Thursday

Deseret Drifter Floral Embroidery Sampler

We are so excited to share with you our newest hoop-art embroidery pattern, The Deseret Drifter Floral Embroidery Sampler.  The Deseret is a term we hear in the west often.  It is associated with the values of hard work, perseverance, inspired vision and strength.  The name of this pattern, the Deseret Drifter came to me one night as I was journaling.


I love reality journals, you know the journals we scribble our hopes and goals into, our honest failures and glimpses of the paths we trudge along to a better way.  The word "drifter" gives me the image of someone who is trying to stay on a path, but often walks through other "creative" paths.  I am for sure a drifter.  I can never stay on one straight or sure path at a time.  As much as I can imagine and dream, so many different paths call to me.  

I trust myself and the paths I drift to.  I have had to learn to trust myself in the absence of parents or stable guides.  I am a Deseret Drifter.  I love to dream inspired visions and I love to work along with my husband to see them happen.  Some do and sometimes the path changes along the way.  No matter where we drift with trust in ourselves, each other and God, we always find a more beautiful dream than what we had hoped for. 



This design turns and twist with florals, all perfectly wild.  The two hearts in the center pointing together represent our hearts pointing towards hope together.  The moon is for our dreams and the stars give us direction, both in perfect balance.  

All of the stitches in this hoop-art piece are simple, yet varied slightly to bring extra texture and color to the stems and leaves.  All of the stitches are in our stitching guide included in the pattern and many of the stitches can be found on our YouTube channel.  

You can purchase the pattern as a PDF or as a color print ready to ship.  Also in the shop are full kits of the Deseret Drifter Floral Embroidery Sampler.  Each of the kits comes with everything you need to make this sampler as well as an unfinished ready to paint Hoop Art Box Frame.  We love these Hoop Art Boxes!  They hold your embroidery stitch in the hoop for perfect display of your embroidered piece.

Happy stitching and dreaming & drifting!  



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Monday

Orchard Tree Barn Quilt

The buds are popping out in all of the orchards around our mountain community with bright swatch paths of pink, peach and red.  We are so excited to release our newest original barn quilt design, The Orchard Tree.  


The Orchard Tree


We love this design with it's half square triangles all pointing to the heart of the tallest orchard tree in the field.  The little burst of color are the fruits of the orchard, apples, peaches and cherries.  Dry brushed on farm wood and framed in a black wash, it has the look of wood fruit crates.  Our Orchard Tree is available in four sizes, 22" through to a big 55" and it sealed for years of outdoor use.  

All of our barn quilts can be adapted to any of our Prairie Paint colors to show off the colors of your orchard or even painted in a simple black and white...it is stunning!




We also offer this design in a pattern which can be mailed or sent as a PDF download, as well there are lots of ready to paint barn quilt kits in the shop for our barn quilt friends who love to paint their very own!  Which ever you choose, this fabulous Orchard Tree Barn Quilt stands alone in design, color and symbol.




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Tuesday

Happy Easter

This past weekend we celebrated the Easter weekend with family in sunny and surprisingly warm Utah!  It hit 83 degrees here on the mountain and gave a few of us sun kissed noses.  We love this weekend to gather and remember the blessings and gift that have come to each of us because of the sacrifice and resurrection of our savior, Jesus Christ.


Over the years traditions have grown and now as many of us are apart in other areas of the country, we love to share pictures and screen time celebrating in the same way only apart.  This Easter weekend was also the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints which we are members of.  This conference comes twice a year and is recorded and broadcast around the world, with messages of hope and faith for Christians.  

This spring conference they recorded testimonies of people from around the world in their native countries.  Music was sung by children and adults in their native tongues.  It was so wonderful to watch and share these messages of faith in Christ with our family where ever they were.  If you missed the conference, you can still find these recording on YouTube.  


Elder Hick and companion in California...


Millie and Taylor watching General Conference.

After General Conference was over our family in Utah gathered up at the house for a outdoor Easter Egg Hunt.  Gracie found Sadie the bunny and Mollie loved her so much she claimed it was all hers.  


Gracie and Sadie the Bunny

One of our traditions is to bake Grandma's Pineapple Coconut Carrot Cake with it's amazing glaze and Orange Cream Cheese Frosting...Oh my!  We bake it only for Easter, so it is one of the things everyone looks forward to having.  The recipe is on the blog, and believe us...it is worth the wait for spring!


