As you are making plans to start your holiday shopping, don't forget to order the Hawaiian Gingerbread cookie charts which are now available. Order all four and receive a complimentary chart. Happy Thanksgiving to all! and Happy Stitching!
We are getting a little preview of winter here. So far today the temperature hasn't gotten out of the forties. Low temps the next few days are supposed to be in the twenties. Or course, when it does warm back up into the fifties, it will seem positively balmy.
Here is a little free chart to stitch up for the holidays. Click here to download the chart.
It's football season and the Carolina Panthers are 9-0! Here's a recipe for Pipikaula - perfect for snacking while watching the game:
4 lbs. flank or skirt steak, cut into strips 3 inches wide
1 cup shoyu (soy sauce)
1 cup sugar
1 cup green onions, chopped
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup sesame oil
2 TBSPs toasted sesame seeds
2 TBSPs brandy (optional)
2 hot red peppers, seeded and chopped (optional)
1/2 cup honey
In a large bowl combine steak and all ingredients except honey. Marinate for 48 hours in the refrigerator, turning 4 or 5 times. Place on rack in 225 degree oven for 4 to 5 hours, turning once. Baste with honey about 10 minutes before removing from oven. Slice thinly to serve. Onolicious!
Well, I have finally finished the Hawaiian gingerbread cookie designs. My mom's care has become more demanding leaving little time during the day for cross stitch. I hope to have everything ready for the printer by Friday. With Thanksgiving next week, I don't know yet whether the charts will be ready before the holiday or just after. I'll let you know. Here are the four designs:
These charts will be 5.5" x 8.5" and will retail for $2.75 each. If you order all four designs in one order, I will include the following chart which includes all the cookies in one design at no additional cost.
Mahalo to all for your patience in waiting for these new designs. I will not be printing any more new designs this year but I am busy working on many more designs which will come out next year. I will be posting to my blog periodically, though, and I will have another free chart (yet another blast from the past!) in a few days so stay tuned and Happy Stitching!
I've added the dimensions of my charts to the images on the store of my website so that you will know how large the finished chart is and whether it is flat or folded. I realized it wasn't clear from the images what size the actual charts are.
Please don't hesitate to let me know what I can do to make any part of my website clearer or easier to navigate. This is all still fairly new to me and I learn a lot more every day.
Well, November is here. The fall colors have peaked and rain is bringing the leaves down pretty quickly. The colors were really vibrant this year. I love fall (I love all the seasons) and I really look forward to Thanksgiving. This year I am looking forward to a small family gathering. This will be my mom's last Thanksgiving, I feel sure, and I want it to be special. I really like taking the opportunity to be truly thankful for what I do have. Sometimes I dwell on what I don't have or what I think could be better in my life, but the truth is, I am very blessed. I have family and friends and a little business that I love. Designing for cross stitch is a real pleasure and my customers are really my friends. I don't know everyone personally but I have had many pleasant exchanges via email and snail mail. I look forward to getting to know many more of you. Please feel free to email me anytime or send a comment on the contact form on this website.
Three new Hawaiian Christmas patterns are now available: Anthurium, Hibiscus and Nene. They stitch up fairly quickly and if you're really in a hurry, you don't have to do the backstitching and the designs still look good. You can buy 6" x 9" envelopes at most office supply stores (or let me know if you need some) and these cards fit right in. If you have friends or family who like to cross stitch, these charts would be a great holiday card or stocking stuffer.
I have finished the Hawaiian gingerbread girl and am working on the Hawaiian gingerbread boy. A gingerbread tree will finish out the trio. Here's an image of the gingerbread girl:
Just call me Fran
So glad to finally have a website. Life is good.