Slow Cooker Blackberry Apple Cider

This recipe is pretty going into the cooker, makes your house smell amazing for a few hours, provides you with a tasty hot beverage, then later a delicious cold drink, all with just a few ingredients, and it's very easy to make.  Does it get better than that?  Well, yes it does, because you can enjoy those delicious Oregon blackberries from the freezer in the cold of winter…

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Friday Favorites–Thanksgiving

Before I get into this week's picks, I'd like to take a minute on this Veteran's Day to address all the current and former service men and women out there, and those who support them.  We owe you a great debt and the least we can offer is our appreciation.  Thank you for your service. I looked at the calendar a couple of days ago, and instead of the three weeks I thought I had until Thanksgiving, it had magically turned into two.  We're celebrating the day after the holiday, since my husband will be out protecting the streets on Thanksgiving, so that buys me one extra day.  Somehow I think that day will disappear just as quickly as all the rest!

Friday Favorites Thanksgiving DIYS and Recipes

Thanksgiving dinner starts with the table, and what better way to dress it up than with this Table Top Turkey Trot Quilt from Moda Bake Shop.

Table Top Turkey Trot Quilt from Moda Bake Shop

While we're talking about the table, how about these cute Printable Thanksgiving Turkey Place Cards from Capturing Joy?  I love the colors.

Thanksgiving Turkey Placecards from Capturing Joy

I'm really enjoying discovering all those fun English paper piecing projects out there.  Add this adorable Turkey Towel from Wild Olive to that list.

English Paper Piecing Turkey Towel from Wild Olive

These Crescent Roll Cornucopias from Kid Friendly Things To Do seem like a great pre-dinner snack.

Crescent Roll Cornucopia from Kid Friendly Things To Do

What is it about things that are miniature?  This Pumpkin Pie Fudge from Studio DIY is not only adorable, but it sounds tasty.

Pumpkin Pie Fudge from Studio DIY

There's nothing that says your Thanksgiving can't have a little activity besides eating.  This Turkey Hunt Game from Bloom Designs would be fun to play with the kiddos.

Printable Turkey Hunt Game from Bloom Designs Online

These Thanksgiving Pretzel Turkeys from Mommy Octopus just crack me up.  I'm not sure I could eat those big, googly eyes!  Yeah, there's candy – I'd probably find a way to get over it.

Thanksgiving Pretzel Turkeys from Mommy Octopus

What I love about these Pumpkin Rolls from Thistlewood Farms is that you don't necessarily have to start with bread made from scratch.

Pumpkin Rolls from Thistlewood Farms

Aww, this little stuffed turkey from Delilahiris is so cute!

Felt Turkey Doll from Delilahiris

These Thanksgiving Leftovers Printable Labels from Today's Creative Life would be great for helping those lucky recipients keep track of what they have to munch on later.

Thanksgiving Leftover Printable Stickers from Todays Creative Life

I love curating my Friday Favorites each week, and I want to make sure that the talented people who have created these projects are fully acknowledged for their work.  Before you pin or share, please click through the link or photo to the originating website.  You can also find all the projects each week on my Friday Favorites Pinterest board.  Thank you!

No Sew Fabric Turkey

Well, I never did pull out the Halloween decorations.  I feel like the mood will come back, probably once grandkids enter the picture, but for now it's just not there.  Kids at home or not, Christmas decorating will ALWAYS happen, but since my daughter insists I don't start on that until after Thanksgiving, I thought I'd make a little something to fill that gap in the calendar. This guy requires zero sewing, but is a great way to use up some fabric scraps.  And now I have a head start on my Thanksgiving table! This post contains affiliate links.

To make this turkey you'll need:

Materials for turkey
Materials for turkey

Trace the large tail onto the Craft Fuse.  Cut out and iron onto the wrong side of the red fabric.

Tracing tail on craft fuse
Tracing tail on craft fuse

Cut out around the edge of the Craft Fuse.  Do the same with the turkey body on the brown fabric.

Turkey body on craft fuse
Turkey body on craft fuse

Trace all 6 pieces onto the paper side of the Wonder Under.  Loosely cut out each piece and iron them onto the wrong side of the appropriate fabrics.

