Sunday, November 22, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Art Shoppe Quilt

Sorry my posts have been so sporadic the last week with my Art Shoppe tomorrow I have put blogging on the back burner!

But...I did finish the Tom and Lucy Quilt. It was quilted by sweet Ella, because of the goemetric-ness (is that even a word?) I wanted a geometric pattern on the quilt and she quilted just what I had imagined in my mind. I just didn't think swirls and loops would look right. For the binding, I used Anna Griffins "Sloan" black medallion fabric. It ties the whole quilt together.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I realize I have been talking alot about The Art Shoppe, so sorry, but any of my Utah subscribers I wanted to let know the Art Shoppe is having a huge twilight giveaway on the blog. Details below.

Friday 11- 20-09 is the huge mega hit release of New Moon!! Can't wait? Neither can we.So... to celebrate we are having a fantastic New Moon Giveaway. If you live in Utah and you can pick up your prize at the Art Shoppe please leave a comment below. Drum Roll please....

New Moon Giveaway Includes:
1 dizzlePOP twilight saga dog tag
1 Home Studio New Moon Tile Pendant
1 Lapel Button Pin saying: I (heart) Jacob.
1 Twilight red apple pecan log (4oz.) from Fahrenheit 350
1 Twilight Pocket Mirror from Home Studio

Giveaway Ends: 11-18-09! ! Extra entry per FB fan or follower of the blog! Let us know in your comments. Remember Utah residents only and we want to meet you... so plan to come by the shoppe and pick up your giveaway goodies!!
Tom and Lucy's Holiday Art Shoppe: November 19th, 20th and 21st. Lehi Ridge Swim and Tennis Club, directions here.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tom and Lucy Quilt

Remember last week when I started the Tom and Lucy Quilt? We'll I've finished the top and back today and am sending it off to the quilter. Funny how you think piecing a back is only going to take the morning and then it turns into all afternoon too!

I used the tutorial from Red Pepper Quilts and it couldn't have gone smoother. I did add my own border and it makes the center rectangle floated...haven't quite decided how I feel about that. I do know I am going to do a black binding, which I hope will help ground the border. Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Toffee Giveaway!

I know, I know, Munchies on Monday? We'll I'm participating in a giveaway over at Fahrenheit 350 , it is her blogoversary and I had to help celebrate!! Stop by Kitty's blog, she has some amazing items up for grabs and goodies galore. You might even win some of my famous Toffee!

My famous Toffee

  • 1 cup of butter (or 2 cubes)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar ~ using brown sugar gives it an even better flavor.
  • 1/2 cup of white sugar

Preparation: On the bottom of a 9x13-glass pan, spread a light coat of butter and ¼ of your favorite nuts. Also, have a small bowl of ice water ready to test your toffee. The toffee recipe needs constant attention and stirring for about 10 minutes, so once you begin you won't be able to stop and do either of these things.

Making Toffee: In a heavy saucepan, add butter and sugars and melt on high heat. Once the butter and sugars have melted and started to boil, the toffee will go through 4 stages. Keep temperature as hot as you can with out burning. Medium high to high heat.

  • Stage 1: butter and sugars are melted, but not mixed. Keep stirring.
  • Stage 2: Butter and sugars are mixed and start to cook. Keep stirring.
  • Stage 3: Butter and sugars are bubbling. Keep stirring.
  • Stage 4: Butter and sugars change color, slightly (from light tan to dark tan) toffee looks almost like taffy, it becomes smooth not bubbly. Keep stirring and start to test for hard crack.
Hard Crack: Hard crack is when you place a small piece of toffee in ice-cold water and it sizzles. This is when the toffee is done. Pour toffee evenly into buttered 9x13 pan, do not spread or stir, just pour directly on to buttered pan and do not spread after ~ no touchy!

Sprinkle toffee with your favorite chocolate chips (about 1/4 of a cup), the hot toffee will melt the chips completely on its own within a few minutes. With a spatula, spread the melted chips over the toffee and sprinkle with another 1/4 of your favorite nuts. Allow toffee to completely cool (even place outside if it is cold), break apart with a kitchen knife and Enjoy! Keep remaining toffee in a air-tight container for 2 weeks or longer.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Dream Dinners

Today for my Mid Week Munchies post I want to talk about a company I have gotten to know over the last couple weeks: Dream Dinners.

In a nut shell: Dream Dinners is a easy convenient place that helps you prepare your families meals. When I was invited to attend an evening of cooking with Dream Dinners I jumped at the chance. This business idea has always intrigued me and I wanted to find out for myself what it was all about.
They started out by providing us dinner: Toasted Pecan Chicken with 2 side dishes: broccoli and candied yams. It was a delicious meal!! After dinner, I started making my 3 family style meals. I choose: Lemon Chicken Piccata, Cheese Lover's Manicotti, and Kentucky Pork Chops. Here I am with Emily of Freshly Baked making our Manicotti Meal. Including myself there was about 15 of us making meals together, including my little sis Kitty!

The ladies behind Dream Dinners in Orem, Utah are Danielle and Jean. They were wonderful hostess and really helped me in my meal making process. They were fun, friendly and I wish the night had lasted longer. Each meal had its own work station and all the ingredients were easy and handy in the preparation process. In all, minus that chatting and fun, it took me about 40 minutes to make my 3 meals!!

The following week my family and I ate our meals. It was really nice to know I had three meals all ready to go before the week even started. I knew they would be yummy, hearty and all prepared by me. I absolutely loved the Lemon Chicken Picatta!! It was amazing! The chicken was juicy and tender and the lemon sauce hit the spot. It was my favorite meal of the week. The Manicotti was very good and the Kentucky Pork Chops...I honestly think I made it wrong. Kitty made the same meal and she really liked it. I think I did something wrong in the preparation process.

Over all I loved the experience I had at Dream Dinners. They have locations across the country if they are as nice as Danielle and Jean you're gonna love it too.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Tom and Lucy's Art Shoppe

I own a boutique called Tom and Lucy's Art Shoppe, I started it with my friend Marie ~ she has the Lucy and I have the Tom. It is a three day event where local handmade vendors come and sell their designs. I love it! The whole process is extremely rewarding and in the end I get to sell my designs (more on that later) too!

Each Art Shoppe I make a quilt. It is a way for me to have a crafty remembrance of the event. But it didn't start out that way: the first quilt I made for the Art Shoppe I raffled off. I made it pink and black with a simple square design (picture below). Although people oohed and ahhed I didn't sell many tickets. My Mom won the quilt (she bought alot of tickets!) and I am soooo glad she did, because I love to visit her and still get to see it!! After that I decided to not sell or raffle the quilt(s) away, but keep them and hopefully in 20 years I have 20 quilts to show for it.

Every time the Art Shoppe rolls around I have an internal debate on the design of the Art Shoppe quilt. I already know my colors, I am just looking for a great design. Last week I found it, while visiting one of my favorite quilt blogs: Red Pepper Quilts I flipped over her Piece Scrap Border Quilt. I knew it was the perfect quilt when I saw it.

So presently I am working on the quilt. Updates very soon on progress. Below are the two previous Art Shoppe Quilts.

Spring 09 Quilt

Fall 08 Quilt

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