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!!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

$5 Pattern Sale!!

Hello!

Now that it's getting to be fall-ish weather for most of us, I'm wondering if you're spending more time in the sewing room? Yesterday I was out there for the first time in awhile quilting a quilt for my aunt. She made a cute, bright and colorful quilt top and backed it with soft, cozy flannel. I quilted a spiral design starting in the center and working out. I find I'm posting over on instagram daily (more than once a day, as much as my kids think that's weird/overkill - they can always unfollow me. lol). You can find pics of yesterday's quilt here. My username is creatingathome, if you'd like to look me up. :)

After taking a few weeks off in the busy summer, I'm happy to be back playing around with my Brother DreamWeaver sewing machine again. One thing I really want to experiment more with is the embroidery feature. I really really want to make monogrammed pillows for my house and personalized baby goodies for my new baby niece/nephew who's on the way! (So exciting!!)

... And, speaking of Brother Canada, my daughters and I will be working with them again this fall. We will be participating in the launch of some upcoming sewing machines, including reviewing the top of the line Dream Machine!! I have no idea how they could improve upon the DreamWeaver, because I still see it as sewing and quilting perfection, but I am really interested and eager to find out.

Once the new machines arrive, I'll be posting constant updates on Instagram, of course, and also some more helpful and in depth stuff here on the blog.

I hope you're enjoying the end of summer as much as I am. Talk to you soon. Oh, by the way, my 2 quilt patterns are now on sale for $5 each over on Craftsy!! Take a look.

-Cindy

 $5 Sale!! Chevron Accent Quilt
Buy on Craftsy for $5

 $5 Pattern Sale!! Ombre Baby Dot
Buy on Craftsy for $5

Monday, June 09, 2014

Firmoo Glasses Review

Firmoo.ca, an online glasses company, recently asked me if I'd like a free pair of stylish prescription glasses in exchange for a blog post. Sure, why not!

I've had the glasses a little over a week now and couldn't be happier with them. They are comfortable, fit perfectly and the prescription and coatings are just right. 

Firmoo is based in China, so the glasses are made there and shipped from there. They still arrived within two weeks of placing the order and came by UPS. 

I would definitely order Firmoo glasses again. The prices and quality are excellent. 


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Primrose Satchel with a Mockingjay

Hello,

Aren't you glad it's the weekend? We woke up to snow here today. Thankfully it's not sticking to the road. It looks pretty coming down and covering the trees. 

I spent the morning in the studio whipping up this cute bag for a friend of my daughter's. She's having a Hunger Games themed party! So, I think this bag should be a big hit. 


I used my Primrose Satchel pattern, which is a free messenger bag PDF that I posted a few weeks ago. Then for the embroidery, I downloaded a free machine embroidery mockingjay pattern from Apex Embroidery. For this bag, I didn't use any interfacing. In the strap there is some quilt batting. 

Have you tried my pattern yet? I want to see your bag!! :)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Recipe Box: Beef and Bean Burritos

Here's a quick and delicious weeknight dinner that you and your teens can make together. 


Beef and Bean Burritos

Filling
1 lb lean ground beef
1 can refried beans
1 diced orange pepper
4 tbsp taco seasoning
1 cup water
3/4 cup sour cream
1 can rotel

Brown ground beef in large frying pan. Add orange pepper and cook until slightly soft. Add taco seasoning and water. Cook until water is gone. Add the rest of the filling ingredients and heat through. 

6 flour tortillas
3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 diced tomato
3 sliced green onions

Assemble burritos by placing a generous scoop of filling on a flour tortilla. Sprinkle with grated cheese. Roll up. Sprinkle top with cheese. Bake at 350° until cheese is bubbly. Serve with fresh diced tomato, green onions and guacamole. 

Guacamole
3 ripe avocados
1 clove minced garlic
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 cup sour cream
Salt to taste

Mash all ingredients together with a fork. Serve immediately or keep tightly wrapped with plastic wrap. I mush it right against the guacamole to prevent browning. 



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