Sunday, October 11, 2020

October Joy 2020

Dear Friends,
How are you all out there in the world?  Well--I hope and surviving this season with dignity and grace.  I know that is hard to do when most of the time I feel like I am in 4th grade again and playing a wicked game of dodgeball--only this time with a horror movie virus.  I just remember what my brothers told me back in elementary school: keep your eyes open, your head down, and move fast.   I wish I had been able to wear a mask when I was ten.  I wasn't really the best at dodging a ball, so I am trying to be better at dodging a virus.  
The weather is definitely changing, and Teri is lamenting the gradual letting go of her beloved garden.  But is almost mid-October and we are still getting tomatoes, the odd cucumber, and even a pepper now and then.  That is a pretty good run for a tiny urban garden.  Teri has worked very hard nurturing her garden and we have eaten from it all summer long.  I only had one thing to do during  the growing season and that was to plant my zinnias in the 2 pots on the front step of the shop--(and Teri helped me plant them. ) But growing zinnias is truly a test in patience.  They take a surprising amount of water to flourish in small pots on a step in the downtown of a hot Utah summer, and it is amazing how long it takes those lovely green stalks which grow taller and taller every day to actually produce a bloom.  At least 2 months.  I kept thinking that next year I was going to plant something from the nursery that already had a mass of flowers.  But I just kept lugging out my buckets of water twice a day and waiting and hoping.  And then one day as we were leaving, I saw a little bud--tight and green--and others all over the tall mass of green.  In the next few days, they slowly opened randomly with each blossom a new and serendipitous color unfolding and stretching its baby spikes into a full flower. Honestly, as more and more opened up, I couldn't stop looking at them.  It is startling to me that each brave, single bloom is a totally different color from its neighbor, and that is what I love about that plant.  It is the wild variety of colors--each as varied within its own hue as though every little leaf is overdyed a thousand times again--that makes them so heartbreakingly lovely.  For me, during this odd season of my world, my nation, my family, and myself, it has taught me of the blessings of patience and love and tenacity. 
 A tiny flower that holds the truths of the universe.
It is definitely going to be Zinnias again next year.  

It is Fall and here at the shop we are busy with Halloween, 
Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Teri changes the patterns on the front window almost daily now with so many people window shopping.  It is fun and busy and different.  If you haven't tried our new incarnation of "sidewalk sales" you should  grab your mask and stop on by.  It might just be the highlight of your day.
We have a few very exciting new things for Halloween.  If you would like to order any of these things, check with your local needlework store, or email us, or give us a call.  
Read on and be inspired...

New from Shepherd's Bush

Scare Ewe
by Shepherd's Bush
Kit: $30.00
Button and chart only: $8.00

Teri's ewe button kits are always so much fun. She and 
Dinah work for months coming up with the perfect button to go with Teri's great pattern. 
 This one is adorable.  

The kit comes with everything you will need to make a little ornament/pin cushion. 
18 count linen, threads, button, ribbon, beads and backing fabric.  And it will work up very quickly.  Perhaps it will be the only trick-or-treating we will get to do this year. 

A Witching  Season
 by Shepherd's Bush
Kit:  $30.00

This piece was so much fun for me to design and stitch.  It is a little spooky and a little joyous just like  Halloween.  It is stitched on 32 count linen with Weeks overdyed threads and comes with tiny buttons,  a darling backing fabric and Lady Dot's hand dyed chenille,  I hope you love it.  

Witching Season  Mini Pin Set: $12

Just Another Button Company let us design the perfect set for this little cushion.  Such fun!

Thanks for the response,  we are excited  for this project  

Pandemic Pop-Up
Halloween Box

Have you ever heard of Pop-Up restaurants?  They are little restaurants that open for 2-3 nights and then they are gone.  You never know when they will pop up, and they are never around for very long.  Doesn't that seem quite intriguing?  Well...Teri and I have been thinking about this idea with needlework, and here it is.  We will have a very limited number of this little surprise box that you may order to have sent right to your doorstep.  But when they are gone, they are gone.  
We are hoping to mail them by the end of this coming week and your little box will have fun surprises just for you.  
The theme for this, our first Pandemic Pop-up,
 will be Halloween.  Besides a variety of very fun and special small surprises, you will receive a new Shepherd's Bush Halloween sampler.  This piece will be exclusive to this pop-up for a year.
Give us a call and join in Pandemic Pop-Up fun!

