June 28, 2015

New Patterns & Yummy Recipe!


This weekend was so enjoyable!  We spent most of yesterday in the garden!  For some odd reason my marigolds were not growing well in my side gardens.  So out they went and zinnias replaced them!  

After we finished, we cleaned up and headed to the local pre 4th of July celebration in our neighboring suburb!  We weren't there long as we had to pick up our girls from a birthday party & at Zero Gravity!  But we still enjoyed the sights & smells of the fair!

I've also recived some new pattern covers!  Here are a couple new patterns that will soon be ready!  

I'm also looking for some fun recipes for a bridal shower I'm hosting!  I came across this one and thought I'd share it with you!  Enjoy!


June 24, 2015

Summerthyme Blog Hop Wraps Up! My day!



 Welcome to the final day of our wonderful Summerthyme Blog Hop! 
First off, I would like to thank each of the other designers for joining in and taking time out of their busy schedules to create a free design for you, work through the kinks (as we always seem to have something come up) - especially when it comes to formatting the artwork.... and share a family favorite recipe with you! 
Without you designers...
there would be no hop! 
 
I would also like to thank each of YOU readers for stopping by!  I know many of you waited with anticipation for each new day of the hop!  I am so glad you all have been enjoying it... and also enjoying getting to know each of us designers a bit more! 
Please, please, make sure and give them thanks and/or follow our blogs!  We really do appreciate your support and really need to know if this is something worth doing for you!  Without hearing from you or liking our blogs... we really have no clue!  And - a lot of work really does go into this (even though we make it look easy!!! LOL!).  So please share and help spread the word about our fantastic blog hop! 
We LOVE sharing & creating for you all!!!
 
Up today is me, Miss Buttermilk Basin! 
I, too, have been waiting patiently to share my day/project with each of you!  Each of the past 9 days felt like a mini party here in blogland!  We  enjoyed numerous mediums of handwork, shared some delicious recipes and we also learned who has a green thumb and does not!!! {LOL!}... and most importantly, we have had fun & got inspired! 
So...let's continue celebrating with my scrumptious "No Bake" Banana Split Dessert Recipe & my darling Americana wool pillow tuck I created just for you!  It will be perfect to stitch up while enjoying some porch sitting
{of course, with a nice mason jar full of Sheri's FAV summer beverage!}  I hope you enjoy my day & project... Have a wonderful summer filled with lots of memories!
 
PS:  Don't forget to follow me on Instagram (I post there a LOT!), Facebook, (I post daily & give away goods weekly each "LUCKY" Friday!) and on my website (always posting new designs & the FREE "Mystery" BOM!)... 
 
My Complimentary Pattern:

Please click the link to print off the pattern! Enjoy!


Here are my thoughts on summer!
Favorite Summer Memory:
Toss up between attending the Roseau County Fair (exhibiting in 4-H) & sitting on the porch with my Great Grandma Lily watching the vehicles go by.  We would take turns pretending to get one of the cars that drove by!  We sure would get some good laughs about some of "our" cars!!!  It was awesome, too, seeing the "big" fair trucks with the rides coming to town! 
Pretty big thing for a small town!
On the 4th of July we:
Start the day off with a parade... and end with fireworks in our front yard with the neighbors! 
(I love the snakes that grow & smoke!!! LOL!)
Green Thumb or Not? 
Yes!  Not half as good as my mother & grandmas though!  I am not as patient as they are.  But I am working on enjoying the growth process!  I just redid my memory garden in honor of my mother... Here is the start of it!
 
Favorite Fair Food:
Tie: Cheese Curds & Crepes!
Favorite Summer Drink & Farmer’s Market Find:
Raspberry Lemonade & rhubarb at the Farmer's Market!  Love me some rhubarb! 
Summer Designs You are Working on:
NONE!  I am skipping summer and going right to the Autumn in the Country Barn Event & the Caribbean Cruise projects for the February!!
Favorite Quote:
 
 
NOTE:  Use 1/2 cup of butter & 1/4 cup of sugar. 
We also used 4 bananas and graham cracker crumbs on the top instead of walnuts!






