Sunday, February 24, 2019

Almost Market time

Almost Market Time

Hi Friends,
It's almost Market time and for the past 2 months Teri and I have spent lots of time inside drawing, stitching and graphing while the snow has swirled out our windows and this woodland family has quizzically stared in at us.  It has been a long, cold, snowy winter which has at least been good for making me want to stay in of an evening and stitch.  Yet, even so, Nashville looms in 5 short days, and I am still scrambling to finish a snowman, make scissor fobs, and help Teri wind ribbon.  Thank heavens for all our girls at work who just keep on pushing though with us.
Below, you will see our new offerings for the market. I hope you like them and will enjoy stitching them as this winter wanes.  
Remember...if there is anything in particular you would like us to pick up for you at the market, be sure, to call and let Teri know. Our fabulous Market Weekend in the shop will be on Thursday, March 7-Saturday, March 9th.  We are planning a splendid time filled with delicious treats and wonderful brand new things galore.  And..we will actually have time to chat and visit and help you choose the perfect projects.  You truly do not want to miss it.  
Sun or Snow...see you there.

'Tis A Gift
Kit: $44.00

Happy Life Pincushion 
Kit:  $30.00

Happy Life Mini Pin set

                  Spring Peeps Box                                                                      Lucky Treasure Box
                         Kit: $16.00                                                                                Kit: $16.00
                 Cream Box:  $22.00                                                                     Black Box: $22.00   

Snow Queen
beginnings of the 2019 Snowman 
Kit $30.00

Forever in My Heart
button kit 
Kit: $30.00

Kit includes fabric, threads, Sweet Heart button, backing fabric, beads and ribbon.
We used a wonderful 20 count linen for this piece.  It is soft and fun to work with.  

Sweet Heart Button 
Pattern free with button purchase

La Vita รจ Bella
leaflet: $10.00
kit also available

Stitching Notes
leaflet: $8.00
Complete kit available
Frame $32.00

Still stitching....

These little magnetic needle cases are very fun.  We have a few different styles.  
$5.50 each

New at the shop

We have just unpacked a fun new embroidery series.  Here are a few of the new kits.  Each one comes with the pattern stamped onto the fabric and the threads sorted and marked.  Instructions are also included.  These are such a fresh new take on a lovely old art.,  Quite irresistible!  

Jack Frost's Tree Farm 
by Little Houses Needleworks
7 part series

We are just starting this fun new series.  If you want to join in, give us a call.  You can choose 30 count linens, 32, count linen or 35 count linen.  We are using a lightly hand dyed linen, and the colors look wonderful on it.  

OK, I really have to go on to my snowman.  Our printer is meeting us first thing in the morning, and I really do have to have a pattern ready.  
We will try to blog a bit at market, 
fondly, Tina 

Monday, January 21, 2019

January 2019-n Seriously???

Happy 2017--well almost three weeks in.  Teri always has that happy spirit and can take a great big, slushy, messy, freezy snowstorm and make a little snow shepherd and her sheep out on our downtown sidewalk.  I just grumble and complain about the shoveling. All of which remind me about the concept of New Year's.  I have never liked January 1st.  I don't really know why.  Perhaps it is because Christmas is over by then, and decorations come down, and everyone goes back to school or work.  Perhaps it is because it is just change, and I don't really like change.  Or...perhaps it is because everyone around me is busy broadcasting their New Year's resolutions--which usually involve being organized, and committed, and disciplined, and mostly end up in failure.  So this year I decided that I was going to be joyful and to share that joy with those around me.  I felt super happy throughout December and I thought that if I could just carry that feeling with me throughout the new year, it would definitely make a difference to me and it might just make a difference to those I am with.  Our world is so full of hate and strife right now, that what we really need is a bit of joy to lighten our days.  Well, it was a great thought, but as you can see I am already a little cranky about the cold and the snow.  And I am quite cranky about our world which is so full of hate and discord.  And I am completely forgetting that my New Year's resolution was to be joyful--and it is only 3 weeks in.  Honestly, New Year's resolutions would be easier to keep if the holiday landed in the summer.  
Who can't be joyful in the long, warm, green days of Summer?  
I am not giving up on myself just yet.  I will let you know how I am doing with my spread the joy campaign, and in the meantime, I hope that your New Year's promises are going well and that you and your world are at least a bit better for it. 
My one ongoing goal is to take more time to stitch, and that is working out for me so far.  Come see what is going at the Bush....

