Georgia Pinners Conference

It's Pinners week!  We are so excited to be loading our van and driving out to Georgia for this week's Pinners Conference in Atlanta.  We love our Georgia Pinners friends and can't wait to join you this Friday and Saturday March 11th and 12th at the Cobb Galleria Centre.  We will be teaching three amazing classes this year.  

We will be teaching our How to Paint a Barn Quilt class on Saturday at 4:00.  The Farmer's Daughter is the barn quilt we will be making, one of my all time favorites.   In the class we will be covering how to draw a pattern, how to paint a barn quilt, and our unique finishing techniques that give your barn quilts the perfectly vintage look we are known for.  

You will also have the chance to paint with our gel-chalk paint, our Prairie Paints.  We can't wait to paint a hundred barn quilts in an hour with you.  In addition to the best class, we will also be giving away one gorgeous barn quilt.  We can't tell you which one, but be sure it is amazing!  We have plenty of kits and our classroom is be assured there is a place for you.

How to Paint a Barn Quilt
Pinners Conference - Georgia
Saturday, March 12th 
at 4:00 in Room 1

Our next class in the Field of Flowers Beginning Embroidery Class.  I lovvvve this class!  We cover all the beginning stitches while embroidering a darling little field garden of flowers.  If you have never embroidered before or if you want a refresher, or just love embroidery...this is the class for you!  We have lots of kits and are excited to have you join us.

Field of Flowers Embroidery 
Pinners Conference - Georgia
Friday, March 11th
at 11:00 in Room 3

I'm saving the best for last!  On Saturday morning, we are teaching my all time favorite Pinners class, the Flourish Rubber Stamp Carving Class.  This class is so much fun!  You will learn how to carve a block of rubber into a floral stamp that you can use to make cards, gift paper, and even your own fabric panels.  

Flourish Rubber Stamp Carving 
Pinners Conference - Georgia
Saturday, March 12th
at 10:00 in Room 6

What I love the most about this class is how unique everyone's stamps are.  We begin the class with carving techniques and everyone begins carving.  By the time we finish everyone had a beautiful stamp that was uniquely theirs's.  It's so true that no two flowers are the same, just as we are all one of  kind.  It's a great class, and we know you will love it!  Come join us Saturday morning!

As I'm finishing this post, my husband came to tell me the car is loaded and we are ready to go.  We love teaching at Pinners Conference's .  We've been teaching with them for five years and have met so many of you from all corner's of the country.  It is an amazing conference which leaves you renewed and happy.  All the classes, all the's so much fun.  

If you need a ticket go to Pinners Conference and get a class pass.  We have room in our classes and kits waiting for you!  This year you can save on your admission by donating to a good cause too, check out their site for details.  We hope to see you this coming weekend in Georgia! 

For those of you who can't make it, there is a discount code all week Pinners20 to save 20% on all we can all celebrate, dream and create together, no matter where we are.  xo

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New Spring Barn Quilts

The colors of spring are beginning to burst around our mountains which have inspired two new spring barn quilts for 2022.  The Plum Creek and Carolina Lily Barn Quilts are painted with our vintage paint collection, Prairie Paints.  Available in many sizes with framing options make these perfect for outdoors, front porches and homes. 

Plum Creek Barn Quilt

The Plum Creek Barn Quilt was inspired by the colors that line the creek bed of our mountain home. Beautiful deep plums, soft neutrals.  So pretty together.  It comes without a frame, painted on reclaimed wood and sealed for indoor or outdoor use.  Frames and custom colors are available upon request.  

Carolina Lily Barn Quilt

The traditional quilt block, Carolina Lily has found it's home at Tweetle Dee!  I have long loved this design and have painted it in many of our Prairie Paints, but have not listed it for commissions until now.  We are excited to have this framed barn quilt join the Tweetle Dee Barn Quilt Collection, and is ready for orders to arrive for spring.  Custom colors can be chosen from our Prairie Paints in Our Shop.  This barn quilt will be coming soon in a pattern and kit, so join our newsletter to get special pricing when they arrive!

As the snow melts off and the colors of spring arrive, we hope you find a renewal too.  These two new barn quilt designs bring a little joy to us as we paint them for you.  We love seeing orders come in with special requests for colors and even more as you place orders for paints and supplies to paint your own beautiful barn quilts.  They bring a relief and some joy to our hearts and we hope yours too.  xo

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Oh Honey Bread

Bread baking was one of my first hobbies.  I loved being in our big kitchen on the farm.  It was a kitchen my grandmother had saved for and renovated in the 50's.  The farmhouse itself was built in the 1800's, with the original kitchen being in the back of the home.  As it grew, the white metal cabinets of the 50's sat along side the hand built wood cabinets and the old clawfoot tub that had been in that same kitchen for generations. 

As a young teen I wanted to bake and in this kitchen was a Hoosier Cabinet with a flour sifter that I loved to "play" with.  All of the baking ingredients we needed were in that cabinet and the cold storage box under the big window, a favorite sitting place for all of us.  We could sit and watch the grown-ups cook, laugh, and work together while gazing out across the orchard.  

In that old kitchen was a three gallon metal bucket with a turned handle dough kneading hook.  It looked like a well loved piece, with bots of dark patina over the aged silver.  It must have been the first "automatic" bread maker.  I would turn the crank with no dough inside just to watch the hook twirl and spin, but when the Honey Dough was in there, the fun doubled.

I'm not sure where this recipe came from because we have used it since I was little.  Lots of good flour, butter and honey, and a little patience make for the best white bread loaf you will ever taste.  The dough looks like a work of art.  It is so spongy and golden from the color of honey.  Time letting it rise three times makes the bread extra light and soft.  Good quality flour, sifted makes the bread sliceable for sandwiches or a soft slab of hot butter.

Honey Bread

3 Cups Warm Water
3 Tablespoons Honey
2.5 Tablespoons of Active Dry Yeast

1. Mix the water, honey and yeast in a large room temperature bowl.  Cover and set aside until it activates and is foamy.

2 Tablespoon of Grey Salt
1/4 Cup Honey
1/4 Cup Melted Butter
4 Cups of Sifted Unbleached Flour

2.  Add the Salt, Butter, Honey and Flour to the yeast mixture.  Mix with a dough hook or wooden spoon.  The dough will be soft sticky.  Incorporate all the flour in together and pull into a sticky ball.  Cover and let rise for one hour.

2 1/2 Cups of Sifted Unbleached Flour

3.  Punch down the sticky dough and pull away from sides with a dough hook.  Add the flour extra flour one half cup at a time until the dough becomes soft and can be formed into a ball.  Keep the dough barely sticky and soft.  

3.  Add dough to a mixer to knead for 5 minutes or knead by hand on an oiled surface for ten minutes.

4.  Place dough back into bowl and let rise for another hour.

5.  Softly punch down and separate into two or three loaves.  Form dough into a loaf form.  Lightly drop dough once on the counter to remove air pockets.  

6.  Place dough in a oiled bread pan and let rise a half hour.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minuets or until golden on top.

7.  Remove from pan and let cool on a cooling rack.  

8.  Brush with melted butter and honey.  Let cool if you have the patience.  If not. lightly slice and serve with soft butter.

If you have baked this recipe and love it as much as I do, take a picture and tag me on Instagram @tweetledeedesignco.  I would love to see pictures of you making and sharing your bread with your family and friends.  There is something so "sweet" and simple about a loaf of homemade bread.  It is healing to make, eat and share.  

Sending love and hope for a joyful day!  xo

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