Wednesday, December 21, 2011

We wish you a very Happy Holiday

New Year’s Eve Party & Sale

Saturday December 31st.

11:00 AM- 3:00 PM

Come ring out 2011 and

welcome in 2012 with us....

yummy treats!

2012 engraved scissors and 2012 fob!

& a SALE in the front hall!!!!


Sunday, November 27, 2011

christmas party

Happy Advent from Shepherd's Bush!

Here we are all decked out for the festive season. Our tree is pretty great I have to say, and when you come in the shop, it just smells wonderful.

Well, I promised to post our new things so here we go. You will see that we have been busy, and I hope you like what we have come up with. We had a blast doing them, so I hope you will have fun as well. Happy perusing....

Christmas Wishes
This darling kit is worked on 28 count Desert Sand linen with DMC and WDW over dyed floss. It is quick to stitch and is finished with little holly berry buttons. And...each kit comes packaged in a truly adorable little canvas stocking ornament complete with jingle bells. (Don't you just love Jill's fabulous mat?)

Hear Bells
This is our newest little box kit. It is stitched on 32 count dusty blue linen and is worked with a variety of silk and cotton over dyed threads. It is very easy to finish in the little box and would certainly make a great gift for anyone.

Good Cheer Pin Cushion
This sweet pin cushion is worked on 32 count vintage dyed linen. The kit includes lovely silk threads as well as WDW over dyed floss, a beautiful hand dyed silk ribbon and ruby beads. It was such a fun piece to stitch, that I would sort of like to do it again.

Christmas Joys
Teri's newest 9-pane pillow is super sweet. It depicts the iconic picture of Christmas Eve with a cozy mantel and cheerful stockings hanging in readiness. It uses a variety of over dyed cotton floss and features a wonderful stocking button hand crafted by Cecile from the Button Company. I promise that you will love it.

Stocking Button

Merry Wishes
This newest 10 count kit celebrates not only the merry season, but also the long-awaited return of sand Tula. Yippee!!! Each kit comes with beautiful 10- count Tula fabric, DMC and over dyed threads, and a cheerful heart and star button. A perfect fast project.

Behold Sheep
Our newest sheep with hats kit shows a sweet sheep looking down on the tiny city of Bethlehem. This kit includes 32 count Willow Green linen, silk threads, and a very fun halo button made by our friend Diane. I hope you love it.

Here are a group of new pillows from Prairie Schooler. The one in the back is the 2011 Santa (closeup shown below.) Teri has had it stitched on 7 count Klostern using #3 WDW Perle Cotton and added an amazing assortment of buttons. It is fabulous!
The 3 pillows in the front are from Christmas Favorites, and the pillow stitched in black is from Santa's Night. We have tweaked the colors to make them all go together, and we have sets of the backing fabrics tied up with ribbons so that yours can look just like ours.

2011 Santa

One last thing is this splendid assortment of Christmas scissors. We have loved the larger scissors for the past few years and were totally delighted to see the little ones added for this year. They are all great cutters and the little ones will be perfect to add to your Christmas project or to tuck into stockings or gifts.
Big scissors--$5.00
Little scissors--$3.00
Happy shopping and give us a call if you want us to wrap up a care package for you. fondly, Tina

PS. The casserole was NOT burned, it was very delicious....Tina was exaggerating- Happy cooking- Teri

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

November 2011

Almost Thanksgiving, 2011

Dear Friends,

I know, I have been sort of gapped out even though I promised to keep up better with my correspondence. Teri is almost hysterical that I haven't written to you yet, because she has taken lots of pictures and has a hundred things to tell you about. Most of all I am reminding you about our Christmas Open House coming up quickly on Saturday, November 26th. We will be open from 11:00-4:00 and we have a million fun and festive things planned for you. First of all, we have been super busy designing new things. Mostly, I think I don't have a life, so all I have done for this past month is stitch. So just be prepared for a bunch of darling new little kits and a sweet new booklet which will be ready for that day. I am quite excited. Plus...Teri has been decorating the shop like a mad woman, and it looks quite stellar. All we have left is the tree, and that means a hunt and search on Friday hoping for a tree stand to be open. We have all kinds of treasures planned for that day and of course lots of yummy and delicious treats. So please come join us on Saturday and share a cup of creamy egg nog, and greet the Christmas season.

It has been a busy Fall here at Shepherd's Bush. Certainly a highlight was our trip to the R & R Retreat in Virginia Beach the end of October. We had such a great time and loved spending time with dear friends and meeting new ones. And really how can you have enough of walking on the beach?

