Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Root Beer Freezes

Hello Woolies!

I hope you had a great Holiday weekend!  Savannah is including a recipe that I have heard raves about – Root Beer Freezes!  They were so good that they made them twice over the weekend.  Sounds to me like a perfect way to kick off into Summer. 

Memorial Day is always such a reflective time for me.  I think of those that serve in our Armed Forces and have made so many sacrifices for our Freedom.  Our grandson, Cory, who was serving in Afghanistan continues to recover from his injuries suffered from an IED explosion.  He wants to be a soldier, wants to serve his Country. 

Brown Bag Quilt Kit – Kicking off today is your chance to win a “Woolies” kit for the Brown Bag Quilt pictured below.  This kit includes 45 – 2 ½” Woolies Flannel strips.  All the fabric is from the Maywood Collection called “Woolies” and all of the strips are different.  The value of the kit is $42.00 and we will be drawing on June the 15th.  You need to leave a comment or “Follow us” in order to be included in the drawing.  I designed this pattern with a Jelly Roll in mind.  The measurement of the project is 80” X 90” and certainly can made larger by adding a larger final Border.  The pattern retails for $8.00 and can be ordered at our website www.thelittlewoolshoppe.com .


Next Installment of “Snowbuddies” Coming – On June 1st we will post the next Snowbuddies embroidery block.  This one will have a July theme….I bet a flag will be involved!!!  Be sure to check in!!

Hope you will take a minute and whip up a Root Beer Float, sit out on the porch and watch the world go by!!

Mini Moments with Savannah

This week is going to be very busy.  This Friday and Saturday I have dance recital.  I am going to be performing in seven dances.  Of course not all the dances are in the same recital show. There is one recital Friday night, a recital on Saturday afternoon, and one that night. I am going to be in the opener!  I have dress rehearsal  all this week.  So that we will be confident and ready on the stage that we are dancing on.   It is going to be a busy and crazy week full of dancing, make-up, pictures, and fun!
I am a root beer lover! So a recipe that my mom, Carrie, found on another blog is Root Beer Freezes! You’ll love them. They are almost like root beer floats except they are more frozen. I hope you enjoy!

Root Beer Freezes Recipe - (originally posted on One Good Thing By Jillee)

Mix one liter of root beer with one can of sweetened condensed milk.  Pour into your ice cream machine and turn on.  It takes about 25 minutes for our machine to turn this delicious mixture into a frozen slush like consistency.  Best if enjoyed immediately.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Back from Market...

Hi Woolie Fans!

I just returned from Kansas City and International Quilt Market.  It was great to be there and present my new designs – “The Red Chair,” “Sunflowers” and “Civil War Revival.”  I was amazed at the number of women there “blogging.”  You will have to let me know if you run across that have photos of my quilts – Starry Pines Pattern Company.  I was able to spend time with fellow designers who I have met over the years – it is always fun to see each other again.  We just can’t get over how we can stay so young and our children can be getting older!!!

Savannah and her Mom, Carrie, held down the fort while I was gone.  Our plans for next Spring Market is to take Savannah along to Market so she can work the booth and meet our customers and bloggers. 

Our winner of the “Snowbuddies” fabric kit is Shar Weiser (Apple Tree Quilter).  Savannah had an official drawing and you are the Winner!  Send us your mailing address and we will get your package sent off to you.   Congratulations!!

We will announce on Friday our next Kit that we will have a drawing for, so be sure to leave your name when you reply, if you are “anonymous” unfortunately your name will not be able to go into the drawing.  It is going to be a fun project!!

Don’t forget that June 1st we will have the July Snowbuddies ready to download!!

Mini Moments from Savannah

I am very excited because as you might know school is almost out.  Tomorrow is my last day.  I tested today and I am also testing tomorrow.  My summer is on the way and I can’t wait. Of course like any other summer I will be busy.  I am going to 2 dance camps and some fun dance performances.  I hope to be able to get my precious pool time in.  Better watch out pool because here I come!  Hope you will follow my adventures throughout the summer. 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Hello Woolie Fans!

