Saturday, March 3, 2018

Scottie Dogs and Calico Kittens - Part 2

In Part 1... We started looking at some differences between patchwork, english paper pieced or appliqué styles for quilting.  But we only made it through patchwork piecing, so let move on to english paper piecing and appliqué.  I guess some patchwork designs could be used in paper piecing.

Now my favorite look out of all these, well it's a toss up between english paper piece and appliqué.  

English paper piecing will usually have more sharp crisper lines, where appliqué will usually have more round smoother lines.  Both styles can show a lot of detail with color and presentation.

Here are a few english paper pieced designs.

There are some really talented people out there that express their artistic abilities through fabric piecing like these that I am sharing with you today.

These just warm my heart, scottie dogs have always been one of my favorites.  

Here are a few applique designs.

Quilts can be pieces of art, like these amazing quilts.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Scottie Dogs and Calico Kittens - Part 1

Here are two adorable critters in which you could make a quilt(s).  You can choose whether you would like them assembled in patchwork style, paper pieced or appliqué style.

I found these little critters in several places and a few variations.  If you want directions/tutorial on how make, I think that is a good source one to use.  Both are finished 12 inch block patterns.

Patchwork is probably the most simplistic of all three of these styles, it has a more primative look, and is a good style for beginners.  It just has simple sharp crisp lines and the image will pop with the color combinations.


The Best Tutorial.... Make this easy Pins and Paws with Jenny!  

Here are a couple that I really like below, a more artistic side was use to make these quilts.

I'm not sure where I found a lot of these photos, but right now I would like to take some time and thanks those whom have shared their photos with us to enjoy via the internet.  

Now I haven't even touched on english paper piecing and appliqué yet, so look for Part 2 ... it's coming soon.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Hummingbird Cake

Makes 1 (9 inch) 3-layer cake
Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe below)
Garnish: chopped toasted pecans

This cake tastes even better the day after it's made.

3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup toasted pecans, chopped
3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut, toasted
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
2 cups mashed ripe banana
1 cup canola oil
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs, lightly beaten

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 3 (9 inch) cake pans with baking spray with flour.  Line bottoms of pans with parchment paper; spray again.

2.  In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugars, pecans, coconut, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice.  In a medium bowl, combine pineapple, banana, oil, vanilla, and eggs.  Make a well in center of dry ingredients.  Pour banana mixture over dry ingredients; stir until combined.  Divide batter among prepared pans, smoothing tops with offset spatula.

3.  Bake.  Until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 25 minutes.  Let cool in pans 10 minutes.  Remove from pans; let cool completely on. Wire racks.

4.  Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake.  Garnish with pecans, if desired.  Cover and refrigerate up to 3 days.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Makes about 6 cups

3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 pounds confectioners sugar

1.  In a large bowl, beat cream cheese at medium speed with a mixer until creamy.  Add butter, vanilla and salt; beat until smooth.  Gradually add confectioner sugar, beating until smooth.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Craft Room Storage

Living in small houses, one must create storage opportunities to make things work in small spaces.  Recently our grandaughter moved in with us and I had to make room in my sewing room for a five year olds abundance of stuff.

I decided to used the Ikea Expedit Bookshelf for this reason.  It gave her five storage bins across the bottom of the unit.... and of course she has taken up about 7-8 bins.  

Some of the boxes to the shelving unit.  These boxes are so neatly packaged and the intrusions are fairly easy to understand from IKEA, anyone could put this together if they were so inclined to do so.... we did!

Gracie helping and instructing Nana on how the shelf unit should be put together.   I'm not sure, but I think.... I might not have been listening to what she was telling me, here in this picture above.

She loves to help and learn new things.  She truly loves to be right in the middle of the craft room and it's activities, learning new things, such as quilting and such.

The two of us did this all by ourselves.  We did however need help putting it up against the wall.

This bookshelf unit also has a table/desk that attaches and come out into the room.   I will add a finished picture later of it finished and up againist the wall with the cubbies in the unit.  If I forget let me apologize now... but then again, you may see this finished unit in another post of happenings here in the craft room. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Purple Sage Soaps

Here at Flying Hawk Ranch
 in the Hummingbird Garden... is the Home of Purple Sage Soaps  

As you can see we have been busy at it again handcrafting these amazing scented natural soaps that we all love!  So many people over the past few years have asked me,
why I hadn't stocked my Etsy Shop with my wonderful soaps...

