Thursday

Flourishing Floral Embroidery - Jan & Feb

This is the year to "Flourish" and we are so in love with these Flourish Floral wildflowers!  These are simple traditional embroidery patterns that are free for you to download and enjoy.  Each one has a special meaning and goes with the month it is shared.


If you want to follow along with me as I stitch them, I will share the floss numbers and stitches.  I am stitching mine onto a 18" stained wood quilting hop on chambray.  I divided the circle into 12 "pie" shapes for each flower to nestle in.  In the center I embroidered a Woven Rose and some simple vines to tie the sections together.

The two months I have for you to start are January and February.  The January flower is the Daisy.  The Daisy symbolizes hope, which I think we all need to start off a new year.  Hope for all good things to come our way!  Right?  To download the picture, right click over the image and print.  


Flourish Floral - Daisy & Hope



To transfer onto the fabric, use a Pilot Frixion Pen or a pencil to trace the design to the fabric.  If you need a few pointers go over to the Tweetle Dee You Tube Channel and watch the short video on how to transfer a design to fabric.

The stitches for the Daisy are the Stem Stitch, Satin Stitch and French Knot.  All of these stitches are on the Tweetle Dee You Tube Channel.


The Flourishing Floral Wildflower for February is the Bachelor Button which symbolizes love.  I loved the story of this flower where it was worn by bachelors who were looking for love or who had found a sweetheart and were in the courting phase.  If the flower drooped then the relationship was losing life.  I found it amusing to think of a town of young men walking around wearing this flower hoping to find love.


Flourish Floral - Bachelor Buttons & Love
The stitches for this flower are the Stem Stitch, the Satin Stitch and a large Lazy Daisy.  I used Wonderfill's Eleganza twisted floss for these petals to give them extra fullness with the Lazy Daisy being so large.  If you can't locate some of those yummy flosses, you can use a full six strands of DMC or a Pearl Cotton #8.

I hope you enjoy this stitching journey with us this year and please share your embroideries with us by tagging me at @tweetledeedesignco on Instagram. Happy Stitching!

Wednesday

Garden Blessings

Our newest barn quilt Garden's Blessing was inspired by the traditional North Carolina Lily quilt block which I have loved since I began quilting.  The flowers bursting up from the ground or flowing out of a basket, however it is sewn it is so pretty with colors and flowers.  How can you not love it!


It is now available in our shop with three sizes with an optional frame, sealed for outdoor use and ready to inspire your gardens to burst with tons of blooms.  Custom colors are available with an email to us.  We love painting custom signs.  We named it Garden Blessings to remember the beauty of each bloom and we know you will love it hanging at your home or farm.

Tuesday

Deconstructed Farmhouse Sofa

We have so much fun this week with our Deconstructed Sofa project!  We found it on a whim trip to our local antiques shop while we were looking for a small piece of furniture to paint our with our new line of Tweetle Dee Paints, and instead we came home with an incredible antique sofa for $35.00.  It was solid wood and so well constructed that we knew it would be as beautiful under the fabric as it was above.


Both of us have reupholstered furniture before, but never had we taken a piece apart with the plan to leave it half ripped apart.  The trend for Deconstructed Furniture is huge on the farmhouse decor scene and for good reason.  With the clean lines of the wood frames and inner pieces of leather, burlap, linen, ticking, etc. you see the beauty of the piece in a new way.


The best way to begin is to just rip into it!  Seriously rip into it.  We felt across the top and looked for a good spot to cut.  Because the top fabric was in such good condition we decided to not take it off.  We would cover over it with the drop cloth fabric, so no need to take it off.  We removed all the rest slowly...slowly!  I used a screwdriver and a set of pliers to pry a thousand or more staples and nails out of solid hard wood.  Sometimes we just had to feel across it to see if you missed one, which gave us both a few slivers.


Once the wood was cleared of everything, we sanded it and filled some of the holes with drywall plaster.  We love using that for fill on antique pieces because it leaves a small mark showing the wear and not a perfect finish, which you want in a re-purposed antique piece!  We sanded the rough fill off and painted the wood with our Tweetle Dee Vintage White Chalk Paint and loved how well it covered.  

