Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine Wall Hanging

I took an applique class at the end of January at the local quilt shop.  I want to make wall hangings for an area of the living room that has a lot of wall space.  I decided to make a Valentine wall hanging.  Things have been busy because I've been preparing a presentation but I decided to take a break and work on this.  I spent a week on this and it moved along swiftly in the beginning.  I thought I would have it done quickly.  Then came the applique part.  Preparing the pieces and stitching.  (I did the stitching after this picture.)  I seriously entertained not bothering with the heart border.  In the end, I'm glad I did it.  The funny part is, I didn't finish it until tonight.  I sewed on the sleeve on the back and had it hanging before I made dinner.  It is done.  I appliqued!  That class was worth it!

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Saturday Sampler

The 36" block on top, that is the one that I had so much trouble with the cutting.  I was so frustrated with myself.  This is two months of blocks.  My goal is to do the month we are supposed to and one month that I'm catching up on.  I should be caught up in March.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Saturday Sampler

 At the end of December when the rush the holidays bring was settling down I finally looked to see what stamp stores are near me.  I looked at the website of the one that is closest to me and saw that they have a Saturday Sampler.  There was 20 minutes before they closed so I rushed over and inquired about it.  It turns out that this started back in October but someone had dropped so they had room for me.  I signed up then and there and went back Dec. 30th to pick up 3 months of fabric.

Let me tell you a couple of things about this.  I had agreed to sign up before I even knew what they were doing.  Part of this was I want to meet more people in the area.  I want to know the workers at the quilt shop that will hopefully be the one I frequent most.  I asked to see what we were making after I signed up and I wasn't excited. This is a modern quilt, I tend to lean toward traditional.  It is all solid fabrics.  I like prints.  I left thinking if nothing else, my kids will have a new quilt to cuddle under while they watch TV.

The first block I tried is ginormous!  It is 36".  I cut the fabric wrong and had to go to the shop to buy more.  They were gracious enough to cut me some slack and they gave me what I needed.  I don't make measurement errors when it comes to quilting.  If I've ever had to re-cut a piece it is because my ruler slipped and I didn't get a straight line.  I've bought boo boo kits for quilts and never needed them.  I came back home and kept working and don't you know I messed up again.  Gah!  I'm going to have to buy some fabric and you'll see that block this month.

The blocks above are what I need to have done to get my next 4 blocks of fabric.


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Thursday, December 8, 2016

End Piece of Gingerbread Cake Roll

Perhaps it is pride that I need you to know this is an end piece.  The filling was fuller in the middle but I didn't put it all the way to each edge knowing as it rolled up it would squish out.  That said, there was still enough filling that it was enjoyable to eat.  I usually cut off the ends before serving to be sure that it looks as appealing to the eye as possible.
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I made this dessert for a Christmas party.  The ends I had cut off were all I had since what I took to the party was eaten.  My kids, while they enjoyed it, wished it was sweeter.  This is why I like it because this is a season of sweetness and it was nice to not be overwhelmed by it.

Gingerbread Cake Roll

Cake:
Cooking spray
Parchment paper
Shortening
2/3C Cake flour
1-1/2t Cinnamon
1-1/2t ground Ginger
1/2t Baking powder
1/4t Salt
1/4t ground Cloves
1/4t ground Allspice
4 large Eggs, separated
1/2C Sugar
3T Molasses
3T Butter, melted
1t Vanilla
1/3C Powdered sugar

Syrup:
1/4C Sugar
1/4C Water
2T Apple Cider or Orange Juice

Frosting:
1C Heavy Cream
2T Apple Cider or Orange Juice
1 (8 oz. container) Mascarpone Cheese, softened*
1/4C Powdered Sugar
1/8t Salt
Chopped Crystallized Ginger

Prepare Cake:  Preheat oven to 400.  Lightly grease a 15 x 10-inch jelly roll pan with cooking spray, line with parchment paper.  Grease parchment paper (with shortening), and dust with flour.

Whisk together cake flour and next 6 ingredients in a medium bowl.  Beat egg yolks and 1/4C sugar at high speed with mixer until thick and pale.  Reduce speed to low.  Beat in molasses, butter and vanilla.  Sift flour mixture over egg yolk mixture, in 3 additions, gently folding in flour mixture after each addition.