Pieces traced onto wonder under
Pieces traced onto wonder under

Cut around each piece on the tracing line.

Pieces cut out
Pieces cut out

Peel the paper off all pieces with Wonder Under.  Lay the turkey with Craft Fuse with the fabric side down.  Lay the Wonder Under turkey on top with the fabric side up.  Line up all edges and press to fuse together.

Fusing turkeys
Fusing turkeys

Flip over so turkey with Craft Fuse is facing up.  Place the wattle on the turkey and press.

Placing wattle
Placing wattle

Add the beak and press.

Applying beak
Applying beak

You can see the wattle didn't line up perfectly for me, so I just used some small, sharp scissors and trimmed away the excess.

Fold the turkey in half with the beak and wattle on the outside and press the fold.

Folded turkey
Folded turkey

Lay the large tail with Craft Fuse fabric side down.  Add the large Wonder Under tail on top and press.  Flip back over.  Center the medium tail on top, with bottom edges even.  Press.  Repeat with the small tail over that.

Fused tails
Fused tails

Using the pattern as a guide, cut the slits on the tail and body.

Cutting slits on tail and body
Cutting slits on tail and body

Match up the right slit on the tail with the right side slit on the turkey body.  Repeat on the left.

Matching up the slits
Matching up the slits

Slide the tail all the way down until the bottom edges are even.

Tail in place
Tail in place

Some of you might recognize that this turkey was inspired by this paper version that I made years ago.

Paper Stand Up Turkey by Crafty Staci
Paper Stand Up Turkey by Crafty Staci

I think either of these would make fun place cards.

No Sew Stand Up Fabric Turkey by Crafty Staci
No Sew Stand Up Fabric Turkey by Crafty Staci

One step closer to ready for Thanksgiving!

Friday Favorites–Thanksgiving

Okay, I swear it was just Halloween.  How did we get to Thanksgiving already?  I suppose next I’ll turn around and Christmas will be here.  I don’t want to get ahead of myself though – let’s take a little time to give this holiday its due.  Otherwise, I’ve got a 20 pound turkey in my fridge that I’ll need a new excuse to cook.

Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites - Thanksgiving

Speaking of turkeys, and it doesn’t seem like you can avoid it when it comes to Thanksgiving crafts, I think this Little Turkey No-Sew Thanksgiving Onesie from Creative Ramblings is adorable. 

Little Turkey Thanksgiving Onesie from Creative Ramblings

Something about Thanksgiving particularly brings out the toilet paper roll projects.  These TP Tube Turkeys from A Girl and a Boy would be fun to make with the kids.

Thanksgiving TP Tube Turkeys from A Girl and A Boy

This recipe for Turkey and Stuffing Turnovers from A Family Feast is more day-after fare, but definitely sounds worth the wait.

Turkey and Stuffing Turnovers from A Family Feast

I’ve never seen Corn Husk Pom Poms, like these from Centsational Girl, but wouldn’t these be great Thanksgiving decorations?

Corn Husk Pom Pom from Centsational Girl

These sweet, printable Thanksgiving Utensil Holders from Craftaholics Anonymous are easy to make and would be a nice addition to the table.

Thanksgiving Printables from Craftaholics Anonymous

These Turkey Rod Pretzel Treats from Sugar Aunts (great blog name!) look fun to make and eat.

Turkey Pretzels from Sugar Aunts

The New York Times shared a collection of Thanksgiving Recipes representing each of the 50 states, plus D.C. and Puerto Rico, which is beautifully done and fun to read.  Pictured below is Cranberry Sauce with Pinot Noir from my home state of Oregon.  Thanks to Craft Gossip for the heads up on this one!

Thanksgiving Recipes Across the United States from The New York Times

These Printable Thanksgiving Placemats from Cheryl Style are just genius.

Printable Thanksgiving Placemats from Cheryl Style

Oh, you need some crayons for your placemat?  Just add these DIY Crayon Turkeys from Paging Supermom.

DIY Crayon Turkeys from Paging Supermom

This Kraft Paper Table Runner from Dawn Nicole is so simple, but the little bit of black calligraphy makes it look elegant.

