Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sew Many New Fabrics!

We all have a love for fabric, especially quilters! It is just so much fun to see all the different designs, colors, and themes they can put into just one yard of fabric! Just this past week we got in several different lines and they are absolutely to die for! 

Seasonal Little Gatherings which has all the rich colors of fall and winter with little designs to go along with the "seasons" such as pumpkins, candy canes, holly leaves, and reindeer! You will be able to get a nice jump start on all your fall projects and not have to deal with the last minute sewing (We are all guilty of that). You can find this Fabric Line on our Online Store just Click here to be directed to it!

Farmers Market is one of those extravagant fabric lines that secretly puts in a design you would never expect... Fruits! This gorgeous line is filled with small berries, apples, and vines. So if you are looking into re-doing your kitchen Farmers Market will be a wonderful compliment to a home-style looking kitchen! Click here to check out the rest of our line on our online store!  

Compliments is a wonderful and elegant tone on tone fabric we got in that are completely rich in color! They make the perfect "blenders" in quilts! This line is only available in shop so if you are in need of some tone on tone fabric come down before its sells out!

If you have any questions about the new fabric we got in please don't hesitate to call us, or come in! 
Our number is (253) 531-4309
Address: 12152 Pacific Ave S. Tacoma, Washington 98444
(Behind the Chopsticks Restaurant)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Mothers Day Gift Ideas!

The day is approaching to celebrate our wonderful mothers! We all sometimes just tend to run out of ideas when it comes down to what she would like. It never has to be a big extravagant gift, the small and simple ones made from the heart are always the best; and most meaningful!

Here is a craft idea of what you could make her! A Embroidery Sachet! 


-Scrap fabric or Muslin
-Sewing Machine (You can also hand sew!)
-Lavender (any scent works)
-Embroidery Thread
-Small embroidery hood and needle

1) Let's get started, shall we? First, cut your scrap fabric into a rectangle, roughly 4.5" x9", but make a size that works for you. Iron your rectangle in two
2) Then fold in the two raw edges at the ends and press them too (These will be your finished edges)
3) Use a pencil to draw out a simple design, put directly on the fabric for minimal fuss.
4) Begin to embroider the design you made
5) Now you'll want to press out the hoop imprint (make it nice and crisp)
6) Turn your handiwork inside out. Use your sewing machine to make two neat seams along both raw sides.
7) Next, trim away any excess fabric and threads. Snip the corners at diagonals which gives a tidier looking corner. Then Turn right side out
8) Gently fill your Sachet with the desired scent and run the top through the sewing machine, cut unnecessary threads and viola! 

All supplies can be found at our shop; Parkland Parish QuiltCo! We also just got in 438 different colored Cosmo Embroidery Thread! This makes your options endless!

Ideas from Favecrafts.com 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Spring Time Desserts!

Yes we all have those mid-day food cravings, and late night munchies but how does the hand full of chips turn into the whole bag of chips or that little slice of cake turn into a good quarter of it! That is something we may never have an answer for. But there is always an alternative option!

Healthy Desserts! I know you ask yourself a healthy dessert? is that really possible! The answer is yes!  There are tons of recipes all over that you can alter to fit your preference and also there are some that are just so good that your body will be thanking you for what you just ate! 

Here are a few Desserts that all of us at the Parish absolutely love!

Frozen Fruit Pops!

- 1/3 cup diced Kiwi
- 1/3 cup diced Watermelon
- 1/3 cup diced Pineapple
- 1/4 cup fresh Pineapple Juice 
or Orange Juice

Directions:Combine diced fruit in a bowl and fill each 5oz  cup with fruit. Add 1Tbsp of juice and insert craft sticks into each cup. They easily stay in one place because of all the fruit. Place in the freezer for a few hours until firm. To remove the fruit pops place under warm water for a few seconds! Enjoy!

Vanilla - Lemon Berry Parfaits!
- 1 cup low -fat  plain yogurt
- 2 (3.5oz)  fat free vanilla  pudding
- 2 tbs of lemon curd
- 1/2 tbs vanilla extract
- 2 tbs honey
- Zest of 1 Lemon
- 1tbs Lemon Juice
- 3 cups mixed berries (any of your choice)
- Fresh Mint Leaves (optional)

1) In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the yogurt, pudding, lemon curd, and vanilla extract; set aside
2) In a medium mixing bowl, stir the honey, lemon zest, and lemon juice until combined. Add the mixed berries, and gently stir with a spatula to coat them with a honey mixture.
3) Assemble the Parfaits in 4 8oz glasses, Using measuring spoons scoop 3 Tbs of the yogurt mixture into each glass. Top with 1/4 cup of berries, Then another 3 Tbs of yogurt, and another 1/4 cup of berries. Garnish each yogurt parfait with fresh mint leaves, if desired. Serve immediately, or cover up and refrigerate for later!  

There are truly endless options of what you can choose from! Some other healthier options would be Angel Food Cake with fresh strawberries, Sorbet, Jello, or even Home Made Brownies with an altered Recipe!

Ideas adapted from Fit Body Now and Health.com 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Fun Easter Crafts for the Kids!

Spring Break has finally arrived for a majority of the communities around here! Which can be a bittersweet feeling for the parents with little ones! Its always wonderful being able to spend time with your kids, but when its raining outside and you are left to entertain them what do you do!

Well here are some fun springtime inspired arts and crafts that you and the kids will both enjoy!

Just Ducky Tennis Ball Chick!

Tacky Glue, Orange Craft Foam, One Tennis Ball,
Two Googly Eyes, 1 Two - Inch Yellow Pom-Pom
Yellow and Orange Craft Feathers, and a Black Marker

-To hatch your own duckling decoration, first use tacky glue
to glue together two 4-inch squares of orange craft foam.
-When the glue is dry, cut out a 1-piece set of webbed feet,
 then glue a tennis ball to the feet.
-Next, glue 2 googly eyes and 2 duck bill shapes cut from
more orange craft foam to a 2-inch yellow pom-pom,
then glue the pom-pom to the tennis ball.
-For wings and a tail, glue yellow and orange craft feathers
 to the sides and back of the duck.
-Finally, dot nostrils on the top of the bill with a permanent marker!

  Stained Glass Window Hanging!
This cute window hanging will always make for a cute decoration through out Spring Time! With endless options on what you can do with " Paper Stained Glass" why not make an egg shaped one for Easter!

Click Here to be directed to the instructions!
There are endless options on what you can make with just simple household items laying around your house!

So on a rainy day like today have the little ones put the video games down, turn off the TV, and have them enjoy the little things like making a fort, or creating the two projects we have posted above!

Have a wonderful Spring Break, and Easter Weekend!