Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April's Fool's Day 2014

April Fool's Day, 2014

Dear friends,
Welcome to our Shepherd's Fold Launch Party.  Sorry many of you cannot be here in person, but just come in out of the blizzard and join us for a few minutes of joy.  Teri has the table filled with delightful treats, so be sure to try one or two.  Johnny made his absolutely scrumptious mini cupcakes--lemon, chocolate, and vanilla, and Teri stayed up all night last night to make sheep cookies.  They are so darling, aren't they?  A friend gave her the sheep cookie cutter and she made hundreds of them.  They were on every surface of the kitchen, and after they were all cooked and cooling she announced that they all looked like very large blobs.  Well, I don't think they look at all blobby.  Just add a little chocolate and a few curls and they became lovely little sheep.  (And they were quite delicious as well.) 

Yum, yum…eat me up!

A Full Heart
Shepherd's Fold
Part 1 of 6 parts

Teri and I are so excited to present A Full Heart.
This is the first of our Fold Series and I hope that many of you are receiving them in the mail or picking them up at your local shop.  It was so much fun to stitch and it looks beautiful on the Lone Elm Shaker Box.  If you haven't joined us in this fun journey, now is the time to do it.  Just give us a call or drop by your local shop and jump on board.  I am already working on the next installment, and I am determined that it will be right on time--mid-May.  So get stitching and try to be finished before then.  Check out the Fold link on our website home page for news and updates.  We will show you the framed version of this piece as soon as Jill finishes it and in a week or two, we will show you photos and explanations of how we finished it into the plum colored box shown above.  Lots to keep us all busy through this Spring--dba winter.  

This is just a teaser……  

Oh…and for an update on the 2014 Shepherd's Retreat, we have been working hard on it and are almost ready to put up the brochure.  It is going to be fabulous, so get ready and watch the Retreat link and be ready to sign up.  We will post the brochure on Thursday the 10th of April… in the morning- (our morning MST).  Please remember, we take registration on a first come first serve basis.   We would love to have you join us for this wonderful weekend.  

Here are a few things that are new in  the shop.  

Four Seasons
 by Lizzie Kate
4 cards at $5.50 each

Nancy has been stitching like a maniac--she can't put this down.  We have softened he colors, and will add buttons.  It is darling!!!  There is a border and a saying to go,  I will update you as it gets finished.  

Nimble Nettie
by Jeannette Douglas
leaflet:  $10.00

I love this new series of Jeannette's.  We are stitching a couple of these, so we will have a set.  This one is so sweet.  

Halloween Heart 
by Barbara Anna Designs
$ ??

It is never too early for Halloween.  This new project is so darlingly spooky.  I think we tweaked the colors and added buttons--can't wait to see how Jill will frame this.  

New Colored needles
$3.00 a pack

These are a fun find.  They come to us from far away…and are so cool.  Each size is a different color.  We have sold out of the variety packs but will be getting more in soon.  We have Tapestry size 28, 26, or 24.   They are red, blue, and black… very fun.  

Kids kits sewing set

Teri just put this set together for a grandma going to stay with her grandchildren for a week. She stopped by to pick up a kids kit for her 8 year old granddaughter, and ended up doing an entire set complete with bag, scissors, fob and scissor sheath.  Teri wrapped it all up and was so delighted, she snapped a photo before she left.  We are happy to put together a set for you, to teach your granddaughters and grandsons.  These would be perfect for Easter baskets, or for summer trips.

Tin Village boxes

We just unpacked these, and were so delighted.  They are small and snap shut.  I think there are 6 different styles.  

Spring Hare
 by La D Da

Super stitcher Nancy just finished this darling new bunny.  It is old fashioned and fun.  It is stitched on a new 32 count fabric.  

Little Sheep Virtues 
by Little House Needleworks
Each pattern $6.00
Complete Kit $ 

Yes it is finished and framed.  Jill just brought this in today, and we love it.  I am just trying to find the perfect spot for it.  Maybe at home????

