Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Fat Quarter Folder

The fat quarter folder eating lobsta in New England on a trip to Center Harbor, New Hampshire... to all you dedicated quilters what is in Center Harbor?
So my mom has dubbed herself the fat quarter folder!  Last Wednesday I had a class and mom worked the shop so I wouldn't have to go back and forth from shop to house.  Mom gets a little nervous about working in the shop I have no idea why but she does.  I have been cutting half yards of fabric to turn into fat quarters for the past few weeks in preparation for Country Living FairS'!  I told mom that day just fold the fat quarters and that would be a huge help! So as she is folding customers keep coming.  I guess the name dubbing went a little like this... customers' walk in and are greeted with " ummm Hi uhhh Kori's not here she is in the house teaching class so you will just have to deal with me I am the fat quarter folder" in a nervous voice says Mom.  Say that 5 times fast and it's a real tongue twister.  Anyway during all this I get a hundred calls in the house mom asking what she should do, how much is..., where is the... etc etc. Just so you know mom made it through the day and did a great job in the shop...she always does. A group of ladies who wanted to see what we were making in the house and informed me that I needed to give her a raise! She does deserve one that is for sure but the payment is going to be in some sort of gift and I haven't quite figured that out.... 

In the meantime though while I am in the house with Dana, Beth, and Judie elementary school teachers from the Canton area (I am still in shock that these ladies drive an hour to come here what a compliment and what a delight to have some new sewing friends) were in here making this cute little box and of course its a Hatched and Patched project! Pretty cool huh?  You can either use it for your favorite jewelery or to put thread in for an on the road project. To top this fun day off Judie brought these amazing S'mores Bars to share and I thought you all needed the recipe.  They are a MUST make people... my mom horded them from me and I actually had to ask where the were.  What can I say we a a couple of foodies... 
S'mores Sandwich Bar Cookies (from Hershey's)
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 Hershey's bars (1.55 oz. each), unwrapped : - )
3 cups miniature marshmallows

1.  Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease an 8 x 8 glass baking dish.

2.  Beat butter and sugar until well blended in large bowl.  Add egg and vanilla; beat well.  Stir together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture, beating until blended.  Press half of dough into prepared pan.  Bake 15 minutes.

3.  Lay candy bars evenly over baked dough, breaking as necessary to cover.  Sprinkle with marshmallows; scatter bits of remaining dough over all.  Bake 10 to 15 minutes or just until lightly browned.  Cool completely in pan on wire rack.  Cut into bars.  Yield:  16 bars.

Enjoy the recipe and hope this blog made you smile and or laugh.  I still laugh about mom's new nick name if you could have only heard her tell the story!  

P.S.: Come see these cute little boxes I am telling you you will want to make one!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Weekend Fun

always going...

Do you ever feel like your riding the tornado of life and sometimes it goes faster on certain days and by the end of the week or month you feel really dizzy.  I think I am on the fast part of the tornado and lately most days I am in a daze.. although I have to say it's not that bad!  I have been really excited about a few past blogs because I have gotten comments from non-friends!  There are actually people reading my BLOG... and they (you) actually like it!  What a nice compliment.  So thanks I now feel better that  I am not actually talking to myself. So this past weekend was really nice and seemed to go super fast...

My best friends Nicole and Barry are having a baby... I unfortunately missed the celebration on Saturday in Savannah and of course I just finished getting the gift ready.  Yet again better late than never... so tomorrow morning I will put the box in the mail goodies for both mommy and new baby.  I had to share how cute the box of goodies turned out.  I love giving gifts it's one of my favorite things in life...

Sunday Josh and I went to the movies and we saw the Expendables (not bad for a guy movie) and went to Borders were I picked up the new Where Women Create... if you have never seen the magazine you MUST pick it up! It's a little pricey but I always seem to buy it. This month Amy Butler is the cover story.  Her studio is pretty awesome...check it out!

So really my weekend days are Sunday and Monday because the shop is closed on Mondays.  Yesterday was pretty awesome.  In the morning I helped mom do some catering.  She made chicken Marsala it was so good.  I get hungry just thinking about it.  So anyway after out luncheon we decided to do some antiquing. One flea market and two antique malls' later we came home with some great stuff.  Some of it will be at Country Living Fair!!! I guess you will all have to come check it out there ;)...

antique shop's cat

mom's new cutting board

So today it's back to the shop!  Saturday I started cutting fat quarters, fat halves and fat eighths for Country Living Fair'S.  I got alot done but I knew I needed to figure out a way to identify what they were but more importantly make sure that customers don't forget where then got that piece of fabric I came up with this...

there is nothing better than polka dots

So that is what I have been up to the last few days... and some other stuff I haven't had a chance to take pictures of so more surprises to come... speaking of which here's a sneak peak of one! 

NEW Farm dale Fabric.... 

I know new fabric... I think I may have to focus one blog on just this fabric because it's FABULOUS!!!! Until Next time...

P.S. hopefully Nicole doesn't read the blog LOL!

Friday, August 13, 2010

A good friend... Judi and my Camera!

So lately I have been taking lots of pictures with my new camera! Well I got it for Christmas... It's a REALLY good camera you know one of those Canon Rebels... way over my head. So when mom and dad surprised it with my I was like Whoa Wa. I am still not really sure how to use it but I decided if I don't use the flash it really takes awesome pictures. I have been around my artsy friends and cousin Tiffany long enough that I know what a "cool" picture looks like. Over the weekend a very good friend of my mom and I had a wedding shower for her son and future daughter in law. Of course mom made some incredible food and I was the wanna be photographer slash assistant to mom. Although for this occasion I did also help Judi out in the invitation and favor department. It was easy to design them because Judi gave me some inspiration from an old wedding favor. Judi collects vintage wedding toppers...she has been collecting them since she was little! We were inspired by Hatched and Patched the Bon Bon Pattern and made the little fabric candies I think they would be great to put special pieces of jewelry. Well anyway here are some of the 250 shots I took on Sunday! Let me know what you think....

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Fall'in into some fun new stuff....

It's hard to believe that it is August... but I guess I need to get a grip with it and make the best of getting out the fall and winter patterns. I don't want summer to end but honestly I am looking forward to cooler weather and of corse college football. I am thinking like 70 degrees when I can wear my favorite jeans and a cardigan!

Since vacation I have been trying to get this little shop ready for the up coming seasons. I have been pulling out new patterns and samples plus have hung up some new quilts and received some great new books and patterns! Plus Fabric.... I am gonna let the pictures below speak for themselves.

Just let it be Abbey Lane Pattern

Used Chenille and Ticking to add texture

Make Life: Go Round Pattern by Sweetwater

New Michael Miller Fabrics

Blackberry Primitive Patterns Designed by Maggie Bonanomi along
with her new BOOK Comfort Zone For Kansas City Star!!!!

other new Kansas City Star Books!

more great Michael Miller fabrics... I think theses are my favorite!

Last but not least pictures of the shop all fixed up!

Hope you enjoyed all the pictures I have been having fun taking them too! Next time I will have to show you a little project I am working on...

P.S. it's a really cute Hatched and Patched Pattern you will want to make one for yourself and a friend!