Monday, February 8, 2016

Winter 2016

Winter, 2016

In the bleak Midwinter.....
This is one of my favorite Christmas carols, but oddly it always weaves its way through my mind more in January than in December.  Perhaps because this month is definitely bleak out here in Utah.  Skiers might not agree, but I look out my windows and all I see is snow on snow on snow.  Oh, sorry, sometimes I also see ice on ice on ice.  This has been a wintry winter for us--life in a snow globe.  I know, we need the water so it is all good, but it is also just a bit bleak.  Our garden is quite miserable right now.  Some of the herbs persevered valiantly until about Christmas, but now they have just given up to the unremitting cold.  Oh well, Spring will come...

Our great bright spot of the season is Sundance. It is always fun to anticipate, read up on the movies and then line up for our seats.  We saw some fabulous movies this year, each one very different from the other, but so interesting.  That is the thing about Indy films--whether we liked them or not-- they give us something to talk, argue, and rant about for days and days. 

One of my favorite movies we saw at Sundance last year and it has finally come to the theaters here---Brooklyn. If you are looking for a great film--just go and see it.  Quiet wonderful.

 Of course each evening involves getting to the theater early and waiting in line for an hour and then in our seats for another 40 minutes. I can be perfectly happy--in a cold and exhausting sort of way--to just stand there and veg out.  But Teri is only content if she has gotten to know each of the 10 strangers on either side of us...where they come from, what they had for dinner, what movies they have attended...Wow, how would that be to have that outgoing, friendly nature.  Nah....maybe not.  Plus...she has to be busy every second.  There is no chill-out for her.  She brought baskets of her hand-dyed ribbons with her and wound them for hours.  I think that her new friends on either side of us were a bit surprised to watch her.  She is very fast and never takes a pause.  To be fair she did get a lot of them done for the Nashville market especially when she enlisted the kind, unsuspecting woman next to her to help her out.  (And I don't mean me.)

Well, it has been a while since I wrote and I am not sure where the days--over 30 of them, actually--have gone since New Year's.  We have been busy at the shop stitching and getting ready for the upcoming market next month and meeting lots of wonderful travelers visiting the shop who are here for Sundance and skiing our super snow.  My Christian is working this winter for a ski rental/delivery business in Park City, so if you are planning a ski vacation up there and need to rent skis, I know a darling young man who will bring them right to your hotel and get you fitted and set up.

Shepherd's Retreat 2016
October 13-15

Here we go again..the retreat is well on its way.  Teri and I have been working hard in the planning stage of our next retreat and may I just say it is going to be fantastic!!!  The dates above are the actual dates of the retreat in Park City, but remember that we will also have an open house at Shepherd's Bush in Ogden on October 11 and 12th.  We have a wonderful group of teachers who will be coming, and we have lots of fun plans for our time together.  We will post the brochure--which will give you all the needful information--mid-to end of March, and by the end of this month, we will let you know the exact day and time.  Just be ready to get the registration form filled out and faxed back in.  You could always scan it and email it back to us as well.  Such fun.  I almost can't wait.  

2016 Fob and Engraved scissors
Fob Kit: $16.00
Engraved Scissors $46.00

Here are the new Gingher Scissors and 2016 Fob for this year.  I love these scissors.  Of course the fact that they are purple does help.  They are sweet and simple and a beautiful color.  The fob which is shown here as 2 pieces, is actually showing the front and back of the design.  It is stitched on a beautiful Lakeside Linen fabric with over dyed threads and Lady Dot's lovely hand dyed ric rac. Unfortunately the scissors are very limited, as Gingher doesn't make many of them.  So...don't wait too long if you are a collector or just an admirer.   

Love is In The Air: by Shepherd's Bush
Kit $12.00
Red Box $30.00

I know Valentine's Day is right around the corner, but this sweet little piece is so much more than a Valentine.  It works great in the little red box by Doodlin' Around or in a darling frame by Jill.  I think it would also make a nice little pincushion for the one you love.  

