Friday, December 15, 2017

Snowman Candy Wrappers

I love a fun and easy holiday project.
Especially one that dresses up a little holiday gift.

Recently I stumbled on a post for these adorable snowmen candy wrappers
over at "Be Different Act Normal".
Really now...
Who doesn't love a name like that.
She shows off her "Snowman" 
And goes on to tell us that the tutorial page is no longer avail,
 but she did share a link to the printable
Get your printable and I'll walk you thru the steps I took.
It's really very easy!
First I started out with King Size Hershey Candy bars.
It's easy to tell the nuts from w/o nuts when your snowmen are done.
You don't want any allergic reactions from anyone!
Start by printing your snowman on landscape mode. Full size. 
You will get 1 per page.
I used my 6 1/2" ruler, setting it about 1/2" below the last button
and trimmed my page.
 Flip the paper over. It's a little hard to see,
 (I traced the heart only to make it easier for you to see in photos)
Lay your ruler about 1" right of the heart and fold the paper against the ruler,
to make a crease.
Fold that piece down. It will be the widest piece and helps conceal 
the writing on the wrapper.
(It's a must, you use regular printer paper as I did)
Now just above where that piece landed, run a line of glue with a glue stick 
and fold the other side over to meet.
(the glue aids in the final folding process)
 Flip him over and you can see there is considerably more paper on his left side.
That's a good thing!
Now flip him over again and lay your candy bar on the widest side rolling the edge,
 up to meet about where the seam of the candy wrapper is.
Run a line of glue along the fold on the right side, bring it over and on top sealing in the candy bar.
You can made adjustments by rolling the wrapper, so he is centered if needed.
Tack it with a little glue, as desired.
Let the decorating begin!
I used scraps of fleece cut 5" tall and 4 1/2" wide
(make sure the stretch is side to side, allowing it to slide over our snowman head)
Fold in half, stitch, and clip narrow strips on one end about 1 1/2" long,
to make the fringe. Turn right side out and slide onto snowman. Turning up to make a cuff.
Tie the fringe with a ribbon and tack down both front and back with a dot of glue.
(I used a low temperature mini hot glue gun)

Add a scarf and decorate away.
I love the fun little seasonal buttons.
I've purchased a nifty little tool that clips the shanks off the back.
It's much nicer when your gluing them down on something.

That's it.
A big thanks to Laurie Furnell
who shared this adorable little printable with us.
Unfortunately it doesn't look like her blog is active anymore.
She had some adorable things!
Check them out for yourselves.
If your reading this Laurie, come back.
We want to see more!

Til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Thursday, December 14, 2017

It's a "Wild" Life BOM 2018

Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy
has done it again.
She's gathered us all together for another fun BOM for 2018.
Our fabulous Pat, from "Life in the Scrapatch" is back with us this year.
Happy Dance Happy Dance!!

 It's a "Wild" Life...
(speaks directly to my soul)
It's still top secret...
I can tell you, it "moose" be one, you won't want to miss out on!
winky winky

Here's the schedule...
February- Amy












We have some fabulous sponsors again this year
with monthly prizes for those who finish their blocks.

You can join our FACEBOOK group to keep up
on the lastest 

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Table Scraps with Island Batik

Scraps, are the name of the game this month.
Dressing up our tables, the challenge.

I personally love diving into the scrap bin for projects.
When I'm done it feels like such an accomplishment...
using up those bits and bobs.
I consider it a freebie project, when I don't have to go out and purchase materials.
We all love getting the best bang for our buck, now don't we?
My scrappy topper came from the "Table Talk" book of runners, 
toppers and family treats, by Gudrun Erla. 
It's such a fun book. 

The little trees in this one, make for a perfect holiday table.
I used a variety of Island Batik fabrics,
from Christmas theme to brights and everything in between. 
It shows you, just how well all of the "Island Batik" fabrics play together.
It goes well with the "traditional" colors of Christmas... well as the bright's.
Oh, how I love the versatility!
It's been a wonderful year as an "Island Batik" Ambassador.
I do hope, I've been able to inspire you in our challenges with their fabulous fabrics.
Next month is our "Four Seasons" blog hop. 
We are sharing the new fabrics hitting the shelves next year.
Lots of fun things in store, your not going to want to miss one bit!

Wishing you all...

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Virtual Cookie Exchange Wrap-up and winner

Oh did my blogging buddies come thru with some fabulous recipes, 
guaranteed to add a pound or two to those hips. 
 Tis the season I say!
Color me "CHERRY" red!
When I wrote my post, I never dream-ed that it would be impossible to find cherry chips this year.
I did a little searching...
Log House still makes these chips, and if you email them and ask where in your area you can find them, they will respond. I got my answer in less than an hour the other day.
You can buy assorted brands on Amazon, but they are crazy expensive.
Bulk Priced Food Shoppe online also has them. $6.59 a pound plus shipping.
Gurley's also has them, 12 bags (10 oz) for $32, plus shipping.
(it was $12.75 for my area)
That's not too bad...$3.73 a bag. 

