Tuesday, July 31, 2012

September Snowbuddies

August 1, 2012
September “Snowbuddies” – “Honey Bee”
Hello Woolies!!
As I finalize my sketch of the September Snowbuddies Embroidery pattern, I think about how we all need a “Honey Bee.” I am so lucky that I have a whole hive or bee skep of Honey Bees that bring so much joy to my life. I often (in jest) refer to myself as the Queen Bee. Surely, it is “good to be Queen” especially when your life is so blessed with so many honey bees.
You know that my “Bee” is Savannah who shares this Blogspot with me. You are getting to know her through all the stories that she shares in “Mini Moments.” Well, Bee has a big brother named Cody. He has always been our Sweet Pea, because before he was born, he would not reveal if he was a girl or boy….he is certainly a boy full of surprises. No surprise that he stole my heart before he was even born. Cody is about to turn 14 and he is quite the handsome young man. We had a date on Saturday!!! A lunch date. He arrived with a beautiful bouquet of flowers and we went to a French Restaurant. Cody loves to eat and would never be considered a picky eater, he loves everything!! We shared a fabulous salad made with produce from the local Farmer’s Market. Then an appetizer of Mushrooms, Truffles and the most incredible Ricotta Pasta balls that were the lightest of dumplings ever. We just about embarrassed ourselves and licked the plate…..the dressing was amazing!! Cody had a burger with homemade chips (not so French) and I had a Vegetable Frittata. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Wee! Wee! Wee loved it!!! Yes, the food was wonderful, but my date and our conversation…..Priceless!!
I so believe in intuition and what my “gutt” tells me. My antennae have been saying to stop and smell the roses. In the rose bushes I always encounter a few bee stings but, the hummmmmmmmmmmmmmm of the hive is music to my ears.
No bees……………no honey!!! I hope you take some time with your bees, I promise, the honey is sweet!!
Connie………… aka Queen Bee

Mini Moments with Bee……………..
I am on a competition team at my dance studio that has 12 to 15 students on it. My competition group was chosen to be choreographed by a woman who has worked on Broadway. Next Wednesday and Thursday I am going to be choreographed by her.Then next Friday I am going to Waterworld with a group of friends. I can not wait. I love Waterworld even though it is only the second time I've gone. It is going to be an exciting week for me!

This Carmel Puffcorn recipe is amazingly good.

1 stick of butter
1 cup of brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup of light corn syrup
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
1 bag corn puffs (Chesters)
Preheat oven to 250 degrees
Grease roaster pan.  In saucepan mix butter, sugar, salt and syrup.  Over medium heat cook until boiling, stirring constantly.  Reduce heat to low for five minutes, do not stir during this time.  Then add soda and vanilla, mix well.  Pour over corn, stir well.  Bake 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.  Cool on wax paper.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Girlfriend Time

Hello Woolies!

Have you had a “Sew Day” with a friend lately?  It has been a very long time since I have been able to spend a day creating and sewing with a friend.  Now, I am not feeling sorry for myself, but I am still glowing from just a few hours spent sewing with my sistah friend Jeanette on Friday.  Jeanette and I are both quilt pattern designers and we love picking each other’s brains for ideas.  Since I have “closed out” the majority of cotton print fabrics in the shoppe, I have a surplus of beautiful Civil War prints that are screaming for a beautiful scrappy project.  I thought of pinwheels and hexagons and all kinds of patterns that are great for scrappy projects.  So many of them require yardage of background fabrics and I wanted to challenge myself to try to use what I have.   Jeanette had a perfect idea and we began selecting and cutting 2 ½” strips.  She became the instructor and I was the student…so stinkin’ much fun!!  (There are times when it is great to not be in charge!!!)  Using a nifty Dresden template, we cut the pieces and began stitching them together.  The photo below will show how we are using 20 different prints and how beautifully and scrappy they work together.  A great way to use your stash and in our case, construct, cut and offer a kit for this beautiful Dresden project.  We will be cutting this project and offering it as a kit.  A perfect NEXT giveaway item……………………….August 17th we will draw for a winner of this kit.  Be sure to sign up!  And, if you are interested in purchasing a kit, stay tuned as we reveal more of the project and the price of the kit.


Since July has been “Snowman” month, this Friday we will present the last special snowman themed project.  This one is my design and even though in my head I had a design that I was going to call “Snowball Fight” I ended up with a design called “Laughing Snowballs.”  This kit will be offered two ways……………

1.      For those of you that have made or are making the Flag Stand Penny Rugs, we will offer a kit that is just the right size to fit on your Flag.