Here we are out for a stroll before the weather turned on us. Jeannette Douglas and Theresa of Shakespeare's Peddler, Teri and I walked all along the beach. What fun we had. It just went by too quickly.

Here's baby Oliver. Kari, who works here at the shop with us, had her baby in October, and he is such a darling. Here he is on his first visit to the shop and he found us so exhaustibly boring that he had to fall asleep. We are missing Kari and looking forward to her returning to us for a while on Saturdays.

OK here is a preview of some of our fun new things we have up at the shop. I am writing on Teri's computer while she is cooking for Thanksgiving. But mostly I am listening to her burning things, and when I try to help, she reminds me that I am writing the blog. (Honestly, there is some serious burning going on right now that has to do with a mushroom/artichoke casserole )

Isn't this new picture from Lizzie Kate just darling? I love the colors that Teri chose for it, and I love the frame that Jill put on it. Thanks to Mindi for stitching it so quickly so we could have it ready for the party on Saturday.

I think that this piece by Mosey 'n Me is quite fantastic. It is stitched on beautiful hand-dyed linen with rich and festive over dyed floss, so if you are looking for something unique to do for this advent season, perhaps this is the one.

OK, there is something definitely burned. She says it is the roux, but she is sure she can fix it with chicken stock. hmmm...

Nancy stitched this piece--Christmas Welcome-- last month, and we thought it was going to be quite small, but not so much. However, it is very pretty and really so festive for the season. And don't you just love that frame?

Now there seems to be burning and lumping going on and she has turned to lemons. Should I be worried?

Santa's Night (I am not certain of the name and I really can't ask her as she is waging a kitchen war at the moment) by Prairie Schooler turned out fantastic. It goes perfectly with our 2011 Santa pillow and is quite beautiful done on black Tula. This would definitely be easy to have finished for the holiday, and so much fun to work on during the coming month.

Here is the pin cushion that is part of the new La D Da mystery sampler. Everyone who is working on it has been thrilled. Nancy--who is rivaling me in stitching productivity this month--has already finished the first part and really it is wonderful. I think Teri is posting a picture of it, so watch for it to magically appear. We have it hanging behind the counter and it is very special.

Can't wait for her to keep going with the next installment when it arrives. It will be very fun to see how the design progresses.

Well, I guess I will go ahead and send this now. Watch for another letter on the weekend and I will put up all of our new Christmas designs. In the meantime have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving. This seems to be a bit of a forgotten holiday, but I think it is sort of the quiet before the storm of December. So sit back and enjoy a moment between the cooking and the shopping, and may be take a stitch or two. Hope to see you on Saturday. fondly, Tina

ps--The casserole seems to have turned out a triumph--her best one ever. That is the thing about Teri, even burned food can't get her down. Happy Turkey Day!

Teri's Mushroom Artichoke Casserole

3 cups fresh button mushrooms--sliced

1/2 cup green onions--sliced ( use both bottoms and tops)

4 T butter

2 T flour

1/4 cup milk

3/4 cup chicken stock

juice of 1/2 lemon

1 ten ounce package of frozen artichoke hearts--cooked, drained, and coarsely chopped

( You can use a jar of marinated hearts if you drain and rinse them.)

3/4 cup soft bread crumbs ( 1-2 slices of fresh bread crumbs browned in a few tablespoons of butter.)


Cook mushrooms and onions in 4 T butter. Remove vegetables, add to artichoke hearts and set aside. In the pan drippings, blend flour, 1/8 t salt, and a dash of pepper. Add chicken stock, milk, lemon juice and a dash of nutmeg. Cook and stir until bubbly. Add all vegetables and place in a buttered casserole and top with prepared bread crumbs. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes--cover if the crumbs get too brown. Enjoy.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Happy Autumn

Dear Friends,

Can you even believe that we are on the brink of October? Where has the year gone? Teri went to the Corn Man to buy corn on the cob for dinner and came back with this great pumpkin/squash. Bob said it was the most hideous thing he had ever seen and she should give it away. We have been laughing about it ever since. I think it is quite lovely, and Teri just keeps dragging it around and trying it in different places. I can't wait for her to go shopping again. I have an old rock wall that is now filled with various, mismatched flower pots that I dearly love all summer, but I think it would be fun to add odd pumpkins to them. Hmmm...I'll let you know how that idea turns out. I am so excited for this letter because we have great new things that we have been working on . Yay!!! So just read on and see what we have to offer for early autumn stitching. I keep getting asked by our customers here why we never include recipes anymore. Finally, I just decided it is because I don't cook anymore. Chris doesn't ask me what's for dinner every day, so I just don't seem to have the need to fix anything. Earlier this week I did barbecued chicken with Teri's fresh corn on the cob and my grandma's fried RED tomatoes, and Bob was just so happy. OK I guess I need to cook once in a while. Then perhaps I can put a recipe back on the blog. In the meantime, I will probably just stitch. Wishing the same for you.

