granny square book winner!

…and we have a winner! Congratulations, Nancy!

(Nancy, send an email with your mailing address to: editors@createanddecorate.com.)

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“what is it?” Wednesday #144

Welcome back to play our “What is it?” Wednesday game.

Ready to play? Here’s how:

• Take a look at the photo below.

• Please leave your guess (of the identity of the vintage item) as a comment.

• Stop back in on Friday to see the puzzle revealed—and to read the guesses (we don’t post them until the answer is revealed)!

Happy guessing!

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100 colorful granny squares to crochet—Giveaway!

With the cold winter winds blowing, the thought of curling up underneath a granny square afghan is heavenly. What better time than now for this book giveaway—so you may create one?

The timeless granny square has adorned sofas, armchairs, and beds for generations. Crochet designer Leonie Morgan showcases a treasury of squares (From St. Martin’s Press) that are quick to make and sure to stand out—from tried-and-true vintage favorites to contemporary designs. The book teaches everything from basics to embellishment techniques (including tapestry, surface crochet, and appliqué!), as well as selecting colors. Projects incorporate afghans, quick cushions, baby blankets, and more.

With all this technical know-how, how could you not be inspired?

To enter, leave us a “pick me” as a comment… and a second chance to win on our Facebook page!)

Winner announced Friday, January 31. Good luck!

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Order online, too, at us.macmillan.com! (You may also sneak a peek into the book at this site!)

“what is it?” 143 – the answer

This week our mystery item was a great pair of vintage shoe trees, or shoe stretchers. As many of you know, the lightweight metal stretchers were made to be adjustable and fit several up to 10 different shoe sizes! Such a great way to protect your shoes… why don’t we use them very much anymore? We guess that is because back then shoes were made to last a very long time, and you’d replace the soles and heels, and polish them regularly.

Thrifty, wise folks!

To read this week’s guesses, head on over to the original post, and click on the comment (heart-shaped) button.

Have a terrific weekend!

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Happy anniversary, Weeks Dye Works!

Everyone enjoys hearing news about a happy occasion—this year marks the 20th anniversary for Weeks Dye Works!

If you enjoy having a needle and thread in your hand to embroider and appliqué with, then chances are you have used product and floss from Weeks Dye Works. Specializing in hand over-dyed fibers, the company is also known for its environmentally friendly, American-made craft products. From embroidery floss and pearl cottons to 1-ply wool, sewing thread and linen and wool fabric lines, the family-owned and –operated company has grown from humble beginnings to become a worldwide presence in the quilting and needlearts industries.

Create & Decorate magazine featured the history of Weeks Dye Works in the Country Lanes profile in October 2011. We are happy to share their story with you again:

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Create & Decorate magazine

With 19 employees in an 8,200-sq.-ft. facility, WDW has come a long way from its “bathtub days.” It offers 587 color/fiber combinations, a number that continues to grow every few months.

To mark the milestone, Weeks Dye Works (weeksdyeworks.com) is unveiling a variety of initiatives throughout the year, for both retailers and product users. This includes a new anniversary floss color and linen color, plus a monthly Facebook sweepstakes that began Jan. 20.

“what is it?” wednesday #143

Welcome back to play our “What is it?” Wednesday game.

Ready to play? Here’s how:

• Take a look at the photo below.

• Please leave your guess (of the identity of the vintage item) as a comment.

• Stop back in on Friday to see the puzzle revealed (we promise)—and to read the guesses (we don’t post them until the answer is revealed)!

Happy guessing!

143 what is it

We apologize for the glitch for the ‘answer’ post for last Wednesday’s game. We believed the answer was timed to be posted to the blog last Friday. Like Mom used to say, “If you want something done right, do it yourself!” Once again Mom was right…

Well, anyway, there was no tricking YOU last week! Most guesses did inform us, that our piece was from a vintage flour sifter. This one is in such good shape that it is still usable, but would look equally charming as a display piece… how about a planter on the kitchen windowsill?

Click on over to the original post to read the many answers to last week’s puzzle (if you haven’t already!).

Thanks for playing, everyone!

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maple oatmeal scones

Our January/February 2014 issue (copies available online) features a recipe for Maple Oatmeal Scones. They are a perfect treat— especially when shared with a friend and a cup of tea!  We are thinking that this weekend will be a good time to whip up another batch, since all of the ingredients are already in the cupboard.

The “For your country kitchen” recipe feature is from Lyn Slade of Charlotte’s House B&B, Bolton, MA.

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for your country kitchen

maple oatmeal scones

ingredients

1/2 C milk

1 tsp vinegar (either white or apple cider vinegar)

3 1/4 C white flour

1 C whole wheat flour

1 C quick oats, plus a couple of tablespoons for sprinkling

2 Tbsp baking powder

2 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt (omit if using salted butter)

1 pound unsalted butter

1/2 C maple syrup

4 eggs

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glaze

1-1/4 C confectioner’s sugar

1/4 C maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract

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directions

1. Preheat oven to 400˚.

2. Mix vinegar into milk and set aside.

3. Mix both flours, oats, baking powder, sugar, and salt together in a large bowl. Cut in the butter using a pastry blender, two knives, or your hands until it is in about 1/4” bits.

4. Beat eggs in a bowl and add maple syrup and soured milk.

5. Pour egg mixture over dry ingredients and mix by hand until all the dry ingredients are incorporated.

6. Dump dough onto a well-floured surface and shape into two squared logs about 14” L x 3” W. Cut each log into 8 – 9 triangular scones. Place on two parchment- or Silpat-covered baking sheets.

7. Bake for 20 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking. Allow to cool on cookie sheets.

8. Mix glaze ingredients together with a rubber spatula, pressing out any lumps as you stir.

9. Dip tops lightly into glaze and set them back onto baking sheets.

10. Lightly sprinkle tops with oats.

“what is it?” wednesday #142

Welcome back to play our “What is it?” Wednesday game.

Ready to play? Here’s how:

• Take a look at the photo below.

• Please leave your guess (of the identity of the vintage item) as a comment.

• Stop back in on Friday to see the puzzle revealed—and to read the guesses (we don’t post them until the answer is revealed)!

Happy guessing!

142 what is it