Tweetle Dee Winter Workshop

We are so excited to be offering our How to Paint Anything Barn Quilt Workshop! This workshop has been in planning for a long time.  So many of our friend's and customers have asked for a chance to paint bigger, better and more barn quilts than ever before, and the planets and stars aligned and we have an amazing day planned for you.

It will be held February 24th in beautiful Woodland Hills, Utah from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  This will be a relaxed all day workshop where you will learn how to paint your own barn quilt and/or Barn Quilt Block Set.  You will be able to paint any size or type of barn quilt you wish, square or round.  We will have a yummy lunch and a tour of the Tweetle Dee Workshop as well, with a few other surprise goodies to go home with.

The basic price of $100.00 includes the class, a 22" barn quilt, painting supplies and of course lunch and the tour.  If you want to paint a barn quilt or product other than the 22" barn quilt, email us at tweetledeedesignco@gmail.com for additional pricing and to place your orders.  Otherwise, all you need to bring is your favorite colors of paint.

As always, we'll have some paints here and there will be plenty of extra boards available for purchase at the workshop and you can paint as many different boards as you wish!  If you want to paint two 22"'s ...yeah, if you want to paint a 33" and a block set...double yeah and if you want to paint one huge 44" all afternoon...well, then we will be there to cheer you on!  

We are so excited to have this day with you in our snowy and beautiful place.  If you have any questions please let us know and register soon as we only have space for 50 of you!  We hope you are as excited as we are!!!  (Happy dances might be happening as I type).

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Holiday Cheese Ball Recipes - Fresh Living

One of our favorite holiday appetizers is the retro inspired cheese-ball.  I grew up enjoying these each Christmas holiday, but the ones we had then were the store bought generic cheese-balls.  When I grew up  and had my own kitchen I wanted to try to make my own and had so much fun trying different flavor combinations.  These cheese-balls are one of the most requested appetizers I make.  In fact, I never get to enjoy it because they are gone before I join my guests!

Today on Fresh Living  I am sharing three of my favorite cheese-balls.  A Smokey Gouda Bacon Mini Cheese Ball, a Cranberry Green Onion Cheese Ball, and a sweet Sugar Cookie Sprinkle Cheese Ball. These are so easy to make and the best thing especially this busy time of season is that they are no-bake, small mess, quick and easy to make.

Each of these recipes begin with cream cheese which you will want at room temperature.  It is helpful to have a stand mixer, but if you don't, you can hand mix these creations with no worries.  Most of the other ingredients can be picked up at your local grocery store pre-shredded and prepared, so again, super easy!

Cranberry Green Onion Cheese Ball

2 8 oz. Packages of Room Temperature Cream Cheese
2 Cups of Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Green Onion
2 Cups Cranraisins
1 Tablespoon Worcester Sauce
3 Cups Chopped Pecans

Add all ingredients to a mixer bowl and mix together until cheeses are blended well.  Use a spatula to semi-form the cheese mixture into a ball.  Use hands to form into a smooth ball.  Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours.  Remove from fridge and roll in chopped pecans pressing the nuts into the ball a little to cover the ball in chopped nuts.  Add to a platter and serve with hearty crackers, pita chips, or baguette slices.  Garnish with fresh rosemary springs.

Smokey Bacon Gouda Mini Cheese Balls

2 8 oz. Packages of Room Temperature Cream Cheese
2 Cups Shredded Gouda Cheese
2 Teaspoons of Italian Seasoning
1/2 Teaspoon of Smoked Paprika
A Dash of Hot Sauce
3 Cups of Chopped Pecans
1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Parsley
1 Cup Cooked and Chopped Bacon
Pretzel Sticks

In a mixer add the cheese, spices, and hot sauce and mix until everything is incorporated.  Place in refrigerator for one hour.  While cheese mixture is chilling, cook and chop bacon, and chop parsley.  Mix pecans, bacon and parsley and set aside.  Remove the mixture and roll into small balls.  Roll in garnishing mixture and set aside.  Stick a pretzel in the center and they are ready to go!  Makes 12-18 Mini Cheese Balls.

Sugar Cookie Sprinkle Cheese Ball

2 8 oz. Packages of Room Temperature Cream Cheese
1/2 Cup Softened Butter
2 Cups Powdered Sugar
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
2 Teaspoons Molassas
2 Cups Sprinkles
Sweet Crackers and Cookies

Mix all ingredients except for the sprinkles in a mixer until smooth.  Refrigerate for an hour or two.  Take out of fridge and roll in sprinkles.  Set on platter surrounded by sweet cookies and crackers.  Hint - Word has it that Santa loves this treat with a cup of cocoa!

I hope you enjoy these family favorites and have a very merry holiday.  You can catch the Fresh Living segment on our Facebook page and by following the link to KUTV Fresh Living


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Merry Christmas Sale

We are now just a couple of weeks from Christmas, my favorite time of the year and I hope it is yours too.  We have been busy shipping out our hand painted barn quilts and kits for gifts all over the world and we thank each and everyone of you for making this season extra special for us.   All of us at Tweetle Dee feel a little more like Santa's elves as we spend out late nights in the paint room making each one of these for you.  

