Tuesday, November 29, 2011

BARBARA'S hotti biscotti

Remember these ladies from our January 25th post.  Barbara made all of the aprons for their Pie Social.  Well she has gone and tied her apron strings to the launch of a new biscotti business.  She at one time lived in Italy. . . and it shows.  Love women with finesse.  
Fantastic website where you can order your own, read her story, and get inspired.   
Just go to:  Barbara's hotti biscotti   
Seems like the perfect Holiday Gift idea.  She recently had a booth at the San Jose Harvest Festival.
Enjoy the pictures below.
Good Find!
Barbara and her daughter in the booth
The Baker Woman herself

Saturday, November 26, 2011

ThanksGiving Winner

The Follower that was picked in our drawing to receive the free Santa On The Way kit was. .
And thanks to all for joining us.
We'll see what we can cook up for our next give-away.  Next week is nearly here and as promised we'll do one per week til mid December.  This is fun.

Sunday, November 20, 2011


Woolbert is anxious to get this free kit on its way so we are going to do the drawing on Wednesday evening. 
 For this week's give-away we want to Give Thanks to those of you that have signed on as  Followers to our blog.  There is still time to sign up over there to the right.  
The winner will receive our Santa on the Way pattern PLUS a kit to make the black Bellringer you see on the left in the pattern picture.
The KIT is for the Bellringer only, but the pattern in the kit does include the stocking as well.   Thanks to all.
                                                     Woolbert and Reets

Saturday, November 19, 2011


Gone so much I miss most of our local guild meetings but my friend Sue and I were very happy we were able to attend this one.   An evening of demos.  The quilter-wanna-be, that's me, learned a very useful block that I will incorporate into the baby quilts for the expected twin grandchildren.  First ones!  Yippee.  Youngest son the first to have children...you don't get to choose the order you just make the quilt(s).  Here is the informative evening in pics.  Click for big.
Robin does her magic
with four 5" squares

So much prettier than my photo

  1.  Begin with four 5" squares seamed together.  Cut 1 1/4" away from center seam as shown.      Best to place on small mat for rotating ease.  Rotate your mat in quarter turns making the same cut each time.
  2. Now, leaving center and outer corners where they are, rotate all four inner rectangles l80 degrees.
  3. Next sew it all back together and there you have it...a Simply wonderful block.

 Connie showed us how to use the Guild's AccuQuilt to cut many different shapes.  We were so surprised to see that it even cut notches for matching up pieces.   

Kim - Queen of Thangles
LOVED Thangles - great hopes now
for all sizes of the half square triangle.

Gotta get some Thangles - all sizes!

Nancy did beautiful hand painted cards and painted fabric as well . . assisted with her can of shaving cream.  Yes, shaving cream.   Amazing.  My close-ups too blurry..sorry.  Loved that she emphasized the ease with which children become artists using these methods.  Fun too!

Susan was very artful as she demoed some quick gift bows out of various ribbons and laces.  Just in time!

Thank you so much gals!

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Me..Woolbert again.  I have to tell ya. . . it iS nearly ThanksGIVING afterall so when Reets handed me just one number out of her big winner's bowl I had to just shake my head.
REALLY?  ONE winner Reets?   So thank me later I drew out two more numbers.  (They don't call me warm and wonderful for nothing ya know).   And furthermore, 
will be a wool kit and I will draw the winner from the Followers of my....er...I guess that's Reets' . . and my Blog.  The followers are over there to the right if you want to jump in.

Okay Woolbert...May I please say a few things before I announce the winners.  He is just a huge bit bossy . . but oh so sweet.  Just a couple of things first.
We found some small and large glass charms that delighted us.  On our website we have opened
You will find the charms available there.  Soon we will be adding some handmade items and other goodies.  So keep your eye on our website, Reets Rags To Stitches.
I am sincere when I say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of your comments.  I would read one and say, "oh YES...that is my favorite thing about the holidays too!!"  I said it again for the next, the next and you understand I'm sure..do read them.   Thank you all for sharing and joining in the fun.
I will try to have a Give-Away every week until mid December.  Won't always have time to send out a notice to our email list so just keep in touch here for the announcements.
OKAY...Do not have the email address for the 3 winners so you will have to Contact Me and give me your full names and addresses.   Be sure to go to our Christmas Pattern Page  and pick out your free Christmas Pattern.
Woolbert and I drew these three numbers.  I will also add some words from your comment so we all match up and get the right winners. Thanks to All and Congratulations to:
  1. COMMENT #9 - Cathy said.."My favorite thing about the holidays is time spent with family."
  2. COMMENT #17 - Cathy Lynn said.."I love sitting in the company of the lighted Christmas tree..."
  3. COMMENT #31 -Anonymous signed Pat - "I get a thrill from making something new for the house or the tree.."

These coming weeks of Holiday season. . . 
Keep it breezy and easy and Joyful and Peaceful .

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Well ok maybe a few more words about the One Word.
just One Word.

Sunday, November 13, 2011


Get the hot chocolate brewing and be ready to stitch up a stocking or two, a Santy, or whatever you choose.  If you are the winner in our drawing you can take the Polar Express on over to our website and pick out a free Holiday pattern.  
If you leave a comment here - has to be on this post - before
Midnight - November 16
I will pop your name into me Santy cap for the drawing.
The comment should mention your favorite thing about the Holiday Season.
Wish you all good luck!
Winner will be announced November 17. 

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Saying goodbye to 2011 shows.  All Done.  Couldn't have done it without all of you that were able to visit our booths and I sincerely thank you.  Now..can someone please hand me my sewing machine.  I do love to do shows and I do love to get home.  Thought some of you that are unable to make it to the west coast might like a little booth tour.  As you might guess each takes many hours to set up but you can take the tour in a jiffy!

Fun Charms

Luscious Little Hand Dyeds
See all of you show goers in 2012!