Wednesday

Fall Saleabration

A few weeks ago we ran a huge sale and so many of you ordered not only for yourselves but for your friends and families!  We are grateful beyond words for the support this community has given us.  So, we would like to give back a little more!

 To say thank you we are extending our September sale through the rest of the month to help you get a jump start on holiday orders or to treat your selves!   Through September 30th you will get 30% off on all Tweetle Dee Products including special orders!!!  Yes....all products and special orders!  


Fall Wreath Barn Quilt in White



Thankful Table Runner


Fall Wreath Barn Quilt in Black


Little Pieces Pumpkin Barn Quilt

To get the 30% off use code FALLSALE at checkout.  For custom orders email me at tweetledeedesignco@gmail.com and we will work up your order and send you an invoice including 30% off your entire order.  

Thank you all for the ahhmazing support and we hope this Fall Saleabration is just what you need to get your holiday list taken care of!  


Monday

DIY Sweater Pumpkins - Fresh Living


It's that time of year when we pull out our sweaters and make pumpkins?  Yes, we make pumpkins.  Lots of DIY Sweater Pumpkins!  These are so simple and fun to make.  I have made all kinds of pumpkins over the years but these are my favorite because they stitch up super easy and hold their shape so well.  The textures and colors are limitless!  

To make a DIY Sweater Pumpkin you will need...

  • An old sweater. (If you don't want to cut up one of your favorites a thrift store is a good place to find sweaters.)
  • Matching embroidery floss to the sweater you choose to cut.
  • Fiberfill batting
  • A long tapestry needle. (Available in most craft and sewing stores.)
  • Scissors
  • A piece of wood stem.
  • Various ribbons, laces, dollies, dried or silk flowers to embellish. (Optional)




 Turn your sweater inside out and lay the arms flat.  Cut a length of about 8 to 10 inches above the cuff.  You can sometimes get to pumpkins from one sleeve.  The size of the pumpkin will be determined by the length you cut off, so you can make them as big or small as you want.



               Thread the needle with a couple of feet of the embroidery floss and knot the end.

              Start a running stitch to close the end of the pumpkin by going up and down                              around the opening of the sleeve pulling the embroidery floss through until you                        have gone all the way around.


               Cinch it closed and tie a double knot in the embroidery floss ends to keep the                             opening closed.

                  Turn the pumpkin piece right side out and fill full with the Fiberfill batting.   It                          should be full but still squishy enough to make the pumpkin indents.



                 Turn the pumpkin piece right side out and repeat the cinching and running                               stitch to close the top of your pumpkin.





               Now that the top is secured it is time to make your pumpkin indents.  Thread the                      embroidery floss in the tapestry needle and loop through the top gathers of the                          pumpkin and tie off into a knot to secure it.


               Starting at the top pull the embroidery floss all the way to the bottom of the                                pumpkin and push the needle through from the bottom to the top.  Pull the needle                   and floss hard enough to make in indent and then while holding it tight repeat                           this again on the opposite side of the pumpkin from where you made your first                           indent to make another until you have game all the way around your pumpkin.


Gather together laces, ribbons, dried or silk flowers or other embellishments you like.  Cut branches to make stems.  If you do not have access to tree limbs you can use rolled cardboard covered in twine.


Hot glue the stem in place at the gathered top of the pumpkin.  Hot glue the various embellishments to decorate your pumpkins they way you want.  Be creative!  I used pieces of old dollies to make "leaves" and used blue instead of orange as this is the most on-trend color for fall pumpkins this year.  


Really there are so many options for how you can decorate your pumpkins or if you want them simple then add nothing but a stem!  I made my first batch of pumpkin sweaters in under an hour and their neutral colors will allow me to keep them out through the end of November!


I told you these are super simple and just look how cute they are!  I am on the hunt now for "ugly" fall sweaters to make a collection of colorful pumpkins specifically for Halloween gifts.    Happy stitching and have a great week!



Labor Day Sale

We had an amazing weekend at Midway's Swiss Days and have a few of these beauties and our fall pumpkins ready to ship, so we are having a 30% off Post Swiss Days/Labor Day Sale through September 6th.  



 

To get the 30% off add code LABORDAY at checkout.  We hope you have a great last summer holiday and enjoy a last of summer sale too!  


Friday

Summers Last Gift

This week we bought Summer's last gift ...a bushel of fresh peaches and we had to dust off this fabulous recipe we did a couple of years ago in a collaboration with Chobani.  It is just too good not to share.  Enjoy!!!


A couple of weeks ago I was asked to create a recipe using Chobani Greek Yogurt that would highlight the last hurrah of summer for their Made With Chobani Summer Series.  In Utah one of the last fruits of summer is the soft, fuzzy, golden juiciest of all fruits...the peach!  You can't say goodbye to summer without enjoying a bushel full of them!


