Monday, July 24, 2017

Happy 24th of July

Beautiful Summer

Last year we planted a grapevine to grow on our metal racks..and this year it is huge and growing in all directions...and filled with clusters of grapes.

One of Teri's boxes which is exploding with cucumbers, basil and bean-less pole and bush beans.  

(left) An experimental artichoke which I guess doesn't mature for at least 3 years--Yay. 
(right) Stacy's Love Puff plant which is Teri's pride and joy.  It has pods a bit like Japanese lanterns right now which are supposed to turn into Seuss-like puffs soon. 

Dear Friends,
It's the 24th of July, and the shop isn't open today as it is Utah's founding day--Pioneer Day, actually.  So we have a day off from work, and sadly from air conditioning.  But we do get to wake up early and go to our little parade and cheer for Ogden High, this time with a niece marching with the Tigerettes, applaud the few brave floats and give a shout-out to Jr Posse. Now I am sitting outside enjoying the afternoon sounds of our mountain creek and adding some words to the photos that Teri has lovingly added to the blog, and waiting for the heat to descend.  Summer is in its full glory right now as July slips away, and as you can see above, our garden at the shop is thriving.  Cucumbers and tomatoes are just coming on, and Teri watches them with her eagle eye so she can pick them at the perfect moment.  Salads are definitely scrumptious right now.  Our summer has been hot this year--over 100 every day for almost a month.  I know--we are blessed with a dry, desert climate--but hot is hot even if it is that oven-blast heat.  However, we have had tons of butterflies and huge moths this past month.  I have not seen monarch butterflies in several years, and lately they are everywhere.  Our mountains just lost the last of their snowcap and our little creek is still running with water.  In our neighborhood, people have planted box gardens right in the front yards to the edge of the grass.  Indeed, we have peppers and tomatoes in our rose garden, and Sue's box gardens around the corner should be on the cover of Home and Garden.  We have loved walking at dusk and watching all the gardens take hold and grow and begin their prolific harvests.  These are the cherished moments of sharing the first bowl of Susan's golden cherry tomatoes, stopping to gaze in wonder at Vera's magnificent zinnias, and being gifted a just-picked summer squash in front of Shawn's garden. These are truly the blessings of Summer that demand to be noticed and relished and tucked away into memories to be brought forth in the January days of ice and snowdrifts.  

June and July have been busy at the shop.  Everyone has been stitching patriotic pieces like crazy and sometimes it has been hard to keep up with.  There have been such a lot of fun and beautiful pieces to enjoy all summer long.  And then it seems that over night the world has turned to Halloween.  Poor Teri has been scrambling all week to start bringing out Fall pieces to get ready for the coming season.  But even in the midst of this yearly transition from Summer to Autumn stitching there are just so many fun things to see and stitch.

La Vita e Bella
by Shepherd's Bush

Exactly 1 year ago, Christian was getting ready to spend a year in Bologna, Italy at graduate school, and I was experiencing a mother's typical mixture of excitement for him and worry for me.  My boys are very adventurous and with each new "adventure" I just lay awake at night and think of all the dangers out there in their worlds.  There were many things I worried/panicked about last year--airplanes over oceans, a new city to figure out, new friends to meet, a new school to adjust to, and oh yeah...terrorism, and terrorist attacks, and more terrorism.  So 3 weeks into his new life in Italy, I was thrilled to wake up to a text saying: "Don't worry, I'm fine."  Of course I shook Bob awake demanding to know what was happening in Italy. Sadly it was something I hadn't even considered:  a terrible earthquake in Amatrice--central Italy.  Chris told me that they had felt the quake, but with none of the devastating destruction visited upon that city a bit south from there.  In June, a friend of mine, Elena, from Italy wrote asking if we would like to be a part of a fund raising effort on behalf of the rebuilding of this beautiful, ancient city and its surroundings.  Teri and I were thrilled and honored to be a part of this wonderful venture, and this is the little piece which we designed for this charity initiative:  Un ricamo per rinascere (a needlework project to be born again)
So if you are interested in some lovely patterns which have been donated by designers throughout the world and in helping the Italian Civil Protection manage the reconstruction in central Italy, just follow this link and purchase some of your favorite patterns--each at a reasonable 10 euros each.  Upon completing your purchase, you will be able to download the pattern and begin stitching right away.  So have fun all you world citizens out there...get stitching and be a loving part of this beautiful world of ours.  Thank you so much...and merci...and grazie...and danke...
New models at the shop 

Prairie Schooler Santa 2017
card $5.00
kit also available:  $56.00

We will be making a pillow with the 2017 Santa.  Our fabric is off to the side...  