Savannah has reminded me that I did not get an update out on Friday.  I am busy getting ready for Market.  My projects are finished and I am wrapping up details for the Show.  I am so excited about my new designs and wanted to give you a preview of my brand new Block of the Month called “The Red Chair.”  This quilt has a pieced background using Kansas Troubles Quilters fabric scraps.  Pieces of fabrics from many different lines.  It is a great way to use up scraps!  I actually totally finished the top, including quilting and binding and then added the Wool applique to the finished piece.  As you see below, the quilt features a Red chair, Compass, Geraniums, Fruits and Veggies, a Basket and lots of Bees!!!  Watch for news on this project, the pattern will be available after June 1st and we will be offering the Wool Applique pieces in a Kit. 


I am wondering where my luggage is?  I wonder which storage unit it is in and probably (my luck!) it is way in the back!  I am also looking for my magic wand…..I could really use it right now!

I hope you have a great week, I will be excited to share news of Quilt Market when I return.  Be sure to check out Savannah’s Mini Moments below, she is sharing another great recipe.

“Mini Moments” – A conversation with Bee…….

I love to dance, but I always remember that school comes before dance. Not only do I love to dance, I also like school. I am homeschooled and I love it. My mom is my teacher and I enjoy our time together!  My favorite subjects in school are math and reading. I love math because it gives my brain a twist and it's just full of fun and strategy. Oh, how I love reading!  Reading is so much fun because you can make it enjoyable by putting yourself in the character's shoes. Reading can be full of adventures, mysteries, comedies, suspensful scenes, and much more.  I will always be a fan of reading and math. Some of my favorite books are; The Shadow Thieves, Crispin: the Cross of Lead, and my favorite, The Seer of Shadows. What is your favorite book? If you want to find some more really good books, then check out my other blog at www.thestudyhouse.blogspot.com. I hope you enjoy. Unfortunately, I am sad that I only have two weeks of school left, but then it is my favorite time of the year, SUMMER TIME!

 I know that everyone likes to eat yummy cookies. These are just to good to be true, I like to call them "Bee's Mexican Wedding Cookies."

 Bee’s Mexican Wedding Cookies (courtesy of Paula Deen) – Makes about 2 ½ dozen of delicious cookies

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

½ cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for coating baked cookies

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 ¾ cups all purpose flour, plus more for dusting hands

1 cup pecans, chopped into very small pieces

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar at low speed until it is smooth. Beat in vanilla. At low speed gradually add the flour. Mix in the pecans with a spatula. With floured hands, take out about 1 tablespoon of dough and shape into a crescent. (That is Moon shaped) Continue to dust hands with flour as you make more cookies. Place onto prepared cookies sheets. Bake for 40 minutes. When cool enough to handle but still warm, roll in additional confectioners’ sugar. Cool on wire racks.

Bee Note….The cookies do not expand when baking, so you can place them pretty close on the cookie sheets.

Here is the bible verse of the week ' For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise' Psalm 47:7 NIV

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Hello Blog Followers!

Savannah and I are so excited to see how many of you viewed our Wooly Moments Blog Spot.  We will be keeping track of “Comments” and we just added “Followers” where you can sign up.  It is located on the upper right hand corner of the page.  Thanks for your fun comments!!!

Below we have included a photo of the stitched June “Snowbuddies.”  Notice that I Blanket stitched the outside scalloped edge.  If you do not know how to Blanket stitch the same thing can be accomplished by Backstitching the design and then adding straight lines horizontally.  We can call it the “Cheaters Blanket stitch.”  Be sure to send us any of your ideas, we’d love to hear them! 

We hope to be blogging with you once a week, but if we have something special to share, you may hear from us more often.  Our Blog-Master – Carrie….(Bee’s Mom, my daughter) added our photo today. 

Mini Moments” from Bee…..