2019 Fob
 by Shepherd's Bush
Kit $16.00

This year's fob is the perfect companion to the lovely Gingher Eleanor scissors.  I am always so happy when the new scissors are particularly inspiring, and I just love these.  The fob is worked on a beautiful hand-dyed linen in hues to both match and complement the soft winter colors of the floral pattern.  The little kit comes complete with hand-dyed chenille to finish your  fob.  

2019 engraved Gingher Scissors

These gorgeous scissors are engraved with Shepherd's Bush on one side and 2019 on the other side.  We have a limited quantity of these beautiful scissors, so order them soon.  We engrave the 4 inch size, but we also carry the 5" and the 8 inch scissors--unengraved.
Scissors and fob are available only at retail.

Magnetic Needle cases

We have these small magnetic needle cases made with pictures of some of our antique samplers.  They are perfect to keep your needles safe and close at hand. We have a needle case open on the right, so you can see what they look like inside.    Please order the # of the case you want. 

Here are a couple of our latest displays,  I'm just getting started on the Valentine's pieces.  

St Patrick's Day is such a fun holiday,  It brings soda bread, 4 leaf clovers,  gold chocolate coins, and a lucky plant... who doesn't love that.   

New Series for 2019......

Glitter Cottage 
by Country Cottage Needleworks
9 patterns: $6.00 each

This sweet series is part 1of 9 designs.  Stitch them all together or stitch each one individually as we have done.  This is stitched on a sparkley natural linen. We have the first three parts already.  Give us a call if you would like to be part of this series.  

Jack Frost's Tree Farm 
by Little House Needleworks
7 patterns 

This New series from Little House starts in February and goes for 7 months ( 7 patterns).  We are thrilled with how the Christmas Farmhouse series worked out,  and this will be a great companion piece.  We are offering a few options.  Please see some different fabrics below.  

The pattern calls for 30 count Portobello linen, it is a  natural linen.  

We also have a similar fabric in 35 count linen.   

•  Portabello-30 count is the fabric Diane calls for in the pattern. It is a natural linen, We also have
• Sunflower Seed -30 count is a soft beautiful linen and feels a lot like Glenshee linen from long ago.  • Champagne Cork-35 count this is the same deep natural color.  Or you could choose to stitch it on
• Country Mocha,  in 28,  32 and 36 count.   It is the same fabric we stitched the Farmhouse series.  It            gives a more overdyed look.
• I still am thinking about an overdyed fabric... 

New fabrics... for us 

Some new interesting fabrics just arrived at the shop.  They are not overdyed, but they have a very pretty hand.  They are all fine counts and will be lovely for a beautiful sampler.    

Remember that the Nashville Market is just around the corner and everyone will be posting sneak peeks during the next month or so.  Many things at the market are only available by pre-ordering, so if you see something that you would like Teri to get for you, please be sure to call and let us know.  She is happy to get it organized and bring it back for you. 

Monday, November 26, 2018

Thanksgiving and on to December- 2018

Thanksgiving Weekend, 2018

Hi Friends,

We spent Thanksgiving with the boys in D.C. and had a great time.  I hate not having them close by, so it was fun spending time with them, seeing where they are living this year, walking their neighborhoods, eating at their favorite places, and just being together for a few short days.  My joy and my sadness were mingled in seeing them happy and settled in their lives--so far away from me.  