Hello Summer
by Plum Street Samplers
pattern:  $10.00
kit also available:  $

We have had such a great time with this little piece from Paulette which is a companion piece to her earlier Hello Spring.   It works up super quickly and we are hoping that there will be one for Autumn and Winter to follow.  Lynnette is using the same frame and hoping to put in each new season as it 

Bump in the Night
By Prairie Schooler
Leaflet:  $9.00

We just love Prairie Schooler's Halloween patterns.  They are clever and fun and easy to stitch.  This is one that we just worked a part of and it is darling.  Either way it is a fun new thing for October.

Early Americans
by Little House
patterns:  $6.00 each
kits and club available

This has been such a very fun series.  Each little ornament/pin cushion  celebrates an early American patriot.  They work up quickly and can come from us with hand-dyed linen, threads, backing wool and fabulous trim for finishing.  Just wait until you see the one which she has just released: Freedom.

This is adorable.  We will be finishing it with ribbon I think that's what Teri just said...

Brand new patterns from Plum Street Samplers
We will have these any day now, and they are all darling.  As always, we will have linens cut and threads ready to go, so just give us a call.  Thanks, Paulette for great designs and always great sheep.

A Thousand Hills
leaflet:  $14.00

Sampler House III
leaflet:  $12.00

Judge Not
leaflet:  $12.00

Berry Cottage
leaflet:  $12.00

Sampler House IV
leaflet:  $12.00

                                                        New patterns from Lizzie Kate

Boo Celebrate With Charm
 by Lizzie Kate
card: $6.50

We have stitched this on a 10 count fabric and added great buttons.  We have the perfect backing fabric, and we will post a completed photo as soon we get it back from the finisher.  

Autumn Smalls
leaflet:  $12.40

Tiny Tidings 22
leaflet and embellishments:  $16.00

The Elves Did It
leaflet and embellishments:  $8.50

Spirit of Christmas Mystery Sampler
A fun new series coming from Lizzie Kate beginning in September and going for 3 months
finished size:  6" x "12
$85.00 for kit which includes:  exclusive hand dyed linen
threads, embellishments
optional Zappy Dot:  $12.00

Summer Schoolhouse Series
by Brenda Gervais
patterns:  $12.00
kits available as well as automatic shipments
Come join the fun

Here is the first one in this darling new series by Brenda Gervais.  This is intended to be stitched over 1 thread on 28 count Lugana, but this beautiful finished piece (above), worked by Lynnette, is over 2 on 32 count.  
We have lots of stitchers having a great time with this new series, and we have people doing it on many different fabrics from Mushroom Lugana, to a lovely overdyed Lugana, to a fabulous overdyed 28 count linen, to 32, 36, and 40 count overdyed linens they are working over 2.  
We are now waiting for the 2nd pattern to arrive, so if you want to join in, just give us a call and we will help you decide the perfect fabric for you.  Here are some things that our friends are working on and they are all stunning.

Mary Lou chose a beautiful 32 count linen with a hint of greyed purple.  She also had Teri help her choose a palette of colors that included shades of mulberry.  Can you tell she loves purple?

Tammy is thrilled with her piece and she has almost finished it.  Hers is worked on an overdyed 28 count linen and everything looks lovely as you can see.  

Brenda O also stitched hers on the 28 count dyed linen over 1 thread, but had Teri help her convert the threads to silk. Very beautiful...and finished!  

Summer School House Zappy Dots
House (part 1):  $1200
Man and Lady (part 2) set of 2:  $20.00

Some fun  new accessories at the shop

Utah Bags

These darling quilted stitching bags are inspired by Utah scenes and highlights.  They come in Large and Small and come in blue and creme.  They are very fun.  

Great new stitching musts
scissors:  $5.00
tape measures:  $250

First little harvest...


