Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Needles-n-Pins Stitcheries: Christmas Cookies

Well we are getting down to crunch time for the Christmas holiday. I have all my packages in the mail and on their way so now I can get busy with the baking! :)

This is my recipe for sugar cookies. I have had this recipe for.... I can't remember how long and these have always been a big hit at Christmas time. I think what makes them so soft is that you use powdered sugar for them. So here is the recipe..........


CREAM TOGETHER:
    1 ½ CUPS OF SIFTED POWDERED SUGAR
    1 CUP BUTTER OR MARGERINE (TUB STYLE)




ADD & BLEND IN:
    1 EGG
    1 TSP VANILLA
    ½ TSP ALMOND EXTRACT




STIR IN:
    2 ½ CUPS OF FLOUR
    1 TSP CREAM OF TARTER
    1 TSP BAKING SODA


REFRIGERATE AT LEAST 2 HOURS. HEAT OVEN TO 375 DEGREES. DIVIDE DOUGH IN HALF-ROLL AND PUNCH OUT COOKIE SHAPES. BAKE APPROXIMATELY 5 MINUTES.







Frost with your choice of frosting. I use powder sugar frosting. And then...walla....you have sugar cookies! :)


Enjoy the Christmas season and have fun baking!

Colleen :)







Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Handmade Spotlight - JOY

We all need a little joy now and then, this treasury has a lot of JOY to spread. CLICK HERE to see more details about these items.


Thanks for stopping by,
Deena Davis

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Needles-n-Pins Stitcheries: Shopping Handmade

Well the Christmas shopping season is in full swing and for those of you that shop your local craft shows to find that one special handmade items we all thank you. For those of you that sell at these craft shows we thank you also. 



I read this story that I thought I would share with all of you as the shopping season progress along. I thought is was pretty good. 

A lady wanted to purchase a beautiful hand crocheted dress and spotted a crafter who did absolutely amazing work, but she charged a good price too. The lady thought that her price was way too high so she approached the crocheter and in quite a brusk fashion stated "I want to buy a dress from you, but I think you charge too much." The crafter was a little taken aback but replied "Ok, how much do you think i should charge?" The lady replied “I think you should charge “X” much, because the yarn will cost this much, and ribbons this much, and buttons this much. I even factored in the price of scissors." The final price the lady had calculated was a lot cheaper than the crafters original price, but she said "Ok, deal. You will get your dress in a week". The customer is very pleased with herself and can’t resist telling all her friends what a fabulous deal she has negotiated and how smart she is, and that in a week she will have her gorgeous crocheted dress. A week later her parcel arrives in a lovely packaged box. She opens it and inside is yarn, ribbons, buttons and even scissors. Angrily she contacts the crafter asking “How could you do this to me? I asked you for a dress and you sent me a box of yarn, ribbon, buttons and scissors?!" The crafter quietly replies "My dear, you got exactly what you paid for, if you think there is something missing, you need to pay for it." 

I thought this was pretty good and the moral of the story, when you buy handmade you are not just buying the materials you are buying the crafters, time, effort, love and dedication that goes into making your items. 

Have fun shopping!

Colleen :)



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Handmade Spotlight - Gift Giving Ideas Ornaments and More

What a great group of handmade holiday items. Wouldn't these look great on your tree or possibly somewhere else in your home?
You can see everything in  greater detail by clicking here.

Thank you for stopping by,
Deena Davis
www.ewenmeprintables.com

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Needles-n-Pins Stitcheries: Time To Start Decorating

So did all of you eat wayyyyyyy to much for Thanksgiving? I know we sure did. We always eat too much, but it always tastes so good. It takes so long to make it and then....whamo....it is gone in 10 minutes! :)

Now that Thanksgiving is over it is time to start decorating for the Christmas season (and yes I wait until it is over to start decorating. :)) I don't decorate as much as I use to as when my kids were still at home, but I do a little of it. Now my daughter is the decorator! She does great!

This week we are going to learn how to decorate a Christmas wreaths. I found this video from The Flower School/YouTube online and thought some of you might like it if you are looking for idea to decorate a Christmas wreath. :)






Have fun!!

Colleen :)

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