Saturday, February 28, 2015

Nashville Part Two

Nashville Market:  part the second

Dear Friends, 
It is 12:00 AM, and Tina is sound asleep in the chair, waiting for me to load all the photos for tonight.  I only zipped around for a bit today, as our booth/room was busy all day.  But I did pick up so many wonderful things that I wanted to share a few of them.  Please remember our market week end at the shop will start on Thursday and go all week-end.  So... here are just a few things I wanted you to see.  I have a huge box under the table I need to price, maybe tomorrow if I can just get my sister up and back to work.  What a piker!  I will definitely take more photos and post again tomorrow night.  Sorry no prices yet--I will update tomorrow. 

Classic Colorworks threads set 

These are the new threads from Classic Colorworks, they are sooooooooo gorgeous!!!  I am sure the creamy one is just for us...Shabby Sheep???  All three are used in a darling new free pattern from Diane at Little House Needleworks.  It is an adorable spring sheep.  You will get a copy of this sweet patterns with these scrumptious new cotton threads.  I am thinking of just the perfect fabric...  picked it up here at market.  We visited with Ronny Williams the new owner of Classic Colorworks, and he was so darling.  We talk on the phone, but it was great to put a name with a face.  

Down in the Valley
by Blackbird

Alma and Barb have fabulous new projects that make me want to just sit down and stitch.  This one is a Reward of Merit and is finished on the top of a candle stick.  They are brilliant.  

My Pink Rose
by Blackbird

This second reward of merit is  just as wonderful.  I always love the polka dot fabric, so this one is great, great, great!  

In Friendship's Way
By Blackbird 

These next few photos are from their new book.  Of course it is amazing--filled with beautiful projects and great finishing ideas.  My favorite is this tiny basket pincushion hanging from a bird.  I want this! The box of strawberry pincushions is so sweet, and 2 samplers are also in this marvelous book. 

All of these designs are in their new book.

Chalkboard series
by Hands On Designs

This is a fun new monthly series. Pat from R & R has dyed a great dark gray linen in a 30 count.  I have come up with a positively brilliant way to finish these sweet projects... Can't wait to get one stitched and finished.  You will love it.  We will be stitching spring.  Each pattern uses Sampler thread Chalk and one other color.  Very fun! 

by Hand on Designs and Just Another Button Company

This is a fun new series that will be coming out every couple of months. They are postcard size patterns and have fun embellishments. 

Oh, Bee-Hive

Another fun pattern from Hands On designs.  What is better than bees... well maybe sheep, but bees are a close second.  

There are so many things about the market that we love.  Everyone coming together with a common love of needlework.  Visiting with darling friends, fabulous shop owners, and inspiring designers from all over the world.  Being totally inspired by amazing designs.  Laughing until our sides hurt.  Everyone here is so sweet and kind and thrilled to just be together again for a few short days.  

Well I want to start sorting through my purchases from the last few days, and start pricing. I could see if something is on TV to watch while I price, but I have hung pictures over the TV screen and can only see about 2 inches on the bottom of the screen.   Tina might be waking up............. nope she is really out.  ...until tomorrow,  Teri 

PS  Here is a wonderfully huge sampler stitched by Gigi of Gigi's samplers (I am bringing home some of her fabulous sampler charts - not this one, it is not available) She always brings the most amazing samplers to inspire us.    It is as tall as I am., and I just love looking at it.  

Nashville Market, 2015- part:  the first

Hi Friends,
Here we are almost ready for our first great day of the market.  Teri spent all night last night decorating the outside of our window.  Doesn't it look good?  Sadly, I fell sound asleep inside in the living room and could only vaguely in the depths of my subconscious here her chatting with everyone who wandered past.  I think she did a perfect job even without me.  Today we spent setting up our room and getting ready for tomorrow.  It was a lot of fun and the room looks quite awesome.  There are so many wonderful designers here that it will be exciting to share with you all of our treasures.  

Everyone hangs a sign outside their room so that it is easier to find them.  Unfortunately, when we went to unpack the box that holds our sign, we realized that it is still sitting back in Utah in the cupboard under the stairs.  So tonight at ten we had to make our own sign with markers and chalk.  Pat and Norma are helping Teri hang the finished sign from the railing.  Doesn't it look like they are in a candle factory.  That is funny.  

