Tuesday, June 4, 2019

May showers...June flowers

Early Summer, 2019...

Summer in Utah is finally limping its way here.  Our garden is planted and most things seem to have weathered our past 3 weeks of high winds, biblical rains, and even sleet and snow.  This week, we seem to be on a bit calmer track and I think the garden is breathing a sigh of relief.  As you probably know, we are right in the middle of downtown Ogden and we (Teri) have turned the back yard of the shop into a little urban pocket garden.  It is truly the joy of our summer.  For some reason, the Clematis--above--is loving this cold, late Spring and has been blooming like crazy.  Our lilacs have already bloomed and our 2 hydrangea bushes have weathered our very cold, snowy winter and will soon bloom.  The tomatoes are thriving--I can't wait--and the cucumbers are doing their very best to hang on.  Ok, we had to replant them since the first batch objected to our inhospitable micro climate.  but these are going to make it--we have bread and butter pickles to make. We already have lettuce, and Teri is watching avidly for the first peas to arrive.  Unfortunately, our very first crop of the season has already arrived in the form of baseballs.  I think that our backyard is where the foul balls from the stadium end up.  Yay--the season hasn't really even begun.
Inside the shop, we have had a very busy Spring.  We had so many visitors who were in Ogden for the Railroad Festival celebrating the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Trans-Continental Railroad.  That was so much fun and so many people in our downtown area.  It is always great to have visitors from away.  So come with me for a moment and take a look at some of the great new things that are going on at Shepherd's Bush

Garden House 
New Shepherd's Bush Exclusive
Kit: $20.00 
(retail only) 
 Frame:  $32.00

Spring is finally in the air, and to celebrate, Teri designed this sweet piece.  It comes with a handpainted mat, (thanks to our friend Jill), threads, fabric and tiny buttons

We will also have a few new Summer Treats in the works, so watch the blog in a week or two and see what else we have ready for your summer stitching.  

Breaking news:   Namaste boxes are back.!!!
 Reeta discovered these wonderful boxes, and Teri tracked them down.  We used to carry them a few years ago, when the company suddenly disappeared... but a new group is producing them, and they are better than ever.  They are empty--except a small, sweet stitching journal.  We love to fill them with wonderful needle work tools, scissors, needle threaders, needle minders... all those things that get lost in your stitching bag.  Now they can stay in one convenient box.  Buy an empty box and fill it with your own bits and bobs, or let us fill it for you or your favorite stitcher.  

Small Nameste Boxes

Both large and small boxes come in- Eggplant (purple), Blush (light rose), Cranberry, Teal, and dark Gray.  Gorgeous colors!!!   The top of the box is magnetic, and they snap closed.  

Bigger size: $40.00 (below)
same beautiful colors, 
Eggplant, Teal, Blush, Cranberry, Dark Gray

On the left is a small box stacked onto of a large box so you can see the difference.  On the right is a dark gray filled with bee inspired implements

The larger box comes with a divider with loops, perfect for holding scissors.  It also has a little journal inside the bottom section.  

Flamingo Toes needle minders
$12.50 each

I know we showed this adorable minders last blog, but they are perfect to put into your nameste boxes...

Cloth Covered Tape Measures 
$4.00 each and a new retro pin tray $ 12.00

2019 Santa Card
by Prairie Schooler:  $5.00

Oh my, Christmas has come early this year... not only is the Prairie Schooler card out, but he has sheep!!!!  We are so so excited.   Teri has already picked the colors and Lynnette is cutting the fabric.  We have a super great backing fabric all picked out.  We will post a photo as soon as Santa gets it stitched.  We sell the Santa card, or a complete kit with all your supplies.  If you want just parts and pieces, we are happy to do that too. Just give us a call and we will send it right off to you.  

New Plum Street Samplings

                                                            Summer Saltboxes: $10.00                                                                              

Come see these darling pieces in person.  