Little Felix had his first Easter and wasn't too sure about the egg hunt.  His little bunny bib was adorable.  We filled over 300 eggs with chocolates and a whole bunch of money eggs were hidden by Mike in small nooks in the rock walls and up in the trees.



We also made Robin Egg Bird Nests from the No Bake Chocolate Cookie recipe my Grandma taught me to make as a little kiddo.  We used to think we were so amazing to make such yummy chocolate things as littles...now our littles love to make them.  To adapt the recipe to create nests, we substitutes the oats for dried chow mien noodles.  We formed them into round flat nests and added a couple of Robin Eggs to them.  When they cool they firm up and keep the "eggs" in place.  They are so cute and fun to make with the kids.



Mollie finding her first eggs!

We aren't quite sure who found the most eggs, or who ate the most eggs!  We do know that we had so much fun together.  We hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend too.   For the recipes follow the links or use the blog search and they will come up.   We love you all and are so thankful to share a little of our love with you.


Happy Easter from our family to yours!




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Friday

Grandma's Pineapple Coconut Carrot Cake

For years our family's favorite Easter dessert has been my Grandma's Pineapple Carrot Cake with Brown Butter Glaze and Orange Cream Cheese Frosting.  I can honestly say that I have never tasted a better carrot cake...ever!  I think our grandma's knew how to do it right.  Their cakes may not have been the prettiest, but they sure knew how to make home style moist deliciousness.   Each component of this cake is fabulous on it's own...but together is is just plain sinful.   I think the Brown Butter Glaze makes it..just saying!  


Grandma's Pineapple Coconut Carrot Cake

2 Cups Flour
2 Teas Baking Soda
2 Teas Saigon Cinnamon
1/2 Teas Salt

Sift dry ingredients together and set aside....



3 Eggs
3/4 Cup Vegatable Oil
3/4 Cup Buttermilk
2 Cups Sugar
2 Teas Vanilla

Mix well.  Add the dry ingredients and mix well.



2 Cups Drained, Crushed Pineapple
2 Cups Shredded Carrot
1 Cup Flaked Coconut
1/2 Cup Chopped Nuts

Add pineapple, coconut, carrot and nuts and mix well.  



Pour into a greased 9" x 13" glass cake pan and bake at 350 degrees for approximately one hour or until a toothpick comes out clean.  



Just before your cake is done, make the glaze....

Brown Butter Glaze

1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Teas Baking Soda
1/2 Cup Buttermilk
1/4 Pound Butter
1 Tablespoon Corn Syrup
1 Teaspoon Vanilla

Place butter in a medium hot pan and melt.  Let it get a little browned in the pan.  Add the buttermilk, sugar, corn syrup, and vanilla. Boil for 1 minute.  Add the baking soda and whisk.


Remove cake from oven and while hot, pour glaze over cake.  Cool completely. 



 Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

1/4 Pound Butter
1 8 oz. Package Cream Cheese
2 Teaspoons Vanilla
2 Cups Powdered Sugar
2 Tablespoons Orange Juice

Combine butter and cream cheese.  Add vanilla, orange juice, powdered sugar and beat until thick and smooth. 
 Frost over cooled cake.








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Monday

Natural Egg Dye for Easter

One of my most viewed posts on this Tweetle Dee blog is the natural egg dye post.  You know I love my natural dyes for fabric and thread, but to see the colors on eggs is soo pretty and soo easy, it is a must do for the week of Easter.  I mean, seriously those subtle greys, and greens could only come from nature.  


I wasn't so sure when I started chopping wilted cabbage and peeling onion skins, but it did work and and I love the colors and results.  They are so pretty!  The best part is they really are easy to dye. 

I first started with white eggs from the coop and the store and soft boiled them.  To soft boil, I add the eggs to a pot with cool water.  I heat the water up to boiling and then shut off the heat and cover the pot.  I let the eggs sit in the hot water for 10 minutes and then drain off the hot water and rinse with cool.  

Here is what I used for each color, and again all of these ingredients were what I had on hand.  You can get creative in mixing colors, adding leaves and flowers or all sorts of other things to decorate your eggs.  I wanted mine plain and as bright as possible.


