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Debbie Sharp Loeb, teacher by training but full-time mom to a disabled son, craftsperson, bead artist, great cook, creative homemaker & terrific spotter of cool new products for everything under the sun, presents Hodgepodge: recipes, household hints, stories about children, friends & relatives, cool stuff, music, & much more.

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Draw A Stickman

Be Creative! Have some fun!


Friday, October 28, 2011

Up and Down Words


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Know A Picky Eater?

An aunt writes: An Open Letter to My Niece
Go to the link to read the letter:


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

project Noah

Document nature with your mobile phone
and help scientists with ongoing research.

"Our ultimate goal is to build the go-to platform for documenting all the world's organisms and through doing this we hope to develop an effective way to measure Mother Nature's pulse. By encouraging the mobile masses to document their encounters with nature, we hope to build a powerful force for data collection and an important educational tool for wildlife awareness and preservation. We hope you'll support us on this mission by joining Project Noah today."

The Wall Street Journal says about Mapping Nature on Your Smartphone:

"For the developers at New York start-up Networked Organisms, smartphones are the butterfly nets of the 21st Century. Their tool, Project Noah, lets people upload photos of plants and wildlife around them, creating a map of the natural world and contributing to scientific research in the process."
Check it out here:


Saturday, October 22, 2011

I Could Use Your Help

For the Millions of Quilters and People that Sew at Home:
Let's Revolutionize the Spool!
Wouldn't It Be Great to Have Our Pre-Wound Bobbins Stored in the Spool Itself?!
Please go to this link and vote for this for me so they will consider developing this idea.
Also pass it on to anyone else you think would also vote for it.
Pictured above is my "mock-up" for the new type of spool.
Leaving positive comments could help too!!!!

Why can't a spool be made with an inset to store the matching filled bobbin?


Friday, October 21, 2011

Life of Flowers

Life of flowers from VOROBYOFF PRODUCTION on Vimeo.

Turn on your sound.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Grounds for Sculpture

"In 1984, J. Seward Johnson, sculptor and philanthropist, envisioned a public sculpture garden and museum in Hamilton, NJ. His desire was to make contemporary sculpture as an art form more accessible and to offer people from all backgrounds the opportunity to become comfortable with contemporary art. Grounds For Sculpture was conceived as a place where audiences could experience sculpture in a familiar, accessible, and informal setting."

"Construction on the sculpture park began in 1989 on the site of the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds; Grounds For Sculpture opened to the general public in 1992. Since its inception, the park has built a collection of over 240 works, including sculptures by renowned artists Clement Meadmore, Anthony Caro, Beverly Pepper, Kiki Smith, and New Jersey sculptor George Segal. Some of the works in the collection were commissioned specifically for the sculpture park, such as Magdalena Abakanowicz’s Space of Stone and New Jersey artist Isaac Witkin’s Garden State. Work on the park and sculpture acquisitions were financed by public tax-exempt bonds and private foundations associated with founder J. Seward Johnson."


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Grounds For Sculpture - Video

Here's a little video I took trying out a new camera at the Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ. (Your view when seated outside of the restaurant.)
This place is beautiful! I will go back again when everything is in full bloom.


Friday, October 14, 2011

Quilt Stencils

1. First I used Microsoft Word "Insert Shapes" to get my perfect stars in 5 different sizes.
2. I placed the printout under my stencil plastic and traced the stars onto the plastic with a permanent market.
3. Then I used the Stencil Cutter to cut my design into the plastic. This is done by placing the plastic on a piece of glass first. Next you go over your outline in a dotted line fashion.
4. I found this design on the Internet and put it onto Microsoft Word so I could adjust it to just the size I wanted.
5. This is the Chalk Pounce used to transfer your design onto your fabric.
6. Stopper comes out and that's where the chalk goes in.
7. See, there's the chalk on the bottom.
8. A sample of the one design after it was pounced through the stencil.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Isabella's Quilt

This quilt was made for my friend Vivian's granddaughter who is now 3.(Somehow I missed getting it done for her birth. Oops) The challenge in doing this quilt is that it was all designed around the piece of print fabric my friend Helen gave me. It is also the first quilt that I've done free-motion quilting on. I made my own stencils and used a chalk pounce tool to transfer the designs onto the fabric with variegated colored thread for the stitching.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Gluten-Free Apple Muffin Recipe and G-F Flour Blend Recipe

Go to the link to get the recipe for the muffins and for a recipe to make your own rice flour blend:

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Helen and Renee Go to Nepal

My friend Helen is leaving today to go back to the monastery in Nepal. This time she has a friend, Renee, going with her. If you'd like to follow their adventure you can do so at Helen's blog at:


Thursday, October 06, 2011

Day Zero

"Day Zero is a place to record your goals, discover new
challenges, and gain motivation to achieve them.
Build a list of 101 things you want to do - then track
your progress over the next 1001 days."

"The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal.
The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach."
- Benjamin E. Mays

"Whether you want to set foot on all seven continents or simply clean out your kitchen drawers, your Day Zero list is the place to declare your commitment to get it done!"

Check it out at:


Monday, October 03, 2011

Neck Pillow

For directions and pattern to make your pillow go here:


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