Friday, November 30, 2012

Ten-year-old Natasha has been taking sewing lessons here for a while, and this week we tackled a zipper and boxing corners to make this cute zippered pencil pouch.  I asked her to pose w/the bag.   Here's her take on "posing":

Pretty nifty pose, no?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Today is your lucky day!  You get the recipe for Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies, courtesy of Jen Giddens.  Jen shared them with the crafters at the Hipster's Holiday Craft Show, and word spread quickly...."have you tried THOSE cookies?"   "they're fabulous!"  "who made them?"

Aline, daughter of Diana, cornered Jen and asked her to email us the recipe.  Here it is:

Apple Cider Caramel Cookies:


1 cup unsalted butter, nearly melted
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (7.4 ounce) box Alpine Spiced Apple Cider Instant Original Drink Mix *Not sugar free*
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 (14 ounce) bag Kraft Caramels

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. It has to be parchment this time.

2. In a stand mixer, cream together butter, sugar, salt, and all 10 packets of apple cider mix until smooth and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract, then mix in the baking soda and baking powder. Add the flour and mix until just combined.

3. With a standard (size 50) cookie scoop, scoop the dough scrapping off the excess as you go up the bowl. Flatten the dough slightly in your hand and place a caramel in the center. Work the dough around the caramel sealing well. Place the cookies two inches apart on the sheets.

4. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. After baking, carefully slide the parchment with the cookies onto the counter. Let cool until they are no longer soft but still slightly warm. Twist gently to remove, and cool the rest of the way upside down on the parchment or on a cooling rack.

Notes: If cookies get too cool before you twist them off, freeze the whole sheet for a few minutes and they’ll come right off.

Jen Giddens
Owner & Designer
Jen Giddens Studios

Thank you, Jen! 

Monday, November 19, 2012

A Saturday of....

..... crockpot pumpkin lattes for customers at our Open House - recipe in the newest edition of Generation Q magazine:

....customers like Linda, who came in wearing her beautiful Sandlewood Jacket:

.....a fun Christmas tree skirt class, featuring mi madre:

and happy Bralia, who finished hers and danced around the store wearing it as a cape:

(we get a little jiggy around here)

Have to also share Stacey's sewing, for her daughter Sydney:
A kindle bag, using our canvas Odds 'n Ends.

And pj bottoms that you have turn your head to the right to see properly, because the picture is having some rotation issues!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Survey says....!

Hey Hip Stitchers.....

will you take a moment and take this survey?  Generation Q, our favorite stitching magazine, would like to hear from you!  Just click HERE to tell all!

Thank you much!!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

NM Weddings

Thank you, Susana, for the Hip Stitch shout out on your BEAUTIFUL blog:

and check out her husband's website......if I had to have my wedding over again, I just may have changed my music to his band!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

A Whole Lot of Quilting Going on Around Here



Lily  (Wait a minute, that's not a quilt!)
 Campbell finished her first doll quilt on the day after her 10th birthday!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Campbell ! ! !


Hey, who are these guys?