Kraft Paper Table Runner from  Dawn Nicole

Friday Favorites–Thanksgiving

I’ve arrived at that time in my life when my kids are going in different directions.  As they start to establish families of their own, I’m not going to have them around every time a holiday pops up.  While that makes me a little sad for what I’m losing, it means we’ve succeeded.  As parents, we spend our kids’ childhoods trying to work ourselves out of a job and if we’ve done that well, they’re ready when it’s time to leap out of the nest.  My first little bird is spending Thanksgiving with her soon-to-be in-laws and although she’ll be missed at our table, I couldn’t be happier. 

Friday Favorites - 10 Thanksgiving Crafts - Crafty Staci

My other kid is still at home and my husband, who was away at some special training last year, is back so we’re celebrating.  One of the biggest challenges for me is making the table look festive, but I don’t think I could go wrong with this Thankful Tablecloth from Blue Cricket Design.

Blue Cricket Designs Thankful Tablecloth

And right on top of that I could use these Painted Turkey Napkins from Drama Queen Seams.

Drama Queen Seams Painted Turkey Napkins

Country Woman Magazine even has instructions for a Turkey Napkin Holder to put them in.

Country Woman Magazine - Turkey Napkin Holder

Did you say napkin rings?  Here’s some cute ones from Rae Gun Ramblings.

Rae Gun Ramblings Turkey Napkin Rings and Hair Clips

In order to really get in the mood, I should probably consider some Thanksgiving décor elsewhere in my house too.  How about this paper roll turkey from A Glimpse Inside?

A Glimpse Inside Paper Roll Turkey

There’s just something about his set of Hand Turkeys from Crafty Deb that cracks me up.

Crafty Deb Hand Turkey Trio

Although if I’m being honest, this Yarn Ball Turkey from Parents Magazine is probably more my speed.  No crochet needles involved.

Parents Magazine Yarn Ball Turkey

Keeping kids busy while I cook isn’t an issue for me anymore, but I know one day it will be again.  This Thanksgiving Pictionary from Somewhat Simple is a great way to keep a range of ages busy.

Somewhat Simple Thanksgiving Pictionary

There’s so much cooking to do on Thanksgiving, sometimes you just want something to make that’s simple, can be made in advance and does the double-duty of adding to the decorations.  These Nutter Butter Corn Pops from She Knows Parenting meet every requirement.

She Knows Nutter Butter Corn Pops

Add to those these Turkey Cookies from The Mandatory Mooch and you’ve got a display that’s almost too cute to eat.

The Mandatory Mooch Turkey Cookies

Friday Favorites–Thanksgiving

I’m sure I say this every year, but I can’t believe it’s nearly Thanksgiving.  Halloween just happened.  We won’t even get in a deep breath and it will be Christmas.  I love this time of the year, but this ride goes a little too fast sometimes.

With the time frame allotted to it so short, sometimes it’s hard to actually decorate for Thanksgiving.  That makes this Chalkboard Bunting from The Scrap Shoppe perfect.  Put it up early, write a cute Halloween phrase on it, erase, Thanksgiving, erase again and Christmas.


This Letter Banner from Parents magazine is quick and easy, making it a good option for a colorful last minute addition.

If you’re planning ahead for next year, check out this Give Thanks silverware decoration from SpoonerZ on Etsy.  The spoons just feel so appropriate for Turkey Day.


Thanksgiving is all about showing your gratitude, and I Heart Naptime shows you how to incorporate it into your décor with this printable.


It’s a great time to teach the little ones to be thankful as well, so make it fun with these Thankful Dry Erase Placemats from Baby Jayne’s.


When you’re hosting a big crowd for the holiday, sometimes it’s challenging to make sure everyone gets their utensils.  Solve that problem with these Be Thankful Utensil Holders from The Idea Room.  Let the kids color them while you cook!

be thankful

I don’t think I need to say much about Tom the Turkey from Kiki Creates.  I mean, just LOOK at him. 

tom the turkey

This entire Thanksgiving Kids Table from Fiskars is adorable, but I’m very partial to that paper turkey leg.


These Gobble Latte Coffee Spoons from SheKnows look a little more complicated than they actually are, and there’s caramel under that bird.