New at the Shop

Hilda Boo and Sunflowers Too
by Brenda Gervais 
chart: $12.00

We fell in love with this sweet piece.  The fabric looks so purple, but it is really a deep gray.  
We have it in 32, 36, and 40 count--18 Century Blackbird by R & R

All Hallow's Eve 
by Joan Elliott
Chart: $16.00
 32 count Linen--Halloween Night $28.50

This stunning Halloween sampler is amazing.  Amy stitched it for us in about a month (thanks to covid)
Thank you Amy..  We have stitched it on a gorgeous gray purple, that is an exclusive Zweigart linen dyed for Shepherd's Bush 
We have used overdyed threads and have added a spooky green.  Teri just picked it up from Jill, our framer, and it is perfect.  

We Live in Hope
chart by Blackbird Designs $20.00

Teri stitched this sweet piece because it reminded her of the Mayflower.  

New patterns from Autumn Lane 
Lunar Witch 
chart: $12.00

Potions and spells
Chart: $12.00

Everyone that has come "window shopping", has been delighted with this new company-Autumn Lane.  Their Halloween patterns are so spooky and cool.  Here are their latest charts.  

Haunted Hill Road
 by Little Stitch Girl 
chart: $12.00

Look how fun this great piece turned out.  We stitched it on a soft gray purple and Jill framed it in a fantastic frame.

Find your way to Halloween 
 by Bent Creek 
chart:  $

I think Teri is in a purple sort of mood... 
That might be scary.

Christmas Blessings
by Chessie and Me  
chart:  $12.00

Our minds are starting to turn to Christmas.  This is a quiet piece--perfect for Christmas stitching

His Eye On The Sparrow
by Heartstrings Samplery
chart:  $15.00

This beautiful piece is another Covid finish. 
 Our dear friend Tammy's daughter, Autumn, finished this gorgeous sampler.

Teri's Garden update 

I am always happy when the garden lasts until October.  We had a freezing couple of days over Labor Day that the cucumbers and pumpkins did not like at all, but the tomatoes have lasted and we have a salad almost every day. I guess that is the way of life.  Teri has grown lunch and dinner for 4 months and I have grown 2 small pots of flowers on the front porch.  Oh well, we each have our gifts. 
She is holding the sweetest seeds.  A friend (Stacy) gave her some a few years ago, and they grow in to a sweet climbing vine with little puffs.  Inside the puffs are these seeds, they have hearts on the seeds.  So cool.  Teri collects them every year and replants them.  I love that--gifts that keep on giving.

Here are our pumpkin vines before the freeze,  after the freeze we were left with 3 tiny pumpkins, you can see them on our front table

We are determined to blog at least once a month, so hopefully I will write again soon.  Be safe and well out there.  Don't forget to dodge the balls and...All shall be well.  
hugs, 'Tina


Saturday, July 25, 2020

Midsummer 2020

Midsummer Blessings

Dear Friends,
I am home this afternoon on this state holiday.  It is usually a day filled with early morning parades, farmer's markets, barbecues, and fireworks.  But this year, everything has been canceled. Here it is, almost August and we are still living in this strange, surreal world of pandemic.  When Utah sheltered the end of March, it was going to be for 2 weeks, which extended into a month.  And now it has been 4 months...Like most other states, Utah has sort of re-opened, and now we are paying the consequences.  All of us struggling with what is the best and safest road to move forward on. So we continue at the shop--open, but not actually open.  And yet, this is working for us.  We talk to people from all over the world who are also dealing with this scourge, and it is inspiring to share their stories, their frustrations, their determined energy.  Teri helps people who stop by all day through the front window, through the door, from the sidewalk.  Sometimes it is a delivery of packages to the front step or the open trunk of a car.  A very odd way to run a business--but humans are resilient, masks are good, and life is still rich with blessings.  
So..I am enjoying my quiet afternoon at home today sitting in the back yard and hoping to catch a breath of a breeze.  Teri is cooking, and Bob is playing the piano, and I am listening to rustling pots, and gentle music and tender birdsong.  The past number of years, we have had crows who seem to have chased the songbirds away.  But this year, the large birds have not been in our neighborhood, so Teri and Bob have put up bird feeders during this time at home, and they have attracted a plethora of feathered creatures.  It has been a lot of fun to hear them in the mornings and evenings. We eat dinner outside where it is a bit cooler and watch the finches and hummingbirds flit back and forth between the feeders and the trees.  Maybe it is one of those collateral blessings to be home all the time and noticing the world we are in.  At least that is what I am saying to remind myself that I don't really miss movies, or plays, or restaurants, or concerts, or family, or friends, or..............
I have read a lot during this time.  I have a good friend who has been reading the 800 page book that inspired the musical, Hamilton.  She is always texting me that she is lost in the 18th century and might not be coming back.  It makes me laugh.  But I have been sort of lost in the 14th century myself these past several weeks.  (I worried a bit that I might have to face a plague, but, oh yeah, I'm already in one.)  My life has occasionally crossed paths with an anchorite who lived in the 1300s--Julian of Norwich,  At different times, I have read books about her, read her meditations and visions, listened to her music, and I love her.  During April, Teri and I often laughed that we felt like anchorites locked all day alone in the shop, and sometimes kind people would leave us treats in the basket when they came to pick up orders.  It always made us smile, and made me think of Julian.  Then the past few weeks, I have been reading a book that takes place in modern day Norwich and there she was-- a whole section about my girl.  
I was reminded of something that she wrote 700 years ago:  
"All shall be well, and all shall be well."  
Thanks, Julian. 
 Those are the new words of my heart.

