Friday, May 1, 2015

Late spring

Ahhh...Spring, 2015

Dear Friends,

It's the first of May, and I think that Spring is well and truly here.  April brought its share of snow to Utah, and May might as well, but it's all good.  In fact it is all great.  Our darling, young horticulturist neighbor, Sveva, has been working with Teri on a project in the back yard of the shop.  He has a master plan for us which involves a few years of landscaping, and this is the year of the box gardens. He has worked very hard, and he and Teri have had a great time planning out the the future of these gardens.  Today is planting day #1.  So excited to see how everything grows, so I'll update you as the summer progresses.  Teri can't wait to get her tomatoes and cucumbers growing, and I can't wait to bring down my blue chair and watch.  We have always loved our little oasis out in the back and have spent a lot of time out there over the years:  dyeing fabrics and ribbons, tending the lilac bushes that our mom planted the year we opened the shop, dodging baseballs, and sometimes setting up a table and just working on a project in the quiet of the afternoon.  (Well, quiet--if the people next door at the shady motel are on their rare good behavior. ) When my boys were little, it seemed like we spent many hours out there trying to get some work done while they rode scooters and trikes.  I kind of miss those times a little.  But now we will have a new phase and I know that it will be fabulous.  A little pocket garden in the heart of the downtown.  Sometimes Teri disappears from the shop for long periods of time, and now we know where she is.  When everything starts growing, we might never see her.  

This week, she has been constructing tomato and cucumber cages for the box gardens.  I tried to help her a bit, but honestly it was pitch dark and freezing cold most of the time.  So far, I think they look pretty good, albeit a bit rickety.  But they are sturdier than they look, and hopefully they will work out well.  (Tina...they are not rickety, they are very strong and will be the perfect frame for our cucumbers and beans.  Our sister Sheree has ordered up some for her yard, good luck getting them home)-Teri

This has been a busy few months for all of us. with the market in March, preparing for the next Fold, and trying to get new things ready for May.  I have stitched a lot and also done a bit of sketching as I think forward in the year.  Nothing is better than a good project to come home to.  I have also been reading quite a bit, and right now I am almost finished with the most fantastic book: All the Light we cannot See by Anthony Doerr.  Bob gave me this book for my birthday, and once I had started it I just can hardly put it down.  Last week it won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction--so well deserved!  If you need a good book for summer, just go get this one.  It is lovely and thoughtful and a total page turner-- and the last couple of days I have had to have great discipline to put it down and come to work.  I am almost finished, and I just don't want it to end... but I can't slow myself down.  I am also a bit worried for all the characters.  Ugh!!!!
Teri and I have also been watching the Gilmore Girls.  I had actually never heard of it before.  I guess when you are raising boys, you don't notice a series called Gilmore Girls.  We have only watched the first 3 seasons--out of 7--and each season has about a billion episodes.  It has been so much fun.  I loved the series, Parenthood, and this seems a bit like a prequel.  Not really, but sort of because of the main character.  Anyway, just find it on Netflix and give it a try.  Last night we watched the episode where Rory goes off to college, and it just flooded me with such memories of taking my boys to the dorms.  Ahhhh....  I was just thinking about those saddest phone calls home on their first nights...when Rory called her mom.  If I had only watched it back in the day, I would have realized that it is perfectly alright to bring an extra mattress to Orientation and spend the first night on the floor next to my babies. 
On a totally different note, I thought that I would include a recipe just to get you jump started into spring and summer.  Have you been enjoying the strawberries the past few weeks?  We certainly have.  Hey, maybe we will try growing our own in the infamous box gardens out back.  Actually, all the berries have been really good lately--perhaps because of the long winter gone by.  We have been making Panna Cotta,  a favorite dessert that goes perfectly with fresh berries--any or all.  This Italian confection is simple and creamy and decadent, and is the choice that Teri usually makes for her birthday cake.  (Not a cake at all.)  So here is a recipe that we love to make, and I hope you give it a try. Let me know what you think.  