Our Merry Christmas Sale is still going through the 18th of December which will be the last day to order and guarantee to receive your shipments before the big guy in the red suit comes down the chimney!  When you order use code MERRY30 at checkout to get 30% off everything on the site.  Many of our holiday items, Block of the Month and Barn Quilt Blocks are discounted so it is an extra blessed sale!

Santa's Coming to Town Barn Quilts 

Little Pieces Christmas Tree

Tweetle Dee Gift Certificates

 Swoon Christmas Barn Quilt

We are happy to send these discounts on as we wrap up the year.  Our shop will be closing on the 20th of December until the 28th to allow a little time for family this season.  We hope you are able to take advantage of this sale and pick out the boards you have been wanting all year.  Oh, and don't forget our Tweetle Dee Gift Certificates.   They make the perfect gift!

Watch for a big announcement this weekend and mark your calendars for February 24th!!!

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Monogrammed Barn Quilts

With Christmas just around the corner we decided to offer a flash sale on one of our favorite personalized barn quilts.  Our Monogrammed Barn Quilts are in the shop this week at 25% off and free shipping!  They are one of our favorites with the classic Ohio Star pattern and the initial of your choice.  They make perfect gifts!

Each barn quilt is hand painted and distressed, sealed for indoor our outdoor use and framed in a stained solid wood.  They come in both our 16" and 24" sizes.  I could see one on a front porch or on a shelf like I have ours.  

Also, remember that all Christmas items are on sale in The Shop and our elves are working around the clock to make sure your orders get to you in time for the holiday.  We hope you are having a very blessed December.  

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Little Pieces Christmas Tree

First we had the the Little Pieces Heart, and then the Little Pieces Pumpkin and now we have the Little Pieces Christmas Tree!  We love our Little Pieces Collection.  They are fun to decorate with and even more fun to paint, and they are in The Shop today.  

The barn quilt is available in both a white and black background and in five sizes from little bitty to big and tall!  Each barn quilt is hand painted and sealed for indoor or outdoor use.  They are also food safe, which makes them perfect to use for a cookie tray or cake stand during the holidays.

We have plenty of them ready to go and are excited to add them to our shop in plenty of time to enjoy before Christmas!  

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Black Friday Sale

We are so excited to be bringing you our first Black Friday Sale!  Santa and his elves have been super busy adding a ton of new holiday barn quilts and Barn Quilt Block Sets to The Shop.   Today through Monday at midnight you get 30% off your entire order of everything and anything in our shop, including custom orders, kits and supplies!!!  

Little Pieces Christmas Tree

Holly Berry Wreath

Gingham Star Barn Quilt

Santa's Coming Barn Quilt Block Set

Vintage Santa Barn Quilt

Black and White Mini Barn Quilt Block Set

Merry Christmas Wreath 

Vintage Snowman Barn Quilt

Quilted Ohio Star Barn Quilt

Aren't these the cutest?  The Santa's Coming Barn Quilt is my favorite!  To get the 30% off your entire purchase use CODE - BLACK30 at checkout!  We hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend and as always we thank you for shopping small and making a difference for our family and many others that work along with us to provide one of a kind items that you will love.  

Thank you for your support and happy shopping!

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DIY Wooly Christmas Projects - Fresh Living

You all know I have an obsession with wool.  I love to stitch with it, on it and use those colorful wool ball garlands anywhere I need a pop of colorful fun.  They are even on my logo.  Let's just say I love wool ball garlands!  So, this Christmas I am so excited to see them popping up all over.  It may just be the biggest trend for holiday decorating in like forever.  No just kidding, but not.

These cute little balls can be used in so many ways.   I love the ball garlands, but they are also fun as an embellishment on wreaths, stockings, blankets, well just about anything.  They are so easy and fun to make, but if you want to purchase them ready made they can be found on Amazon , Michaels , or handmade shops.  They run about $5 for a dozen.  

They come in every color and neutrals too.  To create a wool ball string you use regular embroidery string and a needle and sting them just like you would a popcorn string.  I have several strings on our big family tree and over our mantle.  I even purchased colors for our bedroom tree and mantle...I guess I can't get enough of them.

To make the wool balls you will need:

Hot Water
Liquid Dish Soap
Wool Roving

All of the items are easy to find, except the wool roving.  Some craft stores like Hobby Lobby and Michael's have it, but if you can't find it there you can pick up a roving kit with tons of colors on Amazon for about $14.00...enough to make 40+ balls.

Wool roving looks like soft wool or cotton candy, which ever you prefer.  To begin spread the wool roving out and stretch it apart very lightly so that there aren't any clumps.

Once the wool is spread out, roll it into a soft ball and dip into hot soapy water.  With the wool ball wet, begin rolling the ball with both hands.

It will begin to form a ball as you rub your hands together.  As the wool cools dip it in the hot water again to keep the wool felting into a ball.

