Wednesday, January 25, 2017

January Snows

January, 2017

In the bleak Midwinter, frosty wind made moan
Earth as hard as iron, water like a stone...

Dear Friends,
Here in Utah, we are caught in that bleak Midwinter.  We have shoveled snow every day packing it higher than our heads, slipped and skated our way about this city, and battled the frozen walls and boulders left in our driveways by the snow plows.  But on the good side, the snow is lovely and deep, and when you can be at home, it is very cozy.  Teri snapped this photo as she was leaving the house.  The deer was just outside the back door and had a baby with it.  She didn't seem very unsettled by the human, but slowly stood up and ambled off.  The deer are always a sign that Winter is truly here as they roam down out of the mountains looking for food.  The other great thing is that it makes the perfect weather to stay inside and stitch up a storm.  We have been working on a few new things and are trying to get ourselves on the road to Nashville.  
So wherever you happen to be right now, I implore you to join us here in the snowy west and take a look at some fun new things that are going on here for this cold month.

New From Shepherd's Bush

2017 Scissor Fob by Shepherd's Bush
Kit:  $16.00
2017 engraved Ginger Scissors: $46.00

Every Year, we design a fob to match the darling Ginger scissors.  We have the scissors engraved with the year, and Shepherd's Bush on the other side of the blade.  These scissors are especially fun this year, but they will only be available for a short time, so don't delay.  The fob will be available all through the year.  Please remember these are Shepherd's Bush exclusives (not available for wholesale) 

Love Notes 
Chart: $8.00
Complete kit: $
Pink Frame: $

Teri is starting a new series this year.  She is very excited to design these little holiday samplers.  Each piece will have a sweet set of buttons and Jill, our darling framer, will be making the perfect frame for each one which will be available for you to purchase as well.  Now it will be fun for me to wonder which holiday she is doing next.  

Heart Play Pin Cushion

Here is a new little heart-filled pin cushion which is just ready for Spring.  Worked on 32 count linen with sweet colors of Weeks overdyed threads.  I had such a great time working on this and hopefully you will as well. Kit includes hand-dyed silk ribbon and little buttons for the edging.  Very sweet.

Spring display

Teri has just finished rearranging the entire shop so that Christmas is tucked away in the front window and other things are making their way to the front of the shop. Here is a wonderful assortment of Spring pieces.  Even the tree is budding with little spring pillows and pin cushions.  

Snow Display

  I sort of love snowy years because then everyone is excited to stitch snowmen and darling winter pictures.  Here is a table just bursting with fun things to stitch this January...and February...and March.  The rate we are going here in Utah, we might be stitching snow well into April and May.  Go ahead and click on this photo and you will see things a little closer.  Watch for Cricket's Winter,  Snow Story by Lizzie Kate, Winter Row by Bent Creek, and our darling Winter Trifles.  Plus a lot of other very sweet pieces.  These will definitely keep you warm during the next few months.  

Shepherd's Bush Yearly Snowmen

 And speaking of snowmen--here is Teri's wall of all of our colored snowmen.  I love how they look all together like this.  It is a bit inspiring to be thinking about what I am going to do for this year.  hmmm....

Sheep wall

I just love all our many sheep pieces.  It is hard to choose which ones will go up on this wall, sometimes Teri changes them out periodically.  Now we have from top left- Lynnette's History of Sheep by Jardin Prive', top right- Little Sheep virtues by Little House, left center- Sheep in the Meadow by Shepherd's Bush, pin cushion- Tall Sheep by Shepherd's Bush, Welcome- by Homespun Elegance, Bee Buzzing by Chessie and Me, bottom right- French Woolens by Plum Street Samplers, bottom left- Primitive Sheep by Ewe and I.    The pillow is by Heart and Hand.  Give us a call if you would like any of these patterns or supplies.  

New Zappy Dots
by Little House Designs
magnets:  $12.00

I am not always much of a gadget person--Teri loves every gadget imaginable and the more the better.  However, I do love a stitching magnet.  I just need them on my piece to catch my flying needles before I am hunting them off the floor.  These new ones from Little House are very fun  and come in a great variety.  The little girls are darling and of course the Sheep are the absolute best.  But if you look closely, you will see great houses, some sayings, and even a wonderful cow.  How fun!

Snow Place
leaflet:  $6.00

This is the first part of a series that is very sweet.  I love how Teri  had it stitched on the polka dot linen so that it looks just like snow coming down.  

Little House Alphabet House series
each house pattern $6.00

Reeta is cruising right along on the LittleHouse series.  She has 2 more.  We chose to stitch all these houses on the same 36 count fabric and I love how it is turning out.  