After paint we sanded and chipped some of the paint away to show the wood in places where time would have worn it off.  My biggest pet peeve in distressing is when a someone distresses a piece in places that they would not have worn.  You want a piece to look like to was worn and well loved NOT just hammered and chipped on purpose. 

One of our secrets is to use Acetone over your distressing to smooth out the paint.  It makes the transition from paint to wood soft.  Use a soft clean cloth and wipe a little of it on and rub slightly to wear down the rough edges.













We purchased two large drop cloths and about four yards of burlap.  Using an electric stapler we tacked in the burlap and pieces of linen through the gaps where the original fabric had gone.  We covered raw edges with sisal rope, tacking it in as well.  The beauty of this piece is the hand stitching along the outer seams.  We wanted it to show so using an upholstery needle and twine, we hand stitched the piece in places where the seams showed and across the front edge. Then we hand stitched the drop cloth to the seat cushions with little stitches showing.   


We loved this project so much that we are going to tackle our leather sofa and chaise lounger next!  It will take a few weeks before we can post pictures as we have orders and a few workshops coming up...but it will be soon.  If you live in the Wasatch Front and have a piece you want deconstructed and recovered, shoot us an email and we will see what we can do for you!

Friday

Tweetle Dee Texas Star Giveaway

I don't know how you are this time of the year, but I need a bright pick me up when the snow is falling and the skies are grey.  So we are doing a giveaway this week of one of our favorite Framed Over Texas Stars.  Yes...a big 22" gorgeous hand painted colorful star!



To enter to win you need to do four simple things...

1.  Follow us on Instagram or Facebook.

2.  Comment and like today's post with the star on it!

3.  Share or Tag three friends in the giveaway post.

4.  Sign up for our newsletter and save 30% immediately on your next order.


That isn't too tough.  Four simple things and a lot of fun sharing and saving!  We hope you all have a great weekend.  It has snowed all week and we are ready to see some sun and stars!!!






Thursday

He Loves Me

Our newest Wire Embroidery floral piece, He Loves Me,  is in The Shop and in our hearts today!  It is a simple spring wreath with daisies and buds dotting the leaves.  I love this design and the two toned florals, but more than the fresh spring colors I am in love with the name of this pattern!


He Loves Me Wire Embroidery

I named this He Loves Me for two meanings.  First, the darling game we all played as children picking the petals off of daisies chanting the phrase, "He loves me, he loves me not."  Hoping to know is our crush liked us too!  The second reason I named it He Loves Me, was because I can't look at a flower without feeling a little love from heaven above.

We have both kits and finished pieces available in The Shop & there is a big sale going now through Sunday with 20% off all Tweetle Dee products, including barn quilts!  Use code PRESIDENT to get your discount and feel a little love.  I will be posting a few videos on the Tweetle Dee You Tube Channel of how to create the wreath which will help you as you create this sweet little wire embroidery.  


Friday

Smokey Mac & Cheese Bar - Fresh Living

We are in the end days of winter and there is nothing that whispers comfort to the soul other than Mac & Cheese, especially Smokey Mac & Cheese.  At our last family party we had what we called a Smokey Mac & Cheese Bar.  It was the perfect winter dinner with the best creamy main dish and tons of sides.


Depending on the sides you choose you can a different tasty bowl of creaminess each time you come to the bar.  If this post I will give my recipe for the best Mac & Cheese in the world...Smokey Mac & Cheese.  The secret ingredient to this  special mac is Smoked Paprika and Caramelized Onions, oh and lots of cheese!


Smokey Mac & Cheese

1/2 Cup of Butter
1/2 Cup Chopped Yellow Onion
1 Teaspoon of Smoked Paprika
1/2 Teaspoon of Ground Nutmeg
1/2 Cup Flour
4 cups Half and Half
8 cups of assorted shredded cheese
 (Sharp Cheddar, Gouda, Monterrey Jack, Swiss, & Parmesan)
2 lbs. of uncooked macaroni noodles



1.  In a warm thick bottomed pan, melt the butter.  Add the chopped yellow onion and begin cooking until translucent.  Add Smoked Paprika and Ground Nutmeg.  Let simmer a few minutes to infuse the spice into the butter.

Boil water to cook macaroni to firm but coked.  Because you will be baking this pasta dish, you want to make sure the noodles are almost under cooked.  If they are over cooked they will turn to mush with the cheese sauce and added heat.

