December 20, 2014

December 16, 2014

Live Nativity

This past weekend Grace and I found the perfect night to go and enjoy the live nativity scene at a local church.  Her friend was an angel!  I loved everything about it especially the live animals!  


December 15, 2014

Sheri from Calico Moon is TODAY!

Gals... I can't believe today is the last day of our hop!  I can not tell you how much fun I have had with the designers and connecting thru this hop with each of you!  I am thrilled that you have all enjoyed this hop so much and look forward to doing these Seasonal Blog Hops as I mentioned yesterday! 
So.. since this is not good bye... Let's keep hopping! 
And.. Please visit me any time here and on my FB page! 
 I, too, will need you as I go thru withdrawls!!!! :)
 
Last Day, Dec 15 * Our Special Guest
Sheri from Calico Moon
 
Today I would like to introduce you to someone who has the same passion & desire to create as I do!  When we get together... watch out!  It is CRAZY CREATIVE MADNESS!  She is my good friend Sheri, from Calico Moon in Lebanon, IL!  Back in the day, when I had just started my company with my mother {and we only offered stitchery, wood & doll patterns} there was this awesome primitive gift & rug hooking shop called Calico Moon who became one of the first shops to carry our line!  The coolest part, is that they still carry my line and have become one of the most sought out primitive & quilt shops in the Midwest! 
I encourage you all to check their shop out on FB or when in the area!
 
Sheri started out as a rug hooker & wool lover.  Before long, she starting stitching and quilting with her sweet dogs by her side!   Sheri also has a great eye for color and loves helping the customers pick out fabric for their cotton & wool projects.  Sheri also likes to put her spin on things and make it unique for her shop models!  She is very inspiring and has been so good to me and my company thru the years!  I have been lucky to have her hook models for me... and more recently, I flew out to her and she helped me work on some models for market while my mom was battling cancer.... I can not say enough how awesome this gal is! 
Look for more fun & exciting things from us two next year! 

In the meantime... GO click the link and check out our last day on the hop!  Hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did putting it on with the other designers for each of you!
 
 
 
  Dec 1 * Quilts By Cheri
Dec 2 * Plumcute Designs
Dec 3 * Gail Pan Designs
Dec 4 * Woolen Willow Designs
Dec 5 * Ali Strebel Designs
Dec 6 * The Cottage at Cardiff Farms
Dec 7 * Blackberry Primitives
Dec 8 * Wooden Spool Designs
Dec 9 * Heartspun Quilts
Dec 10 * Notforgotten Farm
Dec 11 * Kathy Schmitz
Dec 12 * Crabapple Hill
Dec 13 * Primitive Gatherings
Dec 14 * Buttermilk Basin
Dec 15 * Special Guest


 Welcome to those of you who are new to the annual hop - Welcome! 
How this works... is that each day, {Dec 1-15} I will post (along with the other delightful bloggers) a link for you to click on from our blogs that will take you directly to that day's designer blog where you will read a bit about them and their favorite Holiday memory for example.  You will also receive a complimentary recipe from them that you can print off and add to you collection!  Then don't forget to download their complimentary design they designed just for this blog hop event {AND thank them in the comments!!}.  I have been in contact with each of the designers and we are all so excited to see the hop come together... and help us all get in the spirit of giving!  This is our small token of thanking each of you for supporting us designers and our passion!  

Without you... we would not be able to do what we do! 

December 14, 2014

It is MY Day Today on the Christmas Blog Hop!


 Ho ho ho.. Merry Christmas!  Today is my day so I will just share a few tidbits about me in my post!  BUT, before I go any further I just wanted to let you know... due to POPULAR demand and numerous requests
{even to do a blog hop everyday lol!}
... I will be hosting Seasonal Blog hops with our next one starting in February!  YEP!  You read it right!  It is going to be a fun and exciting 2015 for all of us handwork lovers!!!
 