Thoroughly clean beaters.  Beat egg whites at medium speed with mixer until foamy; gradually add remaining 1/4C sugar, beating until stiff peaks form and sugar dissolves.  Gently fold egg white mixture into batter.  Gently spread batter into prepared pan.

Bake at 400 for 10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clan and top is lightly browned.

Sprinkle 1/3C powdered sugar over top of cake.  Invert cake onto parchment paper-lined surface.  Peel top layer of parchment from cake.  Starting at 1 short side, immediately roll cake and bottom parchment paper together.  Cool completely.  (about 1 hour)

Prepare syrup:  Combine sugar and 1/4C water in a small saucepan over med.-high heat.  Bring to a simmer, stirring until sugar dissolves.  Remove from heat; cool 5 min. stir in apple cider or orange juice.

Prepare frosting:  Beat cream and juice at high speed with mixer until stiff peaks form.  Stir together mascarpone, powdered sugar, and salt in a separate bowl until blended.  Gently fold in whipped cream mixture into mascarpone mixture until blended.  Reserve 1-1/2C frosting; cover and chill for later use.

Unroll cake onto a flat surface.  Poke holes all over cake with a wooden pick.  Brush syrup onto cake in several additions, letting syrup soak into cake after each addition.  Spread remaining 1-1/2C frosting over cake, leaving a 1-inch border on all sides and using parchment paper as a guide.  Place cake, wrapped in parchment paper, on a baking sheet.  Chill 2 to 24 hours.

Transfer cake to a serving platter; remove and discard parchment paper.  Top with reserved chilled frosting; sprinkle with crystallized ginger.


* If you are unable to find the Mascarpone cheese at your grocery store, or you would like to save a few dollars, you can whip up your own and it will not affect the flavor of your dessert.

Mascarpone Substitute
16 oz. cream cheese
1/3C sour cream
1/4C heavy whipping cream

Blend ingredients until smooth

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Snowman Candy Dish

We had an activity last month for those that wanted to make these candy dishes.  I made one for my husband to use on his desk at work.  We spray painted the terra cotta flower pot (base of snowman) and the saucer (hat) with spray paint.  While they dried we painted the wooden knob for the hat and the face on frosted glass bowl.  I think they bought clear glass bowls and they sprayed them with a frosted finish.  Once everything was dry we glued the knob on the saucer.  We glued the face to the flower pot base and attached a ribbon.  I brought mine home and added some dazzling diamonds glitter to the rim of the hat and I used some Stampin' Up! buttons and rhinestones to jazz him up a little.

I put some of the peppermint butter mints in it for him to take to work but I also sent a bag of M&Ms.  He told me the candy went a lot faster when it was the M&Ms.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Hang Your Stocking

I'll be honest with you.  I hesitated on this set.  Remember a few years ago they had a stocking set.  I really liked that set and I struggled to come up with cards for it.  I had CASEd a card from Janine T. (I noted others used her card for this stamp set as well.)  The nice thing about the older set was it could be used to make a baby bootie for a shower card.  I think it was the embellishments that sold me on this.
Stamps:  Hang Your Stocking
CS:  WW, Garden Green, Real Red, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Mint Macaron
Ink:  Real Red, Garden Green, Smoky Slate (stamped off)
Thinlet:  Christmas Stockings
Stamps:  Hang Your Stocking
CS:  Mint Macaron, Cherry Cobbler, WW, Presents & Pinecones DP
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Emerald Envy
Thinlet:  Christmas Stockings
Misc.:  Linen Thread, Banner Punch
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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Cookie Cutter Christmas

I knew when I saw this set that it would get a lot of use.  What I didn't count on was the designer paper being so useful on its own.  Look at the above card.  Cut out two houses from the paper, add a little dazzling diamonds to the roof for snow.  Stamp a greeting and run the paper through the Big Shot and you have a simple and yet cheerful card.
While I anticipated using the gingerbread man a lot, I didn't think I would take to the reindeer as much as I did.

Stamps:  Cookie Cutter Christmas
Punch:  Gingerbread
Tape:  Warmth & Cheer
CS:  Real Red, WW, Crumb Cake
Ink:  Early Espresso
Misc.:  Linen Thread
I like this card.  So simple and cute.  Maybe it is the red glitter paper for the bows.  Maybe it is the designer paper with the candy cane hearts.  The contrast of the colors.  Whatever IT is, it makes me happy.
Another great card with tape, punched out designer paper and the mint candies stamped and punched.

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