Buzz into Spring with Shepherd's Bush

Well, here are our new offerings for this market.  I hope you like them.

Abundance Sampler
Kit: $80.00

 This sampler is stitched on 32 count hand-dyed linen with beautiful shades of solid and hand-dyed silk threads.  Complete with sweet embellishments and a tiny sampler within the sampler, this piece will bring you much joy.

Stone Snowman
Kit:  $30.00

Our snowman for 2015 is happily guarding his little village under the moon's watchful eye.  Stitched on 30 count hand-dyed linen with faded silks and overdid cotton threads, he will be fun for all.

Be Still Pin Cushion
Kit:  $30.00

I have been wanting to design a series of larger pin cushions for a while now.  Here is my first one.  I had such a great time working on it, I just didn't really want to finish it up.  It is worked on 32 count Sandstone with fun overdid threads.  We have fun little buttons to embellish it as well.  The kit also comes with fabulous green ric race, black glass beads, and wool felt for the backing.  How fun.  And...Just Another Button Company has made a sweet pin set for us to go with this cushion.  So darling.

Busy Bee Bag
Kit:  $24.00

Teri has spent months getting this darling piece ready to go...picking the perfect fabrics and colors.  I think it turned out so sweet.  Like our other little bags, it is just the right place to pack a tiny project and get on the go.  The bag is already made and everything you will need to complete this piece is included in your kit.  Have fun!

Be Joyful Fob
Kit:  $16.00

Teri has had a great time designing this little set.  With the Busy Bee Bag and the Bless Ewe chart (below), they are a great companion group.  Ready for Spring, this little piece includes everything you need to complete it:  32 count linen, fun threads and buttons and beautiful hand-dyed ribbon.      

Good Luck Box
Kit: $12.00  
(Box is sold separately) 

Teri loves designing these little box kits,  and she has been nursing her Shamrock plant since last March just to have in a St Patty's Day picture. It is looking a bit peaky, but alive.  (I guess a bit like people.  

Spring Trifles
Leaflet $8.00

Here is the latest in our Trifle series.  Sweet fabrics, buttons and hand-dyed ribbon all combine to create three sweet pincushions.  As always, we have these wonderful projects  as a leaflet or a complete kit with all the finishing supplies.  The girls at the shop are busy cutting the fabrics and all the bits and bobs for this kit.  

Pink Daisy Button

Bless Ewe
Free pattern with the purchase of the Pink Daisy Button
or a complete kit for $30.00
This is our new button for the market.  It is locally hand-made by a friend, and is so adorable.  Bless Ewe is stitched on 18 count linen with cotton overdyed floss and wool thread.  The kit includes all the supplies you will need to stitch the pincushion.
You will just love the sweet threads, linen, ribbon and fabulous pink plaid backing fabric.  And the button is a darling.
And...Jill's fabulous frame.  OK, you might need to stitch 2 of these.  

Well, we are ready to open our door and get started.  We will post some fun things later today, so watch or look for us on Instagram.  Yay!  
Tina and Teri

Thursday, February 19, 2015


Almost Market
February, 2015

Dear Friends,
Well, here we are one week away from the Nashville market.  Yay!!
Months ago, when we started the planning, it was comfortingly far off, but now it is coming at us so quickly that I sort of want to put on the brakes.  Yikes...we have gotten a lot finished, but there is still a ton to do.  Teri and I are getting very excited, and if we can get everything stitched, and kitted and shipped, we will be ready for the best market ever.  Can't wait!   (Well, maybe I least for a week.) At the shop, we have a motivational mantra that we use:  Pony up, little cowgirl--which really means: pick up the pace and is usually aimed at me.  No one can keep up Teri's pace, but believe me, we are certainly trying.  If we can just keep her from thinking up new 5 new projects for us tonight. We do have a great group of new things almost ready for Nashville, so keep your eye on our blog and we will truly try to keep you in the picture all along the way.  We will post all of our new things early on Saturday morning the 28th, and I hope that you will love them as much as we do.  We will try to add many of the fun things that we have found at the market throughout the weekend as well. Teri has already ordered linens for many of the new designs that are coming from Nashville so that we will be ready to go as soon as we get home.  Remember---if there is something that you would like us to find for you at the market, Teri is on it. She is making a list and checking it twice, and we will be happy to look for anything that you would like.  Just give us a quick call and it can be yours.  