Yesterday I went to ballet, jazz and performance team practice.  Great news!  I graduated from my 2 Ballet II classes. I am very happy because next year I will be in Ballet 3 (Pre- Pointe).  I can’t wait! The recipe I used to move on was; to work really hard,  be a good listener, and of course, to believe in myself! I hope to keep on growing in my technique and much more. When I first started to dance I never thought I would make it this far in my dancing career. I have found that dancing has been a great part of my life.  I hope you found this interesting and fun to read!

Bee’s Banana Crème Pudding Pie

1 – Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust, baked as directed on box for One-Crust Baked Shell – I pinched the edge with my fingers and added pie weights so that the crust wouldn’t shrink.  (Learned from Tee Tee)


¾ cup Sugar

¼ cup Cornstarch

¼ teaspoon Salt

3 cups Milk

3 Egg Yolks, slightly beaten

2 tablespoons Butter or Margarine – I used Butter

2 teaspoons Vanilla

2 to 3 Medium Bananas, sliced

1.      Bake the Pie shell and allow to cool for 30 minutes.

2.    Meanwhile, in a 2 qt. saucepan, mix sugar, cornstarch and salt.  Stir in milk until smooth.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and thickens, boil and stir for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat.

You can to stir a lot or the mixture can scorch on the bottom of the pan.

3.    Stir about ¼ cup hot mixture into egg yolks.  Tee Tee says you do this so the eggs won’t scramble.  Gradually stir yolk mixture into hot mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, just until mixture begins to bubble and  is thickened.  Remove from heat, stir in butter and vanilla.  Cool until lukewarm, about 20 minutes.

4.    Arrange banana slices in the bottom of the cooled baked shell.  Pour cooled pudding over bananas.  Refrigerate until set, at least 3 hours.  Top with whipped cream.  I used Cool Whip.

My Papa said it was the best pie ever!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Snowbuddies Block of the Month Embroidery Pattern

Welcome! To the first post of our Blogspot!  I will be sharing on my Blogspot – “Wooly Moments” and my granddaughter Savannah will be sharing on “Mini Moments”.  We jointly will be writing about what is going on in our lives, new ideas, new pattern designs, recipes and anything that we think is news worthy from our perspective as Grandmother (Tee Tee) and Granddaughter (Savannah).  I hope you will check out The Little Wool Shoppe website at www.thelittlewoolshoppe.com

Today, we are introducing our brand new, designed just for our Bloggers – “Snowbuddies” embroidery patterns.  This design will have 12 individual blocks, one for each month.   

We suggest that these patterns be traced with a red or brown pigma pen onto an 8” X 8” white cotton background square. (3/4 yd White for 12 blocks)   Simply place the pattern on your light box, center the fabric square over it and trace lightly.  A sunny window works well, too! Our block is Backstitched in one strand of 12 wt. Sulky Embroidery thread – color #1169.

Talk about Coloring Outside of the Lines….lots of options…..You could enlarge or shrink the pattern design after printing it off.  You can stitch in whatever color thread you like, or use a variety of colors.  Talk about color….you can shade with crayons after your embroidery is complete.  At the end of one year, you will have 12 blocks to put together into a fun “Snowperson” wall quilt.   I will have finishing instructions with the last block – May 2013.   Need help? Finding fabric, thread and pens….let us know at 970-686-6346, we can ship to you.

For Anyone that Subscribes to this Blog or leaves a comment….We will have a drawing on May 15 for 3/4 yd White Fabric, 1 Spool of Sulky Thread and 1 pigma pen.  Winner will be posted.  Good Luck!

”Mini Moments” by Savannah –
I love to dance!  I have been dancing for 7 years.  I am on a performance dance team called – “Dawning Light.”  We are 10 – 12 years old.  I am the youngest and smallest.  My Tee Tee tells me that I have big talent.  We dance to Christian music and I am able to interpret the dance through the words of the song.  I practice on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  A week ago I danced during our church services to a song called “Our God is Greater”.  It was really fun. 

My favorite bible verse is – I can do all things through Christ who brings me strength. 
Phillipines 4:13.

I hope you will share this with other girls or daughters or granddaughters.  I would love to hear from them.  I will be sharing special things with them and writing in every post.  Next time I will share my recipe for Banana Crème Pie.