Wednesday, May 25, 2016

May Flowers

May Blessings, 2016


Dear Friends,
It's May--well soon to be June--and I have to show you my two graduates.  What a great month for us. Two boys graduating on the very same day within 1 hour of each other--one in Indiana and one in Utah.  What are the chances of that?  Bob and I did a split and each went with one child, and we had a great time in spite of missing 1 of the graduations.  As I sat at Peter's ceremony, waiting for the graduates to process in, I felt a bit teary in the end.  Where did the time go?  Honestly, they were just little boys yesterday playing pirates, hanging out at the shop, sneaking into the creek.  Peter was happily riding his lopsided trike to the bank with Teri, and Christian was busy painting brand new Pottery Barn chairs to look like trains.  I remember crying once to Bob that it was just too hard to have them at the shop...and now they are off and busy with lives of their own.  If I know nothing else at all--this I know to be true:  it all goes by so quickly. 

Here in Ogden, Winter just doesn't seem to want to let go.  Our garden is coming along quite nicely except for our frequent freak storms which insist on visiting us.  First it was 100 mph winds which took out our power for days, then biblical rain storms and now 2" of hail stones.  What fun!  But the temperature is still cool and the moisture is heavenly, so our plants are just going to have to hang in there.  Teri has been nurturing tomato plants for a month inside on her kitchen fireplace and they are amazing.  Once she dares to put them in the box gardens, they are going to grow like crazy.  But for now, we are enjoying watching the pea plants grow and blossom, and we look forward to having peas soon.  Hopefully...

Lots of things are happening at the shop.  We are busy getting ready for the Retreat as well as changing displays for the summer.  Gosh, before long we will be putting up Halloween.  Can that be true?  But in the meantime, we have such darling Americana displays and projects to prepare for the Summer ahead.  
Plus....we have a couple of fun new designs almost ready to come out.  Maybe a sneak peak coming soon. 

 Teri's Americana Display 

We have so many wonderful Americana pieces. It is always such fun to bring them out in the late spring--a bit like visiting friends that we haven't seen for a while.  Plus there have been some beautiful new patterns that have arrived, and we are having such a great time helping customers choose the perfect linen and threads to start stitching.  Just look how fun this is:

John and Abigail
by Plum Street Samplers


Here is a project chosen and ready to be stitched.  Doesn't it look delicious?

Last weekend Teri and I went to Quilt Market which was in Salt Lake City.  We had a fantastic day looking at all of the hundreds of booths, meeting up with friends, and selecting the perfect items to bring back home to the shop.  Here are a few of our finds.
Antique Needles 
$20.00 a set

This was a great find from the Quilt Market.  Each little pack of needles contain 4 packets of antique needles and historical descriptions for each set.  The needles are simply charming, and they are packed really interesting.  You will totally need a set or two to put into your sewing box.

Wool bundles 
by Primitive Gatherings

We found so many great wool packs at the Market.  Here is just a sampling.  They are 5 inch squares and contain multiple pieces of various colors and prints.  Stop by to see some of the other colors and types.  

Wool embroidery kits

Teri also picked up a few fun kits that would be perfect for the beginner and experienced alike.  

Advent Calendar 
pattern $15.00 (includes buttons)
by Jardan Prive' 

Nancy has been busy stitching this darling piece.  We were delighted with the wooden buttons, that are included with the patten.  We have stitched it on a pretty 32 count fabric with silk floss.  Our color changes include cotton floss as well.  This is more of a nod to the Advent calendar, than an actual countdown, as you do not take the buttons on and off.  I can't wait to see how Jill will finish it.  

Overdyed Cotton Floss 
by Ship's Manor
Cotton:  $2.00 per skein
Silk:  $5.30 per skein

Our friends from Ship's Manor were in this past week to show off their fledgeling line of overdyed threads--cotton and silk.  Everyone here was very impressed and we have been stitching with them.  The colors are a lot of fun and the variegation is pretty.  Next time you are in, just take a look at them and see what you think.  We are sure that you will love them.

Ships' Manor is offering this free pattern with the purchase of these 5 threads

Ship's Manor Silk Floss  

Little House House Ornament Series

Diane, from Little House is getting ready to launch a new series in the spirit of Little Sheep Virtues.  
The ABC House series looks like it will be a lot of fun and absolutely darling as well.  We have quite a few people signed up to receive the 9 patterns automatically, so just give us a call if you would like to  join this exciting venture.  We will be offering 32 or 36 count fabrics--but if you want a larger count we can help you with that as well.  We will choose the perfect linen to work this piece on and you may choose to work all 9 houses on 1 piece of fabric or separately to make into ornaments.  Just let us know which you would like.  If you want 1 piece, it will be the right size to stitch the houses 
3 x 3, and if you are doing them as ornaments you will receive a wonderful bundle of pieces cut just the right size.  We will definitely tweak the colors for overdyed threads and probably add some little buttons as well.  Just let us know.