We'll I can say it was for many reasons, and not to bore you with these reasons. As we all know... well... let me just say that life can get complicated from time to time.  
But rest assured... we heard your plea... that you were missing our soaps and wanted them back in our Etsy Shop... and for your convenience... they are just waiting for you... all those amazing scents. 

In the shop...  We have gift bags, gift plates, gift baskets, for all those special occasions whatever they may be, just for those times when you need something unique for someone special!  
We do sell soaps individually, however we are offering a 5 bar minimum purchase... mostly for your convenience, because of shipping costs... you will pay the same whether ordering one bar or six bars of soap.

Lemongrass Soap  
An Uplifting and Invigorating Aroma... Sunrise... wake you up in the morning scent!

Lavender Soap
   A Calming and Soothing Aroma... A Classic Lavender Scent... Sure to melt away the stress of the day!

Cedar n' Sage Soap
(Aka Montana Sage)
 A  Calming and Soothing Aroma... an Earthy Herb al Scent.  Truly a back to nature escape right in your own shower!

Coconut n' Vanilla Soap
A   Calming and Soothing Aroma... a very Tropical Scent.   A tropical escape right in your own shower!

Pacific Rain Soap 
A Clean and very Fresh Aroma...  Soothing and Very Pleasant Scent... Like the fragrance after the rain!

Twilight Musk Soap
  A Relaxing and Pleasant Aroma... A medium Musk Scent... An absolutely loved by both men and women!

Orange Spice Soap
  A very mild Citrus Spice Aroma... Pleasant and Soothing Scent...  Escape to the countryside of orange blossoms!

Peppermint n' Eucalyptus Soap
(Aka Peppermint Twist) 
  Uplifting and Invigorating Aroma... A very Soothing Herbal Scent.  Calming, but wake me up in the morning blend!

Creativity in motion... we will perform some alchemy, then some new scented soaps will appear in the shop from time to time, these soaps are limited time only soaps.  Some of these scents that we have tried, were requests from clients, and some of theses scents are in the soap line today! 

Our small soap business is a family affair. My husband Tim has always helped with mixing the lye, carrying the heavy pots of oils and pouring the soap into the molds. Then Miss Grace is very eager to learn and help.  Our son and daughter-in law have even helped!

(Miss Grace -10 months/2012)

We can do Signature Soaps and Custom Label Soaps.

We have made wedding favors for several weddings over the years, and continue to do so. We have wedding favors to do for this coming January 2018.

(July 2006)
Coconut n’ Vanilla Soaps


(June 2012)
Orange Spice Soaps
This fragrance was a requested scent from the bride and it was so love by all, that it because a part of our soap line.



(January 2014)
300 bars total... 1/2 Lemongrass Soaps and 1/2 Peppermint n’ Eucalyptus Soaps

Below are some of the Custom Orders that we have made for our clients.  These Unique... Special Occasion Gifts and other similar gift packages, you can find in our shop.  We  have added these to the shop for those times when you need that special gift to give.  The holidays are always a wonderful time to give these amazing scented natural soaps from Purple Sage Soap Company.


 A Trio Plate... of my signature blends of Lemongrass, Lavender, and Cedar n’ Sage Soaps. Each soap is beautifully wrapped in our label and adorned with iridescent ribbon and wax bumblebee seal stamp.

This Gift Basket has... my signature blends of Lemongrass, Lavender, Cedar n’ Sage, Pacific Rain, Coconut n’ Vanilla Soaps. Each soap is beautifully wrapped in our label and adorned wit h iridescent ribbon and wax bumblebee seal stamp. 

Gift Bags with... my signature blends of Lemongrass, Lavender, and Cedar n’ Sage, Pacific Rain, Coconut n’ Vanilla, and Orange Spice Soaps. Each soap is beautifully wrapped in our label and adorned with iridescent ribbon and wax bumblebee seal stamp.