 Summer Delivery: $12.00                  Peace, Love and Purpose: $12.00

We have the charts and a limited amount of the fabrics, cut and ready.  Just wait until you see what we do with Summer Delivery.  So, so sweet.  

Bittersweet and Broomsticks 
by Brenda Gervais
Chart:  $12.00

Such a darling piece, we stitched it on a great piece of plumy- purple hand-dyed linen by Picture this Plus, and added buttons.  Halloween will be coming before we know it...Yippee

Queen Bee 
by Blackberry Rabbit
Chart:  $11.00

We stitched this on a beautiful piece of 37 count Legacy Linen in wild honey

Open Road Abode

Our friend, Linda, has stitched 6 of these darling camping pieces by Open Road Abode.  She is stitching them for her cabin.  Aren't they so great?

4th of July Hoopla:
by Brenda Gervais
Chart $12.00

This is such a fun series, and so easy to finish.  We are stitching it on 32 count fabric and it fits perfectly in a 4" hoop.  Brenda calls for 40 count fabric  (which we have) and it will fit in a 3" hoop ( which we also have).  It makes for a darling, inexpensive finish--$4.25 hoop.  
Plus they are really nice hoops for framing.  

Quaker Sewing Tray 
by Brenda Gervais
Chart: $12.00

We finally finished this sweet piece in a wooden tray.  Teri painted the tray and it looks great. I think it would make such a lovely wedding present.   

Jack Frost Tree Farm by Little House Needleworks
patterns: $6.50- 9.50

This is an ongoing series, stitched by our friend Jacklyn.  There are still three more parts, so there is plenty of time to join into the series.  Jacklyn is using 32 count, but we have 30, 32, or 35 count available.  We are adding a sweet button each month.  Give us a call if you would like to join and catch up.   

Our Garden loves this rainy cold weather!   Peas- are coming up a treat.  


I hope your Summer has started off well for you, and will be filled with gardens and stitches.  If you need an adventure...come see us.  We always have something fun in the works.
hugs, Tina

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May Day

Spring, 2019

I am always astonished by the beauty of Spring.  It is such a lovely and unexpected gift after a long and grueling winter, and it creeps up so quietly that I am always surprised by its appearance.  We have had an overabundance of water--snow--this year, so we are suddenly blessed with vivid green lawns and splendidly brilliant spring flowers.  Teri has already planted peas, radishes and carrots in our little urban garden at the shop, and we already have tomatoes and cucumbers ready to go in.  I wanted to plant our cherry tomatoes last weekend, but Teri said no.  Then, today it was sort of sleeting as I left work, so I guess she was right.  We have a mountain stream which cuts through our backyard, and right now it is just barreling down.  At night we can hear boulders bounce down the river bed washed along by the sheer volume of water.  I love years with lots of water--which is often not the case lately--but it always brings back memories of when my boys were little and we had to watch them like a hawk around that little river.  For some reason, it was such a magnet for them in the spring even though it rushed past in such a torrent with water of barely melted snow.  
But for now, I am enjoying it all.  The cool days, the vibrant colors, and the promise and threat of a hot summer to come.  It is all good.  

At the shop, this is definitely the time for travelers to stop by as they journey to and from the west coast, or up to the national parks or down to our own fantastic southern parks.  It is such a favorite time of the year for all of us.  Next week Utah will be celebrating the 150 anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad linking the eastern part of the United States with the west. The "Wedding of the Rails"  happened about 30 miles to the north of Ogden and there will be lots of festivities and celebrations.  I wish my Christian were here. 
Another really great thing to celebrate in Ogden, is an unexpected arrival last week of an army of green, electric scooters that have appeared downtown.l  Yay!  They work a bit like city bikes and you can pay to ride them and leave them wherever you want.  Yay!  I am not quite sure who the target audience is for these little conveyances, but I bet you can guess who is enjoying them the most.   More the young than the young at heart.  Yay!  They are only legal to be ridden on the streets, but of course they are only being ridden--at breakneck speed--down the middle of all the sidewalks.  Yay!  All riders are supposed to wear helmets--not included in the rental--but I have decided that it is the pedestrians who should be strapping on their helmets.  Yay!  It is going to be a fun filled summer in downtown Ogden, that's for sure.  
But don't let the Lime Scooters deter you.  In fact, if you take the train up to Ogden this summer, hop on a scooter and ride on over to see us.  :)  Otherwise,  just stop by and see all the fun new projects that we have to keep you busy over the coming hot months.  
Ogden is a great place to visit, and we would love to see you.  

