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Sweet Paul’s Thanksgiving…And His New Winter Magazine!

If you love beautiful photographs of delicious food, fun crafts and home decorating ideas that will make you smile, then check out Sweet Paul! They also have recipes to go along with the beautiful food pics and some DIY gift wrap inspiration! Enjoy!

Recently he’s been putting out digital magazines of his collections. Last year, he put out a Holiday edition that featured ideas for Thanksgiving and Christmas! So, if it’s your turn to host this year’s Thanksgiving feast for your family, and you still don’t know what you’ll be serving, check out some of Sweet Paul’s ideas here. Here’s a glimpse:

And for the latest Winter edition of Sweet Paul's Magazine, check this out!

Doesn't French Toast Stars sound like a fabulous Christmas Morning breakfast?!

Check out the adorable tartan Scottie ornaments!

Don't forget to check out back issues of the magazine on the left nav bar when you're viewing any of the editions.

My favorite edition to date is the Special Kids edition from this past spring! This article is full of recipes for homemade organic baby food! So great! And the rest of the magazine has adorable crafts and kid-friendly recipes and party ideas!

I always look forward to the next edition of Sweet Paul Magazine! I hope you will too! Enjoy!

DIY Valentines – for the Frugal at Heart

These adorable Valentine Stickers are a free printable download from Twig & Thistle. What a great way to tell your spouse or kids you love them by sticking these in their lunch boxes!

Naturally Sweet Valentines from Twig & Thistle

This next DIY Valentine is every bit as sweet as the last, but probably not as good for you. Homemade Lollipops from Crafting a Green World blog.

Click image for recipe

Here’s a simple one from Martha Stewart: Valentine Sun Catchers made from recycled crayons.

Click the picture for instructions from Martha!

Or how about these ideas made from felt from Crafting a Green World:

Click for instructions.

Now here's some conversation hearts that last and won't rot your teeth!

These hand stitched felt envelopes are adorable!

Or from Going Home to Roost:

Valentine's iPod Case!

Valentine's Banner - Create your own message!

How about these adorable gifts:

Or how about these matchbox valentines filled with your favorite candy! What a great idea for kids to share with their classmates!

Here’s another favorite: Heart Garland from Going Home to Roost:

So cute! You could make this simple or elaborate and hang in the kitchen or on a mirror.

If nothing else, there’s always the handmade card or homemade coupon booklet (coupons for free dinner out, free babysitting, free back massage, or whatever your Valentine loves). Happy Valentine’s Day!

A Few of My Favorite Things…from Indie Craft Parade

Last night was so much fun! After work, we had dinner at Coffee Underground, then headed over to the 1st Annual Indie Craft Parade! I could not believe how many people were there. In 3 hours, over 1400 people came! There were 77 vendors, all with extraordinary, hand-crafted items, from jewelry to kids clothing, from baked goods and handmade fine chocolates to hand sewn journals. It was fabulous!

And they had food vendors and live music! I couldn’t believe they didn’t charge an admission rate. The founders envision doing this for years and years to come and will possibly charge a $1-2 admission fee in the future, but this year they wanted it to be 100% free to really excite the community about these great local businesses. We stuck around for the raffle but sadly did not win anything. I did however score some finds. Here’s a glimpse of some of my favorite artists and their goods…

I bought this lovely little vintage bird pin from Erin Godbey of 17 Dove Street and mastermind hostess of the Indie Craft Parade! She’s one of the blogs I follow on a regular basis!

Vintage Bird Pin from 17 Dove Street - $4.

Then I bought this adorable little espresso mug from Katie Coston of Illyria and this delicious Cinnamon Chocolate Bread from Katie Gerdt.

Cinnamon Chocolate Babka, $5 - Hand-thrown Ceramic Mug, $12

Of course, I had to try out the mug this morning for breakfast, so I brewed a rich French Press of an Organic Peruvian blend and enjoyed it black. I also had a banana, and, no, I did not eat even a quarter of what was on the plate.

Breakfast: Organic Coffee, Cinnamon Chocolate Babka from Katie Gerdt and Apple Streudel from the Bavarian Pretzel Factory (one of the food vendors).

Here are a few of my other favorite artists’ sites (in alphabetical order by brand). Click the picture to be linked to the artist’s site.

Alice book with original art by Cory Godbey (husband of Erin of 17DoveStreet)

Just Between You and Me Necklace from http://www.cravestudio.etsy.com

Cork Garden Necklace by Jen Moreau of Fox to the Opera

All the Tea in China earrings by Involution Design

My friend Ben Kammer and I had a dream of opening a tea shop and pottery studio. It hasn't happened yet, but he's got the pottery thing going on the side now. He makes beautiful pottery!

Unique Kiln Fused Glass Creations by LeisaWorks

Vintage Garden Hoop Earrings by LilyPottery.com

Tea Towels by PonyandPoppy.com

Handcrafted Chocolate Bars by Sweeteeth

Farmers Market Bags by ThreeBadSeeds.com

Fatty the Whale by ThreeBadSeeds.com

Recipe Cards by Two Over Zero

The event is open until 5PM tonight at the Huguenot Mill behind the Peace Center in Greenville, SC. Check it out!

www.indiecraftparade.com