Thursday, September 10, 2015

Harvest Market Hop

September, 2015

Harvest Market Hop

Hi Friends, 
Today is the beginning of our little pop up market.  Teri is very busy ordering great new things for the shop and I thought I would show you what we have new for Fall.  Take a few minutes and look through our new things.  I hope you will be inspired.  As soon as possible we will add other new things to this blog to show you some of the wonderful things that will be arriving next week.  If there is something you would like, give us a call and we will be sure to save one for you.  
Ready, set, go...happy hopping!

Over the River
kit:  $36.00

This kit just makes me think of late Autumn and Thanksgiving.  It is worked on 30 count hand-dyed R & R linen with overdyed threads, and a sweet pack of buttons.

Harvest Home Scissor Fob
kit:  $16.00

This kit includes 32 count linen, overdyed threads, buttons, beads and ric rac for the edging.  
It is a great companion to Over the River

Grateful Heart Stitching Bag
kit:  $24.00

This little stitching bag comes already made and includes the threads and buttons to complete.  Perfect for storing and carrying scissors, threads, and needles for any autumn project.  

Autumn Trifles
booklet:  $8.00
complete kit:  $70.00

Teri's newest Trifles offering.  Yay!  This little kit includes everything you will need to complete these 3 sweet pin cushions--except the stuffing.  You will find three different linens, overdyed cotton threads, darling backing fabrics, beads, buttons, and hand dyed ribbons--last weekend's project.  

Midnight Garden
stitching kit:  $24.00

This little kit is made to fit into the little black weathered stitching tray.  It is worked on 32 count linen with overdyed threads and buttons.  A fun Halloween tray for tricky stitching supplies...or yummy treats.  Maybe even both.

Black Raven Tray

This darling raven box comes with a piece of foam core for quick and easy finishing.

Pumpkin Box Kit
kit:  $12.00
box:  $30.00

A fabulous addition to Teri's little box series.  The kit comes with spooky purple linen, overdyed threads and buttons.  It is darling in Jill's spooktacular frame or nestled in a weathered black box.  

Joy to Ewe
 complete kit:  $30.00
button with pattern:  $8.00

Here is our newest pattern with a sweet button.  The kit includes everything to compete the pin cushion including 18 count natural linen, ribbon, beads, backing fabric and fuzzy wool thread.  How fun for the holidays.

Teri's hand dyed fabulous ribbon
4 yard pack:  $5.00

Teri has spent the summer dyeing these luscious ribbons in the back yard of the shop.  I love it when she pins them up on the clothes line to dry and they drift here and there in their scrumptious colors.
The ribbons vary by the piece, but here are a few names that we call them:
Falling Leaves, Mermaid tears, Dried Roses, Melted Lime Ricky, Winter Sky, Spooky Night, Blushing Plum, Deep Dill Pickles...

Have a fun day and check back later and we will add to this blog as we have new things from other designers to show you.  How fun!  See you later.  T 

Thursday evening
Harvest Hop reflections

Today dawned bright and beautiful here in Utah, and believe it or not, Teri was up to greet that first light which crept over the mountain.  Partly, I think she was super excited about the Market, and partly the neighbor's dog started barking like maniacs at 6:00 and kept it up until almost 8.  For whatever reason, she was busy working on our own website link and making sure that everything would go smoothly.  Awesome job, Teri!!  ( except for the Santa Hat button which seems to be selling for $800.00. )  Those dogs just ought to bark every morning.  Oh, yeah, they probably will. Then, she just waited with fingers poised over her keyboard until 9:00--our time--so that she could go shopping herself.  She had the best time scrolling through the Hop website and looking up links.  I know that she thought everyone had great things posted and we can't wait to get things into the shop.  That being said, she has posted a lot of fun new things below.  Just have as much fun as we have had looking at these great designs.  Some of the things we have just received and the rest will start arriving sometime next week.  If you see something you would like us to save for you, just let us know. it is your turn.  Happy Hopping!!!

