Friday, May 20, 2016
Recently a brand new designer hit the needlepoint scene and I am LOVING her! 

Lycette Designs creator, Jessica, describes herself as a playful mix of Palm Beach whimsy and New England sensibility and I really think her designs embrace that.

I LOVE the bright and preppy color choices. We all know how much I love the color pink and she does too!

Lycette Designs adopts a more modern outlook on needlepoint and I LOVE that she embraces a little bit of sass and isn't afraid of colorful language.

Another reason that I LOVE Lycette Designs is that she has used the Pepper Pot fibers colors to design her pieces. So everything matches PERFECTLY! It doesn't get much easier than that. 

Which one are you going to stitch first?

Friday, October 2, 2015
I see so many beautiful canvases come across my desk that sometimes it's hard to pick a favorite one. I do know one of my most LOVED designers though; Rebecca Woods!

She has a wide range of designs; from large and complex projects to quick and small weekend stitching. There really is something for everyone and if you like her smaller canvases, you can work your way up to some of the larger ones. 

One of the things I really LOVE about these larger pieces is the attention to detail and vibrant colors! These Easter, Halloween, and Christmas pieces are just a few examples of the larger projects that I LOVE!

If you are looking for a smaller project, I would LOVE to recommend something like this little moose

One other thing that I LOVE about Rebecca Woods are her Christmas designs.  She offers both full stockings and smaller stocking cuffs (to add to your own stocking). How much would your family LOVE seeing either of these on your mantel?

If you are looking for something other than holiday pieces, I LOVE that she has those too! She has this darling little house ornament.

She really such a well rounded designer and I think that's what I LOVE the most.

Lots of Love,

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
I have found the PERFECT summer drink! While looking online for some fresh ideas for a backyard BBQ I came across this video from the Food Network. 

(Photo credit: Food Network)
Watermelon shot glasses!! 

It's taking the quintessential summer food and then making it really fun and I LOVE it! The video shows you how to cut your melon and use a small scoop to make room for the liquid. Such a simple yet brilliant idea. We LOVE that around here.

(Photo credit: Food Network)

Really you could use almost any alcohol in these. I happen to LOVE coconut rum, so that's what we used. Coconut is so tropical that it really fit our summer theme. I imagine this would be good with a vanilla or even a blackberry rum as well. 

(Photo Credit: Captain Morgan)

I LOVED how these tasted and I LOVED being able to present my guests with such a unique and fun drink. Added bonus that I LOVED? Fewer dishes to wash at the end of the night!


Monday, April 6, 2015
What is Laura Loving these days??

These carrot canvases from {Kathy Schenkel} are the prefect thing this time of year!

I really LOVE that the different designs and animals don't make them Easter specific. Summer is garden season so I LOVE that you can use these for two seasons!

Stitch just one...

Or stitch a few and make a 'fresh bunch' of carrots to display in your home. 

They might even inspire the littler person in your life to eat more veggies.

They are super quick to stitch up! I LOVE quick little projects and these fit the bill perfectly. I also LOVE the bright colors, they are very cheerful to stitch!

If you just really LOVE carrots, you can pick up this needle mag to complete your project. 

As always, we'd LOVE to make a kit for you. Let us know if we can pull the fibers you need to make this your next weekend project.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
I just discovered a new and better Sloppy Joe recipe! And I bet you'll never guess the secret ingredient.

I've had this cookbook for a while now and I use it quite often, but had not yet tried this recipe until the other night.

Are you ready for that secret ingredient?

It's pork sausage! I never would have thought to add sausage to Sloppy Joes.  Would you? The flavor of the sausage really blends well with the flavors of the sauce, making it very tasty. I also love that the small amount of flour makes this a less runny consistency.

And it's super easy! Brown up your meats and then throw everything in the slow cooker to eat at your convenience. I LOVE any easy meal at the end of a long day.

Try it tonight, I think you'll love it too!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Have you seen this new cookie series from Raymond Crawford? I LOVE them!

They are all about 3.5 inches in diameter and are designed to look just like a frosted sugar cookie. Aren't they fabulous!? He has numerous designs that cover most of the holidays, plus some that are just for fun. I LOVE how vibrant the colors are (just like real frosting!).

I LOVE that they are small which makes them quick to stitch. They are also affordable so you can make as many as you want! These are the perfect weekend project.

Have you ever received a delicious edible cookie arrangement? I'm envisioning a dozen of these cookie canvases stitched up and finished on a stick and then artfully arranged in a basket, just like the edible version! Less calories and what a beautiful gift that would be. I would LOVE to give that as a hostess gift!

Or stitch up a seasonally appropriate variety and display them on a tray at your holiday party. Your guests will be intrigued and probably LOVE them too!

We have a small selection of these cookies available for immediate purchase. If you see some other designs you'd like, we'd LOVE to special order them for you!

Most of all I LOVE that I get all the fun of making and decorating cookies without the calories.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Sometimes I want the taste of a cookie, but the texture of a brownie. Enter Congo Squares! I just LOVE this recipe!

My cousin introduced me to this recipe and it's become a favorite at our house. You can mix it up by substituting different flavored chips instead of just chocolate, you can add frosting and toppings for a celebration, or you can serve it warm with some ice cream. Divine!

These also freeze well, which I love! I can satisfy my sweet tooth craving and then stash the rest in the freezer for another day. Or make this dessert ahead of time for an event or busy weekend.

One tip...remove them from the oven just before they look completely done. Just like a brownie, they are better just a little bit undercooked as they cool. Otherwise they can come out a little on the dry side.

I hope you LOVE these Congo Squares as much as I do!