranda and call out “hi, girls!” and then watch them run up the hill from the meadow or the driveway toward me to get a bite.

October in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

They don’t get a lot, and I try to throw the bites so everyone gets one. When I am out of bread, I go back inside, and they dine on acorns for a bit. Then they move on.  I have seen a male only once, and that was down the hill.  I’d love to see Bert and Ernie again.

October in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

I am still harvesting parsley and I plan to just leave this for as long as it wants to continue.  The yellow calibrachoa are still blooming their heads off.

October in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

The torenias continue to bloom a little, mostly on new growth at the top, but the trailing parts are looking a bit ragged. A Carolina Wren has taken to sleeping in this pot, buried in the foliage, and I scare him sometimes when I go out at dusk. He startles me as well when he flies out unexpectedly.

October in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Today’s giveaway is from my collection of Gooseberry Patch books. This one is out of print, and was published in 1997. It is charming book, wonderful for cold winter days to read about gardening and planning, recipes for garden veggies, herbal treats and more. It has some fun projects to do with things grown in the garden, and to do for the garden. Charming and fun in traditional Gooseberry Patch style. I have two copies, so one can be yours!

For Bees and Me by Gooseberry Patch

Entering today is easy, just leave a comment on this post about your garden, what you are doing now or your plans, anything to do with your garden.  Yes, international entries welcome, I can send anywhere.  Good luck!

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Autumn Jubilee Tablet Cover Sew Along Finishing

Today we’ll finish the Tablet Cover, and have another Giveaway.  I hope you are enjoying the projects for Autumn Jubilee!  Share your progress and finished projects on the Facebook Autumn Jubilee Sharing group.  You can also upload your photos to our Flickr group Autumn Jubilee.

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Using the last two layer cakes, cut strips 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 inches wide, as is your preference for binding. I used two more prints in the same colors, sewing the strips end to end alternating the prints.

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Fold in half lengthwise and press.  Sew to the right side.  I have a multi-part tutorial on Binding, to show exactly how to do the corners with tips on getting those perfect miters, joining the ends and finishing.  Since we are using straight of grain binding this time, start with Part 2 Here.

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Finish stitching the binding, either by hand or machine.

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Press the completed piece to sharpen up the corners and crisp the quilting.

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Add 4-inch velcro strips to the inside of the rounded end, and the outside of the opposite end about 1 inch from the end edge. Put the soft side on the rounded edge so it won’t scratch the tablet. Center both from the side edges. Top stitch in place.

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Fold the base up from the bottom 10-1/2-inches, this should be right at the seam between the two blocks.

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Stitch in the ditch of the binding.

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Fold the top over and press the velcro together to hold it closed. All done!

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Slip your tablet inside for easy carrying and to keep the screen safe and clean.

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Wouldn’t this make a great gift for the holidays this year for your tablet lover?

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

The backside is just as nice as the front.

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Suitable for guys too, DH likes his.  Of course, fabric choices are key for the guys.

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Today’s giveaway is sponsored by Moda Fabrics by United Notions, and the prize is two layer cakes!!  Thistle Farm and Harvest Hill prints are perfect for fall sewing, and making gifts.  They would make a bunch of Tablet Covers!

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Wool Stitch Along Finishing and EQ8!!

Today is the finishing post for the wool stitch along penny rug.  Just a few tips to show you the way I like to finish mine.  Fast and simple is is the goal.  Here’s the finished project to tempt you, LOL!!  You can still see the steps and get the pattern on the previous Sunday posts.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

I use fusible stabilizer on the backside of the stitched piece, mainly the ends and bits left over from other projects.  I fuse to the stitching side with a hot iron no steam, according to the directions for the brand.  Be sure to read the instructions on yours.  This does two things, it locks down the stitches so it is less likely that they will become loose over time, and adds some body to the finished piece.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Next, audition your base color.  I thought about this green as it went well with the buttons and set off the rust appliques.  I also tried out a rust base color, which accented the buttons more than the appliques, so I went with the green.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Lay your applique piece on the base, and mark a cutting line 1/2-inch away from the edge of the applique piece.  I use a Chaco chalk marker for thin lines, like this one – Clover Chaco Liner.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

The thin lines are easy to see for cutting and brush off easily.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Trim to the line with your Perfect Scissors.  The drawing for the Karen Kay Buckley scissors was this morning, so if you didn’t get an email, order your pair with my affiliate links at Fat Quarter Shop HERE or at Amazon 7-1/2-Inch Perfect Scissors, 6-inch Perfect Scissors, and 4-inch Perfect Scissors.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Pin in a few places to keep the piece in place.  Using two strands of matching or contrasting color floss, begin the stitching of the base  by burying the knot between the layers.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

For the edge, I think a deep whip stitch looks nice, kind of folk art style.  Blanket stitch would also work well, your preference.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Continue all the way around, catching just the top of the base layer so no stitches show on the underside.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

After your last stitch, make one more just catching a bit of wool to knot off.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Pass through the loop just once.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Pull securely but not too tight, the knot is tiny and really won’t be noticeable.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Now insert the needle between the layers on the edge right at the knot, and bring up at some point in the interior of the top piece.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Pull up slightly and cut the floss.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

The end of the floss will retract behind the top, disappearing.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

All done!!

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Display with a candle or other autumn decorative piece.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Did you enjoy the stitch along?  Share your progress and finished projects on the Facebook Autumn Jubilee Sharing group.  You can also upload your photos to our Flickr group Autumn Jubilee.

Have you heard, EQ8 releases tomorrow for current EQ7 owners!! If you are a current EQ7 owner, beginning tomorrow you can Upgrade From EQ7 to EQ8 25% OFF until November 6, 2017!!  Yes, I’ll be upgrading my EQ7 so I can bring you more mysterys and quilt alongs.  General release for new buyers is 11/13.  This is NOT an affiliate link.

So help celebrate, Electric Quilt is providing a $25 gift certificate for today’s drawing!  Even if you don’t have quilting software, you can still use the gift certificate on other items anyone can use like their Printables.

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If you don’t have the software, check out the Behind the Mouse blog, they often have giveaways and who knows what will happen with the EQ8 launch?  You can subscribe to be notified of new offers too.

So leave a comment on the stitch along or EQ8, and be ready for entering the giveaway!  Thank you all for stitching along.

 

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