You might check with your local grocer and see if you can place a special order.
We have King Soopers here, which is a Kroger/City Market chain store.
They happily took my order today but it will take 30 days for them to come in.
I have no idea what they will cost, but I'm guessing if  it's like last year, about $3 a bag.

Hopefully that will help those who are interested in finding them.
They are perfect for Valentines day if you don't get them in time for the holidays.

I'd like to thank all of you who visited and commented.
The winner of the Island Batik fabrics I am giving away is...
drum roll please.........
I've sent you an email and will get them in the mail to you ASAP!

There is just one more thing I'd like to share.

This week I saw a Holiday Simmer Pot posted online.
I had to try it for myself.
 This one gets a BIG thumbs up!!!!!
It's made with apple cider, fruit and spices.
I made it up for quilt club this week and oh my house smelled sooooooo good.
A big thanks to Creative Cain Cabin.
You can find the recipe 
Now I must confess...
Hubby wanted to know what was in the crock pot.
I hollered up to him to not eat it, cause it was just for the smell.
I know he thought I had lost my mind.
But it got me to thinking. I didn't put the pine clipping in it, and it was just fruit and spices...
So I tried a little bit!  
While it smells heavenly and good enough to eat, 
Yucky yucky yucky...
I couldn't get that taste off my tongue.
Some kids never grow up!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop

Oh that Carol...
Just when you thought you had that diet under control,
 she puts on a Cookie Exchange.
What are we gonna do with that girl??
My thighs thank you Carol...
Lets start by saying cookies always bring out the "monster" in me.
So when I heard about this, I knew just what I was going to do.
It's been baking in my brain for a couple of years now.
  I went to the cupboard, grabbed up my cookie cutters and went to work.
My cookies are:
Sugar free
Gluten free
Carb free
Fat free
GMO free
Now that sounds like you'll be eating cardboard doesn't it?'s close!

Here are my new favorite holiday cookies!
While they are "free" of all of the above, they are also 100% cotton.
You know a little something to keep those thighs warm with, at night!
Recipe you say...
Trace your favorite cutters on fusible web.
 Pick your "frosting" fabrics and let the fun begin.
I did fuse my cut out "frosting" fabrics to a large piece of tan fabric
 with fusing on the back.
Cutting each just a bit larger, for my cookie base.
Using "iron quick" ironing board cover fabric,
 gives the cookie sheet a realistic look.
The cookie sheet and cookies were stitched and quilted as a separate quilt, then
stitched to the background, for that dimensional look I love.
The spatula was hand drawn and added after all the quilting was done.
Then let the fun begin, by decorating your cookies right on the baking sheet.
You didn't think I was going to finish this off without a real cookie recipe though,
 did you?
Cherry Chip Cookies, are a "MooseStash" favorite.
Cherry chips are hard to find, so I stock up when I can.
I use the traditional Toll House Cookie recipe
but substitute these chips and cherry flavoring instead of vanilla.
I throw in a little red food color for fun.
The best cookies on the planet.

Hope you have enjoyed my cookies...
now tell me about yours.
I'm a bit captivated with these fabric cookies and would love
to hear what your ideas are for a cookie quilt.
Leave me a comment and I've got a little surprise
for one of you.
These rolls of Island Batik
will be perfect for your very own cookie quilt!
I'll be picking my winner Friday Dec 8.
(USA mailing only, unless your willing to pay postage for international)
a Rafflecopter giveaway
My fellow bloggers have been busy in the kitchen, baking up a storm just for you.
I know your not going to want to miss a thing.

December 5
Creatin' in the Sticks
Creative Latitude
Gray Barn Designs
Domestic Felicity
Ms P Designs USA
Cynthia's Creating Ark

December 6
Sew Incredibly Crazy
Freemotion by the River
MooseStashQuilting (your here)
One Old Goat and Her Little Farm
A Little Bit of Everything from Mike & Alisa
Hazel's Daughter
Patchouli Moon Studio
Bumbleberry Stitches
Selina Quilts
Pieced Brain

December 7
Quilt Doodle Doodles
Kris Loves Fabric
Life in the Scrapatch
Home Sewn by Us
For the Love of Geese
Stitch Days
Val's Quilting Studio
Tu-Na Quilts
It's a T-Sweet Day
Just Let Me Quilt

"Sew" there you have it...
Let the baking begin...cause
Friends and cookies really do make life bearable!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'