Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A little Mother's Day project..........

My little Mother's Day project is one that I gave to members of my "Wooly Buddies" group on May Day. It's a project that I designed a couple of years ago as a free hand-out at a local quilt guild's fundraising event. All it takes is a little woolfelt and some embroidery floss/Perle cotton and beads or charms if desired.

I scanned the framed photo with my samples so you can clearly see the colors and designs.

And, yes, the pattern says "Hello, Wooly Buddies" but I was in a hurry and decided I didn't need to take time to change it. I post several patterns in my Wooly Buddies Yahoo group so if you are interested go here and you can join.

Just right click on the pattern pages and save to your computer and the pattern will print out just fine. I must load jpg files and cannot load PDF files on to blogger. I am able to load PDF's in Yahoo groups so you will find PDF's of my patterns there.
That's all for today. I have a nice little project planned for June. Here's a clue.........everything's coming up roses and teacups and warm weather!!!
One more time ....... have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!!

My Favorite Cookies and Tea!

In just a few days it will be Mother's Day so here's my wish to all of you for a very Happy Mother's Day! Don't you think there should also be a "Daughter's Day"? Not all women are mother's but we are all someone's daughter. Makes sense to me. :-)
I am a daughter, my mother is Mary and as most of you know she taught me to sew and only last week we were sharing quilt talk. I am sister to Judy and to my brother, Doug. And I am mother to daughter, Collette, and son, Devlin, and I am also grandma to grandson, Jacob. :-)
I liked being a mother. That sounds silly because I am still a mother, it's just my kids are grown and on their own now. My Grandma Goldie reminded me when she was 88 and my dad was in the hospital and she was so worried about him, that you are always a mother if you have kids because you are always worried about them if you don't know they are doing well. My kids are doing well and I am fortunate that they both live within an hour of me. Thinking back to the years when they were young, I didn't have to think very hard to know that one of their favorite cookies that I would bake was chocolate chip cookies. It is still one of their favorites and mine. :-)
When my son was about ten, he was playing with a labelmaker and he typed out the phrase you see in the photo......."Mom is the best cook". I think it was because I was a good cookie baker. :-) I put that label sticker in my recipe box and have kept it there all these years.
When my daughter was little and I would bake cookies, she and her friends would start singing that chocolate chip cookie song........"Chocolate chip cookies gotta have can bake 'em in the oven or buy them at the store", etc. She can still sing that song and if you want the words just go here......... TheChocolateChipCookieSong!
It became obvious that the cookie for today would be Chocolate Chip Cookies. My recipe is the one on the back of the Nestle Tollhouse Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips package. It works everytime. I like it made with mini chips but also use regular ones and sometimes I add peanut butter ones, too. No mint ones for me, though. I am not a mint chocolate fan. I use real butter or Butter Flavor Crisco and always get good cookies. Here they are almost ready to take from the oven.

This is my mom's new oven and I was testing it for her when I visited last week. Plus my niece, Sue Ellen, helped me mix them as they were Grandpa's favorite cookie so we talked of him while we mixed and baked. My mom and I then took most of the cookies to the Care Center where my dad had been and residents really enjoyed the homemade cookies. I used disposable cookie sheets and noticed that each cookie came out perfectly round. Then when I baked the cookies at home and that you see in the picture below, I just used my real cookie sheets and the cookies are not so nice and round. That's okay as I eat chocolate chip cookies in any shape!

My tea was simple today. Just a cup of Earl Grey tea and a couple of cookies and that was just the right late afternoon snack. I wish I could offer you all a cookie. Since that can't happen, I do hope you can recall a fun time or two when you baked cookies or other treats with your mom, mother, mama, or grandma.
Hoping you all have a lovely weekend!! Tasty treats are planned for my June tea so I'll see you then!

P.S. Look at the little gifties I found for my mother at a nearby gift shop. It is going out of business and I found everything but the fabric and it all made a perfect package to send off to my mother. Jean, if you're reading this, don't tell her what's coming. :-) That fabric corsage package will show up on my Stitches blog in a day or two as I bought one for me, too, and I'll tell you about the shop I found it at along with a lot more than the two fat quarters that I went in to buy!!! LOL!!!

A little stitching poem.........

This little poem was written for one of my beginning quilting students - only 8 years old but her stitches were those of a natural seamstress!

For Bailey Anne . . . .
When this you see, think of me.
Sit down and have a cup of tea.
Then place your quilt upon your lap,
begin to stitch . . . no time to nap!
Stitch patiently and you will see . . .

how fine a quilter you can be!

©1999-2008 Sandra E. Andersen