June 23, 2015

Welcome to day 9 of the Summerthyme Blog Hop! 
 
Wow!  Is this hop going fast!  Today I am switching up and having Sheri from Calico Moon share her blog day with you and I will be wrapping up the hop tomorrow with my design~! 
I hope you have been enjoying it and showing your support by liking our blogs!  We really do appreciate your support as we give you each super fun complimentary designs! 
 
In case you missed Gail, from Gail Pan Designs project... here it is!  Isn't it cute!?  This is a great pillow that you can keep out all year long!  How perfect!!!  She also has a great recipe for dipped berries on her page as well for you to enjoy!
Up next is Sheri from Calico Moon!  I have already seen her project and it is perfect for the 4th!  She has two versions!  So fun!
 
Here are Sheri's thoughts on summer!
 
On the 4 th of July we:
 Hang at home, Dan fires up the grill and we can see fireworks right from our yard!  Our dogs are not real found of the noise and fireworks, last year we had 4 fun-filled evenings of fireworks in the neighborhood!
 
Green thumb or no?
I definitely have a green thumb!  Just harvested about 4 large baskets of lavender which I dry and use in my closets and drawers.  My lamb's ear creeps out of allthe beds into the yard, I just clip the grass around it and let it spread!!  I have to watch when my husband cuts the grass cause he will run over it.  He calls it a weed! I would love a yard with no grass and all plants and flowers.  We planted tomatoes, peppers and zucchini this year down our new fence, and I have volunteer pumpkins coming up from my compost pile! Cannot wait to see what grows!!
 
My favorite summer drink:
My recipe and my favorite farmers stand buy is SWEET CORN!!!
 
Favorite fair food:  
Corndogs with mustard
 
Summer designs you are working on:  
Just got back from 2 weeks at the beach, so I have a couple of drawings, but since I got back we have been busy at the shop!  
 
Favorite Quote:
Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.  

 
Please click the link(s) and head over to her pages for the recipe & projects!  Enjoy!
 

June 22, 2015

Happy Monday! More blog hop fun from Meg & Gail!

Happy Monday!  How cute were the designs from the hop over the weekend from Lori & Meg from Crabapple Hill!  I have fond memories of riding my little trike as a little girl!  I think I might even have some pictures of my girls riding their trikes when they were little waving the flags on the 4th!  Very sweet design!  I have also seen a few cross stitch pieces already made up from Lori of Notforgotten Farm.  I do not cross stitch - but I am loving that little key fob!!!!
This weekend we also took in the Back to the 50's Car Show at the MN State Fairground.  I had never been to that so we decided to take the girls and head down to check it out & see all the cars!  Let me tell you - we did not even make a dent at looking at all the cars!  It was amazing and soooo much to take in.  If you are a car lover and ever get the opportunity - you really should plan to come and spend the weekend at the show!  Plus... they open up many of the state fair food stands!  It was such a gorgeous day out too!  Here are a few picks of the old, vintage & rusty trucks that caught my eye!  These were few and far between but their patina was amazing!
 
 

Up next is Gail from Gail Pan Designs.  Here are a few tidbits about summer/gardening from her!  Sounds like she has a keeper (her hubby) who does all the gardening!  Lucky girl!!!!
 
Favorite Summer Memory: 
Playing under the sprinkler on a really hot day!!
Green Thumb or Not?
Not.....hubby does the gardening.. I'll pick flowers though!!
Favorite Fair Food:
Fairy Floss (cotton candy in the US)
Favorite Summer Drink & Farmer’s Market Find:
Homemade lemonade....and hot jam donuts!!
Summer Designs You are Working on:
Trying to do a new BOM for the seasons!!

Please click the link and head on over to Gail's blog for the her pattern for the hop!