It is late and Lindberg ( my beagle) is softly snoring on his bed,  so I am off to bed too,  happy stitching.  Fondly Tina

Monday, March 10, 2014

March, 2014

Hi Friends.  Just a quick note to let you know about the upcoming Shepherd's Fold.  We are very excited and are working hard to get this ready to come out to you.  I know that we are a bit late--ok quite a bit late--but remember that all good things come to those who wait.  Am I convincing?  Well we are actually just waiting for all of the linen to arrive at the shop.  It turned into quite a lot of linen, and even though we ordered it in October, it is only just now starting to come to us.  There are days when I think that it is coming by stagecoach, and I long for the Pony Express.  I have had to repeat my yoga chants frequently lately.  Hopefully we will have all of the linen within the next week or so and then Teri and I will spend a few all-nighters at the shop until we can ship them out to you.  
On the up-side--the linen is absolutely beautiful and this first piece is stitched and ready.  (The girls at work don't think I have even started it because they haven't seen it.  I think they believe it is out in a parallel  dimension with the mysterious linen.)  But do not despair:  All will be revealed soon and I hope that you will have as much joy working on this as I have had. 
So take this time to work on some favorite projects that you have going or finish up some of those great market pieces that you may have started and before you know it, your Fold kit will be on your table.   

Sneak Peek
Remember--I have to prove that I have been working on it.  

Stitched Thread Palettes
Here are just a few other little things that we have received at the shop this past week.  
Teri just finished this little stitched thread palette last night while she was watching Masterpiece Theater and baking the most terrifying cupcakes.  Isn't it adorable?  We picked them up from Market from Red Gate who was next door to us.  Of course she would choose the bee, but it also comes in a scissor fob with a daisy and a necklace with a rose.  

New Pin Cushions and Needle Vases
$14.00 and $17.00

We just unpacked a new shipment of needle vases in fun new fabrics and more are on their way.  We also received these darling little pin cushions with little rosette buttons.  They are so sweet that everyone at the shop has loved them.  We have lots of different fabrics, so just call us to see what is available.

I know that this is short, but I will have more to write you about next week.  I just wanted you to know that we are still here and are having fun getting the Fold ready to go.  Stitch fast and be safe.  Soon…Tina

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Market Third Edition

 Market News--Chapter 2

Hi again.  You would't think that 1 short weekend would need a whole book with chapters to tell you all the stories and fun.  But it does.  Tina somehow thought that lounging about in our room/booth all day and then taking 1 brief stroll around the perimeter of the 6th floor was the same as doing the Market.  But she is such a whimp.  She only made it around part of our floor in 5 minutes, while I spent hours and hours racing up and down the stairs toting large bags and parcels of new kits, designs, threads and fabric.  I stopped only long enough to empty out the bags and take a long drink of Diet Coke, and off I flew to another floor.  There were so many wonderful thing to see and so many friends to visit ( don't tell her I was visiting, she thinks I was just franticly shopping.)   When we arrived home on Tuesday, the girls  and I cleared off the tables and racks and set up all the market treasures.  We have had a fabulously fun market week, showing everyone all the amazing new things we brought back with us,  and helping them find the perfect threads and fabric for all their new projects.  I know that I can't share them all with you, but I am sure going to give it my best shot.  I hope you have more stamina than my sister.
                                                           Here is our center display  

The side table is brimming with our new designs and a few other market delights,  

Here are a couple of new fabrics I picked up from Fabric Flair- It is a polka dot, and so adorable.  I have to think of something for it. I also picked up some gorgeous 28 count fabrics from Picture That Plus.  Oh I just forgot--Weeks Dye Works is dying 32 count fabric, and I brought home all the colors I could get my hands on.  Fabulous!!!- I should have taken a photo--maybe in Chapter 3. 

Also at the Weeks room, they had the most amazing hand dyed wools- truly inspiring .  
Here are a few of the ones we brought back.   I say we, because Tina doesn't know it but she carried them home in her suitcase.  (And complained that it was oddly heavy.)  They have a new plaid that is fantastic and different than the houndstooth.

Our dear friend Jeannette Douglas's room is right next door, and we love to meet outside our rooms and visit.  Her designs are amazing!!!!  I went right home and stitched this little lamb button on the new weeks 32 count putty.  I think if you are careful, you could get all three designs out of the 9 x 9 piece of fabric.  All threads are included for all 3 designs.  I had such a great time stitching the lamb, I stitched the strawberry too.  Jeannette gives you 1 button in the kit, 

Covered Buttons
Kind of a kit:  $16.00

Wooden Tags by Jeannette Douglas
$13.00 with the tag

Humble Hilda by Jeannette Douglas
Chart $10.00

Wool Willi by Jeannette Douglas
Chart $10.00

Yes we will be stitching this one.  I LOVE this series…

Button Betty by Jeannette Douglas
chart $10.00
This is Tina's favorite.  It is very sweet.

A Common Thread by Jeannette Douglas
Chart and threads $

This was totally amazing!!!! I am hoping Don will stitch it for us,  It is gorgeous and has wonderful stitches and threads and is sooooo lovely.  