Day 14 * Buttermilk Basin

 As many of you know, I am Stacy from Buttermilk Basin!  I grew up North in Minnesota, fell in love with my college sweetheart & moved down to the Twin Cities where we continue to live a blessed life with our two lovely daughters, Hannah & Grace!  {AND - our 4 cats & 2 guinea pigs}!  I have been drawing and creating since I was a little girl... I grew up surrounded by generations of handwork enthusiasts and spent most of my time up the hill with my Great Grandma, Lily, learning to sew, bake & help her tend her flower gardens.  Lily was an amazing and inspiring woman who lost use of her left arm from Polio as a child, she persevered- when she was not expected to live, helped raise my mother and also taught her many of the same skills, only years earlier.  I can not imagine not having those two amazing women in my life growing up.  If it was not for them nurturing my creative soul, I would not be here sharing my love & talents that were passed down to me at a young age with each of you!

As many of you know, who follow me... I lost my mother to cancer this past June and have been a bit emotional at times....  This will be the first Christmas without either of my parents or grandparents to celebrate with... I am not sure how it will go... but, I do know I have many, many things & people in my life to be thankful for...including each of you!  So more than anything - I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for taking the time to touch base with me, share your story, make me laugh or just say "thank you" for sharing my talent with each of you!  You have no idea {especially on a crappy day} how much you and your kind words mean to me!  As I finish my post, I want to share my Christmas Wish for each of you...
Merry Christmas from my family to yours!
 
Now to the "good" stuff!!! :)
 
I could not think of a better cookie to share with you during this time of year then Date Cookies!  My great grandma Lily always made date cookies!  I actually can't believe they are one of my favorites!  Last month, for my birthday, my aunt Phyllis sent me a box on goodies including these! So at that moment... I knew I had to share these yummy, old fashionied cookies with each of you!  Recipe card below...
Here is my Holiday Project for you!  I wanted to design a little something that you could keep up long after the Holidays have passed so I designed this little Peace on Earth Sheep! 
I hope you adore & enjoy making him! 
Please click the link for artwork!
 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8MUisovHQFnU015bmtwaFhVRlk/view?usp=sharing
PEACE ON EARTH SHEEP * 5 inches round

Supplies:
2- 5.5X5.5 inch pieces of green wool
Scraps of cream, black and gray textured wool
Gray Floss
Soft Fuse
5- red or brown 1/4 inch buttons
Red & White twine

Directions:
* Trace each design piece onto Soft Fuse.
* Cut 1/8th or so around the outside of each traced design.
* Place each piece on coordinating wool piece; fuse pieces together with an iron.
* Cut each piece out on drawn lines.
* Next, take off paper backings.  Start with the wreath and stack the design in place onto the other 5.5X5.5 inch piece of green wool; fuse with iron.
* Cut out negative space inside wreath.
* Blanket stitch around all edges {except the head} with 2 strands of gray floss.
* Sew 5 brown/red buttons on wreath for pine cones or berries.
* Use 3 strands of floss to make French knots for eyes & to stitch mouth.
* Handwrite Peace on Earth on a piece of paper and attach with a piece of red and white twine.
* Use the same twine to make a hanger and ENJOY!
 
This is where we picked out tree out  * I LOVE the smell of fresh pine* I love skates!...my family was big into hockey and I was a speed skater * I love peppermint anything {and would grab 1 or 2 everyday I left grandma's house and left for school * I collect vintage ornaments and tree trimmings * Now I have started to collect Scotch tape tins! What next?!?! LOL!


   
DON'T FORGET!  We celebrate everyday & "LUCKY" Fridays over on our Facebook Page - come join the fun!!
 
 
 
  Dec 1 * Quilts By Cheri
Dec 2 * Plumcute Designs
Dec 3 * Gail Pan Designs
Dec 4 * Woolen Willow Designs
Dec 5 * Ali Strebel Designs
Dec 6 * The Cottage at Cardiff Farms
Dec 7 * Blackberry Primitives
Dec 8 * Wooden Spool Designs
Dec 9 * Heartspun Quilts
Dec 10 * Notforgotten Farm
Dec 11 * Kathy Schmitz
Dec 12 * Crabapple Hill
Dec 13 * Primitive Gatherings
Dec 14 * Buttermilk Basin
Dec 15 * Special Guest

 

For those of you who are new to the annual hop - Welcome! 