 
June 15-25 will feature...
Cheri * Quilts by Cheri
Debbie * Wooden Spool Designs
Tracy * Plum Cute Designs
Ali * Ali Strebel Designs
Kathy * The Cottage at Cardiff Farms
Lori * Notforgotten Farm
Meg * Crabapple Hill
Gail * Gail Pan Designs
Stacy * Buttermilk Basin
Sheri * Calico Moon

 

June 21, 2015

Blog Hopping, Planting & Missing my Momma!

Welcome back for another day of our Summerthyme Blog Hop!
Yesterday's project was so sweet!  Lori from Notforgotten Farm designed a scissor key fob!  How perfect for you handwork gals who love to do cross stitch!  If you haven't got back into cross stitch... this would be a great project to start with!  It is very doable!

Switching gears...Yesterday was the 1st anniversary of my mother's passing.... and today we celebrated the life of my neighbor, Jeff.  I can't believe how different life is without mom.  I'm still very emotional and still miss her dearly!  Our neighborhood is also different without Jeff!  He was such a funny & kind hearted guy!  So hard loosing such amazing people in our lives... trying to find comfort in knowing that they are both in peace & pain free...  

Today I finally took time to plant my flowers in pots to place in my vintage piece that was given to me by an awesome customer, April!  I love it and still am amazed she had no use for it!  I'm happy to put it to good use!  I can't wait to see the flowers grow & fill in!  Don't you just love it?!!!!

Before I send you on your way to Meg's website, I will share Kathy's & Meg's recipes with you!  I know many of you are printing off the recipes to add to your collection~so here are their's to enjoy!  They are both keepers!!!

June 15-25 will feature...
Cheri * Quilts by Cheri
Debbie * Wooden Spool Designs
Tracy * Plum Cute Designs
Ali * Ali Strebel Designs
Kathy * The Cottage at Cardiff Farms
Lori * Notforgotten Farm
Meg * Crabapple Hill
Gail * Gail Pan Designs
Stacy * Buttermilk Basin
Sheri * Calico Moon

Hope you continue to enjoy the hop!!!  Please cut & paste the link...and head over to Meg's blog for her complimentary design!

www.crabapplehillstudio.com

June 20, 2015

Saturday Blog Hopping!!!!

Happy Saturday!   
I hope you're looking for a new project to start on because this hop has some quick and easy designs that can be made in an afternoon this weekend!  If you're going to the lake... Just print off the patterns, grab your supplies and stitch away!  The gals really have designed some fabulous projects this round!!!

Wasn't Kathy's project great!  A strawberry needle case! It's be fun having some summer inspired projects in this hop!  Typically, we tend to go design more for fall & winter so this hop has been so refreshing!  I hope you're enjoying it!  

I'm also excited to enjoy today's day with designer Lori, from Notforgotten Farm!  I know she's an avid handwork gal so I know it's going to be a fun one!  I am hoping she shares some pics of her gardens!  She has numerous gardens and has a husband who loves to get out and work with her in them!  I'm excited!!! Here's Lori's thoughts on summer!

Favorite Summer Memory: 
Playing on the shoreline in Connecticut, walking in the sand & collecting seashells…oh how I miss that! but I still have my shell collections ~

Usually shoot off a couple of fireworks, fire up the grill and make our favorite foods ~ My Mom famous Cole Slaw is a staple for our Summertime dining, and I'm sharing that recipe with you below :)

Green Thumb or Not?   
 Yes, green thumb {thankfully} Peter & I both love to work in our veggie/flower/herb gardens ~ we actually just put in a kitchen garden right out our back door so we have easy access to our fresh home-grown goodness ~

Favorite Fair Food: 
Funnel Cakes & Candy Apples…oh & Kettle Corn too!

Favorite Summer Drink & Farmer’s Market Find: 
We make freshly sun-brewed Iced Tea with fresh mint from our garden ~ nothing says Summer more than that to us….we have a few local Farmers Markets nearby where we can purchase local honey ~ to sweeten our iced tea of course :)

Summer Designs You are Working on:
 In the Summer, I work on Autumn/Winter designs, so at the moment I am in-between projects…

Favorite Quote:
My Favorite Quote is actually an Old English rhyme, and it goes:
 What do you suppose?
a bees sat on my nose.
Then what do you think?
she gave me a wink…
and said "I beg your pardon,
I thought You were the Garden!"

