Thursday, December 17, 2009

Oh Christmas

I don't know about everyone else but Christmas always manages to sneak up on me! Before I know it I'm one of those wild eyed shoppers in their pajamas in Wal-Mart on Christmas Eve. To help us all procrastinate a little less I found a couple easy gift suggestions to give to that "special" someone that we never know what to buy for them ;)

-Buy an inexpensive glass ornament and paint it, monogram it with a cute piece of Christmas fabric and mod-podge, and tie a pretty ribbon on top.

-Use a free coin purse pattern (you can find these online) they usually only take a few scraps of fabric and a zipper. Fill it with inexpensive necessities like chapstick, fingernail clippers, and a cute pen. Or even include a gift card! (to their favorite quilt shop of course!)

-Buy a festive Christmas mug and fill it with "Winter Necessities" such as hot chocolate, chapstick, mittens (you can get two pairs of these for a couple dollars at Target) and a small pack of tissues!

-For the man in your life go simple! All men really want is a good meal in their bellies so if you can cook, go all out with a fancy dinner to fill him up. Or if cooking is not your thing, take him out on the town and pay for everything. Believe me, giving him a break once in awhile is greatly appreciated!

-For the outdoorsman a good flashlight is always needed (make sure to pick up some batteries too!)

With any of these gifts your recipients will feel like you put some thought into your gift and they will actually use it! The plus side to this is that you'll break through on the other side of Christmas without having spent an arm and a leg, and you'll avoid all the crazy department stores.

Just a few of the things I was thinking about today...Now out I go into the fray to pick up a few things for dinner! Wish me luck!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Snow!

Hello again!

In my December newsletter I said it wasn't going to snow and look what it went and did! Snowed! I should say it won't snow more often :) My two black labs, Annie and Ninja, had a blast. They were rolling in it, jumping on it, and eating it. They are just too cute!





Here are Annie and Ninja! My babies :)








Isn't Annie just beautiful!?!







And here's my handsome man Ninja!! (He wasn't ready for his picture obviously!!)




We just love snow this time of year. I'm at the shop today but wouldn't it be nice to just curl up with a nice hot cup of hot chocolate (with marshmallows of course) in front of the fire and watch a Christmas movie? This weather really puts me in the spirit. How about a yummy hot chocolate recipe to get you started this Christmas season?
Here ya go!

Thanks to www.allrecipes.com

YUMMY! Candy Cane Cocoa
Original Recipe Yield 4 (1 cup) servings

Ingredients
4 cups milk
3 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, chopped
4 peppermint candy canes, crushed
1 cup whipped cream
4 small peppermint candy canes
Directions
In a saucepan, heat milk until hot, but not boiling. Whisk in the chocolate and the crushed peppermint candies until melted and smooth. Pour hot cocoa into four mugs, and garnish with whipped cream. Serve each with a candy cane stirring stick.

--bonnie jean

Monday, November 30, 2009

Boot Camp



In March I will be traveling to the state where everything is bigger (including their quilt shops) to attend the Boot Camp for shop owners hosted by Deb Luttrell. Take a look at their website http://www.stitchinheaven.com/ and tell us what you think! Texas is a long way away but I'm so excited! There will be a lot to learn and a lot of information to bring back and put into action. Hopefully this will make your experience at Quilter's Refuge all the more exciting and fulfilling.

--bonnie jean

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Our First Adventure

Hello! Here I am, my first ever post in our blog. I am excited and hope you are too. Let me tell you a little about ourselves.
We are a quilt shop in Decatur, Alabama and have been in business for nearly five years. Gina Decker is the owner, avid quilter, and lover of fabric. She also has a weakness for patterns (which I know some of us can relate to!) We have 8 part-time employees, two of which are Gina's daughters, Bonnie (me!) and Sarah. We carry everything you need to begin and finish a quilt, from 100% cotton fabric, notions, books, patterns, wool, flannel, and batting. We also always have lots of advice, help, and opinions in stock.
Our new website is up and running http://www.quiltersrefuge.com , so come and visit. Or, if you're in the area, swing by the shop. We will be waiting with a warm welcome, helpful advice, and of course, lots and lots of gorgeous fabric to drool over. :)

I'll talk to you all again soon. I hope we can become great friends and I look forward to hearing all of your thoughts, opinions, feelings, and suggestions!

--bonnie jean