Bounty Sampler By Plum Street Samplers
Chart $ 12.00

Blessings Abound  By Plum Street Samplers
Chart $ 10.00

Labor for Learning By Plum Street Samplers
Chart $ 10.00

Merry One By Plum Street Samplers
Kit $20.00

Fabrics are available form us as well.  

The Haunting by Drawn Thread
Leaflet:  $10,00
in stock

Tangled up in Boo by Drawn Thread
leaflet:  $9.00
in stock

Simply Autumn by Drawn Thread
Leaflet:  $8.00
in stock

Pumpkin Pin Cushion by Jeannette Douglas
Coming soon

Over the River by Jeannette Douglas
leaflet and embellishment pack
Coming soon

Bargello Pin Cushion by Jeannette Douglas
Coming soon

Halloween Kit by Lizzie Kate
Coming soon

November Chalk by Hands On
leaflet $5.00
Coming soon

December Chalk by Hands On
leaflet $5.00
Coming soon

Acorn House by From the Heart
coming soon

Christmas Quaker by From the Heart
Coming soon

Mini Love Quaker by From the Heart
 coming soon

Bumble Bouquet 
by Just Another Button Company and Hands On
Chart $5.00
in stock

Peppermint Frost Slider - Bunny by Just Another Button Company
coming soon

Ho Ho Ho Spoken Here  
by Art to Heart (Just Another Button Company)
Chart with buttons    
Coming Soon

by Art to Heart (Just Another Button Company)
Chart with buttons    
Coming Soon

Jingle Lolly 
by Just Another Button Company
Coming soon

Noel  Just Pins 
by Just Another Button Company
Coming soon
New Christmas Just Pins 
by Just Another Button Company
Coming soon
New Halloween Thread Keeps 
Large: $12.00
available now

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by Ink Circles
chart $10.00
Coming soon

Ghostly Mandala by Ink Circles
chart :$10.00
Coming soon

Red Merry Christmas by Keslyns
chart $ 14.00

Wooden Ornament kits by Keslyns
$11.00 pattern and wooden ornament 

New Weeks Dye Works Threads
$2.50 each

New colors that are bright and cheery-Sockeye, Islamorada, Persimmon, Wasabi

Queen Thread keeps by Kelmscott Designs
$10.00 each

These are so great.  we rarely have all of them they sell so quickly, so I thought I would snap a photo while they are all together.   Made od  wood, from right to left- Black queen (new) gold queen, red queen, white queen.  

Black wooden Thread keeps by Kelmscott

New waxers by Lady Dot

Pere Noel $10.00

Big Acorn $6.30

Big Pumpkin $5.50

Small Pumpkin $4.50

Bag of Buttons $4.00

Victoria's Crown $5.50 and Fractur Heart $5.00

Check again tomorrow night. More to come.  Yay!!!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Early September

End of Summer, 2015

Today's harvest...

