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Get the Craft Outta Yo House 3

Remember when I had last call for this a bit ago? There were a number of things I did over the weekend, and here is just a small (minutely small) snippet of it. The rest I either didn't take pictures of, or can't because of the holiday coming up. Here's just a small taste of our weekend.
We spend 24 hours together (about 15 women, 10 of which stay the night) at Roger's B&B, and craft til we drop (or realize it's time to go out to eat!). This year we had a great group of gals, mostly ladies who have always gone to it, with a few newbies. We worked all day and night until 5 of us decided to go to Blue Orchid for dinner. Yum. End of story.
When we got back we resumed our craft stance until well into the night when I was the first one to go to bed at 11:30!
Wake up at 7:30 and get ready for the day. Breakfast around 9 (another yum) was quiche, fruit + granola, juice, coffee, and a muffin. Just a few of us decided to stay after that until around 11 when the last 3 left. Here's just a bit of what I made, in pictures:
I had seen this autumn leaf felt banner awhile back. Loved it, and this was a cute (and cheap, and easy!) way to dress up an entry way.
I made a TON of fabric christmas bags, and here are the fabric piles I didn't get to yet. I believe I made around 12, with plenty left to go. We've used fabric bags instead of Christmas wrap/sacks for years, but it seems I've outgrown our stash. Of course I made a ton of extra for friends, extended family who have presents sent to them, and just generally on hand in case anyone wants to buy a few from me.

Aren't these bulbs-in-a-jar cute? Kaitlyn always does such a great job, and I didn't even get a shot of the "community craft" she had us all make--recipes on our own individual pot holders.
Some of the other things I worked on were:
*A blue + white felt snowflake wall/door art
*worked a lot on Ani's Christmas sweater (still about 20 rows left)
*made my own pot holder with PW Spicy Corn Chowder as my recipe

It may not sound like much but other than the 8 hours of sleeping and the 1.5 hours of eating at Blue Orchid, I spend every other moment crafting. And it was a blast. Thanks Kaitlyn for putting it together, love it every year!


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