June 15-25 will feature...
Cheri * Quilts by Cheri
Debbie * Wooden Spool Designs
Tracy * Plum Cute Designs
Ali * Ali Strebel Designs
Kathy * The Cottage at Cardiff Farms
Lori * Notforgotten Farm
Meg * Crabapple Hill
Gail * Gail Pan Designs
Stacy * Buttermilk Basin
Sheri * Calico Moon

Please cut & paste the link...and head over to Lori's blog for a great design!

www.farmhousenotforgotten.blogspot.com



June 18, 2015

Our Blog Hop is BUZZIN!

Welcome everyone to another fantastic day on our Summerthyme Blog Hop! 
Our hop is "buzzing" full of fun patterns to make while sippin' lemonade out on the patio this summer!  I know all the bees would love to nest in this darling beeskep from Ali of Ali Strebel Designs.  It is simply adorable!  So get out your punch needle and start punching away!!!!  Don't forget to check the links from the other 4 days!
 
 
Up next is Kathy from The Cottage at Cardiff Farms!  This is a great time of year for Kathy.  She is busy with her orchard and gardens... I can only imagine how beautiful they are.  Here are her thoughts on summer...
 

Favorite Summer Memory:  
Long days and staying out past dark.
 
On the 4th of July we:  
BBQ and always find a great place to watch fireworks
 
Green Thumb or Not?:  
Yes, I think I must have been born with a green thumb, I can not ever remember not wanting to dig in the dirt.  We have an orchard, raised bed vegetable and herb gardens and flowers surrounding our home.  I am a canner and love it when the fruit ripens and I can find time to pick and made jams. 
 
Favorite Fair Food:  
Hot dogs and fresh cooked popcorn
 
Favorite Summer Drink & Farmer’s Market Find:  My favorite summer drink is ice cold fresh squeezed lemonade.  I love going to the Farmer’s Market and looking for anything I don’t grow myself and home made cheeses.
 
Summer Designs You are Working on:  
Working on a collection of new flower and fruits for something fun in the future.
 
Favorite Quote:  
Find beauty in things that are odd and imperfect….they are much more interesting.

June 15-25 will feature...
Cheri * Quilts by Cheri
Debbie * Wooden Spool Designs
Tracy * Plum Cute Designs
Ali * Ali Strebel Designs
Kathy * The Cottage at Cardiff Farms
Lori * Notforgotten Farm
Meg * Crabapple Hill
Gail * Gail Pan Designs
Stacy * Buttermilk Basin
Sheri * Calico Moon

 Please click the link and head over to Kathy's blog for another great project!  Enjoy!
 

What will Day 4's Blog Hop Project be???

Welcome to day 4 of the
Summerthyme Blog Hop!
Yesterday brought a delightful stitchery pattern from Tracy, Plum Cute Designs! 
 
So that makes day 1 a quilt, day 2 a wool project and day 3 a stitchery project!  What a fantastic variety!  I can't wait to see what Ali has designed for us!
 
Today was my husband and I celebrated 20 years of wedded bliss!  I honestly can't believe we have been married that long!  The time has flown by!  Here is a pic of my roses he bought for me!  There are 20!  SOOO gorgeous!  Then we headed downtown to St. Paul to a fav restaurant of ours... Pazzaluna's!  They have fabulous gnocchi's!  

Tomorrow we will be off for a full filled day with 15 additional teenagers to celebrate my daughter's sweet 16th birthday!  It is a full day of events!  We choose to make memories together rather then have a big party.  It starts with breakfast at Mickey's Diner downtown and then will be followed with a scavenger hunt and more... Should be fun!
 
Up next is Ali from Ali Strebel Designs!  She has been busy rug hooking it looks like!  I wonder if she will have a hooked design for us?  Here are her thoughts on summer...  Enjoy!
 