St. Patrick's Day Trifles: by Shepherd's Bush
Leaflet $8.00
Complete available

  Teri loves St Patrick's Day, but what is there not to like--cool accent, leprechauns, and pots of gold.    She always whips up a great batch of Irish soda bread, and she has been nursing her shamrock plant for a whole year--just for this photo.  It is the sweetest little plant, the leaves close up each afternoon and when we arrive each morning, they are all open waiting to greet us.  She keeps it out on the table in the front hall... I think she talks to it too. Have fun stitching this sweet group of pincushions.  They will be the perfect way to greet March.  

Supplies in the complete kit include the pattern, 3 lovely pieces of linen, 2 backing fabrics, 3 hand dyed ribbons, beads, hand dyed cotton threads, and a great set of buttons from Just Another Buttons Company.  Definitely time to get started.  

Ribbons ready to be packaged for St. Patrick's Day Trifles.  How fun!

Snow Display

When Teri was rearranging the shop after Christmas, Lynnette suggested she leave our branch tree and decorate it for winter.  So they scurried around and gathered up darling winter ornaments, and doesn't it looks great?  Will there be a Spring tree????

Valentine display

It always seems that on Christmas Eve someone comes in shopping for Valentine's Day.  So this year Teri was ready for it.  She started putting her heart collection together and has built on it ever since.  
We have so many fun heart pieces, perfect for Valentine stitching.  I know the time is short, but these pieces are always perfect.

A fun wall display

Because January is sort of a letdown after all the great end of year holidays, we chose to make a wall with some of your simply favorite pieces.  Anyone looking for a lovely winer project would find it hard to choose among these splendid pictures.
Top left:  The Token, top right:  Little Sheep Virtues, 
bottom left:  Vintage Stars, center:  Quaker Au Clefs, right:  Scarlett's Summer Sampler.

 Love Mini Quaker: by From the Heart
Pattern $8.00

This is a darling little piece is designed by Wendy at From the Heart.  We have tweaked the colors for spring, and I think it is so sweet.  It could be a wedding sampler...

Blessings Be Thine:  by With Thy Needle
Pattern $12.00

I just love this new design from Brenda Gervais.  It is so sweet and the colors are beautifully soft and muted.  Reeta has already stitched it, so I will try to add a photo if she brings it in tomorrow.  Honestly it took her almost no time at all. The colors are very soft and muted.  Lynnette is stitching hers in pinks and purples, so it will be fun to see them both.  

Garden Club: by Blackbird Designs
Each pattern $9.00

This is such a gorgeous new series from Alma and Barb.  We have had a great time waiting for each new installment to arrive. There will be 12 different garden themed samplers, and they will all be stitched together into a big sampler.  This is a picture of the first 3 leaflets--the top row of the sampler.  Nancy is stitching our samples, and she has loved stitching them.  If you would like to join our Garden Club, just give us a call.  We offer 32 and 36 count fabric, you can get the threads and fabrics--or whichever parts you would like.  Teri keeps track of the threads, so you don't get duplicates.  There is no timeframe for the other parts of this sampler--they will arrive when they arrive. We have an automatic with Blackbird, so we will send them to you as soon s we received them  

Here is part 4 of the Garden Club.  It will be stitched below part 1.  I just love this one and I kind of want to stitch it into a little pin cushion.  hmmm...good idea. 

Snow Story: by Lizzie Kate
Each pattern:  $5.50
complete kit $47.25

This fun little snow design has been such a lot of fun.  It comes in 3 parts and stitches up quite quickly.  We stitched ours on a wonderful 32 count hand dyed linen by Picture This Plus and added a few darling buttons.  I think it would be very fun stitched on a bigger 10 count fabric as well.  

Snapshots:  by Pine Mountain
Patterns $ 9.00

This is a great new series from Pine Mountain.  There are 12 of them--one for each month.  Here are two of them stitched by a darling customer.  

Heaven and Nature: by Kathy Barrick
Pattern $ 14.00

This was such a favorite new piece in the shop this Christmas.  Isn't it just gorgeous? We have such fun watching Reeta stitch this sampler and are very proud of her when she finished it this past week.  It really is just lovely.  There is a companion piece coming and she can't wait.  

