Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

My friend Cheri sent this to me on Christmas Eve. 
It's too wonderful not to share, especially at Christmas time!

The other night, my nephew Bryce and I decided 
we were starting a new holiday tradition - 
 baking "ABC Gingerbread Men" cookies (look closely)
 and swapping ugly sweaters for ugly cookies!
That same night, Bryce bravely tried gingerbread  
and then said with certainty,
"Let's do sugar cookies next time."

Enjoy all of your holiday traditions, 
and from Silver Trumpet's Studio, I wish you a very
Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Down the Chimney

Leaving a Christmas Eve plate of satisfying cookies 
for a gluten-free Santa can be a daunting task, indeed. 
Just in the nick of time I've got the cookie for you,
and kids can help, too!
Myself, I don't have the need to bake gluten-free. 
I'm just curious about what makes gluten-free baking different  
from traditional recipes, other than the obvious. 
Lucky for me, I happened upon the talented, passionate, 
gluten-free goddess herself, Karina Allrich,
and this is her Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.
Her informative blog introduced me to new ingredients,
offered helpful tips, and provided excitement about serving 
a whole new set of needs.
All told, the taste test was my favorite part!

5 out of 5 taste testers agreed that the flavor is excellent, 
the texture is appealing, and overall,
just like Santa, this recipe delivers. :)

Turn up the Christmas music 
(Ariana Grande & Elizabeth Gillies, The Christmas Song)
and happy holiday baking!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

And the Winner Is...

Congratulations to #61, the winner of my festive bucket bag, 
part of SewMamaSew's December Giveaway Day:

How cute is that!!! I LOVE those little handles, and also the prints you've chosen. I think this would be so cute holding hot cocoa pouches for a hot chocolate bar, or for winter mornings.

 I was relieved to leave the selection process up to the 
random number generator because you all left 
fantastic ways to use this bucket bag.

Here are just a few of your fun ideas: 
fill the bag with ornaments and use as a centerpiece 
store holiday cards
fill with Krups coffee cups in the Kitchen
fill with dolls or toy tractors
hold kids crafting supplies
store notepads, remote controls, stuff that needs a home
hold pretty trims in the sewing room
store hexis (I'm so doing this!)
store fabric scraps or sewing tools
hold knitting, crochet projects by the couch (near & dear to my heart!)

Many of you like the fabric combination, 
so I thought I'd share the precursor to the holiday bucket bag, 
the (large knitting) project bag.
Knit through the holidays in style!
There's only one, and it's at Cinch!
This Giveaway event was great fun, and I'm already 
looking forward to May's Giveaway Day... 
suggestions welcome!  

Congrats again to #61, 
and I'm sending you an email, Amy!

Monday, December 9, 2013

It's Giveaway Day!

Each year, I look forward to this day - 
It's a fun way to meet other sewists, 
pick up a few new favorite blogs, 
plus enter to win beautiful and fun handmade items 
offered by talented makers.

Ready to join the fun here at Silver Trumpet?
Here's your chance to win my festive Bucket Bag, 
measuring approximately 6.5" high x 6.5" wide.

You'll find roomy pockets in the front and back, 
and one at the interior.
Comfy, durable side handles.
Machine wash and dry.
For your chance to win this festive all-purpose bag
just leave a comment describing how you would use it!
Remember to include your email address so I can let you know if you won.
Put it to good use in your home, or to give as a gift.
One lucky winner will be selected by random number generator 
on Friday Dec. 13th.
The winner will be announced here, 
and will also receive an email. 

Good Luck and Happy Holidays!
Oh, and a quick reminder that the shop sale ends this Wednesday,
and more bags will be posted there soon!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Welcome December!

 Silver Trumpet is kicking off December 
with a sale!
There's plenty of time to stitch up this sweet wool felt applique 
tablet case and coordinating cell phone case for the holidays! 
Or you could give the kit to your favorite stitcher.
Either way, it just got easier...

Kits are on sale for 20% off in the shop
Use coupon code: SWEETHOLIDAY13 
now through December 11th.

 Simple stitches and clear instructions mean great results
for beginners to advanced, and everyone in between!
The instructions include sizing for your own devices,
adding a button closure and other personal touches.
Kits provide materials, templates and complete instructions.
Visit the shop for more details and photos.
Happy stitching (or gifting!)

Spoiler alert:
There's a lot of love being stitched in the Studio,
so look for another wave of bags later this week

A spunky break from all the Christmas music...
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga singing
"The Lady Is a Tramp", and having so much fun!