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Saturday, December 29, 2007

New Year's Eve party....

Some of you have noticed that I am closing the store at 4:00 on New Year's Eve and have wondered if it's because I am going to PARTY?!? Well, not exactly....more a quiet evening at home with my husband, maybe a glass of wine, some munchies, and try to stay awake until midnight to watch the fireworks from the Space Needle on TV.


Anyway, here's a picture of some fun wine glass coasters you could still put together before your New Year's Eve party. You can make a set of them in an hour or so (well, depending on how many are coming to your party!) They could be all the same, or you could vary them, so everybody can keep track of their glasses. They use 5" squares, so if you have charm pack "orphans" they could find a home in your coasters. Just ask for the free handout at the shop Monday morning and run home and whip them out - would even work for a party of two like at my house!

I do want to wish you all a very Happy New Year and thank you again for your continued friendship and support. Looking forward to more fun with fabric in 2008!!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Good things come in small packages!

Since this is the season of gift giving, it made me think of the phrase that "good things come in small packages". Our Tracey asked me to order a book for her, "Bits and Pieces". Well, I've learned that usually when Tracey asks me to order a book, it's a good idea to order at least two, because someone else will definitely like it also. This time, that someone else was me. I loved this book! They are small projects that you could actually complete in a time frame that made you feel like you'd accomplished something - hooray!

I am putting up a couple of pictures of things we've done. Tracey, of course, whipped out the darling little one with buttons before I could even look through the book and choose one. (Can you tell that we love to tease her?!?) So, I decided I wanted to use some of the Jo Morton fabrics we had to make this fun "Bow Tie" quilt. And I know that Tracey's almost finished hand quilting and binding a beautiful little Amish hanging - she even cut her own stencils to mark it!!
And the icing on the cake was Tracey's idea of using the old fashioned wooden suit hangers to display our creations. She found some very cool antique hangers from famous hotels on e-bay. I dug into the back of my coat closet and found the ones you see. As she so aptly said, she should be "patented"!

The projects in the book would be fun for doll blankets, little hangings or table toppers, or "just because I want to"! I have a couple more in the works...when I get them done, I'll throw those pictures up, as well as Tracey's Amish one.

Thanks for tuning in to all my fun here at Fabric-Etc and beyond!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Nothing Says Christmas Like Snowball Cookies!

My husband, John, the love of my life, adores Snowball Cookies for Christmas. And he has passed this adoration along to our three children, Pete, Lydia and Dave. So....nothing says Christmas at the Stewarts like Snowball Cookies! (I have to confess that they are the messiest cookies I have ever made - powdered sugar everywhere. I never mop the floor for my Christmas guests until after they are made and safely put on a plate!) Now, the recipe in my very vintage Betty Crocker cookbook calls them "Russian Tea Cakes", but at the Stewarts, they are most definitely Snowball Cookies. And from the picture, you can see why. Because of some "back issues" I've been having lately, I didn't get a chance to make them until tonight - Christmas Eve. But there they are, ready to pass on the tradition to our two grandsons, Lukas and Benson. Let Christmas come to our house....the Snowballs have arrived!

Here's the recipe, but beware that they could become a messy tradition at your house too! Have a wonderful Christmas - hopefully with at least some or all of those you love, complete with your own special family traditions!

"SNOWBALL" COOKIES (or Russian Tea Cakes if you like that better!)

1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 egg
1 t. vanilla
2 1/2 cups sifted flour
1 t. soda
1 t. cream of tartar
1/4 t. salt
  1. Cream butter.
  2. Add powdered sugar gradually and cream until "fluffy".
  3. Add egg and vanilla.
  4. Sift together remaining dry ingredients and blend into creamed mixture.
  5. Add 1 to 1 1/2 cups finely ground walnuts. (My husband is not a nut fan - so I tend towards the 1 cup amount and I've used pecans before instead of walnuts!)
  6. Chill dough.
  7. Roll into balls the size of large marbles. (Wasn't Betty just so fun? Of course, I'm older than dirt and remember playing with "large marbles" in my elementary schoolyard!)
  8. Bake at 400 degrees about 8-10 minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet. (You know - until they're done!)
  9. Roll in powdered sugar. Cool and roll again. (Okay - this is the messy part! I've tried lots of things. None are perfect, but I usually use a cooling rack, put paper towels under it, and wait until the cookies have had a chance to cool enough so they don't break apart easily when I shake them. I put powdered sugar in a paper or plastic bag and shake about 4-5 cookies gently and put them on the rack. Then after all have completely cooled, I shake them again.)