We will be having our Market weekend here at the shop on Thursday, March 5th -Saturday March7th.  We will have everything out and ready with linens and threads and of course, we will have our yummy cupcakes to share.  So, if you are in Utah, do plan to come visit us on those days and share in all of the fun.  And if you aren't--just give us a call and let us personally gather and package up a wonderful market treasure bag for you.

Sneak peak of Spring Trifles ribbon......

Here are a couple of sneak peaks of things that are coming from Shepherd's Bush just to get you as excited as we are.  We have so many darling designs and other treasures that we will have ready for market, so keep on watching.

Abundance Sampler

Here is a peak at our big sampler for the market.  

Stone Snowman

Our Snowman for 2015 is quite sweet whether you are willing your snow to disappear or still waiting for it to arrive.

Pink Daisy Buttons

Aren't they just adorable?  Part of our exclusive kit--Bless Ewe-- for the market, these sweet little babies are patiently waiting to be packaged and sent off.  Just wait until you see the little piece on which they belong.  You are going to love it! 

In the Shop now......

Winter Trifles 
by Shepherd's Bush
Leaflet $8.00
Complete kit $66.00

Winter Trifles have been so much fun to stitch.  The Fabric Flair people designed a new sparkly snowflake fabric for us, and we love it.  You can purchase just the leaflet, or we have put everything together in a kit, three stitchng fabrics, backing fabrics, buttons, beads, hand-dyed ribbons, threads,  ok--everything except the stuffing. The most fun you could have in a bag. 

Pins By Puffin 

Here are some very fun new items from our friend Diane, at Puffin.  She showed these at the market last month in Phoenix and we have loved having them here at the shop.  Aren't these pins sweet?  Now, we are just waiting for her to go sheep pins.

Threaders by Puffin 
$8.00 Regular and Micro  

We love these great needle threaders.  They come in two hook sizes and are super strong.  And....there are the sheep.

Winter Sliders 
kit $19.50
Pins $15.50

These new slider kits are such fun because they come with the wool you need.  Super sweet designs, and Teri is just dying to whip them up... but she needs to be working on new market things.  We're bringing home fabulous spring sliders from market, so watch for them.  So quick and darling.

New Bee Stitching Bags
Large $30.00
Medium $28.00

Bee Border Bags
Large $30.00

Other Bee Bags

Top:  Olive Bees
Middle:  Teal flowers and Bees
Bottom:  Soft Green Bees

Sewing Stitching bags
Large $30.00
Medium $28.00

New Sheep Bags
Large $30.00
Medium $28.00
Small $26.00

Red sheep line-up

Blue happy sheep

Black sheep line-up

Well, I guess I have to wind this up and get it off to you.  I have projects to complete before the night is over and time is marching by.  Have a great week and come back to us next weekend and share a bit of the market with us.  hugs, Tina

Friday, January 16, 2015

Happy January

January, 2015

In the bleak midwinter..... 

Dear Friends
Ah, yes....nothing quite becomes the bleak midwinter like Utah in January.  I know the mountain havens are splendid in their frosty blankets of white, hosting happy skiers and sledders reveling in snow showers and sunshine.  But down here in the valleys, we seem to just slog through bleak, grey days hoping for snow--and hoping for it not.  January is simply not our best month out here.  Definitely the season of my discontent.  Teri--in her eternal state of optimism and joy-- has embraced the moment of our complaints and has spent these last 2 bleak weeks since the new year began outside in our lovely arctic temperatures dyeing fabric and ribbons for market.  We all cheer her on from the windows and door and encourage her to take some pictures, while she--dressed for the North Pole--hangs her laundry on the lines.  That girl is tough.  The ribbons are my favorite:  beautiful silken strands gently drifting in the breeze until they flash-freeze into popsicles.  Seriously, I think that the winter ribbons have the most beautiful color variations of all, and the backyard at the shop takes on the appearance of a sort of medieval ribbon vender.  Sue and I have named our favorites--faded hydrangea, mermaid's tears, and dried rose petals--but that's after they are warm and dry (as are we when we are naming them.)  Sometimes I am tempted to purchase some from her at the back door...but it's too cold.
Here we are charging into 2015 with nary a pause, and I am still wanting to be sitting at home with my family eating Christmas leftovers and playing games.  But of course the leftovers are long gone as are the boys, and the beautiful Christmas tree is now in the backyard catching odd ribbons which have drifted off the lines. How quickly the minutes, days, and weeks slip past. 
 So all I can say is:  get stitching! 
We have lots going on at the shop, so keep your eye on the blog and the website and we will try to keep you up to date.  Certainly a lot of fun things coming up that you won't want to miss. 

