Sunday, December 4, 2022

The 2022 Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange Begins

My very first Virtual Cookie Exchange was in December 2013. I've had it every year since, except one year when I have no idea why it didn't happen. It's changed a bit and not everyone makes a sweet treat, but there is always Christmas goodness in fabric and projects!

Prancer's Favorite Christmas Treat

Prancer isn't fussy about what he eats, as long as it has Hershey's Kisses in it.
I had plenty of those and other leftover candy (from a retirement party and Halloween.)

The Kisses, pretzels, peanut butter cups, Rice Chex, Cadbury balls, nuts, and M&Ms all 
went in a big bowl. Sorry, I didn't measure anything...just dumped it all in a bowl.

I slowly melted some Ghirardelli white chocolate chips and almond white chocolate
together in a glass bowl and placed it in the microwave. You have to melt it slowly, in 30 second
 intervals, or it burns. Regular chocolate would be yummy with this, too.

Pour it over the goodies in the bowl. Stir it to coat all the pieces. Spread on a cookie
sheet that's lined with parchment paper or foil. Let cool. Break into pieces. Done!

These are perfect for small gifts and to-go treats for Prancer.

This recipe is from my first Virtual Cookie Exchange. It's still one of my favorites!
Really, they are delicious!

Ritzy Chocolate Mint Cookies

1/2 lb semi-sweet dark chocolate chips
2-3 drops peppermint extract
1 sleeve of Ritz Crackers
Some crushed candy canes

Melt dark chocolate over low heat or in a glass cup at 15-second intervals in the microwave (stir after each 15 seconds.) Stir 2-3 drops of peppermint extract into the melted chocolate (don't use too much peppermint--the 2-3 drops is plenty.) Using a fork or dipping tool, dip each Ritz Cracker in the melted chocolate. Place on a foil covered cookie sheet making sure they don't touch each other. Sprinkle each chocolate dipped cracker with a small amount of crushed candy cane. Chill. Eat. Enjoy.

This recipe is from December 2016. It is a little more work, but it is amazing and so delicious!

Chocolate Cheesecake Cookie Bar

When I was at the Garden of Quilts in Utah, I was walking by the Jillily Studio booth and noticed a Christmas pillow (Holiday Lane) in a corner. I was excited to see it because I had sewn one a long time ago during a blog hop. The designer of "Holiday Lane", Jill Finley of Jillily Studio, was in the quilt booth so I got to meet her. She is just the nicest lady!

Jill was so kind and said I could share her link to the free pillow pattern (HERE). There is even a kit available HERE.

Here's my 2022 version of Jill's "Holiday Lane"' pillow pattern.
I used Benartex fabrics, "Cozy Winter" by Cherry Guidry, for my pillow and quilt. 

The pillow I made in 2012 went to the Monkey Boys and family. 
There were only four little Monkeys sleeping on the pillow back then!

The Monkey Boys became five in 2016.

There's one more Monkey Boy and a Monkey Girl now...time for a new picture!

You can find the PDF downloadable pattern in my Etsy store HERE.

Ready for more Christmas sweets, treats, and inspiration?
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December 5

Wait! There's more...a GIVEAWAY!

I have a sweet bundle of fat quarters for a giveaway.
Benartex "Cozy Winter" by Cherry Guidry.

One winner will be randomly chosen.
USA mailing addresses only.
Leave one short or long and sweet comment.
Giveaway ends December 11, 2022, midnight MST.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 18, 2022

Benartex Fabrics Announces 2023 Ambassadors

Guess who is one of those! I am so excited and one lucky lady. To be involved with a really amazing fabric company and designers is going to be an incredible experience for me. I keep thinking there was a mistake and I'm just dreaming! Nope. It's real...yay!

I had to send them a photo of myself. Because I avoid the camera whenever possible, I had Ron take a more current pic of me. It was torture, but this is the result. 

I had to send in a bio, too:

Carol Swift grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she learned to sew by watching her mother make clothes and quilts. As a young wife and mother, Carol sewed clothes for herself and four children. As her skills improved, she began sewing prom and wedding dresses for family and friends. She eventually moved more towards creating quilts and started a blog in 2008, Just Let Me Quilt, to keep track of them. This evolved into her hosting blog hops and sewing projects for several fabric companies. She enjoys designing quilts, especially Halloween ones, and teaches applique classes at a local quilt store. Carol and two of her friends share a Halloween Facebook page, Cackling Stitches, where they host block of the month projects. Ron, her husband of 50 years, is a huge supporter of her quilting adventures and willingly stands in unusual or high places to hold quilts for photos

This is the list of! 
I've been following some of them for years and never grow tired of their talent with fabric.