"I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world..."

hugs..Tina and Teri

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Happy Summer

Early Summer, 2017

Dear Friends,
It's hard to believe, but summer is finally here along with long, lazy days, hot temperatures, and hopefully a bit of time to get away and relax.  Sometimes, it seems like the whole summer slips away while I am only dreaming about where to go on vacation, but this year we went to visit Christian, who was completing a year of graduate school in Bologna Italy, and had a fabulous time with him.  One day Teri found us a cooking class, and we had a blast learning something amazing, meeting new friends,  and sharing a feast at the end. Our teacher was darling and very patient and we had such a fun day cooking and sharing.  Here were a few things to be learned during a cooking class:
Teri discovered that chefs need closed toe shoes.
Bob is a very patient and meticulous vegetable chopper.
Christian found out that he could make the perfect pasta.
I learned that my family is very competitive
...and we can't wait to try it at home.

How about Shepherd's Bush for shopping and lunch?

Well,  in spite of a little break, we have been busy at the shop and have a some fun new designs just ready for that patriotic time of year.  I hope that there is something that calls out to your heart 

There Dwells My Heart
by Shepherd's Bush
kit:  $40.00

This little piece is stitched on 32 count Natural Belfast linen with silk and overdyed cotton threads.  It is bursting with all the joys of summer and is finished with tiny buttons and a wonderful mat and star frame by Jill.  I just loved working on this and have had it on my kitchen mantle for the past week or two.  Alas, now it must return to work.  
finished size:  7" x 9"

Little Blue House Tin
by Shepherd's Bush
kit:  $20.00
(includes tin)

I think these tins are a lot of fun to stitch and to finish.  They go quickly and seem very old fashioned and sweet.  This kit is worked on 32 count linen with overdyed threads and a little star button.  Easily finished for a patriotic 4th of July.  

Liberty Notes
by Shepherd's Bush 
Chart $8.00
Complete Kit $43.55
Frame $32.00

The new Liberty Notes is here...Yay!  If you have signed up for our Notes automatic, Teri and Lynnette will be sending them out tomorrow.  If not, we would be happy to send what you need.  This has been such a popular series of Teri's, and I think that it turned out just perfect.  She and Jill look for just the right frame for it and this one is darling with its little stars surrounding the stitching.  

Land Of  Liberty
by Shepherd's Bush 
Kit $16.00

Here is a new10 count kit that is perfect for summer stitching.  We love these little kits in our shop and they are favorites of all ages.  

Shepherd's Bush Fobs
(photo coming when I get the fobs made)

I am working on some new patriotic scissor fobs.  I won't have tons of them, but there will be a few sweet ones, hopefully. 

2017 Prairie Schooler Santa
Card $5.00
darling kit also available

Do you know how excited we were to see a 2017 Santa???? We were keeping our fingers crossed that it would happen by the end of the summer, and here it is. Teri has already sent it out to be stitched.  She will add a fabulous set of buttons, and find the perfect backing fabric, and it will be wonderful.  We always stitch the Santas on 7 count Klostern with #3 perl cotton--and perhaps something fuzzy for the bear.  They make amazing pillows.  We are happy to kit it up however you would like.  Nancy was so excited that she got all the supplies today to stitch him on 36 count linen.  I will post a picture when she gets him stitched.  

Hello Summer 
By Plum Street Samplers
Chart $12.00

We love this new piece from Paulette.  I am hoping that it will be a series, since Hello Spring came out in March.  Both pieces are just adorable and very quick to work up.   

Summer Schoolhouse 
a four part mystery series
by With Thy Needle and Thread
4 patterns @ $12.00 each
28 count linen

This new series from Brenda Gervais looks so interesting and fun.  There will be 6 designs, smalls- Brenda calls them.  All are stitched on 28 count fabric over 1 thread.  We have decided on a gorgeous overdyed linen, and have tweaked the colors a bit.  It is a mystery, so we don't know what the projects will be....but we love her designs.  We would love to have you join us in this club.  Give us a call.  The first pattern comes out around the 20th of June.   

Needle minder by Zappy dots

New from Zappy dots, the magnet people, a magnet for the new Summer Schoolhouse series. 
 Teri is on the track and has some coming.  

Early Americans Series
by Little House Needleworks
Each pattern $6.00
kits available

This has been such a fun series.  Each month you receive a package in the mail, filled with the pattern, 32 or 36 count linen fabric, any threads needed, and a small button.  We also can send a finishing kit to finish the ornaments just like we have--with lovely wool backings and overdyed trims.  There is still plenty of time to sign up, give us a call and we can catch you up.  Some of our friends are stitching it all together on 1 piece of fabric.  I can't wait to see how great that will be.

Bee Skep
by Bent Creek
Kit $   

Did you know we love bees??? 
Des stitched this for, us and Jill framed it in an amazing frame.  Stitched on 18 count linen, it is a quick project.  

