Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Late summer

Late Summer 2015

 Dear Friends,
       Summer in downtown Ogden is hot and busy and fun. Our painted horses are out on the streets, the farmer's market is bursting, and surprise food trucks, park concerts, street festivals, baseball games, and bike races keep our little historic district hopping with people.  Within our 3 square block area there is always something going on well into the late night.  If you haven't been here...you just need to come and visit.  For some reason this summer, these old painted pianos seem to surprisingly pop up here and there on street corners.  We went to a movie over the weekend, and as we were walking back to our cars, I heard piano music.  When I looked over, there was Christian playing one of the pianos.  Ah...summer.  

The garden is doing super well.  Finally, we have tons and tons of tomatoes on bushes that are gowing everywhere.  If it will just stay hot and dry long enough for them to ripen we will be happy.  In the meantime, the cherry tomatoes are ripening quickly and we can gather a few for lunch or dinner every day.  Today, I noticed that one of our bushes is growing purple cherry tomatoes.  They are quite amazing.  Not quite ripe I think, but soon.  Today we harvested beans, tomatoes, cucumbers and a baseball.  Yay!  Teri is making pickles tonight.  They are the best--thanks to a yummy recipe from Inez (Adam Original).  She makes 100 quarts and we will be very pleased to get 6 pints.       
We have eaten Teri's Peasant salad every other night for dinner.  It is just the best right now when all the ingredients are fresh and perfect, and really you don't need anything else.  Heaven!  
At the shop, we are frantically getting the 6th part of the Shepherd's Fold ready to ship out. We are sort of hoping for the end of this week, but I think it will really be the first of next.  It is a very fun one, and I hope that everyone just loves it.  I can't wait.  We do have a couple of fun new kits ready now as well.  Both are very fun and quick to stitch. They are ready now, so if you need a new little treasure to finish up your summer stitching, just give us a call. 

Gathered Moments 
by Shepherd's Bush
Kit: $24.00
Shepherd's Bush wooden tray $ 23.00

This little stitching tray was a lot of fun to do.  It is stitched on 32 count linen with overdyed floss and silk threads.  It fits into a darling wooden stitching tray which is available separately.  I have mine sitting on my desk at work, and I just love it.  

Our trays come with a piece of foam core for easy finishing.  

 by Shepherd's Bush
Kit: $16.00

We have had so many requests for a friendship kit, that Teri has designed this sweet pattern.  It is stitched on 10 Tula and comes with the threads, and a darling bird button. Everyone loves these kits in our shop from young people looking for a transition from kid's kits to adult pieces, to adults looking for a quick project that is easy on the eyes.  If you haven't tried a Tula kit, you really just have to.   

Fold magnet 

This darling purple flower is a wonderful addition to your Fold stitching box, but is such a darling magnet fixed to your project for saving needles.  I stitch with some kind of a magnet all the time, and I love it.  I definitely need to get one of these.  

New Charts in the shop.
We have been very excited to unpack the new designs from Paulette and Brenda.  We have chosen the perfect fabrics for all of these wonderful new patterns and we have all the fabulous overdyed threads that they need, so if you need supplies, just give us a call.  Nancy is stitching the Serial bowl #3 and I will instagram it when she brings it in... I will add a photo here too. Bees and beehives are just synonymous with Utah summers.  Sue is trying to persuade us to put a beehive in the back of the shop by the garden.  hmm...something to think about.  Just not so sure what bees would think of the baseball stadium next door.   

Blackberry House 
by Plum Street Samplers
Chart $14.00

 Serial Bowl #3 
by Plum Street Samplers
partial kit $20.00 (no fabric included)

This is so darling...and remember that they are only available for a short time.  Be sure to get it before they are gone.  

Olga's Tart 
by Plum Street Samplers
chart $10.00

October 31st 
by Brenda Grevais
Chart $12.00

Bobbing for Pumpkins 
by Brenda Gervais
chart $12.00

Grateful Thankful & Blessed
by Brenda Gervais
Chart $12.00

Witch's Night Out 
by Brenda Grevais
Chart $10.00

 I think she has already pulled it all together to send out to have it stitched.  
Isn't Halloween just the best?

Histoires de Moutons
  by Jardin Prive'
4 charts $26.00

Lynnette has completed her sampler.  It is just beautiful, and we have loved seeing it come together.  It is a 4-part sampler from a sweet designer in France.  Teri is becoming quite a friend since we have to reorder it so often.  It can be stitched separately or all together like Lynnette and Reeta did.  Good job girls!!!

