Monthly Archives: October 2006

Free Christmas Cross Stitch Patterns- Free Christmas Cross Stitching Charts

Free Christmas Cross Stitch Charts


Do you have a link to free Christmas cross stitch pattern? Please post in comments section and share with others :)

Small cross stitch projects are a great way to introduce cross stitching and needle work to children. They are relatively quick to make and children are thrilled with the results- it is a real self-esteem builder to look at something beautiful that you made. They also make perfect gifts. Christmas is the perfect time- there are so many free cross stitch patterns for kids to choose from. Here are a selection of links I have put together…
“Snowy Village” Free Cross stitch pattern and chart
Lots of great free cross stitch patterns here from The Chart Shop including Santas, candy canes, reindeer and more. Any of these could easily be backed with cardboard, bit of stuff and made into an ornament.

Free Angel Cross Stitch Patterns Huge assortment of Christmas angel patterns.

Cross Stitch Christmas Stocking Pattern- nice free pattern

Lots of free patterns here, including Christmas patterns.

Very pretty Christmas Cardinal

Assortment of Free patterns, Christmas, holiday charts in pdf format.

Christmas Trumpets, cross stitching chart for bookmark

Two cute little designs , snowman and Santa

Free Halloween Cross Stitch Patterns and Designs

Here are some very cute and free counted cross stitch patterns and designs.
Free Halloween Cross Stitch Patterns:

Halloween – Free Cross Stitch

Country Cottage
has a Halloween designs on their holiday page

Happy Halloween
cute sampler courtesy of “Whispered by the Wind”

“Kitty Boo”
cat in a pumkin courtesy of The Stitcher’s Habit

Free “Happy
Halloween” cross stitch pattern

cross stitch

Free Halloween Cat Cross Stitch by
Wee Darlings

Cute-Free Cross Stitch Pattern – Ghost

Adorable Pumpkin Pattern

Nice Happy Halloween Cross Stitch Pattern- This are in a nice downloadable format. A very nice site and some great free cross stitch patterns.

Witches Cauldron Cross Stitch Chart
free halloween cross stitch witch

Do you have a free seasonal cross stitch pattern you would like to share- or a cross stitch site that offers free patterns? Feel free to post in comments sections- I can always put in the appropriate category.

Nice Halloween Cross stitch pattern books : Halloween Cross Stitch

Turn Your Own Hand Writing into a Font for Computer and MS Word

Very cool! Great for scrapbooks and “letter” writing. I know of two highly recommended sites, will turn your handwriting into your own personal True Type font for 29.95.

The pricier Also is also a popular option.

9.00 will get you your own font at
The personalized font is great to use in journal ling. I like the look and feel of handwritten writing in a scrapbook- but I know many who hate to do it and let fear of making a mistake stop them from journaling. getting your own personal font would be a great idea for some people- also very high cool factor!

If you have expericne with gettign your own fonts- let me know- post in comments section!

Best Spiced Pumpkin Pie Fragrance Oil for Candle Making

I bought some of this on a whim while travelling through a small town in Ontario last year. Thankfully they do ship. The owner, Susan is very efficient to deal with. Hands down the BEST pumpkin pie fragrance oil cent I have ever tried. Has a great throw- even in soy.
I HIGHLY recommend.
Here is link: Spiced Pumpkin Pie Scent

Their other scents are fine- and they have good prices on wax, but this scent is out of this world!

Taste like Recipe: Starbuck’s Oat Fudge Bars: Chocolate Fudge Oat Bars

I know this is not really a “craft” but so many people ask me for this recipe that its just easier for me to post and then send them here :) My kids LOVE these. There are perfect for potluck.

This recipe tastes very similar to Starbuck’s Oat Fudge Bar. Very yummy!


1 Cup butter or margarine
2 Cups packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. real vanilla
3 Cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
3 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
1 14-ounce can (1-1/4 cups) sweetened condensed milk
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1. Set aside 2 Tbs. the butter. Beat the butter with mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar; beat until well mixed. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another large bowl stir together flour and baking soda; stir in oats. Gradually stir dry mixture into beaten mixture. Set aside.

