July 3, 2017 - Just to let you know, we are open today! But we are closed tomorrow - the 4th - and will re-open on Wednesday.
We have lots of new items in the shop - we have the Summer Schoolhouse from Brenda Gervais. This is the first of a 4 chart series. We also have some Patriotic designs from Little House Needleworks - you can see them on the Facebook page.
Also some canvases from the colletion, The Meredith Collection and Susan Roberts.
Have a great 4th of July.
May 29, 2017 - Oh my, we have been to Nashville Market and going to TNNA Market next week!!! I guess I lost track of time - but I am posting on Facebook - please check our facebook page - Stitchers Inc. We will be closed on Monday for Memorial Day, but will be here bright and early on Tuesday morning. Do come and see us and get yourself a project for that summer trip to the Beach!
Lots of new things coming and going every day!!!
February 1, 2017 So here we are in the new year! I went to January market in San Jose, CA - who knew it was rainy and cold in the Bay area in January? It was a good market and fortunately the hotel was connected to the Convention Center and I did not have to go outside at all. I have a brought a few things back - I am posting things as they come in from market on the StitchersInc Facebook page. You can see pictures there if you want to see pictures. And in just 1 month - the first weekend in March, I will be on my way to the Nashville Cross Stitch market. We really need this market - not much new has come in. The designers are waiting for the market to release new designs. We do have the new LizzieKate designs - Linda will not be there as she is busy with a wedding this Spring.
Thanks for checking in - Like us on Facebook - Happy Stitching.
August 30, 2016 Wow cutting it close to get this post in August! Just need to tell you that we will closed on Labor Day. Enjoy the day with friends and family - and do try to get some stitching in! I am going to try my best.
The ornament finishing deadline is past, but we are still sending and will probably get some of these back in itme. So if you have finished, do bring it in for us to send off for finishing.
July 28, 2016 Here we are in July! Just a little reminder about finishing deadlines. Ornaments - August 15 (for guaranteed Christmas Delivery!) We will continue sending them after the deadline, so be sure and bring it in even if the date has passed. Pillows and stockings and belts have a Nov. 1 deadline. I know the deadlines get earlier every year, but there are few people doing finishing so those who do it are getting swamped.
We have some new things in the shop - check us out on Facebook. There are 2 on-line shows in August - The Needlework Show and Norden Crafts has one starting the 8th of August. Check these out and if you see anything you can't live without - let us know. We will be ordering from both shows.
June 27, 2016 - Almost the end of June and the year will be 1/2 gone... I am posting this a little early to let you know that we will be closed on the 4th of July. We will also be closed on the 3rd, but will be here on the 5th. Enjoy the 4th!
The new Lizzie Kate Mystery Sampler SpooJuked Part 1 has come in, Part 2 should come mid-July and Part 3 in mid-August. We have sold out initial order and have ordered more. Billie has started hers - I have not seen it yet, but it will be super cute! It is Lizzie Kate!
We also have the Beach designs from Hands On Designs - I still like the Whale the best, altho the flamingos are pretty cute as well. We also have her new series of Chalkboard ornaments - we saw these in Nashville - Stunning! I posted a picture on facebook on the Stitchers Inc page.
Don't forget to let us know if you want the Just Cross Stitch Halloween Special Issue.
June 3, 2016 - Lots to tell you about. Next weekend - June 10-13 - I am going to market in DC! I am really getting excited about going. There should be lots of new and exciting needlepoint to look at, new colors of threads/fibers, and of course, a few gadgets and embellishments! Always lots to see and dream about. There is always at least 1 canvas, that after I get home and dream about, I have to call and add it to my order! If you need me to look for anything, just let me know. I am leaving on Friday morning, but Billie can always let me know what you are looking for!
We got some new releases from Mill Hill/Wichelt today! These are the Christmas designs - there is a new group of designs - Chalkboard Quartet. The button and bead new kits include the Town Hardware , part of the Christmas Village series, a snowflake and festive pine. This years Santa ornaments are called Renaissance Santas - Venice, Florence and Genoa Santas. These are all very cute and should be on their website by now. www.wichelt.com
Lizzie Kate is shipping part 1 of her new mystery sampler - Spooked. Looks really cute. It ships next week. We also still have charts for the Hearts and Holly, Things Unseen and the Little Mystery Sampler. Can't wait to see Spooked.
Just a reminder that the Just Cross Stitch Halloween Special Issue wil be coming out mid-July. If you want to be on the list for a copy, give us a call and we will put you on the list. This issue does not come with your subscription, it is a special issue.
I have some new things to post on facebook, so check out our facebook page and you will even see some pictures.
May 7,2016 - Opps guess I totally missed April! I have a few things coming up in the Cross Stitch world that you might finding interesting!
Both the Halloween Special Ornament Issue and the Christmas Ornament Magazine from Just Cross Stitch are in the works!!! The Halloween issue should come in July and the Christmas issue should come in September. I will let you know when they come in. We are starting a sign-up sheet for both magazines..just let us know if you want to be on the list.
LizzieKate is releasing a new Mystery Sampler - Spooked! And that is about all I know, but who needs to know anymore? It is Lizzie Kate. We are starting a sign up sheet for that as well. It is a 3 part series and will be available starting June 15th.H
And Just Nan has the cutest companion to the bride Juliet - with groom Romeo. It looks like we have about 4 sets that are not spoken for - and you cannot have one without the other! Those should be coming soon - I will post them on the Facebook page when they come. Let us know if you want to be on that list!
Hands on Designs has the cutest series started - To the Beach! Love the series! Billie is stitching OH Whale ! So cute! You can see them on her website - there are more to come. And don't miss her Christmas ornaments that are coming this summer!
We also got some new designs from Drawn Thread. Her designs are among my favorites.
March 26, 2016. Wow, Time flies!!! Billie and I made it to Nashville for the Cross Stitch Market - we had a great time. Laughed, ate and bought a lot of cross stitch charts, fabric and threads! And who knows what else. We have been getting lots of canvases et al from January market. Nashville was a cash and carry market, so we brought most everything back with us. We have even had to re-order a few items. Come see what we have or check us out on the Facebook page.
In Nashville, we saw may things that are yet to come - from Val's Stuff and Hands on Designs and Lizzie Kate.
February 1, 2016. Just to let you know - the EGA group is meeting here on Saturday for a Stitch in Public event. They would love to have you join them. See you on Saturday.
January 20, 2015 - Survived the sale and the Holidays and January Needlepoint Market - lots of new things coming in every day. The Heidi Trunk show is here - you can see some pictures on our Facebook page. Lots of great designs from Heidi. If you are looking for a something, give us a call and we will see if we can send a canvas your way.
We have the new Mill Hill designs in stock - this is a great batch of designs - you can see them on the Wichelt Website www.wichelt.com We also have new things coming from LizzieKate in early February - she has some early peeks on her blog and I think they are also on her website. There are some new designs coming from cross stitch designers, but most are busy getting ready for Nashville Market, which is the first weekend in March. Can't wait to see all the new designs that are coming.
December 18, 2015 - The sale cards have been mailed - many have found their way to you - and many have been returned by the post office! The sale starts tomorrow the 19th and runs until the 29th. We will be closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day, on the 24th we are closing at 4 and on the 31st we are closing at 2. Hope to see you at the sale - if you can't make it, give us a call and we will help you over the phone. Hope to hear from you.
November 24, 2015 - Just a quick note to let you know our hours for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will close early on Wed - at 2:00pm and re-open on Friday at 10:00. Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy the day with family and friends.
October 5, 2015. Made it to Dallas for the Needlepoint Market - and home again! With lots of canvases! Many of which have already found a new home! We found out that Hyla has not renewed the contract with Hershey's so the candy bar canvases that we have are the last we will see. Maybe Hershey will come to their senses and renew the contract, but in the meantime Reese's, Hershey, Oh Henry, Baby Ruth, Payday, Clark, Zero, Butterfinger, Skittles, Snickers and Kit Kat. If you are interested in any of these, let us know.
There are new Plum Street and Billie tells me there are more good things coming from Brenda Gervais. Kathy finished stitching the Yesterday, Tomorrow, Today Sampler from Lizzie Kate - it looks great! A new "sled" ornament design from Foxwood Crossing - First Noel. It features a lovely nativity design on a dark blue background! We are working on a model!
September 14, 2015. The 2015 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Magazine is here! It looks great. I like the design from Prairie Schooler, Hands on Designs and the sled from Frony Ritter Designs. And then there are the recipes - lots of tasty sounding selections there! We still have some left - if you want us to hold one for you, just give us a "jingle"
September 1, 2015 - Forgot to mention on the previous post, we will be closed on September 6 & 7 for Labor Day. Enjoy your holiday, get lots of stitching done and we will see you on Tuesday.
I posted a really cute pumpkin from Heidi on the Facebook page, but we have sold out of it! I am placing another order, so if you want one be sure and let me know so I can add your name to the list!
August 28,2015 We have received the Witchy's Sister ornament from Just Nan. She is so very cute! We still have a few left - if you need one let me know. I will post a picture on the Stitchers Inc facebook page later today.
We have survived the Norden Crafts Online show - it worked great! Lots of new designs have come in - love the La-D-Da witch and the Rudolph chart - a companion to the Wicked Witch. Billie and I are plotting some thread changed - using some red and green on a dark fabric - still dark, but not black. Terri has stitched some models from the Sue Hillis book - My Favorite Things. She stitched them on the petit dot fabric. These are very cute.
Next will be the Harvest Hop Online Market. Looks like they are going to have some some great designers with some great designs for Halloween/Fall and Christmas. That market is in about 2 weeks and then the Dallas Needlepoint market the last weekend in September. September should be lots of fun!
July 21, 2015 I have returned from my nephews wedding in Texas - only to find out that Prairie Schooler has announced their intent to close the end of the year. Not sure how they will deal with the stock they have - we will get the information later - but the thing is, if you want anything from them NOW is the time to act. This will be the last year for the Santa - so check your stock to make sure you have all of them! If you want any of her designs, let us know and we will get it ordered for you. I and all stitchers everywhere will certainly miss her glorious designs. Check you stash today!!
July 13, 2015 I was so excited to tell you about the Halloween magazine, that I forgot to mention the Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament Magazine - it will be shipping soon - I think it is early September??? - any way, have you ordered yours? Let us know if you need one.
July 11, 2015. The Just Cross Stitch Halloween Special Collection Magazine arrived yesterday! Hurrah! We have called everyone on our list, we have a few left if you need one. I will be ordering more this week. If you check our face book page, you can see a picture of the magazine and a project that Terri stitched. So cute!
June 30, 2015. I just made it in June! We survived the EGA Share a Stitch in Olive Branch, MS! It was a great time and we enjoyed meeting lots of new people. Thanks for asking us to come and be your Boutique!
We are busy doing some re-arranging for new stuff to come in - so between the EGA and cleaning and re-arranging, things are a little chaotic here.
We will be closed this Saturday for the 4th of July. We are also closed on Sunday the 5th.
Alice Peterson is letting us keep the trunk show of Stitch & Zips - we have coin purses and scissor cases. We will be happy to order any for you that we do not have in stock.
Happy 4th of July!
May 26, 2015. Wow May has certainly flown by! I am off this weekend to the TNNA Summer Market, it will great to see all the new things. I will try to post what I see on the FaceBook page. Billie finished stitchng the "If the Shoe Fits" from Sue Hillis and we finished it as a stand up. I hope to post that on Facebook either tonight or tomorrow - depends on how long the power holds up in my phone.
You may have noticed that we have not been open on Sunday for the past severa months. Because of crazy schedules, we have decided not to be open on Sunday any more. If you cannot get here during the week, just give us a call and we will see what we can arrange. Meanwhie, see you on FaceBook.
April 27, 2015 Just ordered the 2015 Just Cross Stitch Special Halloween Collection magazine. This is not part of the subscription, but is the Special Issue. They will ship sometime in July. We have started a list, if you want to be on the list, please let us know soon. I have ordered some, but can add if we have more orders. I have seen the cover - it is a Blue Owl. This should be a great issue - don't miss it! Don't forget - we now have a facebook page and we will not be open on Sunday, May 3.
April 22, 2015 Start with the reminder that we will no longer be open the 1st Sunday of the month. If you need to come another time, please contact me and we will make an appointment for you.
Finally after a very long wait, we have the small sleds in stock. These are for the Foxwood Crossing Designs and Lizzie Kate has a chart with 3 of the cutest designs. If you check our facebook page later tomorrow, I will have posted a picture of the sleds and the Lizzie Kate designs. I have also posted pictures of the Sock Monkey ornaments that are just in - so cute. I am trying to give equal time to needlepoint and cross stitch in my posts, but sometimes there will be a lot of one or the other - just depends on what is new and what has come in!
April 14, 2015 - After much discussion and thinking, I have decided that we will no longer be open the 1st Sunday of the month. I have 2 markets, holiday weekends and a quick trip to see family this summer which means we would not have been open again on Sunday until the 1st Sunday in October. So as it stands now - we are only open M-Sat. 10-5:30. If you need to come another time, please contact me and we will see what we can work out.
And if that is not enough change for you, Stitchers Inc is now on Facebook! I think I have figured out how to post pctures! The first pictures were posted accidentally and now I can't figure how to erase them. So check us out on Facebook and Like us! Please!
April 3, 2015 - reminder - we will not be open Easter Sunday!
Well, spring is almost here and what arrives from Mill Hill today? The cutest Fall/Halloween kits you have ever seen. If they are not on their website, they will be soon. First, Hocus Pocus Trilogy - Three kits of witches - Miranda, Mimi, Muriel. These would be really cute stitched on fabric or the provided paper and framed with a black mat and an inner mat around each opening in green, orange or purple - or all three. So very Cute! And 6 new Button and Beads - Magic Shoes, Soup Bowls, Ghost Family, Sugar Skull (Mary H., you need this one for your friend) Country Mill, and Painted Pumpkins. The Ghost Family is probably my favorite - Mother, Father, 3 children, a dog and a cat. Please notice that the cat is not in a costume! Of course! And then we have the little kits that come with a magnet or can be made into an ornament for your wreath - Wacky Wendy Witch, Tom Turkey, Boris the Bat, Haunted Zone, Chippy and Wendy's cat. Love them all - and don't forget the Laurel Burch Cat faces that just came, also very cute.
March 28, 2015 - Reminder - we will not be open on Easter Sunday.
A few new things came in this week. Not much new on the cross stitch front - we are working on a few models for the shop - from Country Cottage Needleworks - the Nativity. It is going to be great when it is finished. And we are also working on a Mill Hill Button and Bead - Easter. The bunny is so cute, but we have been so busy I don't think it will finished in time for Easter! I am working on the May calendar girl - might be finished by May! Maybe!!