2.  Sprinkle Flour into the mixture and continue cooking whisking it around until it forms a thick pudding or pasty consistency.  This is called a rue.  Basically a thick flour paste that thickens broth or milk into gravy or sauce.


3.  Slowly pour the Half and Half into the rue and whisk to remove any lumps.  It should be a smooth gravy consistency.  If the sauce is too thick add a little more milk.

4.  Add half of the grated cheese to the milk mixture and whisk slowly until it melts and is smooth.  Salt & Pepper to taste.


5.  Drain the cooked macaroni and place  a layer into a casserole dish or dutch oven pan that is over safe.  Pour some of the sauce over the layer and mix with a spoon.  Sprinkle with a layer of grated cheese mix.  Continue adding layers of the macaroni, sauce and grated cheese until the pan is full.  Pour remaining sauce over the top of the dish and sprinkle with the rest of the cheese.  


6.  Sprinkle Panko Bread Crumbs over the top.  Cover with tin foil  and bake at 350 degrees for a half hour until everything is bubbly and lightly browned on the edges.  If you want to make this ahead of time, you can freeze the mac & cheese and cook at a later time or keep in the refrigerator for a few days ahead of the day of cooking.

The wonderful flavor of this Smokey Mac & Cheese comes from slowly sauteing the onions and spices with the butter.  The butter is the base of this dish, so cooking the onion into it with those spices...makes a flavorful mac & cheese that is anything but boring! 

Though the Smokey Mac & Cheese is good on its own, there are a ton of mix-ins that you can add to the Mac & Cheese Bar to use as add ins to spice it up even more!

Here are just a few...

Italian Ham
BBQ Kielbasa
Shredded Crab
Lime Chicken
Crumbled Bacon
Sauteed Kale
Roasted Vegetable
Marinated Peppers
Capers
Marinated Olives & Mushrooms
French Fried Onions
Jalapenos

Alfredo Sauce
Marinara Sauce
Cheddar Sauce

Honestly, you can add anything you love to this bar to spice it up.  One of my favorite is the Sauteed Kale.  I cook mine in a mixture of olive oil and butter with a sprinkle of sea salt.  It is so incredibly delicious on the Smokey Mac & Cheese.  It holds its texture and adds a fabulous flavor to the cheese and pasta.

I hope you try this recipe and fall in love with this buffet bar idea.  We love it!  It's simple and easy to make ahead and each person can do something different to make it their own.  If you would like to watch the segment on KUTV Fresh Living by clicking on the link.  Enjoy!

Wednesday

Tweetle Dee Winter Workshop

This past Saturday we had our Tweetle Dee Winter Workshop in snowy Woodland Hills, Utah!  If you have ever wondered what we do at an all day workshop, I'll fill you in.  We get to spend the day eating, painting, creating, and getting to know the funnest makers from all over the country.   I don't think there is another event we enjoy more!  


Everyone gets to choose the size, shape and color of their barn quilts.  Some choose the largest of all, and some choose to paint several small ones.  We even had a table top built and designed for a very happy painter.  We call it our "paint anything" day because all of the supplies are included and there isn't a schedule or any expectation other than to have fun...lots of fun!







After the painting is done we get to finish your barn quilts exactly the way you want, stain and seal and even frame them if wanted.  We have a saying that there are "no boards left behind" and there never has been.  Everyone finishes!  It is such a great day. 

Our Summer Workshop is going to be the best of all with TWO days of classes, make and takes and creating.  We love the Summer Workshop because we get to have more of you come and it is at out home on the mountain.  We get to paint in the meadow with the waterfall and flowers!  

When you register you can choose a one day or two day registration.  On Friday we will have a paint & stitch day with mini-workshops with Wire, Ribbon & Traditional Hand Embroidery and a Barn Quilt Clock project turning your barn quilts into a clock.  Saturday will be our huge paint anything day where you can choose to paint whatever you want.  There will also be a Wildflower Press Project and a few other surprises too!

There are limited numbers for these two days, so don't wait to register!  Today through Monday is our annual President's Day Sale with 20% off everything Tweetle Dee including the Summer Workshop!  Use CODE: PRESIDENT to get your savings.  

We hope you enjoy this sneak peak into our workshops and that you can make it to our Summer party in the meadow!

 
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