  Dear Friends,
Our garden is loving this hot weather.  The tomatoes are finally ripening, and the cucumbers are quickly growing in secret--hidden within the overgrown vines.  One day, if I really search, I see tiny, baby ones hanging off their stems and the next day, they have grown 6".  The cherry and pear tomatoes have been spectacular and have provided lunch for much of the summer, and this week our bigger tomatoes are rapidly ripening.  The beautiful and mysterious purple cherry tomatoes are slowly becoming darker--yet no riper.  Teri thinks that they will eventually turn orange, but I am not so sure about that.  I just hope, that for all their exotic beauty, they will eventually acquire a luscious flavor.  The beans are still prolific, and Bob has taken to steaming them and making a wonderful salad with impossibly thin slices of sweet onion and a French vinaigrette.  Now I wait impatiently for a new crop to grow.  The basil plants are as tall as I am, and the peppers are small but tender and delicious.  The zucchini and winter squashes have been the most beautiful plants in the garden, and yet have failed to produce a single vegetable.  Oh sorry, we did get 1 zucchini.  Really???  Most people grow hundreds of zucchini, and we can accomplish only 1 very small one. But on the other hand, maybe that was just right for us.  And the baseball...not so tasty. 
This is certainly an extraordinary time of year.  There is just nothing like that quiet transition from summer to autumn, warm to cool, light to dark.  And how I love it.  But the first of September always brings me the slightest feeling of panic.  School is starting, and where did the summer go?  Why does the time have to go by so quickly?  This year, Peter taught summer school and didn't make it home at all, and Christian was only really home for about 2 two weeks.  How do we cram a summer into such a short time?  Movies, favorite restaurants, special dinners, walks with Lindbergh, sitting outside late at the dinner table talking and swatting mosquitoes, homemade ice cream, washing bedding to go back to university, jumping car batteries and driving up to the mountain to rescue the car and child when the battery dies again.
August was such a busy month at the shop.  Teri, Nancy, and Reeta were busy turning the shop around--putting patriotic pictures at the back and bringing out Halloween.  The days are busy with lots of customers, chatting, and gathering projects.  In the back of the shop, Sue and Lynnette and I have been having a great time  getting the Fold assembled, packed and shipped.  And now we are working flat out getting things ready for the Harvest Market Hop which will be here next week.  We have such lovely things to present for the market, that Teri and I can hardly wait.  Be sure to watch our blog Thursday morning.      

Shepherd's Fold:  Part 6

We were so focussed getting this little kit ready to go that we sent it off without even a letter to explain.  So sorry about that.  This little kit completes the Shepherd's Fold series.  I hope that some of you are busily working on it even as I write.  It will work up very quickly and was a lot of fun to finish.  I have to say that I am a bit sad to see it come to a close.  It has been like my little child for almost 2 years and now I have just sent it off into the world.  Ah....But I think I shall appease my soul and add a few things to it every now and then, so get stitching and don't be surprised if you see something fun and new down the road.  I have a few ideas turning around in my mind.    

 Harvest Market Hop

Our pop-up needlework market--Harvest Market Hop--is going to be here next Thursday, Sept 10th. Shops all over the world will be able to go online and see new fall designs and treasures from over 30 vendors.  We have spent the summer with some of our friends--Cecile from Just Another Button Company, Diane from Puffin and Company, and Paula from Kelmscott Designs-- bringing this idea to fruition, and I think it is going to be a fun time for everyone.  We will post our new things on our blog  at 11:00 am EST and then we will update the blog that evening with some of the things that Teri has ordered throughout the day.  This will continue all through the weekend, so get ready to have a blast browsing.  If you see anything out there that you would like us to order for you, just give us a call.  How fun!  Can't wait! 

Market week at Shepherd's Bush
Our Market Week celebration will begin with our Birthday Party on Wednesday, September 23 Noon to 5 and continue all week through Saturday.  We will have all the new market things out and ready for you to see as well as cupcakes to enjoy.  On Wednesday, we will have homemade ice cream as well.  So plan to come throughout that week and enjoy the Harvest Market Hop with us.
In the meantime, you can have a great time looking at everyone's sneak peeks on Facebook by going to the link below and just scrolling through.  Our customers and friends have had a great time seeing what is coming.  

Market Sneak Peeks from Shepherd's Bush
Joy to Ewe
Complete Kit:  $30.00
Chart:  Free with Purchase of Button $8.00

We love to do these fun designs on 18 count linen.  We will show the whole piece on Thursday morning, just watch the blog or our Web Site to see all of our fun new things for Fall.

Harvest Home Fob

Other Sneak Peeks from the Harvest Hop
just to whet your appetite... 

Plumstreet Samplers presents 
4 new designs...


N. O. Bodies Home
by Fern Ridge

A sewing case with surprises inside

Harvest Block Sampler 
by Nikyscreations

This looks so fantastic...can't wait

New Fall Themed Sampler and pin cushion 
By Jeannette Douglas


Limited Edition Thread packs
by the Thread Gatherer

The Threadgatherer will have not one, but four limited edition thread packs. Two are Halloween Themed and include a free Bat Bees Waxer. A beautiful new color in Silk 'n Colors with matching ribbon in 4mm and 7mm also. This sounds so delicious.  