Lizzie Kate new Halloween Mystery
Patterns only- $ 27.00
Complete Kit 32 or 28 count:  $ 95.00
16 or 14 count:  $90.00
plus shipping

Here we go again--another great Halloween mystery sampler from Lizzie Kate.  It is the same size as her Christmas Sampler - Hearts and Holly.  It looks very spooky and a blast to stitch.  So here is how it works.  You can sign up for just the patterns, or a complete kit.  The kit includes patterns, fabric, threads and embellishments.  You may choose linen in 32 or 28 count or aida in 16 or 14 count.  We charge you the total price up front, and then you will receive in the mail, a wonderful package with the first pattern and all the supplies you will need to complete the main sampler.  Then for the next 2 months you will receive pattern 2 and then pattern 3.    As always you will get a special little something if you sign up for the entire kit.  

Doesn't it look very intriguing?  Come join the fun.

Needle Trays $8.00
by The Threadgatherer  

Threadgatherer Girl

We love these magnetic trays from the Threadgatherer  I have a penny on the left side (barely) so you can get a sense of the size.  

Homemade frozen burritos
We just made one of our favorite recipes over the weekend.  It is actually a recipe of Sue's and we love to make them and store them in the freezer for lunches or quick dinners.  Just assemble and freeze on a cookie sheet, and then pack them away in large zip lock bags for future munching.  Christian usually takes a bag home with him.  

Cook a pound of hamburger, ground turkey (we use ground turkey), or use shredded rotisserie chicken. 
Add any or all of the following as you like:
1 onion sautéed with a small can of green chilies
1 pkg frozen corn
1 bottle of salsa
1 can pinto beans--or black beans if you prefer
as much shredded cheese as you like
definitely add some ground cumin and your favorite hot sauce and any fresh herbs that you would like.  
Pack the meat mixture into your favorite flour tortillas and roll up burrito style. and freeze.  We place them on a cookie sheet and then when they are frozen, we put them in ziplock bags and keep in the freezer until needed.   When you are ready to eat one of these frozen delights--just microwave for 3-4 minutes and once it cools a bit, your lunch is ready.  I hope you try them.  

Well check back with us next week and we should have our new things ready to show you.  They are going to be such fun.  Until then, be safe.  fondly, Tina

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Almost May 2016

Almost May, 2016

Hi Friends,

Here it is well into the wonderful season of Spring and if you are like me, your allergies are raging.  My whole world must be in bloom, because I am just going nuts.  Even my little dog, Lindbergh, is itching like crazy.  When we drive around, Teri always points out the most glorious trees full on in bloom with white and pink blossoms.  She truly covets them and always asks me if I wouldn't just love some of those same trees.  Honestly, I don't even like to look at them, because, inspite of their beauty, they just make me sneeze, itch and cry.  That's a great testimonial.  Oh well, I am hoping that summer will bring a bit of relief.  On the other hand, I am not sure that there is any more beautiful time of the year.  Perhaps because Spring follow s bleak Winter, it seems all the more beautiful when it arrives.  Our garden at home is full of the most glorious tulips, daffodils, and violets--with iris soon on their way. Bob so patiently plants his bags of bulbs all through the fall when it is cold and windy, and I just want to watch him through the window where it is warm. He thoughtfully plans it all out with such a vision for those months far in the future, and then I am amazed when they come up in such innocence and splendor.  We have one large pot that is filled with these tall red tulips, and it surprises me each time I walk past it.  Another pot is just brimming with the palest butter yellow tulips and 3 shades of light blue grape hyacinths.  I must be more appreciative.  And luckily, I am pretty sure that they are not giving me hay fever.  Yay! 

As you can see above, Teri has been hard at work in the box gardens at work.  She has a good crop of peas already going strong, and she broke down and planted her tomato plants even though we had a fair bit of snow last week.  She reminds me of the little boy in our favorite baby book--The Carrot Seed.  "They won't grow."  Yet she is determined to have fresh tomatoes before July.  The only things that weathered our particularly cold and snowy winter were the herbs which are growing very well.  We have been using them for a while now, and Sue's start of Oregano has spread like crazy.  Teri had to move it out of the box and into a pot so that it wouldn't keep spreading.  I think that some spaghetti sauce is going to be in order shortly.  I wonder if I can just add it to my jarred sauce from the store and pretend that it was made from scratch.  
This spring as been the season of eaglets for us here at the shop.  We have a good friend who lives in DC and comes out to visit her sister and mom.  They made a trip up in March and she told us about the bald eagles in Washington who had just hatched 2 eggs in a nest at the Arboretum there.  There are 2 cameras on the nest all the time and you can go online and watch them live anytime.  It has been so much fun.  We have learned a lot about bald eagles and have loved watching these little babies grow.  And grow they have.  I will try to post the link so that you can watch them as well if you haven't already done so.  The parents are Mr. President and The First Lady, and the babies were just named yesterday:  Freedom and Liberty.  Honestly, you wouldn't believe how compelling it is to just watch them in their nest.  I don't think they will start to branch and fledge until June or July, so take a look...