Thomas's Stocking
Leaflet--$8.00 Charm Pack--$20.00

Our newest stocking is here!!! This is such a long process for us--well Lynnette and me--that it is almost like having a new baby when all is said and done. We are pretty excited about it and I am quite thrilled with how it turned out. I love the colours and hope that you will too. I have chosen a wonderful and warm mixture of DMC #5 Perle cotton as well as Weeks and Crescent #5 Perle overdyed thread. I know that the overdyed threads are considerably more expensive, but if you haven't tried them before, you just have to try them, because they are so very wonderful. Sharon dyed a colour--Smoke--just for this stocking and I love it so much. It is funny, but I stitch all of my own designs except Lynnette always stitches my stocking for me. And I am so grateful to her for this. Enjoy!!

This is a detail of the fence at the bottom of the stocking. Pat and Ann hand-dyed some of their new baby chenille for us and we strung it across the fence like a garland. The chenille comes in the charm pack, but if you need more help in sewing it on, we will have more detailed instructions on our web site under frequently asked question.

Santa's Flight

Leaflet--$8.00 Silver charms--$36.00

This new leaflet contains the last 3 ornaments which we did for the cross stitch magazine. I love the way Jill has framed them all together. The mats and frame are amazing! We wanted each of the 3 designs done on different hand-dyed fabrics, but you could certainly do them on all the same if you choose.

Creepy Pin Cushion


Here is our newest pin cushion just in time for October stitching. I loved working on this and had a great time choosing just the right fabric and threads. It is worked on 32 count Willow Green linen with a mixture of silk and cotton threads. The kit comes with everything to complete except the backing fabric, and the hand-dyed silk ribbon which goes around it is fabulous for Halloween. The entire design is bordered with a little verse.

Get Scared

This newest addition for our box series is just in time for Halloween. This is also stitched on 32 count Willow Green linen and worked with a combination of DMC and WDW overdyed threads. It fits perfectly in one of the fun black trinket boxes which sell for $18.50. Honestly, I think you could do this in 2 evenings, so you won't have a problem getting it ready in time.

La-D-Da Mystery Sampler
available October 15--part 1

This is all that they will show us of the new mystery sampler by La-D-Da. The patterns will be released in 3 parts--Oct, Nov, Dec. They say it is an antique sampler with a La-D-Da twist, so that sounds both intriguing and interesting. The little pin cushion you see above is a bonus pattern--Oh, yay. We will be offering it also as a complete kit with a price of about $75.00 which will include all 3 patterns, fabric, and threads. You will have a choice of 30, 35, and 40 count fabric. The price may vary a little because the thread numbers seem to keep changing. If you would like to be on an automatic shipment from us, we will add $9.00 for postage. As always Teri will be arranging a little surprise in the first package. What fun!!!
Well, I have a lot of kits to make, so I have to go and get busy. I think I will be taking them home tonight. If we can help you with any of these new things, please just give us a call: 801-399-4546

Kari had her little baby boy this very morning, so next week we will include a photo. Plus...I promise to put in one of Teri's most famous new recipes. She has taken these cookies everywhere and everyone loves them! So be watching for it. In the meantime...ever fondly, Tina