Pincushions by Jeannette Douglas

These were very unusual and cool.  They looked like fabric, but they were stitched.  I think they look super fun to stitch.  

Waist Bags by Jeannette Douglas
Kit $22.00

This kit comes with a cotton bag.  Very quick and very clever

Take Time for Love by Jeannette Douglas
leaflet and threads $ 26.00

One of Jeannette's boxes never arrived, so we will be getting Take Time to Stitch- a new version, very soon.  It was very neat.  

We picked up Brenda Gervais' darling new charts while we were there and I can't wait to get started on one of these,  but which one???  I will keep you updated.   Her Easter/Spring designs are so sweet and subtle.  I'll let you know how we decide to do them. 

Easter Parade by With Thy Needle
Chart $10.00

Madam Cottontail by With Thy Needle
Chart $ 10.00

Springtime Messenger by With Thy Needle
Chart $10.00

Lori had darling new charts in her room which was wonderful as always.  It is hard not to be just a bit jealous of all the great things, racks, baskets, flowers, and fun things people who drive, bring to market. 

Spring Hare by La D Da
Chart $ 10.00

 Nancy is starting this one.  I can't remember what color she is using, but I will post a photo when she gets going. 

My Country by La D Da
Chart $ 10.00

Oh my goodness--how adorable is this one?

 Little Brick House by La D Da                                                                     
Leaflet $10.00

Samplers Not Forgotten
This is a new company by a darling friend of ours.  I tried to get her picture, but kept missing her--maybe in St Charles.  Kimberly Nugent lived in England and while she was there, she collected  some wonderful antique samplers. She has started graphing them and they are just wonderful.  

Eliza Dunnings by Samplers Not Forgotten
Chart $ 12.00

Springtime In My Garden by Samplers Not Forgotten
chart $16.00

This is an original design, which Kimberly based on her antique samplers,  it is so sweet.  I love the border!

Mary Ann Crumley 1829 by Samplers Not Forgotten
Chart $22.00

It was so fun to visit with Niky.  I discovered that she lives not far from where I was a foreign exchange student in the north of Italy.  I had even been to her gorgeous lake.  She was sold out of many of the things she brought with her, but is sending some along to us when she gets home.  Here are two I did bring back, and I love them both.  

Spring Sampler by Nikyscreations
Chart $14.00

This is seriously wonderful.  The perfect spring sampler complete with little rabbits in the grass.

House of Stitching by Nikyscreations
Chart $14.00

So sweet and it reminds me of my beloved doll houses.

I am always charmed by the Workbasket.  Her things are fun and different.  Tina fell in love with this one, and she loves all the different motifs.  Will she stitch it?  hmmmmmm  

 All Things Sampler by The Workbasket
chart $11.50

Diagonal Sampler by the Workbasket
Chart $11.50

Tho The Wrong by the Workbasket
Chart $ 11.40

Stephanie from Lone Elm Lane said she has been super busy making plum shaker boxes…. I wonder why???  ( our Shepherd's Fold will be starting soon- as soon as we get our fabric that is being dyed for us)  
She has very fun and different leaflets.  I think this would make a fabulous wedding sampler.

Gifts of the Spirit by Lone Elm Lane
Leaflet $12.00

Love One Another by Lone Elm Lane

Spring Angel by Lone Elm Lane

This is the second in a series see the first one below- we loved it at Christmas! 

Snow Angel by Lone Elm Lane

Glorious Day by Lone Elm Lane

Ok these are not technically from market, but we got in a new shipment while we were gone.  The girls had a great time unpacking them and matching them to scissors.  

Leather fobs run $8.00

Andrea  stopped by today to show us her Summer Quaker by Rosewood Manor. She stitched it with cotton over dyed floss and it is gorgeous!!!  Thanks for sharing.  

Lots of things arrived while we were away- the New Prairie Schoolers are darling.  

Rabbit Run by Prairie Schooler
Leaflet $ 9.00

Where there are Bees by Prairie Schooler
Leaflet $ 9.00

One For The Crow by Prairie Schooler
Leaflet $9.00

We are going to stitch the Crow on big fabric and make a pillow- It will be so great so stay tuned. 

This blog was a bit long… I just get going and can't stop.  I still can think of other things I wanted to show you, but it is now very late.  I called to talk to Charland and tell her all the news of the market, and the time has slipped away.  So wishing you sweet dreams of new projects with gorgeous fabrics and beautiful new threads.  Give us a call and we will send you a market care-package.  Doesn't everyone need one of those?  Teri.