Fall is officially here and today we got our first good rain! How exciting is that? If you follow along regularly (and I know many of you do), you know I don't like the heat. Don't make me list the reasons again. LOL. I always say you can put more clothes on to warm up (sweater weather!) but how much can you take off to cool down?
P.S. If you're reading this on a desk top, can you tell I've been busy here on the blog? I'm trying to catch up to the work the "Mothership" has been doing on our new website - which we will unveil soon. The loading of the product is what takes the longest.
Anyhoo...over the last weekend we hosted our first-ever "Wool N' Harvest" Workshop! Guest designer Kathy Cardiff of The Cottage at Cardiff Farms was our featured guest designer and we had the best time! It was nice to see our local supporters but I'm always surprised at the number of out-of-town visitors!
Kathy designed a trio of wool applique blocks exclusively for the workshop which could be turned into a complete table runner, pillows or added into a quilt. They were exquisitely done with only the best in hand-dyed wool. Elegant and sophisticated.
When I saw Table 2 cutting those berries - my jaw dropped. Since Kathy designed this project for our workshop, we didn't have the images to show for registration. When I asked how everyone felt about not being able to see the project beforehand, they didn't mind because according to them, "We just knew if you guys were doing it, it would be awesome!" I LOVE our fans! Where would we be without them?
Of course the workshops around here are never just about the projects. We decided to decorate the room with a barn theme and Kathy brought a "trunk show" which was displayed throughout. Here were just a few of my favorites which can all be found here while they last.
The Mothership and I brought in a seasonal gift line that had a barn/fall theme. Sometimes though I need to borrow a few things from her home. I keep telling her the more shelves we have, the more product we are going to need. Seeew as fancy and pretty as they are...they drive me to a cube of cheese. LOL. Our workshops are where we debut the items and then I move them into the Shoppe as time permits.
I think I have two more of these lights to sell. I'll try to get them on the website in the near future. They are the perfect accent to any farmhouse decor.
Finally...the food! I'm loving the new format in which we feed you! Instead of making you stand in a buffet line, our dear Priscilla Queen of the Dessert pre-sets your table and offers up a delicious family style meal! I know...right? Customer Service Central! Like I said in my previous post about supporting your local quilt shops...you won't find stuff like this in places that are undercutting shops with discounts. We are here to inspire, to educate, to get to know you. It's all in the details.You aren't just a number. You each have names and personalities. We know your stories. When you shop and dine with us, we treat you like family because we figure after nearly ten years...you're like family. Not to mention everything we do is because of a family....MINE. LOL.
She didn't fail me. Everything was delicious and left me wanting to lick it all. I wonder who gets to lick her beaters? I should ask her when I see her again.
Even the cabinet in which we kept the plates and glasses was barn themed. Love a little bit of chicken wire.
I try not to tempt you too much with the desserts because everyone always wants the recipe. Truthfully, some things are meant to share only with our workshop participants as it what makes our events special. But....I can reveal the ingredients to this delicious Mulled Cider beverage from the kitchen of Priscilla Queen of the Dessert...
4 parts apple cider
2 parts pineapple juice
Ground cinnamon and cinnamon sticks.
Simmer for a couple of hours. Chill. When ready to serve fill glass 3/4 full and top off with ginger ale.
Just a little way for me to stay seeew-cial with you! The good news is, this workshop will be back in 2016! Be sure to watch the sidebar here on this blog for registration to begin!
Be seeew-cial and I'll see you again ~ Brian