We got a few canvases from Associated Talents - including some adorable bunnies. Also from Canvas Connection, some LL Bean bag style bags for colleges and a My First Christmas- one is in a pink and one is blue. Also a really cute mini skate ornament from Shelly with a deer and a lovely pale green background.
March 17, 2015 Reminder- we will not be open on Easter Sunday.
We got some candy bar canvases in today from The Point of it All. These are painted with Holly for Christmas, but many stitch them without the Holly and put them on a Halloween Tree - so cute. Today we got in York, Reese's, Snickers, Skittles, Baby Ruth, Milky Way, Hershey's, M&M's, Butterfinger, Almond Joy. Many of these were a personal favorite for me! And that would be why I choose these. We also got the Candy Bar belt back in stock - we have not had that for a while so...remember theses are low fat and low calorie candy bars!!
We also got 2 of the Santa faces from Lee Designs, these are so cute and so happy. I think they are about a 5x5 square and with Eyelash for the hat trim they are quick stitches! Also got the Alabama ornament from ETC - A on a houndstooth background. And from Melissa Shirley and Debbie Mumm - the set of cocoa mugs - I am sure that the one with marshmalllows has the JUMBO Marshmallows I discovered this winter - LOVE them! Billie likes the one with the cinnamon sticks and I, of course, like the one with the marshmallows and a peppermint stick.
We just got a box from Lizzie Kate - more ABC's of Faith - what a great piece. And more of the Things Unseen 3 part Mystery Sampler -even tho you can see all three parts, so it is not really a Mystery anymore. Unless the Mystery is when will I finish stitching this. We also have one of the North Pole Express from Little House Needleworks and Classic Colorworks.
Time to get back to work! More next week.
March 14, 2015 Reminder - we will not be open on Easter Sunday.
The new Just Nan came in today - so cute - Bluebird Tweet. And as a reminder we did pick up the Strawberry Bunny at Market we only have 2 left. I think they sold out of them at Market, so I cannot get anymore. I also ordered some of the needle slides to go with the Bluebird. A pretty soft blue slide with a darling bird's nest.
This past week we got new Mill Hill kits from Laurel Burch. These are Cat faces in Laurel Burch fashion. Something different for these kits - they are available either on Aida or 28 ct Linen. The colors are great.
New magnets - Fluffly Lambs - so cute - we have them in black or white! Also from Accoutrements - Deer, Peacock, Iris and clear Bunny. Now is the time to get a magnet to match your new project.
And speaking of new projects - we are getting new canvases every week. From Danji - along with the penguins I brought back from Phoenix, 2 great winter canvases - giant snowman heads on red or blue backgrounds with snowflakes. If you are not tired of snow, these would make great seasonal pillows that could be out from early Dec until March. From Funda - some Pin/Jewelry boxes in college or soroity designs. Right now, we have University of Memphis, UT and Ole Miss. Perfect your college stutdent or supporter and you have time to get it stitched and finished in time for the holidays.
February 9, 2015 The first of order of business is that we will be closed the first Sunday of the month in both March and April. In March, I will be at Nashville market and in April, the first Sunday is Easter Sunday. I will try to mention this again before the dates arrive.
January 24, 2015 - First post of 2015! Yeah! We survived the end of the year and inventory is all taken, now I just have to add it all up! I w ent to Market and found lots of canvases and threads and...to order. Some have come in and many are yet to come. It always seems to take forever, but you never know what will come quickly. So far I have received orders from Shelly Tribbey - fun new skates - and Lee's Needlearts and Ho1 C Harper canvas from Treglown, more are coming.
We have gotten the new releases from Mill Hill - love the Easter Button and Bead. And the Owlets! Not much happening on the cross stitch side of things - we are waiting for Nashville Market the end of February.
Hope you are surviving the winter weather!
December 30, 2014 - Yikes, 2015 is almost gone! Tomorrow is New Year's Eve - in order to get ready for the big party and the dropping of the ball at Midnight!!! we are closing early on New Year's Eve - at 2pm. My understanding is that Netflix has a video of the drop - I will probably watch that about 7. Can't remember the last time we stayed up until midnight - must have been in college! We will be closed on New Year's Day and then open on Friday and Saturday from 10-5:30 and will be open on Sunday - the first Sunday of the month from 1-4.
I am going to Needlepoint market on Jan 10-12. If there is anything you are looking for, please let me know. I have a few lists going, so if you are looking for something in particular, be sure to let me know.
Have safe and fun New Year and Happy Stitching.
December 23, 2014 - We have survived the first 3 days of the sale. Thanks to all who have come in and purchased - and we have lots left! The more you buy, the less we have to count! We will be open on Wed from 10-4 and open Friday and Saturday from 10-5:30. We are still finding things to put on the clearance table. I put a stack of old needlepoint books on the table today. And tomorrow we intend to put some more on that table.
There has been lots of postings about the little bunny from Associated Talents that they are bringing back for a short period of time, I believe that it will only be available until April 1 and then go back into retirement. I plan to place an order in January, I expect this to take a while as they do not have any painted. Not sure about the price, but AT ornament size items are always very reasonable priced, so if you are interested and want to be put on the list for this really cute canvas, be sure and give me a call 901-681-9276 or email email@example.com.
And so, with that, I wish you a Merry Christmas and to all a good night!
December 16, 2014. I have mailed the post card for the sale. The year end sale starts on Dec 20 and runs thru Dec 27. 25 - 50 % off all in stock - excluding finishing, framing and special orders. We will close at 4 on Dec 24 and at 2 on Dec 31. We are closed on Christmas and New Year's Day. We will be closed on Sunday Dec 21. We will be open on Sunday Jan 4 1-4.
December 5, 2014 Part 2:The Lizzie Kate part 2 came in today and Billie has called everyone on the list. There is only one left (although we can order another).
I found the 2 kits that are left from markets last year. This are limited edition kits and are sold out at the distributor, The first one is the Beekeeper from Plum Street and Norden Crafts. The other is Hannah's Brownstone from the Scarlet House and Norden Crafts. These are both complete kits.
December 5, 2014 Lizzie Kate Mystery Sampler part 2 is in the mail! As soon as it comes in we will call you if you are on our list and let you know it is here! Hope you are further along on yours than I am on mine! We have a few extra on order, so if you haven't signed up, now is the time! We still have some of the Sam Sarah Mystery sampler charts available. Yesterday, Billie found some of the Limited Edition Samplers from St Charles and Nashville Market - let us know if you are interested in either of them.
We will be open this Sunday, Dec 7 from 1-4. We are closing an hour earlier for the winter. We will also close early on Christmas Eve at 4 and on New Year's Eve at 2. And of course, we will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. And on the topic of closings - with the possibility of winter weather on the horizon - please check with us before you venture out. If Shelby County Schools are closed, it is likely that we will also be closed or opening late or closing early. So please check before you come out.
I will be going to needlepoint market in January in Phoenix, AZ. If there is anything you want me to look for at market, please let me know. This is a large market and lots of new designs and a few new designers.
November 6, 2014 Hurrah the Lizzie Kate mystery sampler and the Gingerbread Mouse from Just Nan both arrived today! They are both really cute and wonderful. Billie is going to call those on the list tomorrow for the LizzieKate. We have called everyone on the Just Nan list. We ordered extra of each - they are both great - so if you missed the sign up, you can still get them.
October 9, 2014, Fingers are rested and almost ready to go - We are having a month long sale of selected Halloween canvases! They are 20, 30 or 50% off the original price. They are selling, so come in and look at them or call us for help. There are quite a few to choose from.
October 7, 2014. 3 months and my broken fingers still don't really want to type, but I will give it a try. All 3 parts of the Sam Sarah mystery sampler have arrived. Very cute - and very spooky. We have 3 that are not spoken for, so if you want them let us know.
We have the new LizzieKate and have re-ordered - love the Sled Dudes! Billie is stitching them all, so we will have them in the shop for awhile. Linda also released a new boxer and a chart of mini stockings - I seem to be partial to the Unto you this day stocking, but they are all great. And speaking of stockings, she released a full size stocking - Riley the reindeer. Definitely stitchable for this Christmas if you get stitching. We have just about finished stitching the 2014 Prairie Schooler Santa - he is so cute! And working on the Everyday Sampler from Hands On Designs! What a great design.
The little kit from Just Nan has come in - Batty Boris. And soon the 2015 Christmas Mouse will be released - these are very popular so if you want one, be sure to let us know! We have 1 Witchy Mouse left. We also have 1 copy of Flight School left - a very fun design of witches and ghosts.
Country Cottage Needleworks has released the 2nd chart in the Classic Collection - "Dear Santa" This goes with the 1st in the series "Angels" Little House Needleworks has released "Moonlight" and another in the Hometown Holiday Series "Firehouse" I love all the designs in this series! And The Scarlet House has released Pumpkins and Bittersweet. These are all fabulous designs and I have many more to mention, but my fingers are getting tired and making too many mistakes!
Don't forget the finishing deadlines are mostly passed, the next deadline is for stockings and pillows is in November. I will try again to post more on Thursday - after my fingers recover from physical therapy.
August 7, 2014 - Just a reminder - finishing deadlines are fast approaching!
We have some new items in the shop. Prairie Schooler has released 4 new large charts, 1 small Halloween chart and the 2014 Santa. Unfortunately our order got confused and we did not get the 2014 Santa chart, but it should be here next Tuesday. If you want to be on the list, let us know. We will call you when they get here. I love this year's Santa - I think it is my favorite!
We have the first of the Sam Sarah mystery sampler - Something Wicked! It looks very creepy! It is stitched on a new fabric - Natural with Brown Dots. It is a 32ct linen. You can also do it on 28 ct if you want - on Natural/Raw fabric. Don't think you can do it on Aida cloth - some decorative stitches which would make it difficult - but not impossible. Looks great - love the Weeks threads that it calls for.
We got a flyer from Just Nan today, about her new release. Another Mouse ornament on the way - a Witchy Mouse - so cute. Also Flight School, flying/falling witches. They will ship on the 18th, let us know if you want on the list.
We have new kits from Mill Hill/Jim Shore. These are great 5"x5" designs - a Christmas Tree,Reindeer, Santa, and a Snowman. They are all stitched on a Royal Blue 18 ct Aida fabric. These look great!
And finally, the Just Cross Stitch - Halloween Special Collection magazine. We have now sold out of the 2nd shipment, but have more on the way. If you need one, call or email us.
July 19, 2014 - Be sure to check the June 16 post for finishing deadlines. They are fast approaching!
Just Cross Stitch magazines are releasing, we have sold out of our initial order of the Halloween Special Collection and are ordering more early next week, let me know if you want to be on that list. The Halloween issue will ship Mid- Aug and the Annual Ornament issue should ship in early September. Again, let us know if you want to be on any of these lists. And while you are signing up, be sure to let us know about the Annual Santa from Prairie Schooler - he should be coming soon.
St Charles market will be here in a month - lots of new things coming! Scarlett House us releasing a Limited Edition kit - Hannah's Brownstone - Love it. We have ordered a few extra, so if you want one, be sure to let us know. Also in Aug, Sam Sarah is releasing a 3 part Mystery Sampler with a definite Halloween flavor. We have 3 that are not spoken for, so you are interested, give us a call.
Lizzie Kate auto has come - Tingles are all released now! They are so cute. Check her website for the free border chart if you want to put them all together. She has also released the annual Santa - so cute and the annual Tiny Tidings # XIX! The new Boxer and a re vamp of Hats Off To Halloween 2 - this is a new version of her very first chart. Not sure which one I like better - they are both very cute. And when you go to her website to check these out, be sure and check the free border chart for the 4 Seasons. We have started that one in the shop - it puts a new spin on Time and Seasons theme. Check it out.
July 1, 2014 - Be sure and chack the June 16 post for finishing deadlines! We have been getting lots of canvases in - from Melissa Shirley, Kathy Schenkel - a really cute train set, Susan Roberts and many more. The pile of new canvases is getting higher and higher! There have been some new cross stitch charts come in - Lizzie Kate auto ships next week - I love this year's Santa - he is different. Several designs from Little House Needleworks, Country Cottage Needleworks and Blackbird Designs - finishing up this Loose Feathers series.
This Friday is the 4th of July and we will be closed for the 4th, but we will be open regular hours on Saturday and Sunday - the 5th and 6th. This is the first Sunday of the month so we will be open. If you are thinking of coming the 1st Sun in September, please call before you come. Destination Dallas is that weekend and we may be closed.
So, have a great 4th - enjoy the fireworks, parades and hot dogs!
June 16, 2014 - Time for Deadline reminders - they will be here before we know it!!! Halloween - Aug 2, Thanksgiving - Sept 2, Christmas Ornaments Sept 9, Stockings and Pillows November 11, Belts November 15. Some finishing can be sent later, depending on their load, but it will be more expensive. So it is time to get stitching for the holidays.
Lots has come in from market, but there is still more to come. I have an order coming from Norden Crafts - it is scheduled to be delivered today, but I heard that last Monday. It came from IL to TN to TX to TN to AR and finally back to Memphis. We shall see what comes today. I am no longer sure what I ordered, but I know there was a new larger sled from Foxwood Crossings and a chart to go with it of a Santa. These are a quick stitch and easy finish. It is not too early to get started on Christmas designs.
I only have 1 left of the first order of "got stitches?' left. It is a great stitch book and has great diagrams. Let me know if you want it!
Rainbow Gallery order has come from market and I re-ordered some of the new colors last week. So many great colors and more glow in the dark colors for your Halloween stitching.
We ordered and have received quite a few designs from Princess and Me. They always have the cutest designs and fun stitch guides - just enough stitches to make it interesting, but not so many that they are overwhelming.
Our order from Pepperberry Designs arrived last week. I love the large Brrr Snowmand and then we ordered a few of the smaller ornaments. She has some really cute Snowmen and in the lime green/blue colors. Great designs.
Stitch its had the sweater ornaments - which are so fun to stitch. She also had some sled designs that finish into 3D sleds - so cute. I have one with snowflakes and one with mittens and a stocking cap.
And there is lots more coming. Drop in, call or email if you are interested in anything.
May 9, 2014. Make it back from market with no problems. I had a list of things to tell you about that had not come in and low and behold, some have already arrived. They must have shipped from market! 3 orders have come in so far - Kirk and Bradley snowglobes - can't decide on my favorite - OK so I love them all. Susan Roberts - found some new ornaments and a couple of stockings and of course some eggs. We got 3 of the Rabbit Huddle today, 2 are spoken for and there are 2 more still on backorder! And the Silken Straw from Alchemy! Love this fiber - there are 24 colors and there is a possiblity of them coming in a sparkle version! Of course, they are silk so they stitch like butter! Love it. I saw the new bullion needles from Colonial Needles - they come in blunt and sharp version, but will not ship for a few more weeks, but they are on order.
Today I ordered the new stitch book from Gone Stitching. It is a great book and shipped today, so it should be here next week. Can't wait to get it and really have a chance to sit down and really look at it.