Friday, December 21, 2007

"Mug Rug" Pics!

Yesterday, I promised pictures of the "mug rugs" that we were making from a panel that goes with our "Tie One On" apron fabric. Here they are. We used some of the Laurel Burch coordinates from her new Fantastic Felines collection, cut the squares, layered them up with some black batting, quilted and bound them! Aren't they great? There are quite a few different ones on the panel - I'm not sure how many, guess I should have counted before I left today - oops!

Right now I'm working on a few "traditional family gifts" in the next couple of days - can't be more specific, in case any of them are reading this!

Hope your holiday planning is going well. The thing I am looking forward to the most, is seeing almost everyone in my family sitting at the dinner table together enjoying one another, laughing, talking, reminiscing....I can hardly wait! Hope you all get to spend a little time with those you love this season.

More fun stuff from Fab-Etc soon!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

"Tie One On" Apron


A few weeks ago, I saw a picture of a fun apron on a website - wasn't for sale, or a pattern - just a great picture of an apron that looked fantastic. Now, my staff has learned that when I say, "I've got this idea....", that they may have to tactfully talk me out of it! So...I showed a few of them the picture and said that I was just sure that we could figure out a pattern for it. We started playing around, and came up with an apron pattern for our "Quick and Easy Gift Ideas Week". First we tried it out of some clearance fabric, and then Linda said she thought it would be cute made out of our failed attempt to make a 60 degree runner out of this great striped "coffee" fabric! She was so right!! Doesn't it look fantastic? Not sure you can see it too well in the picture, but it has this great looooong tie that wraps around and then ends up in a really fun bow in the front. One of my sales reps called it a "bistro" apron - sounds good to me. And easy? You can put it together in a couple of hours. (You know what that means...another Christmas gift for a cook in your life!) This month the pattern is a free handout, so stop in and ask for one. We are also making some "mug rugs" out of a coordinating panel....pictures tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Who doesn't love chickens?


We have some great "chicken stuff" at the shop! My favorite at the moment are the chicken pincushions. They are quick to do and are a great use for leftovers from charm packs, since they only take 5" squares! (There's a free handout available at the shop.) We also got this chicken fabric you see in the picture, and there's a pattern for chicken stitchery on our pre-hemmed toweling (we just got the solid white back in stock today!) And I loved doing the "Rulin' the Roost" chicks in reds, yellows and black and whites.


And now the answer to the question: Who doesn't love chickens? Our Jan grew up with chickens, but evidently, the chickens in the coop weren't very nice to her. Ours are much more friendly, so she can handle them!


On another note: We had our "Staff Girls Night Out End of the Year Party" tonight. It was soooo much fun! We laughed and ate Mexican food at Mi Mexico. And the biggest treat of the evening was that our dear friend and co-worker, Diane, was there! Just 3 weeks after some pretty major surgery, she was there to laugh and have a good time with us. (Her husband, John, came to make sure we didn't get too rowdy!) We are so thankful and happy to see her well on the way to recovery - we really miss her at the store!

Okay...more fun stuff will appear here very soon!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

My first blog entry!

Hi! My name is Carol and I am the owner of Fabric-Etc....a fun fabric store in beautiful Bellingham, WA - http://www.fabric-etc.com/

Some of my customers have said that they read blogs all the time, and I have been wanting to try this out. So, this is my first attempt at "blogging". Stay tuned for some of the highlights happening here at Fabric-Etc!