How this works... is that each day, {Dec 1-15} I will post (along with the other delightful bloggers) a link for you to click on from our blogs that will take you directly to that day's designer blog where you will read a bit about them and their favorite Holiday memory for example.  You will also receive a complimentary recipe from them that you can print off and add to you collection!  Then don't forget to download their complimentary design they designed just for this blog hop event {AND thank them in the comments!!}.  I have been in contact with each of the designers and we are all so excited to see the hop come together... and help us all get in the spirit of giving!  This is our small token of thanking each of you for supporting us designers and our passion!  

Without you... we would not be able to do what we do! 

Are you ready?  Let's get the hop going!  ENJOY!



December 12, 2014

LIsa in TODAY's Day!!!

Good Morning!  I hope you are getting the hang of the hop... yesterday, Meg took us to her FB page and I think it worked out quite well!!  Isn't it awesome to have all these social media options?!  Just think, not that long ago we would not be able to offer this to you!  It would have to be thru snail mail! LOL! 
We only have 3 days left!  I can't believe it! 
Let's enjoy it while we can....
 
Day 13 * Primitive Gatherings
 
Up next, is another "over the top" talented gal who many of you started out getting to know thru her love for wool and awesome "Gathering" books!!!!  She is Lisa, from Primitive Gatherings- right next door to me in the great state of Wisconsin!  We are also lucky to have Lisa, and her crew on the road traveling across the country vending at numerous shows to help provide us with all our supplies needed to feed our love for wool, cotton & fiber!  I am truly blown away by how much time and effort this girl puts into her work!  But...I have to give her {& the lovely Jess!} kudos for taking time out to come to the Madison show & have supper with me!  That was pretty awesome!  What swell gals!  It really has been so much fun to see her go from a wool enthusiast...
to an innovated quilter and fabric designer! 
 
Lisa really is a great friend and also one of my favorite wool suppliers {and fabric.. and floss... and everything else under the sun! LOL!}  Last year Lisa and I had a fun time tag teaming on a wool & cotton quilt that she offered as a BOM thru her shop, Primitive Gatherings... and now we have teamed up again to offer you an unforgettable cruise filled with sun, fun & handwork!  We are both excited to share our love for handwork with you and create some awesome memories together with needles in hand!
Let's head over to her blog and see what fun pattern she has created for us!
 
PS * Put on your hat & mittens... It is "snowing" on her blog! :)
 
     Dec 1 * Quilts By Cheri
Dec 2 * Plumcute Designs
Dec 3 * Gail Pan Designs
Dec 4 * Woolen Willow Designs
Dec 5 * Ali Strebel Designs
Dec 6 * The Cottage at Cardiff Farms
Dec 7 * Blackberry Primitives
Dec 8 * Wooden Spool Designs
Dec 9 * Heartspun Quilts
Dec 10 * Notforgotten Farm
Dec 11 * Kathy Schmitz
Dec 12 * Crabapple Hill
Dec 13 * Primitive Gatherings
Dec 14 * Buttermilk Basin
Dec 15 * Special Guest
 
For those of you who are new to the annual hop - Welcome! 
How this works... is that each day, {Dec 1-15} I will post (along with the other delightful bloggers) a link for you to click on from our blogs that will take you directly to that day's designer blog where you will read a bit about them and their favorite Holiday memory for example.  You will also receive a complimentary recipe from them that you can print off and add to you collection!  Then don't forget to download their complimentary design they designed just for this blog hop event {AND thank them in the comments!!}.  I have been in contact with each of the designers and we are all so excited to see the hop come together... and help us all get in the spirit of giving!  This is our small token of thanking each of you for supporting us designers and our passion!  
Without you... we would not be able to do what we do! 
Are you ready?  Let's get the hop going!  ENJOY!