Sunday, November 27, 2011
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Sunday, September 25, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Anyway, gotta get back to the dye pots -
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Makes 20 cookies. From March 2002 Bon Appetite and recipe is by: Elinor Klivans
1/2 C semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 C whipping Cream
1 T instant coffee granules
3/4 C powdered sugar
6 T unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 t vanilla extract
1 C all purpose flour
3 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1/2 C unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 C packed brown sugar
1/4 C sugar
1 large egg
2 t water
1 t vanilla extract
1 t instant coffee granules
2 C semi sweet chocolate chips (12 ounces)
1 C chopped pecans
For filling: stir chocolate chips, cream and coffee granules in heavy saucepan over medium heat until chocolate melts and coffee dissolves. Cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes. Using electric mixer, beat sugar, butter and vanilla in bowl until blended. Beat in chocolate mixture. Refrigerate until beginning to firm up about 8 minutes. Can be make ahead and refrigerated. If you make it ahead you will need to allow it to stand at room temperature until just soft enough to spread. (2 hours)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Sift flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt into bowl. Using electric mixer, in another bowl beat butter and both sugars until well blended. Add egg, 2 t water, vanilla and instant coffee. Beat well. Stir in the flour mixture. STir in chocolate chips and nuts. Drops by tablespoonful onto prepared sheets, spacing about 2" apart. Bake until tops are just tirm to touch and no longer shiny, about 13 minutes. Cool on sheets 10 minutes and then transfer to racks to cool.
Place half of cookies, flat side up on work surface. Spread with 1 T of filling, leaving a 1/4" border. Top with second cooking, pressing to adhere. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours. Serve cookies cold.
Now for the blog give-a-way. Add a comment regarding your favorite chocolate and if a specialty chocolate where you purchase it. Spread the chocolate love by sharing a website if possible. The random drawing will give the winner a few of our Chocolate/brown Silk 'n Colors and a tube of our German Chocolate Bath Salts. It smells SO GOOD that you may want to eat some good chocolate after your relaxing bath!! I'll do a random drawing on Friday!
Monday, May 16, 2011
Notice all the different bobbins I am using. You also use many, many pins in the making of lace. I'll be excited to show you some real lace sometime in the future. It is all about thread I guess. . . .in stitching, lace making, weaving and of course all about color.
Do any of you also know how to make Bobbin Lace?
Watch for a delicious recipe for Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookies with Mocha Cream tomorrow and a chocolate give-a-way!
Still dyeing - threads that is,
Friday, April 22, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
I Wish You Enough. . . .
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess
I wish you enough "hello's " to get you through the final "Good-bye"
We just buried a great man yesterday. The military honors were very touching. I had the great priviledge of having Gale Armond Allen as my Dad for nearly 56 years! He was 95 years old when he died. He was a 'pay it forward' kind of guy. Always generous, dependable, honest and always giving of his time and wordly goods to better someone else's life. In his honor I am giving away $95 (retail value) of Silk 'n Colors. However, the contest involves some 'pay it forward' on your part. Do some random act of kindness over the next couple of weeks and then return and share it on this post. I'll put those names who share their experiences in a jar and we'll do a random drawing. Spread some kindness in your small corner of our world.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Isn't this breathtaking! Mary belongs to our Monthly Club and this is what she did with December's Pack. I have never tried Stump Work, but now I am intrigued. Thanks Mary for sending in this photo.
Now a little information on the packs. This year I am selecting a photograph, piece of wrapping paper, paint chips, or anything else that catches my fancy as the color inspiration for that month. We always include Silk 'n Colors in each pack (at least one, but often two). Other ribbons and threads from our other lines are added. Sometimes I dye a special limited edition color, or hand dye lace. When I include beads they are a selection of many types and colors that blend with the threads. We figure the costs of the pack by taking our regular wholesale prices on the threads/beads/other items and adding $10. If the pack is selling to you at $35 then you are getting regular retail pricing of $50, for a savings of $15. Shipping is an additional $5 per month in the US for priority mail. You also have the choice of fabric included in the pack. This is quilting batiks, hand dyed velvet, silk dupioni etc. Crazy quilters love this option. The fabric is usually a size that would work to line a small needle book. Special offers and occasional little gifts also find their way into the packs. If you would be interested in joining us you can phone me at (208) 387-2641 or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org We'd love to have you join the fun! Also, Happy Valentine's Day!
Friday, February 4, 2011
I guess I just used that womanly trait of 'changing my mind' today. I decided to go ahead and post the picture of Miss Beatrice Hedgerow. Truthfully, Picadilly Paisley and I (we're one in the same if you haven't read my previous post) have a couple of other offerings as well for market. More on them later. . .
Beatrice charms bees and gathers flowers. . . .sounds like a relaxing life if you ask me! Maybe not the bees, but I do love honey butter on fresh baked bread. I've been day dreaming of my vegetable and flower gardens. It is almost time to order my garden seeds. I hope to do this over this weekend.
Still dyeing - threads that is!