Adorable new magnetic needle minders
$12.50 each

We just unpacked these little cloisonn√© needle minders from Flamingo Toes, and they are so sweet.  Our Sister Sheree brought us both one as a gift, and Teri tracked them down for the shop.  Everyone here has her favorite one...and luckily each of us has chosen a different one.  Personally, I always use a minder to park my needle, because it is just easier and more efficient.  I have the hedgehog and am trying it out at home tonight.  

Travel display 

Last week, Teri was busy putting all of the Easter projects away and redesigning the front of the shop.  Her Travel table turned out perfectly and everyone has been enjoying it a lot.  We have had so many travelers visiting  this past month, that it has been fun to see them look through all of the treasures in this display.  Thanks, Teri...so much fun.

Pretty Little Paris
 by Satsuma Street
Leaflet $11.00

We have had such fun with the Satsuma pieces during this past year or so whether they are the quirky little scenes, or the fun cities that she designs.  After market, Teri embarked on this picture of Paris, and she was completely obsessed with it.  My husband, Bob, who is an architect was a bit surprised by the colors of this piece, but honestly it turned out to be amazing.  Paris is one of her favorite cities, and we had fun reminiscing as she stitched each little building. (Sadly, she was just working on Notre Dame the night it was burning.)  If you have a favorite place and want to stitch it--just give us a call. 

Open Road Abode
Chart $10.00 (includes 4 designs)

Teri found this great new company this year at market and came home and immediately stitched 2 of them.  Yellowstone and Trailering in the Tetons.  The are very retro and combine the camping look with western national parks.  Honestly they remind us so much of your childhoods.  We get lots of travelers on their way to the northern parks, that is fun for them to get a great little project to stitch on their way.  I think everyone should date them when they are finished and it would be the perfect souvenir or a trip well spent.  

They have many other adorable camping charts and postcards as well

by JBW:  $12.00

We must be on a Paris kick right now.  
This sweet little French alphabet is the perfect spring project.  We stitched it with the most fabulous Threadgatherer silk, and it just has that lovely, faded old look of a gentle Paris afternoon.  

Jack Frost's Tree Farm
by Little House Needleworks
Charts $9.50- $6.50 There will be 7 charts

There is just nothing like a Little House Christmas series.  This year's Jack Frost project is turning out  quite brilliantly.  Each new little section is such fun and it is working up quite quickly.  I guess that means that the months are passing quickly.  Nancy usually stitches these projects for us, but she broke her shoulder (in 3 places) and she can't stitch for a while.  Poor Nancy.  So...our friend Jacklyn, is super kind to let us borrow hers while she waits for each new pattern to arrive.  
Thanks, Jacklyn!   We also have an automatic program for this fun series

Stitched things at the shop

Holiday Hoopla 
by Brenda Gervais
Easter Hoopla Chart $ 12.00

OK this turned out so adorable.  When Teri said she was finishing it in a hoop, I was very dubious.  But it turned out so sweet.  The next Holiday Hoopla is arriving any day.  Please give us a call if you want us to send them out to you automatically-  We can send just the chart, or add the linen in 40 (called for), 36 or 32 count.  We are stitching ours on 32 count and we have the perfect size hoop for it.  We also have the 3" hoops and larger in both cheap wooden and lovely more expensive hardwood  hoops.  If you are on auto with us, Teri will pick out the perfect paper to cover the back of your Hoopla hoop.  

