Sew Deadly – Issue 93

Posted on Apr 16 2014

Marcy’s Musings


Do you have time to stitch up a quick Easter gift? If so, check out this adorable pattern from Just Cross Stitch magazine. M53351_Tisket_300

pattern_springbunny_main1If you crochet, you might want to make these adorable “pets” for someone you love!

How cute are they?!

If you prefer needlepoint, you might want to check out the patterns from Free

Or how about a quick card? Take a look at this pattern from Stitching Cards.fr7



Killer Cakes – Issue 88

Posted on Apr 07 2014


It’s time to inspire your Easter cakes!

Killer Cakes – Issue 87

Posted on Mar 24 2014


Last week, we welcomed the first day of spring. Today, I want to celebrate by sharing with you some beautiful springtime cakes.


Sew Deadly – Issue 91

Posted on Mar 19 2014


Marcy’s Musings

I thought you might be interested in this bead embroidery tutorial by Potomac Bead Company. You can make some beautiful and unique jewelry using this technique!

Killer Cakes – Issue 86

Posted on Mar 10 2014



Are you gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day? If you’d like to make some colorful cupcakes, watch the tutorial below!

Sew Deadly – Issue 90

Posted on Mar 05 2014

Marcy’s Musings

Isn’t this an exciting time of year? It’s almost spring! If you enjoy St. Patrick’s Day as much as my green-beer-drinking friends at the Brew Crew, you might want to make this adorable cross-stitch pattern from To see the pattern larger and get the full stitching instructions, check out the pattern here!


Killer Cakes – Issue 85

Posted on Feb 24 2014


Today one of my customers asked me to make a princess doll for her daughter’s birthday. In case you know a girl who would love a doll cake (I got one for my 12th birthday!), you can follow this simple video tutorial by Ann Reardon of How to Cook That.


Sew Deadly – Issue 89

Posted on Feb 19 2014

Marcy’s Musings

Hi, there! Today I’m thinking about tapestry weaving. We’re getting ready to have an antique textile museum exhibit in Tallulah Falls, and I have weaving on the brain. :) In the video below, Rebecca Mezoff demonstrates James Koehler’s weft interlock technique.


Killer Cakes – Issue 84

Posted on Feb 10 2014

skinny valentine's cake ballsWelcome!

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Are you excited? I’ve always enjoyed this holiday because it gives me a chance to spoil my niece and nephew (Leslie and Lucas) as well as Ben. Most people want a yummy dessert; but they either want ME to make it, or they want it to be easy (that would be my sister Violet).

So here is a simple recipe for cake pops. It just so happens that the recipe has been modified to be lower cal, but please don’t mention that to skinny little Violet! :-)

Valentine’s Day Cake Balls
48 • Size: 1 cake pop Calories: 102.5 • Fat: 4 g • Carb: 15 g Fiber: 0 g • Protein: 1.4 g • Sugar: 7 g Sodium: 68 mg


  • 16.5 oz package yellow cake mix(or flavor of your choice)
  • 6 oz plain fat-free Greek yogurt (Chobani)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • baking spray
  • 48 oz Wilton colored candy melts (20 oz used total, calculated in n.i)*
  • sprinkles
  • mini cupcake liners

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a the cake pop pan with baking spray.

Combine all the cake ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat
until combined. Place the batter into a pastry bag or large Ziploc bag
with the tip cut off.

Pipe the batter into the prepared cake pop pan and bake about 18 minutes
(I rotated the pan after 10 minutes to be sure they baked evenly). Let it
rest 5 minutes before opening the pan.

Place cake balls on a wire rack and repeat with remaining batter. Using a scissor, cut the seam off the balls.
Refrigerate the cake balls for about 45 minutes, this helps the chocolate stick to the cake.
Melt some of the white chocolate melts in the microwave according to package directions, careful not to burn the chocolate. Insert the tip of a bamboo stick into the melted chocolate, then into the cake ball (this helps hold the stick in place) and dip each ball into the chocolate, then onto a sheet of wax paper.
Repeat with remaining balls and chocolate. When the chocolate hardens, place into mini cupcake liners and top with sprinkles and drizzle with chocolate if desired.


Makes 48-50 balls.
*I weighed the chocolate on each ball to calculate the nutritional info. Although the recipe calls for 48 oz of chocolate, not all of it will be used, but you will still need to buy extra so you have enough to coat the cake balls. I calculated 0.4 oz of chocolate on each cake ball.

Sew Deadly – Issue 88

Posted on Feb 05 2014

Marcy’s Musings

Okay, I misspoke in my last issue. But that’s okay. I couldn’t wait another day to share this with you. Isn’t she beautiful? I think she’s as ready for springtime as I am! And she’s on this blog of free cross-stitch designs. My only problem is that I can’t click through to the pattern. Can you? If so, or if you know how I can get this pattern, will you let me know?! Thank you!