Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Cargo Crate Prototype Garners Interest at Quilt Market

I used the Cargo Crate to carry samples  picked up at Market and the materials I needed for classes. This was the first time that I had actually used the Cargo Crate.  I knew it was a good design, but I wanted to put it in use to make sure it was seaworthy.  I got a tremendous amount of interest at Quilt Market and a few suggestions that I will add before finalizing the pattern.  The main addition will be a water bottle holder. I love the oil cloth, and the vendor where I bought it last year did too.  She wants me to make one for her booth.  More on that later.  I do believe that this will go over as well as the Mug Bucket when everyone finds out how handy the rolling crates can be and that they can be purchased at Office Depot.
After removing the cover, it folds flat for travel.

Training Magic Dog Treats

I've been at the Houston Quilt Market and Festival since Friday, and I'm already missing Elle Mae, my 7 year old half poodle, half whatever that includes some terrier. Both the poodle and the terrier combined make for a very smart dog, but unless she gets the Magic Treats, she backslides.  (Don't we all backslide when we quit getting positive feedback or rewards. 
Before I left home, I made her special treats so she would behave for my house sitter. 
These Magic Treats may vary, based on the leftovers that I have frozen for this special dish.  Beware, only bake these when you can have all the windows open.

I can Mackerel
2 eggs
Leftover baked sweet potatoes, carrots, potatoes (you get the idea)
Leftover lean meats
2-3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Powdered Milk - several tablespoons

Place the first 5 ingredients in the blender and process until smooth.  Add flour until it is too thick to process any more, then place in a bowl and add more flour until the mixture is the consistency of thick cookie dough.
Place dough on parchment paper heavily sprinkled with flour on a cookie sheet.  Sprinkle more flour on top and push the dough to the edges of the cookie sheet.  Sprinkle more flour on top and score the dough with a pizza cutter into 1" or smaller squares.
Bake at 350 degrees for about  30 minutes, then at 250 degrees until dry.  About half way through, I use a spatula to flip over the treats so they will bake very dry.  I have placed them in the microwave to finish this last step. If dry enough, you do not have to refrigerate them.

Break them up and see your best friend's eyes light up.

Celebrities at Houston Quilt Market and Festival

Met Lesley Riley today and so many others yesterday.  I've used her TAP transfer product many times. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Quilt Market & Festival in Houston

At the Quilt Market in Houston. Drove in around 2pm and did a quick walk through, covering about half the exhibitors. I'm so excited to be here. Can't wait to see the rest of the exhibits and the quilts. The Quilt Festival preview is Wednesday night, but classes start now. I'm anxious to see the other pattern designers and take classes on improving the designing process and marketing my patterns.

I'll tell you later about the fabulous hotel we lucked up on.  

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sister's response to FB post

The following is from my younger sister after she saw my new pattern on www.BucketsGoneWild.com:

Your talent is very much known and admired , even in other countries like Pine Bluff. Wish I had spent more time watching you sew when we were  kids  instead of  the time i spent thinking of ways to to sneak out the door before school with some of your clothes on.

See the post on my FB page. 
Funny it isn't it?