French Advent Calendar 
pattern $ 15.00 (Includes  white buttons)
wooden buttons $ 11.20

When Teri and I were in Paris last year, we found some fun wooden buttons at a little needlework shop and were anxious to track them down for our shop.  Then a distributor here started to import them and we are thrilled.  You won't believe how darling they are.  Our friend Nathalie from Jardin Prive has designed a wonderful Advent Calendar for the set that you see above.  It is just fantastic and not super expensive.  

French Wooden buttons 
$4.40- $5.40

Here is a little assortment of some of these buttons.  Not all of them come with patterns, but any of them would be delightful worked into one of your pieces.  I know that Teri is busy working on a darling new design for some of them.  I don't know if she will have them ready for Nashville, but just keep your eyes out.  

More fun buttons and frames.  These pieces come with little cool 

Ribbon Popsicles


We usually take hand dyed ribbon with us to Nashville, but our weather this year has been so foul that we have not had even one day warm enough to go outside to get this done.  So...we had to do it in a snowstorm and single digit cold.  I helped Teri hang and harvest them with my wool coat and mittens--but Teri was tougher and removed the frozen strands with bare hands.  She did say that the colors of the cold were the prettiest ever.  They truly are quite lovely.

So..this turned out to be rather long.  Sorry about that, but there was simply lots to tell you.  Next time we will have more info on the Retreat as well as some possible sneak peaks for Nashville.  Remember, if you see something out there that you would like us to bring back for you, just give us a call and we will be happy to do that.  In the meantime, stay warm and dry and just keep on stitching.  
ever fondly, Tina

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Happy Christmas

Mid December thoughts...

Dear Friends,
It is definitely mid-December, and Christmas is coming at me so quickly.  Like many, I am always a bit fraught with conflicting emotions as the festive season approaches.  There is so much about the holidays to enjoy, and yet for me they seem to come with a fair bit of stress.  It started with a tire blowout on Christian's ancient car, followed by a tow to the garage and the happy news that the remaining 3 were in the same condition.  Oh, Yay!  Then when they serviced my car, they mentioned that my tires were shot.  Better and better.  And finally, Bob happened to let me know that his car was in desperate need tires.  All I want for Christmas......Then we got snow and snow and more snow.  I know, snow is so Christmasy, and lovely, and cold, but it also wreaks havoc on roads and driving and getting absolutely anywhere in this city.  So yesterday, traveling at the approximate pace of a snail, I blew out 1 of my windshield wipers on my way to work.  I didn't even know that happened to wipers.  Then after begging Teri to help with a children's pageant at my church last night, we headed home in the continuing snow, and the other wiper went the way of the first.  Seriously??  And of course we couldn't even make it up my street because the plows hadn't been by all day and remember--my tires are worn out.  We ended up abandoning the car and walking home.  Then Bob woke me early this morning to tell me that a tree had fallen across the driveway.  I just love Winter!  So I went outside to investigate the damage and then crawled back into bed to sulk. 
And that is the great thing about an extra linger in bed--it adds perspective to any situation.  If my tires hadn't been poor, and we hadn't had to abandon it down the street, it would have been directly under the collapsed tree.  Trees can be cleared away, tires can be replaced, snow can be shoveled and a new day often seems a little less dire.  There is always Christmas bread waiting to be baked, a tree waiting to be decorated, and nativity sets waiting to be assembled.  So cheer up Tina--Christmas is coming.....
(Tonight I gathered together a few candles and charged my phone since I am pretty sure that the power will be going out shortly)

I am hoping to write again before the first of the year, but sometimes my best intentions get waylaid.  Remember that we will be having our New Year's Open House on January 1st from 1:00-3:00.  We always have a great time with sales, and yummy food, and a few new things.  Of course we will have our new Gingher Scissors and fob, and who knows what else may materialize.  You will just have to drop by and see.  

Happy Christmas to All
free pattern from us to you

Complete kit $14.00
includes 30 count linen, threads, buttons, instructions and a photo
White frame $30.00

Please note:  the stitch count is incorrect on this graph it should be 50 x 80 stitches. 
 The cut size of fabric 9" x 11"  is correct.  