I am trying to write small blogs more often this summer.  I think that will be a good goal for me during these next few months.  
I hope that you have as many projects as I have to work on and that you find a cool, shady spot and a few stolen minutes to just stitch.  I also wish you a grand adventure this summer.  Be safe and happy, and be sure to drop by and say hello.  
hugs, Tina

Sophie's Roses in bloom 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Happy Spring

May, 2017
Shoshone Falls, Idaho

Dear Friends,
It's finally Spring.  I can hardly believe it, but don't blink because in an will be Summer.  Spring is always very slow in coming here in Utah, and when it finally arrives, it doesn't linger long.  It seems like our Fall lasts forever, but Spring becomes Summer overnight.  Water is always some kind of an issue out here in the West.  Never enough and always a trick to capture it and save it and make it last until the next snowfall.  This year, we are dealing with lots of water.  At least for right now.  This is spectacularly evident in the photo above.  We took a little day trip last Sunday up to these amazing falls and witnessed Nature in its glory.  It all started with a conversation with Cece (the Threadgatherer) about her tomato plants which she has been growing from seed.  She wanted to mail us some, but somehow that just didn't seem like a successful idea.  So we talked about meeting her half way and she suggested Shoshone Falls--halfway between Boise and Ogden.  So, Sunday was our day, and we had the best time.  Bob and Norm drove like troopers, and we had a glorious picnic on the beautiful grassy area near the water.  It was such fun to plan and even more fun to spend a few hours with delicious food, lovely conversation and a fabulous view.  Standing at the edge looking over the Falls, covered with mist, made me think of Niagara Falls right here in the middle of a desert prairie.  Sadly, no Maid of the Mist.  Hey Charland, where were you?  
We have had such a great month at the shop.  Busy and fun.  Everyone has been working on new things from Nashville and getting ready for patriotic stitching and summer travelers.  If you are traveling through--east or west, north or south--remember...Ogden in the Crossroads of the West.  Teri has been on the Crossroads of the West committee and she even has a pin to prove it.  So be sure to stop on by and see us.  
Here are a few odd dates during the summer when we will be closed:
• Saturday, May 27th and Monday, May 29th for Memorial Day •
• Tuesday, July 4th for Independence Day •
• Monday, July 24th for Pioneer Day•
• Saturday, September 2nd and Monday, September 4th for Labor Day •
So if you are planning a trip up our way, please keep these dates in mind.  

New Shepherd's Bush designs 
(available in June)
Teri and I have been working on a few fun new patriotic designs which will be ready the first week of June.  Here are some sneak peaks of what we have going now.  We are planning on a couple of more by the time June arrives, so we will let you know then.  In the meantime something to anticipate.

Liberty Notes
Chart $8.00
(of course a whole kit will be available)

Where My Home Is

The start of our Americana display

Oh, my gosh.  We have so many fantastic patriotic pieces.  We have a wall towards the back of the shop where all of our Americana pieces live and they always look lovely.  But there is just something about bringing them all out the the front tables in May that makes me want to just stand and look at them all.  So many darling pieces that it is a bit hard to choose.  I love the little pin cushions and ornaments that Teri has hanging from her tree branch.  The new Early Americans series is slowly being added as they arrive.  Very fun!

Early Americans Series 
by Little House
Patterns $6.00 each
Kits vary


This new 9-part series by Little House Needleworks is turning out very fun.  Here are the first two in the series, Betsy Ross and John Hancock.  We would be happy to have you join us on this great adventure  You may choose 32 or 36 count fabric.  We have tweaked the thread colors a bit, and are adding a button to each ornament.  We also offer a set of finishing supplies... the wool backing and a variety of super trims (different each month).  We are hanging them on our patriotic tree, but they would be wonderful in a basket or a bowl.  We also have 36 count fabric available, if you would like to stitch all 9 parts together as 1 sampler.  We are very happy to customize this just for you.  Is this not the perfect summer stitching project?

New Sheep bags
by Stitch a Gift
Large bag $33.00  Medium bag $31.00

Teri is always looking for new sheep fabrics to make bags.  Barbara at Stitch a Gift found these darling prints, and they are so happy for spring.  Please order gray, teal or coral.  
All the colors are lovely.  

New charts coming from Plumstreet Samplers
Remember Hello Spring a couple of months ago?...well here is Hello Summer.  It looks like so much fun to stitch.  Remember, we always have pieces of the perfect linens cut and ready to go as well as sets of beautiful threads.  

