Home for the Holidays Blog Hop

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.
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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…

 Cookie Mat

This cute little wool mat is perfect for placing under a plate of cookies made for a special someone.

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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…

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Make sure you follow along the blog hop for other great recipes and projects!


A Primitive Christmas Blog Hop

This is our first time ever participating in a blog hop and we are so excited!  We had so much fun planning and preparing, we hope you like what we have in store!  If you haven’t been following along so far make sure you check out Buttermilk Basin’s Blog for all the details… you can click on the “Primitive Christmas Blog Hop” Button on the right hand side.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas over here at the Cottage at Cardiff Farms!  Decorations are going up and we’ve finally had a bit of cold weather this past week which has been perfect for making our extra special spiced tea.  Whenever a chill is in the air we fill a pot on the stove with this simple recipe.  The sweet and spicy aroma fills the house and warms the heart.

It is best served piping hot and in the company of good friends…
Spiced Tea Ingredients
Yummy Spiced Tea

Here is the recipe for you to enjoy…
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And, Kathy created this beautiful little hand stitched mug mat to go with your cup of tea…
Noel Mug Mat

Isn’t it just the perfect little Christmas mat!?  While trying to find a way to make a template for the specialized writing we wanted on it, we stumbled upon THIS entry from Sweet P’s Blog.  How is it that we have never heard of using Glad Press n’ Seal for transfers!?  To say that this has completely changed our whole world of hand stitching is an understatement.  Be ready for some exciting brand new designs inspired by this technique.  But, for now, here is a quick demo with the Noel Mug Mat…
Glad Press and Seal 1

Glad Press and Seal 2

For the complete pattern and template for the Noel Mug Mat, click on “Download” below…

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Thanks for stopping by and make sure you check out Blackberry Primitives tomorrow, it’s their day on the blog hop.  Thank you Stacy of Buttermilk Basin for this wonderful opportunity!  Merry Christmas from the Cottage at Cardiff Farms!

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Christmas at The Cottage at Cardiff Farms

In between designing new pin cushions and a new block-of-the-month Kathy has managed to deck the house from top to bottom with Christmas cheer.  Christmas at Cardiff Farms is a special time.  The house is always filled with joy and the wonderful smells of homemade jam, spiced tea, and freshly baked cookies.  Here are a few pictures of some of Kathy’s Christmas trees…

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tried to decorate too.  This year I bought my first ever live Christmas wreath to celebrate our first Christmas in our new home.  Although I am very grateful for living in a place with beautiful weather year round, I was a little sad that our recent Santa Ana winds sabotaged my decor efforts after only 6 days on display.  (We did try really hard to keep it moist too.)  Oh well, lesson learned, next year we will invest in a fake wreath 🙂

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