Panna Cotta
(make the night before)
2 cups heavy creme
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1 cup sour creme ( I love Daisy but I think a really thick, plain Greek Yoghurt would be good as well.)
Ok here goes:
1.  In a tiny bowl measure out a scant teaspoon of the gelatin.  (do not use the entire envelope!)
Pour 1 Tablespoon of cool water on top and let sit for at least 10 minutes.
2.  Place the creme and the sugar in a heavy sauce pan and heat until it is almost ready to boil.  (I stir it a lot.)
3.  Remove from heat and add 1 tsp vanilla.  Stir
4.  Add the softened gelatin to the hot creme and stir well to dissolve.  Let cool about 10-15 minutes.
5.  Add the sour creme to the mixture and mix completely.  
6.  Place in a bowl and cover well.  Leave in the fridge overnight and serve big scoops of it with fresh fruit.  
7.  Enjoy! 

Shepherd's Fold 
Part 5

We are totally in the process of getting the 5th part of the Fold ready to go.  It has turned out very fun, and we are getting excited to share it with you.  We have tried not to send them out too close together, because most everyone has loved having the time to get each new project finished.  
So get stitching.....And if you need us to send something with your Fold--just give us a call.  
Here is a huge bundle of silk ribbon which Cece hand dyed for us.  Doesn't it look scrumptious?  
We have all been working hard on getting this one ready to go, and we are planning to send them out sometime next week.  So watch your mail.  After this one, we only have 1 more left in this series.  Hopefully it will come out sometime in late June.  It is also going to be a very fun one.  So, if you are behind, I hope that you catch up quickly.  Happy Stitching.   

Old Glory 
by Little House Needleworks
pattern:  $6.00
Complete Kit $48.75 (includes backing fabric)

Isn't this a darling?  It is simple and sweet and just perfect for the summer that is hurtling towards us. Teri found this wonderful patriotic banding fabric for the pillow itself, and it comes with the kit.  We stitched this little piece on 10 count Tula, and that made it so much fun to do.  I'm sure that you will 
just love it as well.  

Sweet Land Of Liberty
by Heartstring Samplery
Pattern $ 10.00

Teri has also been binge stitching... maybe it is all the Gilmore Girls we have been watching...
She whipped up this wonderful patriotic piece in no time.  Isn't it great?

Sampler Lesson Two
by Plum Street Samplers
partial kit

Paulette's new BYOF (bring you own fabric) kit is on it's way to us.  It has a patriotic twist, and looks so fabulous.  We will pick the perfect fabric for it as the fabric is not included in the kit.  Give us a call if you would like one.  They should arrive Tuesday or Wednesday, and we can send it right off to you.  

Summer at Cherry Hill 
by Brenda Gervais
Pattern $ 12.00
Complete kit also available

Teri and Lynnette are both working on this fabulous piece.  (I think that Teri needs to stop and work on her new Trifles pattern, but she seems a bit obsessed with this.) I love the hand dyed linen that they chose and their colors are very rich and beautiful.  Heaven knows it will be cherry time before we blink.

Leona's Sewing Box 
by Blackbird Designs
Pattern:  $9.00
Complete kit:  $49.00
Hand made box: $199.00

I love this little project! Teri couldn't decide whether to frame it or use the box, but when we got it in the box, we were very happy.  I just love the lace that Teri dyed and the little buttons that she picked out.  If you buy the kit, all of these sweet treasures will come with.  I think it is quite beautiful.  It's funny, but ever since I started the Fold, I have fallen in love with the Lone Elm boxes.  I know they seem expensive, but they are just so lovely and well crafted.  I love! love! love! my purple box.  Now I want to get one of these square boxes.  I think that it is wonderful and I also think the little shelf inside is fantastic.  Maybe it's because I am not the most organized person, and I have loved having a place to keep my stitching treasures.  