2.    It is also offered as a kit for a finished Penny Rug

You can stop by the shoppe and pick up a kit or order a kit by contacting Carrie at carrie@starrypinespatterncompany.com   She would be happy to ship a kit to you.


My real sistah Lori who lives in Omaha recently sent me a recipe.  Now, if Lori sends a recipe, you know it is good.  In fact, she said that you want to sit down with a gallon of cold milk and eat this whole  Peach Pound Cake and then she said…..”just ask me how I know that.”  Here in Colorado we are blessed with some of the most incredible peaches.  This would be a great recipe to try out and if you are trying to consume more calcium….sounds to me like a great reason to drink some milk……Enjoy!

Lori’s Peach Pound Cake

1 c. Butter or Margarine, softened

3 c. sugar

1 t. vanilla

3 c. flour

½ t. salt

2 c. peaches, peeled and chopped

6 eggs at room temperature

½ t. almond extract

¼ t. baking soda

½ c. sour cream


1 c. sifted powdered sugar

½ t. vanilla

3 T. warm water (use less if too watery)

½ t. almond extract

Cut a piece of waxed paper to fit bottom of a 10” tube pan.  Grease and flour pan, put in paper, crease and flour paper.

In a large mixer bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.  Stir in vanilla and almond extracts.

In a small bowl, combine dry ingredients.  Add to creamed mixture.  Fold in sour cream and peaches, pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake at 350 for 70 minutes or until a stick of dry spaghetti inserted in the center comes out clean.  Remove from pan and dry on a wire cake rack, cool and glaze,.

Mix powdered sugar, vanilla, warm water and almond extract.  Place cooled cake on a plate.  Pour glaze over top of cake, leave on rack at room temperature to set.

Have a great Week!!

Mini Moments by Savannah……………..

I am really excited because my Tee Tee has taught me how knit a ruffled scarf.  It is pretty easy and of course adorable!  You can buy the yarn at your local yarn or craft store! You wouldn’t believe how fun it is. I am also excited today because I am going to my second dance camp called Intensives. It is four days of dancing for four hours each day.  It is so fun! I do a different kind of dance each hour. I learn a dance in each class. And I perform at the end. Of course after the camp is done I am tired, but stronger in everything!  

Friday, July 13, 2012

July is Snowman Month!!

Hello Woolies!
Happy Friday the 13th!  I try not to be superstitious, and think WOW!  We need to make this a lucky day!  Today is the drawing for the Moda Bag and all the goodies that Savannah has selected and packed inside.  The “lucky” winner of this bag will receive the bag and inside are 15 mini kits.  The value of this bag and goodies inside are well over $100.00.   Our “Random Number Generator” has selected the following person as the winner……Marlene Sullivan.  Congratulations!!!  Marlene please contact us with your mailing information so that we can send this bag your way!

July is Snowman month at The Little Wool Shoppe.  Each Friday we are offering a new kit featuring Snowmen.  These kits are all available by contacting Carrie (Bee’s Mom) at carrie@starrypinespatterncompany.com.  Our first kit was “Frosty Mugs” and the cost of the kit for all the wool and binding is $45.00.  This is the custest project ever and goes together and finishes really fast!  The designer is Threads That Bind and it measures 11” X 40”.

The kit featured this week is from All Through The Night.  Bonnie Sullivan has done it again with “Seven Snowmen.”  If you are familiar with her pattern “Seven Santas” you will love this project, too!  It is like paper dolls and dressing seven cute snowmen.  The cost of the kit is $62.00 and features wool for the entire penny rug top including the black background.  The easiest way to dress these snowmen is to use and applique sheet and lay out all the pieces and steam press them together.  Then when cool peel the constructed snowman away from the applique sheet.  Repeat for all snowman.  They are then very easy to place onto the background fabric and press into place.  Here is a picture of Bee holding one of the snowmen.  I think I know who is cuter!!

Here is a sneak peak at next week’s Snowman project from my friend Joanie from Bits and Pieces by Joan.  (Joan calls me Butthead!....it is a long hilarious story!!)  This project is called “Snow Pals.”  It will be presented in kit form two different ways…one with a frame and one finished like a penny rug.  We will post it next week.

The last Friday of July I will present in kit form my new Snowman project called “Snowball Fight.”  Stay tuned for photos and information.