Back to the shop

Center  Halloween Display

Teri can't wait to rearrange the shop so almost all our Halloween pictures are out in the front of the shop.  We have the patterns, and we are happy to kit up any of these fabulous designs. Just let us know what kind of fabric you prefer stitching on, and we will pull everything together for you.  

Here is the start of our Christmas displays...

Spiral by Jardin Prive
Chart $8.00

This is another great design from Nathalie Cichon from France.  Nancy stitched this one for us on a fabulous grayish purple 30 count linen with a favorite purple overdyed floss.  Isn't it fantastic.  We have to order from her almost every week.

Hand Dyed Bulky Chenille
by Lady Dot
$6.00 for 3 yards 

Aren't these just so beautiful.  Our friend, Lois from Elegant Stitch is doing hand-dyed ric rac and chunky chenille and they are fabulous.  Perfect for finishing little pin cushions.  Just hard to decide which color.  The names are so charming... Chickie, Bear, Ballerina, Jack, Witchie, very fun.  

Limited Edition Gentle Art Threads
 $2.40 each

We just received some limited edition Gentle Art Threads (Sampler threads.)
They are limited in quantity, but such fun colors and perfect for that one of a kind project.  And fabulous names such as: Hot Tamale, Goldenrod, Kansas, Illinois, and Pretty Purple Green.   

Here are some projects our customers have shared with us...Pretty awesome! 
Thanks so much for sharing...

French country Witch: by JBW 
card $6.00

Des is a stitching diva, she has finished JBW's Witch (above) and Primitive Hare's Spooky Countdown (below).  Teri wants to start this every January... maybe this next year,  I love it, but I want Teri to stitch it for me.   

Spooky Countdown: by Primitive Hare

Jack's Bash: by Plum Street Samplers
Chart $14.00

Jenny Stewart just picked up Jack's Bash from Jill, our Framer. Both the stitching and the framing are unbelievable.  

Witch's Night Out: by Brenda Grevais
Chart $10.00

Christine Bird is stitching this great Halloween design on 10 count hand-dyed Tula.  She is making it into a pillow, and you can see her fabrics at right.  It's going to be so spooky.  

And finally--Peach Pavlova our favorite summer dessert.  

When Peter was in the 6th grade, he chose Australia as his country to research all year long.  One of the months he had to do a report on the food of his country and Pavlova was one of the recipes that he found.  We tried it and have made it ever since.  This lovely meringue is fabulous with fresh berries as well, but hard to beat Utah peaches when they are in season.  
So if you are in for a simple and delicious summer dessert, give this one a try.

Fresh Fruit Pavlova

4 egg whites
1 1/4 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 pint heavy whipping creme
about 2 cups fresh fruit--your choice

Beat egg whites until stiff.  Add the sugar 1 tablespoon at a time beating well after each addition.  When all the sugar is added, continue to beat until the mixture is thick and shiny.  Gently fold in by hand:  vanilla, lemon juice and cornstarch.
Place parchment paper on a sheet pan.  Scoop the mixture onto the parchment and carefully spread into about a 9" circle.  It will be an inch or more thick, but roughly about 9" in diameter.  Bake for 1 hour at 300 degrees.   It really shouldn't be very brown, maybe just starting to color a bit--not like a meringue pie.  Remove from the oven and cool completely.  When ready to serve, whip your creme and add a tablespoon or two of sugar.  I don't really like the creme especially sweet, but you might.   Pile the whipped cream on top of the meringue and then pile the berries or peach slices on top of that.    Serve heaping spoonfuls in bowls and put the remaining Pavlova in the center of the table so that everyone can just reach for more.  It doesn't really keep, so just keep on eating.  

Well it is late, and I am off to bed  Enjoy your weekend and Be Safe!!!  Find a quiet moment to stitch and eat fresh tomatoes and Pavlova.  Then get ready for the Harvest Market Hop on Thursday.  See you then.  hugs, Tina