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.

 Cookie MatCookie Mat

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…

Sugar Cookie Recipe Card

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


Farmhouse Threads and Friends Harvest Mystery Quilt Blog Hop

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!

Harvest Mystery Block

Here are some close-ups…

Harvest Mystery Block
Harvest Mystery BlockHarvest Mystery Block

Here is the link for the pattern…

{So Thankful} Harvest Mystery Block

We have kits for this block available at our online store HERE.

For more information and links to the other blocks, please visit the Farmhouse Threads Blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Buttermilk Basin Summer Blog Hop {Day 11}

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…

Curried Chicken Salad recipe card

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!
Melon Wedge Sewing Kit 1Melon Wedge Sewing Kit 2Melon Wedge Sewing Kit 3Melon Wedge Sewing Kit 4

You can click on the links below to print out the instructions and templates…



We hope you are enjoying your summer as much as we are.  And a BIG “thank you!” to Stacy of Buttermilk Basin for making this hop possible!

More Kits… Just in time for Spring!

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!
Signs of Spring
Signs of Spring
Signs of Spring

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!
Signs of Spring

Apparently we need to do some weeding too!

Signs of Spring

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.
Wild Hares and Hollyhocks - Kit 4
Wild Hares and Hollyhocks - Kit 6
Wild Hares and Hollyhocks - Kit 7

The kits are available at our online store



Wild Hares and Hollyhocks

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.”
Spring 2016 Primitive Quilts and Projects
Wild Hares and Hollyhocks Magazine PicWild 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…
Wild Hares and Hollyhocks - Kit

Wild Hares and Hollyhocks - Kit 1

Wild Hares and Hollyhocks - Kit 2

Wild Hares and Hollyhocks - Kit 3

Wild Hares and Hollyhocks - Kit 4

Hurry!! These won’t last long.


Summer Time Blog Hop

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.
Lime Ginger Syrup

Refreshing Summer Fruit Salad


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.
Strawberry Needle Keep

Inside of Needle Keep


Here is the link for the pattern…

Strawberry Needle Keep

A huge “thank you” to Stacy of Buttermilk Basin for organizing this Blog Hop and allowing us to be a part of it!  Hope you enjoy our pattern and recipe and have a SWEET summer!

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…
Spiced Tea Recipe Card

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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Wool Heaven at “A Nimble Thimble”

A couple of weeks ago Kathy traveled to Texas to celebrate her Mom’s 80th birthday.  During a day trip to the city of Tyler she stumbled upon a little gem of a quilt shop called “A Nimble Thimble.”  Inside she found “wool heaven!”  We have never seen so much wool in one place!  And the colors!!

A Nimble Thimble

A Nimble Thimble

A Nimble Thimble

Customers travel from miles around to be able to choose from their exquisite collection.  Kathy added some beautiful new colors to her own stash while she was there.  If you are ever in East Texas, make the drive out to see them, you will not be sorry!

Happy Birthday Gigi!!