Monday, December 10

Snowing. . .

Greetings on this cold, snowy Monday in December. . .

. . .we know we really can't complain as it is December and we live in Minnesota BUT that doesn't mean that this first winter blast wasn't a bit of a painful shock.  After going to bed Friday night we believed the weather man's prediction of the Duluth area with 12+" of snow and our area with 3-5" of snow--We even decided that it wouldn't really be that bad and ventured out and about to do some more holiday shopping & eating before driving home in the snow Saturday night--and woke up Sunday morning shocked to have to wade through knee deep snow to feed a hungry dog.  By the time mother nature was done we wound up with a nice 16" leveling of beautiful white snow..a far cry from our Friday nights understanding.  However, we really could not complain as all family members were snowed in safe and sound at home while many were stuck as the roads around us were closed due to such bad conditions. . .and when all else fails one quilts & cooks!

We took advantage of a snow day and baked Christmas cookies.  We tried a bunch of new ones, (almond butter sugar cookies, cranberry pecan swirls, whoopie pie cookies) which we plan to share with you starting with these yummy Almond Butter Sugar Cookies which taste a lot like Spritz (a family favorite) but doesn't require near the work (bonus!!).  We also baked some family favorites including peanut butter balls, Lebkugans and pizelles

We have laughed at the good intentions we had starting the day about sharing many plates of cookies with people we know that have lost loved ones this year and although we still hope to do that found ourselves enjoying the dough/fresh warm cookies and wondering if we'd have enough left to share. . .  does anyone else have that happen?

Laughing about that brought about laughs about why it is that we wonder why our pants are tighter?  'Tis the season to find a pair of bib overalls, in which you can keep eating and worry about snapping jeans up later...after New Year's. 


Aside from the snow and baking we have lots of fun show and tell from the past week or so starting with this one. . .
Drunkard's Puzzle

This little quilt is Lacey's spin-off on our bonus block from the gals' block of the month quilt. She loves Drunkard path quilts and blocks with circles. . .so the table topper/wall hanging above uses one charm pack, background fabric and binding.  It is about 24" square in size and requires no curved piecing!!!  Fabrics used were  Marmalade by Bonnie & Camille of moda.  Patterns and kits are available in the shop.

Sweet Tea

Sweet Tea (makes us think of the couple from N.C that visits us during the state hop that we had a nice chat about sweet tea with!) is Darci's spin-off on the block of the month block this month. When the top was first put together her vision was to create gift boxes--and it was achieved by creating a cute little dimensional wool bow and centering it on the tops of each "gift box".  Patterns and kits are also available for sale in the shop of this 33" square table topper.

Redwork Angels

If our picture was better taken you would see that we did not do our sample in red work like the pattern name suggests.  This was all hand embroidered in colored DMC floss and features an angel for each month of the year that once finished is a great wall hanging size.  It was designed by Minnesota's own Beth Ridder from the cities.
Warm Fuzzy Snowman

Speaking of Beth Ridder, she graciously loaned us this wonderful wool sample until mid-January.  It has been such a topic of conversation in the shop with the amazing detail work that Beth did on it.  If you are in the shop, like the picture, or have a friend who likes snowmen make sure you check this little guy out.  We are inspired to dig our shop sample out and stitch on it again!!  We don't have kits for it, but patterns are here in the shop.
In one of our previous sneak peek photos you saw this reverse applique sample that Darci was working on.  This has created some interest in the shop, and due to it we hope to do a couple more samples with it and possibly classes after the new year. For those wondering what makes this technique different, the cream you see in the photo was one solid piece, and the rest was fused under it.  The center is not pieced--it's a cheater :)
Merry Christmas

This little guy has been a huge hit since it's debut in the shop.  The pattern is by Farmhouse Threads, a pattern company that has produced some cute, cute stuff!!  The runner is perfect for using a charm pack (We used Seasonal Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings) and instead of wool, chose woolie flannel instead.
Frame Up

This little Pieced Tree pattern is so much fun to whip up.  If you are still looking to make a quick gift for a friend/family member this holiday season this is truly a good pattern.  We chose to use Merry Medley fabrics by Sandy Gervais on our Runner.
Little Tree by Waltzing with Bears

Isn't this tree cute?!  We just love it.  The embroidery.  The fun and different border layout.  It's great!!  The pattern gives you the option of colored tree, fun border (shown above) or redwork tree and more traditional square border (not shown above).  Our Little Tree measures 14 1/2" x 22 1/2". pictures from our Ugly Sweater Party last weekend.
We had a fun time with those that came out in the snow and wore some fun "ugly" sweaters.  We were not wise enough to take pictures of our sweaters before we donated them to the Goodwill sale at Herberger's Saturday night.  But it's the ones below we wanted you to see, and to help us with!!!

Sweater #1

Sweater #2

Sweater #3

Sweater #4

Sweater #5

**Please help choose a winner by voting for your favorite Ugly Sweater shown above** 
 Either leave us a comment with the number you choose or use the poll that we have set up on the right had tab of our blog (right under the "like us on Facebook" photo & caption)  Voting ends on December 14, 2012 at 11:59pm.  Winner receives a wrapped gift box from the shop valued at $50.00.

Recycled Slippers

This is one of our own patterns using up those wool sweaters. They are a fun, quick pair of slippers to stitch up.  We do have the pair shown above, blanket stitched by hand, but also a pair done on the machine which was a bit more speedy!!

Then, Darci had fun finding some projects that are free online tutorials to make.  Aren't the bag & pincushion cute??  I really like the way the turned out and love the dimensional flower on the bag!

If you are liking the pincushion click here for the pattern.

If you are liking the bag click here for the pattern.

Lacey started this lemon bar craze and we can't eat just one!  It all started at church last Sunday night after a community concert.  Helping in the kitchen has it's perks- including sampling on what didn't get taken.  These bars got a "to die for" response from those that ate them, and we agree.  If you are looking for a good bar that won't last long around the house, this is a good one to try!  We hope you enjoy your pan as much as we did.

We also want to inform you that we are digging out the boxed up samples in the back room for another Sample Sale!


Shop hours are 10am - 3pm.
Items are sold on a first come first serve basis. 

Samples marked and ready to sell and range from table runners, toppers, to wool items, aprons, bags & lap quilts. 


One last item to mention: This is the final week to turn in mittens and/or pillowcases to be eligible for the $50.00 gift certificate. December 14 is the deadline.  Thank you to those who have turned in items!! 

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