We saw lots of new and exciting things - new silk lame threads from Rainbow Gallery, the silk wrapped pearl from Access Commodities - we ordered about 10 colors. What a great fiber with some interesting possibilities. Then there is the Melissa Shirley Designs booth - went several times before I decided what I couldn't live without. Among other designs, I ordered the new Little Witches and the Thanksgiving children. Both are great designs and have lots of areas for creativity and lots of areas for basketweave depending on what you want to do. Also found some new ornaments from the pink series. Melissa had a fabulous pink candy cane Christmas Stocking that would be perfect for that new little girl in your life!
That is all that I can remember - my list for this update is still at the shop! Hope I can find it when I get there is the morning and then correct this posting before too many of you see it!
April 29, 2014 - Lots of new things in today - From Brabara Bergsten - some really fun needlepoint designs - the highlight - the pillow size canvas - My name is No, No bad Dog - what is yours? So fun! Also 2 belt canvases - on 14 ct canvas! Shotgun shells and an argyle belt for golfers. Lots of fun as always from Barbara.
There is new Lizzie Kate on the horizon - should be here mid May. The exciting parts is that she is re-creating Jingles with a Halloween theme and calling it "Tingles" Can't wait to see the first set! She also has a new boxer and a chart with a Mother theme and one with a bee theme. Keep your out for those!
Blackbird Designs has released the #10 in the Loose Feathers - Mother's Day - it is fabulous. She has also released a new Reward of Merit - In Full Glory. These are both great designs and not too large, maybe not an afternoon project, but very "do-able"
Just Cross Magazine has released the target dates for this year's fabulous publications. The Halloween Collection Issue (which is not part of the subscription) is just Halloween designs and releases in early June. I have ordered this, so if you want to get on the list, now is the time! Then there is the Sept-Oct issue which has a little section of about 10-12 designs that are Halloween / fall oriented. This will release in mid-August. And then there is the Christmas Ornament Issue - need I say more? It will release in early September. All of these are on order, so be sure and get your name on the list for one or all of the above. The release dates are estimates at this time and could always change, but not by much.
And finally - from LHN is the Town Church, this is part of the Hometown Holiday series. Love it! Of course, I love everything she does! And from CCN - the next in the Frosty Forest Series - This one is Snowy Foxes! Each one is cuter than the last. Gotta run and remember, we are closed this Sunday, May 4!
April 28,2014 - it has been a very busy April! We are still selling the Easter Eggs from Susan Roberts, we have four of the stitched eggs in the shop. Sandra brought hers in after Easter, so come look at them. Our order from Colors of Praise came this week. We still have a few outstanding orders from January market. Lizzie Kate has new designs coming shortly. This year the Flip it series will be Tingles. And a great new Boxer.
Time to come and get a project for stitching at the beach. We have several new flamingo designs. Come see the new designs.
March 20, 2014 - talk about frantic. We got an order of Easter Eggs from Susan Roberts, sold them, re- ordered, sold them and are getting ready to order again!! Got what will probably be our last order from Village Needlecraft - Gayle is retiring so there will be no more. Gayle has some lovely florala and a great Rainbow Row canvas. Kathy Schenkel order came in - some great little mini stockings with T-Rex stuffed animals, "Dream Bar" canvases with Santa, Reindeer, Ribbon Candy and a very cute double "popscicle" with 2 snowman. And just in case you haven't had enough of winter "Snow"
Lizzie Kate came in today - the rest of the 4 seasons - Autumn and Winter, a new Boxer - If we pray and a large chart - Be Who You Are. These are all fabulous designs and each of the boxers has a bonus chart - "Sow Kindness" Linda should have these on her website or blog.
March 1, 2014 - It has been a very busy and hectic week and I have lots of orders to place! Yikes! Just wanted to remind you that tomorrow March 2 is the first Sunday of the month, so we will be here from 1-5. The new things from Nashville are dwindling, but we still have lots of new things and the re-orders are starting to come in. We have 2 of the Beekeeper limited edition kits left, and in the note we got from Norden, they are sold out, so this is it! If you want one, let me know as soon as possible.
Got a few of the pumpkin faces from Melissa Shirley this week - they are very popular and include stitch guides designed by Melissa Shirley! These are very cute and are on 13 ct canvas which makes them very easy to see to stitch and Melissa has done some really fun stitches.
See you tomorrow!
February 18, 2014. Wow - we made it home from Nashville with lots of goodies! This may be the last Nashville Market, but there rumors are circulating. We shall see - we had a great time and found lots of things you need! We have sold out of some and have started a re-order list so fear not, we have lots! We brought home the new book from Carole Lake and Michael Boren - Painted Canvas Embellishment: And Idea Book. And it does have lots of good ideas! We also found a few threads of Rainbow Gallery. I had hoped to re-order the leather snap trays from Lee Designs, but they could not make it, so I will have to call and order. And we found some new scissors - mostly Dovo, but some others as well.
We brought home new designs from Brenda Gervais, Plum Street Samplers, Rosewood Manor, and on and on. Some really cute little bunnies from Sue Hillis , Sam Sarah Designs, a couple of limited edition kits from LizzieKate and Limited Edition kit from Plum Street - the Beekeeper Sampler. These are sold out - we only have 2 left and when these are gone, they are gone.
February 2, 2014. Made it San Diego and back. We saw and ordered lots of great new designs, threads and accessories. And a lot of them have come in - and I have re-ordered on several. Going to do a 3rd order with Susan Roberts tomorrow! We have received canvases from Lee Designs, Susan Roberts, Princess and Me, Kelly Clark and Village Needlecrafts. This will probably be our last order from Village Needlecraft as Gayle is retiring, we will miss Gayle, Mike and her great designs. Birds of a Feather has also come in - she is always the first to ship! Threads from Planet Earth, Eyelash from Thread Gatherer, Silk Ribbon from River Silk, Painter's Thread (I added the #4 braid at this market) and fabulous new threads from Rainbow Gallery. We ordered a new lamp from Fleur de Paris and 16 new colors of Bella Lussa!
The 15th-16th of February, Billie and I are going to Nashville Market. This is a cash and carry market so we will be bringing lots of stuff home with us. There is a special kit for Nashville Market from Plum Street Designs - we have pre-ordered. If you want one, be sure to let us know so we can put you on the list. These will disappear quickly. Lizzie Kate will also have some special kits for this market. I just ordered the Valentine's chart from Brenda Gervais - let me know if you want us to hold one for you. You will have to buy and eat 2 boxes of chocolates for the finishing! Almost forgot, Mill Hill is releasing 5 new kits of Debbie Mumm Designs of Snowbells. These are adorable snowmen-jingle bells, they are on the Mill Hill web-site, but have not shipped them to us yet. Probably this week.
January 6, 2014 - Are you about to freeze to death?? How about stitching something that shouts SPRING?? Just got new kits from Mill Hill today - they are really getting me in a Spring mood, as I put another log on the fire! The first group is the Spring Bouquet Collection. These include a magnet if you want to use them or you can make them into ornaments for your Easter Tree. MH18-4101-4106. I love the bunny riding a carrot "car" - this reminds me of the carrot man canvas we had many years ago. There also 2 eggs - so cute. It would not be a Mill Hill release with out a set of Buttons and Beads kits. This grouping includes a kit for the Main Street Series - Pet Shoppe. I love the Parrot as well. MH14- 4101-4106. And then we have something new - designs from Amylee Weeks - these are really fun! The first series all feature a whimsical bird. - Be Happy, Be Brave, Be You, Hope, Faith and Love. These are stitched on a new fabric from Wichelt - Riviera - 3 are stitched on red, 2 on olive gree, and one on gold. These would be fun to stitch. AW30-4101-4106. You can see all of these on the Wichelt website www.wichelt.com Be sure and check these out - either on line or in person. We have them in stock and are ready to ship them to you.
December 27, 2013. Just a quick note to let you know our hours for the New Year Holiday. We will close on New Year's Eve at 2:00 and be closed on New Year's Day. The sale ends on Friday Dec 28th. Just 2 more days of the sale and then the inventory starts!
Prairie Schooler update - they have discontinued another chart - Christmas Eve - #158. We have 2 charts left (to go with the stitched model we have!) When these are gone, they are gone.
December 22, 2013. Well we have survived the first 2 days of the sale, and it has gone very well! Thanks to all who came and found a treasure or two to take home!
I forgot to mention last week, that I am putting together an order from Rogue Needlepoint for her adorable Downton Abbey characters. They are great little canvases - and who would not to stitch a set while watching Season 4?? If you would like a set, just let us know. You can call -901-681-9276 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope you are having a great holiday season. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
December 18, 2013 -It is almost Christmas and that means it is time for our end of the year sale! This year, it starts on Dec 21 - Dec 28. Everything in stock is 25% off. There will be some things that are 50% off. This sale does not cover framing, finishing or special orders! If you are out of town, just email or call the shop and we will see if we can help you on the phone. This is the time to stock up on threads and special canvases. Our hours during the sale are 10-5:30 Mon - Sat. We will be open on Sunday the 22nd from 1-5. We will close on Christmas Eve at 4 and be closed on Christmas Day. See you at the sale!
December 2, 2013 - The first thing I have to tell you is that we are closing early on Dec 7th. We are closing at 4:00 instead of 5:30. We are all going to a wedding. Hope this does not inconvenience any one. We should be recovered from the party by Monday and open at 10:00 am.
We have gotten a few things, but all the designers are winding down for the end of the year and getting ready for the 2014 markets in January and February! Lizzie Kate has released a new little kit - Snow. Really cute, you can see it on her website. Part 3 of the Mystery Sampler has been released - Billie has been working on hers, but I keep finding other projects for her to do.
We did get some new designs from Brenda Gervais - Jingle Bells, Cozy in the Pines Sampler, and Needleworker's Sampler. And from Plum Street Sampler - Love Thy Neighbor, A Yuletide Welcome, A Red Cottage, Betsy's Stockings, Thankful for Thee, Halloween Delivery, Harvest Delivery, and His and Hers Stockings - some of these came in Nov and some in Dec.
Also new in the shop is the Merry Eweies from Homespun Collection - Love those little sheep! And we have re-stocked Give Thanks from Blackbird Designs and the Needleworker Kit from Little House Needleworks.
Gotta run - got to get ready to go to the airport for an early morning flight on Mon morning - going to Tampa to see my Mother for a few days. Take care.
November 9, 2013 - Wow is has been awhile! My husband has had another back surgery, I went to a beading class and managed to get a wonderful sinus infection, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now! Last post, I mentioned that the part 2 of the Lizzie Kate Mystery sampler had shipped. Well guess what? Part 2 came in and then this week, part 3 came in! Everyone has been called and all busily stitching on their Mystery Sampler. Altho it really is not a mystery anymore. You can see the finished one on Linda's website and of course, if you decide you want to join the party, just let us know and well will get you all fixed up!
Also in the recent weeks, we have gotten the newest Just Nan ornament kit - Cardinal Tweet. If you love cardinals (and who doesn't?) you will love this ornament. He really is a cutie! I love the little wire heart shaped tail. Let me know if you want one, we only have 3 left - and I believe Just Nan is sold out of them.
We still have 2 of the Just Cross Stitch ornament magazine left - you really can't beat $9.99 for 76 ornament designs! I also have one left of the limited and sold out edition of the Forget Me Not Sampler from Brenda Gervais. It is fabulous! Also on the short list, we have 1 of the Never Far Apart and Oct 31 from Blackbird Designs. These are also sold out!
Country Cottage Needleworks is finishing up the Santa's Village - I think there is one more in that series, so she can start another series! This is Frosty Forest - they start the end of November - call us if you want to be on the auto for this series - there are nine in the set.
We have some new designs that have come in - from Mill Hill - a new set of Sticks designs. Sticks is the design company of Sarah Grant - an artist in Des Moines, IA. They are quite charming - this series is Live by the Sun, Love by the Moon, Be Thankful and Be Healthy. These are all great designs and could stand alone or as a grouping. This series are stitched on fabric as opposed the perforated paper they have used in the past.
We also have new designs coming from Plum Street - Be Thankful and the Thanksgiving Stockings - His and Hers. Billie can't wait to get started on them. And the other new designs that have been ordered, are from Blackbird Designs - the newest Loose Feathers - Bluebird of Happiness and a great design that is not part of the Loose Feathers series - Give Thanks. I think these should all arrive this coming week.
Have a good week - will try to post as things come in.
October 4, 2013 - The new Lizzie Kate has shipped - as soon as it comes in, we will call you if you are on the list. She also has some great new designs to go with it and a wonderful new boxer.
Country Cottage Needleworks is finishing up the Santa's Village series, so she needs something else to do! So she is starting a new series - Frosty Forest. There are 9 charts in this series, which will start in November and end in July. They are called - Raccoon Cottage, Snowy Deer, Snowman's Cottage, Snowy Friends, Bluebird Cabin, Snowy Foxes, Snowgirl's Cottage and Snowy Reindeer. These are stitched on a 32 ct Pearl Gray fabric with Weeks Dye Works and come with a Just Another Button Company button. Since this series starts in November, we need to get the final numbers in by 1 November. If you want to do this, just let us know.
The shop is going to close tomorrow - Oct 5th at 3:00. Our dear friend Peggy was in a fatal accident in Mississippi this past weekend and the family is having a memorial service for her on Saturday afternoon. We will all miss her deeply. She has had a difficult year. Our prayers are with her family - her twin brother Pat and her mother Peggy. The shop will be open on Sunday Oct 5 as usual from 1-5. I am sorry for the inconvience.
September 28, 2013 - Just a few things to mention - not much new coming in as the year winds down. All the designers are thinking about market next year and own Holiday plans!
Val's Stuff came out with a great chart for Halloween - Spell Bound with buttons. There are 7 charts in this book! So cute and you can stitch most of these designs on any little scraps of fabric that you have in your stash.
The ornament kits from Just Nan came in this week. This year is the "Gingerbread Jingle Mouse" kit. I believe was just a Gingerbread Mouse ornament. This is a companion to last years - very cute and I love the little brass button he sits on! This is a semi-kit. It includes the chart and the brass button and brass tail, beads, jingle bell and printed paper banner. All you need is some DMC and little piece of 32 ct linen. It calls for Antique Almond, but you use most any piece of natural linen. We only have 3 left so - if you want one let me know.
Have you started your LizzieKate Mystery Sampler? Billie is stitching hers and is almost finished with the first part. The second part will be shipped Oct 4 so it won't be long. It is going to be a beautiful sampler. The third part will be released sometime in early November. We have 1 chart and fabric in the shop - we can still order more. Billie's sampler is lovely such soft colors. Let us know if you want to join the party!
