Yesterday turned out to be a very good mail day here at Ashton House. After a long day of appointments and running errands, I returned to find three packages on my doorstep. The first was a surprise from quilt book author, quilt historian, and fabric designer extraordinaire Betsy Chutchian! As a quilt book editor, I had the pleasure of working with Betsy and her fellow 19th-Century Patchwork Divas co-founder, Carol Staehle, on their recent book, History Repeated, last year.
Betsy was so sweet to send me this surprise bundle of Hot for Chocolate II, the follow-up fabric collection to her previous highly successful Hot for Chocolate.
Doesn't it look yummy? I thought my green milkglass cake stand was a fitting stage for this beautiful fabric since it was such a delightful treat to receive! Thank you so much, Betsy!
Spanning dreamy pinks, rich reds, and dramatic browns in patterns of the past, this fabric collection is going to be so fun to play with! You all know that I am a pink and brown girl, so this collection couldn't be more me! And while I'm on the subject of Betsy, I wanted to mention how glad I am that she recently joined blogland. She's been thinking about starting a blog for sometime and it's great that she's finally taken the blogging plunge. Be sure to stop by here and welcome her to the wonderful world of blogging when you get a chance!
Remember I mentioned three packages? The second package was the owl fabric I ordered last week. At just $5 a yard, the price was right, so I decided to buy the last few yards of the seller's yardage in this print.
And the last package was from Amazon.com. The kind folks at KC Star Books had given all the editors an Amazon gift certificate for Christmas, so I decided to spend part of mine on this book that I had spotted at Barnes and Noble just before Christmas. Amazon had it for 41 percent off the cover price.
This section on meringues brings back memories of the ones that my grandmother used to make, though hers weren't quite this fancy or this pink.
And of course, there is a section on chocolate...
This weekend, I plan to dream up some ways to use my new fabric and new cookbook. I thought I might be able to find something special to bake for my mom and mom-in-law's birthday this February. They share the same birthday, Valentine's Day, and I usually host a special birthday luncheon in their honor.