I don’t know if a turkey has ever made me do the “Aww!” head-tilt before, but it happens every time I look at this Beaded Turkey from Craftily Ever After.  So cute!


Be sure to come back next week...I’ll be sharing a special discount code for my Etsy shop, my gift certificate giveaway on Sew, Mama, Sew and a Black Friday special from Silhouette on their electronic cutting tools! 

Upcoming Holiday Sale and Giveaway

I had some plans for the weekend.  There were several holiday projects I planned to work on and write up to share with you.  However, all that changed when I arrived home from my volunteer day at the high school to find my husband standing in my kitchen. That might not seem like a big deal, except for the fact that he’s been almost 3000 miles away at the FBI academy in Virginia.  He left on September 29th and I wasn’t supposed to see him again until December 13th, when I fly there for his graduation.  He found out he was going to have a four-day weekend, so he bought a plane ticket 3 weeks ago and kept it a surprise all this time.  I nearly fainted.  Needless to say, not much crafting got done the last couple of days.

Instead, I want to fill you in on what’s coming up in my Etsy store.  If you’re planning to place an order for Christmas, this is info you’re going to want.


I will be holding a Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend sale.  It will begin at midnight on Thanksgiving and end at midnight on Monday.  All of the “Ready to ship” items in my shop will be 15% off, with no coupon code required.


As a little extra thanks to those of you who follow me here at my blog, on Facebook or Twitter, I will also share a discount code for an extra 5% off, which can be stacked with the sale I mentioned above and used on custom items, which aren’t otherwise on sale.  I’ll reveal that code the day before Thanksgiving, and it will be available to use during the same time frame as the sale.

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Another bit of info I want to share is my shipping deadlines for Christmas delivery.  They’re coming up fast, especially for international shipping.

Custom items, shipping to military or international locations, order by November 24, 2012

In stock items, shipping to military or international locations, order by December 3, 2012

Custom items, shipping to locations within the United States, order by December 6, 2012

In stock items, shipping to locations within the United States, order by December 12, 2012

These dates are subject to change, so please check my shop announcement before placing your order.


Last, but not least, I’ve teamed up with Sew, Mama, Sew to participate in their Handmade Holidays series.  Visit their blog on Wednesday, November 21 (the day before Thanksgiving), to enter to win a $50 gift certificate to my shop!  Don’t worry, I’ll remind you again that day so you don’t miss out!


I have to say goodbye to my husband again for another month this morning, so I’m sure you’ll understand if my sewing machine and glue gun stay cold for another day.

Holiday Sale

I’m starting my Thanksgiving cooking today.  My daughter and I are making pies this afternoon, I’m whipping up some cranberry sauce and the turkey is going into the brine.  If you haven’t brined a turkey yet, try it.  I use this recipe.  The hardest part is finding a container big enough, but it’s totally worth it.  Best. Gravy. Ever.

The rest of the cooking, and the eating, will happen tomorrow.  I’m campaigning for a showing of “Elf” afterward, but my kids keep saying Thanksgiving day is too early for a Christmas movie.  Don’t tell them I’ve been listening to Christmas music in my car all week.

Christmas dancers

After that comes Black Friday.  And Small Business Saturday.  And Cyber Monday.  What, someone couldn’t come up with a shopping excuse for Sunday?  I might do some shopping over the weekend - from the safety of my office, of course.  I thought if I was going to shop other retailers’ sales, it was only fair to have one of my own, so here’s what’s going on in my Etsy shop:

Santa shopper

Starting at 12 a.m. Friday morning, everything in my CraftyStaci Etsy shop will be marked down 10%, and will remain so until 12 a.m. Tuesday morning.  No coupon codes needed.  Because my blog readers hold a special place in my heart, you get an extra discount!  Use the code BBSC11, which will take an additional 5% off your purchase.

Have a fantastic Thanksgiving, and if you’re one of those early shoppers, stay caffeinated and safe!

Friday Favorites–Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is next week.  I hope that wasn’t as much of a surprise to you as it was to me a couple of days ago.  I’ve got some menu planning and grocery shopping to do.  If you’re more calendar-aware than I am, and you actually have a little crafting time left before the holiday, I’ve found some fun ideas for you to try.  If not, you can just admire them from afar along with me.