New Series by Little House 
"Early Americans"

Diane from Little House Needleworks describes her new series... 
"The series will feature eight well-known historical figures. The ninth design is a "center piece" that can be stitched if stitching them all together. A page will be created on the Little House web site in a few weeks that will list fabric and threads. If interested, " give us a call! 
 I think we will stitch them  as individual ornaments to hang on our Americana Tree.  We  can send you  32 count or 36 count fabric, We may use different colors of fabric.  Please let us know if you would like to be on an auto ship.  

Sprightly Snowman by Artful Offerings
Pattern $10.00

  When our finisher dropped this pillow off today, I was so happy, he just  makes me smile.
We have stitched him on a 7 count fabric and have used #3 perl cotton.  added buttons and he is the perfect winter pillow.  He would also be adorable as an ornament on smaller linen.  

Spring Frolic At Bunny Hill by With Thy Needle & Thread
Pattern $12.00

This came back to us from Amy,  I love the radish rose fabric it is fabulous  We have tweaked the colors to be Eastery, and I think buttons will be next  So Sweet.  

Sampler House  by Nikycreations
Pattern $ 11.50

Our friend, Penny stitched this darling spring piece for us - Thanks Penny-  
We have changed a few of the colors and we might add some buttons...  

Well, I have the sinking feeling that we are going to have to go out and shovel before I go to bed.  Yay!  Hopefully, I will write again before too long.  As Nashville approaches, be sure to watch for sneak peaks and let us know if there is anything you want us to bring back for you. 
 Have a safe and stitchy few weeks.  
Until next time, fondly, Tina 

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

The first week of December, 2016

Dear Friends,
Well, I guess the Christmas season has arrived both with the month and the weather.  We had our first big snow this week and as you can see, Teri got right into her snowman making mood--snowsheep as well.  I love all of the beginnings of Christmas--the lights, the carols at church, the excitement at the shop and of course the first of the holiday parties.  But what I really don't like is the fact that it all rushes by us so quickly.  I sort of want the days to just slow down and give us all the time we want to enjoy the preparation and anticipation.  I am not one of those early birds as far as the holidays are concerned.  I don't shop early, I don't decorate early, and now is the time that I really feel like getting out a great Christmas project and stitching away.  Unfortunately, for all of those reasons, I love to just amble through the first 2 weeks of December and then I panic... Oh well.  I am looking forward to getting some baking done, and planning special meals for when my boys will be home and doing a little stitching.  But in my heart, I know that it will all come and go so quickly that I will never keep up.  So I just keep thinking about the mantra for this past Retreat--Enjoy the Journey.  And that is what I am going to try to do this December...not worry so much about all the things there are to do, but just have fun for the moment with whatever we are doing. 
Teri and I sort of like to catch a few Christmas movies, but we take a bit of heat from the guys in my family for watching them.  I complained to Teri when Hallmark started their constant loop of holiday offerings near the end of October.  Seriously?  We have caught a few of them already--ok perhaps more than a few of them--as we were getting ready for the shop Christmas Open House as well as completing some of our new projects for the season.  But then some glitch of fate or wrinkle in the cosmos caused my DVR to suddenly start recording every one of them.  I am in a bit of distress as they are recording by the tens and twenties every day, and I have no idea how to make them stop  So every night I have to delete everything that has recorded that day.  I mean, honestly, it's not like they don't repeat a hundred times a week.  Yikes!  My boys have gotten their wish--I am quite tired of seeing even the title of a Christmas movie these days.  I really have to figure out the hidden secrets of the mysterious DVR.

All is Calm
New kit by Shepherd's Bush:  $36.00

Here is a new little kit to go along with our new Ornament--Up on the House Top and Teri's darling St. Nick Sled/Tag.  I think he turned out rather sweet and he was certainly a lot of fun for me to stitch.    He isn't really quite as bright as the photo shows, but I hope that you will enjoy his gentle reminder as we face this holiday season and indeed the world this year.

Santa Tag kit $8.00
by Shepherd's Bush

Up on the Housetop
 card:  $5.00
complete kit:  $20.00

Limited edition Christmas Fobs

I've been making these little fobs this past week, and I think they turned out very sweet.  I don't have lots of them, but hopefully I will have enough for you for this special Christmas.

Born in a Manger by Little House Needleworks
chart:  $8.50

We just love this new little nativity by Little House.  It is simple and sweet and not really a lot of work.  Perfect for a gift or just enjoy it yourself.  

Stocking Stuffers

I think that this time of the year, we are all on the lookout for little stocking stuffers and tiny friend gifts.  So...we are going to give you a few ideas for something new and very fun.

