Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Brother NQ3500D Review!

Over the past little while we've had a new addition to our sewing room!
Brother Canada has kindly asked my my daughters and I to try out their new NQ3500D Fashionista - Sewing, Quilting, Embroidery machine.
How could we say no to that?!

It was perfect timing, too. I had just given away Laura's & Rachel's old Pfaff sewing machines, so they were pretty excited when this beauty arrived on our door step. 

Like the Brother DreamWeaver that I love and use all the time, this new machine is a licensed Disney embroidery machine. It's also computerized and has many of the awesome features that the DreamWeaver has, including my favorites; automatic thread cutter and needle threader! 

If you click on my instagram feed above, you can see many of the projects the girls and I have been working on using this fantastic machine. All 3 of us are really getting into the quilty swaps on instagram and having so much fun with them! Laura made a paper pieced open wide zipper pouch where the main element was an intricate flag. She's also working on a "Nerd" quilt and has made a paper pieced Star Trek block with it. I've made a top secret mini quilt that I can show you in August! It's a very cute applique quilt. I love the blanket stitch on the NQ3500D. It's just right for machine applique. Rachel's also having fun with paper piecing. She's working on blocks for a Dr. Who quilt.

With the 35 Disney embroidery options, we're going to make some cute baby things for my little nephew. I'm thinking onesies, fabric books, picnic blanket.

One thing I love about all Brother sewing machines, including this one, is you can just take it out of the box and immediately start using it. Everything is so straightforward and easy to use. There are no problems with tension or anything. It stitches perfectly smoothly every time. 

Have you tried a Brother sewing machine yet? 
You will love it!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Introducing... Knitting Kits


I'm so happy to introduce to you a product in my etsy shop that has been in the works for awhile! I've sourced out just the right good quality knitting needles and other tools and supplies to make up these kits. You can customize it on etsy by choosing one of 4 hat patterns (designed by me, modeled by my daughter, Rachel and photographed by my daughter, Laura) and can choose your yarn color. These kits are ideal for the beginning knitter or an experienced knitter who wants a nice kit containing everything you need to whip up quick hats on the go! The patterns are clear, concise and easy for knitters of any level to understand. The kits make a great gift!

Buy on Etsy!

4 Hat Patterns to Choose From

Thank you so much for following my blog and supporting my shop! Also, I should let you know that I've reduced the prices of ALL of my pdf patterns (quilts and hats) to $4.50 CAD (which is a lot less in USD right now) on etsy. You can also find me on instagram everyday: @creatingathome. See you there!

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Everyone Needs a Hat!


We were so fortunate to get a beautiful snow fall on the weekend. My lovely daughters were able to do a photo shoot for my hat patterns! (one behind the camera and one in front of it) :)

So far I've updated my Etsy listings with the new hat pics, and will work on Craftsy and Ravelry next. Click through to Etsy if you'd like to see more of the pics. They all turned out so beautifully. Thanks for looking! And, thanks for supporting my little shop.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

New: The Basic 4 Knit Hat Patterns!


I've updated my Etsy shop with 4 brand new hat knitting patterns! They're an instant download PDF, so you can start knitting right away. They're great for beginning knitters; nice easy patterns that enable you to whip up a quick last minute Christmas present or three. :) Enjoy!!

You can also find my knitwear designs in my Ravelry shop and on Craftsy.!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Handmade Christmas Patterns and Tutorials

Now that Halloween (and Thanksgiving in Canada!) are over, it's time to really start thinking about and planning for Christmas, especially if you're like me and want to give handmade gifts!! Please share below as many Christmas patterns/tutorials as you'd like, or post in the comments with a link to your Handmade Christmas board on Pinterest!

I'll start by sharing my tutorial for a potholder ($4.50 on Etsy), otherwise known as Hexi Trivet! In this tutorial, you'll learn how to do foundation piecing and how to bind a hexagon shaped quilt.

Join my Hexi Trivet Swap on instagram (@creatingathome)!
I'll post the details later today.

Salted Caramel Shortbread

Salted Caramel Shortbread

Bottom Layer:
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups flour
1 cup icing sugar

Middle Layer:
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
4 tbsp corn syrup
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Top Layer:
1 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 tbsp whipping cream

Course sea salt

Preheat oven to 350° F (175° C).

In a bowl, mix together 1 cup butter, 1 cup icing sugar and 2 cups flour until evenly crumbly. Use a pastry blender. Line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper to aid in removing the squares from the pan later. Press mixture into the pan. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes.

In a medium heavy bottomed saucepan, combine 1 cup butter, 1 cup brown sugar, 4 tbsp corn syrup and 1 can sweetened condensed milk. Bring to a boil. Continue to boil for 5 minutes over low heat. Don't take your eyes off it! Remove from heat and beat vigorously with a wooden spoon for about 3 minutes. Pour over baked crust (warm or cool).  Cool until it begins to firm.

Melt chocolate with whipping cream and pour over caramel layer. Sprinkle sparingly with course sea salt.  Cut into squares once cooled and set. Enjoy!!