In a few short days, we had every kind of weather--flip-flop balmy, freezing cold, and this day of biblical rain.  
And now with a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend behind us, I guess we are spinning heading into the crazy, Christmas rush.
There is so much going on at the shop right now that is hard for me to keep up.  The new Stocking arrives tomorrow, and we will have some very fun new holiday designs and kits ready shortly, so come back to this blog by the weekend and we will show all of our new Christmas things. We have been busy trying to get ready for the Christmas season and hopefully we will be ready by Saturday for our Christmas Holiday Open House.  
Saturday, December 1st
We will have such a fun day filled with new things by Shepherd's Bush, lots of fun new projects, and darling shoppers.  We will be doing a little project in the back--if I can manage to clean off the table.  So please drop by and share some Holiday Cheer as well as Martha's Extravagant Egg Nog, and many other delicious sweet treats.  

Lois' Stocking
Leaflet:  $10.00
Complete kit:  

Believe it or not--it is finally ready!!!    You know how some babies tend come in their own sweet time...This has just been one of those Falls--super fun and super busy.  Oh well, I think you will just love this new little stocking.  I think she is a bit like a Christmas elf.  We have the leaflet ready to go and all of the supplies as well--linen, charm pack, threads.  December is the perfect time to work on a stocking--for next year. 

The shop is  ready for December festivities

New Offerings for Christmas

Teri and I have had such a great time getting these new designs stitched and ready, but as always the days of December approach so much more quickly than any other days of the year. Some of them are ready now and all of them will be ready later next week-  We hope you have a fun and happy December stitching our new Holiday designs.  I will update the photos as they are finished...  

Have you Any Wool  
Button and free chart $8.00
Complete kit with darling finishing supplies $30.00

Rejoice Pincushion kit:   $30.00
Just Another Button Co. mini Pin set:   $12.00

                         Jolly Santa Tag kit:  $8.00                           Joy to You Tag kit:  $8.00

Merry Notes Chart: $8.00
Kits will be available

Oh Tannenbaum Ornament chart:  $6.00
Kits will be available.

Main display dressed for Christmas 
Teri has been working on getting her very fun Christmas displays out and they look darling.  Sometimes it seems like Halloween sort of oozes onto every surface of the shop by October, so even  though we all love that time of year, it is also soothing to see our Christmas pieces come out for December.  I hope you will enjoy looking at them as well. 

Here are some of our other Christmas displays

On the left is the center display, filled with great projects
Right is the side display with Nativity projects.  

Barb and Alma brought these amazing samplers to our Retreat, and we just loved the soft colors.  We have both of these charts back in stock, so give us a call if you would like them.  

Our Lasting Friendship:
 by Blackbird Designs
Chart $12.00

Merrily, Merrily,  We Welcome Spring
by Blackbird Designs
Chart $12.00

These are some of the new things from Brenda- She also brought these to the Retreat and we all loved them very much.  Perfect winter stitching.

With Thy Needle and Thread

                   All Bundled Up:  chart $12.00                         Peppermint Wishes:  chart $12.00
                                                                                            This fabric is coming in to us on Thursday!!

Plum Pudding - chart $12.00

Little House Farmhouse series
It's finished and it is soon fun! We added buttons and notice the great Zappy dot that matches - near the center.  Nancy always stitches with a Zappy Dot magnet

Ann's Arugula Salad
Christian's Anne made a yummy appetizer for our Thanksgiving 
Dinner and we loved it.  We had a hard time finding a store that carried endive, so she kept telling me that it would be delicious for an arugula salad.  So...I made it for dinner tonight, and she was exactly right.  It was fantastic! And the arugula was perfect with its bitter notes and a great sub for Romaine. 
So, if you want something light and lovely in this pre-holiday time, just give this a try. 

Take a box of Arugula and place in a bowl.  Use the whole box because you will want all of it in the end.  Sprinkle on a brunch of sweetened, dried cranberries--Craisins--and some Gorgonzola crumbles.  We like a lot of them.  Any chopped, candied nut will do--choose your favorite.  I used cashews.  They wouldn't even have to be candied.  Whatever you use, it will be scrumptious.  I kept them on the side so they wouldn't get soggy.  I made a dressing with 1/3 cup Olive Oil, a generous spoonful of Dijon mustard, salt and pepper and the juice of 1 lemon. Whisk to emulsify, and dress the salad just before serving.  Enjoy!  (I Panko-breaded and pan fried chicken cutlets to go with.)

Have a fun December!
fondly, Tina

Merry Christmas