The leaves are putting on a show of red, gold and burnt orange, so why not bring some of that color home too? One of our favorite times of year to decorate, fall is the perfect time to add some warmth to your cozy home, whether it's with a new wreath on the door or a tablescape to welcome guests all season long.
In today's slideshow, we're sharing some of the most inspiring ideas from our favorite bloggers. With so many inspiring ideas out there, we can't wait to get started!
Mason Jar Lid Pumpkin
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Leave it to Rachel of Surviving the Stores to turn something as everyday as canning jar rings into something so clever and cute. Click over to get the full tutorial and make your own Mason Jar Lid Pumpkin.
Need a command central for your busy family?
Want to plan meals where everyone can see them?
Love the look of chalkboard paint but not the permanence?
Today's Favorite Find is the answer!
Veggies are growing and flowers are in bloom.
As for garden baubles, there's always more room.
A sparkling wind chime or a cozy bird home...
A planter for pansies or a handmade stepping stone.
You can make all these projects and more,
when you see what our friends have in store.
Ready to craft up something neat?
Then keep on reading, because you're in for a treat.
With the 4th of July right around the corner, we can't wait to celebrate our great nation's birthday. Today's project is sure to be the star of your table, and it's so simple, you don't even need a sewing machine.
Made from layers of soft felt and batting, this trivet is a great way to add a handmade patriotic touch to your celebrations and protect your surfaces...indoors and out!
Get all the details below...
If you're anything like us, your flea market and garage sale adventures always have you bringing home lots of new treasures...but what will you do with those one-of-a-kind finds? Let today's slideshow inspire your creativity. We're sharing some of our favorite DIY transformations!
Gathered from a few of our favorite bloggers, these upcycles are sure to inspire you to take a fresh look at your garage goodies. One gal's trash is your next treasure, right? Let's get started.
Whenever we're hosting a get-together, we love to serve lemonade, ice tea or punch in our trusty Mason jars, so when we saw these pewter cuties, we couldn't resist sharing them with you.
Made in the USA, these lids feature a daisy cut-out design (perfect for your straws!) and will fit any size regular-mouth jar, from the 4-ounce jelly jars to the mighty 16-ounce canning jars. Not just for dressing up drinks, they're a terrific topper for homemade jar candles...such a pretty way to add some pizzazz.
While we'll always have a soft spot for classic terra cotta pots, clever containers add a touch of whimsy to porches, patios and decks. Even out in flower beds, there's just something special about an unexpected container, overflowing with green leaves.
Who doesn't love a whimsical whiskey barrel full of bright blooms? How about an old window frame overflowing with succulents? Today, we're sharing some of the best ideas we've seen, all from our favorite bloggers. Take a peek and be inspired...ready, set, GROW!
Tipsy Pot Planter
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These pots may look tipsy, but they're really held together by a strong rod in the center and grounded by an old-fashioned zinc washtub at the bottom. Visit Endless Acres Farmtiques for the complete tutorial and step-by-step photos.
Have us over for dinner
We'll do the dishes!
It's finally arrived! We're so very proud to present our new kitchenware collection. From plates, platters and bowls to roomy mugs and kitchen textiles, you can now celebrate every day the Gooseberry Patch way.
Love our classic gingham? We've got lots. How about some sunny sunflowers or art inspired by our favorite farmers' market? With all the mix-and-matchable colors, patterns and illustrations, you can build your collection with your style in mind.
Bring something new to the table
We can never pass by the baskets filled with vintage linens at the flea market, can you? There's just something magical about the worn-soft feel of the towels, aprons and, our favorite, handcrafted doilies. Far from musty-dusty, these delicate beauties can be floral or geometric...sometimes there's even a touch of sweet embroidery in the center or along the edges.
But what to do with your collection? Today, we're sharing a DIY table runner that'll make those darling doilies the star of the table once again...just in time for Easter! Get all the details below.
Vintage Doily Table Runner
It's easier than you'd think to put a modern twist on these old-fashioned table-toppers!
Before you get started...
Choose doilies from your collection that are in the very best condition. You can choose a variety of shapes and sizes or select similar sizes for a more uniform look. Before working with them, hand-wash, line dry, and gently press with a cool iron all doilies you've chosen.