Zappy Dots
by Blackbird Designs and Lizzie Kate

Barb and Alma brought some of these to the Retreat in October and everyone loved them.  We have ordered more to have in the shop as well as some brand new ones from Lizzie Kate.  They are very clever and darling and each little dot has a magnet on the back so that you may use them as needle minders.  I love that they come in these little plastic boxes that made them quite special.  You may have to call us to see what styles we have, but be assured that even you might like to find one of these in the toe of your sock on Christmas Day.

Zappy Fobs

This is a very fun idea--scissor fobs with the little dots.  You get the chain and the frame and then you just choose which of the little dots you want to put in it.  Lots of fun and surprises in store for some lucky stitcher.

More Stocking Stuffers

This fun table is overflowing with great little gift ideas.  We have little stuffed fabric pin cushions, holiday mesh bags, needle minders, tacky bead minders, and a fabulous assortment of Cece's wonderful needle trays.  If you are ready for something quick...we've got your back.  

Magnetic Needle trays $8.00

We have a few of the needle keepers from Kelmscott

Tacky Bob for Christmas

Threaders from Just Another Button Company

New snowman kits by Wichelt  

Hands Across the Sea Charts

We have just received a new shipment of these beautiful reproduction samplers from 
England.  Several of our customers have been stitching some of these wonderful samplers and it really makes me want to get busy and make one.  Might be the perfect gift for your favorite stitcher this year, or give one to yourself for the perfect present to keep you warm and happy as January approaches.  

Well, I guess I will get this sent off to you, and hopefully I will write again next week.  Those are my plans, anyway.  So speaking of holiday movies, I do have 1 great recommendation:  The Shop Around the Corner.  I watched it late last night after work and Christmas shopping with Teri and Bob.  I just pulled up a blanket and watched it.  Bob kept coming in and asking me what I was laughing at, but I was just thoroughly enjoying this lovely, old movie.  
So however you begin this Advent season at your house, be calm, be happy, and be safe.  
fondly, Tina

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Week

November has been an extraordinary month in Utah this year.  October is usually lovely,  dependable, an all around good sport, but seriously November is fickle, moody and can be downright tempestuous. So the mild past couple of weeks has been a gift.  We have had tomatoes flourishing in our gardens and have still been picking everyday for lunch and dinner.  Then in the midst of a warm afternoon, Winter came creeping in with wind and snow.  Ugh!  So Teri tore around like a mad person harvesting the garden and hanging boughs of--well not holly--but tomatoes from every place she could find.  Our front window at work, with its natural solar warmth, is now the happy home of our ripening harvest.  People are a bit surprised to see it when they come shopping, especially when one of us saunters out to the window to pick something fresh for lunch.  It is working out quite nicely. Whoever said that an abundance of tomatoes can't flourish amongst fine needlework.  

Well, indeed November is here along with Thanksgiving, and we are busy trying to get ready for our Christmas Open house on Saturday.  If you are nearby, we invite you to stop by on the 26th between 11 and 4 for some Holiday Cheer.  We have yummy treats in store and I know that I am going to be making my fudge and Teri will be making her date balls--hint, hint as well as a bunch of other fun delights to try.  Plus--my sister in law's famous egg nog.  Yum.  We have some fun new Christmas things to show you just in case you are ready for a new December project.  For some reason this always seems the time that I love to stitch on Christmas things, even though I probably won't get them finished before the big holiday.  Plus...remember it is American Express Shop Small Saturday, so get your card ready or give us a call to order and you will get double points.  
I hope to see you here.  

Up On the Housetop
Shepherd's Bush 2016 Christmas Ornament
Card:  $5.00
Complete kit:  $24.00

I finally have this year's ornament finished and ready.  It was a lot of fun to do and goes right along with the past few ornaments which celebrate favorite Christmas Carols.  Besides it is something that you could easily get finished in time to hang on your tree or garland.

Old Saint Nick Tag/Sled
Kit:  $8.00

Teri's new tag/sled is ready for this year.  It is a darling old St Nick with his pack and is a blast to do.  The kit comes with all the supplies to complete including the holly printed paper tag and ribbon.  It will also fit perfectly on the little sled ornaments, but you will need to purchase those separately.  

All Is Calm
sneak peak

A new little kit that I am frantically working on.  I will post the info as soon as I finish, and I am hurrying...

Teri has been busy rearranging the shop from Halloween into Christmas,  and all the front displays are very festive.  Here is one of our great Christmas walls.   If you look carefully you can see some of our favorite pieces--new and old.  In the middle is out wonderful French Advent Countdown and next to it is Plum Street's Kringle and Woolard along with Key to Christmas,  Jingle,  and Ewe Better Not Pout.  Take a closer look and see what else you can find... 