Little House Ornament Sampler Series

We have been having a lot of fun with this Ornament series.  Our friend, Sylvia McClellen shared this photo of her completed ornaments so far.  These designs are released each month from Little House Needleworks, and we have an automatic for the kits.  Teri chooses fun 32 or 35/36 count fabrics, adds a button and tweaks the colors.  Give us a call if you would like to join in.  We are just sending out #8.  Thanks Sylvia for sharing your beautiful work.  

Ah...enjoy these last few weeks of summer.  I know that the days are still hot and sometimes a bit muggy--well for Utah, anyway--but the nights are cool with that little bit of an edge to them, and the crickets are heartily chirping well into the early morning.  School is starting next week, and I'm afraid that Fall is quickly coming our way.  So...I plan on spending a few evenings this week outside stitching and taking some walks with Lindbergh.  And I hope the same for you.  Be safe and happy.  
until next time, Tina 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Lazy Days of Summer

Lazy Days of Summer

Hi everyone.  We hope you are having a wonderful summer.  We are so excited to be visiting the farmer's market each Saturday, to pick up fresh veggies (until ours ripen),  yummy crusty bread, and young sweet corn.  I never really feel like cooking when it's hot, so corn and tomatoes and a few beans make the perfect meal.  (Bob might not agree).  These long days are perfect for stitching well into the evening.  I am working on the new stocking for this year and it is so much fun.  I am hoping it will be ready in September.  I'll do a sneak peek on the next blog. We have so many great  new things in the shop, we had to share them with you.  

Halloween is out, Teri, Reeta, Nancy and Lynnette have been busy moving things around to put out the first part of our Halloween displays.  Our Spooky tree has come in and is filled with darling spooky ornaments. we will keep adding to it all season.  
Here are a couple of great new Halloween pieces  

Ana:  by Nora Corbett
Pattern $13.00
Pattern with embellishments $ 28.50

This beautiful witch is part of a witch series by Nora Corbett.  She is simply so glorious.  A dear friend stitched this for us and then moved away and then passed away suddenly.  He loved stitching Nora's designs.  Donny stitched all the time, and we always loved seeing his projects.  We miss him.  

Hocus Pocus:  by Barbara Ana
pattern $10.00

Amy stitched this for us and it is darling!!!  We really love Barbara Ana's designs as they are so quirky and joyful.  This one is going to be such fun for Halloween.  

FABULOUS New Prairie Schooler Charts

We always look forward to the new Holiday charts from Prairie Schooler.  These are so fabulous.  Teri has already sent out Witching Hour and the 2015 Santa to be stitched.  We are awaiting the backing fabric for the new Santa.  It is a knock out.  As soon as we get some of the stitched, we will post them so you can see them.  What is especially sweet about these designs is that Teri finds the most fun, and unusual colors of linens to stitch them on and they look fantastic.  Can't wait to see what she has going.  
As a side note, we were devastated to hear the Prairie Schooler girls will be retiring this year.  Their charts are so much a part of our industry, they will be missed, missed, and missed!  Maybe they will reconsider... 

Histoires de Moutons:  by Jardin Prive'
4 charts $26.00

Lynnettte and Reeta are both stitching this wonderful sampler from a friend in France.  It is a 4 part chart and is soooooooo fantastic.  We have changed the colors.  Lynnette used blue as an accent color, and Reeta used Purples-of course.  

Fold Update
We are almost ready to ship part 6 and are hoping to do this mid-August if we receive the rest of our linen from Zweigart. So keep your fingers crossed.  We are hoping to have a couple of very fun new designs ready at the same time, so be sure to check our blog the 2nd week of August.  And we thought that we would show you a few fun new things to go with your Fold in case you want us to add them into your shipment.  

Fold Flower Needle magnet:  $ 8.00

These sweet flower magnets will match your Fold series perfectly.  Sue and I have been busily and magnetically working on these and have had a lot of fun and laughs as magnets fly everywhere.  I took one home to use as I have been working on my new stocking, and I love it!!!!! I hope you will as well.  

Puffin and Company Needle Nannies: $12.00

We love these super strong magnets.  These are very fun to add into your stitching box.  There are many different styles, so be sure to check them out on our website.  These are some of our favorites.  

Needle Minder: by Kelmscott
Star $6.00
Sheep $8.00
Heart $6.00

I think Paula's magnets are darling and very unusual.  Super sweet.  

Tiny Flower Scissors: by Kelmscott

These new Tiny Flower scissors are such fun are they not?  Very joyful and lots of great colors.  

Purple Scissors.... I have a passion for purple scissors and wouldn't they be perfect in the Fold box? 

