Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year!

I hope you have a very happy and healthy new year!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Let It Snow!

No, not really. In fact, if it doesn't snow this week, that'd be awesome. Every year I really try to relax the week after Christmas before I really gear up again for the new year. I go on day trips and try to spend as much time as possible with family and friends, and a snow storm could really ruin my plans to do that. So no, please don't let it snow this week!

Instead, I'm sharing my two latest "snowy" finishes, and the last of 2016!

Snowy String

I love these samplers because they're so unique!

Pattern Details:
Designer: Lizzie Kate
Pattern: Snowy String

Ready for Snow

I've had this pattern for two seasons now and I've never gotten to finishing it. This year, I promised myself I would get to it, and I'm really glad I did. I absolutely love it! I changed just a few colors but tried to keep it true to the original.

Pattern Details: 
"Ready for Snow"
Designer: Lizzie Kate


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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you all a safe, relaxing holiday and a happy and healthy new year!

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

2016 Christmas Cookies

As many of you know, every year my mom and I bake dozens up dozens of Christmas cookies. It's a tradition we've kept for as long as I can remember and even though it's a lot of work, and makes the kitchen a mess (a problem for us clean freaks!) it's totally worth it in the end. We enjoy these cookies throughout the holiday season and share them with our friends, family and colleagues. They're always a big hit!

Every year, we have the "staple" cookies. These are the cookies that are on the "to-bake" list ever year, without fail. They're Italian Pizzelles (see below for details), thumbprints, butter balls (aka Russian tea cakes) and basic shortbreads. This year we also added lemon drop pecan cookies, peanut butter cookies and pistachio-cranberry cookies. Four dozen eggs and 5 pounds of butter later, this was a sampling of this year's finished products.

My personal favorite are the Italian Pizzelles. We use my great-grandmother's recipe every year and they're usually the cookies that go first at our holiday parties. I really look forward to them making, and eating them every holiday season! 
These traditional waffle cookies, which get their name from the Italian word, "pizze," meaning "flat and round," have been staples in Italian bakeries and kitchens for centuries, first originating in the Abruzzo region of south-central Italy. To this day, these delicious cookies are found at most Italian weddings and celebrations, and are rarely missing from Christmas dessert tables due to their snowflake resemblance. In my family, Christmas wouldn't be the same without them. It's for this reason that I'm sharing our family recipe.
My Great-Grandmother's Italian Pizzelle Recipe

Each batch will make approximately 3-4 dozen cookies.

You will need:

Pizzelle Machine
6 cups eggs
3 1/2 cups flour
 1 1/2 cups sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
2 TBSP anise
2 TBSP vanilla
1 cup butter, melted

Beat eggs, adding sugar gradually. Beat well. Add butter, vanilla and anise flavoring. Sift flour and baking powder and blend with egg mixture. Dough is sticky.

Make sure Pizzelle Machine is preheated and slightly greased. Drop batter by teaspoon. Cook 35-45 seconds (adjust accordingly). Cookies will be a light golden brown when they are ready. Remove from Pizzelle Maker and move to cookie sheets to cool.

After 10-15 minutes, sprinkle powdered sugar on top and enjoy!

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Monday, December 19, 2016

My Handmade Christmas Wish List

Every year I'm asked to make a list for my family of things I'd like for Christmas. And every year, the usual suspects all appear: blu-rays, specific clothes items from my favorite store, usually a techie gift or two -- yada yada. But this year, many of the items I really want are available only in Etsy shops.

Here are some of my favorite items that were included on my handmade Christmas wish list this year:

Best Creative Fuel Ever Mug
Last Christmas I received the "Every Day I'm Hustling" mug from this shop and I loved it, so this year I'm back for another. 

Artist Mixed Media Print
I cannot wait to frame this and display it in my art studio! 

Literally ANY Painting by Leonid Afremov
The only artist I've been this excited about since Vincent Van Gogh (duh!), is Leonid Afremov. His paintings are insanely gorgeous and I would be honored to have one of his originals hanging in my art studio. Until that day, his paintings will continue to be my Smart Phone and tablet desktop backgrounds. 

Needle Felted Owl Ornament
I adore this shop! So many cute items!

Artist Pallette Clock
from RipdNTorn
If this isn't the most clever idea for an art clock, I'm not sure what is! So fun!

Van Gogh Infinity Scarf
I mean, really? I have to have this!

Owl Bookends
Sticking with the owl theme, I think these would go perfectly in my office.

What's on your handmade wish list this year?

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Snowmen Round-up!

Every year I make and sell my Snowman with Bluebird ornament and it's always one of the first ornaments to go. And every year I tell myself I'm going to make time to stitch one up for my own tree, and it just never happens.... until this year! 

I'm also featuring two more snowmen-themed finishes from this year:

Snowmen Holiday Box

Snowmen Basket 

Holiday Box and Basket Snowmen Pattern Details:
"Ho Ho Ho in a Row"
Designer: Lizzie Kate


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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Free Digi Stamp - Frosty in Wonderland

Right click on the image and choose the "Save As" function to download this image. 


More freebies:  Free Digi Stamps

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

2016 Holiday Boxes

Well, that's a wrap on the 2016 holiday boxes for the year! The last of this year's collection was just packed securely and shipped to its final destination. Here was a sampling of some of the holiday boxes of the season.

Rudolph Holiday Box

The Rudolph holiday boxes were by far the most popular of the bunch this year. We had multiple variations (and Rudolph noses) available and luckily my dogs didn't eat any of them this year!

Snowmen Holiday Boxes

Joy Holiday Boxes

Noel Holiday Box

Hot Cocoa Holiday Box

To everyone who bought a holiday box this year, I hope you enjoyed them! Looking forward to creating many more varieties next year!

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Let It Snowman!

Love this little guy!

Pattern Details:
"Let it Snow"
Designer: Lizzie Kate

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