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  • Retailer & manufactuerer not the same
    Sterling silver flatware stamped with retailer name
    We receive many questions from readers trying to identify sterling flatware. Sometimes, they are confused when the name of the original retailer has been stamped onto a piece. So, they may have been searching patterns listed under the retailer'...
  • Add Colorful Area Rugs
    Decorating for renters: Tips and tricks to make a rental feel like home
    Many renters assume that they can’t add personality and color to their spaces. However, there are so many tips and trips to make a rental feel warm and inviting. Rules and regulations vary widely. First, find out what the landlord does and...
  • After This Row
    After this Row, a unique tool for every knitter
    Knitting can be a very rewarding art. With all the unique patterns and designs that you can create, the ideas are endless. Sometimes we choose easy projects and other times we would like to make items that are more difficult. Well, no matter how...
  • Family room
    Tips for bringing color into the home
    Color is one design element that can do a lot for a space. It brightens a room, adds a dose of personality, and creates drama or a sense of calm. Often though knowing how best to incorporate color into a room is allusive. Here are a few tips to...
  • Prints and Patterns
    Decorating your home with Prints and Patterns
    At the announcement of any new trend we designers always wonder how they will be received in our various demographic areas. Sometimes we see our community already embracing these trends or we see patterns of resistance…a few years ago we...
  • Bay Windows
    Fabric Selection for Windows
    Fabric is one of the most popular ways to add pattern and texture to a room. When picking and mixing patterns, the size or scale of the pattern is an important factor to consider. Window treatments are an excellent source to introduce texture into...
  • Reversible knitting
    Left handed knitting
    Even though about 10% of the world’s population is left handed, lefties are constantly forced to make adjustments to the right handed world. Cracking elbows in the school lunchroom, trying to adjust to regular scissors – it’s...
  • Clover
    Avoid the St. Patrick's Day pinch with 3 clover crochet patterns
    Whether or not you celebrate St. Patrick's Day chances are you still looking for a way to avoid that celebratory pinches doled out by certain overzealous people. Luckily with a little time, a little creative juice, and your crochet hook you...
  • Leadership Development: Become a Pattern Pioneer
    Leadership Development: Become a Pattern Pioneer
    It is time for a revolution in communication. Join the small and growing group of leaders who are challenging the status quo and saying “It will stop with me” or even better “It will start with me.”Get these words OUT of...
  • Print, Patterns & Paisley!
    Accessory print design is the spirit of style past, present and future.
    Everyone must believe that basic tanks and solid color outfits are the business of classic apparel. Take a look at the online store ofAmerican Apparel. Their entire store and collections are based off solid color clothing. When ever your on the go...
  • Hat pattern 1 size fits all
    Easiest hat pattern ever and Michael's yarn events
    I just love easy crochet patterns, don’t you? Well,how about an easy hat pattern? Inspired by myself and the fact that I don’t like making hats, I have created the easiest hat pattern ever. I needed to make one for a friend and was...
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    Four fall hats to knit
    In autumn, there are wonderful, rich colors that are found in nature. Red, gold, orange, brown and dark green, are all fantastic colors for fall hats. Support your favorite football team with a purple and black Ravens knit hat or an orange and...
  • Bo Eason
    Leaders who Tell Stories Win
    I just finished weekend learning about the art of storytelling from a master.Look, I always pride myself on being a great storyteller. After all, the pattern of drama queen (or king) transforms into an excellent storyteller. And believe me I grew...
  • recall san diego mayor filner
    San Diego: mayor Filner's fellow dems 'shocked' and 'devastated'
    Mayor Bob Filner of San Diego, currently facing allegations of sexual harassment, is watching as efforts to rally support for and against him play out.Station nbcsandiego reports that the mayor will no longer be honored at a benefit for sex...
  • Ripple throw blanket
    5 free ripple blanket crochet patterns
    When you're in the mood to start a new crochet project, but don't know what to make; chances are you will turn to the Internet to find a new, interesting pattern. However, there are so many patterns online it can be difficult to narrow...