Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Early Summer 2

Early Summer, 2013

Last week seemed to be church week for both Teri and me.  She was totally busy with a youth conference for teenagers, and I ended up helping with vacation bible school every night from 5:00 to 10:00--you know the drill:  singing, dancing, running, playing, hugging.  I seemed to leave for work on the run every morning with Lindbergh eyeing me like a traitor, and returning home just in time for bed.  So yesterday as I was finally checking out the garden, I was amazed to see that the roses had bloomed. Seriously--they were not there last week and this week they were in full, gorgeous blossoms.  Why is life so like that?  Things just seem to happen almost without our notice.  Seasons change...flowers bloom...birthdays return...and children grow up.  I have either got to get new glasses, or pay attention! 
And with the coming of Summer, we have finally finished a new group of great designs.  Teri and I have had a great time getting the stitched and ready, and I hope that you will enjoy them as well.  Any and all are just perfect for the lazy days of the season.  Treat yourself to a quiet evening in your Adirondack chair with my Bee Blessings or Teri's Hive and Home.  Or pack up one of our quick little kits and take them to the cabin or the beach.  But most of all, just enjoy a few stolen moments of stitching for yourself.  Who knows--while you aren't looking someone might take your dog for a walk.  

Bee Blessings
 kit:  $50.00
(design size:  8" x 8")

Our newest sampler is a beautiful tribute to the glorious season of summer.  It is worked on a vintage 32 count Belfast linen--Bee's Wax-- that was dyed just for this kit, and is stitched in softly hued silk threads.   Complete with little hand-dyed buttons and instruction booklet, this sampler is brimming with bees, sheep, flowers and summer joy.  And if you can even begin to resist Jill's mat and frame, then you are a stronger soul than I.

Earth's Delight

kit:  $20.00

This is such a happy pin cushion.  It matches “Bee Blessings,” and is stitched on  32 count linen, using overdyed threads, Teri's hand- dyed ribbon, and darling  buttons.  
(For those of you from another country--the flag is easily left off or stitched in any color for a banner.)

Busy World
kit:  $16.00

I love the name of this little kit--isn't that just synonymous with Summer?  This busy piece is stitched on 32 count Belfast linen with a variety of over dyed threads and fits perfectly in the little black box shown above.  Add a little sweet treat and you have a super gift for yourself of a friend.

Sweet Liberty
kit:  $12.00

Insert this fun design in this box (sold separately for $27.00) 
or make into a sweet little pincushion. This kit will stitch up in almost no time at all.

Hive and Home
leaflet:  $8.00

Ok--don't you just love this new leaflet of Teri's?  I think it is absolutely darling!  It includes the designs for the 3 little pieces shown, each of which would work up very quickly. The framed piece is worked on 32 count Belfast linen with overdyed cotton threads, and the pillows are worked on 10 count Tula with the same threads.  The darling mat set is available from Jill Rensel, and we have the sets of bee backing fabrics for completing the pillows.  There is also a wonderful packet of buttons available for the pillows.   

Song of the Seasons
Mystery sampler by Little House

Here is the newest mystery sampler by Little House.  As you can see from the picture, it seems to be sort of a garden theme, and we are excited to receive the first installment any day.  It will probably be between $75.00 - $80.00 plus $12.00 shipping and will include 3 patterns, Weeks hand-dyed fabric in your choice of 30 or 35 count, and a bundle of beautiful overdyed cotton threads.  Teri is tweaking the threads and changing the fabric color--and we will probably add a few darling buttons in the end.  And of course we include a little treat sometime during the project.  Just let us know if you would like to join in.  

Little Sheep Virtues

I just thought that we would show you how darling our Sheep Virtues project is coming along.  Faith is the newest installment in this 12-part series.  If you are interesting in joining in with us--it isn't too late. 

Beeswax Buttons

These new little balls of beeswax are so sweet.  They fit perfectly in your little sewing box and are always at the ready for keeping your threads under control..

Scissor fobs by Lady Dot 

I just love this new group of scissor fobs that we have received from Lady Dot.  Each one is a little different but equally clever hanging from your favorite pair of scissors.

Buzzy String
Leaflet by Lizzie Kate

Here is a new offering in the String series and obviously perfect for the Summer.  A beehive, a flag, and a watermelon,  what could be better than that.  We did add a few buttons...  

A few months ago we came out with the BeAttitude Sampler.  Our friends at Tomorrow Heirlooms- a fabulous shop in Glen Ellyn IL, just sent me a photo of it stitched on a new honeycomb fabric.  It is so darling.  Thanks for sharing.  

So begin this summer by being inspired.  Soak up the heat and save it in your soul for next winter.  Walk barefoot through the grass, and perhaps take a clandestine dash through the sprinklers.  Eat a popsicle and spend some time with your needle and thread.  
hugs, Tina

PS  For the past few months we have been franticly working on a new web site,  we are so excited it is almost ready to launch,  be watching for it sometime in the next couple of weeks.  Teri keeps insisting she needs to add more stuff,  I thinks it is looking just great.  The web address will remain the same, we will let you know when it is ready.