Lady Dot Beeswax Waxers

These are new for us from Lois (Lady Dot).  She has truly gotten into the beeswax, and I think her waxers are just fabulous!  I love mine just sitting on a shelf, but Teri uses hers all the time for strengthening and calming thread.  Doesn't every sewing box need one?  We have been sending the sheep out to people who have ordered them--especially for the Fold, and Teri has been packaging them in little boxes for sending.  So we have had a big basket with little boxes tied with bows.  Then on the 1 day in six months that I stayed home sick, she and Sue had the brilliant idea to package all of the new ones in the boxes as well.  Unfortunately, no one bothered to mention this bit of news to me, and I have spent 2 weeks sending a large variety of waxers all over to people who have ordered-- sheep.  Yay! 

Sweet Sheepies

Hoot Hoot

Buzzzzy Hive

Filigree Bee

Button 4

Rose Hearts

Stitching Bags
Large: $30.00  
Medium: $28.00 
Small: $26.00 
We always love it when we get a group of wonderful stitching bags.  It is fun to have a great variety and her fabrics are sweet!!!  
Ah...which one to choose first.

All sorts of adorable sheep bags: 
Blue Sheep- bottom
Teal leaping sheep- Top
Red and black sheep- Left
Black and white- right 
Really?  Can you ever go wrong with a great sheep bag?  Not!

Stitching fabric
This is just the most darling fabric. Soft and sort of watercolored with all sorts of sewing tools on it.  I just love this one.

Of course bee bags...for Teri
Pink bees: top
Aqua Bees: top left
Bears and Bees: top right (very limited)
Bee Border: bottom left
Green bees: Bottom right
Yellow: center bottom (medium only)

Well, I think that I am going to send this off to you before it gets any later.  That means that I can go to bed and try to finish my book.  I can 't wait to finish it, and I also don't want to, because then it is done.  Plus...I am very worried about many of the characters.  Oh...and this book has sort of inspired me to re-read 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea.  (Not in braille.)  That could be fun for summer.  So happy gardening, happy reading, happy cooking, happy eating, and most of all happy stitching.  See you next week.  hugs, T & T

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Early Spring

Early Spring, 2015

pansy baskets
 outside the front door of the shop

I truly think that Spring may finally be here--at least in Utah.  Clear skies, brilliant sunshine, and the promise of spring flowers soon to come:  plenty of pansies in pots, dozens of dazzling daffodils, and tulips trying to tease us in taking their time.  Still a bit chilly, however.  Teri invited me to stitch outside this afternoon and it felt so good--in a freezing sort of way.  Could the winter have gone by already and we, back at our outdoor stitching spot?  Unfortunately, after this past week of glorious weather, I have found myself waging a private war with nature.  And I don't just mean allergies.  I seem to have an explosion of box elder bugs somewhere outside in my yard, and their only purpose in life is to get inside my house and torment me.  I hate them!  It's not that I'm scared of them like I am of spiders.  I just find them so irritating the way they slowly walk around my windows and walls and ceilings.  Just annoyingly ambling along asking me to attack.  They appear to enjoy the ivy outside my bathroom window and outside Christian's room.  How they work their way in is not exactly clear to me, but they are quite adept at it.  I have spent 2 days stalking them and hunting them down with a vengeance, and finally I have resorted to the vacuum which I am just leaving in Christian's room at the ready.  (He was so thrilled--until he went back to school.) Do you think that they suffocate inside the vacuum?  Oh well, their previous fate was the toilet.  Bob tried spraying them with either soapy water or windex outside this afternoon, so here's hoping.  I am also wondering what their collective life span could possibly be.  And...are they the creatures that eventually turn into little green worms?  Surely not!!!
Life is busy at the Bush this week.  The hotel across the street tore half of itself down a couple of days ago and that has been both surprising and entertaining.  I just kept wishing that one of my boys was still three so I would have an excuse to site out on the front step and watch.  Plus, I promised myself--and everyone else at work--that after market I would clean up my first desk/table.  I have to say first because a few years ago I had to move across the room to my second desk/table when the first one got a bit crowded.  I imagined it was a good goal to work on straightening it up a bit--well actually excavating it--so I thought I would do it after market.  Well, here we are.  Hmm...I wonder if I could hire someone who is working on that hotel across the street. Good thought.  Seriously, I can't battle desks/tables and box elder bugs at the same time.  Actually, I think I will finish this letter and then just stitch. Isn't that the best cure for everything?  Well, read on Macduff and I shall guide you through some very fun things we have going on at the shop...