2015 Engraved Scissors $46.00
2015 Scissor Fob $14.00

This year's new Gingher scissors are ready and I think that they are very fun.  Definitely quite different from the past and everyone seems to love them.  The handles are black with little polka dots in creme, green and gold.  I think that the little fob turned out darling even though I didn't get the back done in time for the photograph.  Part of the surprise, I guess.  I think they make a wonderful little set.  But I know that they are very limited this year from the manufacturer, so don't wait too long to snatch yours up.  Happy snipping!

Packing the fold!!!!  

The 4th part of the Fold is ready to go.  Yay!  We have spent all week putting kits together and we will start shipping on Tuesday.  I think that Lynnette and Sue had had it with me and they just started assembling everything.  It's been fun and I hope that you are all going to love it. If you have ordered things to be sent with this kit, I think we have it ready to go.  So watch your mail next week and get ready to stitch.  The kit price will be $24.00.  

Fold Flower Needle Threader $ 10.00
from Just Another Button Company

Cecile at JABCO created this wonderful threader to go with the fold.  I think it is just darling and obviously will fit perfectly with your sewing kit. 

Other Sheep Threaders 

photo coming soon

We have also had these adorable sheep threaders made to also go with the fold.  They are a little smaller than the flower, and very, very sweet.  How to choose.  If you want us to add any of these, just give us a call....before Tuesday.

Needle Boxes 
by Puffin and Company

This is a great size for your needles.  

Small boxes $ 32.00

 These boxes will be perfect for organizing your small implements.  not quite bug enough for scissors, they are perfect for threaders, pins, and a needle nanny.  

Larger boxes $ 45.00

These boxes are perfect for scissors and all sorts of great needlework tools.

Diane, at Puffin, has been so excited about her new needle and tool boxes.  We have loved watching her in the design process of this and are super excited with the finished little treasures.  They are a lot of fun and will be a fabulous little place to keep your needles and pins.

She also showed new sheep needle threaders at the Phoenix market.  We have been just waiting for her to release these adorable threaders.  they come in regular and micro threaders, your choice.  If you do not specify which size, we will send the regular size.  It fits into a 22, 24 or 26 tapestry needle.  The micro threader fits into beading needles, quilting needles and a 28 tapestry needle.   They work like a tiny crochet hook and pull your thread right through the eye.  slick! 

Thread keeps  
Large  $ 8.50
Small (fobs)  $ 4.50

Our friends at Retromantic came up with these fabulous winter thread keeps and fobs.  Snowmen, snowflakes and mittens...  all so wintery

Here are a few of their regular ones. We really love our very own leaping sheep.

Wooden Magnets 

More fun things from Retromantic

Season of Love 
by Little House Needleworks
Pattern $6.00

We have had this stitched for January and Valentine's day.  Isn't it so adorable on the pink fabric???

North Pole Express 
by Little House Needleworks
Pattern and thread pack $11.00
Fabric $

This fun pattern came out right before Christmas, and we love it.  The pattern is free, when you buy the thread set.  Teri chose to stitch this on a dark polka dotted fabric.  It is so darling.  Exactly like a beautiful snowy day.  The perfect winter project to have ready for next Christmas--which will be here in a blink!   Thanks Marianne for your quick stitching and letting use your photo..

Well, it has been fun writing to you.  It is now the bewitching hour and I am headed to bed.  We have lots of things in  the offing and I will be sure to write often and keep you apprised.  Be watching for the Fold to be coming your way.  And just a little hint---if you haven't finished your Christmas Trifles, get busy.  Something new is coming soon.  Have a warm and cozy January filled with hot chocolate and a new project.  fondly, Tina...and Teri
ps:  next time I am posting a fun recipe.  
(really???  a recipe? that will be interesting -Teri)