Hello Summer 
Chart $10.00

Sampler House 2
Chart $12.00

Sampler House 1
chart $12.00

Mariner's Drum
chart $12.00

This is the perfect piece to go along with the little pin cushions that came out last month.  Teri has hers finished and ready to go.  

Cape Cod Keeps
Chart $12.00

These darling ornaments (pincushions ) just stole Teri's heart.  She was helping some darling friends pull threads and fabric and by the time she was done she had pulled a set for herself and sent them off with Nancy to be stitched.  She spent the last 2 evenings putting them together and as soon as she figures out the trim, she will post a photo.  They are the perfect companions to the Mermaid drum--rat-a-tat-tat.   

Sampler House
by Niki's Creations
pattern $

Isn't this just adorable?  Who doesn't just love a Niki piece.  Our friend, Penny, stitched this in almost no time, and Jill added this fantastic frame.  A perfect summer piece.  Maybe that will be my next project.  hmmm

Humble and Kind
by La D Da
chart $10.00
Kit $

Our friend Penny stitched this sweet sampler for us as well.  It is a new one from the Nashville market.  It is stitched on  a 32 count dyed fabric from Picture This Plus, and all the colors are soft and gorgeous. How lovely.

Sampler Hare 
by La D Da
chart $12.00

Des stitched this for us, and Teri spent one night finishing it.  I witnessed a bit of grumbling along the finishing path, but now she says: " Oh, that was so fun and super easy."  Whichever the case, it is pretty adorable. 

Fantastic news: Beatrix Potter Quaker Sampler has been reprinted.  
Chart: $20.00

We have always loved this reproduction chart from Needleprints in England.  But sadly it has been out of print for many years.  Well it is back again and as lovely as ever.  I have such a soft spot for Quaker Samplers and I would truly love to do this one.  It would be gorgeous done all in one color as shown or done with each motif a different color--soft and faded.  Yay.

Petite Essamplaire 1
by With Thy Needle and Thread
Chart:  12.00 

Teri started these darling mini samplers on her way back from Nashville.  She was only going to stitch 1 small one for the shop and then she just kept on going.  They are very sweet, and I just love how Jill framed them in different, odd frames.  

Ort Basket
by With Thy Needle and Thread
Basket and pattern $22.00
40 count fabric $2.50

This was such a hot item at the market in March.  Luckily we have been able to reorder a few times.  They fly out of the shop almost a quickly as we get them in, so don't delay.  Thanks, Sandy, for letting us photograph and show your beautiful work.  It is so adorable.  

Three Tulips
by With Thy Needle and Thread
chart $10.00 

This is another stitching from our friend Penny.  We just got it back from Jill, and we love it!   It is sooo soft and beautiful.  It has been in the back room with me, since we have been out of the pattern for a bit, and I just love looking at it. Sadly, I think we are getting the pattern any day, so I am going to have it taken away.  Ah....I shall have to stare at the wall with the graffiti remediation service phone numbers.  I better start looking for a new picture to put back here.

Floral Alphabet 
 by: JBW designs
chart:  $10.00

Our sweet friends, the Thomas's have been stitching this piece, and it is just beautiful.  Teri decided to  have this stitched using some soft spring colors and I love it.  Not too big, but very showy and sweet.  

Yippee, we are having a sale---on one thing.  
Marlitt rayon thread
Sale price $.50      regularly $1.85 

This rayon thread comes in such gorgeous colors.  It is a bit flighty and slippery to work with, but gives a fun shiny look.  It is no longer made, so we are making room for other threads.  It is perfect for crazy quilting, embroidery, cross stitching, or wool embroidery.  Sorry no white or cream, but many other fantastic colors.   

Well, I am just going to leave you with a sneak peak of our backyard garden.  All of this weathered our long and terrible winter and is doing great.  We have parsley everywhere and it is a lot of fun.  We have something called Lovage and are rather unsuccessfully trying to acquire a taste for it.  I hope no one calls to tell us it is poisonous.  It came up out of the blue and it took us a while to figure out what it was.  At first Teri suspected Cannabis, complements of our lovely neighbors, but then we figured out it was Lovage.  Oh well, it is very pretty.  
Well, enjoy your Spring wherever you are. Find the perfect summer project to get the season started, and take joy in the moment.  
Until June,
Fondly, Tina and Teri