As this Christmas season is so quickly upon us, Teri and I would like to say thanks for a very fun year.  You are all the best, and we so appreciate your friendship and support throughout this past year.    You are the ones that make it fun for us to go to work each day, and we love to visit with you whether it is on the phone or here at the shop.  So we designed this little pattern just for you this holiday season.  You just need to go to the homepage of our website and near the bottom you will find the link to take you to the pattern.  I hope that you will print it off and find a little quiet time during the craziness to stitch on it. 
Happy Christmas to all of you.  

I know that this is a very busy time of year, but I just wanted to take a few minutes to share some special new things which have arrived in the shop this December.  Everyone at the shop has been having a blast choosing fabrics and threads and comparing with each other what they have found.  So..if you are in need of a new project to see you through the rest of the month--just give us a call.  Teri has gathered fabulous linens for each of these projects, and of course we have the perfect threads ready and waiting.  We even have a few of the tins for the Sweet Shop pin cushion. 

Merry Two
limited kit by Plumstreet Samplers

Merry Ewe
by Plumstreet Samplers

tins available for $3.50

Merry Brew
by Plumstreet Samplers

Very Merry Santa
by Lizzie Kate
partial kit:

French Country Santa
by JBW 
pattern:  $8.00

So it is late, and I guess it is time to truly wish you a very Merry Christmas.  My hope is for all of us to set aside our stress and take a few moments to enjoy the lights, the music, and the love of friends and family.  Eat a cookie, light a candle, sing a carol, and watch a movie.   Close your eyes in the dark and try to capture the anticipation and true joy we felt as children.  
Hugs and love from Utah to you.  fondly, Tina and Teri

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Happy Holidays

Christmas Open House
November 28th, 2015

Dear Friends,
Here we are on the day after Thanksgiving.  Seriously!  How did that happen?  Thanksgiving in Ogden, was blown in on a blizzard and a plummet in temperature.  Oh Yay.  I guess it just wanted to remind us that Winter is definitely on its way, and it is time to swap out the flip-flops for boots.  Ugh. Teri and I had a great day, and I truly hope that you did as well.  We went to Bob's family in Park City and had a sort of low key, non-traditional Thanksgiving filled with yummy food, games, and laughter until I thought we would burst.  I love a day in the middle of the week that makes us sit back and take a break from life as usual.  And as we drove home late last night through 60 mile an hour winds, I had a quiet hour to contemplate blessings:  warm cars, family, 1 boy home and 1 boy that I could talk to off and on all day while he cooked his first turkey, a warm home and a tail wagging dog waiting for me at the end of the journey... and a project to stitch when I got there. And I am thankful for all of you.  Friends that I know and that I don't know who have become such a part of our lives through Shepherd's Bush.  So thanks so much for reading this blog, stitching our pieces, and touching my heart in so many ways.  
Oh, I am also thankful that Teri finally got her computer fixed and then figured out the new operating system so that we could blog again.  It has been a long month in isolation and incommunicado.  But now we're back.
As you can see, Teri has been busy decorating the outside of the shop with fabulous garlands.  Sadly they blew down last night and we had to drag the ladder back out and she braved the buffeting winds to re-attatch them.  So now they look beautiful.  This was evidently her brave day because she went to get a tree in the unbelievably cold wind and came back with a gorgeous one.  Everybody at work helped us to decorate it this afternoon, and as you can see, it is so pretty and ready for our big day tomorrow.   If you are nearby, plan to drop by.  We have lots of darling holiday projects as well as super delicious, festive treats.  I can't wait to get the eggnog stirred up.  We are doing a very fun and quick needle case in the back room if you want to join us.  I hope that we will see you there ready to kick off the holiday season with all of us at Shepherd's Bush.

Here's the little needle case project that you can make in the back.  Do come join us.

I am really excited to show you some of our brand new holiday offerings which we have been busy finishing up.  We will have them ready for the open house tomorrow, so if you can't come in,  just give us a quick call and we will be happy to send any of them off to you for fun December stitching.  

Christmas Sheep
kit:  $20.00

This little sheep is the 3rd in a series of seasonal sheep and is perfect for the upcoming Advent season.  It is stitched on 32 count linen with overdyed silk and cotton threads. 