New Shepherd's Bush Beehive Charm: $4.00
(limited quantity)

Last year we did a leaping lamb charm and this year it is a retro beehive charms.  Very fun for scissors or bracelets.  We love them.  

Lynnette and Reeta dreamed up the scissor fob idea.  If you want to use your charm for a scissor fob, let us know and we can include a little clip (.50)  

Lizzie Kate Mini Mystery
Set of 3 patterns $21.00
Embellishments $14.00
Different options are available for fabrics and threads

Lynn Schaffarzick has finished her part 1, and has kindly shared her photo.  Thanks Lynn, it looks super.  It is not too late to join us for this little sampler.  Each of the three parts, comes with bonus pattens, a scissor fob, a pin cushion, and another sampler.  so sweet...  

Here are all the supplies isn't it is great.  

Garden Update
The tomatoes have turned into large bushes, the cucumbers are just starting, and we have had 2 zucchini.  Sue says we need more bees...so more flowers next year.  

Our winter squash is climbing everywhere, up the fence, around the poles, lots of blooms, and...not so many squash...

Oh well, Happy Summer and Happy Gardens and Happy Stitching:)

Friday, July 3, 2015

Mid Summer 2015

Hot Mid-Summer, 2015

Kurt Wenner Street Painter

Dear Friends,
Last week in 101 degrees, we made our annual trek to the Salt Lake Arts Festival.  In spite of the heat each year, we have such a great time strolling around--especially in the shady parts--tasting fun, odd food, watching performances, listening to music, and perusing the many varied offerings there are to see at a typical art festival--minus the funnel cakes .  We have looked forward to this each year for as long as forever.  We went when we were kids ourselves, then pushed strollers and toted backpacks when the boys were young, and met up with them during college summers.  This year sadly neither boy was here, so Bob and Teri and I were on our own.  Ahhhhh.....  Sometimes, when it is very hot, I try to skip rows and pretend that we have already seen them, but Teri is tenacious--almost uncanny in her radar-like abilities, and she makes it her quest look at every single booth in the entire festival.  Honestly, you would think that she would forget a row or two here and there, but no way.  She knows and loves them all and is driven to see every single one.  In one particular place, we happened upon a street artist and were totally amazed.  Teri took this fabulous picture of him (drawing in the top left corner) and his artwork, and you can just see how unbelievable it is.  You could hardly believe that it was a flat painting made with boxes and boxes of chalks.  See how dimensional it is and how the figures seem to be sitting right up off of the picture.  Teri has since gone on to his website and YouTube to find whole videos of his work and how he does it.  It is completely amazing, and to think how truly temporary it is. If there had not been so many people, it would have been fun to sit and watch him all evening.
 Wow, what a great way to start the summer.

Here is a little drink that Teri fixes when it is unbearably hot and it is very refreshing.  It is supposed to be made for a crowd in a large punch bowl, but Teri has mastered the art of the single pitcher.  
Just try it:
In a 2-quart pitcher thinly slice 1/2 lemon and 1/2 lime and put the slices in the bottom.  Scoop in 1/2 half can of Minute Maid frozen limeade concentrate from the freezer section.  (Let it thaw just a few minutes so it is still mostly frozen.) Fill the pitcher up with crushed ice or ice cubes.  Pour chilled Sprite Zero over the ice until the pitcher is almost full.  Stir well to mix in the limeade.  Pour into glasses letting ice go in as well.  Enjoy.  Sometimes we keep adding the Sprite if we are very thirsty.  

Summer seems to be marching right along here at The Bush.  It seems the whole country is either dealing with rain or heat, and we are definitely in the heat category.  You just open the door to walk outside and you are hit with a blast of furnace-like heat.  Ugh!  I know, that we are lucky not to have too much humidity, but 105 is very hot just the same.  I am kind of worried about the rest of July.  I guess popsicles are on the menu for dinner tonight.  Yay!  We have been having a great time at the shop, so come with me on a little summer journey, and I'll show you some of the things that are new and fun.

Remember Me • A Sampler
Leaflet by Shepherd's Bush:  $9.00
Kit for Framed Pierces: $49.30
Kit for Pillows includes backing fabrics: $83.90

Teri has been wanting to do this for a while, and I think it is very fun.  If you stitch the designs on 32 count linen they can be framed as shown.  

If you want to stitch pillows in 10 count, she has chosen a great set of JABCO buttons and the most fabulous backing fabric.  Both projects use a variety of overdyed cotton threads and I think 1 set would stitch both.  We are happy to create a kit with whichever parts you need.