Sunday, January 30, 2011
For those of you that follow Jenny Bean - she now has a new friend, Beatrice Hedgerow, who charms bees and gathers flowers. She grew up in an old stone cottage in the English Countryside. She is designed by Picadilly Paisley (who also happens to be me). I'm designing a pattern here and there when not dyeing. . .threads that is. There is a larger companion sampler that will introduce Beatrice. I'm not showing it until market. This is Beatrice's Sewing Tray - "Now I know My ABC's". I have to give credit for the idea of the sewing tray to the Blackbird gals when they showed a sewing tray at the Shepherd's Bush Retreat!
I found the antique looking draw pulls at a restoration hardware online source and I think they are the perfect addition to give the sewing tray- handles! I'm working on some additional pieces to the sewing tray. It is stitched in Silk 'n Colors on 28 count Wheat by R&R Reproductions.
A slightly odd designing name I've chosen in Picadilly Paisley. I have a beloved Brittany Spaniel named 'Paisley' and Picadilly, well I just liked how they sound together!
Sunday, January 16, 2011
I love good recipes. I love to share them as well. I also love to receive a good recipe from someone, it is one of the best presents!! Today I'm sharing a recipe from a local catering company that was in our newspaper. It is truly a delicious Tomato Soup. Hope you enjoy. . .
Berryhill's Tomato & Basil Soup
2 ounces butter
2 cloves garlic
1/2 C yellow onion, diced
1/2 C leeks, finely diced (white part only)
1/2 C celery
2 ounces flour
1 pint vegetable or chicken broth
1 pint half and half
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1 15-ounce can italian tomatoes crushed or diced
1 Tablespoon honey
salt and pepper to taste
Basil, fresh coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
In medium suacepan melt the butter over medium heat and add garlic, onion, celery and leek. Cook until tender. Add flour to make a roux, cooking a few minutes longer. Remove pan from heat and add broth, cream and worcestershire sauce, whisking together. REturn to heat and add tomatoes, honey, salt and pepper, basil and rice vinegar. Simmer for 20 minutes. Serve with additional basil chiffonade (finely shredded basil leaves).
I have also added a roasted red pepper chopped, thinly sliced zucchini and rice to this soup. This time we used fat free half and half which changed the 'look' of the soup but not really the overall taste. Real Half and Half gave it a more rich, even creamy look.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Do you combine needle art with other creative interest? This book is something I taught at the Shepherd's Bush Retreat last September. It combines handmade fabric books, hand-dyed ribbons used in embellishment, cross stitch, pictures, pockets, favorite papers. Sometimes I even include needlepoint and punch needle! I will show more of the inside pages in another post. How many pillows and framed wall pieces can you have at one time in your house? If you are like me, wall space is at a premium at my house and I like to have other things on my walls besides all stitched pieces. So what to do with all the stitching you are doing? Some of it can find its way into handmade books that the recipient (or yourself) will treasure for many years to come. If you can't stand to put one actual piece in a book then take a good color photo of it and put it in the book! Some of you will have a heart attack here, but pick yourself off the floor and just consider that sometimes you have a framed piece that you no longer want to hang in your home. Cut it up and put it in a book!! Maybe this is enough for today!! I promise you that if you have a handmade book sitting on a coffee table or arranged on a shelf in your home on an easle type stand that people will simply 'have' to pick it up. They cannot stand it until they have looked inside!! More on these handmade books later. . .
I'm off to the dye pot. . .still not dyeing white!!
p.s. would you like to learn this concept?
Thursday, January 13, 2011
White as Snow. . .
White light. . . .
Winter White. . .
Snow on snow on snow. .
Walking on eggshells. . .
White fever. . .
White Sale. . .
White Creme de Menthe. . .
White Feather. . .
White as A sheet. . .
White Elephant. . .
White Friars. . .
White with Fear. . .
White Lie. . .
Phrases and words of white. But is white a color? Read an interesting discussion of this and yes white is a color. If you google "Is White A Color" maybe you'll get the same site I did on www.colormatters.com where there is an interesting article on this. I was unable to get the link to work. Sorry.
Mary O'neill says this about white in her book: HAILSTONES & HALIBUT BONES
" White is a Dove
And lily of the valley
And a puddle of milk
Spilled in an alley -
A Ship's sail
A Kite's tail'A wedding veil
Hailstones and Halibut bones
And some people's
White is marshmallow
And vanilla ice cream
And the part you can't remember
In a dream.
White is a pair of
White is the beautiful
Of Snowflakes falling
On your face."
I love white work, white lace edgings and all the 'shades' of white if you believe that there are 'shades of white'!!
I'm starting to plan my stitching projects for the coming weeks. Some are in getting ready for market that is in February. Others are for my pure enjoyment.
Do you think white is a color?
Our 3 winners for the Dec drawing are: Elizabeth Ann, Wendy, and Sudukc! The first one to email me also wins the extra item! Please email me your addresses so I can send out your items!
Not dyeing white today -