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

Sunday, August 19, 2018


Late Summer, 2018

               Have the Zinnias ever been more lovely than during this incredibly hot, dry summer?  Teri found these this morning at the Farmer's Market, and they are glorious.  But our neighborhood is also bursting in pots of unbelievable Zinnia explosions. Earth gifts like these make the relentless sun and heat almost bearable. In spite of the warmth, these long summer days seem to have just sped by too quickly.  It hasn't really cooled off much--even at night--but the crickets outside my bedroom window are almost deafening in their symphonic chirping--reminding us that summer is waning.
For me, this has been a season for trying new things.  I am not a soul who enjoys venturing out of her cozy comfort zone, yet that has been my adventure this Summer.  Sadly, I seem to be a constant sufferer of empty nest blues.  Christian graduated from his Master's program in late May and now both the boys are working in D.C.  As much fun as we have going back to visit them, eating at all of their favorite haunts, and wandering the streets of that amazing city, I miss the everyday joys of having my little chicks clutched close to me.  So this seemed to be the summer for pushing myself out of my safe and familiar little world--just a little.  
               First, I joined the choir at my church.  I'm not really the most musical person, but I play the piano and have nurtured my boys through piano, violin, clarinet, saxophone, and guitar--ok, they nurtured themselves through that one.  Choir is a different kettle of fish altogether. Yikes!!  Everyone is wonderful and that makes it all worth it, but for me it is an alternate discipline completely.  It has required many focused hours on my own in front of my seldom used (by me) piano, and has demanded an untapped fearlessness to sing in front of a congregation.  
               Then, Teri and I have been working with a program which helps feed and house homeless families.  We have spent time in the evenings with them, helped a bit with dinners and tried to make a few of their nights a little less scary.  Teri is my inspiration there as she can organize a family board game, coax a two-year old to eat his dinner, or hold a long conversation with a hearing/speech impaired mom with that love and enthusiasm that she brings to all. For me, it has truly been a lesson in grace and compassion.  Joys come in all kinds of packages.  
                And finally, there is our Tai Chi class.  I have wanted to try this for a long time, and this was the summer.  Master Lu teaches his classes in the evening up in the park behind our house--at the base of the mountain foothills, and we walk up and have an hour of Tai Chi.  It is odd and interesting and very hot, and although it is hard, it has given me a time to focus on movement, the world around me, and life in that specific moment.  There are usually about 15 of us--including Bob and Teri--and we have become odd friends doing something in perfect silence in a beautiful setting accompanied by squirrels, and birdsong, and blessed shade.  Sometimes we have been serenaded by birthday parties, cheerleading practices and playground noises which is always a test of concentration.  My favorite evening, however, was spent moving through our endless, ancient Chinese motions to the sound of a lone bag piper who practiced nearby.  Isn't Life amazing?
However, in spite of my summer of dis-comfort...I have made plenty of time to spend in my beloved cocoon of stitching.  Here's what is going on at Shepherd's Bush...

New Stocking 
coming soon....ish

This has been my project the last 2 months.  It is one of my favorite things that I do each year, but it never becomes any easier.  Lots of imagining, drawing, erasing, stitching and un-stitching.  Adding colors, taking colors away, setting it aside and staring at it for long periods.  But I actually think I am making progress, and I am grateful for that.  Now for a name....

Sheep Scissors
silver or black 

We have finally received our sheep scissors that we have been patiently waiting for.  They are just darling and actually cut quite nicely.  I have no idea if we will get more, but for now we are really enjoying our little flock.

The start of our Halloween displays.  

It's that time of the year when the shop is transformed into Halloween and Fall.  Pumpkins and spooky things hang from the ceiling, and Halloween ornaments festoon our fabulous tree.  Look for all sorts of projects, both large and small.  

Here are a couple of new Halloween pieces that are new at the shop

Hocus Pocus by Blackberry Lane
Cat chart:  $13.00
Pumpkin Chart:  $13.00
Frog Chart:  $13.00

Teri saw these at market, and she has been so excited to get them stitched by our wonderful stitchers.   They are worked on 3 gorgeous Halloween colors of Picture this Plus Linen.   We have small fabric pieces cut and ready for each face. The patterns include a design to stitch the back of each one, so you could have a stitched front and a back.  Ours are finished with a fun black Halloween fabric on the back and black chenille trim.  

Happy Halloween Night by Jardin Prive'
Chart:  $10.00

Halloween Mouses  by Madame Chantilly
chart:  $12.00

ABC Halloween by Jardin Prive'
Chart:  $9.00

New Charts from Brenda Gervais
We are so excited to get these darling new charts.  They came in yesterday's mail, so Teri and Reeta are busy finding linens and threads to get them going.  Such fun for the perfect fall stitching.

Autumn In Baltimore

Bittersweet and Broomsticks

A Basket of Autumn Time

The Cat and The Moon

Here are a few photos of the fun pieces we have had stitched recently... 

Woolemina by Plum Street Samplers
Chart:  $10.00

We LOVE this sweet sheep.  We stitched it in gorgeous shades of purple, and Jill framed it in this amazing frame.  

Blessed Bee by With Thy Needle and Thread
Chart: $12.00

Little House Farmyard Christmas
Each pattern: $6.00
Nancy has been moving right along on this darling series.  Only 2 left to go.  It is turning out so sweet and she has had a great time working on it.  She was triumphant on Wednesday because the had finished the border...and it worked out.  Always a relief.

 If you would like to join into this project, we have all the charts and the buttons.  You can choose between 36 count (our piece), 32 count or 28 count.  There is still plenty of time before Christmas.  

Plum Street Samplings Noah's Christmas

This is turning out so fabulously, we are anxiously awaiting the next part....  what will they be???

New scissors $5.00 

Our city Garden

We planted earlier this year, so we have been feasting on tomatoes and cucumbers for a month.  The grapes are finally ripe and Teri is hankering to make grape juice.   They are tiny and super sweet and plentiful, but I can only think of helping our mom make hundreds of bottles of delicious grape juice.  It was messy and sooooo much work, and picking through the grapes to remove stems, always made my hands itch.  Teri says she has a easy recipe..... we'll just see who gets them first--Teri or the birds.

Wherever you may be, I hope that you cherish these last warm weeks of summer.  I hope you can taste a warm, freshly picked tomato, share a peach with a friend, take a walk in the early evening cool, and stitch until bedtime.  
ever, fondly Tina and Teri