The Flock
by Samsarah
$ priceless
(12 Charts and buttons $125.40)

This piece has been an ongoing project for a number of years.  It was originally released in 12 installments, and Teri completely changed the colors. A friend started stitching it for us, and then couldn't finish it,  finally, our niece, Erin, finished it for us and brought it in over the Easter holiday.  I heard her talking to Teri about it, but I didn't actually see it until this past Saturday.  Honestly, I couldn't even believe how darling it was.  It has such a lovely sentiment and the colors and the little birds and flowers are sweet and funky and quite wonderful.  We sell the patterns in the sets of 12 or we can put together a complete kit for you.  What could be a better sweet, summer project.  

Quaker Tray
by Brenda Gervais
Leaflet:  $12.00

We loved this little piece at market and have had it stitched for the shop.  We will probably frame it and it will make such a beautiful little piece.  I think it would be a lovely wedding sampler with the added initials of the bride and groom.  Hmm, now if one of my boys would get married.

by Heart in Hand
Card withy buttons: $8.50

We just love a great summer Tula pillow, this one is ready for the gal who finishes our pillows.
 It is bright and fun and perfect for a beach or mountain project.
You can see the finishing fabrics off to the right.  

Our garden is peeking out....  Here are Teri's peas, just starting, they might like it more if it would stop snowing/ sleeting

Happy May Day!!!

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Almost Market time

Almost Market Time

Hi Friends,
It's almost Market time and for the past 2 months Teri and I have spent lots of time inside drawing, stitching and graphing while the snow has swirled out our windows and this woodland family has quizzically stared in at us.  It has been a long, cold, snowy winter which has at least been good for making me want to stay in of an evening and stitch.  Yet, even so, Nashville looms in 5 short days, and I am still scrambling to finish a snowman, make scissor fobs, and help Teri wind ribbon.  Thank heavens for all our girls at work who just keep on pushing though with us.
Below, you will see our new offerings for the market. I hope you like them and will enjoy stitching them as this winter wanes.  
Remember...if there is anything in particular you would like us to pick up for you at the market, be sure, to call and let Teri know. Our fabulous Market Weekend in the shop will be on Thursday, March 7-Saturday, March 9th.  We are planning a splendid time filled with delicious treats and wonderful brand new things galore.  And..we will actually have time to chat and visit and help you choose the perfect projects.  You truly do not want to miss it.  
Sun or Snow...see you there.

'Tis A Gift
Kit: $44.00

Happy Life Pincushion 
Kit:  $30.00

Happy Life Mini Pin set

                  Spring Peeps Box                                                                      Lucky Treasure Box
                         Kit: $16.00                                                                                Kit: $16.00
                 Cream Box:  $22.00                                                                     Black Box: $22.00   

Snow Queen
beginnings of the 2019 Snowman 
Kit $30.00

Forever in My Heart
button kit 
Kit: $30.00

Kit includes fabric, threads, Sweet Heart button, backing fabric, beads and ribbon.
We used a wonderful 20 count linen for this piece.  It is soft and fun to work with.  

Sweet Heart Button 
Pattern free with button purchase

La Vita è Bella
leaflet: $10.00
kit also available

Stitching Notes
leaflet: $8.00
Complete kit available
Frame $32.00

Still stitching....

These little magnetic needle cases are very fun.  We have a few different styles.  
$5.50 each

New at the shop

We have just unpacked a fun new embroidery series.  Here are a few of the new kits.  Each one comes with the pattern stamped onto the fabric and the threads sorted and marked.  Instructions are also included.  These are such a fresh new take on a lovely old art.,  Quite irresistible!  

Jack Frost's Tree Farm 
by Little Houses Needleworks
7 part series

We are just starting this fun new series.  If you want to join in, give us a call.  You can choose 30 count linens, 32, count linen or 35 count linen.  We are using a lightly hand dyed linen, and the colors look wonderful on it.  

OK, I really have to go on to my snowman.  Our printer is meeting us first thing in the morning, and I really do have to have a pattern ready.  
We will try to blog a bit at market, 
fondly, Tina