Santa Box
kit:  $12.00
box:  $30.00
frame:  by Jill 

Another adorable little box kit by Teri.  This little santa is very sweet and will work up very quickly.  Easy to get done before the big day.  Then all you have to do is grab a new red box by Retromantic or give Jill a quick call.  Either way the finishing will be a snap.  

Merry Little Christmas Tray
kit:  $24.00
red holly tray:  $23.00

I hope you love our new little stitching tray piece.  It was such fun to work up and finished up easily and beautifully in a new tray by Retromantic.  They had send us a tray a couple of weeks ago, but we just received the rest of the trays today, so Teri needs to re-photograph it so you can see the beautiful holly etched into the 2 sides.  You will just love it.  This little piece is stitched on 32 count overdyed linen with Weeks overdyed threads.  A perfect and easily do-able gift for Christmas.  

Noel Sheep Tag/Sled
kit:  $8.00
sled:  (sold separately)  $4.50

This very sweet little kit is such fun.  The kit comes complete with the perforated paper and threads as well as cute paper tag on which to mount it.  It is also designed to fit on the little wooden sled ornaments (by Foxwood Crossings) if you want to add one of those.  

When the Halloween displays come down, Teri has to change most of the pictures on all the walls in the shop.  Now we are decorated and ready for Christmas, and the spooky tree, has changed into a Christmas ornament "tree".


This is a close up of the Ornament tree.  

Snow Story
 by Lizzie Kate
set of three charts: $16.50
complete kit also available

Linda at Lizzie Kate has released a darling new snow series, and the really great thing is that all three charts are available now.  Teri has ordered in the most gorgeous hand dyed fabric and we have tweaked the colors just a bit.  I know that she will add buttons when we get it back from our stitcher.   What a fun winter project.  Complete kits are available right now, so you can have something fun and seasonal to stitch all through December.    

Merry Noel 
by Brenda Gervais
pattern: $12.00
complete kit also available

Lynnette is stitching this wonderful new piece by With thy Needle and Thread.  We are so excited to see it and are having fun seeing her progress.   

Garden Club 
by Blackbird Designs
patterns $9.00

This is such a brilliant idea.  Barb and Alma have come up with a fabulous new series.  It will come out periodically and each piece can be stitched separately or stitched together.  Nancy has stitched the first two parts and is anxiously waiting for the third.  Here is how it works... you can sign up for just the patterns, or the whole kits, or any of the parts.  We offer the lovely linens in 32 or 36 count fabrics, and we would be happy to catch you up.  Just give us a call.  

Serial Bowl Lesson 4
 by Plum Street Samplers
 kit  $20.00
No fabric included


We only have a few of these darling kits left.  Once they are gone, they will be gone until next year.  We have the perfect fabric for this piece.  Reeta whipped it up in a weekend...

And here is the last lingering remnant of our garden.  A couple of weeks ago, we were forced to bring the last few branches of tomatoes inside before they froze.  So now they are ripening beautifully out in the sunny front window where they are quite surprising to our customers.  We just were so sad to see the end of the garden, and we hardly know what to eat any more.  I guess it is time to think about winter food.  Oh well, we have a couple of more meals almost ready below and then the long wait for summer.  

So now that the computer is up and going again, we will try to write a bit more often.  Be sure to watch in the next week or two, as I am stitching a little Christmas design that we will share either on the blog or the website.  I guess I will go work on it and try to get it ready for you next week.  Until then, be safe and warm and almost as they say on the Great British Baking Show:  STITCH!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Indian Summer

Indian Summer, 2015

Dear Friends,
I love a good, long Indian Summer.  I am not sure whether mid-October can really still be considered part of summer in any way, but in Utah it is still warm and beautiful and full of falling leaves.  This is the time of year that makes me yearn for the season to never change.  I used to look forward to winter and all that snow and cold, but the older I get, the more I dread it.  We have to hear about El Nino and  harsh winter predictions, and I just close my eyes and enjoy the moment.  The garden is flourishing valiantly--well at least some of it is.  By now, the herbs and the tomatoes are most exuberant, and I dread that soon to come unexpected hard frost that will knock them out.  There are still so many green ones coming on, and the basil has grown to large bushes.  What will we eat, when they are gone?  
Teri and I spent Sunday making our Nana Lula's Red Sauce.  I think it is a sort of chili sauce that was her special recipe, and along with her fried red tomatoes, these are things that our mom learned how to cook, then taught us, and we eat them all summer long.  The Red Sauce is odd--a bit like salsa, but with the warm, exotic overtones of cinnamon, cloves, and allspice--and we still use the old recipe in our mom's handwriting.  The only thing that we have changed over the years is cutting the sugar down to about a fourth.  I wish I could just send you a glimmer of the delicious smell that comes out of the pot as it simmers away all afternoon.  Yumm!  