Here's what you'll need:
• An assortment of doilies
• Matching all-purpose sewing thread
• Hand-sewing needle
1. Arrange the doilies into any shape: a strip, a square for a square table, or a circle.You can leave spaces between some of the doilies to add visual interest, but it isn’t necessary to do so. Start by laying out the largest doilies first, and then fill in with smaller ones.You can overlap them or sew them edge-to-edge. To connect them, simply use a needle and thread to hand-tack the doilies together on the underside.
2. If you’re making a piece for a round table, start with a center doily and work outward in a spiral shape. To give a circular piece maximum visual effect, size it to leave 3" between the finished edge and the edge of the table.
The dimensions of your runner will depend on the size and number of the doilies you have and the dimensions of the table or other surface where you want to display it. Our sample, which we made for a 24" x 50" rectangular table, is about 16" wide and 70" long. This allows about 8–10" of overhang at either end of the table.
Keep on sewing! Here are a few more stiched projects you'll love...
Sweet treats made with Peeps!
From jelly beans to chocolate bunnies, Easter is full of delicious candy, but we've always had a soft spot for those soft and sugary Peeps. The cute little chicks and bunnies are delicious on their own and even better when you add their funny faces to treats!
Today's inspiration comes from some of our favorite bloggers, and each idea is a sweet surprise. Pick up a few packs of Peeps and let's get creative.
Easter Peeps Garden Centerpiece
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Set the holiday mood
A flameless candle full of Christmas spirit
There's nothing like the warm glow of candlelight to set the holiday mood. Switch on this flameless wonder and you'll get the best of a candle without the mess!
With a sparkly exterior that reminds us of new-fallen snow, this electric candle comes from LastingLite, a family-owned business based in Indiana. Hand-crafted from a specialized formula of waxes, you'll enjoy its flicker year after year. The “Peace Joy Love” message was created with the look of an old-fashioned chalkboard and it's sure to warm your heart, even when it's chilly out there.
A bonus special find just for you!
As enduring as the story it portrays, this Willow Tree nativity will make a heartfelt addition to your family's Christmas traditions. You'll receive all six pieces shown, the tallest being over 9 inches. Arrives boxed for giving.
Love these items? Stay tuned for more lots more of
Vickie & Jo Ann's favorites, hand-picked goodies just for you!
What a bubbly personality
An elf on the shelf you don't have to move
We just love the mischievous look on this elf's face and no need to move him from room to room, since he keeps watch from any outlet in your house.
See just how cute he is:
Get your night light today!
Love this item? Stay tuned for more lots more of
Vickie & Jo Ann's favorites, hand-picked goodies just for you!
November is here and we have a brand new desktop wallpaper for you. Download it for FREE today!
Click above to view larger!
To save it as your desktop wallpaper or background, just click on the image above and then, when the window pops up, right-click or control-click on that image and then save it...easy!
You can also download it in a few different sizes
from our website.
If you're downloading from our website, you can follow these instructions to install Gooseberry Patch Desktop Wallpaper on your computer:
PC users: Click on the image size you want for your desktop and wait for the image to load. Right click on the image and select "Set as background." Now you can enjoy your new Gooseberry Patch wallpaper!
Mac users:Click on the image size you want for your desktop and wait for the image to load. Control Click on the image and select “Save Image” and save to your desktop or wherever you would like the file to be kept. From your System Preferences click on “Desktop & Screen Saver” and navigate to choose your wallpaper file. Now you can enjoy your new Gooseberry Patch wallpaper!
While you'll usually find Vickie, Jo Ann and the rest of the Gooseberry Patch family in the kitchen, we also LOVE to share and create inspiring crafty projects too.
We're so excited to have partnered with our friends over at Sixth & Spring Books and today, we're sharing a BRAND NEW book!
This collection features 30 beautiful sewing projects, complete with FULL-SIZE patterns and instructions, along with a sprinkling of recipes to share. Below, you'll find one of our favorites...keep reading (or click here) to see how you can WIN A COPY of this brand new book!
Warm and Sweet Mug Cozy
Keep hot tea and sugar at hand with this fun mug sleeve. Use it at your favorite coffee shop with disposable cups or at home with a mug of your favorite blend.