Bee Brave kids kit:  $15.00
Shepherd's Bush exclusive 

Teri and Kari have collaborated on this sweet new children's kit.  It is the perfect place to start your little ones.  We begin kids stitching about 6 years old.  The pattern is marked onto the fabric, so all they have to do is stitch.  Easy!  The kit comes with the fabric, thread, pattern marked on, and a little star button.  We have a variety of other kids adorable kits, just check out our website under Shepherd's Bush Designs, then look for Kids Kits.  

New Wings Scissors:  $5.00 each


These are crazy little scissors, hummingbirds (top), bees (middle), owls (bottom).  Pair them with a polka dot sheath, and you have a great gift for a stitching friend or perhaps yourself.

More New Scissors: $5.00

Summer seems to be the time for all these new scissors.  How can you resist them?   Butterflies (top),  Shoes (middle),  Angels (bottom) 

 Sparkly Hand-dyed RicRac
by YLI:  $17.00 for 5 yards 

We just unpacked these packages of ricrac and had to share them with you.  They are each named for a great painter... Renoir, Van Gough, Grandma Moses... and they are all gorgeous and hand dyed so they slightly variegate.  They all have a metallic thread running through them which almost looks like a metallic bead--very fun for finishing Christmas ornaments or pincushions.  Honestly, we were a little surprised by the price, but they are so lovely that it is hard to choose which one is the prettiest.  If you like to collect wonderful finishing things for your projects, you will absolutely love these.  Take a look and see what you think.

Shepherd's Sampler 
by Brenda Gervais
Pattern $12.00 

We only stitched a portion of this darling sampler, and I loved they way it turned out.   Teri changed the colors and used a hand dyed fabric ( it is a bit darker in person),  and Nancy stitched it for the shop.  It isn't very big, but it is sweet and gentle.  Jill's framing is perfect for this little piece.

Halloween Magazine 

Halloween Magazine has arrived.  Lynnette and Reeta have been pouring through it deciding which projects to stitch.  

Shepherd's Fold Sneak Peak

Yes, the final part of the Shepherd's Fold is almost ready.  I have it stitched and ready, and I think it is very fun. Everyone will be getting a sweet little surprise to go with this project, so get ready to stitch.  Of course, we are still waiting for linen, so we are planning to ship this mid-August.  I have to say, that I am going to be a little sad to finish up this sewing box.  I have loved working on it and planning it.  But don't worry, I have a some fun things already floating around in my brain.  Watch for the blog in the next week or so, because we are going to post some darling accessories to go with this Fold piece.  You will love them.

Foot by foot, row by row,
I'm gonna watch my garden grow....

The one thing that seems to like this heat, is the garden.  Look at it...it is growing, growing, growing.
The squash has leapt over the box barrier and is beginning to climb the pole of an awning, and the tomatoes are almost to the tops of their cages.  Everything has lots of blossoms, and we are watching eagerly for little fruits and veggies to appear.  We have had a tiny harvest of beans and there are 4 little green tomatoes.  So I just have to tell myself to be patient and enjoy the green journey. 

So, be safe out there this week and try to stay dry and cool. Take a moment from the weeding and watering and just sit in your garden and watch the insects flutter through it and smell the sweet fragrance of green-ness.  And...don't forget to visit your Farmer's Market.  Ours is starting soon, and we can't wait.  It is always our Saturday morning excursion on our way to work, and it sets us up for the week.  I can't wait for fresh corn, cucumbers for pickles, and our very own tomatoes.  Happy 4th of July.  hugs, Tina

Monday, June 15, 2015

June... seriously???

Early Summer, 2015

Inch by inch, row by row,
I'm gonna make this garden grow
All it takes is a rake and a hoe
And a piece of fertile ground...

Dear Friends,
This little song which my boys and I sang when they were little has been playing over and over through my mind this past month as we have been watching the miracle of our garden.  It is the first thing we check on each morning and the last thing we visit before we go home, and usually we find a dire need to run down on Sunday afternoon to make sure it is still there.  I really don't know why it is so compelling.  Perhaps it is such a little pocket oasis suddenly growing in the center of a downtown city.  As you can see, the beans are prolific and quickly climbing up the teepees.  Of course the zucchini is expanding exponentially but I don't even care.  We have a few blossoms on the peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers--which have finally perked up with the hot, dry weather.  And Teri's herbs are doing great.  She uses them almost every night--well, when she isn't going out for dinner.  Who knows, she might start offering them to the nearby restaurants she frequents.  
You might not think it, but we are nurturing the shop as well.  Our new offerings for June are such fun, and if you missed them last month, just take a look at the previous blog post to see them all.  Teri  and Reeta have been busy out in the shop rearranging things and bringing out the first peeks of Halloween.  Yay!  Isn't it just the best.  I have been working on the last piece of the Fold and I am very excited.  It is really odd and different, and I think everyone is going to love it.  So...if you aren't caught up--get moving.  Here are a few of the fun new things that are going on in the shop.

