It’s blog hop time again! Stacy has put together a great line up for the holidays. If you’re not already following along, click HERE to visit Buttermilk Basin.
We just love this time of year!… decorating, baking, getting together with friends and family… but one of our most favorite things is to escape the hustle and bustle of the holidays by settling in by the fireplace with some hand sewing. Kathy has created the perfect little project for some cozy, cold-weather sewing…
This cute little wool mat is perfect for placing under a plate of cookies made for a special someone.
Here are the instructions and templates for the mat. HERE
And here is our favorite tried and true sugar cookie recipe for holiday cookie decorating…
Make sure you follow along the blog hop for other great recipes and projects!
Happy Halloween! We have a tradition at our house. Every year, on Halloween night, all the kids in the family leave their trick-or-treating candy out for the “Great Pumpkin.” Late that night, after everyone is asleep, he takes the candy, and to the delight of the kids, leaves a special surprise in its place. (This is a great way to get rid of candy by the way.) Kathy has created this super cute Halloween treat bag to fill with goodies and hang somewhere special, maybe for the “Great Pumpkin.” Wink, wink.
Hi Everyone! It’s our week for the Harvest Mystery Quilt Blog Hop!
We are new to the hop this year and are so excited to be participating! Kathy has designed a beautiful block for you, full of Autumn goodness. The block reflects her signature style of wool appliqué on a pieced cotton background. We hope you love it as much as we do!
Today is our day of the Buttermilk Basin Summer Blog Hop! We have been following along and just LOVE everyone’s adorable designs! If you haven’t joined in yet check out Buttermilk Basin’s Blog for all the info.
This is our first summer here in the Pacific Northwest and we are absolutely loving it! The days are long and not too hot but even if it does get hot there are plenty of giant evergreens to provide shade.
Here is our favorite summer potluck recipe…
And Kathy has put together a perfect little summer sewing project for the hop. Just look at this adorable little piece of watermelon (another potluck favorite) it looks good enough to take a bite out of!
You can click on the links below to print out the instructions and templates…
We don’t know about you, but over here we are so ready for Spring! Little signs are popping up all around the house and it brings us so much joy!
For those of you that don’t know, last August we packed up our things in San Diego, CA and moved all the way up to Southern Washington State! We will post more about the move another time but I wanted to share all the little bulbs that are popping up around our new house. You see, I didn’t plant these so they are a wonderful surprise! I can’t wait to see what they will be!
Apparently we need to do some weeding too!
And, just in time for Spring, we’ve restocked the kits for “Wild Hares and Hollyhocks.” Unfortunately, we sold out of all of the original backgrounds and haven’t been able to find the same wool. But, Kathy searched and searched and found some gorgeous new wools that we think will be perfect for the project. It’s hard to tell in the pictures but all of the new wools have beautiful, subtle window panes woven into their designs.
Have you seen the new issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects?! It is full of BEAUTIFUL projects that will make you ready for springtime. Our favorite project (though we are a little bit biased) is the wool mat by Kathy, “Wild Hares and Hollyhocks.”
I just love the wild hares tucked in all those colorful hollyhocks! The magazines are on shelves now, so get a copy for yourself and have an adorable new wool mat done in time for Easter.
We are offering a limited number of kits to make this project on our online store. We were only able to find a very limited amount of the original background wool but we have made additional kits with some swoon worthy substitutes. Check them out below…
It is a cold and wintery January day here in Washington state. Perfect weather to curl up with a good book and a hot cup of coffee! Today I was lucky enough to read through my good friend Robin Kingsley’s new book, “Snow Happy.” The book is filled with adorable little snowmen embroidery designs. Each little snowman or snow woman has their own unique personality and will surely bring a smile to your face. There are over fourteen different projects using unique embroideries. The projects come in all sizes and levels of difficulty, perfect for decorating or winter gifting. My favorite part is how Robin encourages the reader to mix and match her embroidery designs with the different sewing projects throughout the book, the possibilities are endless!
I love the way she embellished the word “snow” on her pincushion shown on the cover!
Here is a peak at the beautiful snowball quilt found in the book. Notice the clear and easy-to-read color diagrams. You also get a peak at my favorite snow person, I feel like we share the same morning hairstyle!
If you love embroidery and whimsical winter designs, this book will surely warm your heart! Make sure you check out Robin’s website at BirdBrainDesigns.net
The book is published by That Patchwork Place, an imprint of Martingale.
Welcome to our day of the Christmas Joy Blog Hop! Thank you, Stacy of Buttermilk Basin for putting all of this together.
Fall/Winter is our favorite time of year! We love to cook and bake here at Cardiff Farms and the cool weather outside makes us want to get into the kitchen and get busy!
Here is our favorite sweet potato side dish. We LOVE sweet potatoes, they give us an excuse to eat dessert with the main course!
Can you believe the holidays are just around the corner?! Kathy created this adorable little gift card holder for you to enjoy and it goes together so fast you will be able to make them for everyone on your list before Christmas. The adorable background decorations for the photos are courtesy of The Country Loft in La Mesa, California…
Welcome to our day on the Summer Time Blog Hop! We are so excited to have you here and we hope that you enjoy our recipe and pattern!
Out here in Southern California our summers can be HOT so we love to include cool, refreshing foods with our meals. This sweet and tangy fruit salad is a great addition to any meal – breakfast, lunch, or dinner and is soooo yummy we even have it for dessert sometime.
We mix mangos, kiwis, and blueberries together and top with a delicious lime syrup and sprinkling of crystalized ginger. Check out Stacy’s blog for the recipe card.
The pattern we have featured today is just as sweet as our tasty fruit salad! A juicy summer strawberry needle keep to hold all of your needles and pins, perfect for those summertime road trips.
Have you heard?! Paulette of Sweet P Quilting and Creations is doing a “Where the Cows Come Home” sew along! We are so excited to see everyone’s blocks as they go along, oops, I mean “sew along!”
Well, we have been dreaming of an all cotton version of this quilt since we wrote the book and we thought this was the perfect excuse and opportunity to make it happen. If you aren’t familiar with the quilt, the original is wool applique on pieced cotton backgrounds. We have wanted to show that no matter what you love to work with you can make this quilt! If you have experience with applique, the pattern can easily be adapted to your favorite method.
Kathy had a fun time auditioning some of her favorite fabrics for Block One, “The Milking Parlor.”
She mixed some new gorgeous yarn dyed Diamond Textiles with some sweet little prints from her stash. Here is the finished background with her pull for the barn…
And the big reveal!
Didn’t it turn out great?! Now, it’s your turn! If you’d like to share your blocks, we’d love to see them! And make sure you stop by Paulette’s blog for all the details on the stitch along.