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Autumn Equinox--2011
Hi friends,
Is there really a season more glorious than Autumn? I don't think so. In Utah our weather is perfect with plenty of warm sunshine cooling off with the sunset to shivery chilly. The leaves are just barely edging towards their new hues, and my fall flowers seem to have exploded in exuberance and color. Our rose garden is now bursting with a last showing of blooms mixed with the crazy tomatoes hurrying to finish ripening before the first frost, and we can't seem to get enough of the last of summer's bounty--cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, peaches, and berries. And of course Lindberg just waits for his evening walk past the grade school where the smells from the day beckon him to euphoria. quickly we will be on to squash and pumpkins, fall leaves and jack-o-lanterns. But as much as I love the fall, a part of me hates it. There is always that edge to the air portending a winter that lurks around our corner. Teri and I used to tease my boys by humming It's the most wonderful time of the year as they prepared to go back to school. But this year they are both off to college taking with them a part of my heart. I know, I have told myself a million times that it is silly, this is the way life is meant to be, but there is still an emptiness in my soul as I move through this season this year. Bob doesn't seem to feel it the same way, or he doesn't show it-- so what's up with that. And then everyone says: oh well, you still have Teri. Like she is my little pet or something. Ok, then.
Luckily, the shop has been very, very busy and I simply don't seem to be able to get everything done in my day. We have also been working hard getting the new stocking off to the printer along with a fun Christmas book--Santa's Flight. They should both be ready the first part of next week. And I am finishing up 2 darling Halloween kits--one for the round boxes and a fun pin cushion. So....if I stick to it, I should have them ready next week as well. As a result, I have been stitching and graphing every minute and Teri has been loading up pictures for the blog which I have sadly neglected this past month. She has been gently reminding me that I need to get it written, so I finally suggested that she write it this time and let me finish my kits. So she did. Yay!!! So this time, you are getting a little of each of us, and in the end it truly is the most wonderful time of the year for stitching--Halloween, fall, and Christmas. How could anyone be bored. So continue on and see what surprises she has posted, and while you are doing that, maybe I'll take Teri out for a walk.

Spoiler Alert..... Here is a tiny bit of our newest stocking Thomas's Stocking. It is at the printers, Yippee!! We should have it in our hands by next week. Hopefully by Tuesday...our Birthday party. So if you are in the area, come by between 4-6 and we will have ice cream and cake. We will have our newest leaflets and hopefully some new Halloween designs.

I have been decorating the shop for Halloween. Our spooky tree has returned, and we have been filling it with fun spooky decorations. Paper jack'o Lanterns and moons hang from the ceiling and garlands festoon our windows. I love Halloween.

Here is a great piece from With my Needle and Thread, called Seasons- Autumn. We stitched it on a great piece of fabric 35 count and added buttons. It is the perfect fall stitching.

Almost Autumn is a darling new design from Drawn Thread. We have stitched it on 32 count linen and added buttons. It is a great Halloween piece.

Mindi Bruner was so sweet to stitch us this marvelous box from Blackbird's pattern, Morning Star. She painted the box and decorated the tiny boxes with color copies from the sampler. We just love it. Thanks Mindi

Our own Kari is so close to popping- sometime this week. She has worked for us since she was 14

and we have seen her grow up, get married and now have a baby. We are so excited for her and wish her the best. she has been a trouper and we will be sad to see her go. We had a fun work baby shower for her tonight, and here are a few of her gifts.

Can you believe this darling sheep blanket.

Mindi stitched and Jill framed this great pattern from Prairie Schooler (sorry no longer available). What a great keepsake for baby Oliver (that is the name we are hoping for).

All of us at the shop stitched Kari, Blackbird's baby sampler, we are still waiting to stitch the name and date....because some parents just won't decide.

A neighborhood coffee shop Cafe Villa Bella whipped up these delicious cupcakes for the party. He even made chocolate baby bottles and pacifiers to adorn the top. And if you think you have the best cupcakes on earth, sorry--we do. But you have to get there early or they are gone. He would kill Cupcake Wars.

I guess I will send this now and post more next week. We will put pictures of our new things up as soon as possible, so keep watching. Have a wonderful week end. fondly, Tina--and Teri

Monday, August 1, 2011

Bear Lake summer 2011

This past week was our annual summer week at Bear Lake, a lovely desert lake on the Utah/Idaho border. My parents bought lake front property the year I turned 5 and we have spent so so so many happy weeks there since that time. As I was growing up, we always camped on our land. But the same year that my Peter was born, we finally built a wonderful cabin. For children of all ages it is always the highlight of the summer. It is still the best part of the summer for me, but I seem to face my week with a modicum of stress. I get to that point and think that I have too much to do, or I can't leave work, or the kids have too much to rearrange...maybe we can't go this year. And yet....we always do set off with our cars packed for a 3 month stay, and my dog happily panting in the back once he realizes that we are heading to the lake and not the kennel. Of course Teri has to bring her own car because it is filled to the brim with hundreds of projects which she fully intends to finish during our stay there. (And mostly she does.) And once I am there, I can mysteriously forget about work, and markets, and upcoming stockings, and every other schedule on my calendar at home. It is a place of absolute and utter peace in which my soul simply soaks up the calm and joy. Unlike Teri, I accomplish nothing except a bit of reading and a lot of staring at the water. This year, the snow blessed us with a much higher lake along with little snakes, frogs, and a beautiful flock of Canadian geese. My biggest effort this time was helping Christian wrangle the little sailboat. Teri did that--as well as 50 other projects.

