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.  

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Harvest Market Hop

September, 2015

Harvest Market Hop

Hi Friends, 
Today is the beginning of our little pop up market.  Teri is very busy ordering great new things for the shop and I thought I would show you what we have new for Fall.  Take a few minutes and look through our new things.  I hope you will be inspired.  As soon as possible we will add other new things to this blog to show you some of the wonderful things that will be arriving next week.  If there is something you would like, give us a call and we will be sure to save one for you.  
Ready, set, go...happy hopping!

Over the River
kit:  $36.00

This kit just makes me think of late Autumn and Thanksgiving.  It is worked on 30 count hand-dyed R & R linen with overdyed threads, and a sweet pack of buttons.

Harvest Home Scissor Fob
kit:  $16.00

This kit includes 32 count linen, overdyed threads, buttons, beads and ric rac for the edging.  
It is a great companion to Over the River

Grateful Heart Stitching Bag
kit:  $24.00

This little stitching bag comes already made and includes the threads and buttons to complete.  Perfect for storing and carrying scissors, threads, and needles for any autumn project.  

Autumn Trifles
booklet:  $8.00
complete kit:  $70.00

Teri's newest Trifles offering.  Yay!  This little kit includes everything you will need to complete these 3 sweet pin cushions--except the stuffing.  You will find three different linens, overdyed cotton threads, darling backing fabrics, beads, buttons, and hand dyed ribbons--last weekend's project.  

Midnight Garden
stitching kit:  $24.00

This little kit is made to fit into the little black weathered stitching tray.  It is worked on 32 count linen with overdyed threads and buttons.  A fun Halloween tray for tricky stitching supplies...or yummy treats.  Maybe even both.

Black Raven Tray

This darling raven box comes with a piece of foam core for quick and easy finishing.

Pumpkin Box Kit
kit:  $12.00
box:  $30.00

A fabulous addition to Teri's little box series.  The kit comes with spooky purple linen, overdyed threads and buttons.  It is darling in Jill's spooktacular frame or nestled in a weathered black box.  

Joy to Ewe
 complete kit:  $30.00
button with pattern:  $8.00

Here is our newest pattern with a sweet button.  The kit includes everything to compete the pin cushion including 18 count natural linen, ribbon, beads, backing fabric and fuzzy wool thread.  How fun for the holidays.

Teri's hand dyed fabulous ribbon
4 yard pack:  $5.00

Teri has spent the summer dyeing these luscious ribbons in the back yard of the shop.  I love it when she pins them up on the clothes line to dry and they drift here and there in their scrumptious colors.
The ribbons vary by the piece, but here are a few names that we call them:
Falling Leaves, Mermaid tears, Dried Roses, Melted Lime Ricky, Winter Sky, Spooky Night, Blushing Plum, Deep Dill Pickles...

Have a fun day and check back later and we will add to this blog as we have new things from other designers to show you.  How fun!  See you later.  T 

Thursday evening
Harvest Hop reflections

Today dawned bright and beautiful here in Utah, and believe it or not, Teri was up to greet that first light which crept over the mountain.  Partly, I think she was super excited about the Market, and partly the neighbor's dog started barking like maniacs at 6:00 and kept it up until almost 8.  For whatever reason, she was busy working on our own website link and making sure that everything would go smoothly.  Awesome job, Teri!!  ( except for the Santa Hat button which seems to be selling for $800.00. )  Those dogs just ought to bark every morning.  Oh, yeah, they probably will. Then, she just waited with fingers poised over her keyboard until 9:00--our time--so that she could go shopping herself.  She had the best time scrolling through the Hop website and looking up links.  I know that she thought everyone had great things posted and we can't wait to get things into the shop.  That being said, she has posted a lot of fun new things below.  Just have as much fun as we have had looking at these great designs.  Some of the things we have just received and the rest will start arriving sometime next week.  If you see something you would like us to save for you, just let us know. it is your turn.  Happy Hopping!!!

Bounty Sampler By Plum Street Samplers
Chart $ 12.00

Blessings Abound  By Plum Street Samplers
Chart $ 10.00

Labor for Learning By Plum Street Samplers
Chart $ 10.00

Merry One By Plum Street Samplers
Kit $20.00

Fabrics are available form us as well.  

The Haunting by Drawn Thread
Leaflet:  $10,00
in stock

Tangled up in Boo by Drawn Thread
leaflet:  $9.00
in stock

Simply Autumn by Drawn Thread
Leaflet:  $8.00
in stock

Pumpkin Pin Cushion by Jeannette Douglas
Coming soon

Over the River by Jeannette Douglas
leaflet and embellishment pack
Coming soon

Bargello Pin Cushion by Jeannette Douglas
Coming soon

Halloween Kit by Lizzie Kate
Coming soon

November Chalk by Hands On
leaflet $5.00
Coming soon

December Chalk by Hands On
leaflet $5.00
Coming soon

Acorn House by From the Heart
coming soon

Christmas Quaker by From the Heart
Coming soon

Mini Love Quaker by From the Heart
 coming soon

Bumble Bouquet 
by Just Another Button Company and Hands On
Chart $5.00
in stock

Peppermint Frost Slider - Bunny by Just Another Button Company
coming soon

Ho Ho Ho Spoken Here  
by Art to Heart (Just Another Button Company)
Chart with buttons    
Coming Soon

by Art to Heart (Just Another Button Company)
Chart with buttons    
Coming Soon

Jingle Lolly 
by Just Another Button Company
Coming soon

Noel  Just Pins 
by Just Another Button Company
Coming soon
New Christmas Just Pins 
by Just Another Button Company
Coming soon
New Halloween Thread Keeps 
Large: $12.00
available now

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by Ink Circles
chart $10.00
Coming soon

Ghostly Mandala by Ink Circles
chart :$10.00
Coming soon

Red Merry Christmas by Keslyns
chart $ 14.00

Wooden Ornament kits by Keslyns
$11.00 pattern and wooden ornament 

New Weeks Dye Works Threads
$2.50 each

New colors that are bright and cheery-Sockeye, Islamorada, Persimmon, Wasabi

Queen Thread keeps by Kelmscott Designs
$10.00 each

These are so great.  we rarely have all of them they sell so quickly, so I thought I would snap a photo while they are all together.   Made od  wood, from right to left- Black queen (new) gold queen, red queen, white queen.  

Black wooden Thread keeps by Kelmscott

New waxers by Lady Dot

Pere Noel $10.00

Big Acorn $6.30

Big Pumpkin $5.50

Small Pumpkin $4.50

Bag of Buttons $4.00

Victoria's Crown $5.50 and Fractur Heart $5.00

Check again tomorrow night. More to come.  Yay!!!