Slater's Stocking
Available October 19th--I sincerely hope!
Leaflet:  $8.00

Finally...our 2015 stocking is almost ready.  I have no idea why this has taken me so long this year.  Just busy I guess, but it is finally at the printer and we are hoping to have it in the shop by next Monday.  Keep your fingers crossed.  As always, there is a darling charm pack to go with it filled with little charms, trinkets, beads and buttons.  I think you will love it.  

2015 Shepherd's Bush Ornament
Card:  $5.00
Moon button:  $8.00
Also available as a complete kit.

We didn't get our ornament done for the magazine this year, so we have decided to do a little card each year with the ornament on it.  It is going to be very fun.  You will see that this one is another Christmas carol and goes along with the last few we have done.  Hopefully it will be arriving with the stocking book.  

Garden Club  
by Blackbird Designs
Part 1 chart: $ 9.00
Complete kits available

This is a wonderful new series that Barb and Alma are introducing.  I just love it because it is a bit smaller making it very do-able.  Teri has gathered great linens for this piece and as you can see the next 2 installments--coming in the next few months--will attach to this one.  How fun is that?  If you would like us to include you in the Garden Club--just give us a call.

Bittersweet September 
Chart: $8.00

Patchwork Pumpkin
chart: $8.00

These are 2 new Rewards of Merit charts by Blackbird Designs.  Just the perfect little project for the Fall.

And Heaven and Nature Sing 
by Kathy Barrack
chart:  $14.00

This is a wonderful new chart by Kathy Barrick and we have had a hard time keeping it in stock.  One day last week, we sold every copy we had in one afternoon.  As each person was getting hers put together, the next one through the door said:  Well, I want that as well.  Teri had a great time choosing the perfect linens and threads for each person.  It was funny--and fun!   But it is a very dear little design and such fun to work on for the coming season.  

Crazy Tiny Scissors:  $ 2.80 

These silly scissors just arrived and everyone loves them.  I guess I need to wander to the front of the shop and give them a try.  They are very small, but quite sharp.  I wonder if they would get on a plane.  Hmmm... will have to try that.

Year in Chalk 
October by Hands On Designs
chart $5.00

The year is quickly moving along on this little chalkboard series.  October is very fun.

New charts by Not Forgotten Farm
Hallowe'en Sweet Bag $12.00- chart
House that Jack Built $10.00 - Chart

Witches in the Air $10.00 - chart
Olde Mustarde Moone $10.00 -chart

Happy Haunting Kids Kit 
by Shepherd's Bush 
Kit: $15.00

Here is a new kids kit just perfect for Halloween.  Our kid's kits sell like crazy and this new little one should be a lot of fun.  Kit comes with 6 count fabric--already marked--and perle cotton in darling bright colors.  

Witching Hour 
by Prairie Schooler
Chart: $9.00

Erin Just sent back the newest Prairie Schooler Halloween project.  It is great on a soft gray purple fabric.  I know the photo looks tan, but any way you stitch it, it will be spookily fabulous.  

Garden Update- note from Teri
We have enjoyed our little urban garden this summer, and I am already planning for next year.  What is going where...and for sure no zucchini.  The purple cherries are so fun in our tomato salads.  We have red, yellow, orange and purple tomatoes... It make a colorful dish with a little basil, a cucumber and lunch is served.  I will be so sad to see everything die back, but hope some of the herbs will last through the winter.  Our winter squash are about the size of a plum..... hummm maybe not the best choice.  The beans just keep growing.  We have talked Bob into making a french vinaigrette  and eat them lightly steamed and drizzled with his yummy vinaigrette.  I hope your gardens are all still going strong.  Happy eating and Happy Fall.