Natural Easter Dyes

Yellow - 1/4 cup Turmeric powder,  4 cups water,  1/2 Teas. vinegar

Green - 1 bunch of fresh spinach (chopped), 4 cups of water, 1/2 Teas. vinegar

Tan - 1 cup instant coffee grounds, 4 cups of water

Purple  - Half a head of red cabbage chopped, 4 cups of water, 1/2 teas vinegar

Blue - 2 cups of frozen blueberries, 4 cups of water, 1/2 teas. vinegar

Orange - skins of 4 yellow onions, 4 cups of water and 1/2 teas vinegar

Red - 4 cups of red onion skins, 4 cups of water and a 1/2 teas of vinegar


In all of these dye baths, I added the ingredients for the color I wanted, heated it to boiling and let it simmer for 30 minutes.  Then I added the vinegar.  Let cool and added the eggs.  The color will vary depending on how ling you leave them in the solution.  I left mine in for five hours.  If I had left them in overnight...the colors would have been more intense.  

I hope this gives you a little encouragement to try dyeing your own eggs naturally.   You will love what you create and so will your littles.  Happy Easter and stay safe while staying home.  xoxo




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Orchard Star Barn Quilt

Of the 4,600 barn quilts we have painted at Tweetle Dee over the past five years by far our most loved is the Orchard Star.  It is an original design and is now in the shop for order with a pattern releasing soon.  Adapted from our beloved Harvest Star, this star has a deep Old Crow background and colors from our Prairie Paint collection. 


Each of the colors in this design were inspired by the fruits and colors of the orchard on my family's farm.  In the spring and summer, berries bursted with colors of reds, purples, and blues.  In summer, the golden to red apples would appear after the delicate pink and white blossoms disappeared. Soft yellows and peach toned colors are the colors of heavy plums that gave us sweet wine and jams all through the winter. The tall grasses were every shade of green and during apple picking season, their greens faded to tans and yellows as we knelt down to pick up fallen apples for cider. 


The grey pieces around the star were the slate stepping stone path that was laid around our favorite apple tree's base.  There was a thinking bench and stones that laid deep into the soft cool dirt, covered edges of moss pushed back the blades of grass.  These stones were the markers where our most loved pets were laid to rest.  The apple tree grew into a huge tree with a saddle that was perfect to climb into to dream and read during the long summer days.  


This tree was grafted, pruned, supported and loved.  On one of our trips to NY our youngest daughter came along and finding her great-grandmother's journals in the family library she went outside to read.  My cousin's and Aunt looked out the window toward the orchard and to amazement, she found our favorite apple tree and had climbed up in it to read those pages not knowing that same spot had been sat upon for generations.   I tip toed out the back door of the house and around to the orchard to get a picture of her reading in that moment.  It is one of my prized photographs and a testament to the peace felt in that orchard and this special tree.


The tree has now fallen to age and the wood was saved by my cousin.  We hope to make something special with that wood for all of us to keep a piece of it in our hearts.  The orchard between the farmhouse and the barn was where I first felt peace and looked to the stars to see there was more to our existence than where I stood.  

As with most of our original barn quilt and quilt designs there is a lot of thought and meaning that goes into the design and the choice of colors.  The Orchard Star has some of my most favorite Prairie Paint colors.  We are writing this pattern and gathering it into a kit for those of you who like to paint your own barn quilts.   

Designing is a gift.  Truly, to create something that comes from the heart and has it's symbols and significance.   The Orchard Star is my personal most loved barn quilt I've ever painted.  We've painted over 4,600 of them and this one is mine.







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Tuesday

Farmer's Wife Barn Quilt


One of my favorite designs I have ever made was the Farmer's Wife.  You all know how much I love the Farmer's Daughter and how much I relate to being a farmer's daughter, but I'm also a farmer's wife. I sat down with pencil and paper and graphed out a similar design to the Farmer's Daughter and fell in love with this simple pattern, The Farmer's Wife.

The cross bars represent the anchor that a woman is to those around her with the small color design in the center being her heart.   The points of the design are directed outward to represent the many ways we as women give and share.  



My life is richly blessed by the farmer's wives in my family tree.  Both of my parents came from farm families in upstate New York.  They were equals to their husbands in family life, farming and in business.  I was taught their stories and always saw women as strong and tender, creative and giving.  I am so thankful for their examples to me and my children.  I have raised six daughters of my own and though our little homestead on the mountain is far from the huge life on a large dairy or potato farm,  they were taught those same values and I am so proud of the women they are.  

The barn quilt design of the The Farmer's Wife will soon be available as a fabric quilt pattern.  For now, it is available for purchase In The Shop as a ready to hang barn quilt, a DIY barn quilt kit and as a pattern.  

I hope you enjoy this design and use it as a tribute to the women in your life.



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Thursday

Hippity Hoppity


We are so excited to bring our darling Hippity Hoppity Hand Embroidery to the shop this week!  Sometimes you really want a simple embroidery piece to work on for the season and our little bunny with his floppy ears is so sweet and simple that a beginner stitcher could easily finish this project over a couple movies.



