Friday, December 10, 2021

Happy Christmas 2021

Advent 2021

Dear Friends,
How are you out there in this crazy December world?  Well?  Busy?  Merry and Bright?  

This is the Season of waiting.  
For the Christian world, it is the time of Advent, when we wait and prepare for Christmas.  That is apparent for those who are in the midst of it--frantic with the getting ready but trying to practice patience and mindfulness as we approach the holiday.  We wait for Santa, we wait for a Holy Child, we wait for a New Year.  We wait for school to end--and then for it to begin again,  We wait for children to come home.  In the West, we are waiting for snow--an abundance of snow--to quench a thirsty Earth with a promise of water for the coming year. We wait for the Solstice to arrive bringing longer days and reminding us that we have turned the corner of Time. We wait for a pandemic to end, while at the same time warily watching for the next variant to nudge us off our axis.  It is definitely a season for patience. Yet, in the rush and hurry, I want to slow down and wait for Joy and Light to surround me, to fill me, to shelter me.  I want to be ready for it--to see it and to reach for it in slight, splintery bits or great, huge clouds--to pull it into my heart and soul and hands and feet and let it sustain and carry me forward--always. 
And this Christmas season, I wish that for you as well.  Keep your eyes and hearts open and watch for the Joy, because it is all around us--patiently waiting.

And speaking of patience, you know the saying:  good things come to those who... 
So here are some very good and lovely things that we have going on in the shop to see us through the end of this year and on to the next  And the really fun thing is that we will keep on adding things all month long, so keep  checking back for more delights.

Merry Ewe 
by Shepherd's Bush 
Kit: $30.00
Button: $8.00

Teri has had this designed since the summer and has been so excited to bring it out. This fun pattern comes as a complete kit, or just the button and the pattern.  It is so happy and festive.  

Joy Bag 
by Shepherd's Bush 
Leaflet: $8.00
Berry Bag: $15.00
Button set: $8.90
Pincushion and Fob supplies: $15.30

Teri has so much fun with these great bags. They come in 3 colors, and we finally have all three colors in stock again.  Berry red, Olive Green, and Gray.  We stitch them with # 5 perl cotton and stitch over 2 threads on the bag.  They are an easy and quick project.  Teri just carries all the supplies around in the bag as she stitches it--hmmm, clever. We have the bags, thread, and button sets, as well as the supplies for the pincushion and the fob.  Really, who needs Gucci when you can have a Joy Bag!

Christmas scissors
$12.00 each
Holly, Candy Canes, Trees, and Stars

Boughs of Jolly 
by Shepherd's Bush
Kit: $16.00

A new Christmas 10 count kit is always fun.  These kits are perfect for beginning stitchers or someone that is looking for a quick fun stitch.  It is stitched on 10 count Tula with cotton floss.  A little snowman button is included in the kit.  

Bring us Good Cheer 
by Shepherd's Bush 
Chart $6.00
Button set $4.00
Complete kit $ 25.00

I designed this for last year's Pop up box.  It is a fun ornament and will look great hanging on your tree.  
It is stitched with 32 count vintage grey linen with overdyed cotton threads.  

Believe Bag 
by Shepherd's Bush 
Kit: $24.00

These bags are sewn by a friend of ours, and we are excited to add this Christmas bag to our collection.  We have a limited supply, so they may not always be in stock.  

2021 Stocking
(well sort of)
I really am working hard on this year's stocking even though it will be next year before it is ready,  Hopefully in January.  I know...I am slow and seem to stitch the whole thing 3 times to get the colors just perfect.  It will be a Santa this year and I think he is darling.  (Of course I am a bit prejudiced. ) I hope you will love him as much as I do.  Hoping to have more time over the holiday to get him finished and then really finished the first of the new year.  
Oh well, just one more thing to wait for...

We have a variety of great stocking stuffers for that special stitcher,  A gift certificate is also the perfect gift,  but if you are looking for some fun, stitchy things, look no farther.
Stitching Lotions by Cece at Mathair Earth
4 oz.  $12.00
1 oz  $4.00
These are the festive flavors we have in stock:
4 oz flavors
Raw Sugar Mint, Vanilla Noel, Peppermint Vanilla and Cranberry Orange

                                                                            1 oz flavors
                                    Sugar Pie, Vanilla Noel, Peppermint Vanilla, and Holiday Cheer

When we are out, we will be out for this year with the lotions

Christmas Sewing Notebooks 
$4.00 each

Adorable Holiday Sewing Cases 

These go so fast because they are darling and different.

Christmas Thread Drops 
by Thread Milk

These are so charming, a friend of ours, makes these and they are so cool.  You can thread your overdyed threads onto the round bottle caps and keep a project organized and chic. 

Cozy Christmas Cottage 
by Thread Milk
Chart: $15.00

Lori, from Thread milk, has designed these sweet pillows, perfect for a basket or a dough bowl.  A bit primitive and charming, they will be a great addition to your holiday decorating.  

Hat of Holly 
by Bent Creek
kit $26.00

I think we showed this already, but we just got it back from Jill and I love how she framed it.  It is stitched on the new 20 count  linen, and it is just great.  

Embroidery Ornaments 
$7.50 each

These are finally available again.  Teri loves these sweet ornaments.  They are preprinted in color,  
and all you do is embroider and finish.    

Stitching Journals
Orange or Blue covers

These are great so you can keep track of every project you start and finish.  There are places for supplies used and even a spot for a picture.  Sadly, I could only fill in the start date.

2022 Book of Days 
by Needlework Press

Fall on the Farm
by Little House Needleworks
New 9 part series.  
each chart $7.00
Fabric and threads are extra and will depend on what you choose.  

We just love Diane's series, and have been anxiously awaiting a new one.  Here it is:  Fall on the Farm starts this month and will run for 9 months.  Here's how it works. You give us a call to sign up, and then every month, we will send you the next pattern.  The first month, we send you just the pattern  
or a complete kit with fabric, threads and buttons, or any part you would like.  The pattern calls for 30 count linen, which we have, but we also have any count you might like, from 14 count aida to linens in 28, 30, 32, 36, and 40 count.  We will be adding a button each month as well.  This will be so much fun to stitch.  
 If you want to wait until January, we can do that too, you will receive the first 2 months.  
Give us a call and sign up now.   Soooo exciting!

Wishing you all the Joy and Peace of the season.  Merry Christmas..
 Tina and Teri