The First Lady and her babies above,  
The eaglets are starting to grow feathers and flap their wings.  

© American Eagle Foundation. DCEAGLECAM.ORG

If you want to follow them, click on the link above and scroll down to the cam views.  
Beware--you will want to watch them all the time.

Our great friend, Cece, from the Threadgatherer dropped by for a visit this past week, and we had such a good time catching up.  She brought with her these adorable little needle trays that she has just started making, and we loved them.  They are very small and sweet, and there is a magnet on the back so that your needles will just sit inside and stay there.  I have the Telling of the Bees on the table where I stitch and I really like it so much.  Unfortunately, I want several of them because they are all so darling. They actually come with 2 magnets so that you could put them on your stitching if you would rather.  Very fun.    If you want one, just give us a call.

Magnetic Needle Trays
by The Threadgatherer

                                Telling the Bees                                      Red Girl with Sheep

                                 The Lacemaker                                        Stitching Girl

                                        The  Reader                                                Bloomsbury

                                    Yellow Bird                                               Doll Maker

                                Bee Keeper                                                 The Turned Intos

Climbing the Terrace
Garden Club #7
by Blackbird Designs

We just received the latest in the Garden Club series--Climbing the Terrace.  As usual, this will be a darling complement to the the rest of the pieces that we are busily working on.  Teri spent the other night sewing together all of the parts that Nancy has stitched and, as you can see, they are fantastic.  If you are getting these from us, they will be winging their way to you shortly, and if you would like to receive any or all of them, just let us know.  

Sweet Land of Liberty
by Blackbird Designs

Here is a brand new booklet also by Barb and Alma.  There are 5 wonderful projects in this gorgeous book.  The patriotic theme makes it the perfect thing to just settle in and start stitching.  

NEW from Plum Street Samplers
Paulette has 3 wonderful new pieces which will be available mid-May.  Teri will be having a great time until then getting together all of the fun threads and linens to get these projects started.

American Sampler
pattern:  $14.00
Linen, threads or entire kit will be available.

John & Abigail
pattern:  $10.00
linen, threads or entire kit available

Cereal Bowl Lesson Five
Sampler Lessons
pattern and threads:  $20.00
linen also available 

Mesh Stitching Bags

We just received a new order of our mesh zipper bags and they are such fun.  Of course there are lots of sheep, but kind of different colors.  They are always fun to receive and look through, and even more fun to choose for a project.  It is that time of year.  

Lynnette and Reeta have been busy stitching this past little while.  Each of them brought in the pieces that they are working on and we all found it fun and inspiring.  The piece on the left is Sunflower House and the one on the right is Blackberry House.  Both beautiful pieces are by Plumstreet Samplers.      

Finger Pin Pillows
by Jeannette Douglas 
pattern: $5.00 

Teri fell in love with these tiny pin cushions at Market and came right home to stitch them up.  She now has a little basket of them nestled in buttons at the shop and everyone has loved them.  They work up quickly since they are quite small, and there is just something so sweet about them.  The great thing is that you get a free pattern for a fourth one when you buy the pattern.  

Peace Rose
by Blackbird designs
pattern: $8.00 

Teri just finished putting this little darling together and it is very special.  But you know how much I love pin cushions.  I love her choice of the polka dot linen for this and then she finished it with little pom pom edging and it is quite yummy, don't you think?  

Live Simply
by With Thy Needle and Thread
pattern: $12.00 

Here is another piece that Lynnette has been working on  It is so lovely and the colors she is using are  wonderful.  She is a fast stitcher, but I am amazed at how quickly she moves along.  I think this is just a perfect piece for our lives right now.  Can't wait for her to finish it.  

Alphabet Art
by Just Another Button Company
Pattern and Buttons:  $12.00

This is another fun series that the girls from JABCo had at the Market.  Each letter comes with a little set of adorable buttons as well as the custom printed perforated paper for that particular kit--some have stripes and some have polka dots. They are super special and pretty and would be cherished by anyone.  The letter itself is already printed on the paper, so all you have to do is the border and the floral embellishments.  We have quite a few letters in stock and are happy to order any letter that you would like if we are out of it.  I think that these would make sweet birthday gifts or even graduation presents and they just wouldn't take that long.  