Beeswax sheep 
by Lady Dot

Aren't these little sheep the most adorable things you can imagine?  Our great friend, Lois, has been working on these for a while, and we just received a lovely little flock.  The fresh beeswax has the most glorious smell of earth and honey and the beautiful richness of something very special.  The great thing is that you not only have a lovely treasure for your sewing box, but you can also run a length of thread carefully through the wool to strengthen it for beading.  They come to you in a sweet little box and bow.

Ever since we came back from Nashville, everyone at the shop has been busy stitching on a new market project.  Nobody really planned it that way, but everyone started on something different, and we have had such a great time comparing our progress and cheering each other on.  So...I thought it would be fun to show you what we have all been working on through this letter.  Yay!  Lucky you. Anyway it might inspire you to share what you are working on with someone.  So enjoy...

A Year in Chalk 
by Hands On Designs
$5.00 each design
Chalkboard frames:  $30.00
Nancy's choice

This new series is so much fun!  Everyone at the shop is having a great time with them, and this is the one that Nancy has been working on.  Teri came up with a brilliant idea for framing, and she has had a great time getting it organized.  Jill has made an assortment of sweet--mostly white-- frames of all different moldings, and we have a basket brimming full of them here at the shop.  So...choose your frame and then stitch your monthly chalkboard designs and just swap them out with each month. Just give us a quick call and we will let you know what type of frames we have ready for you.  Each frame comes with a piece of foam core for mounting, and each month's design will look fabulous in it.  We even have the pieces of 30 count specially dyed R & R linen cut and ready to be stitched with Sampler Thread: Chalk.  

Here are two of the designs, March and April, and one of the little boards that is shown on the pattern.  We have 1 of them left if you would prefer finishing it that way.  The first 4 designs are available now, and we are looking forward to May and June soon.  This will give you a chance to stitch the first few months.   

Spring Greetings Bouquet 
by Brenda Gervais
leaflet:  $9.00
Teri's choice

This darling little piece was the one that Teri chose to stitch on first.  She is always so speedy that it took her almost no time at all to get it finished up and isn't it just perfect for Easter week?  I think she was going to finish it as a pin cushion, but she couldn't resist one of Jill's new little frames.  

Lady Rachel Ruth 
by Scattered Seeds
leaflet:  $13.00
Reeta's choice

You can just see how happy she is to have it all framed and ready to hang up in her home.  It has been a joy to watch her progress on this piece and didn't it turn out so beautiful.  

His Eye is on the Sparrow
by Heartstring Samplery
leaflet:  $15.00
Reeta's other (ongoing) choice

This sampler that Reeta is working on is very inspiring for me.  It is just beautiful since her stitching is perfect and it seems that each week she has 1 or 2 new motifs finished up  I love each one and I love seeing the border gradually come to life.  I have no idea how long it will take, but we are all enjoying sharing Reeta's progress.

The Potting Shed 
by Brenda Gervais (With Thy Needle)
leaflet:  $12.00
Lynnette's choice

in progress...

Lynnette has stitched this new piece so quickly!  Isn't it just darling?  The colors are sweet, and each little area comes to life as she works on it.  

Fracture Girls 
by Shakespeare's Peddler
leaflet:  $15.00
Tina's choice

I just loved these odd girls when I saw them at Market.  I have stitched quite constantly since then, and they have been so much fun to do.  I didn't want to stitch on gauze like the original picture--too small for me--so I chose a dark 36 count linen, and I like it a lot.  They are a lot of stitching, but they are coming along quite well.  Now, however, I have had to put them down for a bit while I finish up the next Fold piece and work on a couple of other things for work.  But  I will return to them as soon as I can.  I love doing the dresses most of all.  I'll share my progress as I go along.  