Here's what you'll need to get started.
Choose a medium-weight, machine-washable cotton or cotton-polyester blend. The cutting measurements below include 1/4" seam allowances, which are used to sew the project, unless otherwise noted in the instructions. Finished measurement of this project is 11 1/2" x 3".
Preparing the pieces
Wash, dry, and press the fabrics. Then...
• Cut six pieces, each from different fabric and 4 1/2" x 3 1/2”.
• Cut a pocket, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2", from a different fabric.
• Trace the pattern below on both battings and cut them out.
1. Stitch three of the fabric pieces together along the short edges, with the right sides together. Repeat with the remaining three pieces.
2. Stitch the two pieces (from step 1) together lengthwise with the right sides together (matching up the seams) for a new patchwork fabric that is three fabrics long by two fabrics wide.
3. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise with the right sides together, and stitch the open lengthwise edges together to form a tube.
4. Roll the tube so that the lengthwise seams run across the middle of the tube and press. Cut away a 1/2" square from both sides at each end of the tube.
5. With the right sides together, stitch one end of the tube closed, pivoting at the corners. Trim the seam allowance.
6. Turn the tube right side out and press again. Insert the battings (trim them as necessary to fit), making sure they match up with each edge. The insulated batting should face the inside of the tube and the cotton batting should face the outside of the tube. Press the seam allowances at the open end of the tube, 1/4" to the wrong side, and slipstitch the end closed.
7. Pin the two pocket pieces with the right sides together. Stitch around the edges, leaving a small opening for turning. Turn the piece right side out and press. Slipstitch the opening closed.
8. Using a chalk pencil, disappearing ink pen or a light pencil, trace or write the word “SWEET” from the pattern above onto the right side of the pocket. Use contrasting embroidery floss and a stem stitch to embroider the lettering onto the pocket. Then use matching embroidery floss to blanket stitch the pocket to the right side of the cozy as shown.
9. Pin the corresponding sides of the hook-and-loop tape on the tabs at each end, so that when the cozy wraps, the tapes will connect. Machine or hand-stitch them in place.
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Today, our Gooseberry Patch Guest Blogger series continues with a whole collection of inspiration for Valentine's Day or anytime...enjoy these goodies with someone you love!
Kim from Homesteader's Heart is sharing favorite
Gooseberry Patch recipes today...you're on, Kim!
Hi everyone! I’m Kim from Homesteader’s Heart. I’m so happy to be here.
I got very excited when I was asked to do a blog post for one of my favorite companies, that has some of the most fabulous people working for them. I got even more excited when I was told that my post would be for the month of February. (Apparently I’m easily excited.)
February is one of my favorite months. Not only is Valentine’s day in this month but so is my anniversary. So I bet you can guess what direction I took when putting this post together, huh? Well and I’m pretty sure the title was a slight hint as well.
I was told that I could pull out any of my Gooseberry Patch books and make any recipe for my post. That alone was a challenge since I own over 25 of their books. But since I had “LOVE” on my mind, I thought I’d start with a breakfast recipe that you could serve your family on that special day.
Here’s a tip for making EASY heart shaped pancakes. Just make them like normal and then take your heart shaped cookie cutters and cut them into hearts. Then gobble up the scraps before anyone sees them. Easy peasy!
Oh and this recipe was a hit with the whole family. I had to make it gluten-free, so my alterations are in italics for those of you who would like to make them gluten free as well. I added pecans, per my Mom’s request. Cause they’re visiting from Maine and well, she’s my Mom. *wink*
Ma Carrico’s Buttermilk Pancakes
Shared by Sheila Cope of Colorado Springs, Colorado, this recipe can be found in Farmhouse Kitchen. Sheila writes, "These pancakes are the best! I got this recipe from Irene Carrico, who has since passed away, while working for her at the Arctic Circle Restaurant in Kanab, Utah. "Ma" made these for me every morning...sometimes she would spoil me by adding mashed bananas to the batter and drizzling strawberry syrup over the top."