I don't know about you, but stitching has brought me such joy during the past few months.  I have long lamented that there just wasn't enough time to stitch--too many things that demanded attention and distracted me from needle and thread.  I still don't think I have an abundance of time, but it is definitely enough.  I almost don't resent my "empty" evenings these days, and sort of cherish the extra time with my needlework.  And perhaps that is a little blessing of these times.  
More moments to be still and ponder and reflect.  And stitch... 

New from Shepherd's Bush 

Liberty and Justice Pin Cushion 
Kit: $20.00

A little pin cushion for this summer and these times. I loved working on this lovely 32 count overdyed grey/blue linen.  Kit comes with cotton overdyed threads, linen, patterns, buttons and hand dyed chenille by Lady Dot

Find Joy
Kit: $16.00

Teri has designed this sweet new 10 count kit to help remind us things are ok.  We will get through even this strange journey and enjoy our time in a slower quieter world.  

Thoughts off Home
Chart: $6.00
complete kit also available

This adorable chart celebrates our time at home with family and loved ones.  The button is a special hand made buttons we sell (you can get it from your local shops, too)

Home Sweet Home Button 

Be True to your Heart
Chart: $10.00
Button pack:  $ 9.00
32 count Fog linen: $9.00
Complete Kit: $58.00

This has been such a great new pattern for us this summer,  It is happy and sweet.

New Stocking for 2020

Here is a little sneak peak of the new stocking.  I am having a great time working on it and I hope you will just love her.  More anon...

New at the shop
So much to see and be excited about

Retro Stork Scissors
$7.00 each

These sweet scissors just arrived and they are such happy colors. 

We Live in Hope  
by Blackbird Designs
Book $20.00

Teri was hanging this Blackbird book up on the front window, for window shopping and spied this sweet sampler.  It was not made to commemorate the landing of the Mayflower (400 years ago this November, 1620-2020) but she has had such a great time stitching it.  She added the date and slightly changed the words.  When she gets it framed, we will do a display of all our Mayflower patterns to inspire you.  

Halloween Magazine

There are many fun patterns in this magazine. We always love looking at all the halloween charts.

New from Plum Street Samplers

Summertide Blessings
Chart: $12.00
Fabric:  36 count Virginia Beach brew 

This brand new fabric from R & R is winging its way to us.  Hoping to have it by Wednesday,  I'll tell you more about it when it comes.  Such a quirky and darling piece.

Summer Hill
Chart: $12.00

All the girls at the shop love this sweet piece. We all loved Autumn Hill last fall, and this is a perfect companion ..  

Nightshade bird
Chart: $12.00

A fun drum to stitch for summer.

Grace On Thee
Chart: $12.00

I love the symmetry of this piece it looks majestic and fun to stitch.  

Coming soon
New from Brenda Gervais 

These are in the mail to us as we write this.  Please give us a call if you would like us to send you one or all three.  We have the linens as well as the threads.  Everything you need to get going on your Fall stitching.

Hilda Boo and Sunflowers too
chart: $12.00
36 count fabric $ 9.75

We love this darling witch.  We even have the deep gray/black linen in 36 count and hopefully will have 40 and 32 shortly 
The Witches Brew
Chart: $12.00
36 count Heron Grey linen $ ?
Little spoon charm-$2.00

We have ordered the little silver spoon.  It is coming soon as well

Autumn Gatherings
Chart: $12.00
36 count linen-$ 7.25

This is a new seasonal series called the gatherings
We have the linen cut and ready.  It is so sweet.  

