Tuesday, January 30, 2024

January snows

January on the driveway...

Hi Friends,
Wow it has been a while. This blog is one of my New Year's resolutions.  I have missed writing to you all, and I am going to give it my best effort to write way more often.  We will see how that goes for sure, but I am very hopeful.  Winter came late to us here, but it has made a pretty good entrance.  Lots of snow, and shoveling and maneuvering on the ice.  But that is Winter and we need lots of snow to bring us water in the summer.  So...keep on snowing.
 Christmas is over, a new year has begun and we are already on the brink of February.  How did that happen?  But then the good thing is that days are getting longer.  I can leave work in the almost day light and that is so lovely.  Valentines Day is fast approaching, and then Market will be looming in our future...and so the year slips along pulling us with it.  In spite of this, I hope we can all slow down just a bit and take time to read a good book, cook something amazing, and of course stitch.  I have decided that I am in my happy place when I have a project that I can work on for even a short moment every evening.  I am about to start on a sweet Christmas sampler that I drew during the Advent season, so hopefully I will have it ready this coming Fall...so relax Time and cooperate with a slow stitcher.

Monday Musings:
We have been busy at the Bush.  In November, we started doing live videos through our FB page and it has been a lot of fun.  They are called  Monday Musings, and we come to you each Monday evening at 5:30 Mountain time.  The little videos are then archived so that you can view them later at your own convenience.  They are sort of eclectic in design--or non design--and include things that are new around the shop, often some instruction, and sometimes even a crazy recipe or project.  It is our simple way to share all the fun and funny things that are happening in our little corner of the world.  Hopefully it brings some inspiration, insight, warmth and laughter into your world as well. 

Retreat 2024
Registration for Shepherd's Retreat 2024 opens at 12 noon Mountain time on Wednesday, January 31st.
You will find more information about this on our website under the Retreat tab at the left on the homepage.  www.shepherdsbush.net
At that time the brochure will be available online which will show a brief schedule and the list of teachers in each of the 2 tracks.  We have a wonderful group coming this Fall and both tracks are fantastic.  You will need to be able to stitch on fine linen--32-36 count.  You will fill out the registration form at that time and email it back to us.  If you are accepted in the Retreat, the only charge you will have in February is the $50 non-refundable registration fee.  Good luck!

New arrivals at the shop:

Valentine's Display 

Here is a fun heart display, to tempt you with hearts and sweet stitching.  We have so many adorable Valentine stitches this year and everyone has been having a great time working on them

Heartfelt Tiny Town 
by Heart in Hand 
leaflet $13.00

We love Cecilia's Tiny Towns.  This one is stitched on a 30 count pink linen and the buttons are included in the chart.  It is framed in a marvelous frame from Jill, our friend and framer

Love and Carrots
 by Cross Eyed Cricket
leaflet $ 8.00
Button set $7.00

We stitched ( well Erin stitched it for us) this sweet piece last year, and it is one of my favorites.  It is stitched on a beautiful light rose linen and we added buttons. 

Kind Heart 
Kit by Shepherd's Bush 

This beautiful tiny heart piece is stitched on 32 count pale purple gray 32 count linen.  The kit comes with the threads, the linen, and a couple of buttons

2023 Collector Heart
by Heart in Hand
kit $32.00

Isn't the framing on this sweet piece perfect?  Every year Cecilia designs a heart.  This one is so lovely, and the kit includes the linen and a beautiful skein of cottage garden thread. 

2024  Collector Heart 
by Heart in Hand 
kit $29.00

This year's heart kit is quite special!  Vibrant and whimsical, it is the perfect stitch for February...or March, or ...

Love Always
by Annie Beez
Chart $12.00

This is such a beautiful  design, we softened the colors and stitched it on 32 count linen, and it is a sweet piece at all times of the year.

New Needle Minders

Caterpillar Cross Stitch minders 
 $13.75 each

These are just darling!  
They come from England, and have been super popular. We might not have all of them left, but we have many.

Flamingo Toes minders 

We always love these needle minders--they are happy and fun and very strong just like all of us.  :)

New Christmas kits from Shepherd's Bush
(well, new in December)
Sheep Bauble
kit $20

2023 Ornament kit
pattern:  $6
kit:  $25

Well, thanks for spending a few minutes with me on this winter evening.  The next time I write, we will be into Market adventures, so that is both terrifying and fun.  Until then, be safe out there and find a project--new or old--to make yourself stitch happy.
hugs, Tina  and Teri