Monday, May 23, 2011

End of May (March), 2011
Dear Friends,
I know--I don't really think it is March, but I believe that Mother Nature does. Here we are in the middle of the desert, and we are practically floating away. We have a little mountain creek that runs through our backyard, and every day we monitor the amount of water going down it. To say the least, it is simply roaring along right now. Periodically, Christian has to swim in and fetch out various items which have washed down before they get caught at the bottom of my neighbor's yard. Happy Spring! Other than the flooding, our constantly rainy weather has not hurt my feelings as far as yard work is concerned. I am happy to do it in June. Teri has been planting her box gardens in the rain, and I actually think they are looking very good. She had this brilliant idea to plant 2 artichoke plants this year and we were laughing when we looked on the tag and it said the growing period was 120 days. Last year we only had about 60 days of summer, and this year isn't looking much better. So...I'll let you know how our yummy artichokes are coming along. On the flip side, Teri harvested carrots all through the winter whenever it thawed enough to dig them up.

The weather is great for stitching, and we have been taking full advantage of it. Teri has been like a stitching maniac going from one project to another all in the course of an evening. Each day when she brings her projects in to the shop, I think that she must never have gone to bed the night before. We have all been having a great time with the new Mystery Sampler--Birds of a Feather. The border--which is all we have at this point--is just beautiful and has been a lot of fun to work on. I think that the colors are quite special, and I can't wait to see what will be on the inside of the sampler. Not that I have even come close to finishing the border, but you know--always looking ahead. Teri has just been whipping on hers and it is a good thing that I am not a competitive person, or I might have an ulcer. But here is a picture of her sampler so far to give you an idea of how lovely it is--even though she is way further than this by now. I stitched with her over the weekend on this project while we were watching a Doc Martin marathon, and it was an interesting experience. She seems to have enlarged and chopped up her border pattern into small pieces which is quite ingenious as she can pin it to her fabric and sail right along. So the whole weekend, I was the constant recipient of a shower of tiny bits of patterns which seemed just a little confusing to me. But the truly funny and disconcerting part was every so often she would quite cheerfully moan--Oh, dear, I seem to have stitched the wrong thing here. Oh well, So my suggestion for you is that if she offers small bits of border to you---run!

Here is Teri's sampler in progress along with the darling bird scissors and fob which we give you when you order the kit from us. So, if you are inclined, just jump in and join the fun. It isn't too big, so you will have no problem catching up.

Last week we had a great time going to the International Quilt Market which was in Salt Lake City. It was great not having to fly across the country to go to market and even better being able to see a lot of friends who were also here. Teri and I never get to shop a market together, because one of us has to always stay at our own booth. I know that we spent too much, but we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of many wonderful new things. Friday night, we all got together at Bucca for lots of food, laughter, and chatting. Here is a lovely picture of us as we were leaving the restaurant with the girls from Jabco, SamSarah, Crescent Colours, Hillcreek Buttons, and Silver Needle.
Then on Saturday, Lindy and Mona from the Silver Needle and Sharon Crescent of Crescent Colours took the train to Ogden and rode the little trolley to our shop where we spent the whole day together. Honestly, it was so much fun, and we all talked about a million miles a minute. The weekend just went by too quickly, and we were both sad to see it end. Sorry the picture of us at the shop is up above and I can't get it to move.

We have just received a group of very fun new stitching treasures from our friend, Lady Dot, and everyone here at our shop has been going nuts over them. They arrived just in time for our Mystery Sampler kick-off party and everyone loved them. I know that they are very limited in numbers, so if you see something you love, just give us a call while we still have them.

Here is a picture of Leah's Heart, ($14) Wild Rose Scissor Keep, ($12), and Paper Roses Thread Cards, ($12). As you can see, everything is very old-fashioned with beautiful fabrics, pearl buttons, and silk ribbon

We also have a wonderful basket full of these darling treasures. They are real acorn caps shellacked (sorry about spelling) and rimmed with a dusting of sparkle with tiny wool balls for pin cushions. Honestly, they are so adorable, everyone has been choosing colours to match their current projects. ($1)

And here is a lovely little set of 2 emories and a needle book that are as useful as they are sweet. We still have a few of each left, so don't wait too long to snatch yours up. ($30)

Well, I guess I have to go and post this off to you . Stay safe in our crazy weather, and I hope you get plenty of time to put in a few stitches on your favorite projects. ever fondly, Tina