Women of the Mayflower

Women of the Mayflower update
We are supposed to  receive our kits sometime the end of August. We have the fabric and thread sets bundled and ready (thanks to Teri and Lynnette), so we will send them out to you as soon as possible.
  If your credit card has changed, please give us a call and update it. So exciting!

Garden update...

After an unseasonably cold June, our little urban garden has started producing so many fun things. We loved growing broccoli this year. After harvesting 4 huge heads which we ate every night for 2 weeks, it now sends up tiny little brocclettes, and we roast them with olive oil, salt and pepper- yum! Tomatoes have just started and the cucumbers are not far behind...Ahhhh  salads for the rest of the summer.  Teri is such a faithful and patient gardener, that I am going to give her a blue ribbon in every category,  I feel a bit like the little red hen--she does all the work, and I am happy to enjoy the literal fruit of her labors,  
Harvest blessings abound. 
I hope this week that you may stumble upon little blessings during your walk through this worrisome world.  
Enjoy the gifts of the moment, stay safe, and be well in your little corner of this earth. 
And remember this:  All shall be well, and all shall be well.
Tina and Teri

Monday, June 1, 2020

Beginning of Summer

June 1st, 2020

Dear Friends,
It's quiet tonight in my world.  The air is still for the first time in days, and the only sound from my window is our backyard creek, icy from the winter snowpack rushing past me and on to other windows and ears and souls.  It is that gentle time between day and night--the sun just melting into the Salt Lake and the moon trying to lift itself above Mount Ogden.  There is an unsettled calmness to the evening which eases my heart a bit as I know that we are actually in a world fraught with division and fire.  We are a nation divided, and we are a people dealing with anger, loneliness, frustration, and fear.  All of these intense emotions spiraling through our communities which are still cobwebbed in Pandemic perplexity.  And on a night like this, I do not think that this is how we are meant to be.  We are beings who want to be happy,  to be kind,  to be in community, to feel safe, to uplift others, to  live in justice.  So what do we do when it all seems out of control?  I don't know...
Perhaps we cook something to share even if we can only share it with those in our own little world.  Even if it isn't the greatest meal or treat.  Even if it is just something made with love for those around us and shared virtually with those half a world away.  Or perhaps we can stitch something that makes our hearts sing.  Something lovely, something hard and challenging, something shared with a friend, something that takes our mind off the news, out of the anger, and right back into our own, tiny center of peace and joy.  I think that is what we can do.  And just maybe, it will help for a minute our two.  And maybe that is enough for now.
These past 3 months have been a test to our human spirit for sure. Living in isolation, off our balance,  unsure of what to expect tomorrow, or next week, or next month.  Just think of the things you have done that you might never have imagined and be proud of your creativity.  I spent a Sunday afternoon not long ago on a virtual walk with one of my boys all over Washington DC.  He isn't a talker, and I had that whole time to just listen to him ramble while he rambled on his walk.  That was an unexpected gift.  Every Sunday we play a trivia game with our other child on FaceTime. He writes the questions and we try our best to accumulate enough points to wager some on the final question.  Sometimes we do.  But we always laugh a lot, get to see what they have fixed for dinner, and check out new hair styles and growing beards. Those are the best times of the week.  And then there is the Saturday cooking challenge which Teri started a while back to give us, the boys, our siblings, nieces, and friends something to look forward to each week.  We have made many pizzas,  pastas, and last week's hamburgers.  Bob is always a little disgruntled as he thinks it should involve voting and winners, but he sort of misses the point of the frenzied texts of delicious dinners, happy faces, a sense of being together and sharing a meal  Simple gifts given during a unique time in a strange world. 

So...Utah...Ogden...Shepherd's Bush.
We are still moving along in our unusual half-opened, half-closed world at the shop.  As our county slowly begins opening up again, we are facing the daunting task of beginning to return to a new kind of normal.  We have finally gotten our mail orders and porch pickups down to a workable system, and now we face the task of opening the doors again in a safe and thoughtful manner.  And in the meantime, we have lots of wonderful projects to keep you busy and content in this brave new world.  Read on ...

Be True To Your Heart
by Shepherd's Bush 

This new little leaflet will be a joy to stitch, and holds the truths that we need to face the world around us.  We can send you just the booklet or gather all the darling supplies to get you started right away.

Teri is going to be filming a new shop tour--hopefully this week, so watch on our FB site as well as on the home page of our website.  That sounds exciting, 

And in  the meantime, here is small display to make you feel a bit happier in this crazy world.  I just love how she gathered together a collection of "feel good" pieces for these times.  