Halloween will be here before you know it - now is the time to start stitching for Halloween. How about stitching the Creeps from Needledeeva - we are haveing a special on the ones we have in stock. $70 with the stitch guide and $60 without. We have Drakula, Spider Queen, Devil, Fraidy Cat and Ghost. Let us know if you are interested in any of these. Now is the time to get started on these for next year. Wouldn't it be great to be stitching one of these while you are handing out the treats to the "beggars"?
September 15, 2013 - Hope you all had a great Labor Day Weekend - and managed to get some stitching done! In the past 2 weeks we have been busy - lots of new things coming and going.
Lizzie Kate - Linda's Mystery Sampler - Hearts and Holly - the first chart of the 3 has come in. Billie has been working on hers - it looks great. You can see peeks of it on her website. The second chart should come in early Oct - I believe it should ship on the 4th and the third and final chart in early November. This is not a limited edition, we have 2 left from our original order, and can get more if we run out. Linda also had a Limited Edition Kit for the St Charles Market - Hoot - it is a Fall themed kit. We still have a few of those left.
With Thy Needle and Thread released a Limited Edition Kit - Forget Me Not - also at St Charles. I got an email on Friday that they are sold out so if you want one, you need to decide quickly. We have one left - and we cannot get any more.
We got our first shipment of the Gingher Limited Edition Scissors - we have sold those and I plan to order some more on Monday. The design is called Julia - it is very pretty with a white background and stylized flowers in bright colors. If you want a pair from the second shipment, please let me know soon - I don't think these will last very long either.
And then we have the Just Nan Gingerbread Jingle Mouse - this is a companion to last year's Gingerbread Mouse ornament and also will not last very long - this years is a mouse "standing up" - it is similar to last year's but a little different - if these sell as well as last one, they will not last long either! Let me know quickly if you want one.
And finally, the Just Cross Stitch Ornament Magazine - I got a shipping notice, so I expect it this week. If you are on the list, we will call you when it comes in. We ordered a few extra, so if you want to be added to the list, just let us know.
I think that is all I had to tell you about today - lots of Christmas and Halloween designs coming in every day!
August 30, 2013 - It is not my day with this computer! So I will try again!!! First, we will be closed on Sun 9/1 and Mon 9/2 for the Labor Day Holiday. Please enjoy your time with you family and friends.
We made it back from market - I was not sure it would all fit in the car, but it did and we had a great time. We got some great Limited Edition kits from With Thy Needle and Thread - Forget me not. When these are gone, they are gone. Another limited edition kit was from Lizzie Kate - it has a Biscornu with a Fall theme and an adorable fob with an owl. We also picked up some of the kits from Blackbird Designs - we sold what we had and I have re-ordered. They should be here in about 2 weeks and this is the end of them. I talked to Alma today and she said that that is the fabric they have left and that is the end. I feel very lucky to get some of the last ones.
We picked up some great things from Plum Street Samplers, Blackbird Designs, Shepherd's Bush, JBW, Chessie and Me and lots more. There are so many talented designers out there, it is so hard to pick and choose!
We saw lots of great canvases - some great florals from Jean Smith, including an adorable cow named Rosie, some bunnies from Susan Roberts, Melissa Shirley - some beautiful star angels and pumpkins, Kathy Schenkel, Artist's Collections, Raymond Crawford, Birds of a Feather and Cooper Oaks.
You will just have to come in - or call and ask for details!
August 20, 2013 -The new Drawn Thread Designs came in - LOVE them all - When Skeletons Dance (My favorite) The Autumn Garden - all the fall flowers, Autumnnd Jumble - fairly small but has a pumpkin and a crow, a fin ally the Halloween Screen - again fairly small, but very cute. Love them all - they may find their way into my pile of projects - maybe even the top of the pile - especially the When Skeltons dance design.
I had hoped to be able to say that I have the new Just Nan in, but the UPS man just passed me by! Maybe tomorrow! We are on the list for the Limited Edition Ornaments - remember the Gingerbread Mice? This time is a fall ornament - I think it is an owl- and the black cat pin and the owl jar. Maybe tomorrow!
Remember those finishing deadlines! We are going to market this weekend, so if you need anything be sure to let us know. We have a list for the With Thy Needle and Thread Limited Edition kit and just started a list for the Lizzie Kate Hoot Kit - again a limited edition kit. We will be picking up some of those, but if we know you want one, you will be assured of getting one!
August 18, 2013 - First things first - the finishing deadlines are fast approaching! Ornament deadline is 1 September and the pillows and stockings date is 1 November. If you have any questions, please let us know and we will try to get your finishing in time for the holidays.
As I get ready to go to market this weekend, I am getting some emails from various designers. I wanted to remind you that the With Thy Needle and Thread Limited Edition Kit will be released at this market and may not be available after the market, so if you want one - let me know by Thursday and we will pick one up for you.
Blackbird Designs has some interesting new designs coming - Sisters, Away we Ride, and Midnight Ride - and whatever else strikes their fancy! Barb is working on a Thanksgiving design, but that will probably not be available for market but maybe we will be able to see it. The first 2 designs of their 12 part Loose Feathers have been released and it is not too late to catch up on that series - so far there has been a bird and a Dutch motif sampler. You can see these on their blog.
August 15, 2013 - Mill Hill released a series of Santas from Jim Shore - there are 6 in all. They are so very cute and very Jim Shore. JS20-3101 (the first one in the series ) has a cat and is called Purrfect Christmas Santa. These are relatively small - 3.25" x 5", are quick stitches and would make great little last minute gifts for the rapidly approaching holiday! You can see them all on www.wichelt.com just search for JS203100 for the entire series.
New releases from Kathy Barrick - Riley Harbor, A Fine Farm House, Noah's Ark and Grace - Grace is my favorite or is it Riley Harbor? Guess I will just have to get both of them. And Blackbird Designs has released the 2nd chart from this year's Loose Feathers - My Heart's Design. This is a great design for lovers of blue - several soft shades of blue - and hearts. You can see it on www.hoffmandis.com and www.nordencrafts.com
Blue Ribbon Designs has a new chart - Botanical Blessings - a Shaker inspired Sampler and needlework smalls. Very nice. We also got in some new charts from Bobbi G Designs. Thanksgiving Wish, We gather with Thankful Hearts, Halloween Season of the Witches - she shows it on white fabric, but we think it would look great on orange or purple fabric. For the Witches of Salem. And my favorite - Beware of Halloween - a great Victorian house in very unHalloween colors.
Check these all out and let us know what you would like - and don't forget the finishing dealines!!!
August 4, 2013 - The computer and I have not beens friends this past week so... here I go.
Mystery Samplers - Lots happening on the Mystery Sampler front- Part 3 of the LHN Seasons Mystery Sampler is scheduled to ship on Tues - Aug 6th - (the same day the Just Cross Stitch Halloween Issue is scheduled to ship!) The LHN has been a fun mystery sampler - can't wait to see a finished one! With Thy Needle and Thread is scheduled to release a Limited Edition Sampler at St Charles Market! This is not a mystery sampler, but it is a Limited Edition - so when it is gone... The kit contains the chart, 35 ct fabric and Weeks Dye Works thread. We are starting a sign up for this for this kit - if you want one, let me know before we go to St Charles on Aug 23.
And speaking of Mystery Samplers - Lizzie Kate is releasing a 3 part mystery sampler titled Hearts and Holly. It is looking really great. That is scheduled to ship about September 1. You can get the fabric, Weeks Dye Works (including a brand new color) and the chart. This is a very popular sampler so if you want one, let me know soon. The cut off for sign up is August 13.
And speaking of Just Cross Stitch magazines, The Halloween Issue will ship early next week, if you are not already on the list, let me know, I ordered a few extra copies. And then in early September the Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament Magazine will ship. If you are not on the list, give us a call to be put on the list - 901-681-9276. I can also order the last 10 years of Just Cross Stitch or the Sampler and Antique Needlework on a DVD. This is a great way and very space efficient way to keep these magazines, and they are reasonably priced. Let me know if you want 1 or both of these.
The LizzieKate auto came on Saturday - Linda has finished the Jingles Flip its - love this one, and each part could easily stand alone as an ornament, stitched on perforated paper as a package tag - there are so many things you can do with each of these. Also in this auto - Thankful and Merry String - these are little alphabets for Thanksgiving and Christmas - so very cute. And Jolly Old Soul - the santa for 2013 - so cute and soulful- and Tiny Tidings XVIII - yes, 18! Linda has been doing one of these each year for 18 years - do you have them all? They are all still available.
The order from Raymond Crawford came this week - great ornament shaped ornaments - music, black /holly, Dog bones, Fleur de Lis and an adorable Santa Face. And from Kirk and Bradley the rest of the order came in - 3 adorable lighthouse ornaments - Blue with whales, green with lobsters/crabs/crawfish and lavender with starfish. These are great designs. And the last of the &More designs - a couple of Julia's books and a few canvases - she changed up the "stripe" concept and did it in a cross shape - one says faith and one prayer. Very nice - understated but powerfull.
And I could not end this post without mentioning some finishing deadlines! Ornaments - September 1 Pillows and Stockings - November 1. Please get your finishing in as soon as possible. If you have any questions about finishing, please call or email us with your questions.
July 20, 2013 I tried this post yesterday, so I will try it again. The July/August issue of Needlepoint Now came in - Vicki and Elizabeth are doing a stitch a long for the 4th of July March. I will be placing an order for the canvas next week - if you want one, just let me know. Another publication that came in is the Just Cross Stitch Halloween Special Collection. Our first group of this issue has all been sold and spoken for, but more are on the way. If you need one, let us know! And yet another publication - Quick Stitch and More Quick Stitches by Julie Sackett. These are great stitch books and a great size to put in your stitching bag.
Some more canvases came in from Cols market. from Princess and Me - more of their great little ornaments with stitch guides. Santa, Snowmen and Westies. Also restocked on some canvases from Kathy Schnekel Designs - mostly Halloween and Thanksgiving Stars. These are great canvases and many of them come with stitch guides. A partial order of canvases came from Melissa Shirley a few of her stand up cats with flowers and fish. Some great rabbits from Elizabeth Turner Collection.
We got some new threads -we got the entire line of wonder ribbon from the Collection. This is a great fiber that twists and turns and flips and most anything else you would want it to do. Also got the new Painter's Thread In cotton and silk. Great new threads.
There is more yet to come from Cols market -hopefully soon!
July 2, 2013 - I got so caught up with the finishing deadlines - and they are important! - I forgot to tell you about the new scissor fobs that came in. They are really great and come in a multitude of colors and styles - beach, patriotic, green and black, red and black, blue - you name the color and it is on one of these fobs! They are a nice size and a nice price $45. If you are interested, just give us a call and we will try to help you find the perfect fob for you! The patriotic fobs are great for this week! Have a happy, restful and safe 4th of July
July 1, 2013 - Can you believe we are half way thru 2013? Like it or not - we are! Just a quick note to remind you of a few things. We will be closed on July 4 and open the 1st Sun in July - July 7. We are open the 1st Sun of the month from 1-5. And to remind you of the finishing deadlines - they will be here before you know it! General guidelines - Halloween is Aug 9 and Christmas ornaments are Sept 1 and stockings and pillows are Nov 1. Can you get finishing done after those dates? Yes. Will you pay more? Yes. Are you guaranteed to get your finishing on time? No. They try to finish as much as they can, but there are fewer finishers and more finishing that needs to be done and so much of it comes at the same time, they just cannot get it all finished! So plan accordingly and get stitching so they can get finishing!
June 29, 2013 - 2 needlepoint canvas orders came in yesterday. The first one came from Lee/Colonial Designs - I ordered the cutest stocking - Ho Ho HO with elves and santa - so fun and sold it today!! Also some of the sweater ornaments from Silver Needle came in - love the black lab, yellow lab, santa sweater, blue reindeer on white and a santa sweater - which also sold today!
And the order from Susan Roberts came - I ordered a few of the nutcracker ornaments - love the Herr Drosselmeir! And got a few of the cube ornaments - Nativity, 3 Kings and the Nutcrackers. I ordered a lot more and it will trickle in between now and August.
June 27,2013 - Well I made it to market - after going to my nephew's wedding in Baltimore on Sat night! Both events were great - I just wish that they were not on the same weekend!
I saw a lot of new things - and ordered a lot of new things! As they come in, I will let you know. I loved Raymond's new ornaments, and Melissa Shirley's new canvases, and lots more!
And, now on to the cross stitch front. The JBW Designs trunk show has gone home - thanks to all who came in and looked and bought! We have some new designs from Prairie Schooler. It is time for the Annual Santa card - this year it is a santa with a clock - Santa is on a time line! And another Halloween card - Double, double with a pair of witches! And then she released 4 leaflets - Trick or Treat, Boo Moon, Happy Christmas and Nordic Holiday! They should be up on her website - prairieschool.com
And from Sweetheart Tree - Itty Bitty Kitty Christmas and Halloween. I have Easter on back order! So cute and they come with the charms!
Have you started the LHN Mystery Sampler? It is time to get started, the next one will be here in early July! Diane also released the Farmer's Daughter - the cow is adorable! And speaking of cows - Bessie! And the latest in the Sheep Virtues series - Simplicity! Her daughter has released the newest in Santa's Village Series - Candy Cane Cottage. Billie is stitching this one - so cute! She also released the Stars and Stripes.
Blackbird Designs is starting a new Loose Feathers - there are 12 leaflets - one each month. It starts in July and if you want to be included, let us know so we can get you on the list! And Shepherd's Bush has released a new chart - Hive and Home. It is a great set of 3 designs with 2 bee hive designs and one "home" design to go in the center. Enjoy and Happy Stitching.
June 13,2013 - The Lizzie Kate Auto came in yesterday - almost all of the Jingles are out now - only 3 left to go! And these are really cute - Fa La La,Silent Night - with an adorable owl!, and Joy to the World. Terri is working on the model - so far she is keeping up with the releases. Also in this release - another in the String Series - Spooly String. We saw this one at Nashville Market - so cute and spooky! And a great To Do List! A to do list as it should be, not laundry or dusting but - Count my blessings, Practice Kindness etc. This would be a great piece to hang where you would see it everyday! And another great Boxer - Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see! These Inspirational boxers have been great. Linda should have all of these up on her website by now - www.lizziekate.com
June 8, 2013 - More Mill Hill designs came yesterday - another great round of kits from Mill Hill. Love these little kits - come with beads, buttons, fabric or perforateded paper, directions and even the needles! Got to love them! Last week the new Holiday Button and Bead Kits and ornament /magnet kits came in - guess I forgot to mention those! This week the Trilogy Kits came - these are companions to the Three Wisemen, and last year's Mary Joseph and Baby Jesus. This year we got an angel and 2 shepherds. These are all on Perforated Paper, but you could easily stitch them on fabric if you did not want to do the paper. Also the 2013 Santa Ornaments came - this year they are Colonial Santas - Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Plymouth. And they released a new set of the Tiny Treasured Diamonds. These are on fabric and come in assorted colors - these are not really Holiday specific, but are great ornaments. Check them out on www.wichelt.com - look under What's New.