Favorite Summer Memory:
Beach vacations with my extended family, last time there were 56 of us!

On the 4th of July we:
Barbecue 

Green Thumb or Not?  
I have cut way back from years past, just add some bright annuals to what I already have growing.

Favorite Fair Food:
Fresh Frozen Lemonade

Favorite Summer Drink & Farmer’s Market Find:
Fresh picked veggies

Summer Designs You are Working on:
Projects for fall workshops.

Favorite Quote:
I have many, but this is on all our books and patterns, May the creations of our hands be a clear reflection of the Creator.
 
Please head over to Ali's blog and check out her fun project!
 
 June 15-25 will feature...
Cheri * Quilts by Cheri
Debbie * Wooden Spool Designs
Tracy * Plum Cute Designs
Ali * Ali Strebel Designs
Kathy * The Cottage at Cardiff Farms
Lori * Notforgotten Farm
Meg * Crabapple Hill
Gail * Gail Pan Designs
Stacy * Buttermilk Basin
Sheri * Calico Moon
 

June 16, 2015

Blog Hop Day 3! Tracy is up!

Happy Blog Hop Day 3! 
So far two fantastic projects!  I am so excited - just like you!  And how cool was Debbie's pin tuffet?  It goes perfectly with my "Mystery" BOM!  Too sweet!  Here is a sneak peek of it!  Be sure to head over to her blog if you haven't already done so and get this little strawberry!

 
Before I forget... I want to make sure and correct the "Mystery" BOM link that was not working for many of you.  Please know the pattern is always on my homepage www.buttermilkbasin.com!  That is the first place you can find it... because I have to put it there to make the link before I can put it anywhere else!  Here it is!

Up next is Tracy from Plum Cute Designs! 
I am sure she also will have a sweet summer design for you all!  Here's her thoughts on summer!  Enjoy!
 
Favorite Summer Memory:
As a kid I loved the middle of the afternoon when we would go buy frozen treats from the ice cream truck.
On the 4th of July we:
Gather with family to swim, bbq, & set off fireworks.
 
Green Thumb or Not? 
Sort of...haven't killed the basil, tomatoes, garlic, or mint yet.
 
Favorite Fair Food:
Kettle corn.
 
Favorite Summer Drink & Farmer’s Market Find:
My favorite summer drink is margaritas.  I love finding tasty olive oils at Farmers Market & hand made soaps.
 
Summer Designs You are Working on:
Summer stitching = fall & Christmas...except for the project for this hop of course!
 
Favorite Quote:
Do small things with great love. Mother Teresa
 
Click her link and head over and see what she has created for you!!!  Be sure to thank the designers for taking time out of their busy schedules to do this!
 
June 15-25 will feature...
Cheri * Quilts by Cheri
Debbie * Wooden Spool Designs
Tracy * Plum Cute Designs
Ali * Ali Strebel Designs
Kathy * The Cottage at Cardiff Farms
Lori * Notforgotten Farm
Meg * Crabapple Hill
Gail * Gail Pan Designs
Stacy * Buttermilk Basin
Sheri * Calico Moon

Mystery Block 6 & Blog Hop Day 2!

Welcome to Day 2 of the Summerthyme Blog Hop!  
It was great having Cheri, from Quilts by Cheri, kick off our hop with a darling flag quilt!  You should be able to whip up that quilt just in time for the 4th of July!  How perfect, too, because it was just Flag Day!  


Up today is Debbie from Wooden Spool ️Designs!   I am excited to see what she has in store for us all!  Here are some of her tidbits about summer....


Favorite Summer Memory: 
My memories of summer as a kid are packing and moving….we did that every summer!! To me it was like a summer adventure….traveling to a new home and getting all set up in a new bedroom. 
 
On the 4th of July we: 
Our July 4th celebrations are BBQ’s, and Local Fireworks with the family
 
Green Thumb or Not?  
I do love to garden. Haven’t been able to much where we live now. Mostly lots of rabbits!! 
 