My sistah girlfriend Jeanette Pie’ is coming to visit next Friday!  She lives in Maryland and we will be spending the day together.  We are adopted sistahs and just know that it was inevitable that we would meet and join hearts.  Fate is that way and I am so lucky to have her in my life.  Professionally she is the owner and designer of “Easy as Pie” designs.  She is the “Talking Quilts” lady.  She has designed some new pillow tops with Subway Art and will be bringing along her models and some preprinted panels so I can feature them in the shoppe.  Check out her website at www.easyaspiedesigns.com .  We will share photos in our next post.

I just cannot believe that we are halfway through July.  I checked our corn fields and our corn did not quite look “knee high” by the Fourth of July, but it has been so hot.  I was reading through the current Country Register
Found this interesting recipe.  Have not had a chance to try it, but it does sound promising…..

“Cooler Corn-on-the Cob”
Get a cooler and wipe it clean.  Fill it with shucked ears of corn.  Pour two kettles-full of boiling water over the corn and close the cooler.  Open the cooler 30 minutes later and enjoy your meal.  The corn will be perfectly cooked and as long as the cooler stays closed, it will also remain at the perfect level of doneness for a couple of hours. 

Enjoy the Weekend and stay safe!

Mini Moments from Savannah………………………..
Last week I was on the road to Wyoming.  It was quite a  5 days. I went to see my Grandparents and Great Grandmothers. When I was in Wyoming with my Grandparents, we did lots of stuff. For one night we were campers even though we were sleeping in a fifth wheel. We went on a hike and went fishing. I also met a man named David Miller and his dog, Max. He was biking through Wyoming. He told us that he was 50 years old and that he was going to bike through 50 states in a year. He had already biked 26 states including Alaska. He showed me pictures of the beautiful Savannah, Georgia. He was right Savannah is beautiful.  And a cool fact is that there is a ferry in Savannah called Savannah Belle’s Ferry. Well, that is my name!  He was a really nice man. So nice that we invited him for breakfast. So my brother, Cody and I made pancakes, eggs, and bacon for 7 people that morning.  Then we went to my Grandparents house and played games and ate dinner. The next day we went rafting on the Shoshoni River. It was a grand time. The next morning it was time to leave. It was a fun trip.

P.S. On my blog, www.thestudyhouse.blogspot.com I have started a read along for the book Where the Red Fern Grows.  Children and adults will love it.

Monday, July 2, 2012

August Snowbuddies

Happy July Woolies!
Here we are smack dab in the middle of Summer!  I am happy to report that the Colorado fires appear to be “contained.”  Not without an army of Firefighters whose endurance was super human.  The loss of Homes and lives mark this Summer in great sadness.  We pray for the families that they have the strength to move forward.  We praise the Firefighters!!
Last Saturday was our first Farmer’s Market of the Season.  Down here on Main street in old town Windsor the streets were bustling with families out to enjoy the fun!  We are lucky as the event is just around the corner from the shoppe and “home” for Chuck and I.  We were able to enjoy our first Colorado peaches and apricots.  I will be certain to get to the Market first thing this coming Saturday so I can get some of the homemade cheese Danish. 
Since we have moved above the shoppe, I am missing gardening this year.  I did move over all of my favorite pots and cool iron trellis’.  Since we have a flat roof outside of our door upstairs, I thought I would try some roof top gardening, but haven’t even had a minute to try.  I can’t imagine a summer without geraniums as you all know how much I love them.  Tending a watering the yard I have not missed much, but flowers……I may have to rescue some from the Soopers parking lot and give it a try.   Now….if I could just find a spicket outside for some water????????????????????
Friday, July 13th Giveaway…… Bee and I are gathering things that we add to our cool Moda bag that we will be drawing for on July 13th.  Who will be the winner…..stay tuned!
AUGUST “SNOWBUDDIES.”  Here is the next in the Series of our “Snowbuddies” Embroideries.  This August themed Snowperson is holding a giant Sunflower.  We hope that you are enjoying these fun easy to stitch projects.
Each month will remain on the Blog to be downloaded free of charge. 

Have a safe Holiday!

Mini Moments with Savannah:

I am a little bummed about not being able to have your own little fireworks show in Windsor this Fourth, but town fireworks are still a great joy. AND WE SHOULD PROBABLY BE SAFE AND NOT SORRY!  Today I wrote a report about the Fourth of July and the history behind it.  I now realize what the Fourth Of July is really about. I am excited to swim on the 4th and to just have a fun holiday with my family.

 Just to let you guys know I have started a read along book club on my blog. Here is the link to my blog http://www.thestudyhouse.blogspot.com It is when I read a book and you can read along. I will be starting a new book in the next week so please check it out. This is a great thing for kids my age to do during the summer break to keep their minds full of knowledge.

 I hope you have a fun holiday.