June 4, 2013 - June has arrived, and with it the warm weather! My favorite time of the year - NOT! But it is here and off we go. I am going to TNNA market the end of the month - should be interesting to see what is there. Always lots of interesting things to see!
The JBW Designs Trunk Show has come in - lots of great designs and Models Galore! It looks like we will have the trunk show for a few weeks, so now is the time to come in, see the models and start thinking about stitching for Fall, Halloween, Christmas, Weddings etc. Judy really designs for all seasons! Come See!!!
May 20, 2013 - Just a reminder that we will be closed on Memorial Day - just one week from today! Also we have signed up for the Little House Needleworks Mystery Sampler - it should ship about June 11. We are doing a sign up for this - it uses Weeks Dye Works which we have special ordered for the sampler. We also got the Loose Feathers latest book from Blackbird Designs - this is supposed to be the last of 2012, but is dated 2013 so... the fabric is backordered, but should be here fairly soon. And then they will start the 2013 Loose Feathers! Let us know if you want to be on auto for that as well.
May 17, 2013. Ordered the Just Cross Stitch magazines for the next couple of months! I ordered the Halloween Special Collection Issue - which ship the end of June, Halloween ornament issue - ship early August and the Christmas Ornament Magazine - ship in early September. We have started our sigh up sheets, so if you want 1 or all of the above, let us know and we will put you on the list.
We got our order from &More today - I love these canvases, they are so much fun to stitch. We got the horizontal BOO stripe and in the Keep Calm series - Meow on, Woof on, Jingle on and my favorite - screw calm and throw something! We also got a nice selection of beading thread from Julia. We have also added some River Silk Ribbon and Gloriana silk ribbon.
We have just about all of the orders from Feb market and it is almost time to go the June market. Always lot of good things coming!
May 7, 2013 - Tried to post from market but... and then tried several times after I got back and some internet issues. But today it seems to work so here we go.
We have some new notions - lots of new magnets from Accoputrements and Elizabeth Turner. Scissor and matching magnet from Shelly Tribbey - these are great gifts in a beautiful box. New snap trays and adorable snapbead trays with a magnet these are from Carol Eix - sold out and have re-ordered. Will let you know when they come in.
We are having a JBW trunk show in June - not sure of the dates yet, but will find out soon and post them. If you want to see some of her wonderful models, be sure and come in during the trunk show. Another new mermaid from Nora Corbet, this one is the Gypsy mermaid and is stitched with some great waterlilies.
We got the new Limited Edition Ornament Pinkeep from Just Nan - this one is Barnabee in Bloom. This is part of the series that started with the Gingerbread mouse, followed by Honey Bunny, we have one Honey Bunny left. These are so cute and so quick to stitch up and Nan gives you great directions for putting them together.
From Country Cottage Needleworks and Little House Needleworks we have the next part of the series - Santa's Village - Reindeer Stables and Sheep Virtues - Courage. Terri is almost finished stitching the shop model for the Jingles series from LizzieKate - well almost finished with the latest release - I think there are 6 more. She is trying to get the model finished before the next set is released.
Now for the needlepoint - we have LOTS! Between the orders that came in from Long Beach and what I bought in Dallas, we have lots of canvases! So here is a partial list of what we have in - Bunnies! Do we have bunnies? Cute bunnies, chocolate bunnies, serious bunnies and then just bunnies! Winter Garden from Birds of a Feather - so much potential for fab stitches, A 2sided nutcracker from A Collection of Designs. From Squiggee - A series of flamingos stateing that not all witches live in Salem! Bubble light ornaments with clips to clip them on the tree. From Annie Lee - a seahorse canvas that fits into a shell - very pretty.
From Rogue Needlepoint - the Downton Abby series - so far there are just 6 in the series - hopefully she will do the rest. In Jean Smith's floral animal series - the rabbit (see I told you we had lots of bunnies) and an elephant - so very cute. Kelly Clark had more peppermint candy sticks - the Licorice is back in stock! Lots of cute new things from Strictly Christmas - including a fabulous flying witch in red and green! Several patchwork dogs from Patt and Lee - I have ordered a cat but he was backordered. From JP the Fleur de Lis animal prints - these would be great appliqued onto a pillow!
And finally from Raymond - Chickens - BBQ and Parmesean Chicken. Saw them at market stitched with great Black and White Backgrounds.
I think that is all the typing my fingers can handle...
April 16,2013 - Still not organized for Dallas market - but there is always tomorrow isn't there?
Associated Talents order came - well most of it came! We got several of the Easter carrots - including one that is a mini carrot! It is really so cute. The Starfish tree topper came - great for a beach themed tree! And a sign - The Beach Fixes Everything - and it really does! Also a few of the Collegiate trees came in - they are so great for a regular tree - for those of you who do not have a beach themed tree!
Also wanted to let you know that the latest shipment of the Needlepoint in Your Nest - from Carolyn Hedge Baird came in. I think there is one that is not spoked for - let us know if you "need" it!
Norden Crafts has announced that they will have a new Mystery Sampler this summer - if you look at their Facebook page you can get a hint. Not much of a hint, but a hint none the less. About all I know at this point is that the first part will be released in June. We will have a sign up sheet and I assume that you can get the fabric and threads as well. It should be really great - Diane's designs are always wonderful.
LizzieKate auto ship came in - the next 3 of the Jingles series - Merry, Wait 'til Dec 25 and Cheer. She has coninued the Spring String with one for Summer - Buzzy String. Also a great new chart - Think Deeply - great design! And her newest boxer - A Perfectly Kept House - sign of a Misspent Life! Another great auto from Linda - you can see all of these designs in the shop or on her website - www.lizziekate.com I guess that does it for today.
April 2, 2013 - Another month flew by - soon I will be in Dallas for market. Really need to get organized for this. It has been buzy the last 10 days with lots of new items coming in the door.
I will start with new fibers - Sea Grass from the Thread Gather! We have started to put the line in - it is a really different thread with a "rafia" look and feel. Fun to stitch with! Planet Earth Fiber - we have started this line as well in the silk and silk opal. This is like stitching with "butter" We have more new colors from Bella Lusso - this is a very fine wool from Fleur de Paris that is a replacement fot Medici. And Paternayan - it is starting to trickle in - seems start up is a little slower than anticipated, right now all we have is black and 3 of the 4 whites, some navy and a tan. We shall see what happens with this.
On the Cross Stitch front - there are new kits from Mill Hill coming - they shipped on Friday and will probably arrive on Wed or Thursday. They have the new Autumn Button and Bead Series - love the Witch Way. And 6 of the smaller designs that come with a magnet - there is a great Dracula and an Acorn. And then there is something new-beaded ornaments - not sure what these are exactly, but they do look interesting. They seem to be 4sided designs are all beaded. We shall see when they arrive.
Part 3 of the Blue Ribbon Designs Mystery Sampler came in - it is a fabulous piece and love the small design suggestions. Also in this week the Santa's Village from Country Cottage Needle works and the Sheep Virtues from Little House Needleworks. Diane also released a new chart in the Hometown Holiday Series - Main Street Station - love the train!
Now on to Needlepoint - The large Bunny from Labors of Love has come in - he is fabulous and stands about 20" tall and dressed in his Easter Finery. Lots of stitch possibilities. He has a girlfriend as well, but she has not come in! From Lee Designs - we re-stocked on some of the crosses - red, blue, green. These are fairly easy to stich and look great finished. Amanda Lawford released a tote bag this year. It is black and nutmeg next year will be a different color combination. We got two canvases for the totes - a Fleur de Lis and a Bee. Part of the Raymond Crawford order has come in - some new stars, dog bones, some chickens - no eggs yet - BBQ and Parmesean. With all the Memphis BBQ, how could I pass up the BBQ Chicken?
Found a few things in the Elizabeth Turner Collection booth! They have some great self finishing key fogs - love the skull and cross bones, pink flip flops. The new Bead Buddies - these are small plastic boxes with sticky "stuff" in them to try to control those pesky beads. Nice and small for travel! Also, 2 "chick" mitten ornaments. These are on 13 and are adorable for your Easter decor!
Part of the Melissa Shirley order came in - fabulous as always! I ordered a large green stripe candy cane to match my red stripe candy cane - that is a work in progress! I even worked on it on Sunday, it may be completed yet! Also a large pink peony - this would be great on as a pillow or framed for a girl's room or as a pillow for a sunroom/Florida room. Too great to miss!
Whimsey and Grace - some great ornaments in the Reflection series. I love the black and white floral - kind of a negative space design. And several ornaments with paw prints for any tiger/cat/wildcat fans. Then there is one with a Bee and one with Holly. These come with fun metallic hangars. All are great.
JABCO had some great new pincushions - Beatrix (a white bunny) and Semi Sweey (a chocolate bunny) These are complete kits and are 4-5 inches tall! So much fun.
That is all I can manage today - the computer is starting to plays games so...
March 21, 2013 Billie pointed out to me that I neglected to mention the new Nativity from Carol Dupree! It is a great set and has a fabulous camel and the cutest pair of sheep. I believe there are 12 pieces in the set, altho you can pick and choose as you want! And at a great price point! Also the order from Leigh Designs came in - of course, the crow squashed - to go with the canvas from the Sandy Arthur class that I took in Long Beach. And several of her Ashland Sky bags - these are great bags in great colors - this time I ordered teal and orange - sorry no Tiger Blue! Hope your first day of Spring is warmer than mine!
March 18, 2013. Seemed like not much was happening and then today the UPS man brought 3 boxes of canvases! Princess and Me, Kirk and Hamilton, and Kelly Clark! All great designs - from Princess and Me we got the new designs including the new Princess and the Pea! I think this is the 3rd one and each one is cuter than the next! From Kirk and Hamilton - we finally have the Polar Bear "Snowglobe" large ornament or stand up, Snowcones - little snow faces with large hats and the new Poison bottles - gotta love the pickled bandages. And then Kelly Clark - great designs, most of our order was special orders, but we did get a few of the new peppermint sticks - I love the Licorice stick - even tho I hate Licorice! These are so cute! Hope the rest of the new designs are not too far behind.
On the cross stitch front - most of the items we are getting in are the re-orders from Nashville Market - you can check Norden Crafts and Hoffman Distributing to see most of the new designs. And just a reminder - we only have one Honey Bunny ornament from Just Nan left and with Easter only 2 weeks away, he won't last long. We also have one white bunny pincushion from JABCO and should be getting a chocolate bunny any day now. They were not released until after market so we have to wait.
Time to get working on everything that has come in and get the orders going.
March 11, 2013. Well, Billie and I made to Nashville and back again!! We brought lots back - sold a lot, re- ordered and sold some of that! So, I am sitting here and will try to highlight some of what we brought home. From DebBee's Designs we found Bar Buddies - these are bandages for your stitching frames. We got 2 sizes and they cover the edge of your stretcher bars or Q snaps and keep everything clean and you don't snag your thread on the tacks. She also had some Needle Valets in stock, so we picked up a few. Both of these items help Arkansas Cares - a great project that DebBee is helping.
I see that we just have one Honey Bunny ornament from Just Nan left! And they are about to be completely gone. Let me know if I need to put that one back for you!
And in no particular order, just as I see it here on the table. Happy Easter from San Sarah with the stand! So cute and different! Country Cottage Needleworks - Dream Big - with a darling bunny under a large carrot. Sheep thread winders from Just Another Button Company. We also picked up the white bunny pincushion kit - complete with pins, buttons and materials. It is so very cute! There is a chocolate bunny coming later in the month. Sugar Skulls from Prairie Moon - they come with a piece of fabric
From Blackbird Designs - as great as every! The sampler in the Maria Selby Humphrey 1831 book is fabulous. And not only is there the large sampler there are also some small pieces that she has taken out of the design! We also had a Reward of Merit, but I don't see any here, so I guess that we sold out and will have to put that on the re-order list!
Rosewood Manor had Winter Quaker - a companion to Spring to be followed by Summer and Famplersall. We also picked up the Ravenswood Sampler from her. Viktor and Irina from Plum Street Sampler - a Lion and The Lamb sampler that goes with her other animal samplers.
And then there is the Amy Bruecken Designs - who doesn't love her fun designs? We picked up Wine, Wine, Whine, Wine and Bad Words and a few others. Such fun designs.
OK - it is time for me to get going! I am going to see my mother for a few days and leave on a plane very early tomorrow morning so time to get to the rest of things on my to do list.
February 28, 2013. Remember we are closed this Sunday! On my way out the door on the way to Nashville Market! Just wanted to let you know that the Honey Bunney ornament kit from Just Nan has come in! These are so cute! Maybe even better than the Gingerbread Mouse. We only have 3 left, so if you want one...
February 26, 2013. Again, the reminder, we will not be open the first Sunday in March - Nashville Market! Can't wait - there will be so many great things to bring home.
Now on to what is new in Cross Stitch. From Little House Needleworks - she has 3 new releases. The first is "Orchard Valley Quilting Bee - several houses around the "town square" she also released the first in the Hometown Holiday Series - My House. And then there is the next sheep in the Sheep Virtue series - this is Love and has 2 sheep under a "heart" flower. These are all very cute - be sure to check them out on her website www.littlehouseneedleworks.com
JBW Designs had some new designs for the up coming market - Judy is not going to make it to market this year, so she released her new designs a little early - French Country - Poodle and Umbrella, Alphabet Cats, and Alphabet Hearts - not unlike the Christmas ABC's and the Great Pumpkin Alphabet - except this is a heart - Valentine - theme. She also released a French Alphabet sampler. These are all great desings and should be up on Judy's website by now jbwdesigns.com
Now, Country Cottage Needleworks - she released the next design in the Santa's Villalge Series - Mrs Claus' Cookie Shop - complete with a chocolate cookie button. And "Dream Big" an adorable rabbit under a large carrot. You can also see these on her website www.countrycottageneedleworks.com
We also got a new chart from Mirabilia - Siren and the Shipwreck - another of her fabulous mermaids. It is stitched on Sea Lily Linen - you can see it on www.hoffmandis.com or www.wichelt.com
And finally from Prairie School - 4 new Spring Designs - Vintage Eggs, The Three Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and Fables and Tales. I love the Three Little Pigs! You can see those new designs on her website www.prairieschooler.com
And now to the needlepoint - first June McKnight's new book "Colorful Backgrounds". I have to admit that when I saw it at market, I did not really look at it, because all of June's Books are so good, I just ordered it. The order came in yesterday and I took one home to look at last night - Wow what a great book! She has these under the background category, but some of these would be great stitches for any part of the design. Fabulous!
We got canvases from Linda Lahm - great little beach/ll bean bags! the new designs are - seahorse, Chef's hat, Dog, Cat, Baby boy and Baby girl and a graduation cap. There are others on order, but they were backordered.
