Friday, June 22, 2012

Butterflies, Blooms and Baking

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
~Hans Christian Andersen
Today I have been playing with leftover bits of yarn.   The butterflies were made using a free pdf download.  You can find similar ones at Little Birdie Secrets (which is where I got the idea for tying yarn around the middle).

The butterfly is a flying flower,
The flower a tethered butterfly.
~Ponce Denis Écouchard Lebrun
  The flowers are similar to ones I've made from one of my crochet books, but Ingrid at ing-things brighten up my day also shares a pattern on her blog.
Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued,
is always just beyond your grasp, but which,
if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

~Nathaniel Hawthorne

I did take a break from my yarn to do some baking since we were going to visit friends this evening.
Shortbread with raspberry jam centers.
The recipe was taken from Jellywares and is so very simple.

Mix together 1 cup of all purpose flour, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and one stick of softened butter.  Roll into balls and press lightly into mini muffin tins.  Poke a hole in the middle (but not all the way through) and add either jam, chocolate, nuts or curd.

For real blooms and butterflies, you can visit the following lovely bloggers:

And if you'd like to make your own jam, Meredith shares a how-to today on her blog one sheepish girl.

Have a fabulous Friday!


angeliki said...

Ηi Tammy! Your butterflies look great and I like your flowers too! The quotes really match them! Your rasberry shortbreads also look delicious!
Have a nice day,

Mereknits said...

Tammy, first I love your crochet covered rocks, great idea and they are really beautiful. Your butterfly and flower are a great way to use up yarn, loved the wrapped middle on the butterfly. I bet your son will do better this year in school, not every school wants a child with a 4.0, some want decent grades and great life experience, which it seems he is getting living where he does. It will be an interesting year ahead of you, well for both of us lots and lots of decisions and changes ahead. Happy weekend,

Peli said...

beautiful quotes and so lovely crochet makings!!
wish you have a great time with your friends and a perfect weekend!!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,

Your butterflies are so lovely done! Their antenna and thorax are done so well.
Compliments and you keep life sweet around your family, one can tell.
Love to you,

vintage grey said...

Your butterflies and flowers are so cute! Great way to use up leftover yarn! These shortbreads look so good! Wishing you a crafty and cool weekend! xo Heather

Susan said...

Hi Tammy, you clever little creative thing, you. Such a sweet flower and butterfly.

Oh! Thanks so much for your mention of my beloved blog. I was reading along in your post and saw that and said, "WOW! That Tammy is awesome."

Hope your weekend is splendid. The shortbread yummies looked divine but I'd want to eat every last one of them before I even made it out the door. They would be dangerous for me. Look great though.

Take care. Susan

val said...

sounds like a great way to spend Friday. Mine was hectic but maybe next week things will slow down a bit.....have a great weekend!

Diane said...

Lovely crocheted flowers and butterflies and your shortbread looks so good. Diane

Dagmar said...

Your crocheted butterfly and flower is so well done and I especially loved reading the quotes you nice to meet this way isn't it? I will check out your other bloggers you mentioned❤

SusanLotus said...

Delicious cookies and lovely quotes! Have a great saturday! :)

Lori ann said...

you are such an amazing crocheter! what darling butterflies and flowers. this is such a lovely post tammy with your creations, quotes, links and baking, yum! thank you!

Maya Kuzman said...

Love, love, love the butterflies and the flowers! I'd use them as appliques and the butterfly can make a gorgeous brooch!
Have a lovely weekend!

Angela Richardson said...

Butterflies, flowers and raspberry shortcakes. A little bit of heaven Tammy.
Enjoy your weekend.
Hugs, Angela.

Mistea said...

Just waiting for dinner to cook and I see delicious shortbread - I think I'll eat desert first!
Pretty flowers and butterfly.
Enjoy your weekend.

Nancy said...

How very pretty your flowers and butterflies are! And the shortbread looks yummy! Thanks for stopping by, Tammy!

hooksandyarns said...

The butterflies and flowers are pretty - they would look really nice attached to greeting cards. :)

Tanna said...

Your butterflies and flowers are so wonderful!! I LOVE the Hawthorne quote! And, I would love one of those delicious looking shortbreads right about now. ;) blessings ` tanna

Happy@Home said...

Your butterflies and flowers are so cute. The quotes are lovely too.
I'm going to go check out your links now.
Have a great weekend.

Mereknits said...

To answer your question OSU picked him for his swimming abilities. It will really help to have the coaches watching out for him and the mandatory study halls and tutors. He has not been the best student, but he will have to be now. I think schools are so much better at helping students now, when I went to school there wasn't help and they were always trying to wean us out of the program. Next year if your son decides to come to the states for school, here can come to my house if he needs to. We are in Florida, but it is still closer than 8,000 miles away.
Have a great day,

Mosaic Magpie said...

That butterfly would look perfect on your new coffee can crochet project! Can you tell I am reading my google reader backwards? Trying to get caught up!

Julie Marie said...

Hi Tammy... and thanks for stopping by... your little yarn butterfly and flower are so pretty!... what a fun way to use up those little bits and pieces of yarn... wishing you a blissful day, xoxo Julie Marie

Vicki Boster said...

Tammy- the little butterfly and flowers are fabulous--- you can do so many embellishments with those!

I'd love to have one of those shortbread cookies right now!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I love the little butterflies!!! I'm off to visit the site you shared... wish I could reach through the computer and taste the shortbread - yummmmmmmm! :)
Hope you have a happy one, Tammy!

Becca said...

Hi Tammy! Love your butterflies and blooms...especially the colors of the ones in the first photo. Hope your weekend is going well.

Linda said...

Beautiful crochet work and those shortbread/jam cookies look divine. :)

I'm thankful for a short work week here - most of my summer is like that - we just had the best time reconnecting with old friends over the weekend and now we're planning for our big annual summer party which is this weekend, June 30th, at our house.

Hope you enjoy a great week,

Anne said...

Tammy your crocheted butterflies and flowers are so adorable. You're so talented. And your desserts look yummy too.

Sam I Am...... said...

You are so good at crochet! I loved your quotes and your crocheted flowers and sweet! The jam filled shortbread wasn't bad either! LOL! I'm a sucker for a great cookie.

Anonymous said...

You know better than anyone that I love all the crocheted things you do, but I really love this one with the butterflies and flowers. Really wonderful!! Your rock collection is new and very unique. Love your inspiration!!

Have a wonderful day, my friend!!


Ana Love Craft said...

Hi Tammy,
SO LOVELY and delicate the flower and the butterfly. You have a very interesting blog.
Have a look at my blog I'll be so glad.

Hugs from Portugal

Ana Love Craft

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