Garden Blooms 
by Chessie and Me
leaflet:  $12.00  
Nancy's next choice

I'm not sure if this was Nancy's choice or Teri's choice for her.  Either way, it is quite darling.  Nancy has been on a stitching marathon.  She just finished this sweet piece for us.  Flowers, a beehive, a house and a kitty... what else could you want? (well maybe sheep...a button perhaps)

Things Unseen
by Lizzie Kate
 $ 27.00- set of 3 leaflets

Nancy finished this great sampler a couple of weeks ago.  It was a 3-part mystery sampler by Lizzie Kate.  The colors are very soft and beautiful, and there are even handmade buttons designed to match. The quote by Helen Keller is certainly heartfelt.  I think it would be just beautiful in a bedroom--perhaps because it is very restful.  You can purchase this as just the patterns, or as a complete kit.  I think the kit is $97.00.  I will post another photo when we get it back from Jill, our wonderful framer.

Rabbit Hill
by Little House Needleworks
pattern and threads:  $15.00

This is a brand new pattern from Little House Needleworks.  It is such a sweet spring pattern.  This pattern is comes with the  5 threads Classic Colorworks threads.  I have cut up some soft gray fabric in 28 count ..... we haven't coerced Nancy into stitching it yet.  Geez...she is so slow.  Maybe for next year.  

Bird's Eye View 
by Kathy Barrick
Leaflet:  $9.00

Our darling friend, Debbie has been avidly stitching on this fun market piece. We have all been excited to see it come to life.  We changed it into cotton overdyed threads, and isn't it fabulous. 

Needle Bottles
by The Purple Needle/ Sharon Verbos
kit: $5.00 

Sue has taken a break from stitching stockings for her family, to stitch one of these sweet needle bottles.  She said it was fun and easy.  I think it is darling. 

Photo courtesy of Sharon Verbos- thanks Sharon

We just received a new shipment of these adorable needle bottles, and they are so dear.  We sold out of the group we brought back from Nashville, and our friend, Sharon, was kind enough to make us another emergency group.  Everything comes packed in the tiny bottles to stitch the band, but you will have to choose which of the 3 patterns to stitch for your bottle.  

Well I have to get back to my stitching, and Teri is making us watch a marathon of the Gilmore Girls. Somehow we both missed this series, and at market Alma mentioned she was watching and enjoying it.  We are up to season 2, and we are both getting lots of stitching done.  So... have a perfect spring week.  fondly, Tina

PS  follow us on instagram as shepherdsbush  We will be posting fun photos of the things we see at the shop, and other crazy things.  

Friday, March 6, 2015

Market Time

Nashville Market:  Part the fourth--I think

Going home after work last night the moon was so enormous and beautiful that it just took my breath away.  It was just coming up over the mountain and it looked absolutely huge.  Teri wanted to take a picture--well, fifty pictures--so she made me go around the block 3 times while she leaned out the window snapping pics and shouting: stop! go! slow down! veer left! veer right!  Finally I had to remind her about traffic rules, so she got out and stood in the middle of 24th Street.  All for a moon.
This might be our last market post, because Teri has a table full of projects that she is working on and I want to stitch.....
So--have fun.  There are some fabulous things to look at.  

1801 House Limited Kit 
by Chessie & Me


Cherry Hollow Limited Kit 
by Stacy Nash

Hollandse  Merklap (Holland Sampler)
by Jeannette Douglas
 Pattern and thread pack:  $104.00
  Pattern only:  $26.00 

English Rose Sampler
by Jeannette Douglas
Pattern and thread pack: $112.00
 Pattern only: $26.00

Pins and Needles 
by Jeannette Douglas 
 Pattern and thread: $32.00
 Pattern only: $12.00

ABC Pyn Roll and Crown Tulip Thread Keep
by Jeannette Douglas 
Pattern and threads: $34.00
 Pattern, threads, and wool packs: $45.50
 Pattern only: $10.00

Spring Bird
by Jeannette Douglas 
Pattern and threads: $26.00
Pattern only: $10.00

Key To Home
by Jeannette Douglas 
Pattern only: $10.00

Jeannette suggested we put our street number on this piece. What a great idea.  
We also have a few of the keys with a crown for $16.00.

