Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Then you need to watch the movie
The movie won an Oscar(2002)
 Best Screenplay, Written
 Directly for the Screen for
Julian Fellowes.
Yep, the same fellow behind 
Downton Abbey.
My friend, Nance lent me the movie.
It is her all time favorite.
And now mine.
Gosford Park also stars 
the wonderful Maggie Smith.

And your going to need a 
snack for the movie.
How about Microwave Caramel Corn?

Here is the recipe: 
6 qt. popped corn (unsalted)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter
1/4 c. light corn syrup
1 c. brown sugar

Pop popcorn and put in large microwavable bowl. Set aside. 
Melt butter in a large measuring pitcher. 
Add brown sugar, corn syrup, vanilla and salt. 
Stir. Cook in microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and stir.
 Cook in microwave for additional 3 minutes. Remove and stir. 
Add baking soda and stir well. 
 Pour this mixture over the popped corn. 
 You probably won't get the popcorn all coated in this step. 
  Put the bowl in the microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds.
 Take out and stir again, mixing well.
 Put back in microwave for 1 minute 20 seconds. 
 Remove and spread on a cookie sheet. Allow to cool.  
As it cools, gently break the pieces apart . 

SOOOOOO addicting!
Don't say I didn't warn ya.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Grandma's Little Helper

Teaching my 6 year old grandson to use my
Singer Featherweight.

What fun!
He especially loved "giving it gas"
the foot pedal. 
Ready to sew a pillow case on his next visit.

Customer SHOW & TELL.
From November.
I'm a little behind.
Ya think?

Feather wreaths in every square and border.

Love Kathy's "controlled" scrappy triangles. 

The backs are my favorite.
The quilting really pops.

Have a great week!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Sweet Things

Been busy working on some red work pillows.
I love how they turned out.

I used Micro Soft Word to print the sayings.
The font is called PC Straight.
Transferred using my Frixion pen
stitched with perle cotton.
The fabric squares are scraps of flour sugar
one of my favorite lines. 

Finished off the pillow back with a yo-yo and button.
Layered the front and back and added binding.
Just like a little quilt. 
Sooo much easier than piping in my book and 
ooooo sew cute.
(Forgive my wrinkled background fabric)

Making chocolate candy in the crock pot.
Yep, you read that right, crock pot.
What would Valentine's Day be without Chocolate?
From Trisha Yearwood's cookbook.
Recipe here if you'd like to take a peek.

Hope you have the sweetest day!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Quilter to the Rescue

Another one of  my "rescued" quilt tops finished.
What a beauty! 

Look how bright and colorful the blocks are.
And that scrappy border!

Check out the cute elephant 
and little pig prints.

The white muslin backing really shows off the quilting.
I used scraps of my reproduction prints for the binding. 

I'm getting ready to machine wash and dry my beauty 
to give it that "wrinkly" vintage feel.
Oh, can't you hear the piecer clapping her hands
 with joy at her finished quilt!
Oh Happy Day!!
And this little girl needs a good cleaning.
And oiling.
She's been neglected for a long time.
But she purrrrrs like a kitten.
And has all her parts.

A Craigslist find.
The case is pretty stinky, not sure if I'll be able to save it.
I need to look up her birth date (year) 
she's probably as old as I am!

It's snowing, expecting 3-4 inches.
Mike can hardly keep the walk shoveled.