Lisa Ruble of Quilty Zest
Nancy Scott of Masterpiece Quilting
Charisma Horton of Charisma's Corner
Jen Shaffer of Patterns by Jen
Carol Swift of Just Let Me Quilt
Olesya Lebedenko of Olesya L. Design
Nancy Messuri of Nancy Messuri Designs
Michele Crawford of Flower Box Quilts
Marie Segares of Underground Crafter
Robin Koehler of Nestlings by Robin
Brianna Roberts of Sew Cute and Quirky

One of the first times I sewed for Benartex was in 2017 and it was for a blog hop. It was the cutest fabrics by Cherry Guidry of Cherry Blossoms Quilting called "My Little Sunshine."

It all starts happening in 2023...I can't wait! 
Check out the other ambassadors and see their gorgeous projects using Benartex Fabrics.

Monday, November 14, 2022

Day Two of "Music" And Blog Hopping

Yesterday was such an amazing day of music projects! I hope you took the time to check them out. Today will be just as awesome, I'm sure!

There's more music for your ears and eyes on these blogs...check them out!

Monday, November 14th

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Thursday, November 17th

More photos from the Joan and Me adventures last weekend.

We let the guys hang out with us for a minute or two at Dick's Last Resort.
It was noisy!

It was a little windy, but we managed to get a pic of the two of us with our quilts. 

Joan was a great crew member holding my quilt. 

This was a wedding dress in the museum...gorgeous!

The train from my childhood! Seriously, it was so exciting to see it.

I just maybe/probably/did win some $100 bills. It was really a surprise and lots of fun!

You can find "Guitar Obsession" in my Etsy Store HERE.

The Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange is almost here!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Music In The Air This Week

It's the first day (and my day) of the "Music" blog hop hosted by the amazing Carla of Creatin' in the Sticks. I'm sure someone will share a song or two along with their project that will be repeating itself in my head after this week is over. Hopefully it is a song I like!

With a few delays to sewing my project, it actually worked out to my advantage. Joan from Moosestash Quilting flew in for the weekend and we took our quilts out with us for photos and adventures. To say we had a blast is an understatement! She posts her quilt project tomorrow. I claim the 5th on anything she might say about our adventures. 

Joan was so brave while standing close to those bighorn sheep. Some of them have big, big horns!
You can see Lake Mead in the background. The water is so low!

Guitar Obsession
64" x 64"

Fabrics used were Benartex's Cotton Shot by Amanda Murphy.
I love solids for my applique projects, and these are perfect for them.

Cotton Shot Amethyst, Cotton Shot Red, and Cotton Shot Green fabrics made me want to
 "Twist and Shout" while I was putting the guitar applique pieces together. Such pretty colors!

Boulder City has some interesting shops, like Sherman's House of Antiques.
Joan and I were given permission to take photos with some popular stars standing out front.

Dan Ackroyd and Elvis sang the blues for us while holding my quilt. 

John Belushi was the perfect "Soul Man" for this photo.

Marilyn thought quilts might just be a girl's best friend instead of diamonds.

"Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum" and a warm quilt to trade for gold.

Darth Vader wouldn't give me my quilt back and I wasn't going to argue with him.
I didn't want to start a Quilt War...he's too scary!

We tried, and failed, to stay out of trouble at the Clark County Museum in Henderson. Apparently, while crashing a wedding in the chapel, we set off an alarm by hanging our quilts over a plexiglass partition. Whoops! The museum worker was nice to us, though. He said he was glad it was us and not someone stealing something. 

This train at the museum was a stark reminder that I was now a relic and/or antique. The train used to sit in "Fantasy Park" in North Las Vegas where I would play on it as a child. It was old back then, but there were no fences to stop us from climbing on it. Any old timer from Las Vegas usually remembers the fun times they had climbing on it. In spite of how old it made me feel, I was so excited to see it!

You can find "Guitar Obsession" in my Etsy Store HERE.

There's more music for your ears and eyes on these blogs...check them out!