But now I am back and very excited to finally be ready to show all of our new things for the summer. We have been working hard, and I hope that you like our new designs as well. Teri and I are not going to be able to go to the market in Baltimore next week. We had totally scheduled our Fall around the St. Charles market, and just couldn't rearrange August to work around Baltimore. I am very sad not to be going and seeing all of our friends and our darling shop owners. And mid-August is back to school time in much of Utah, so that's what I will be doing with Christian. Ohhhhh......So in the end, we are doing market from here this year and will look forward to going to Nashville in February.

...Now just pretend that you are at the market and have just entered our little room, and this is what you would be able to see--minus us, of course. (Maybe you could put on the music from Pride and Prejudice to make it really seem like you are there.) OK, are you ready...

Her Blessings

kit-- $80.00

Her Blessings is a wonderful larger piece that we are very excited about. The design measures about 8" by 14" and is worked on a beautiful peace of hand-dyed 32 count linen. I like to think that it is a sampler within a sampler, so it was like doing two pieces in one. I had so much fun working on it, and loved the calm, quiet feeling that it gave me the entire time. It is worked entirely with silk and overdyed silk threads and includes a little packet of buttons to embellish when you are finished.

Simple Joys Pin cushion


This sweet little pin cushion was designed to go with Her Blessings. It is worked on 32 count linen with a lovely palette of cotton, silk, solid and overdyed threads. It is embellished with a specially hand-dyed purple heart button as well as an antique smoke mother of pearl button. As you can see, it has a few odd little stitches on it which are so much fun to do, and it is finished with the most beautiful hand-dyed ric rac which Pat and Ann have created for us and variegated glass beads which perfectly compliment the little cushion.

Bee Extraordinary


This darling 10-count kit is the perfect project for a lazy summer day. We use these kits for all ages here in our shop, and there is just something fun about working on a project that is easy to see and complete. Teri worked this on 10 count sparkly white fabric with the most beautiful overdyed shades of hibiscus, melon, and purple. When you are finished, you can add the little clay bee button to finish off the whole picture.

Tiny Garden Needle Roll

kit--$16.00 not faint! It is indeed a new needle roll, and it is just darling. Teri has designed this to go with the Tiny Garden Fob, and we all think that this is probably one of her best. You will just love it. It is stitched on 32 count Smokey White linen with gorgeous hues of overdyed floss. The whole piece is embellished with a hand-tinted flower button, tiny glass beads, curly overdyed ribbon, and hand-dyed light purple ric rac. It is truly just so beautiful.

Live Life
kit: $16.00

Here is a new addition to our little box series, and I think it might be my favorite. It is summery and sweet with such beautiful colours of silks, and solid and overdyed cottons. We put ours on the antique black box, but it would probably be equally darling on the white one as well.

Sweet Stitches Scissor Fob

kit: $16.00

We have been having so much fun in our shop with the new polka dot scissors, that I just had to design a fob to go along with them. It is stitched front and back on Antique White 32 count linen with a variety of solid and overdyed cotton threads which I have spent hours trying to match to the 3 colours of scissors--candy pink, citrus green, and sea blue. When you are finished, you can embellish with a tiny mother of pearl heart and edge with sea blue ribbon and white polka dot beads. Your hardest task will be to choose which pair of scissors you want.

Well, are you inspired? I hope you are. I think that everything will be ready to ship by the end of the week, so just give us a call. Try to be a little cool, a lot joyful, and full of stitching hours.

