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October 8, 2020
Organizing Threads, Stitching & Love from Where Art & Life Meet

Every now and then my work space becomes unmanageable. I’m not the most organized person, but I know where everything is in my little chaotic work area, until it reaches a point when I can’t stand it any more. So yesterday I did what my husband always does (he’s a masterful organizer) when he’s organizing… Continue reading Organizing Threads, Stitching & Love

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September 30, 2020
Pin It Weekly #334 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Just a few recent pins...

                  From barn shed corncrib silo granary mill

            From craft diy make

            From heart, quilts

just for fun :-)

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Happenings and door hangers from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Last week Richard's aunt passed away. She and his mom were quite close, so we offered to take her to the services in Ville Platte, about 45 minutes' drive. The burial was in Prairie Rhonde, a place rather than a town, per se. I sat in the back seat, taking pictures because it's almost impossible to hear a conversation happening in the front seat. (That's a big-truck problem.) Anyway, I discovered both a grain mill and a wonderful old red barn. 

The grain mill is in town, but this barn is in the middle of nothingness. Well ...

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September 24, 2020
Pin It Weekly #333 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

  Hello Weekly! Do you remember when I wrote last week that I really wanted to paint a mason jar? Well, I did. It's not so much fun, actually.

I painted a few in fall colors. Then distressed them. Then put a sealant on them. The paint still wants to scratch off. I had conned Rich into making some crates for them, so they are going in my little shop at Griffin's, but I don't know about this painted glass business. 

Notice the crosses leaning on the jars? There are three. Rich made those because (I think) it ...

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September 17, 2020
Pin It Weekly #332 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

 It's Weekly time! Here's hoping that you're having a fabulous week. I've been crafting. That's all. Crafting. And enjoying every minute. I thought I'd share some of the ideas that I've been toying with. I haven't made them all, but I'm hoping that the next week or so will see most of them complete. 

I really want to paint a mason jar!

 Who doesn't love wooden candy corn?!

And because I've gone a little crazy with the door hangers. 

 Hopefully I'll finish the door hangers that are waiting ...

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September 16, 2020
Covid Crafting from Needle and Foot

Between the Covid safety measures and the wildfires out here, our family is basically stuck inside and at home. The smoke continues to pollute the air and our Air Quality Index has ranged from 175 to 352 (the highest I have seen it) over the last month. (As a point of reference, 0-50 is considered healthy, clean air). In our area, the fire that started this mess began on August 14th. Fortunately, that fire has been dealt with but there are myriad other fires up and down the whole west coast, keeping the air very unhealthy.

Having to stay inside ...

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August 5, 2020
Itchin’ to be Stitchin’ with Felt from Quiltwoman Blog

I just love the look of wool felt applique. I love the raised texture, the traditional and the modern looks that can be done with felt, and I really like that felt doesn’t ravel. What is also great about wool felt applique is that it is an easy handwork to do while traveling – my husband loves to drive. But the problem is, I’m allergic to wool!


For a long time now, I have been just admiring wool felt from a distance. Then I discovered bamboo felt. I was so excited to be able to use a product ...

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July 30, 2020
Today is World Embroidery Day! from Where Art & Life Meet

It’s World Embroidery Day! Begun in Sweden just five years ago, this is a day to celebrate. In honor of this fabulous day, I am including some of my favorite stitchers. The first is the amazingly talented Junko Oki. And while you might not associate any of these artists with “embroidery” as embroidery is typically… Continue reading Today is World Embroidery Day!

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Random Videos & Thoughts from Where Art & Life Meet

Have you seen this before? Amazing!! Another gem sent to me by my mother. All I kept thinking as I watched this was, “NOOOO! It’s too beautiful to cut into!” While at the same time fascinated and eagerly awaiting the next cake to see what was inside. Creativity knows no bounds. Then there’s this, which… Continue reading Random Videos & Thoughts

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July 1, 2020
Pin It Weekly #342 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

DIY Mask with Nose Wire & Filter Pocket – mmb by hand

Face Mask Pattern - Free Sewing Patter • Craft Passion

Hello! Happy weekly! I hope you are well and wearing a mask. I know, there are lots of opinions about whether masks help. How can they not? The world has believed that a tissue helps to prevent colds and flu when someone coughs or sneezes. How can two or three pieces of fabric NOT help? It's just common sense. 

Read the best DIY mask tutorial with this easy face mask pattern printable. Machine or hand stitch with or without a filter. Instructions, photos, video.

Wearing a mask helps to prevent viruses and bacteria from being expelled forward from the mouth or nose. Maybe it doesn't prevent every bit of mist from getting away, but surely it stops some droplets from getting ...

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Make It Your Way from Quiltwoman Blog

Introducing a new pattern series by Nancy Dill, Owner of Use these patterns for Hand Embroidery, Punch Needle Embroidery, Rug Punching or Hooking, Applique, or any other craft you can adapt them to.

The first patterns in the series will be 4 different succulents. We are launching the first one in the series this week called Desert Cactus.

Hand Embroidery

Here is my hand embroidery version on a kitchen towel.

Hand Embroidery

Punch Needle

This version shows it done in punch needle embroidery framed in a 6” hoop.

Punch Needle Embroidery

You can buy all you need for ...

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Keeping Busy from Needle and Foot

June is winding down. Not sure how that is possible but really, it is best not to question things these days. Time passes, some days fly by and others feel so incredibly repetitive. Such is life during a pandemic.

I haven’t shared much lately so I need to get caught up! First off – a little crafting. Julia and I have been trying to spend some time together making projects. A few weeks ago, my son and his wife were here for a weekend (the first time we had seen them since Christmas!!). We spent some time painting small rocks ...

