Friday, August 1, 2014
Dear Friends of Myrtle Grace Motifs!Happy Summer! August is an exciting month for us – it’s our eighth year designing. We are so grateful for everyone’s continued support as we keep on designing and love doing what we do. This month’s newsletter is packed with news – be sure to let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
February 2015 Release We would love to announce a new release for February 2015 – a new Myrt or Marv! Bronwyn will be a big sister and we can’t be more excited. Please bear with us for the next few months as new pattern releases may be delayed, our growing family sometimes takes us more time than we have.
St. Charles New Releases While we are not able to be in St. Charles – our models and patterns will be. They will be in Norden Crafts booth at the TNNA Fall Needlecraft Market in St. Charles - August 16-17, 2014.
New Release for August 16, 2014
Welcome Sampler is a warm cozy pattern perfect for welcoming guests and family into your home. Available in both punch needle and cross stitch.
Show Exclusive for attenders of the TNNA Fall Needlecraft Market in for August 16, 2014
All other buyers: September 16, 2014
“Boo!” Not Disturb shows off our friends trying out their Halloween Scares. Somehow their smiles may not scare too many.
Trade Show News – Nashville and Columbus If you noticed the above cute girl in her very customized tee-shirt – you’ll notice a big new release is coming in February – a new baby – that means we will be sitting out Nashville. We were so excited to get to try out the new format and see all our friends – but this year we’ll need to sit out.
What does that mean? We are heading to Columbus! Yet more excitement for a new format, new and past friends to visit with, a new way to exhibit. We hope you’ll come see us in Columbus – be sure to give us any tips and tricks along the way. We want to make this work for you the shop owners so please let us know how we can help you.
Book ReleaseBayview Publishing and Craftways have released a new book for the Christmas season: A Cross Stitch Christmas – A Heartwarming Holiday. You may notice a name in there that seems a bit familiar – ours! We were honored to design a pattern for this year’s book. It’s called Christmas Cheer on page 69.
Punch Needle Place on FacebookI have been telling you about Punch Needle Place – but I feel like I have to say it just once more. It’s great. I have so enjoyed getting to know these creative and talented people from all over the world. The discussions and collaboration have been wonderful to see.
We are proud to be represented by these fine companies:
Hoffman Distributing Company - www.hoffmandis.com
Norden Crafts - www.nordencrafts.com
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
My bruschetta recipe comes from a full blood Italian woman who married a Dutch guy from my old church. She would make it for the VBS leaders on the last date each year and oh what a special treat it was. She had all the ingredients from her garden and we’d savor each bit. The recipe is a little “to taste” so be sure to add things according to your own taste.
What you need!Fresh plum tomatoes – halved, seeded and diced
Fresh basil leaves, stacked, rolled and sliced thin
Fresh garlic cloves, halved and “Smooshed”
Sweet onion; diced fine
Red wine vinegar to taste
Extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt; to taste
Ground black pepper
Make it!Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Season diced tomatoes in a bowl with salt and pepper. Add garlic and onions and toss. Drizzle olive oil and vinegar to taste. Mix well. Just before serving add basil leaves. Scoop spoonfuls of salad atop flatbread. Sprinkle with cheese.
Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is slightly melted.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Zucchini Bread3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
1 tsp Salt
3 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
2 cups grated zucchini
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
Beat eggs till fluffy. Add sugar, Beat well. Stir in oil, vanilla, and zucchini. Then add dry ingredients. Turn into greased 9 x 13 pan or 2 loaf pans. Bake 325 for 50 - 60 min.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Miss Bronwyn Grace had a birthday in June. Can you believe she’s two? We were having a tough time believing it could be true – until those terrible twos started sneaking around and letting themselves out.
Our girl is two! She’ll tell you that too. I made her an owl cake – since that’s her room theme and well – it was just too cute not to do.
She’s a true blessing in our lives - we are so grateful to God that he entrusted us with her care. Even when she’s screaming “No Mommy, NO!”