1 c. all purpose flour
or for gluten free use
3/4 c. brown rice flour +
1/4 c. arrowroot powder +
1 t. xanthan gum)
1 t. baking powder
1/4 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 c. buttermilk
1 egg, beaten
3 T. sugar
3 T. oil (I used coconut oil)
Combine all ingredients; mix well. Pour by 1/4 cupfuls on a hot griddle sprayed with non-stick vegetable spray over medium heat. Cook pancakes until golden and bubbles appear around edges; flip and cook other side. Makes 12 to 15, 4 inch pancakes.
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Now don’t forget about your table setting.
That’s VERY important and sets the pace for the meal.
Here’s a picture of mine on a couple different occasions. Remember, pretty doesn’t mean expensive. Use what you have. Be creative.
And if it’s just you and the hubster you can get a little more romantic with your setting.
Here I set up a table in our living room in front of the fireplace. VERY romantic! Ya gotta keep that fire burning ladies! *wink*
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I know I set you up for breakfast and dessert is coming but maybe you need some dinner ideas. Well, here are a few links to some recipes that I've tried and featured in some of my reviews. You might find one you like!
Now let’s talk dessert. Oh have mercy, these brownies were so good!!!
And of course I decided to cut them into hearts. Because it’s fun, and cute, and I can do what I want. Hee! Hee!
This recipe was shared by Susan Brzozowski of Ellicot City, Maryland and appears in our new cookbook, 101 Farmhouse Favorites. The layers of raspberries make them really special.
1 c. butter
(I used half butter and
half coconut oil)
5 1-oz. sqs. unsweetened
baking chocolate, chopped
2 c. sugar
(I used coconut sugar and
reduced it by a half cup)
4 eggs, beaten
2 t. vanilla extract
1-1/4 c. all-purpose flour
(I used 1 c. brown rice flour +
1/4 c. arrowroot flour +
1 t. xanthan gum)
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 c. chopped walnuts, toasted
1/2 c. raspberry preserves
Melt butter and chocolate in a heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Remove from heat. Whisk in sugar, eggs and vanilla. In a small bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt. Add to chocolate mixture and whisk to blend. Stir in nuts. Pour 2 cups batter into greased 13"x9" baking pan. Freeze until firm, about 20 minutes. Spread preserves over frozen batter in pan; spoon remaining batter over preserves. Let stand 20 minutes to thaw. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes, or until a toothpick tests clean. Cut into squares; transfer to a wire rack to cool. Makes about 2 dozen.
Well I hope you enjoyed this post and are leaving with
some yummy ideas to make your Valentine’s day special.
Thanks so much for stopping by today to share these yummy recipes and all your fun Valentine's Day inspiration, Kim!
Join us back here in a few weeks for another guest post, and if YOU would like to contribute, just drop us a note. We'd love to hear about a Gooseberry Patch recipe that you love or that you've tailored especially for your family.
Whether you're decorating for Christmas this weekend or still gathering ideas and will start soon, we know you'll love this easy idea. It's from our Cookbook of the Week, Homemade Christmas!
Sparkly Snow Scene
Remove jar lids and set aside. Measure and cut a length of ribbon to fit around each jar, one inch below rims. Hot-glue ribbon in place. Fill each jar 1/4 full of salt. Arrange branches, pine cones and small ornaments inside jars; don’t overcrowd. Replace jar lids. Arrange the jars in the center of the table or on a cake stand. Arrange more branches around jars, if desired.
Share this easy idea any way you like!
The more the merrier…especially when it comes to buttons! Add your favorites to this Framed Button Tree, a fun project for everyone from school-age kids to adults. It's from Gooseberry Patch Christmas, Book 13...the newest in the series!
Framed Button Tree
1. Fuse the web to the wrong side of the felted wool.
3. Using the enlarged pattern, cut the tree from the felted wool. Center and fuse the tree on the background fabric.
4. Sew the buttons on the tree.
5. Center the foam core board on the wrong side of the background fabric. Wrap and glue the excess fabric to the board back.
6. Insert the board into the frame. Add a vintage Christmas pin and enhance the frame molding with ribbon, if desired.
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Share this easy holiday idea with all your friends!
Shared by Jessica of Two Shades of Pink, this clever tutorial uses artifical pumpkins (so you can keep 'em for longer) but you could use your fresh-picked pumpkins too. As easy as it is fun, this idea is so simple, even the older kids could help!
Visit her blog for step-by-step instructions!