Available in the shop as a full kit (including the unfinished frame) or a pattern complete with instructions and stitching guides to help you along.   Patterns are available as well as the frame for separate purchase. 


You will love this little bunny who is here to announce that Easter is on it's way!  


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Wednesday

Sawtooth Star Barn Quilt


I love my stars!  I try to shoot for the star, look to the stars and paint & quilt stars every day, so it's no wonder that the pattern I made for my Mini Barn Quilt Block Sets has now gone big and bright.   The Sawtooth Star Barn Quilt is now in the Tweetle Dee Shop ready for pre-orders!  It comes in three framed sizes and can be painted in any of our gorgeous Prairie Paint Collection colors.


We also have full color, step by step paint guides available as a PDF download or a ready to ship pattern.  Also, here this week is the Eastern Star Barn Quilt pattern!  Many of you have been waiting for this striking pattern to come to the shop and it is here!

Both the Eastern Star and the Sawtooth Star have DIY Barn Quilt Kits with everything you need to paint a framed 22" barn quilt.  So, check out the shop this week and use code Lucky20 to save 20% on all orders placed this week.

We hope you have a wonderful first week of March!  xo



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Friday

New Tweetle Dee Barn Quilt Workshop



We are so excited to announce you first workshop of 2021!   Our Barn Quilt Workshop @Farm & Hive  will be held on Saturday, March 27th in Payson, Utah.  This will be our paint anything barn quilt all-day workshop!

Much like our other workshops, we will begin with a tutorial on how to paint a barn quilt, with a paint any size, pattern, color or quantity day of creating!   This is a perfect time to gather as friends and family to create the barn quilt of your dreams!  

Included in your registration is one-22" barn quilt, supplies, paints, and a pattern of your choice, as well as lunch and snacks to keep you creating all day!  We will send you a registration packet that will give you pricing and options for larger boards, clocks, tables, etc.

We can't wait to spend a day with you painting and create lots of joy.   To register go to The Shop and click on Tweetle Dee Workshop & of course, email me if you have any questions.  We are so ready to enjoy a day of sunshine, animals, barn quilts and friends!



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Wednesday

Garden Blessing Flower Barn Quilt


With snow melting on the mountain we are beginning to see the beginnings or spring with a little color peaking out here and there in our gardens so it is time to give our beautiful Garden Blessings Flower Barn Quilt it's right place on the white farm wall.  

We have added these floral barn quilts to The Shop this week along with patterns and DIY Garden Blessing Floral Barn Quilt Kits for our amazing DIY barn quilters.  Custom colors can be requested in both the painted barn quilts and the kits so you can have the blooms you love the most!

This week all of our barn quilt kits are 15% off with the code BQKits.  They come with the paints, brushes, framed barn quilt boards, gloves, sandpaper, and sealer you need to complete a gorgeous barn quilt for your home or barn this spring!  The sale ends on Sunday, February 28th so don't wait.  You will want this Garden Blessing Flower and a few others while they are on sale!

Many blessings for a great week!




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Tuesday

Old Mill Barn Quilt

With the turning of steel and wood cogs the Old Mill along the river would turn little grains into sacks of beautiful flour, long stalks into oats and anything cracked was much tastier after it's time at the mill.   Our newest barn quilt is and original design, inspired by the elements of the cogs and wheels that turned in unison.  


The Old Mill Barn Quilt is new in The Shop today.  There are four sizes of the framed barn quilt ready to come to your home.  Each of our barn quilts are hand painted with our exclusive Prairie Paints, on reclaimed wood and then framed in walnut stained wood.  Finally they are sealed so they will stay beautiful for years to come whether you hang them inside or out.


The Old Mill Barn Quilt pattern is also available on in our shop along with a Old Mill Barn Quilt Kit with everything you need to paint a 24" barn quilt of your own.  I love this pattern and can't wait to sew this one into a big beautiful quilt.  So, watch for that to come soon.  

This week we are having our Swoon Sale with 20% savings on every order and class registration.  Go to The Shop and use code Swoon at checkout.  The sale runs through Monday the 15th!  This is a perfect time to check out our virtual and in-person class schedules for this year and get your friends to sign up with you!  

We hope you love this Old Mill design as much as we do!  There is just something fabulous about simple lines and subdued colors.  The sample above was painted in our Prairie Paints Old Crow, Pigeon Cove, and Homestead White.

Many Blessings!








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