Today, we got an order from Susan Roberts - a little re-stocking from the first market orders and some new. We got a new nutcracker - this is a large nutcracker - about 20" tall. This is the Blue Prince. RE- stocked on the bells - Santa, Snowman, Nativity, Rooftop flight and best of all - a white bunney on a pink background. One of out customers stitched him and made into a free standing egg - he is adorable!
I think that takes care of today's post - I expect to see the second part of the Blue Ribbon Designs Mystery sampler "Blue Jeans and Daisies" and from Just Nan Honey Bunny ornament appear tomorrow or Thursday.
Take care and remember - we are closed this Sunday!
February 20, 2013. First, I have to remind you that we will not be open the first Sunday in March as I will be at Nashville Market!
Here is today's report on new needlepoint canvases. Susan Roberts fabulous Herr Drosselmeyer came in! He is a stunning nutcracker for the Nutcracker lover in your life. He is taller than the average nutcracker that we get - 30" tall - almost lifesize! He would make a great front hall greeter for the holidays, and now is the time to get started on him! I also bought 2 new bell canvases, and a couple of stockings.
More to report tomorrow!
February 13, 2013. Ok, a few more things came in today! Birds of a Feather - Garden check - a fabulous, modern design with flowers and a blue and white check background. Makes a fabulous bolster pillow and would be great on a sun room or for a special young lady! Re-stocked on the nativity piece - Joyous Christmas - and the toile rabbits.
Brought back the NeedleDeeva hearts from Sample it, so they are here and ready to go - Gingerbread, Reindeer, Snowman, and Poinsettia. These are great little canvases and come with a stitch guide from Vicky DeAngelis!
More boxes coming tomorrow! Remember, we are closed on March 3rd!
February 12, 2013. Nashville Market is the first weekend in March - so we will not be open the first Sunday in March. See you in April. I tried to post about the new magnets yesterday, but the computer was not playing nice! So here goes!
We received several magnet from Aand would be Accoutrement Designs - a great pawprint for all the Tiger - Wildcat fans! A carrot that is too cute, but not as cute as the rabbit which is not as cute as the yellow ducky. And 2 of the limited edition Nutcracker magnets - I love him! He is large and very colorful in his bright red uniform!
I talked to Judy Whitman of JBW designs and we have a trunk show coming in June - this should be great! More info later.
Next, 2 partial orders to report. From Melissa Shirley the rabbit and the drum - these are Debbie Mumm designs. Great colors - the green is a little funky, not quite Christmas green but ... really great little design.
And from Shelly Tribbey, for the more mature eyes out there, Shelly has started doing more ornaments on 13/14 ct canvas, so I ordered the snowman series - there are 3 in the series and they are adorable. I also ordered the Nativity Silhouette in a larger version. There is not much detail, but shows the three wisemen going to Bethlehem and Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus. I also ordered the first part of her nativity, which we have not had for a while. we have Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus, animals and wisemen tocome later.
I think that is it for today, but I expect to see the UPS man with more packages tomorrow!
February 9, 2013 - Wow I am back from market and just about over the jet lag, lack of sleep and lots of walking, looking, making decisions and ordering like a wild woman! The new Mill Hill Debbie Mumm kits came in while I was gone - Frightful Delights - you can see them on www.wichelt.com Very fun and it is never too early to start stitching for Halloween. I love Boo Frog with his 3D eyes! He is stitched on 28 Black linen, but I would probably stitch him on 14 black perforated paper or 14 ct aida black (much easier to see) and the other 3 designs - Haunted Crow, Jacks and Cats and Happy Skeleton are great designs as well. That little frog just calls to me!
I managed to find a few new gadgets - always on the look out for new gadgets! This market only had a few - a bead roll up from Sundance designs - it is a soft fuzzy fabric that hangs on to the beads and when you are finished beading for the day, you roll it up, tie a bow and tuck it in your stitching bag and the beads are secure. Also, Elizabeth Turner had some little bead holders that will be great for small projects they are small plastic boxes with stitcky stuff to hold the beads - great idea. Hopefully they will be coming soon with the adorable Santa face magnet I ordered from ETC - along with a few other goodies!
Beth Gantz was not there in person, but her canvases were and one of the suggestions was to do a pillow for a new child in your life. Beth custom paints these in your colors for a boy or girl - I think you can see these on her website, or come in and I will show you the idea. Lots of fun and easy to stitch!
And speaking of goodies to come - I will post the canvases as they come. And guess what arrived this morning - Silver Needle - some great designs including a fish belt and the cutest stocking! It has 2 rabbits under the tree and it looks liked they flopped under the tree after running from Mr McGregor's garden. This stocking won't last long.
January 29, 2013 - New magnets came in today! Octopus, Peacock, Flower, Black Skull , flipflop and the Breast Cancer Research pink ribbon. These are the large mega-bling magnets!
January 28, 2013 - LizzieKate came in today! Wow these are spectacular! I will start with Promise Me - this is the quote from Christopher Robin to Pooh and is just wonderful - I love the colors especially the bluebird. Then there is Spring String which is an alphabet with a Spring twist - the colors definitely say spring.
And then there is the New Jingles - there are several patterns to this series (12) and they can be finished individually or as a group. This is a similar concept to the 6 Fat Men that we have worked in the shop. ANd finally, the new Boxer - As for me and my house - we will serve the Lord. It is very pretty and fairly soft colors, but you can always change them to suit your decor! Each boxer seems to be better than the one before. Linda should have these on her website today or tomorrow and the free chart for the border and placement. Check it out! www.lizziekate.com
January 26, 2013 - Have you seen Blue Jeans and Daisies? This is the Mystery Sampler from Blue Ribbon Designs. It is great! It is a 3 part sampler and part 1 has been released. Part 2 will come in February and Part 3 in March. The first part of the design has a sunflower, birdhouse, willow tree and beeskep. It is done on Blue Denim linen from Weeks Dye Works with Weeks Dye Works threads. It is fabulous! I have 2 that are not spoken for, so if you want one let me know.
January 23, 2013 - Is it time for you to start a stocking for that new grandchild or son-in-law or... we got new stockings from Lee Designs today! Love them - I love the Christmas Angel and the Santa holding a bugle - Terri loves the "patchwork" style design that seems to be gender neutral and all of us love the tumbling Santas! It is never too early to get started and they are priced right! Time to get going!
January 17, 2013 - January is flying by... but inventory is done - hurrah - and we found some things in the deep dark corners of the shop that need to go onto the sale table and most of them have made it there! We will keep working on this as we have to make room for the new things that I will be ordering at market. I am going to Long Beach the first weekend of Feb and then to the Nashville market the first weekend in March.
Long Beach is an order market - so I will be bringing very little home - just lots of order sheets and lots of inspiration. Nashville is a cash & carry market so I will be bringing lots of goodies home - along with more inspiration!
Designers are starting to advertise new things for these markets and if you see anything that you are interested in, just let me know and I will see if I can find it for you.
Not much as come in new as everyone is waiting for the next markets to release new things - Lizzie Kate has new things coming next week - Jingle Flip its - I think they are going to be really cute and a new boxer and some other fun things. Also coming this month will be another in the CCN Santa's Village chart and the LHN Sheep Virtues - Hope.
We also got a new shipment of designs from Mill Hill - they have some really cute heart designs for the upcoming Valentine's Day and great Bead and Button Kits - Puppy Paws and Kitty Paws are so cute and should be big sellers! Check them out at www.wichelt.com you should be able to find them under new designs. Enjoy!
December 31, 2012 - New Year's Eve and we are closing early today - got to get ready for the big party! I usually watch the ball drop on Times Square - on the news on New Year's Day! And we will be closed on New Year's Day. Thanks to all who shopped the sale - we did very well and appreciate your business - without you we would not be here! Best wishes and Happy Stitching in 2013.
December 22, 2012 - Wow only 2 days into the sale and things are going quickly! This is great - less to count in January. But there is still plenty left and lots of treasures to be found. If you need threads or fabric for a project for the New Year - now is the time to get it. The sale covers any thing that is in stock, if you cannot get in, just give us a call or an email and we will be glad to pull for you. Just give us a credit card number and we will charge and ship it if you need it shipped. Although probably nothing will go to the post office until later next week.
December 18, 2012 - We have been very busy getting everything out of all the corners to get ready for the year end sale. We are checking for items that need to go into the 50% off pile and make room for all the new things coming in the new year - some are ordered and some I am still thinking about! The sale starts on Dec 21 and ends on Dec 29, so get your lists together now! If you are out of town, you can always shop by phone or email. We are always happy to help you increase your stash!
I have signed up for the new mystery sampler from Blue Ribbon Designs - I think it will be so much fun and I do love all of her designs. Let us know if you are interested. Also we are doing the Santa's Villiage monthly from Country Garden - the first one has come out already, but we can easily get you caught up. And the last of the Balckbird Designs Loose feathers has been released - not here yet, but coming soon. I think that this is the best of the series.
So get your shopping shoes on and we will see you during the sale! Just remember, the more you buy, the less we have to count!
December 2, 2012 - Another month flew by! I will be in Long Beach for the Winter Trade Show before I know it - and that isn't until Feb1st!!! Not much happening here - we are trying to finish up the year and get all the finishing in and out to you. I am currently looking at our thread selection and deciding which, if any, we need to delete from stock and which ones we need to add in the new year.
We will be having a sale the end of December - not exactly sure on the start and end dates, but we will be open Sun Dec 23 from 1-5 and will be closing early on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve and of course, we will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
November 13, 2012 - It has been a crazy few weeks - with all the wild weather. All the Just Nan Gingerbread mice are sold! That did not take too long!
A few small canvas orders - the last of the last market! Thanksgiving set from Kathey Schenkel - Mr and Mrs Pilgrim, Mr and Mrs Indian, turkey, the Mayflower and a shock of cornstalks. This is a great set and available in 2 sizes - 4.5 inches high and about 9 inches high! The last of the Associated Talents "beach" motif ornaments. And the last of the Poison Bottles from KIrk and Hamiliton - they are so very Creepy!
And new "large" magnets - about 2" in diameter came in today - butterfly, heart, curly cross and large cross, black cat, black scottie and the flower in an antique gold finish. These are so fun and very strong to hold your needles, scissors, and laying tools and anything else that a magnet will hold!
Time to hit the grocery store and start thinking about dinner for Thanksgiving!
November 2, 2012 - Are you looking for Sesame Street designs? Thea Gouverneur has released a series of kits with the Sesame Street characters - you can see them on the Wichelt Imports website. If you see one you would like, just let me know and I will order it for you. www.wichelt.com is the website. There is Elmo and Bert and Ernie and others - these are charted on Aida cloth.
Just Nan is doing lots of fun things this year - the current one is a Gingerbread Mouse - he is too cute! Sold the first group and had to re-order, they should have shipped today. Check them out on her website and let me know if you want one. These are limited edition and won't be around for long.
October 29, 2012 - Are you ready for Halloween? I don't think I am but... and as you can see, I could not figure out how to change all the colors on the website - changed them all but one and could not change it - even after 1 1/2 hours with tech support to I guess this is it.
The new Glitter Basket Pinball Tin from Just Nan came in - we have sold all but one! These are a limited edition, so miss this one. It is a little tin with felt balls inside to use it as a pincushion - very cute! We sold out of the Fall ones very quickly as well. So if you want it, let me know!
I ordered from the online show - and got from Kelmscott the pumpkin scissors - so very cute and the Hoot Owl Needle minder. These are great last minute little gifts for a stitcher who loves Fall and Halloween!
I ordered the Dec. cottage from Country Cottage - it is not here yet, but should ship the end of Oct. And of course, the Gingerbread ornament from Little House Needleworks.
We have gotten lots of finishing back - but there is still lots to ship to the finisher. The ornament deadline is pretty well past, and the stocking and pillow finishing is not far behind - like next week! We have had so many very cute ornaments come back this year, it is like Christmas to open the boxes of finishing as they come back. And speaking of finishing, I need to get busy getting some out the door!
October 16, 2012 - This week the new Lizzie Kate designs came in - the rest of the Snow Belles have arrived. What a wonderful companion to the 6 Fat Men! And her new boxer is outstanding. Be sure and check these designs on her website and you can download the free border chart for the Snow Belles while you are there. www.lizziekate.com
I placed an order with Melissa Shirley on Monday - bought some new and different designs this time - Sometimes you just have to step out and order something different - will let you know when they come in.
I am trying to change the colors on the website - it has been a while since I have done this so we shall see if I can remember how to do it.
October 2, 2012 - On Sunday, Oct 14th, Marion Scoular is giving a lecture on her years attending the Royal School of Needlework in London. She will display five tables of her work that won her the highest of honors. EGA has invited her to teach at their regional seminars year after year and they are delighted to offer this opportunity to meet her. The lecture will be at 2pm in the Parish Hall of St George's Episcopal Church, 2425 S Germantown Road. A reception with refreshments will follow. The cost is $12.
More new Blackbird Designs - Merry Christmas - a great new design from Barb and Alma. Wonderful Christmas sampler but not really in traditional red and green so you can leave it up all year long! Also the new Shepherd's Bush stocking - Charland's stocking. She is wearing a purple dress with a big daisy and sheep and Bethlehem on the bottom!
Also, from Scarlet House - I'd give up chocolate, but I 'm no quitter - so don't be a quitter! And new Little House Needleworks new designs including the November cottage. You check all of these designs out at www.hoffmandis.com
September 29, 2012 - Wow - 2 days in a row! I forgot to mention the Sullivan's scissors that we picked up. Billie really likes them! They are nice and sharp and have large handle openings - if you have a touch of arthritis these are the scissors for you! Also, quite by accident, we were fiddling with the new button needle magnets and discovered that there are really strong ones that hold needles, scissors and a laying tool - even when you turn the canvas over. And there is nothing worse than turning your canvas over to tie off a thread and lose every thing that is on your magnet!
September 28, 2012 - Yesterday the UPS man brought the order from Norden Crafts - and what was in the box? Mesh bags - hurrah, the 3rd in this series of Loose Feathers from Blackbird Designs - this book is called Summer's Last Rose. It is a fabulous book with some great designs. Check it out at Norden Crafts if you can't get in to see it.
Also in the box were the newest limited edition scissors from Gingher - these are called Emily and have very sweet pink roses on the handles - you can see these on Norden as well www.nordencrafts.com Gotta go - I've finishing to ship!
September 25, 2012 - Another 10 days just flew by! We are trying to keep on top of things - especially the finishing deadlines! Ornaments need to be this weekend and stockings and pillows are the 1st of November. If you don't have that stocking done...what are you doing on the internet? Get Stitching!
