Monday, January 21, 2019

January 2019-n Seriously???

Happy 2017--well almost three weeks in.  Teri always has that happy spirit and can take a great big, slushy, messy, freezy snowstorm and make a little snow shepherd and her sheep out on our downtown sidewalk.  I just grumble and complain about the shoveling. All of which remind me about the concept of New Year's.  I have never liked January 1st.  I don't really know why.  Perhaps it is because Christmas is over by then, and decorations come down, and everyone goes back to school or work.  Perhaps it is because it is just change, and I don't really like change.  Or...perhaps it is because everyone around me is busy broadcasting their New Year's resolutions--which usually involve being organized, and committed, and disciplined, and mostly end up in failure.  So this year I decided that I was going to be joyful and to share that joy with those around me.  I felt super happy throughout December and I thought that if I could just carry that feeling with me throughout the new year, it would definitely make a difference to me and it might just make a difference to those I am with.  Our world is so full of hate and strife right now, that what we really need is a bit of joy to lighten our days.  Well, it was a great thought, but as you can see I am already a little cranky about the cold and the snow.  And I am quite cranky about our world which is so full of hate and discord.  And I am completely forgetting that my New Year's resolution was to be joyful--and it is only 3 weeks in.  Honestly, New Year's resolutions would be easier to keep if the holiday landed in the summer.  
Who can't be joyful in the long, warm, green days of Summer?  
I am not giving up on myself just yet.  I will let you know how I am doing with my spread the joy campaign, and in the meantime, I hope that your New Year's promises are going well and that you and your world are at least a bit better for it. 
My one ongoing goal is to take more time to stitch, and that is working out for me so far.  Come see what is going at the Bush....

2019 Fob
 by Shepherd's Bush
Kit $16.00

This year's fob is the perfect companion to the lovely Gingher Eleanor scissors.  I am always so happy when the new scissors are particularly inspiring, and I just love these.  The fob is worked on a beautiful hand-dyed linen in hues to both match and complement the soft winter colors of the floral pattern.  The little kit comes complete with hand-dyed chenille to finish your  fob.  

2019 engraved Gingher Scissors

These gorgeous scissors are engraved with Shepherd's Bush on one side and 2019 on the other side.  We have a limited quantity of these beautiful scissors, so order them soon.  We engrave the 4 inch size, but we also carry the 5" and the 8 inch scissors--unengraved.
Scissors and fob are available only at retail.

Magnetic Needle cases

We have these small magnetic needle cases made with pictures of some of our antique samplers.  They are perfect to keep your needles safe and close at hand. We have a needle case open on the right, so you can see what they look like inside.    Please order the # of the case you want. 

Here are a couple of our latest displays,  I'm just getting started on the Valentine's pieces.  

St Patrick's Day is such a fun holiday,  It brings soda bread, 4 leaf clovers,  gold chocolate coins, and a lucky plant... who doesn't love that.   

New Series for 2019......

Glitter Cottage 
by Country Cottage Needleworks
9 patterns: $6.00 each

This sweet series is part 1of 9 designs.  Stitch them all together or stitch each one individually as we have done.  This is stitched on a sparkley natural linen. We have the first three parts already.  Give us a call if you would like to be part of this series.  

Jack Frost's Tree Farm 
by Little House Needleworks
7 patterns 

This New series from Little House starts in February and goes for 7 months ( 7 patterns).  We are thrilled with how the Christmas Farmhouse series worked out,  and this will be a great companion piece.  We are offering a few options.  Please see some different fabrics below.  

The pattern calls for 30 count Portobello linen, it is a  natural linen.  

We also have a similar fabric in 35 count linen.   

•  Portabello-30 count is the fabric Diane calls for in the pattern. It is a natural linen, We also have
• Sunflower Seed -30 count is a soft beautiful linen and feels a lot like Glenshee linen from long ago.  • Champagne Cork-35 count this is the same deep natural color.  Or you could choose to stitch it on
• Country Mocha,  in 28,  32 and 36 count.   It is the same fabric we stitched the Farmhouse series.  It            gives a more overdyed look.
• I still am thinking about an overdyed fabric... 

New fabrics... for us 

Some new interesting fabrics just arrived at the shop.  They are not overdyed, but they have a very pretty hand.  They are all fine counts and will be lovely for a beautiful sampler.    

Remember that the Nashville Market is just around the corner and everyone will be posting sneak peeks during the next month or so.  Many things at the market are only available by pre-ordering, so if you see something that you would like Teri to get for you, please be sure to call and let us know.  She is happy to get it organized and bring it back for you.