This Perfect Fit Tablecloth from Smashed Peas and Carrots was intended for an outdoor table, but it seems to me it would be a welcome addition to your Thanksgiving table.  No one will catch the tablecloth standing up and donate the entire dinner to Fido.


Of course, you need something pretty to put in the middle of that table, and these Awesome Acorns from Jane of All Crafts fit the bill.  I love the combination of the plain hemp and the sequins.


A few of those in a basket with a handful of Handmade Pinecones from Home Made Simple and you have a centerpiece.


If you’re looking for something a little sweeter, try these Indian Corn Place Cards from Holiday Crafts and Creations.


This Pilgrim Hat from Parents might get the little ones to actually eat a vegetable or two before attacking the desserts.


Add a few jellybeans and some toast to this popcorn-stuffed Paper Bag Turkey from One Charming Party and you’ve got yourself a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving!  Am I the only one who actually wanted to try that?


It’s probably a little too late to count down to Thanksgiving this year, but this Thanksgiving Countdown Bunting from Tatertots and Jello is a cute decoration anyway, and you’d be all set to mark the days next year.


I don’t think I’ve ever loved a turkey I can’t eat as much as this Embroidery Hoop Turkey from Gwenny Penny.


I’m off to think about food!

Friday Favorites–Thanksgiving

I know it’s still a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, but we crafters have to think ahead.  There has to be time to gather materials, plan a pattern and create.  In theory.  In reality, we’re all sewing hems into pajamas at 2 o’clock in the morning on Christmas eve.  In the spirit of non-procrastination, welcome to my Thanksgiving favorites.

What kid wouldn’t love to run around on Thanksgiving saying “Hey, look, I’m eating a rock!”  Especially if they got to help make them.  Almost Unschoolers shares the Plymouth Rock Cookie recipe here.


Mary has been using the same tablecloth every Thanksgiving since the 70’s.  Her family members write on it, trace the babies’ hands and draw pictures.  She traces it all with embroidery stitches.  Beautiful, in a whole different kind of way.  Thanks to From Glitter to Gumdrops for sharing this with all of us.


These cute little Pumpkin Treat Boxes from Purple Sage Creations would make great placeholders.  And not just at the kids’ table.  Because I want one.


I’ve seen many versions of the Thankful Tree idea, but they’re all good.  The message is:  teach kids to be thankful.  Not to mention it’s a good reminder for the rest of us.  I like the simplicity of the one Mom’s Crafty Space came up with.


When you compare it to many other holidays, Thanksgiving is kind of lacking in decorating options.  Sure there’s turkeys and pilgrims and such, but for some reason, nothing says Thanksgiving to me like a cornucopia.  This edible one from Our Daily Obsessions makes me thankful for waffle cones.


There is no reason I would intentionally eat a walnut, except so I could make these.  I would make the sacrifice, because I love these Thankful Walnuts from Craftberry Bush that much.


I don’t remember seeing these dinner roll holders before, but now I want one.  I wouldn’t be able to let anyone ever eat a roll again because it would mess up the display, but it would be so pretty.  My table would have this on one end and a bowl of “yes, you can eat those” rolls on the other.  Many thanks to Gingercakes for working out the pattern from a vintage version so I can torture my family with it.


I know what you’re thinking.  I just made a pumpkin similar to this earlier this week.  Well, kinda.  The reason I’m featuring these particular pumpkins from Wee Folk Art is the stem and the felt leaves they displayed them with.  You really can’t have too many stuffed pumpkins.


When my kids bring home their school pictures every year, I put them in frames with the new one in front and several years’ worth behind it, simply so I can look through them and remember how much they’ve changed.  It’s become something of a tradition.  This Gratitude Board from Jellybean Junkyard works the same way.  It would be fun to see how the things the kids are grateful for changes over the years.  Barney to iPods.  Cardboard boxes to cars.


This one is a little out of left field.  Oops, wrong sports analogy.  Anyway, what’s Thanksgiving without football?  I’m making this one from Make and Takes for a little guy who’s due to arrive soon. 


Happy Thanksgiving!