Saturday, November 29, 2014

What in the world is A WORLD OF GOOD? Take a look!

Here is a little slideshow of many of the goodies you'll find at 
Open 10:00 -5:00 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through December 7


The Heartland Bell Ringers will be playing at our special event this coming Saturday, December 6.
The event runs the full day of the sale from 10-5 and they will play live from 1:00 to 3:00.  
Come hear them...they are terrific!

Friday, November 28, 2014


If you are looking for Christmas ornaments as a small gift for a club or group event you'll find unusual ornaments at great prices at From the Summer's Garden. You can actually make a nice gift bundle for under $10 that will include several items rather than just one. 
Put together a clever gift that is sure to please at
Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 
from 10:00 to 5:00 through December 7.

Stained glass penguin and embossed ceramic snowflake ring 
 tin assembledge

 awesome crochet (not your grandma's afghan!)

cast recycled paper 
These contain flower seeds and when you plant them in spring they grow into flowers.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

A WORLD OF GOOD Fun Day Prizewinners

Drawings for prizes were held every hour at Fun Day today.  Shoppers also got a chance to particiapte in Creative Workshops in the studio throughout the day.  We made Cardboard Box Hypertufa Containers, Tufa Owl Baskets and Candy Cane and Tree Door Wreaths.  We'll have one more Fun Day on Saturday, December 6.  Join us for some fun!

Friday, November 21, 2014


Nina Ward has a mouth-watering selection of interesting premade dips for the holdiays.  You can use them ready-to-go from the jar and you can also make some pretty cool "dressed up" treats for the holdays.  Here are four great ideas using two of the dips:  Artichoke Leaf and Luscious Lemony Cheesecake Fondue .

Hot Artichoke Dip
Mix 2 cups chipped cooked chicken with 1 jar of Artichoke Leaf Dip and spread into a buttered ovenproof baking dish. Sprinkle with bacon bits and your favorite chipped olives.  Top with herbed bread crumbs. Bake for ½ hour at 350 degrees F.  Serve hot with with crackers or chips.                                                        

Artichoke Leaf Dip Alfredo
Prepare your favorite pasta as usual, saving a little water after draining. Saute 1 cup chopped red peppers with garlic and add 2 cups chopped cooked chicken.  Mix in a jar of Artichoke Leaf Dip, thin with extra cooking water and toss with pasta.Transfer to buttered oven proof baking dish and top with shredded parmesan and romano cheeses. Place under hot broiler for 3-5 minutes to brown cheeses and warm through.

Lemon Cheesecake Fondue.
Mix Luscious Lemony Cheesecake Fondue Dip with ½ cup milk.  Warm, over low heat until hot but not bubbling. Garnish with fresh lemon zest and a dot of butter. Serve warm with fondue sticks and an assortment of good things such as pound cake, graham crackers, vanilla wafers, ginger snaps and fresh fruit.  

Lemon Cheesecake Tarts
Use your favorite pie crust recipe to form small tart shells and bake them same as you would your pie crust. You could simply by them prepared as well in a pinch. Spoon 1 TB of the Lemon Cheescake Dip into each of the tart shells.  Place three fresh raspberries on top of each tart and garnish with whipped cream.  Chill before serving.

Thursday, November 20, 2014


I am always amazed at the gifts and talents each person has to offer.  Joe is one of our studio assistants at From the Summer's Garden.  He is very good at casting concrete and makes a killer batch of hypertufa.  If you've participated in our studios you've most likely met him.  Joe has creativity in spades since both of his parents are gifted artists.  He has just completed his first collection for FTSG...introducing JOE BOWLS! 

 Joe has translated his love of cartooning into these awesome recycled paper 3-D bowls.  They can actually be used to hold stuff, well, maybe not Jello or soup but they're perfect for candy or anything dry.  Joe Bowls will be among our handmade gifts and decor at A WORLD OF GOOD  this weekend.  You gotta see these things!

 10 - 5  
Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Tomato Dip Flat Bread
1. Mix up a batch of Tomato Dip as directed and set aside for flavors to blend.

2. Mix 2 cups white flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour and 2 teaspoons salt
in a bowl.

3. Put 1 envelope (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast in another bowl. Whisk in 1/4 cup warm water, then 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Let rest until the liquid begins to foam, about 10 minutes, then pour this mixture into the center of the flour. Mix the flour and yeast. Add 3/4 cup warm water to the flour and mix again until the dough pulls together in a single, unified mass.

4. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and begin to knead the dough by working it with the heel of your hand to create a smooth ball of dough free of stickiness. This should take 6 to 8 minutes.

5. Brush a clean, bowl with the olive oil and put the ball of dough in the bowl. Cover with a clean cloth and let rise at room temperature until it has doubled in size, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

6. When the dough has risen, divide it in half, or thirds for thinner pizzas, and shape the pieces into balls. Roll out balls of dough on floured surface. 

7. Place on baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal and lightly coat surface of dough with oil. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

8. Spread the tomato dip liberally over the entire surface of the dough ands top with shredded romano and asiago cheeses.

9. Bake in hot oven for 10-15 minutes until browned and bubbly.

It’s delicious, it’s easy, it’s healthy and it will do you a world of good!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

LYNN BAXLEY: Guest Artist

Lynn had been doubting the wisdom of planting that bamboo. That is, until she saw how well it combines with her textured clay to produce these Bamboo Garden Angels! They come with stakes to be used as finials for garden trellises but could be used on a tabletop or in a planter as well.

Lynn also continues to develop her hand built ceramic collection. Her new candy dishes are both fun and beautiful.

Monday, November 10, 2014

CHASE OWENS: Boy Scout Artist

Chase is our newest studio assistant full of ideas and energy.  He has made a collection of para cord wrist bands and key holders. This cording, known as paracord, was originally used for parachute lines in WWII. When paratroopers landed, they used the cord 
to tie down tarps, tents,or even replace their boot ties. The cords were also made into wristbands to count the paces in a mile and kept in case a soldier got lost and needed cord for survival. This versatile material was also used by astronauts on one of Hubble telescope missions. 

Just think of what you can do with one or two of these things! 

Monday, November 3, 2014


Click to view our holiday video

Opening night is Thursday evening, November 6, from 5:00-8:00. Mary Rimman will be sampling local wines for the season, Nina Ward will have the latest new treats from KC Gourmet.  Pam Hayek will be sampling fresh Cookie Crumbles gourmet cookies.  Live music will be provided by Bob Morrison and the Heartland Bell Ringers.  There will also be free craft activities in the studio.

   C'mon, join'll do you A WORLD OF GOOD!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

LISA FREEMAN: Guest Artist

Lisa Freeman will be with us this year with many of her familiar artistic formats in re-purposed wood, wire and metal.  BUT THIS YEAR Lisa traveled through Scotland and returned with a pile of Lochcarron woolens.  

Floral lapel pins and throw pillows of Scottish Tartan will catch your eye this Holiday season at FTSG!

 She has also created some spiffy new greeting cards adorned with her latest photography.