New magnets
So many darling magnets see below for more info...

Dragonfly Lotus Magnets
$5.00- $6.00

Ann (Dyeing to Stitch) and Teri were out shopping together and found this darling magnet company.  Both of them were made piles of these adorable magnets.  I was charmed with the sweet pictures.  
Fun on your magnet board or your stitching to hold a needle.  

JABCO Magnets

These are fun and flat magnets--maybe more for your magnetic board or a fridge. They are happy and sweet.  

 Shakespeare's Peddler Magnets

I loved these magnets too!!  The Jane Austin girls would be perfect on my stitching and Tina adored the flowers.  I have ordered more, don't you love them!!  They are made of wood and very cool.

 Bohin Thread cutters

These were pretty and clever: a new take on the thread cutter.  It looks like a great necklace but is really a cutter for threads.  They are kind of enameled and are very pretty.  

Stitch Lollies
by Just Another Button Company

These are a new thing for a treasured pincushion, and they are darling 

Spring Sliders
Kits: $19.50
Just Pins: $15.50

I just love these happy pincushions.  Teri is stitching one of these for a model.   It is so fun.  

Just pins for Be Still Pincushion 

I forgot to mention these before, Cecile let us create our own set of pins to go with our new pincushion- Be Still.  The colors are perfect, and they look great with the pincushion.  


These are a new series from JABCO that can be stitched into a square, so you would stitch each pattern 4 times to make a square, they were fun, and cheery.  Teri whipped up the "Bloom" after we got home, and it is darling.  Not sure how she is finishing it.  Every couple of months there will be a new set, and each pattern has its own embellishments.  O course we love the bee ones.  

Autumn on Lazy Bear Mountain
by Kathy Barrick

It was such fun visiting with Kathy, and she had darling new charts.  

Good Intentions
by Kathy Barrick

Bee Study 
by Kathy Barrick

Little Lamb
by Kathy Barrick

Bird's Eye View
by Kathy Barrick

Three Snakes in Paradise
by Kathy Barrick 

Giving Thanks
by Little House Needleworks
 Chart and threads: $19.00

This limited (partial) kit is sweet.  It comes with the pattern and the threads--the fabric is your choice.


House of Gardening
 Chart: $14.00

I always look forward to visiting with Niky.  She is so sweet and fun to chat with.  Her charts are just like Niky--darling and gentle.

Seasonal Band Sampler
$14.00- chart

Stitching Sampler
$14.00 chart

January -February 
$14.00- chart

Here is her darling new series: little girls doing things- see what I mean -sweet!

March- April
$14.00- chart

Purple Needle

Needle bottles
by Purple Needle/ Sharon Verbos

These were very adorable.  Thanks Sharon, for the photo of the finished pieces- they are so sweet.   You stitch a small band to go around the bottle and then put your needles inside. It was ingenious.  

Eleanor's Hat Pins
$ 25.50

Sharon is just great with finishing pincushions.  Everything you need comes in the kit, including a hat pin make from antique pins

Just Nan
Strawberry Bunny

We have known Nan for many years.  She was always so kind to the boys when they were small and coming with us to markets.  I had to get a photo to send to them, and thought I would share it with you.  

Heirloom Scissor Pendent 
by Sullivan

Heirloom Embroidery Accessories set
by Sullivan

This beautiful set includes scissors, needle case, thimble, laying tool/awl, and a bodkin ( ribbon threader)  It is in a lovely wooden box.  

Red Gate
Floss organizers $18.00

Teri stitched the bee last year... and this year Red Gate had fun new designs.  Each package contains 1 wooden thread organizer and the pattern.  You can use any colors you like.  The owl makes me chuckle.  Teri picked up more bees as well as the new ones.  

Lizzie Kate Limited Kits

Farm Fob 

Hip Hop 

Well, be inspired as we all are here at the shop.  As everyone left work tonight, we each were clutching our treasures to go home and stitch.  And that is where I am heading right now.  If you have any questions, or would like some of these fantastic projects for yourself--just give us a quick call and we can send them right off to you.  
hugs,  Tina and Teri