{shabby romance} topper

i finished up this darling topper this morning.  it has the prettiest mix of peachy-pink, chocolatey browns, and creamy creams.  it is perfect for  shabby christmas, valentine’s day or every other day.  we are currently working on a queen-size sample using the same colors just bigger squares.  for now feel free to indulge in a few pictures of this non-calorie treat.  kits are available.

the fabrics pre-sample…aren’t they lovely…

Christmas Romance~shabby style

the feather stitching on the back.

merry christmas…apriL  {sweetwater}

deck the halls

we’ve decked our halls and have up our tree.  check out the pictures below.  i have some pics of the outside but they didn’t turn out.  i’ll take a few earlier in the evening and see how those turn out.  enjoy!

mel and tina putting the antique beads (a combination strand from Grandma Andrajack and Grandma Zimmer) on the tree.  Hannah’s Legacy is to the right of tina.

the tree

Mom’s new tree skirt {Christmas Romance} made from chocolate, peachy pink, and cream.  (we have a topper in store that is made from the same colors…gorgeous and perfect for a shabby christmas).

a few of our favorite handmade holiday greetings and antique mercury glass bulbs

antique mercury glass bulbs

the stockings were hung by the fireplace with care

they are hard to see but the snowflakes are glittered and hanging from the rod.  they are a chocolatey-red color and delightful against the white in soft light.

we are still watching Christmas movies…Prancer, How the Grinch Stole Christmas? Jim Carrey version, The Santa Clause 2, It’s a Wonderful Life [NOTE:  this movie was super-fantastic], National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation…still to come The Holiday, The Family Stone [if we can find it], and i’ve heard that Love Actually is a Christmas movie, but have never seen it.  Is it good?  Is it worth $13?

we hope your home is full of warmth this holiday season…april  {sweetwater}

silver bells and twinkling lights

I remembered the batteries (actually i forgot them and went back to get them), so here are about a dozen pictures of the shoppe.

A hurricane vase filled with little glittered balls.

sweet rolls, Sweet Treat Bag, Snowman ornaments.

the snow globe came from my grandma.

the snowflake bulbs will be our project this saturday for the sweet figs:  a fig tree club members.

antique green-handled kitchenware compliment this antique looking Tina’s Baskets quilt.

a merry fig tree christmas

lovely astor manor quilt Cabin in the Woods

burgundy, gold, and chocolate

a snowy white anna griffin christmas

…it’s like christmas…scraps galore…

merry christmas 🙂 april  sweetwater

fruit punch cards

fruit punch cards…we are bringing them back.  these will work a little bit different.  the cards will only be worth $10 dollars in merchandise when filled but they only have $100 dollars on them and block of the month, sale items, scrap bags, machine quilting, classes, retreats, and sales tax will NOT be punched.  also, these punch cards MUST be kept in our recipe box…they will be void if they leave sweetwater.  we are asking that all old punch cards be redeemed if they are full if they aren’t we will still punch them.

stop by and start yours…apriL sweetwater

december snow

December is in the air.  they are even talking about a blizzard…it is December though.  i forgot the batteries at home, so i still don’t have any pictures of the shop ready to go.  It is quite pretty, with all the trees (5 this year) and the lights that twinkle and the christmas music that plays in the background.

we’re even finished decorating at home…we’re getting our tree this coming weekend.  i promise to take pictures of everything (since so many ask what our house looks like).  Christmas is one of our favorite holidays to decorate for.  all the wonderful decor, simple lights, and holiday aromas that come with this holiday make this time of year so very merry.

be sure to stop in and see the lights…it is truly “merry & bright” here at sweetwater.  christmas is everywhere you turn…

hope your december is both “merry & bright”…apriL   sweetwater

Sweet-BEE Spring Retreat

The dates for our spring retreat are Wednesday, March 17-Sunday, March 21.  We will have our retreat our at Bugbee Hive Resort in their main lodge.  If we fill the lodge (13 people) then our overflow will be placed in a nearbye cottage.  The lodge rooms will be given out on a first come first serve basis.  We have access to a full kitchen, pool, hot tub, walking trails, work room, dining room, and lounge.

Price is as follows:  2 nights $130, 3 nights $160, 4 nights $190.  Price includes the mystery kit and pattern and sales tax.  Make checks payable to:  Sweetwater.  We do accept Visa/Mastercard/Discover, but there will be a $3 fee added to the retreat cost should you want to charge it.

All retreaters will be put in charge of one meal.  It worked very well last fall and the variety of food was great.  If you have any questions feel free to call me 320.243.4436 or email me at sweetwatercottonshoppe@yahoo.com.

I am offering a special…sign-up for the Spring retreat on or before January 1st and recieve $10 off and i’ll wave the credit card fee (if applicable).

happy quiting…apriL


Christmas is only 20 days away, and that includes today and today is half over already!  Crazy…

Machine quilting has been constant lately, i finally caught up today when i finished up the last one about an hour ago.  If you want a quilt quilted by Christmas, drop it off…the sooner the better, so i can get it back to you so you can bind it and get it wrapped for that special someone.

Every winter at Christmas we vow we will watch all our Christmas movies as a way to celebrate the holidays.  We never have, with the holidays we are busy cleaning, wrapping, and decorating.  Well this year we are…so far we’ve already watched…Fred Claus, The Santa Clause, White Christmas, The Christmas Card, and The Christmas Carol.  Still on the list National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, The Nightmare Before Christmas, among others.  It is quite fun…

I promise…once i have batteries i’ll post some pictures of the shop Christmas dispays along with maybe a picutre or two of our home once it’s decked for the holidays.

happy holidays, apriL

Sweet-BEE Pictures

I’ve finally downloaded the pictures from our retreat which was already 2 weeks ago!  Time sure flies…

from left to right…Joanne, Vicki, and Kayla

from left Laurie, Barb, Ryla, Katie


from left Nancy, Vicki, Joanne, Kayla

from left Jenny, Karen, Mary Kay, Barb

We had 22 people total over the 5 days…i didn’t get the camera out until Saturday evening…so i don’t have any pictures of Anne, Joyce, Lou, Shirley, Barb, Bonnie, Kris.  Denni and Mom declined being photographed, and i took them, so no picutres of me.

Happy quilting…april

Save-Or Sunday

We’ll have our trees up and the lights lit.  Stop by between 10am and 2pm and partake in the Make N Take or watch a demo.  We’ll have goodies for you to munch and storewide sales.

Happy Quilting–april  sweetwater