2. In a medium saucepan combine the 2 Tbs., the sweetened condensed milk, and chocolate . Cook over low heat until chocolate melts, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.

3. Press two-thirds (about 3-1/3 cups) of the oat mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Spread chocolate mixture over the oat mixture. Using your fingers, dot remaining oat mixture over the chocolate.

4, Bake in a 350 degree F oven about 25 minutes or until top is lightly browned (chocolate mixture will still look moist). Cool on a wire rack. Cut into 2×2 inch inch bars. Makes about 36 bars.

Halloween Party- Cool Halloween Decorating Ideas

Monster Footprints:
With a magic marker, draw a footprint in a big sponge. Cut out the footprint. Pour washable paint in an 1/8 inch aluminum pan. Press the sponge in the paint and sponge footsteps up your sidewalk to your front door for trick-or-treaters to follow, or around the side of your dark, spooky house. Flip the sponge upside down to stamp the other foot

Spooky Halloween “Shrunken Heads” for Halloween

These little faces, made from dried apples, can look really nasty and sinister — the perfect thing to decorate a Halloween party. Tuck them in among the food at your Halloween Buffet. You can also make lots of dried apple heads and string them up like a spooky garland.

You will need:

whole cloves
a few grains of rice
1/2 C lemon juice
2 tsp. salt

Peel a large apple and coat with mixture of lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of salt to prevent browning. With a potato peeler or small knife carve out eye sockets, a nose, mouth and ears. Don’t worry about carving small details as they will be lost when the apple dries. Go for the big features and nature will take care of the rest.

Use whole cloves for eyes and raw rice grains for teeth (the faces also come out looking great without these extra props, just carve and let dry if you want to keep it simple).

haunted house

Icky Cobwebs
Cut some string into 4 foot lengths and tape them to the ceiling. You should have a very dim room for this. Just before the victim arrives you can hold a bowl of water up to the string and get it wet. When people walk in the wet, slimy string will brush across their foreheads and scare them!
Sit apples on a wire rack in a warm, dry place for about 2 weeks. Shape the faces as they shrink and harden. You can speed the drying process a little by drying in an oven set at the lowest temperature. However, the process will still take several days.

Breast Cancer Awareness: Make a Pink Ribbon to Increase Breast Cancer Awareness

The is from The cancer Society Web site:

Instructions for Making Pink Ribbon Lapel Pin

Throughout October—Breast Cancer Awareness Month—people wear a pink ribbon to honor survivors, remember those lost to the disease, and to support the search for a cure. In 2003, an estimated 211,300 women will learn they have breast cancer, 1,300 men will get the same news, and 40,200 people are expected to die from the disease.

We encourage you to wear a pink ribbon throughout the month of October and join us in the fight against breast cancer.

Follow the printable directions below to make your own pink ribbon lapel pin; no sewing required.
Finished size: 1½” by 5/8″.

You will need:

3 inches of pink ribbon, ¼ inches wide.
1 small safety pin
Needle and small length of pink thread (Optional)
Options to attach to a lapel:

The small safety pin used above
Double stick tape

Cut a 3-inch length of ribbon, snipping both ends at an angle.
Lay the ribbon out horizontally with the shorter edge on top.
Hold down the ribbon’s midpoint. Grasp the left end and fold so it points down and slightly across the midpoint. The fold can be a soft curve or a crisp line.
Fold the right end in the same way so the ribbon crosses itself about ½” below the fold.
Where the ribbon crosses itself, use the small safety pin to hold the ribbon in place, concealing the pin behind the ribbon.
This same pin can be used to attach the ribbon to a collar or lapel. You’ll need to remove the pin from the ribbon, saving the fold, then work from inside your shirt to pin on the folded pink ribbon.
Options: The ribbon can also be sewn together where it crosses by machine or by hand with a few stitches of pink thread. Super strength glue can also be used to hold the ribbon together; then double stick tape or a safety pin can hold it to your lapel.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Call your American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 for more information about breast cancer or to help fight the disease.