Favorite Fair Food:
Raspberry Scones, and Elephant Ears
 
Favorite Summer Drink & Farmer’s Market Find: 
Making Sun Tea is always a favorite!! I love all the fresh flowers at the Farmer’s Markets!!! 
 
Summer Designs You are Working on:
I am working on designs to take to my trip to Australia in November. 
 
Favorite Quote:
There is a saying that my best friend has always said to me….”Good Feeling Follow Good Actions”


Here is a delicious recipe I'm looking forward to making from Debbie!  Please print out and save all the recipes so you can enjoy making and sharing them with your family & friends!  Don't forget to head over to her blog for another fantastic fun project!  


http://woodenspooldesigns.blogspot.com




Also, today is the release of our "Mystery" Block 6!  This adorable block was suggested by my neighbor Sally!  She was thinking of strawberries!!!  And since strawberries are in season...how perfect!  I paired the strawberry up with a crow and there you go!  Block 6 is a perfect block to kick off summer!  

As always, please make sure when you are printing off the artwork that your pattern measures about 7 inches tall from the crow's head to the bottom of the strawberry!  Kits will be available tomorrow on the website!  The kits will come with a pack of the small black buttons and one button for the center of the flower!

Here is the link to click and print!  Enjoy! 
 

For more info about the BOM please visit our website at www.buttermilkbasin.com!

 June 15-25 will feature...
Cheri * Quilts by Cheri
Debbie * Wooden Spool Designs
Tracy * Plum Cute Designs
Ali * Ali Strebel Designs
Kathy * The Cottage at Cardiff Farms
Lori * Notforgotten Farm
Meg * Crabapple Hill
Gail * Gail Pan Designs
Stacy * Buttermilk Basin
Sheri * Calico Moon

June 15, 2015

Blog Hop Day 1 * Cheri's Day!

 Welcome to the Summer Thyme Blog Hop! 
For the next 10 days it will be my pleasure to share with you complimentary designs from some of my favorite designers!  We will also be including delicious summer recipes & more fun tidbits about each designer!  Please feel free to share our blog hop with our girlfriends and have them follow along! 
 
Later this afternoon, we will also be releasing our next "Mystery" BOM~!  For those of you who are new to our blog... this is a FREE block of the month that you can get on all our social media outlets as well as our website.  All you do is click the link and print out the design.  We also offer kits on our website for your convenience! 
Here is a sample of last months block!
Also, note we are doing seasonal blogs hops... so be sure to follow our blogs so you can read about our upcoming pattern releases, works in progress, events and more fabulous blog hops! 
Hope you all have a great Monday! 
Let the hop begin!
 
Blog Hop Day 1 
Today we feature Cheri from Quilts by Cheri!  Here are some of Cheri's thoughts on summer...
 
Favorite Summer Memory:
Our annual summer family camping trips to beach and mountains are always memorable!
 
On the 4th of July we:
 
Celebrate with friends & family!
 
Green Thumb or Not? 
No Green Thumb ~ unfortunately my Mother didn't pass that trait to me but I try anyway.
 
Favorite Fair Food:
My favorite fair food hands down is Salt Water Taffy.
 
Favorite Summer Drink & Farmer’s Market Find:
My favorite summer drink would be a Margarita but then that's my favorite drink any season.
 
Summer Designs You are Working on:
Summer sewing is never in the picture but being crafty with my grandkids is, planning projects now!
 
Favorite Quote:
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
                           Albert Einstein

 

Please go visit Cheri's blog to kick off the Summerthyme Hop!!! 
http://quiltsbycheri.blogspot.com/
 
 June 15-25 will feature...
Cheri * Quilts by Cheri
Debbie * Wooden Spool Designs
Tracy * Plum Cute Designs
Ali * Ali Strebel Designs
Kathy * The Cottage at Cardiff Farms
Lori * Notforgotten Farm
Meg * Crabapple Hill
Gail * Gail Pan Designs
Stacy * Buttermilk Basin
Sheri * Calico Moon
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