Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Pink penguins...

Penguins & Denim Toy Bag

Penguin Bucket Bag

Bouncy penguins add a fun touch to our denim toy bag and bucket bag. Used together, they form a cute set for packing travel essentials such as a flat iron, comb, and hair brush; separately, they each make an adorable organizer for little girls' doll clothes or bean bags.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Dreaming of a white Christmas...

Royal Blue & Snowflakes Bucket Bag

Mini Travel Tote

Sprightly snowflakes on a royal blue backdrop is all takes to spark our Christmas imaginings. This cute little bucket bag makes wintertime traveling a lot more fun while keeping your favorite things neatly together throughout your journey.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Introducing the rainbow bean bag gift set:

Rainbow Bean Bags with Bucket Bag
Bean Bag Gift Set

Our rainbow bean bags make an even better gift when paired with a sturdy little denim bucket bag. With its petite height, the bag makes the perfect container for a toss game and a travel tote for when it is time to stow the toys away.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

What fits in a stocking and makes kids smile?

Our little Christmas puppy bean bags. Bedecked with tiny Santa hats and stockings, the Dalmatian puppies are sure to delight any small recipient.
Christmas Puppy Bean Bags

Set of 3

Friday, December 11, 2015

Candy cane fun!

One of our newest bean bag designs is the candy cane, and it is already a family favorite. (We even decorated our tree with them for the first week of Christmas!) With bright red and green fabrics, the bean bags make fun stocking stuffers or a memorable prop for Christmas portraits.
Candy Canes
Red & Green
Christmas decorating!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Have a beary merry Christmas!

Our throw-size denim quilt features a backing decorated with Santa Claus, teddy bears, and little angels in a jolly Christmas-themed print.
Christmas Throw Quilt
Front & Back
The Binding

Friday, December 4, 2015

Christmas Table Runners

Red, Green, & Black Table Runner

Make your table festive and bright with our Christmas-colored table runners. Their three-foot length makes them perfect for serving buffet-style at parties or family-style during holiday dinners.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Christmas countdown...

With lots of red, green, and black from our t-shirt yarn stash, we now have trivets, snack mats, and placemats that coordinate. How's that for washable Christmas decor?

Monday, November 30, 2015

Almost over:

Heart Bean Bags

Less than a day left...

Bean Bags for Christmas


Shopping time?

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Small Business Saturday/ Cyber Monday Sale:

20% off our handmade bean bags, gift bags, denim bucket bags, doll clothes, and knitted trivets, through November 30th. Not valid on custom orders. 
Or go directly to our Etsy shop: handiworkingirls.etsy.com
(No coupon code needed.) 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

What size is it? {Table Runner Edition}

Summer Brights Table Runner by Handiworkin' Girls
Tea time!
When it comes to using our table runners, we thoroughly enjoy seeing how many items we can set out at one time. From prepping for a mid-afternoon tea party (complete with plates of chocolate chip cookies) or a dessert bar for after dinner, we designed our table runners to hold a skillet or a large cake pan plus plates and serving pieces or our full coffee paraphernalia for dessert time. Since our knitting provides a thicker base than a layer of fabric, the runner also keeps hot cast iron pans from scarring the tabletop (a definite plus for us!).

Ready for a dessert?

Ocean Blues Table Runner by Handiworkin' Girls
French-pressed coffee and a skillet cookie.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Something sweet!

We wanted a new recipe to model with our placemats so we selected a pineapple upside down cake as our alternative to freshly baked cookies as a prop. The cake's topping features a sweet and gooey mixture of brown sugar, butter, and pineapple in lieu of frosting. The cake itself has a similar flavor to a sponge cake, making it the perfect complement to the pineapple's slightly chewy texture.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

For cake:
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 cups flour 
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup pineapple juice

For topping:
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 can of pineapple, chunks or slices

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Drain the can of pineapple and reserve juice for cake batter.

In a large bowl, cream together 1/2 cup butter, granulated sugar, and eggs. Mix remaining dry ingredients separately and add alternately with juice to creamed sugar mixture.

In a cast iron skillet* on the stovetop, melt 4 tablespoons butter and stir in brown sugar. Simmer together until sugar is dissolved. Arrange pineapple chunks or slices on top of brown sugar mixture. Then pour batter into skillet and bake for 45 minutes.

Let cool for 15 - 20 minutes, then invert skillet over platter. Let stand until cake falls out of skillet (may take 5 minutes or longer). Serve warm, if desired. Any leftovers will keep in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

*Or other 9 to 10 inch diameter oven-proof dish.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

What size is it? {Placemats Edition}

 Now for the placemats - with our "standard" size of 15 inches by 20 inches, there is plenty of room for a full place-setting, including multiple pieces of silverware, glassware, and a charger (if desired). Since we rarely have room for single-tasking pieces in our house, we are often found using our placemats to hold pans of freshly baked cookies (plenty of room for an 11x17 pan here!), cast-iron skillets full of our latest cornbread or scones recipe, or a French press and all the usual coffee-drinking paraphernalia.
Lavender and Navy Blue Placemats by Handiworkin' Girls
Yet another cookie recipe!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

What size is it? {Snack Mat Edition}

Mini Snack Mat by Handiworkin' Girls
A shot of espresso?
It can be hard to determine the size of an item simply by its photos, so we are going to showcase some of our better "scale reference" shots of each of our products. First off, the snack mats! With an average size of 5 inches by 7 inches, they are a little wider than the average coffee mug but narrower than a dessert plate. We have found that they are easier to use than a coaster (and much less likely to be misplaced). The bonus? They are machine-washable, too, so no need to worry about a little coffee spill!

Ocean Blue Snack Mats by Handiworkin' Girls
Need a gingersnap?

Autumn Foliage Snack Mats by Handiworkin' Girls
Or a snack for two?