Best (and Cheapest) Spot Remover Ever

spot remover - Page 001Did you know that mixing equal amounts of Dawn Ultra Dishingwashing Liquid™ and Hydrogen Peroxide are the best and cheapest spot remover ever? It has to be the original blue Dawn—the first one that came on the market. I have been using this spot remover for over 30 years and it is the best thing I have found. Some people wonder about the hydrogen peroxide bleaching or spotting their clothes but this has never happened to me in over three decades. The only thing it does not remove is ink and hair spray will remove ink. Many years ago, it even removed red jello from my toddling daughter’s dress!

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Awesome Cinnamon Rolls

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Mix dry ingredients:

2 cups flour

1 tablespoon yeast (room temperature)

3 tablespoons sugar

Beat on low speed for 30 seconds.

Add the following ingredients to dry mixture:

2 eggs (room temperature)

¼ cup melted butter (not too hot or it will kill the yeast)

½ cup warm water

2/3 cup warm milk

Beat on high speed for 3 minutes.

Add 2¼ cup flour and mix in with wooden spoon.

Consistency will look like this.

Consistency will look like this.

Knead for about 6 – 8 minutes until smooth or elastic.

Place in a greased bowl.

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Place wet paper towel over bowl of dough. This will keep it moist and help it rise. Let rise about 1 hour or until doubled.

 It will look like this photo when it’s ready to roll out.

It will look like this when it’s ready to roll out.

Make the filling.

Filling:

½ cup melted butter

½ cup sugar

½ cup packed brown sugar

1 – 2 tablespoons cinnamon

1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

½ cup craisins or raisins (optional)

Combine the ingredients for filling to make a thick sauce-like mixture.

Filling will look like this.

Filling will look like this.

When dough has risen, punch down. Roll into 14”x22” rectangle.

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Evenly spread filling mixture on dough. Start rolling with the long end.

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Slice into 18 – 24 rolls. Place cinnamon rolls into two greased 9”x13” pans.

Leave enough space in between rolls, allowing room to rise.

Leave enough space in between rolls, allowing room to rise.

Let rise until double, about 45 minutes.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, remove from oven and brush dough with 2 tablespoons melted butter. Bake 10 – 15 minutes longer until golden brown. Do not over-cook.

While rolls are baking, make the icing.

Icing:

2 cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons corn syrup

2 tablespoons milk

Combine the ingredients for icing and pour over hot cinnamon rolls.

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Recipe compliments of my ever so talented and clever daughter-in-law, Beth and her sister, the queen of making “to die for” cinnamon rolls, Laura. Used by permission.

 

A Few of My Favorite Quilts

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I am excited to be part of New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop at Plum and June. At the end of this post, you will find a list of other Blog Hop participants. I will start by introducing myself to everyone who does not know me.

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My name is Camelia Elliott and I started quilting in 1995. My love for quilting has grown into a business, “Camelia’s Unique Creations”. I design and publish quilt patterns, host 4 day/3 nights quilting retreats, give lectures and teach quilting class. I travel across the US and teach at quilt guilds and quilt shows.

My most fascinating quilted project is my quilted couch. I designed a simple block and set it in a kaleidoscope arrangement to create this stunning piece of furniture.

quilted couch TEXTI made a king size quilt and cut it up to reupholster my couch.

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For a slideshow of photos of the quilted couch in progress and to read more, click here then scroll to the bottom of the page. Quilt shop owners from miles around went crazy over my first quilted cushion. I decided to share my concept with others. When I went to my machine quilter’s house to pick up the quilt, she commented, “This looks really good on my bed.” She was right. I made the decision to publish a pattern with all bed sizes “Kaleidoscope Flower Garden”.

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When placing the “couch quilt” (created with blues and yellows) next to the wallhanging (created with country French fabrics in primary colors) I was amazed at the difference.

One change was the layout. In the quilted couch, the starbursts are outside of the center kaleidoscope. In the wallhanging, the starburst is in the center.

