Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Rev up with thread

We are going to let thread tell our story today.  

Closing the drawer on 2013.  

Fresh and organized for 2014, ready to meet our challenges.

How will you challenge yourself in the New Year?
Remember to quilt, bind and savor…

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Holiday Wishes...

And the stockings were hung ....

With great anticipation the holiday has arrived.  All is in readiness (or not, but that's okay)...

May your stockings be filled with good health, much joy and many creative adventures!

Our best, Marny and jill

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Nuts, nuttier, nuttiest!

A few of my 2013 drawstring goodie bags for Spiced Nuts 
Marny here…every year our family makes Spiced Nuts to give as little homemade gifts during the holidays.  My husband's parents started the tradition, and graciously shared the secret recipe with us years ago.  Every time we look at the original directions we have to smile because we can hear my late mother-in-law's voice in the kitchen encouraging us to "stir like mad".  It is a special time for us all every Christmas.

Generally I go from grocery store to grocery store searching for enough one pound bags of the right kind of three different nuts.  This is a frustrating process during the cold, snowy or icy days leading up to Spiced Nut Night.  This year I parted with tradition and went online.  And that is where this story begins.

Googling for nuts the website charmed me.  It was easy to navigate, had good descriptions of products, and was filled with good will and good cheer.  Seemed like a fine idea to order everything all at once from them.  Little did I know it was a GREAT idea.  Look how the order arrived.

Note tail of helpful cat entering from the left…

…and exiting to the right.  Take a look at this cheerful packaging.  I chuckled upon finding this box on my front porch not long after ordering.  How can the inside of the box top the outside?

Inside the charming and amusing bags they use for nuts did not disappoint.

Here is sack of "just a little something" (organic raw white buckwheat) they included as a gift.  Isn't it cute?  Luckily they sent a recipe on the invoice.  Speaking of recipes, check out their blog, the Nutty Scoop, for lots of ideas.

Their company's heartwarming story is on the back of the bags.    

Jeffrey sent the happiest email when UPS confirmed they'd left the package on my doorstep.  It was just a pleasure doing business with  Yummy too.

Photo and quote courtesy Jill, "17 years of wonderful little bags".  
May your holidays be bright, filled with the warmth of family and friends.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Lucky Star Market Booth at Prairie Moon Winery

jill here....Seven o'clock am on Saturday morning was cold, really cold and sorta dark too.  We braved the elements and set up our booth for a 9 am start.  Hot coffee and warm cinnamon rolls fortified us.  As you can see from the photos, the event center supplied us with essential hanging beams.  They were a nice perk to display some of our patterns.
These beams were perfect to display
 Supper Club and Leftovers.  We have kits for both!  

Another pole, supported by our ladder. displayed a few
quilts in front of Torte and Cutlery.

Nothing like a deadline to move past perfection
and to "call it good".  

Our business table displaying patterns,
 kits and just a few more quilts.

Our cozy little corner!

A good way to spend a winter day with layers on!

The event was a festive and well run.  Lots of shoppers made the rounds.  Wine in the hands of some seemed to make it relaxed and enjoyable.  Hmmmm, we'll pass that one along to wholesale market organizers. 

It was most fun seeing our friends and quilt shop friends!  We may have even recruited a few new quilters.

'Till next Tuesday...

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Lucky Star Market here we come!

Please join us at the first ever Lucky Star Holiday Market this Saturday from noon to four at Prairie Moon Winery.  

We are really excited to get to participate.  Meeting our customers in person will be a special treat!

The range of goods offered for sale is truly astounding.  Check out this blog for lots of photos.  So much has been added since our last post about Lucky Star Holiday Market.   I'm getting my shopping list ready. :-)

A map showing Prairie Moon Winery's location, just north of Ames.  This is the Lucky Star website map, so go here to read it more easily. 
Hope to see you Saturday!!