Wednesday, May 30, 2012

It all started with Strawberry Patch...

Hello! Ever since I saw, bought and received the Papertrey Strawberry Patch and SP Sentiments stamp sets, I've had this idea floating around in my head of making up baskets of strawberry goodies for my neighbors. You've got to justify purchasing the stamps, right? So first thing I did was to go pick strawberries at our local strawberry picking farm. You know when you get out there in the strawberry patch with your containers and you have NO IDEA how many pounds of strawberries you've picked? Well, turns out, I picked alot! Those strawberries plus ALOT of sugar and sure jell, yielded 48 jars of strawberry jam. Then I got the brilliant idea to bake fresh bread to put in the baskets. I'm on the bread baking team at church. We bake bread (crescent rolls) to put in the guest's welcome bag at church. Well, after 24 cups of flour, TONS of butter, some yeast, some water (did I say TONS of butter?), that yielded 13 dozen rolls!

Oh, and I forgot to tell you that a few weeks ago I decided to make a nice bread cloth to go in the baskets too. I have an embroidery machine and decided to try my hand at digitizing the large bunch of strawberries from the Strawberry Patch stamp set. I stamped the design, scanned it in my computer, then fed it into my embroidery software, and digitized the design. I embroidered 9 of these onto linen bread cloths. Then, I purchased red and white material from Joann's and make coordinating cloths. (I know, I'm an over-achiever!) Here's how the ensemble turned out.

The embroidery of the strawberry patch bunch of strawberries on the linen cloth.
The individual basket of goodies.
The freshly baked bread and label (Matt Stack 1, Everyday Treats).
The strawberry jam and label - Matt Stack 2, Friendship Jar, Strawberry Patch.
 

Several of the baskets for my neighbors.
 Glad that's all done. I delivered them today and all were very grateful. And I have LOTS of jam and rolls stocked up for guests and hostesses for the future. Yeah Strawberry Patch!!!!

18 comments:

  1. Wow. I'm pretty much speechless. These are absolutely stunning and delicious. What wonderful gifts. And, to think it all started with a stamp set. If PTI ever releases a chocolate set, I will pay anything to get on your gift list!

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  2. Simply gorgeous! That embroidery is so beautifully done, and those baskets with all of the fillers and fixin's are amazing. Your friends are so lucky!

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  3. Wow! These are absolutely beautiful. I love the colors especially. The embroidery is also awesome. It really opens up a lot of ideas with other sets. I wish you were my neighbor :)

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  4. holy strawberry jam! I want to be your neighbor :-) the jam and the rolls with the cute little tags were wonderful - but the embroidery is just gorgeous. My mouth literally dropped open when I saw those cloths. What a wonderful gift and so beyond clever of you

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  5. I am BEYOND impressed!!!! You are an embroidery queen! I am in awe! I truly wish I was your neighbor :-) Everything looks great. Wonderfully coordinated and VERY professional looking! :-)

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  6. Truly... those embroidered berries are AMAZING!

    Wonderful idea!!!

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  7. Oh Susan how absolutely brilliantly creative of you to embroider those bread cloths. Don't you just itch to try another stamp set! Your whole project is just wonderful. You are making me want to upgrade my old sewing machine into the modern age now. Your neighbours must have been delighted.

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  8. the embroidered cloth from a stamp design is sheer genius. these are gorgeous and your neighbors must be delighted. you have a business on your hands.

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  9. What a fabulous project.....I LOVE those towels! You did a fantastic job; I'm sure your neighbors loved it!

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  10. Absolutely stunning! Your neighbours must LOVE you!
    Hugs xx

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  11. Such kind of embroidery produced with the help of technology is called as digitizer embroidery.

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  12. This is wonderful. I am not quite much with the internet, but I believe that what I just read is some good material. Thanks for writing such wonderful article. God bless.

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  13. Oh I haven`t seen this post :) It was probably posted when I was sick. I am grateful you featured me and you are super duper amazing . :) Thank you.
    Embroidery Patch

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  14. Thank you! I have to admit that my embroidery work does not look the same on the back as it does on the front .... however, as I have done more stitching lately, it is looking better on the back. So, I guess all I have to suggest is be patient with yourself and practice! Good luck!!

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  15. Thank you! I have to admit that my embroidery work does not look the same on the back as it does on the front .... however, as I have done more stitching lately, it is looking better on the back. So, I guess all I have to suggest is be patient with yourself and practice! Good luck!!

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  16. Oh I haven`t seen this post :) It was probably posted when I was sick. I am grateful you featured me and you are super duper amazing . :) Thank you.

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