Robin was in the shop last week and saw the small magnetic board and button magnet. She bought 2 magnetic boards to store her magnets and a picture of her cat! These are really cute boards and with a matching button magnet - and what a wonderful holiday gift for a stitcher! You can see them on her blog - www.needlepointstudyhall.blogspot.com Let me know if you want one or two or more!
September 12, 2012 - And if I thought those 10 went quickly in August, what was I thinking in September? I did go to the cash and carry market in Baltimore and I did a lot of Cash and Carry! I wasn't sure the airline was going to take the suitcase!
And while I was gone, the 2012 Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament magazine came in! Wow! What great designs. And of course, I am doing this from home and left the magazine at the shop so I cannot give you any specifics... but trust me, it is another great issue. We got plenty in this year and have called or sent one to everyone who pre-ordered and we still have some left! Just let us know if you want one. The last of the Lizzie Kate Mystery Sampler also came in and those have been distributed, if you need a copy - let us know. I got an email from Linda last week and the next LK auto should be about Oct. 10 - that will finish out the SnowBelles
Now, on to the Baltimore market - we bought a lot so here goes!
Amy Bruecken Designs had the cutest little charts for whatever - they were really cute. And the winter Humbug and a great Santa with a felt tree. And Cherry Wood Designs were there with a great baby design - they have it in pink or blue. thecollection had Batman belts - we got it in 2 sizes - regular and small, which could be for a small child or a dog collar. Magfriends had Angry Bird magnets. And of course, new cotton threads from Sampler and Weeks Dye Works. Crescent Colours was not there, but I expect new cottons to come from Hoffman soon. And Handblessings had the cutest Halloween and bunny Christmas designs. These can be stitched on 14 ct Tropical orange or linen. You can see them on her website - www.handblessings.com Ink Circles had a new design - Cirque des Coeurs (just don't ask me to pronounce that!) JBW had the new Christmas Alphabet - fabulous and it would look great stitched in the silk from Glorianna - Tudor silk! Beautiful colors. Billie and I decided it would look great on a fall piece or the LA D Da alphabet! Just Another Button Company was there with lots of button and pincushions! Love the pin pin panda. They also had the buttons and free chart for the The Boys are Back in Town (from Last year) and this year's Girl's Night Out! Rosewood Manor was there - I love her new designs. Be sure and check them out on her website or on Hoffman or Norden. Sue Hillis had some fun Christmas designs - they are stitched on a pink/red stripe or a green stripe fabric which we ordered, should be in next week.
Picked up a few belts from JP - fishing lures belt which was advertised as the top seller for 2011! Had a great visit with Kelly Clark and came home with a few canvases! A few candy canes and several witch hats - I know you can't get them done for this year but... Then we went into Melissa Shirley's room - wow what great designs! Found a "sailboat" stocking and a red angel stocking and speaking of angels, she had some of the angel star ornaments! Picked up a few ornament canvases from Princess and Me - love those snowmen! And Raymond had some new stars so... I picked up the dog bone, blue snowflake and the classic black with gold ribbon. Susan Roberts had the best stocking cuffs - Moonlit Santa, Nativity and Trumpet Angel - Susie's sister was stitching it while we were at market. And then we spotted the Keep Calm series at Unique NZ Designs - we came home with several cats and dogs - we had to order the stitch on and wait for Halloween. They also had a great Pop Art Scottie Dogs, they are shipping that as well.
Went into the Namaste room and came home with the Better Buddy! The magnet is stronger and I love the new yellow color. That is all I can remember, as I remember others I will post them. If you see anything on line that appeals to you, just let me know.
And one last time - finishing deadlines will be here before we know it! In fact the first ornament deadline is this week, we can still send them for finishing but do get them in as soon as possible. Stockings and pillows are the 1 November! Get Stitching!
August 28, 2012 - Wow - those 10 days flew by quickly! I was at a needlepoint retreat last week, had a great time and learned a few tricks!
The Associated Talents canvases came in! They are fabulous, I ordered all of the Seaside ornaments and have sold quite a few of them - if you want flamingos, coral, starfish or just plain "beach" stuff - these are the ornaments for you. I will be going to Baltimore market in early September and will probably bring back a few more! I also ordered a few of their college triangle ornaments - such bright clear Christmas colors!
This weekend is Labor Day Weekend - we will be open on Saturday, but closed on Sunday and Monday. This is the first Sunday of the month, but because of the holiday, we will not be open. Please enjoy this last holiday of the summer, get some serious stitching done, and have a good weekend. Hopefully Hurricane Isaac will not have too much of an impact on the coast.
Just a reminder that deadlines are coming up for finishing. Right now the deadline for ornaments is Sept 5, but we may be able to get a few more in after they find out how many they have to finish. Pillows and stockings are the 1st of November, and belts are the 15th of November. The earlier we get it in, the better. The bottom line is, get it stitched and we will see if one of our finishers can do it.
August 19, 2012 - The LizzieKate auto came in on Thursday - fabulous as always! The new SnowBelles are so cute - the first 3 have been released and the last three will come in November. Just like the 6 Fat guys you can stitch them individually or stitch them as a unit. The free border is available on Linda's website - www.lizziekate.com . And I love the new inspirational boxer - Faith Hope and Love. And I love the 2012 Santa and the new Tiny Tidings with lots of smaller designs - make great ornaments or great for Christmas decorating. You can see all the new ones on Linda's website.
The September/October issue of the Just Cross Magazine is all sold out, but we have ordered more. If you want to be on the list for the next batch, just let us know and we will hold one for you or ship it to you if you don't live locally.
August 16, 2012 - As I suspected the Halloween Tins are gone - both in the store and at Just Nan. Very cute - hopefully she will do more and maybe even make more of them!
The Just Cross Stitch September/October issue came in yesterday. We have called all the people on the list and have some left, and can order more when these are gone! Christmas Ornament magazine is coming next. If you are not on the list and want one, be sure to let us know.
August 15, 2012 - Just Nan! More great Halloween designs from Nan! We have Autumn Typography with a great charm and beads and Spider Moon - also with charms and beads. The Autumn Needle slide (with the world's smallest magnet!) and companion Owl charm on a pin - we are selling these as a set. I am sure that the Owl pins will be sold out very quickly! As will the Halloween Tin - those are a limited quantity - I have to ask John if we can order more - but I doubt it. You can check all this out on her website www.justnan.com
Terri wants me to remind you of the fast approaching finishing deadlines! Halloween is Aug 21 and Christmas is Sept 5 for ornaments. There are other dates - Stockings and Pillows are 1 Nov. Get your item stitched and we will try our best to get them finished. The finishers set up their deadlines and if they don't get as many as they think they will, we can ship after the date. But you want to be guaranteed for Christmas - the earlier the better! So start stitching!
August 9, 2012 - Jim Shore publication Sunshine! Just came in - it is a great sun face! It is fabulous. You can see it on the Wichelt website www.wichelt.com it is JSP008. While you are there, check out the rest of the Jim Shore Publications - the Monogram book has a lot of potential.
August 4, 2012 - Vicki brought in her LizzieKate Mystery Sampler - the first one we have seen stitched! It looks great! The 2nd part is in the shop and we have notified all who signed up. We did order extra sets for those who want to wait to see the finished sampler before they order! If you are ready to sign up, let us know and we will get you started.
The Just Cross Stitch Halloween Collection magazines are all gone, but I have ordered more! The Halloween Ornament Issue and the Christmas ornament magazines should be coming in soon. If you are not on either list and would like to be, let us know and we will hold one for you.
Time for lunch - gotta go.
July 29, 2012 - The Rebecca Wood Nativity designs were sold and re-ordered and received in just 10 days! Rebecca is really fills orders quickly! They are so well designed and painted!
The next part of the LizzieKate Mystery sampler shipped on Firday - so it should be in the shop this week. If you are on the list, we will contact you or ship to you - as required. I can't wait to see the entire sampler, but I will have to wait until the end of August! We have pre-sold all that we ordered, but can always add to the order or order you a set after the 3rd part comes out - for those of you who are waiting to see the finished sampler!
Back to needlepoint - The Barbara Bergsten market order came in this week - love them and all in pink and green. Some shift dress ornaments - great for the young lady who loves pink and green and Lily! We also ordered a Welcome to the Beach and a Flamingo welcome - so much fun to stitch. And they are on large mesh canvas, so they are good starter canvases for beginners.
Atenti bags - our Columbus market order came in on Friday - love these bags - I ordered several project bags/purses - one with sugar skulls and one with cowgirls on pink! So much fun!
Shelly Tribbey - the last of our market order came in - love the Penguin - he is great as an ornament, or a squared and embellished stand up. Also a 3 kings mini sock - Shelly has the best nativity pieces. Also part of the order from Raymond Crawford came in - I ordered the new star ornaments (all except the Texas State flag - which I can get if you need it!) I re-ordered the black star with gold ribbons and green holly leaves - it is a very classic looking ornament. Sandra stitched it with Black Very Velvet and a great gold Silk Lame for the ribbons.
I think that is all... I am sure I will see something the first thing tomorrow that I should have included here!
July 20, 2012 - Rebecca Wood Designs order from Columbus Market came in today. Fabulous! A poinsettia Angel stocking! Good angel stockings are hard to find and this is a real gem! Also from Rebecca Wood - her Nativity set - we have all the pieces in stock, but it is very easy to re-order if we sell some of them before you order. There is an angel, Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, a shepherd, a donkey and three wisemen with matching camels! This is a fabulous Nativity set!
July 19, 2012- The Lizzie Kate Mystery Sampler is doing really well - are you ready for the 2nd part? It will be here before you know it - so get stitching so you are ready for the 2nd part. It should ship about the 27th of July. Can't wait to see the finished sampler.
We are also on automatic for the Blackbird Designs Loose Feathers (this is the 2nd in a series of 4) Sarah's House. It is an unusual sampler - but Alma and Barb have added their touches to it. And fabulous photos in the book. We are waiting for the fabric, but should be here soon.
From JBW, we ordered the new "The Great Pumpkin Alphabet" - it uses some great threads from Week and Sampler Thread - nutmeg, carrot, pumpkin, avocado are just a few of the threads. We will definitely have to stitch a model of this one. We also have the Strawberry Hill Sampler from With Thy Needle and Thread. It is a great design and you can finish as a box.
A few things have come from Columbus market - Kathy Schenkel designs - a Nativity mini sock with a angel "doll" to put in it - really cute. Also from Pischke Pockets purses - sold several already, but we do have Newport - with a nautical theme and Islamorada with a crab. Linda has left her finished crab tote here - she added a few metallic threads to the crab - looks great.
We have some of the Atenti bags on order - will let you know when they come in.
July 17, 2012 - Just got an email from Just Cross Stitch magazine with a picture of the 2012 Christmas Ornament issue - 77 Christmas ornaments - It looks great - saw an ornament from Shepherd's Bush and Pat Thode and I don't remember all the rest, but it looks good. We have started a list of people who want it, so be sure to let us know if you want to be on the list! I think I ordered 50 issues and they will be gone before you know it!
We sold out of the 2012 Halloween Collection and I have re-ordered twice! If you still need one, let us know - you can call and we will put you on the list - 901-681-9276. And there is the Halloween issue of the magazine yet to come as well - again if you want us to hold one for you - just call or send me an email.
July 16, 2012 - Time flies! I took a quick trip to see my mother last weekend - she seems to be doing well - at last! That trip seemed to put behind even more than before!
The re-order of the LK mystery sampler has come in - so now everyone is up to date on that - just before the 2nd part comes out the end of July!
Some needlepoint canvases came in this week from the Columbus market. Birds of Feather - I ordered 2 of the Halloween design and the Bohemian pillow top/jeans jacket canvas. Danielle had it finished as a bolster pillow - looks great. And an order from Kirk and Hamilton came in, but I had to return it - the Post office machinery tried to shred it. That should be replaced soon. Also an order from Susan Roberts - a few new nutcrackers.
Billie will have to get me organized on Thursday and I will have a better posting then. It is too hot to think!
June 30, 2012 - The Lizzie Kate mystery sampler is in - it is off to a great start! We have sold our initial order, but will re-order on Monday morning! It is a great design - Billie and I are trying to decide who is going to start first and then who will finish first! Terri started one of the cards from Prairie Schooler - fun design!
The main reason for this post is to remind you that this is the first Sunday of the month, so we will be open from 1-5! And we will be closed on the 4th, with regular hours the rest of the week. Beat the heat - stay in front of the air conditioner and stitch!
June 26, 2012 - I am back from market with more pieces of paper than a person needs - price lists, notes of what I need to remember, color sheets of new designs and on and on.
This was an order market, so I brought back very little... there is a sample spree on Friday night where I purchased a few things, but not much needlepoint to buy - mostly knitting! But I did see some great things and can't wait for them to come in... new shifts from Barbara Bergstrom, new designs from Melissa Shirley and outstanding beach themed ornaments from Associated Talents. I will be posting as they arrive - some will come right away and some will take a few weeks.
Lizzie Kate mystery sampler should come this week - if you are on the list we will be calling you - it looks so exciting! Also I saw a new Halloween sampler from Rosewood Manor at market - it is not released yet, but it is going to be fantastic!
Time to get to laundry and sorting thru all that paper!
June 14, 2012 - June market is next week, so this seems to be a fairly slow time for new releases. But we do have a few! Lizzie Kate auto came in- a great snippet - Do what your wife said! and a large chart Wouldn't life be great. If sweatpants were sexy etc - very cute. And thew latest Inspirational Boxer - It is the sweet simple things in life which are the real things after all - love the bonus chart with this one.
July word play has come in - and most of them have gone out! Fireworks, a day at the beach, stars and stripes! Love the entire series.
Finishing Deadlines: They will be here before we know it! Halloween - Aug 26, Thanksgiving Sept 11, Christmas ornaments Sept 5, Pillows and stockings Nov 5 and belts Dec 1. If you miss these deadlines, we may still be able to get them done, but if you want guaranteed delivery, try to make these deadlines.
June 11, 2012 - Kathy pulled threads for the lime green sleigh from Painted Pony today! Really very cute!
Prairie Schooler automatic came in today. The annual santa chart is in this auto! Maybe I can get this one done before Christmas! Well, maybe! Also, she sent 2 Halloween charts in the Santa format - one is Whoo's There? It features 2 owls! and one that is titled Knock Knock which features witches and ghosts! These are both really cute. The 2012 Santa is fabulous! As Always! He is standing beside a Mail sack and holding a Dear Santa letter! Then there are the regular format charts - 2 are Halloween and 2 are Christmas. All Hallows Eve - a trip thru the cemetary, Heads Up! individual scary faces for ornaments. Pumpkin, cats, devil, owl, ghost etc. Reindeer Roundup - Santa, cabin and reindeer (very cute) and O Christmas Tree - Tree shaped ornaments. She does not have them posted yet - but should in the next day or two.
June 9, 2012 - Just a quick update to let you know that the July Word Play charts have been released and ordered. Should get them next week.