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June 25, 2020
NYC, Phase 2, Magnets & Merlin from Where Art & Life Meet

New York City has entered Phase 2 of its reopening. I wouldn’t know this since I rarely leave our home, except that I needed to find some small, strong magnets and so ventured out to our local hardware store. There, I saw first-hand what stores and their customers will experience in this new reality. Our… Continue reading NYC, Phase 2, Magnets & Merlin

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June 24, 2020
Pin It Weekly #341 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

My "heart, quilts" board is knocking on 13,000 pins--yes! 13 thousand--pins. And you know what is the crazy part? Very few are duplicates. No wonder that board alone has well over 8,000 followers. Plus, there are more quilts out there! It's too much to wrap my brain around. I'd rather just introduce a few of those followers.

Hello to Diane Tryan, who has a "Sweet Recipes" board that makes me drool. Here's why:

Pumpkin-Swirled Oat Bars

Cindy Conner is our newest follower. She has a "crafty ideas" board that is definitely worth your time. It has a ...

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June 23, 2020
Three Different Ways to Make Rugs from Quiltwoman Blog

You probably remember the first kind, they were very popular in the 60’s and 70’s.

Latch Hook Rugs

The hook had a little door on it and you worked with a 3” piece of yarn. You started at the bottom and row by row worked your way up to the top. The canvas was preprinted and you just followed the colors.

Well we are now hooking rugs, much like one hundred years ago, using everything we can find. It is a way of going green. The thrift stores have a bounty of treasures and rug hookers are on ...

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June 16, 2020
New FaceBook Group, Label Makers, Community & Joy! from Where Art & Life Meet

The big news around here is that I created a new FaceBook Group – Ariane Zurcher Stitching Circle. It is meant for any and all who love hand stitching or want to learn. More than anything it is a place to support one another, have fun, get inspiration, be creative, enjoy the company of like… Continue reading New FaceBook Group, Label Makers, Community & Joy!

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June 4, 2020
Pin It Weekly #339 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Things for you to pin. Starting with ideas for your home: 

Custom Last Name & Monogram Vinyl Decal Set - Family Vinyl Wall Art Decal, Last Name Vinyl, Personalized Vinyl, Home Decor, Monogram, 26x16 by TheVinylCompany on Etsy

46 Cozy Farmhouse Living Room Decor Ideas That Make You Feel In Village - BUILDEHOME

And also crafts to keep the kids busy. 
These Birdhouse Crafts for Kids will be enjoyed by children of almost any age. #diyhomedecor

#gluedtomycrafts Paper Plate & Tissue Paper Tropical Fish - Kid Craft

Silly Monster Craft for Kids - Fun recycled craft idea with egg cartons, paper rolls, and more. Halloween craft idea!

Transform a humble toilet roll into a pretty princess all dressed to go to the ball. A beautiful princess craft for kids. A gorgeous TP roll princess craft for fairytale mad children. The tulle netting adds a little bit of extra pizazz to this fairytale craft. #paperrollprincess #TProllprincess #princesstoiletpaperroll #princesstoiletroll #princesstoiletrollcraft

Fun & creative ways for kids to paint with leaves.  Fall leaf crafts for preschool and elementary. #leafart #leafpainting #leafprintart #leafpaintingforkids #leafpaintingdiy #leafcrafts #leafcraftsforkids #leafcraftspreschool #leafartprojectsforkids #leafprinting #fallcrafts #growingajeweledrose #activitiesforkids

Have you ever used crafts to teach your children about God? That is exactly what Mary Kate from Christianity Cove does. With games and crafts you can teach your children bible lessons that they will remember! Today she is here sharing a Light of the World Paper Lanterns craft. It is cute, fun and easy to do! Light of the World Paper Lanterns Craft: Materials Needed: - Construction paper or patterned Scrapbooking Paper - 1 sheet for each child -

Painted Rock Photo Holder Craft for Kids: These make perfect homemade gifts for Christmas, Mother's Day or any special day! A fun art project for children of all ages! #buggyandbuddy #rockpainting #homemadegift #craftsforkids #kidscrafts #artforkids #artprojects

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April 16, 2020
1,000 YouTube Subscribers and Some Gratitude from Where Art & Life Meet

Eight weeks ago today, I posted my first video to the YouTube Channel I created, On the Other Hand. Yesterday I hit 1,000 subscribers! What began as an idea to benefit Left Handed people who love to sew and hand stitch, has grown into a much larger more all encompassing vision and where I demonstrate… Continue reading 1,000 YouTube Subscribers and Some Gratitude

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March 6, 2020
And Yet More Fiesta! from Quilt Obsession

I am not even close to finishing the Fiesta top. I keep forgetting that even though I laid out the blocks and thought I had the block placement all figured out, I’ve been changing it as I go — so it’s not just a matter of sewing the blocks together now but moving them around and — well, just changing things on every row since the second one!

Blue Block IMG_3228wtmk

So all I’ve got are some more pics of a few of the blocks. First a pretty blue star block.

Gold Block IMG_3230wtmk

Some of the star blocks have a frame, so to speak ...

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March 5, 2020
A New Zippered Pouch PDF from Where Art & Life Meet

With all my free time (insert eyeroll and a sigh here), I designed another zippered pouch! This time an abstract design – Playing with Shapes and it’s a little bigger than my Rhino Pouch. This one is 14″ x 12″. It is also fully lined, has a zipper and the wool front is perfect for… Continue reading A New Zippered Pouch PDF

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