A new Halloween Mystery 
by Lizzie Kate

Doesn't this look fun and enticing?  What can be more fun than a good Lizzie Kate summer mystery.  We will certainly be joining in on the fun and if you want to come along--just let us know.  There will be 3 parts to this series coming out the middle of each month:  June, July, and August. 
Here is how it will work:
3 patterns:  $27.00
Weeks Thread pack:  $32.50
28 count or 32 count hand dyed linen:  $16.70
14 count or 16 count aida:  $12.40
Embellishment pack:  $17.00
Complete linen kit:  $93.20
Complete aida kit:  $88.90
Plus shipping 
You can order it from us in any combination you would like.  Just let us know so we can plan on it.  It looks spooky and fun.
Well, it is now very late, and we just got back from Salt Lake City taking Christian to dinner for his birthday.  My did he grow up so quickly????  We had a great time, but now I am very full and soooo ready for bed.  But first I am sending this off and I hope you have fun catching up with Shepherd's Bush. Have a safe, stitchy, and non-sneezy Spring.
hugs, Tina 

Monday, March 21, 2016

First day of Spring, 2016
Hi Friends,
Teri and I just wanted to remind you that the Retreat brochure is going up on:
 Tuesday, March 22 at 12:00 noon.  
We have posted this on our website home page and on the retreat site for about a week, but I thought I would remind everyone on this blog that the time is almost here.  Yay!!!!  We are super excited and know that you will be too.  We have wonderful teachers who are looking forward to being here, and we have so many things already in the planning.  We hope that you can come.  
The brochure will give you the basic information that you will need to find out about this year's retreat.  The registration page at the end can also be accessed separately so that you can fill it out and fax it back in.  If you want to fill it out and scan it to email back to us, you may do that as well.  If you can figure out how to fill it out and email it back on your own computer, that will be fine.  
A few things to keep in mind about this retreat:
•  Most of the projects are worked on 32-36 count linen.  If you are not comfortable with this--practice up.
•  All participants need to stay at the designated Canyons properties within the Shepherd's Retreat room block. 
•  Once you have signed up, if you have any questions about the retreat, please call us and talk to us. Don't assume that anyone else knows the answer to your question, and Teri is not very quick about getting back to comments on Facebook.  Just give us a quick call and we will be happy to answer your questions right away.  
We have the sweetest teachers and the nicest people who come to this retreat.  We are going to have a blast, so I hope to see you there.  
fondly, Tina   

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

A snippet of the Market

We have returned with boxes and suitcases filled to bursting with wonderful new things.  Our market week is starting today and will continue through the week.  So stop by and see what is the latest and greatest.  I will take more photos and add to this blog, so please check back.  Here is a glimpse of our market time.....

Teri and Ann had a great time on Sunday going around to lots of people to get photos of them and their things.  I could honestly hear them all down the hallways laughing their heads off.  I think that is the best part of the market seeing friends and catching up on lives and just laughing.  Isn't that Life at its best?  Just take a stroll about with them as they go visiting and enjoying great friendships and designs...

Garden Club
by Blackbird Designs

Alma shows off the Garden Club so far....Gorgeous!!!

Barb and Alma had their Garden Club in their room and it was very fun and inspiring to see it up to this point.  It is so lovely, I can't wait to see all the rest of them.  

When we stopped into Paulette's room, (Plum Street Samplers) we were thrilled to see Lori from La D Da visiting.  She is on the left, next to Paulette, Sophie- Paulette's daughter is on the other side.  Ann Robbins from R & R is on the right.  

Red, White and Blue
by Lizzie Kate

Linda and Alan are celebrating their 20 years in the business.  Congrats!!!

This partial kit--you provide the threads--is just darling.  It makes me think of summer and July.

We really were going around the floor getting photos... I am on the left, Beth Twist of Heartstrings Samplery in the center, and Ann on the right.  

Feniscowles Hall 1824

This is our great friend, Diane, from Puffin and Co.  She was most surprised when I came by to take her picture, but isn't it just fun.  She is showing her new Mini Needle Nannies.  I love them.  Tina wants the flower and I want the bee and the sheep and the bird and maybe the heart and the cat...ok, maybe every one of them.

I love visiting with Niki. She is such a darling.  Here are her new designs... super fun.

Parents Love

Kimberly shows off her gorgeous sampler.  

New Gentle Art Threads $2.40
Right - Rag Doll (Golden Cream)
French Lilac (light Old Purple Paint)
Green With Envy ( great Medium Green )
the two on the left are limited edition colors

One More Stitch by Little House
partial kit ( fabric not included)

Nancy and Reeta are cutting fabrics to go with the new patterns from market. We brought back tons of beautiful fabric, 

Sorry, going to bed.  We are going to add to this tomorrow, so come back to us and we will have more surprises.  T