New colors from Classic Colourworks
2 skeins- 4.40 (2.20 each)
Free pattern

The new colors are called Rose Petal and Strawberry Parfait, and the very lovely thing is that you get this adorable free pattern when you purchase the threads.  What a fun thing to get right into the Summer spirit. 

New Overdyed Linens 
from Dames of the Needle

This is new fabric from Dames of the Needle.  We were delighted with the names of the fabrics- Peeps Lost Sheep (top), and Dirty Ewe (bottom).  Both are 32 count and we are loving the feel of stitching with them.   

Blessed is the Life 
by Little House Needlework
Pattern $ 8.00

We have already sent this sweet sampler off to have it stitched.  Teri and Reeta have been looking through all our hand dyed linens, and have chosen the perfect color.  We are using all Classic Colour  threads and it will be so fabulous.  It has such an endearing sentiment.  

A Little Mystery Sampler 
by Lizzie Kate 

Complete Kit- Shepherd's Bush version $91.00 (with enough fabric for all bonus patterns)
Mostly complete Kit- Shepherd's Bush version $73.50- (no fabric for bonus patterns just the sampler)
Original version- Complete kit $77.00 (with enough fabric for all bonus patterns)
Shipping for all 3 parts (mail orders only) $9.00

 Linda, from Lizzie Kate, has announced a new smaller mystery sampler.  It will come in three parts and is a smaller format than her other mysteries, since they have been moving and building a new house.  What a lot to do in one year. 

Teri has been having fun all this past week trying to choose just the right threads and linens for this sweet piece.  She has changed all of the colors to overdyed cottons and they look simply beautiful.  We have chosen a beautiful overdyed fabric that comes in 32 and 36 count, so you could do either one.  Of course we also carry the fabric she calls for: 32 count sandstone if you prefer just a more basic look.  We have many options and will help to customize this kit just for you.  We have also worked out a cutting diagram for the sampler and all the bonus accessories which will be included in your kit.  Give us a call soon to sign up, and we will send you the first part as soon as we get it from Lizzie Kate--mid July.  It looks sweet and will make for a great summer project.  You will also recieve  3 bonus patterns in the mystery sampler.  Exciting!

 Things Unseen  
by Lizzie Kate
Patterns $27.00
Patterns and buttons $44.00

Complete kits available in 32, 28 linen and16 count aida


Speaking of Mysteries....We just picked this up from Jill, our fabulous framer, and it is so wonderful that I just had to share it with you.  It was originally a mystery sampler in 3 parts,  but now you can just get the whole kit at once--the patterns, buttons, fabric and of course the threads.

Bluebird out My Window 
by Brenda Gervais
Pattern $ 10.00


These darling new patterns from With Thy Needle are just great.  We have the fabric cut and ready for each of them.  

          Grand Old Flag
        by Brenda Gervais
     Pattern: $10.00


New Halloween wall

Teri thought it was time for just a small wall of Halloween....  so here are the Prairie Schooler patterns all in a row, along with some of our favorites--but then how to choose.  They are all great.

Top left: All Hallows Eve, Center: Trick or Treat, Top Right: Nevermore--all by Prairie Schooler
Middle Left:  Ghost Inn kit by Chessie and Me, center:  A Wicked Plant by Barbara Ana, 
Right middle: Halloween Trifles by Shepherd's Bush,   Bottom left:  Hallow Day Inn by With Thy Needle,  bottom right: Halloween Jumble by Drawn Thread.  Pillows: far left: Double Double by Prairie Schooler, left middle: Hats off to Halloween by Lizzie Kate, Crow by Prairie Schooler,  
3 pillows: October Comes by Shepherd's Bush.  

 PS--Sleds are finally!!! back in stock, and there is a darling new pattern- Elf Folk

Well, just a few fun new things to get you stitching this summer.  Spread out a tablecloth in your back yard and enjoy the warm summer afternoons and evenings stitching something great and watching your own little gardens grow.  

Inch by inch, row by row,
Someone bless these seeds I sow.
Someone warm them from below
'Til the rain comes tumbling down....

hugs...T & T