ever fondly, Tina

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Late July, 2011

Dear Friends

July usually means that summer has finally arrived here in Utah, and along with our long hot days and short cool nights, it also means that it is Rodeo time. As the month creeps to its middle, Ogden embraces its yearly Pioneer Days festivities. Oh, yay! As predictably as the calendar flips from June to July, the hand-painted horses begin to trot and rear their way down our city streets where they will pose tirelessly until someone corrals them up and hauls them away in September. Teri and I spent our childhood summers at unending rodeos, and indeed learned to ride our little Shetland ponies about the same time we learned to walk. We spent our long summer vacations riding with our older brothers up in the mountains behind our house, and oddly enough, I spent a number of my very young years in Junior Posse trying to wrangle my stubborn pony into the elaborate formations that the other children seemed to maneuver with ease. I actually still have several trophies which I mysteriously received, although I suspect my dad must have paid someone for them, as I can hardly imagine I truly won them. Diamond and I did much better racing after my brothers than circling barrels or forming elaborate stars. So each year about this time, I experience a brief nostalgic longing for those days from my past, and I get the urge to go to the rodeo. Bob and the boys are sometimes amenable, but Teri is always a flat-out NO. A couple of years ago, I pestered her into coming with us to watch the calves tied, the bulls bucked and the queens crowned, and on the way home she said that she would rather burn her hair than ever go again. I guess that really does mean NO.

I will say that the Horse-days of summer have been busy and fun at the shop--where it is deliciously lovely and cool. We have lots of wonderful new things some of which I am going to tell you about in this letter, and many new things coming which I will tell you about next week. We are just finishing a great group of new designs from Shepherd's Bush which we were hoping to have ready earlier in the month. But you know how that goes. Next week they will all be ready and I will have beautiful pictures on my blog. I can't wait. watching.

We do have fabulous new things here at the shop, so I will try to show you a taste of some of them in case you are too far to drop by. Jacqueline from Needleprints has just published an awesome new book: The Feller Needlework Collection. Honestly, this is truly a wonderful book. She puts together such a beautiful volume that it is hard to put it down. The photos are fantastic as is the information written within the pages. I know it is a tad on the expensive side at $85.00, but truly it is a great book. Plus the hidden prize is the huge reproduction sampler that you get on the inside cover of the book: a beautiful 17th century sampler. I have pored over it and would love to stitch it. I just invite you to come take a look. But plan to spend the day.

Here is a photo of the large sampler whose graph is included.

Here is just one of a hundred amazing pages to peruse. How can you resist?


Teri has been having a blast getting out the beginnings of our Halloween display. I sort of think that this is becoming everyone's favorite stitching holiday. I know each season has its joys, but Halloween just gets to come so early that it makes it especially fun. Plus the darling patterns, crazy fabrics and intriguing colours. Who can really resist. Here is the first table that Teri has filled with darling pieces for that wicked holiday.

There are so many amazing pieces that I am just going to highlight a few and then add to this each week--some old and some new as we get them.

Halloween Branch by Bent Creek is finally finished and framed and it is quite adorable. It is busy and fun and looks like it would be very fun to stitch. It is one of those with multiple parts, or we also have it kitted up with wonderful threads and fabric so that it is all ready to begin.

Hare's Autumn by Plum Street is a continuation of her sweet Hare's series. This one is irresistible with the little Hare family out raking autumn leaves. I love the frame that Jill put on it.

And of course another fab Halloween piece from Lizzie Kate: Halloween Letters. (ok, I hope that is its name. I think it should be, but I am usually confused.) This whimsical alphabet includes great colours, spooky words and darling embellishments. I think it would work up quite quickly and be a lot of fun to do.

These new little pieces from Jeannette Douglas are simply adorable. They are small but exquisite and would be wonderful made into little pin cushions if you prefer. I also think that we just received the next 2 or 3 in the series from her earlier this week. If you want a quick summer project, give them a try.

And finally, a wonderful series of new books from Leisure Arts. Lori from La-D-Da designs, has designed 2 books for them which are quite delightful. Each one has 25-33 pages and is filled with her darling designs. What a great deal. Plus the covers are gentle and sweet and just make you feel happy. I know, but I am a book cover kind of person. Words to Stitch By has many of her darling sayings--some old and some new, or maybe some I just hadn't noticed before. You will love them all. And All Creatures has six animal oriented pieces: cats, dogs, Noah's ark, the elephant and the tiger and a forest creatures design. Each book runs $10.00 which is quite a bargain even if it is just to add to your collection.

And now the weekend is waning and this letter is still not posted. So her it goes off into space to you. Watch for a new letter in about a week with all of our new things on it. Have a great end of July with plenty of time to stitch and a breath of cool air--whether from your air conditioner or from the trees outside your window. Be safe and remember that we will be closed on the 25th for our Utah's founding day. You know--parades, and fireworks, and barbecues. See you on Tuesday. fondly, Tina