She loves to transform our spooky tree into an ornament tree, and I just love it.  I might take it home with me on Christmas Eve and use it as our family tree.  Great idea, Tina!  Sue and Teri might be making origami lights....really?  But please go forth you two, and then I don't have to worry about lighting it either.  Yay, better and better.  

Petite Christmas Sampler
by Nikyscreations 
Chart $14.00

Niky is our darling Italian friend and this is one of her new pieces for the holiday.  Isn't it quite sweet.  I like everything about it and especially the checkered linen that we stitched it on.  Very old-fashioned.  I hope we get some kits made for the Christmas Party.  I would love to work on it.  

Wise Men Still Seek Him
By Lizzie Kate  
Card $5.00

Here is a new pattern from Lizzie Kate that we have just had stitched.  It is very cute and a perfect design to get us into the spirit of the season.  

 Heart Holly Bears the Crown
by Heartstrings Samplery
Chart $10.00

Christmas Portrait
by Madame Chantilly 
chart $11.50

We just unpacked some adorable new holiday pieces from Madame Chantilly.  Teri pulled this one out to send to Dez to stitch for the shop.  It is going to be fabulous.  

Thanksgiving Display

I know, Thanksgiving is only a couple of days away, but we have so many darling pictures for this somewhat forgotten holiday, that I hate to see it come and go quite so quickly.  It has been fun and so many people have had a great time working on Thanksgiving projects this year that is has been exciting  to watch.  

This new little one by Chessie n Me is very sweet.
Autumn Blessings $12.00

And, of course Paulette's (Plum Street Samplers) little Scary 2 is still perfect for this November holiday.  $20.00

Here is another little collection of fun autumn projects.  I just love Turkey Bay by Plumstreet which is just chock full of turkeys, pilgrims, boats, flowers and humor.  Definitely on my list for next year. $12.00

The small sampler on the left is another favorite fall piece.  It is Pumpkin House by Chessie and Me. It is a kit complete with threads and fabric:  $30.00 

Thanksgiving Trifles                                                                      Autumn Trifles
Leaflet $8.00                                                                                   Leaflet $8.00
by Shepherd's Bush                                                                         by Shepherd's Bush

Teri has so much fun designing her Trifles.  Thanksgiving Trifles was new this year.  I think she is working on a new one.     

Teri is always a bit sad on November 1, when she has to move Halloween back to its own corner.  She loves Halloween!!!  There are so many fabulous Halloween designs, we wanted to share a few of our new stitched pieces from this year.  So for those of you who love spooky stitchings...this section is for you.

Spell of the Moon
by Blackbird
chart $8.00 
32 count fabric $7.50 

This is such an amazing fabric, and just perfect for this piece.  
We have added a few colors and love how it turned out.  

The new Lizzie Kate Spooked Mystery 

Top is the Lizzie Kate Spooked Mystery stitched on a great purple 32 count linen.  
Center is Almost Halloween by Drawn Thread $11.00 
Bottom is Jolly Jack by All Through the Night: $8.00

Top Left- October Snapshot by pine Mountain, stitched on a great green fabric.
Bottom Left- Witch Inn by With Thy Needle and Thread
Right- Which Witch  $10.00 chart

Old Black Cat and Friends
Pattern $12.00
2 fabric set: $7.15

Are these sooooooo darling we stitched two of the three patterns on 2 different fabrics.  Love them

Witch's Night Out
by With Thy Needle
Chart $10.00

Little House Alphabet Houses
A sampler in 9 parts 
each pattern: $6.00

This is shaping up to be a wonderful little sampler.  Each month you receive and new little house and button with just enough tine to complete it before the next one arrives.  If you would like to join in on this darling adventure,  just give us a call.

Well, we have been having a philosophical discussion at work on what is the best way to spend Thanksgiving.  Oddly, its hasn't really been about each person championing her own celebration.  Instead it has been a little bit of remembered nostalgia for childhood Thanksgivings viewed through the memories of our child-selves' eyes.  And a bittersweet longing for the Thanksgiving some of us weren't having this year.  The one who was celebrating with the family cast of thousands longed for a quiet, more intimate dinner, and the one who was cooking for a small group, longed for a bit more chaos and company.  The one who missed her early celebration altogether, and the one whose boys won't be home to stir up the quiet and solitude with debates on the state of the world.  But in the end, perhaps it doesn't matter what we think Thanksgiving should be, but how it is for this year...the people you are with now, the joy of the moment, and the blessings it brings.  
So, however you are spending Thanksgiving, have a wonderful time and try to squeeze in a few moments of stitching to give you calm and joy.
Be safe and happy...
fondly, Tina