Christmas Corner - Christmas Tree Applique Block

 


Although we are not done sharing fall crafts, we all know if we want to get things done in time for the holidays, we have to start now (or in July if you're really together!) So, we would like to share our first item in our Christmas Corner. We mentioned in an earlier post that we planned to take a simple applique design and show how to use it in many different ways. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing many different projects using this basic Christmas Tree design. We will also have a wonderful give-away which we will be sharing soon. You may decide to make one of the projects or many. Either way, I think it will be fun using different materials to craft different projects using the same design.

Today, we are sharing a basic applique block. As always, this was designed to fit a 6" x 6" block but can be enlarged or reduced to meet your needs. It can be crafted plain, snow can be added to the branches, or you can even add ornaments with buttons or embroidery stitches. The pattern for our Christmas Tree Applique block can be found HERE or with our FREE Appliques. Watch for our first variation soon. Enjoy!

 

Note about patterns: We are sharing patterns we have designed and made for our own children, families and friends. Every effort is made to share information in a clear and accurate manner. We offer preemptive apologies for any mistakes that may be made. Please let us know via comments or emails if you stumble upon a mistake or if you encounter directions that leave you scratching your head! We will rectify the situation as soon as humanly possible!

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Favorite Fall Recipes - Gypsie Soup

When I first meet Tim, I told him most of my family's favorite meals were soups. He had this quizzical look upon his face... which for some reason he often has when talking to me... and said he just didn't think of soup as a meal. After I made him my first soup... thick and rich... wholesome and filling... he changed his mind. I LOVE getting other people's favorite soup recipes. I want to thank Laurie Anne for her recipe for Gypsy Mermaid Soup and sharing her soupy story! The soup sounds great and I can't wait to try it. Make sure to stop by Laurie Anne's Blog, The Rebel Blossom, (edit: this blog is no longer active) and say "hi"! Remember, if you have a favorite fall recipe you would like to share, email it to us at weefolkart@yahoo.com.

This recipe has been in my family for many years now but it was never on paper...every time someone makes it, they tweak it and it tastes a little bit different.
I remember my Nanny Ilda making it while I sat at the table with my grandpa Jerry {who was a sailor} and he would tell me stories of his travels...I was always captivated by him and his stories. This led to my nickname of 'gypsy mermaid' and the soup my grandma made was dubbed Gypsy Mermaid Soup. I don't know exactly what was in it but I did find a soup recipe that seemed similar and have tweaked it to taste 'almost' exactly like Nanny Ildas. It's Divine...
So here goes:

Gypsy Mermaid Soup

Saute in Pan:

3 Tblsp Olive Oil
2 cups Onion chopped
4 medium Garlic cloves, chopped
Cook until Onion becomes translucent

Then add:

1 cup of Mild Sausage chopped, or small cooked Shrimp
Cook for two minutes

Now add:

1 stalk Celery chopped
3 medium Tomatoes peeled, seeded and chopped.
Cook for 2 minutes and remove from heat.

In a Large Pot:

4 cups of water or vegetable or chicken stock
1 cup Sweet Potato cubed
1 cup white Potato cubed
2 large Carrots sliced

Add:

1 tsp Salt
2 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Turmeric
Dash of Cinnamon
Dash of Cayenne
2 Bay Leaves
Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer until Potatoes are done, check doneness with fork.

Now add Sauted mixture to the Pot and
1/2 cup Fresh Cilantro chopped ( Italian flat leaf Parsely may be used here instead )
1 can Chick Peas rinsed and draine
Give everything a good stir to combine flavours and Cook for 5 minutes.

Serve with alot of warm fresh crusty bread, a glass of good wine and reminisce of Autumns past..

Peace and Love! x

in

Braided Barrettes


My children were little kiddos during the 80s. Michelle wore a jean jacket covered in pins, slouchy socks, and side ponytails. I also made her about a million sets of braided barrettes... colors to match every outfit! Funny, I made so many of these puppies I seriously think I could have braided them in my sleep. But today, when motivated to make a pair to go along with the new party dress I'm making for Fairy's up-and-coming birthday on Friday, I felt like I had 6 thumbs! (It wasn't soooo awkward that I felt like I was all thumbs!) Anyway, I had to play with it a while until I got the hang of it again. Trust me when I tell you that the second one practically made itself. It all came back... rather like riding a bike!

Perhaps braided barrettes are nostalgic for you or maybe you've never seen them before. One way or another, they are darn cute and worth making for yourself or some wee one in your life. They make super great birthday gifts and, of course, incredible stocking stuffers. The directions for our Braided Barrettes can be found HERE or in our FREE Patterns. Enjoy!

Favorite Fall Recipes - German Donuts


Rane and Kids just added a recipe via comments. I wanted be make sure everyone saw her link. Check out her yummy recipe for German Donuts and she shares a little about the recipe and family. The recipe can be found on her flickr account. Thanks Rane!  Hmmm... I now want a cup of coffee and donuts!!! I will definitely give these a try. I've never made donuts before. http://www.flickr.com/photos/iremembersleep/3973203293/

in

Autumn Oak Applique Block

This is the pattern I used when crafting our Wooden Autumn Forest. It's always fun using different materials to make the same pattern. I made this Autumn Oak Block Applique in golds, but it could be done in oranges, reds and browns. I designed it to fit our 6" x 6" applique blocks but you can enlarge or reduce the pattern to meet your needs. How will you use it? The pattern for the Autumn Oak Applique Block can be found HERE or in our FREE Applique Patterns. Enjoy!

NOTE: On the pattern, the stitches used in the leaves are labeled as "detached lazy daisy" and in the glossary, the stitch is shown as "detached chain". The lazy daisy stitch is a variation of a chain stitch, and the "detached lazy daisy" and the "detached chain" are simply a single chain stitch. So, if you need help with the stitch, check our glossary under "detached chain".

Note about patterns: We are sharing patterns we have designed and made for our own children, families and friends. Every effort is made to share information in a clear and accurate manner. We offer preemptive apologies for any mistakes that may be made. Please let us know via comments or emails if you stumble upon a mistake or if you encounter directions that leave you scratching your head! We will rectify the situation as soon as humanly possible!

http://www.weefolkart.com
Copyright © Wee Folk Art 2008 - 2009. All rights reserved.

All photos, text and patterns are copyright protected. You may not copy, reproduce or redistribute any material found on WeeFolkArt.com without written permission. Wee Folk Art retains all rights.

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