After the wool ball forms let dry.  It takes a little while to dry and then it can be used in a lot of different ways.  To watch how it is done you can find a video clip from Fresh Living which aired last week.  We hope you have a little merry fun this season and enjoy making and decorating with these darling little balls of wool!
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Winter's Bloom

With our first winter's storm blowing in tonight it just felt right to add our newest embroidery kit to the shop, Winter's Bloom.  I loved these blues and cream colored wools...and those pine needles!  

Our embroidery kits include everything you need to complete your hoop-art, including scissors, floss, needles, fabric, wood hoops, and full step by step instructions.  There is a stitching guide included as well as our You Tube channel Tweetle Dee Design Co. to follow video tutorials for each step.

So, if you have ever wanted to learn to stitch these simple kits are perfect.  You can find them in Our Shop.  We hope you enjoy these kits and keep stitching because "it is all sew tweet"!

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French Harvest Galettes - Fresh Living

You know I have an obsession with pies, I freely admit it is my favorite dessert and today we are making a cousin of the pie, a Galette.  The Galette comes from France and it is somewhere in between a pie and a tart.  One of the things I love the most about Galettes is they are meant to be rustic which means the dough can be less than perfect and you can make them with any fruit for a sweet dessert or switch them up for a savory dinner pie.

The dough is made with minimal ingredients in less than 20 seconds and it can keep in the fridge for up to a week, so it is a pastry that you can make ahead and use for a quick dinner or an impressive dessert in no time at all.  Trust me, you will feel like a Food Network Star after making a Galette.

The Dough

1 1/2 cup All purpose Flour

1 1/2 Teaspoon Turbinado Sugar (Raw Sugar)

1 Teaspoon Salt

1 Stick of Unsalted Butter - Chilled

1/3 Cup Ice Water

Mix the dry ingredients in a food processor with the chopping blade attached.  Add the unsalted butter and pulse 4 or 5 times or until the butter and dry ingredients make a cornmeal looking mix.  Slowly add the ice water pulsing the food processor a few times with each little bit added.  The dry mix will start to pull together and you will know it is done when you can grab a little bit of the mix and form a course ball.

Once the dough is perfect, dump the crumbles onto the counter and press into a ball.  Place inside a plastic bag and press the dough into a medium sized flat disc.  Refrigerate the dough for at least one hour.  The dough will keep for up to a week in the fridge or it can be frozen for a month.

After the dough is chilled, take a piece of parchment paper and place the dough disc in the center.   Cover with another piece of parchment paper and with a rolling pin, roll the dough into a circle about 14 inches around.  Lift off the top piece of parchment and set aside.  Now your Galette dough is ready for it's filling!

Let's Talk Fillings

You can use all kinds of fruits for your Galette.  The key is to add enough flour and sugar for the different fruits.  The juicier the fruits, strawberries or raspberries you will need to add a little more flour to the filling mix, while apples or pears you will need less.  Always dot the mixture with butter and bake at 400 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown.

For KUTV's Fresh Living we are making a Harvest Pear and Cranberry Galette.  I love this harvest pie!  We have it every Thanksgiving and I know it will be one you will love too.

You will need....

4 to 5 Pears

1/2 Cup Turbinado Sugar

1/4 Cup Flour

2 Teaspoons Apple Pie Seasoning

1/3 Cup Sweetened Dried Cranberries

1/2 Cup of Butter Slices

Half and core the pears.  Slice thin 1/8" slices leaving the skins on.  Toss in bowl with other ingredients except the butter.  Place in center of the Galette dough and spread out leaving two inches all the way around the pastry.  

To form the Galette, lift the edges of the dough and tuck it all the way around.  Don't worry about it being perfect, it is supposed to look rustic.  Brush with egg white and sprinkle with the Turbinado Sugar.

Bake at 400 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.  Let cool 100%.  Drizzle with honey and serve with fresh cream.

Some of my other favorites are Peach and Berry Galettes, and Mushroom Leek and Goat Cheese Galettes.  There are so many different variations of this rustic pie.  I hope you enjoy this recipe and use it well.  

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Framed Barn Quilt Kits

We are so excited to share our new product, our Barn Quilt Block Kits!  We have so many requests from barn quilters and sign makers who love the look of our wood panel framed signs, but couldn't find them on the market.  

So, we went to the shop and created a lightweight solid wood kit that is pre-sanded and ready to paint.  The back panel sets inside the frame and comes out for painting.  You can either stain or paint the frame any color you want.  They come in four sizes from a little bitty  9" to a whopping 24" and the prices are outrageously affordable.  I love when we can do that!

They are available online in The Shop and ready to ship.  I am so excited to get painting those littles and the big one, I even have some embroidery plans for them, so keep watching for the posts.  

If you are in the AZ area, we will have a ton of them at the Pinners Conference on October 6th & 7th.  We will be teaching our How to Paint a Barn Quilt class on Saturday morning and will both painted barn quilts and kits for sale.  We hope to see you there!  

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