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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Happy Girl Gang Wednesday

A funny thing happened on my way to the blog this week.
Our item on sale this week is the kit for the 
Dark and Stormy Tablestand.
You can go to the store to get your kit 
by clicking here.

Dark and Stormy Tablestand front

Dark and Stormy Tablestand back.

Of course, I needed pictures of the Tablestand
so I went to the top of my computer screen and
did a search for 
"Dark and Stormy"

This is what came up

The Dark ’n Stormy is a delicious, easy-to-make cocktail that features a refreshing trio of dark rum, ginger beer and lime. It also goes down a lot easier than the name might imply. It’s a close cousin to the Moscow Mule Moscow Mule (vodka, ginger beer, lime) and should be an easy transition for vodka drinkers wanting to try something new.

The popular cocktail can be found all over the world, from craft cocktail bars and chain restaurants to island hideaways. Its origin, like many drinks, is a bit hazy, though it’s likely that rum and ginger beer were first combined by sailors who enjoyed the obvious benefits of rum and the stomach-settling qualities of ginger. But its lineage can be traced squarely to an island in the Atlantic Ocean.

Gosling’s Black Seal rum is a rich, flavorful rum from Bermuda, dating back to 1806. It features notes of caramel, vanilla and spice, and technically, it’s the only rum that can be used in a Dark ’n Stormy. The brand lays claim to the drink; in 1991, it successfully registered a trademark dictating that any drink titled Dark ’n Stormy must be made with Gosling's rum. The company has even sued other beverage brands that have attempted to peddle the drink with other rums as its star. So, if you really want the full Dark ’n Stormy experience, make it with Gosling’s.

Note that ginger ale is not a substitute for ginger beer.   ginger beer Ginger ale is just carbonated water that’s flavored with ginger, like a soda. Ginger beer, on the other hand, is brewed and fermented (though the “beer” label can be misleading, as most versions are nonalcoholic). If you try making your Dark ’n Stormy with ginger ale, you’ll still produce a solid drink. But the rich rum benefits from the stronger flavors and spicier bite of real ginger beer.

Many recipes, including this one, call for a modest measure of lime juice to be added to the rum and ginger beer, which lends a pleasant kick of citrus. But the lime juice is optional. If you’re drinking in Bermuda, the cocktail will most likely be served with just rum and ginger beer, plus a lime wedge, so the drinker can squeeze the lime at their discretion. But any way it’s served, the Dark ’n Stormy is tasty and refreshing, so it’s hard to go wrong.


Mary Etherington of Country Threads calls her blog "A blog about nothing."

I think I'll call my blog, "A blog about just about anything"

Now, have the best week with the people and quilts that you love

and I'll see you next week with another Fall quilt and God  

only knows what else.  :). And if anyone tries a "Dark and Stormy", 

please let me know what it's like.


Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Happy Girl Gang Wednesday

And its getting to be that time of year again.

It's time for Pumpkins, Turkeys and Geese.

So, of course that's our special on sale this week
You can go to our store to get your copy of
the BOM pattern by clicking here.

I know Thanksgiving isn't until November 23rd
but this will give you lots of time to get
stitching on this rather complex quilt.
It's one of my favorite quilts in what is my
favorite season of the year.

Now, have the best week with the people and quilts that you love

and I'll see you next week with another Fall quilt.



Monday, September 11, 2023

Happy Girl Gang Wednesday

On Monday this week.

And because it is the 22nd anniversary of the 

attack on 911 our special this week is the

American Pride kit for 20% off

Our hearts and prayers go out to all who lost

loved ones in that attack.

We would also ask you to join us in donating to

Tunnel to Towers at T-to-T. org. 

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation is a charitable organization founded in tribute to New York Fire Department firefighter Stephen Siller, who died on September 11, 2001, during the September 11 attacks. The foundation operates as a tax-exempt 501 non-profit organization. Wikipedia
Type of business: Nonprofit 501(C)(3) Corporation
Established: December 2001
Purpose: Honoring the sacrifice of FDNY Firefighter Stephen Siller, who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001

It not only honors the military and civilians who died or were catastrophically wounded
in service to our country but gives mortgage free homes to the ones they left behind.
God bless them and God bless our country.

The vintage book for September is

You can go to our store to get your pattern

or kit by clicking here.

Now, have the best week with the people and quilts that you love

and I'll see you next week.


Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Happy Girl Gang Wednesday

And somehow I lost a post.

This is September and the last post up is for August 30th.

I'm not sure what happened but I believe that I have

mentioned that working on the computer is left brain

work and I am definitely a right brain person.

Anyway, the Vintage book for September

is Tabletop Turnabouts

You can go to the store during September to

purchase the book for 1/2 price by

clicking here.

And while you're there you can also pick

up the Tablestand kit for 

Punkins for 20 % off.

The fun part of Tablestands is that you

get two little quilts for the price of one,

The front and

the back.

This should help you get a start on

your Fall decorating.

I know it's technically not Fall until the

23rd but it's my favorite time of the

year so I like to start early. 

Prayers for our First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden

as she weathers a mild case of covid.

Now, have the best week with the people and quilts that you love

and I'll see you next week.


Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Happy Girl Gang Wednesday

And aren't we all glad we're not in Florida right now.

Prayers for all of the people there.

Back at home things have been dryer but 

somewhat harried.  The pole in our closet (which 

was 10 feet long) broke and the shelf above 

it came loose so  all of our clothes, shoes, purses, etc

ended up on the floor.  Jeff went in town and got a new

pole and longer screws and we have a closet again.

The first thing I hung up was my Girl Gang Jacket.

Then I sorted through my clothes, decided what to

keep, hung them up and packaged the 

rest to take to shelters, etc.  Brian came over

yesterday and took armfuls of clothes in to Pep 

in the living room so he could decide what to keep, 

and then hung them up and filled the shelves with

shoes and hats.  Pep's cowboy hats from Waylon Jennings

and Willie Nelson concerts in Las Vegas take up a bit

of room.  Whew! - What an ordeal.

And today, Jeff is power washing the front porch

so he can stain it.

Needless to say, I haven't gotten much stitching done
but did manage to embroider all of the 10 bee skeps for 
Glad to Bee at Home.

I have the embroidery done and the doors

appliqu├ęd.  Now to sew them to their backgrounds .

The kit on sale this week is

Linda's Lilacs

one of my all-time favorite quilts.

                                                    At the moment the original is hanging 

on the wall of the guest room downstairs.   I

may have to finds a place to hang it up here

for September - November.  I know just

where to hang it in the back hall.

You can go to our store to get your pattern

or kit by clicking here.

Now, have the best week with the people and quilts that you love

and I'll see you next week.


Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Happy Girl Gang Wednesday

Our special this week is
Country Blessings BOM

                                                          You can go to our store to get

your copy by clicking here.

This has been a busy week and I want to

watch the debates tonight so this will

probably be short.

                                                  One thing we've been doing is staining

things on the front porch.  I found this the other day 

in town to replace the red cabinet that had seen

its best days.  (You can see the red streak on the bricks

where it had rubbed against the wall).   

Now I've got to decide if I'm going to 

paint my jingle bells.

The bench needed a new coat of stain but 

stayed the same color.

Inside I got a new Betta bowl.   I have 2 Bettas

now and since they don't share very well, there's a

divider to keep them apart.  I think their technical

name is Siamese Fighting Fish.

I have lots of handwork to stitch tonight during the


There are 10 beeskeps in the quilt I'm working

on and each one has 6 lines of embroidery.

That should keep me busy through the debate.

I'm glad Fox is streaming it as I'll need to freeze

it when it gets dark to go shut up my babies.  

Or I might ask Jeff if he'll shut them up as he's not

very interested.  He said he already knows who he's

going to vote for.

So have the best week with the people and quilts that you love

and I'll see you next week.


Thursday, August 17, 2023

Happy Girl Gang Wednesday - Part 2

Heavens - That will teach me to go up to the loft.

It seems we have some kits for Midnight Garden 

so we'll put them on sale too.

This was really a fun quilt to make and 

I hope you enjoy it too.  You can go to the

store to get either your pattern or your kit

by clicking here.

And there was a quilt I saw on the Country Threads

blog that I follow that I wanted to show you.

Mary took a picture of it at a quilt show she went to.

I'm sure she posted the name of the quilt

and quilter but I've forgotten them.  

I think it's really neat -my kind of quilt.

I did finish Honey and Lavender and it's off

to Becky soon for quilting.  Here's the drawing

jpg and I'll show you the quilted one when it gets back.

The patterns should be in the store soon 

and maybe the kits too.

In the meantime have the best week with

the people and the quilts that you love.