 Be of Good Cheer 
by Shepherd's Bush
chart: $4.00

Here is a chart that is perfect for right now.  It is stitched on 18 count linen so the stitches are big and easy to see.  Add the buttons and you are finished.  Underneath it is our free pattern.  You can find it on our website under celebrations.  Really?

Our Americana table is set up, and the holiday tree is covered with ornaments that celebrate the season.  Where was I when she did all of this?   

Two new shop models

Bless our Land 
by Plum Street Samplers
Chart $10.00

I just love this sweet piece of Paulette's.  Jill Framed it in a great frame and it is a wonderful addition to this year's Americana display.

Star Spangled Spectacular 
by Brenda Gervais
Chart $

Another wonderful addition to our summer collection.

Our latest Sheep wall

The center of the display is Paulette's Shepherd's Song- Gorgeous isn't it.  
Left top: French Woolens by Plumstreet   Center top: Shepherd's Song byPlum Street  Right top:  Shepherd's Hill by Chessie and Me.  Center row left to right- Patchwork Sheep by Herat in Hand, Welcome by Homespun Elegance,  Sheep Heap by Plum Street,  All Is Well by Shepherd's Bush.  Bottom left Judge Not by Plum Street, Woolimina by Plum Street (we really like her sheep)
Summer Notes is on the shelf below this display 

Summer means bees in Utah, we are the Beehive state, so we just love bee designs.  

 New at the shop

North Wind Santa
2020 Prairie Schooler Santa 
card: $5.00
Kits will be available

We have sent Santa out to be stitched.  As soon as we get hime back we will figure out buttons and backing fabrics.  He is so darling!  

Haunted Hill Road 
by the Little Stitch Girl
Chart $12.00

This stitched up so sweet.  We have used a great spooky linen and added a few buttons. 
 Halloween is coming.....

New fall kits from Mill Hill
large buttons and bead kits $15.50
small pumpkin ornaments $8.50

Coming from Teresa Kogut in a couple of weeks
Feel free to pre order them  

Land That I love
Book: $16.00

Snarky Cat
chart: $10.00

Groovy Gary, Frightened Fred
Chart: $10.00

Since Travel is not going to be easy this summer, how about stitching your vacation.  Center top is Paris by Satsuma Street.   She has charts for many famous cities.  Open Road Abode (left) 
These are darling camper inspired stitching for Yellowstone and The Tetons.  She has many small  camper charts. Top Left:  Cape Cod Keeps by PlumStreet Samplers.
Center row from let to right, Travel Trifles by Shepherd's Bush, La Vita Bella by Shepherd's Bush, Alphabet by JBW designs.  Bottom is Summer Snapperland by Bent Creek

Women of the Mayflower Sampler
by With Thy Needle and Thread
(the ultimate travel piece)

This commemoration sampler will be perfect to stitch this fall.  It won't be available until late August, but it has to be ordered soon, so don't delay if you are wondering if you want to sign up.  
There are many different options. 
Pattern only
Pattern and fabric- Linen- 40 count, 36 count, 32 count,  28 count and 18 count aida,
or add threads too.  
If you want to be a part of this lovely journey,  please call us to pre-order.  We have only 1 opportunity to order this piece and the deadline is approaching.  

Thankful Sheep 
by Shepherd's Bush
Kit:  $20

And here its a small commemoration  piece that we did a few years ago.  Just in time for 2020.

Our Urban Garden

Teri's urban garden at the shop is growing like crazy.  This climatis has never bloomed so beautifully, and with the hot days of June, everything is taking hold.  I am worried about our Farmer's Market, so this little garden is going to have to shine!
The garden has had to kind of tumble up this year, Teri has not had the time to tend it as usual.  She planted broccoli.... 4 plants and they have taken over--well, the leaves anyway- when does the broccoli come????

For the last 2 years Teri has planted pumpkin seeds, with no success.  A dear friend told her to put out a pumpkin in the garden at the end of fall and leave it there all winter.  WOW  pumpkins galore.  

She picked her first Pea yesterday.  It was small but she said it was yummy.  She is going to have a bumper crop. 

I hope you can find your happy spot this week.  Maybe it is in your own burgeoning garden or by a little river, or in your favorite chair with a sampler in  hand.  These are the places our hearts lead us and it will be there that we can finally feel safe and well.  Those are my wishes for you.
fondly, Tina