Both projects are created with the same simple quilt block. Isn’t the difference amazing?

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“Lighthouse Cottage by the Sea” was created to commemorate our 30th wedding anniversary trip to Florida. I considered creating a scrapbook, but instead designed a scrapbook quilt that resembled 35mm film strips and beach memorabilia.
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Working with the vivid, cheerful colors was a breath of fresh air and filled my heart with joy. This is one of my favorite quilt designs.

To see all of my quilt pattern designs go to my website and click on patterns.

Now I’d like to show and tell you about my charity quilts for P Buckley Moss Foundation.

8 Moss_portrait - Page 007Since 2007, I’ve enjoyed working with Pat Moss. I have always loved children and The P. Buckley Moss Foundation promotes the integration of the arts into all educational programs, with a special focus on children who learn in different ways. Moss/Elliott raffled and auctioned quilts have brought in approximately $3,000. to the P. Buckley Moss Foundation. Click here to see all of my originally designed charity quilts as well as close up details and photos of the quilts in progress.

I will share a few blogging tips, some quilting tips and a few trivial facts about myself.

My blogging tip suggestions are: do not use an all white background with all words and no photos (b-o-r-i-n-g). Use a lot of photos because they help tell a story and many people are visual learners. Small photos on a blog frustrate me. I like to be able to see everything and strongly dislike small photos.

There are quilting tutorials on my blog. My favorite videos are “Demystifying Y-Seams” (April 30, 2014) and “Easy Needle Threading Video Tutorial” (April 20, 2014). Special thanks to my friend Mary Ellen of Quilt Mouse Blog for filming the videos.

A few trivial facts about myself? I am a blacksmith artisan.

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Although blacksmithing is at the opposite end of the spectrum from quilting, forging that hunk of iron gives me satisfaction and offers another avenue to express my creativity. Because my grandfather and great grandfather were both blacksmiths, it must be in my genes. I have created: a Camellia flower business card holder (click here to see photo slideshow), yard art, a bottle tree and much more. There are more blacksmithing photos on my Facebook page “Camelia’s Unique Creations”.

Trivial fact #2—I am an author. My living history book, “Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains” is a combination of quilting, photography, history and literary work. If you would like to read about my “quilt that grew into a book” click here.

If you are interested in quilting, photography, or blacksmithing, you may enjoy my website and Facebook page “Camelia’s Unique Creations.

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What a Friend

A while back, I had a lovely visit with my friend, Fran T. She showed me a quilt she was working on and didn’t care for.  She asked if I wanted it.

Fran and Camelia's quiltWow–what a friend!  Of course I wanted it.  The quilt was blue and yellow, perfected matched my quilted couch and living room decor.

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Narrow Gauge Railroad in Durango and Silverton, Colorado

On a recent trip to our daughter’s in Durango, Colorado we checked something off of our bucket list–taking a train ride in the Colorado Rockies on the Narrow Gauge Railroad, between Durango and Silverton.  This restored steam train offers scenic, seasonal rides and ends at a museum displaying machinery. If you ever have a chance to go, I’d strongly suggest that you do so!  It was awesome.  Enjoy the photos.

We heat with wood and I loved the ornate pot belly stove in the train station.

We heat with wood and I loved the ornate pot belly stove in the train station.

There was still snow in early May.  This area could receive snow in June.

There was snow in early May. This area could receive snow in June.

Beautiful mountain scenery along the way.

Beautiful mountain scenery along the way.

When I asked for the time, out came the cool pocketwatch!

When I asked for the time, out came the cool pocket watch!

Nice mountain views in the background.

Snowcapped mountain views in the background.

All aboard!

All aboard!

Switchback on the ride back.

Switchback on the ride back.

Awesome panaromic shot.

Awesome panaromic shot.

Panaromic antique wooden train car.

Panaromic antique wooden train cars.

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