Christmas gatherings

Christmas gatherings

I have recipes in these six Gooseberry Patch cookbooks

I have recipes in these six Gooseberry Patch cookbooks
I have recipes in these six "Gooseberry Patch" cookbooks

My Hoosier Cabinet

My Hoosier Cabinet
I love decorating my hoosier for the different seasons.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop

I am honored to be participating in Ravenwood Whimzies 12 Days of Christmas Blog hop.

 Believe me there are so many awesome crafters each day that you won't want to miss a day.

I would like to welcome you to Day number 1.

I am not sure if you are like me, but I love making some of my Christmas gifts. And I love tutorials.
So I would like to share with you how to make a 10 minute table runner. I wanted to do an easy
tutorial that even the beginning crafter would be able to do.

First you need 1/3rd. yard  of fabric, that will be your theme print, then you will need 1/2yard
of coordinating print.

1)  cut fabric to size
2) Place right sides together, Stitch long (crosswise grain) edges 1/2" seam
3) Press seam away from the center fabric.

 Now you will have a long tube.

4) Turn fabric to the right side.
5) Lay flat on ironing board and press so that the theme print is bordered evenly on long sides with
    the coordinating print.
6) Trim short ends even.
7) Fold fabric in half lengthwise with theme print out. Stitch 1/2 " seam on both short ends,
   photo below.

 8) Press seams open, photo below
 9) Turn seams inside to form a point, press.
 10) Photo below,  Top stitch edge or add a decorative button on the edge of the short seam
        to secure in pace or top stitch edge to keep fabric secure.

 My finished runner, love how the colors coordinate. I also love snowmen because they can be left out all Winter long. My finished runner is 42" long.

Total cost of my table runner $3.50, and what an awesome inexpensive handmade gift.

 Next I want to share one of my all time favorite cookie recipes, My mom made these when I was a child, they were always my dads favorite cookies.
Butter-Nut Snowballs

2 sticks butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups finely chopped nuts
powdered sugar

Cream butter, sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Mix flour and salt and add to creamed mixture
mixing throughly. Add nuts and mix well.

Shape into 1" balls and place on baking sheet.

Place in slow oven 325 degrees, 20 minutes. Do not brown, Cool, roll in powdered sugar.
Makes approx, 6 doz.
Yummy snowball cookies.

I have enjoyed being a part of this 12 Days of Christmas blog hop and hope you enjoyed Day number one. Merry Christmas from my heart to yours!!!

Now I can't wait until day number 2!!!!!


  1. Good Morning,

    Thank you for your wonderful Day 1 of the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop, what a beautiful way to begin. I love the table runner, and it looks very easy to create. Those Butter-Nut Snowballs look like you just can't eat one. I will be baking a batch of them this week.

    Thank you again, I have truly enjoyed my visit. Your home is lovely.

  2. Wow! Thanks for the great tutorial Lecia, I've been wanting to do a runner for so long, you almost make it seem easy LOL! Will have to ck out the 12 days hop, haven't run into it yet in blogland - thanks! ~*~Lisa

  3. Thank you so much for the great tutorial I need something for my coffee table and that will be perfect straight from my stash, :). This is going to be fun thank you for participating.

  4. What an awesome way to use up those pieces of Christmas fabric. I'm going to make some for family and friends. The snowballs are one of my favorites too! Thanks for kicking off the Blog Hop Lecia!

  5. Hello there my sweet friend!
    haven't visited in a long time but I had to check out the blog hop today. Happy to see that you are featured and still creating some lovely items.
    Wishing you and yours many holiday blessings~

  6. So much fun! Love these blog hops! Warm Blessings!~Amy

  7. Thank you for the tutorial and the recipe Lecia!
    Happy Holidays to you!


  8. Thank you for this heart-warming Day 1 of the hop! And for that great affordable tutorial.
    I am going to try making the cookies.
    Please come visit me.

  9. Hi Lecia, I kinda talk to myself while writing my comments so now thanks to Wendy's introduction I am saying your name right! lol Anyway I love the snowman runner, I am going to try and make one for my sister. I love the fabric you picked out! The cookies sound yummy too. Thanks for sharing..
    Be blessed,

  10. Hi Lecia ( I just found out I've been pronouncing your name wrong all these years!! lol ) :P
    Your table runner is just beautiful and the directions sound easy enough for even me to try! I might make 3 - for my 3 daughters - thank you for sharing!!
    Those cookies look yummy - My MIL used to make them all the time, a family favorite!
    Awesome job on Blog hop day 1 :)

  11. Such a cute table runner. And, those cookies sound really tasty. Thank you for the tutorial and the recipe :)

  12. thanks for such easy to follow directions!! sandi

  13. Thanks for the runner tutorial Lecia, love the fabric that you used, it is adorable! Nummy recipe and in a few days you will see another one that is going to look very familiar LOL, great minds think alike! You have started the hop in style, thanks for sharing your talents so generously, Deb xo

  14. I would love to make one out of some of my Christmas fabric. I've made runners but never with the point at the end. I love that detail! Thanks and Happy Holidays, Diane

  15. Thanks for starting us off, Lecia! The table runner Tutorial looks super easy and the Butter Balls have been added to my cookie making list! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Love your sweet table runner Lecia. I can't wait to make this with some fabric I've been squirreling away for myself. The Butter-nut snowball cookies look divine too.

  17. Thank you for the great tutorial and delish recipe!

  18. Love your snowman table runner! I make those cookies every year for Christmas,


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I have been married to my sweetheart Ronnie for 30 years.We live in the beautiful shenandoah valley of Va. We have 2 beautiful children and 3 beautiful grandchildren. I am a christian, and am blessed with two wonderful jobs. I am a hairdresser and also a nurse, I am proud of my nursing degree which I got at age 47. I give the Lord much praise for this. I also enjoy primitive crafts, antiquing, cooking, reading and gardening. My husband and I bought an old farmhouse in WV five years ago and it was ancient, floor rotted out in the kitchen, no bathroom, bats flying around, mice. Scary, well now five years later we have most of it completed, working now on a roof for the wrap around porch.We sand blasted some of the walls so they would be original, we also took all the old weatherboarding off of the outside of the house, planed it and put it back on some of the inside walls. We also have added a wrap around porch. Since we have remodled the old farmhouse, that is how I came up with my blog name.