Friday, May 27, 2011

Margaret's Weight

With Memorial Day weekend upon us and with schools being out, for most people, this is the official first week of Summer! YEAH! My son also passed geometry and will be a senior next year! 

I wasn't going to have any new sets this week, but I was inspired by a little sentiment I had gotten from a friend & reposted on Facebook a few days ago. I couldn't resist creating a design that would match the quote (paraphrased, of course) and have just finished up a new Margaret set that is sure to spark a conversation and bring you laughter.
Margaret's Weight

Price: $15.97

Sale: $5.97 Limited Time Only!!
Save: 63% off

* 4 Margaret designs in fill & redwork for the 4x4 & 5x7 hoops
* 1 - 5x7 "Soap" sentiment & in 3 parts for the 4x4
* 3- 4x4 sentiments
* 23 Designs Total
Margaret's back and she's here to inspire your workout goals. Well she's trying anyway! You'll not find this set anywhere else! Stitch her on gym bags, t-shirt and totes & make everyone smile at the gym!
Special pricing is through 5/31 only!

Creamy Coconut Cake

I've actually had this County Fair award winning recipe posted on my Yahoo group for a while, but wanted to share it here too because it's a family favorite!

I don't have any photos of ones I've done in the past for 4th of July and other special holidays, but you can have lots of fun with the coconut topping by adding a little food coloring.  Decide what colors you want, and divide your coconut into Ziploc baggies. Add a few drops of food coloring to each bag and mix well to color the coconut. Then take a toothpick and draw your pattern in the cool whip and then sprinkle the colored coconut in the designated areas.

My favorite one to do is a U.S. Flag. For Easter, it's fun to do a colored egg with the kids.
You're only limited by your imagination!
Delicious, Moist and so VERY Yummy!

If you'd like to give this recipe a try, just click HERE to download in PDF format.
And if you decide to get creative, please email your photos to me and I'll post them here!
Have fun and enjoy!

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

Around here, you don't kick off the first official weekend of summer without my Mom's Strawberry Banana Ice Cream and of course 4th of July just isn't the same without Mom making it! This is a treat that we all look forward to every Summer and I can remember my Dad hand cranking a huge container of ice cream. Thank goodness for the electric ice cream freezers!
Although hand cranking an ice cream freezer would be a wonderful workout for the upper arms! : ) Hmmm wonder if my Dad still has that???

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream
3 pints heavy whipping cream, whipped (do not substitute)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract ( I use 2 tablespoons)
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 container frozen sliced strawberries (I like unsweetened)
3-4 large fresh bananas, sliced and dipped in lemon juice to prevent browning.

Mix sweetened condensed milk and vanilla, fold in the whipped cream, strawberries and bananas.
Pour into a 1 gallon ice cream freezer and use whole milk if needed to fill to line.

If you're using a smaller ice cream freezer and have extra ice cream, pour into a freezer proof container and freeze till firm (about 4-6 hours).

We also love peach ice cream with fresh or frozen peaches. Just substitute the peaches for the strawberries, omit the bananas and add a 1 teaspoon almond extract.


Sample Designs

If you happen to have missed any of the letters from the 5x7 Curly Q Appliqué Alpha. it can be purchased from our website, The Country Needle Embroidery Designs

Happy Mother's Day!  Click here to download.


Friday, May 20, 2011

Baby Stitcheries with Word Art

Spring seems to bring with it an abundance of bouncing babies. It seems every time I turn around someone has announced the birth of a precious little one and I'm needing something for making quick gifts. So whether you or someone you know is expecting a bouncing baby girl or a bouncing baby boy, I hope you'll find that the two new sets this week will meet your needs. I'm a "font" freak, so I had lots of fun with the word art. I hope you enjoy stitching them out as much as I did in creating them.

Baby Boy Stitcheries

Price: $12.97

Sale: $7.78
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5 - Prim Stitch Designs in 4x4 & 5x7
4 - 4x4 Baby Word Art
This Baby Boy Stichery set is quick to stitch & great for anything Baby! Change the colors and mix and match the prim designs with the Baby Girl Stitchery set for even more options!
14 designs total.
Baby Girl Stitcheries

Price: $12.97

Sale: $7.78
Save: 40% off

4 - Prim Stitch Designs in 4x4 & 5x7
6 - 4x4 Baby Word Art
This Baby Girl Stichery set is quick to stitch & great for anything Baby! Change the colors and mix and match the prim designs with the Baby Boy Stitchery set above or perhaps use with our Butterfly Stitcheries set for even more options! There's a sample for you to download too!  14 designs total.

Happy Stitching!
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Friday, May 13, 2011

Stella & Gus Tidbits 01

Gus and Stella are back this week for a bit of fun. Always harassing each other, I can't help but smile or giggle whenever these two get together. 40 designs complete this week's newest set. There are a couple that my hubby and I can relate too. But though Gus may let Stella sleep, around here it's most definitely the other way around as I always let Grumpy sleep! 8-)
Stella & Gus Tidbits 01

Price: $15.97

Sale: $9.58
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7 Gus & Stella in fill & redwork for the 4x4 & 5x7 hoops & 1 Bonus design also in fill & redwork for the 4x4 & 5x7.

This set also includes 8 separate sentiments for the 4x4 hoop so you can mix and match and use with or without.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Nathenia's Hummingbird

A couple of years ago as a birthday gift, my youngest daughter and my daughter-n-law paid for me to get a tattoo. I'd always wanted one, but until then, never had the guts to have it done. I just knew that if I ever got one, it would of course be a hummingbird and it would be in an inconspicuous location where I could either hide it or show it off!
Though it might have taken most of my adult lifetime to get the tattoo, it only took me two years to finally get around to digitizing the artwork. LOL, after I had the hummingbird stitched out and was showing my hubby, this is what he had to say; "So if you ever decide you want another tattoo, all I have to do is stick you in the embroidery machine?? Can we say OUCH!!!
Nathenia's Hummingbird

Price: $15.97

Sale: $7.99
Save: 50% off

This set includes two realistic hummingbirds and two trumpet vine flowers in fill and redwork for both the 4x4 and 5x7 hoops as well two hummingbird and flower combo designs in filled and redwork for the 5x7 hoops. Create wonderful arrangements with the single and combo designs for quilts and tote bags. The 4x4 redwork designs also stitch wonderfully on cardstock for even more unique creations. 18 designs total.

And in case you're wondering, here's what the tattoo version looks like:
Don't forget to visit the Samples page to download a hummingbird Mother's Day design.
Have a wonderful weekend and as always....
Happy Stitching!