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I missed wishing my friends who celebrated Christmas warm wishes for a very merry holiday! I have come across quite a few Facebook friends who write about their difficulty with the holidays, perhaps not being a part of a large family or living
far from friends. These times can be difficult and to those who spent the day on their own, I hope you had a peaceful, gratifying day!

As 2019 comes around I wish all of you wonderful followers, stitchers, readers, and friends a new year filled with peace, contentment, creativity, and health.

A gift for the new year from me to you!

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After posting the photo below of my lovely apple cake many asked for the recipe. 
Here it is!!
1 whole egg, beaten
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking powder
5 apples (recipe calls for Pippin apples, I used Granny Smith)

Topping: 1 egg beaten
3 tablespoons melted butter
3 tablespoons sugar
some cinnamon

Mix all ingredients for the cake, not including the apples and put into a straight sided 9" buttered cake pan. Peel and cut apples into thin slices. Add apples onto batter making concentric circles using the apple wedges. This is how I placed the apples...


First place a circle of wedges forming a circle and then form a smaller circle with wedges cut in half.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
Drizzle topping over cake and continue baking for an additional 15-20 minutes until lightly brown and bubbly on top. (Don't use all the topping, it's really enough for 2 cakes).
TADA!

I also made my favorite winter fruit salad which you may want to try.
I cut pineapple, kiwi, and mandarine into small pieces. Add pomegranate arils, they bring such beautiful color and taste! Mix 1 tablespoon honey and 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice. Add the honey and lemon dressing and top with a few pieces of fresh mint. A real winter treat! (it's on the table in the photo above).

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Amy Gross, an amazing fiber artist creates hand-embroidered and beaded fiber sculptures that contain colorful nods to the natural world. Bees, leaves, honeycomb, and moss, an array of birds, mushrooms, and other fungi. None of the elements of her pieces are found objects, but rather each handmade from craft store supplies and objects like yarn, beads, wire, and paper.













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Agnes Herczeg works with pillow lace and needle lace traditional techniques to make these small masterpieces.




































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Ana Martins, who works as Aheneah





















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When moving into a new home, one that has just been built, you are foolish to think that it's back to normal. We just had whole sections of the house repainted, touched up, and today the entire place, (aside from the studio), is covered with a film of dust. In the meantime I've been busy improving on some of the design books, writing new instruction books and setting up homes in display cases for my jewelry work. A large glass case is being put together for some smaller needlepoint pieces as well.





I now have an outdoor area and a greenroom for plants galore. I've been working on terrariums and plantscapes and having a wonderful time with my hands in dirt!
This big beauty is going to a new home and a new family today! There are many more in the works.



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Work by portrait artist and photographer Shelly Mosman.































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