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

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Nashville Market - It's Here!!!

The Nashville market is here, and so are we! 
 We arrived Thursday evening and met Jeannette Douglas and her husband, Dale, at a great restaurant in Nashville.  Tina had seen it advertised on the Food network, and we thought we would give it a go.  Yummy food, and great company. That is always my favorite part of markets--visiting with all the wonderful friends we have made throughout the years.

 Then on to the hotel to start setting up.  First we move all the furniture around in our room - which is no easy feat.... the couch is soooo heavy (never meant to ever be moved, ever) and this year came attached to a long chaise lounge.  Then I started decorating the front window.  I kind of think Tina was giving the chaise a spin, she said she was working, but I think that is hard to do with her eyes closed on a lounge chair.  Now it is Saturday morning,  almost time to open our door and show our newest designs.  Here is what we have, I will add to this blog later today as I get out shopping.  Definitely going to have fun.  

Alphabet Basket
kit:  $40.00

Slate Snowman
Kit $30.00

 Busy Bees Tray
Kit $24.00
New Bee Tray $23.00

Spring Sheep  
Kit 20.00

Long May Ewe Wave
Limited Kit $30.00
Kit includes 18 count stitching linen, threads, bee hive button, backing fabric, ribbon, and beads, instructions, all you need to add is the stuffing.  

Bee Hive Button

All Is Well 
Leaflet $10.00
Button Set $5.00 
Complete Kit available

St. Patrick's Day Trifles
Leaflet: $8.00
Complete Kit: $68.00

Let Love Grow
10 count Kit: $16.00

Love is in the Air  Box
Kit: $12.00
Red Box: $30.00

New fantastic things from day 1
 I did not get out shopping until late in the day-- actually the last half hour--so I did not get too much picked up.  More tomorrow

Jeannette Douglas
Vintage Flowers: by Jeannette Douglas
Pattern: $12.00

ABC Samper by Jeannette Douglas
pattern $24.00

Bird Box by Jeannette Douglas
Pattern only: $16.00
Shadow Box: $50.00
Complete set includes pattern, shadow box, embellishment and thread pack, and a darling peacock pin: $126.00

Tina is coveting this whole set, so I have to hide it from her while she is not looking.  It is very cool.  

Gather Friends by Jeannette and Paulette
Pattern: $10.00

Finger Pyn Pillows
Pattern and wool set: $7.00
for 3 Pyn Pillows

These pin cushions are so darling and so tiny--only about an inch.  And the great thing is that when you buy the Pyn Pillows pattern, you will recieve  a fourth pattern for free.  

ABC Pyn Roll and Sheep Needle Keep
Pattern: $12.00
Set includes pattern, thread pack and wool backing: $42.00

Patterned Pretties 18 and 12 
pattern and threads: $14.00  

I stitched one of these pincushions last year after market.  It was a blast and is gorgeous.  Give one of these new designs a try.  

Bent Creek
World of Color Snapper by Bent Creek 
7 parts ( We have the border and part 1) $7.50 each

Flag of Stars
Kit $22.00

Pat Carson (of Designs by Gloria and Pat) stopped by the booth.  It was so much fun to see and visit  with her.  Our booth was behind hers when we first started going to market in Columbus--28 years ago, and she was such a beloved rock star of the industry.    

 It is late here and I am fading quickly.   I will add more tomorrow, or at least Monday when I get home.  

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Nashville market preview

Leap Day, 2016

All our boxes are shipped
We're ready to go
They're waiting for us at the Nashville show
I hate to leave the shop and say goodbye
But the market's comin'
In just a few days
The shoppin's waiting
What fun is in store
Already I'm so excited
I could cry...

Dear Friends.
Yes, it is indeed Market time.  Yay!  We have been super busy getting ready for the show, and it is hard to believe that it is almost finally here.  Everyone at the shop is either a-buzz or a-wiped with kitting, packing and trying to find all of the things that Teri and I keep losing, so it is a good thing that it is finally here.  I think we all need some sleep.  I know that Teri and I do. How quickly it comes and just as quickly goes by and we will be back with our boxes again filled with wonderful treasures from friends around the world.  It is always exciting and exhausting but so worth it.  This has been an interesting year, as many designers have already posted their new pieces that they will be bringing to Nashville, so we thought that we would share them with you.  Of course I am still stitching on some of ours so you and I will both be surprised on Saturday to see what we actually have pulled together.  We have some sneak peaks below and first thing Saturday morning we will post all the photos of our new things for you to see.  Exciting!  But Teri has worked hard to get a lot of new things posted below, so have fun scrolling down to see what she has found.  Come Friday night, she will be flying around the hotel placing orders and picking up great things to bring back to the shop.  Watch our blog over the weekend as we will post some fun surprises at the end of the days.  Remember...if you want just to pick up something in particular or save one of these fabulous designs for you, just give us a call and we will be sure to get it for you.  Have fun perusing...  

Slate Snowman
Kit $30.00

Let Love Grow
10 count Kit $ 16.00

Spring Sheep  (sneak peek)
Kit 20.00

All Is Well  (sneak peak)
Leaflet $10.00

Alphabet Basket (sneak peek)
kit:  $40.00

Long May Ewe Wave 
Limited Kit $30.00

Bee Hive Buttons
$8.00 each

A pile of wool thread ready to be made into kits.  It finally arrived and the girls and Teri separated it for each kit.  

Busy Bees Tray (sneak peak)
Kit $24.00
New Bee Tray $23.00

Here are a few sneak peeks from our friends getting ready for the Nashville market. There are so many fun things.  Teri is really going to have to get her skates on.  Some of them I don't have prices for, but we will add them from the market.  Have fun virtual shopping!

Plum street's New patterns

French Woolens
pattern:  $10.00

Sunflower House 
pattern:  $10.00

Liberty Welcome
pattern:  $1.00

Jeans and Weenies
pattern:  $

Summer in Nantucket

Betsy's Tart

Chessie 'N Me

Delaware Stitch Book
pattern: $12.00

A Gathering Of  Sheep
Pattern: $ 12.00

Old Glory Stitch Book
pattern: $12.00

Grant House 1865
pattern: $12.00

American Stag 
kit: $ 30.00

Friendship Garden
pattern $12.00

New Lizzie Kate Kits

 kit: $20.00

I Love Summer
Kit: $20.00

Red White and Blue
Kit: $22.00

New Squareology
 by Hands on and Just Another Button Company

Stacy Nash

Limited Adam and Eve on the Farm 
Kit - including the tray:  $54.00

Simple Pleasures Sewing Pouch
Pattern: $12.00

Sarah Liddle Sampler Bag
pattern: $14.00

Jack's House Pin Keep
Pattern: $12.00

Halloween Pin Keep 
pattern: $6.00

Mary's Work Sampler Bag
pattern: $12.00

Wooly's Pinkeep
pattern: $6.00

With Thy Needle and Thread

Our Story

Liberty for All

Needle and Thread

Spring Frolic at Bunny Hill

Spring Delivery

Good Deeds

Gilmore House Sewing tray

The Weaver's Work

Live Simply

Land of Liberty

Where hearts Rest

Forget Me Not 

A Stitch In Time

Il mio Angolo di Paradiso (My Corner Of Paradise)
Nashville exclusive kit

Primative Hare

2 new charts 
Miss Mary Margaret
Miss Harriett Hare

She is bringing other fun new things as well

Michael Powell

Bookmark kits

Scissor Fob Kits

New Q snap clamps 
crazy fun

Watch for new updates and fun posts during the weekend.  We'll share a lot of the fun.  
fondly, Tina...and mostly Teri