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The holidays are here! CraftyNEWS has been very busy, painting, sewing, gluing tons of FUN craft projects! This month, of course, we will focus on homemade gifts! There is nothing like a homemade gift, both the sender and receiver feel good about it. It is so nice to receive a gift that someone made just for you. They took their time and effort, and made a unique and special item. We also have great holiday recipes from our readers - try them! It is sure to make your dinner special! And, new this month, a great craft idea from Lorraine's crafts. Check it out!

Take care, happy holidays & happy reading! A. Trepper Editor/Publisher Crafty NEWS

Quote of the month... "Announced by all the trumpets of the sky, arrives the snow." Ralph Waldo Emerson


Christmas Tree Card Holder
Great gift for someone who always tapes up Holiday Cards on their door!
Our Monthly Interactive WEB Craft from Lorraine's Crafts
Really cute Angel project, very economical, makes a great gift!
Homemade Holiday Cards
A nice way to say Happy Holidays!
Homemade Gift Wrap
Elegant, fun, and easy!
Juniper Tree Centerpiece
Looks great on your holiday table!
Handmade Garland
Beautiful beaded garland project!


Holiday Punch
A lovely, non-alcoholic punch
Ham Baked in Crust
Great, interesting way to cook ham!
Plum Pudding
Traditional English Dessert


Napkins are always in CraftyNEWS. We believe that a dinner table should be beautiful, no matter what the occasion.

Always start with a clean, pressed napkin. White always looks the best, and it can be matched with anything.

For sparkle and elegance, try gold or silver iridescent mesh, found at fabric stores in the special occasion department.

You will need app.. 1 1/2 yards to make four napkins.

Measure out each napkin at 12" x 12".

With very, very low heat, iron 1/4" seam around each edge. Turn again, and press, so raw edges are turned under, and not showing.

Base with same color thread. Practice basting on your scrap fabric first, mesh needs a very loose stitch.

For presentation, lay white napkin down first. Place mesh napkin over white. Take one corner, and pull through napkin ring.

Fan out top to show both colors.

Great napkin wraps - tie a few strands of Raffia around the napkin, tie, trim edges. Place a silk poinsettia flower in the raffia knot.


Katy's Krafts
Filled with great ideas, web site links - check it out!!
Lorraine's Crafts
Great site, contributor of this months Craft Project - thanks again Lorraine!


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