I created recipe for a Ginger Peaches & Cream Pie using orchard fresh peaches and the creamy deliciousness of Chobani's Greek Yogurt.  This pie has a ginger crumb crust that my taste testers said was yummy enough to eat alone with a glass of cold milk.  It is the perfect cradle for the large slices of fresh peaches and the vanilla custard that make up this oh so fabulous summer pie!!!  Here are the step by step instructions for the Ginger Peaches & Cream Pie....


Ingredients to Gather

Ginger Snap Cookies 
1 Cup Softened Butter
9" Pie Plate

3-4 Large Fresh Peaches
Juice of 1/2 a Lemon 
1/4 Granulated Sugar
1/2 Packed Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup Soft Cream Cheese
1/2 Cup Chobani Vanilla Blended Greek Yogurt
1 Teaspoon of Real Vanilla
1/4 Teaspoon of Saigon Cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt
1 Large Egg

 3 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar


To begin the crust place about four cups of gingersnap cookies in a food processor and pulse them until you get a course consistency.  You want small pea sized crumbles mixed in with the crushed cookie.  If you don't have a food processor you can use a blender or a good ole fashioned rolling pin.  Crush away!  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.


Pour your gingersnap crumbles into a medium sized bowl and using your hands gently mix in 1/2 cup of softened butter.  Mix until the butter is incorporated.  The crumble mixture should be able to hold together when pressed.



If the mixture is too dry, add a little more softened butter until it holds together.  
It should look like the consistency in the picture above.  
Once the crumbles are ready, butter your pie plate.
  

Buttering the pie plate first gives the crumbs something to stick to.  
Press a slight rim edge, slide and then the bottom until firm. 


Once your crust is formed, place in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes to set it prior to baking.


Now that the crust is frozen and set, bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. 
 Remove when finished and let cool on a baking rack.  


While your crust is baking, you can prep the peaches and get the custard ready.  There are several kinds of peaches.   While Rosa's are the sweetest for eating, Alberta's are the best for baking.  They are sweet, tart and take the heat without turning to mush.  I used the Elberta's for this recipe for this reason...
I wanted firm and sweet bites of peach in every bite of this pie.


To prep the peaches, place the peaches (whole) into a pot of boiling water for just a few minutes. Carefully scoop them out and shock them into a bowl of ice water.  
This process will loosen the skins so they come off super easy!  


Once the skins are off, slice in half and remove the pits and slice into 1" slices. 
 Put into a bowl and add the granulated sugar and lemon juice.  
Lightly toss and set aside.


To make the custard, add the brown sugar, softened cream cheese,
 Chobani Vanilla Blended Yogurt, real vanilla, Saigon Cinnamon 
and egg to your mixer.  Whisk together until smooth.  





To assemble the pie, pour a small amount of the custard into the bottom of the ginger pie crust.  Place the peaches one by one into the custard beginning in the center and circle outward until the pie crust bottom is covered with peaches.  It takes a couple of rows.


Pour the remaining custard over the peaches to just below the crust edge. 
 You will have the large pieces of peach peaking out and that is perfect!  
Bake for 45-55 minutes at 325 degrees until the custard is set.  
Test the center with a toothpick to make sure it is set.  


Let cool for 2 to 3 hours on a cooling rack.  
Serve slices with a dollop of fresh whipped cream at room temperature 
or my personal favorite...chilled!


To make the whipping cream, add cold heavy whipping cream to a cold mixer bowl. 
 Add the powdered sugar.  Using the whisk attachment, whip on high until stiff.  
Add a dollop of whipped cream to each slice!


I hope you enjoy this Ginger Peaches & Cream Pie!  Our family has LOVED it!!! There is nothing better than getting the perfect bite of peach, cream, custard, and crunchy ginger. This is my last hurrah to summer!  for even more creative ways to use Greek yogurt in recipes, go ahead and check out Chobani's great healthy recipes!  



Thursday

Double Churn Dash Barn Quilt

This summer I had an order from a dear customer to create a Double Churn Dash barn quilt for her barn in Park City, Utah.  I jumped at the chance to paint this classic quilt pattern for her.  She was very specific about the colors and the design for two Churn Dash's inside of one another.

We built the board to her request and started the layout and painting.  It took a few days, but we just fell in love with it and she did too.  She sent me a picture of her hanging it on her barn with her granddaughters looking on as she explained her love of this block.


It tugged at my heart strings to see her there with her "girls" sharing something she loved with them.  It reminded me of my own grandmother and how she would pass good things onto us, always sharing something fun.  

I love this pattern so much I am working on a few different color combinations and will soon have the pattern in Our Shop.  We are taking orders for this beaute and as always custom colors and sizes are welcome!  Happy weekend y'all.
 
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