A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.
I finally found some cookies my husband won't hide from me.
I thought about Mom and Grandma Black while I was making these. They were both amazing artists with thread. My twin sis and I spent most of our summers at Grandma's farm growing up. When we got restless (and, maybe, in her way a little too much), Grandma gave us her tea towels to embroider. We spent a lot of hours out on Grandma's front porch sewing "I love you Mommy" into her towels. Apparently, we were restless a lot.
I keep my ear up to the Craft Gossip fence, which hooked me up with these adorable embroidered Felt Valentine Cookies by Pamela Susan. Oh my goodness, how yummy! But, it's been a long, long time since I got to embroider with Grandma. Thankfully, Pamela Susan made a great tutorial and linked to Future Girl Stitching Tutorials for reminders on the whip and blanket stitches.
Grandma! Look what I made.
I made them for this card, and, of course, they had to have an adorable treat bag.
The Spellbinder Nestabilities were perfect for cutting out the round icing and cookies. The impressions they put in the felt give an ideal guideline for the stitching. If you don't have the heart-shaped Nestabilities die (like me), you can trace the heart shapes from Wilton nesting hearts cookie cutters (available at Michaels).
The recipe for the card is at "One More Cookie . . . Puhlease." The recipe for the treat bag is:
- Paper – October Afternoon Modern Homemaker
- Fibers – Stamping' Up! black grosgrain ribbon, My Mind's Eye Gathered Crepe, Making Memories rickrack, DMC embroidery floss
- Embellishment – Button from my button jar
- Other – Stampin' Up! Glassine Bags
- Technique – Machine straight stitch
I have two cookie recipes for you, one for the yummy felt cookies and another for the real thing, my Mom's wonderful honey/lemon sugar cookies. For the felt version you can find all these ingredients at Michaels. The seed beads were the biggest investment at $2.99 a color. If your embroidery skills aren't as rusty as mine, you can substitute french knots for the seed beads.
- Fabric – Felt sheets available for 29 cents a sheet
- Fibers – DMC embroidery floss in the following colors: 437 light tan, 605 light cranberry, 817 very dark coral red, and Blanc
- Embellishment – Red, pink and white glass/seed beads
- Other – Polyester Fiberfill and needles. You can use just about any household sewing needle for the whip and blanket stitch, but you need a smaller needle to attach the beads. A good rule of thumb is to use a needle one size smaller than the seed beads you're using. So with size 11 seeds use a size 12 needle.
- Technique – Blanket and/or whip stitch
Mom's "Merry Christmas Cookies"
- 1/3 cup soft shortening
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 2/3 cup honey
- 1 tsp. lemon flavoring
Sift together and stir in . . .
- 2-3/4 cups flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
Chill the dough in the refrigerator. Roll out thick (1/4 inch). Cut into desired shapes. Place 1 inch apart on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake until, when touched lightly with finger, no imprint remains. When cool, ice and decorate as desired. When cool, ice and decorate as desired.
Temperature: 375 degrees
Time: Bake 8 to 10 minutes
Amount: About 5 dozen, 2-1/2" cookies.
Ah . . . I had so much fun making all this yummy goodness. Mom and Grandma would be proud.