And in todays mail were some canvases from Painted Pony - she has two really cute ornaments. There is a lime green sleigh with glass ornaments and a purple sleigh with Christmas Candy. Both sleighs are loaded and ready for delivery! Very cute!
June 5, 2012 - Looks like some Mill Hill kits came in without notice. There are 5 sets of new kits - you can see them on the Wichelt web site - www.wichelt.com Look under new kits from Mill Hill. So far we have in stock the new Button and Bead series - this one includes a great design called World Peace - very pretty colors, also 2 new Christmas Village kits - Barber Shoppe and Book Seller. Pretty soon the Village will become a city! We also have in stock the new Winter Holiday Collection - these come with a magnet, but can easily be turned into ornaments or package tags. I love Oli Elf - gotta love those long skinny beaded legs! And today UPS should be delivering the next 3 sets. Continuing the Santa ornament kits, this year's trio are Tropical Santas - Hawaii, Tahiti and Christmas Island. There is something about Santa wearing flip flops that makes me smile We also should get the Snow Crystal ornaments - 6 snowflake ornaments in cool winter tones. These will be beautiful! And finally, the next grouping in the Nativity Trilogy series - last year we had the 3 wisemen and this year we have Baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Check these out and place you order! Got to go unpack the box now.
June 2, 2012 - Tomorrow is the first Sunday in June, so we will be open from 1-5. And it looks like in July the first Sunday is the 1st so we will be open on the first Sunday in July as well. Hope to see you on Sunday!
I got some more copies of the book from Carolyn Hedge Baird - Needlepointing in Your Nest. It is a fabulous books with lots of stitches - especially layered stitches with different threads - and lots of tips. A great book. Do take a look at it.
The Shelly Tribbey order came in this week- WOW as always her designs are great and so very precisely painted! I ordered the 2 new mini skates and then a few Halloween canvases. Have you gotten your Halloween Tree? When you see these you will get one post haste! I love the 3 Bones Brothers - particularly Yakkety Clack - He has a great hat with dangles. He would be so much fun to stitch! And then there is the Black Cat - please don't make me look at him! Very Scarey!
Shelly also had a Santa Mini sock/ornament. He is holding lots of packages - I am sure they are all for me!
From a new designer - Widgets & Wool Primitives - love the cross stitch - "You Better Not Pout" And new from Little House Needleworks - the latest ornament Ding Dong Merrily on High and from her daughter - Country Cottage Needleworks the July Cottage of the Month and the Star Spangled Garden. You can see all of these on www.hoffmandis.com
We are waiting for the new Lizzie Kate Mystery Sampler - we have the charts, Weeks Dye Works thread and fabric on order. Let us know if you are at all interested and we will call you when it comes in.
Happy stitching and have a good weekend.
May 25, 2012 - Sorry to be gone for so long - I went to Florida to visit my mother. She had a pacemaker put in and seems to be doing fine. And while I was gone, we got some new things.
I need to let you know about our Memorial Day hours - we will be closed on Memorial Day. Please remember those who have sacrificed for our freedom.
Mesh bags from Stitch-a-gift - these are great project bags and also make a great gift for a stitcher you know. Cat Jazz band, Holly, Summertime Desserts, Laurel Burch Cats and Butterflies, Cats in the Flower Garden, Flamingos and Dogs.
We have ordered the Just Cross Stitch magazine publications. There are 3 this year - A Halloween Collection which not part of the regular subscription and will retail for $9.99. I really like some of the designs that are on the cover - "Rotten, but not forgotten". And then there will be the Halloween issue and the Christmas ornament magazine. Let us know if you want to be put on the list for any of these. The Halloween Collection should be released in about 1 month. These are always great publications, so be sure to get yours. I don't believe these will be re-printed.
We have the last of the Halloween Creeps from NeedleDeeva with stitch guides by Robin King. This is the Hoot Owl - great series. We also have restocked on those, so if you missed them the first time, just let us know and we will be happy to take care of you. Have a good weekend - hope it is not too hot where you are.
May 14, 2012 - May is half gone - are you ready for Christmas? It will be here before you know it and finishing deadlines will be passed! Just remember, the earlier you get them to us, the better! Ornaments deadline is in early September, pillows and stockings is 1 November, and belts are Nov 20. Get Stitching!
Now, if you need something to stitch - we got some very cute ornaments in from Kathy Schenkel - The Memphis ornament which is great and some little mini socks with "critters" There is a Noah's ark with a whale and sheep and a lion critter, Lamb with Lion, and a snowman and bunny with a snowman critter! These are so cute and very quick stitches.
We got the Miribilia Santa chart in - what a fabulous design and a re-order on the Jim Shore Monogram book - great designs and fabulous for a birth or wedding sampler. And the Better Homes and Gardens book of Stockings. It is never too early to start stitching the Christmas stockings!
May 10, 2012 - And, here is some information about the EGA group. If you are interested in learning new skills and embroidery techniques you would be most welcome to visit a meeting of the local chapter of the Embroiderer's Guild of America which offers instructions from national and international teachers. There are monthly programs and on October 13 a class on beginning Hardanger will be offered and taught by Marion Scoular, a graduate of the Royal School of Needlework and one of the most respected teachers of our day. EGA offers a lending library, individual and group correspondence courses, regional and national seminars, a quarterly magazine and the web site offering free projects for embroiderers at many different levels. The meetings are at 10am the second Saturday of the month in Meeting Room B at St. George's Episcopal Church. For more information visit email@example.com or call Susan at 761-3376.
May 8, 2012 - I've had some questions about a local embroiderers group - so I thought I would tell you a little about them. If you would like to work on your own special project or explore a new kind of embroidery while enjoying the company and inspiration of a small group of other stitchers, you might want to visit a meeting of the MidSouth Embroiderers Guild. Some of the members have been enjoying the various kinds of needlework for many years and are happy to share tips with other members who are new to embroidery. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of the month in Meeting Room B at the St George's Episcopal Church with time to visit and share before and after an uninterrupted time to stitch at 10am. The May 22nd meeting will be unique because they are going to examine the books in their lending library. Please feel free to drop by or call Harriet Scott at 901-626-2847 for directions and more information. They would be very happy to have you visit.
May 7, 2012 - The Needle Valets have come in - Hurrah! These are great little magnetic "things" you can park your thread while stitching. Let me know if you have any questions or need any. Our Mesh Bags from the Online show should ship this week - I ordered a couple of really cute cat designs.
May 4, 2012 - We have been waiting for the Needle Valets from DeBBee's Designs to come back in stock. I talked to Debbie this morning and our order is shipping today. These little projects support Arkansas Cares and are wonderful little thread minders - I really liked them when we saw them in Baltimore last year and have been selling them ever since. If you need any, let me know.
We received information about the new LizzieKate mystery sampler that is coming this summer It is a 3 part sampler and will have a Halloween theme, each design will include a bonus project. If you are interested, please let us know and we will put you on the list. Linda has done a "preview" on her blog.
An order from Rebecca Wood Designs came in today - some great little round ornaments from her. A couple of angels, snowmen and santas. There is a cooking Santa - he is so much fun to stitch. Gloria stitched one and then we used DMC Silver Memory thread for the wisk he is holding! Ask to see it the next time you are in.
Gotta go - Billie has work for me to do.
April 24, 2012 - And two new designs to talk about today! From Mirabilia - she has a great new chart - Santa! No fairies or mermaids, but a really great Santa. This is MD - 120 design and you can see it on www.wichelt.com or www.hoffmandis.com It is outstanding!
And following the Christmas Theme we got some new designs from Princess and Me "Nutcracker Band" 3 little nutcrackers - although they look more like toy soldiers to me - all in a row and ready to play for you. There is a stitch guide with this canvas. Stike up the band!
April 21, 2012 - Two new designs to report - from Kirk and Hamilton great red star ornaments. These are RED! with white snowflake designs. Also got a few of the "poison" bottles back in stock. The Frog's Breath is calling my name.
From LizzieKate - the latest automatic came in - continuing the Less-More Flip it series- Hate Less, Love More and Talk Less, Say More. Each of these designs would stand on its own. Also another inspirational Boxer - Spread the Love of God throught your life. Use words when necessary. It also includes a Bonus needle roll design in the box. And saving the best until last - Bacon Bits! Billie and I really like Bacon makes everything better! Makes me want a BLT!
April 16, 2012 - Just noticed that I forgot to post the first of four for the new Blackbird Loose Feathers - Mary Ann Blackburn! Great as always! I really like the bird and the tulips are fabulous! You can see them at the Blackbird blog and she also shows the new designs that will be available in the next couple of weeks! We have the fabric in stock - R&R Sheep's Straw.
We also got in 2 of the many large nutcrackers that we ordered. These are the stand-up rolled nutcracker from JB Designs. These 2 are both predominately red! Red Lt. and the Regal Prince. These finish 15-16" high and make a great piece to put on the fireplace mantel or a front hall table or the center of a holiday table! Let us know if you need one of these and as always, we will be happy to pull threads and make some stitch suggestions.
April 13, 2012 - Just a quick note to let you know that we have ordered the Stitchers Station from Liberty Hill. These are the great hand painted wooden designs from Liberty Hill. This one is a box with little cubbies in it - there are a limited number of these and they should arrive before the end of the month. This box would make a great accent and will hold so many little stitching tools. If you want one, be sure and let me know...when these sell out that is it. Billie is waiting for me to finish shipping off this weeks finishing - gotta go!
April 9, 2012 - Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter - and no one ate the ears on your chocolate bunny! A few customers were in the shop on Saturday and we were talking about stitches and stitch guides, and they felt I should post on the website our stitch guide/stitch selection policy. We haven't done it for a while and felt I needed to let you know our policy. We are happy to pull threads for you for any canvas - purchased at Stitchers or elsewhere. We are also happy to make stitch suggestions and teach you how to do the stitches we have suggested. This is part of the service we offer. We want you to enjoy your stitching as much as we do!
April 5, 2012 - And we made it home from Dallas - avoided the tornadoes, but not the heavy rain! Brought back lots of needlepoint! And got a partial order from Melissa Shirley - waiting for me when I got home! Found some great stockings Susan Roberts and Rebecca Wood, and some belts and, and, and...
This morning the Wichelt order came in - new (are you ready for this?) Autumn kits! The magnet kits are really cute - love the Hoot Owl, Gourds and the Squirrel! In the Button and Bead kits - there are 3 Halloween kits, and Owl, Covered Bridge and a Fruit Basket Quilt kit. When we were at Nashville, we picked up the new linen from Wichelt - the Chocolate colors - Raspberry Chocolate, White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate and Black Chocolate! Pick your favorite!
Got a shipping notice this morning the new Loose Feathers has shipped from Norden and we already have the fabric. Some of them are spoken for, but we did order 3 extra, so if you need one, let us know.
April 1, 2012. We have made the trip across Texas to Dallas! I walked around the hotel last night. All the designers have canvases in the front window of their rooms, kind of like window shopping at a mall when all the stores are closed! I want that and that and that - and I can't have anything YET! But my time will come and it will all come home with me!
March 30, 2012 - I am off to Dallas this weekend. A quick trip to be sure! Drive down on Sat and back on Monday and shop like a crazy woman. But it will be great - see lots of great needlepoint and take a class or two. I am taking Needledeeva's Fir tree ornament class, Vicky is teaching. From her website it looks wonderful! I am planning on bringing lots of good things back. Hopefully I will have lots to report next week.
I will be gone this Sunday, but Terri will be here. So if you need anything, just come on in. She will be here from 1-5.
March 27, 2012 - Only 2 cross magnets left! Better let me know if you need one. Blackbird Designs has posted pictures of their new Loose Feathers first chart for this year - "Mary Ann Blackburn" and we have the fabric in stock! There is some speculation that the chart will be ready before the fabric, but we already had a yard of Sheep's Straw! So, look at the pictures on her blog and let me know if you need chart and fabric and thread or any of the above.
Gotta go get ready for Market - going to Dallas Market this weekend. It is a cash and carry market so I should be bringing home lots of goodies!
March 20, 2012 - Are you in need of an Easter Happy - for a stitching friend, a Sunday School teacher or yourself? We have some fantastic cross-shaped, rhinestone magnets. These are very stong and can be used to keep track of your needles and scissors, worn as a "broach" or used as a refrigerator magnet or... there are many uses for these very strong magnets. Let us know if you need one - you can come in to pick it up or we can ship it to you.
March 17-2012 Can't believe it is the middle of March! It has been a long time since the last post - had computer problems, but they seem to have resolved the problem and I can post again!
New from Mill Hill and Debbie Mumm - Angel Girls! Great designs - Spring Garden,Pampered Pooch, Mocha Morning, and Tea for Two. They are rather contemporary looking in shades of brown, green and turquoise. You can see them at www.wichelt.com look for DM30-2101-2104. These are stitched on 18 ct fabric. Lots of fun and I do love the Debbie Mumm designs, although my favorite is the Halloween Series - loved the Stack of Pumpkins!
This week we got in some orders from January Market - New rabbit designs from JP Needlepoint with a great Black and White Checkerboard border. Also 3 designs that are bracelets or bookmarks. They just beg to be embellished! Also from Raymond Crawford, star and dog bone ornament canvases.
Lots to look at and stitch. Let us know if you have any questions.
February 29, 2012 - Thanks to Leap Year, I got another post in February! Billie and I went to Nashville Market and found lots and lots to bring back! It was a small market, but the stash to buy was great! So here goes-
Bent Creek - we brought back 2 mantle series - Snowglobes and Halloween. We have all 3 parts of both - they are fabulous. Blackbird Designs was there with their new book - For My Friend - which has the Love One Another chart and a great cookie recipe. Also, Sweet Thoughts of You - they show it stitched on perforated paper. Chessie and Me - Alphabet Needlebook with an alphabet and cats, very sweet, and LuLu's Flock - a pastoral scene and the verse "Pursue the Pleasures of a Peaceful Life".
Overdyed Cottons - we brought back all the new cottons from Sampler Thread, Weeks Dye Works and Crescent Colors. Crescent also had 3 new Belle Soie. Beautiful colors. From HandBlessings we found some very cute little Spring/Easter designs of bunnies stitched on navy fabric - very cute. Hoffman had a new Limited Edition Kit from Little House Needleworks and Shakespeare's Peddler - it is one kit with 2 charts and one set of threads. Elizabeth's Designs had a Antique Animal Garden (alphabet) and a really nice "Friends" piece in a complete kit.
From Kelmscott - new needle minders - a dog (finally!) and a Fleur de Lys and from Plum Street Sampler - Brother's Keeper - the story of Cain and Able, and Maxim and Zoyia - Billie tells me they are peacocks! Lots of great designs from JBW - as always- the best one is the Rabbit Alphabet Sampler - with Buttons. You can check out her other new designs on her website www.jbwdesigns.com - several fruit charts. All of these are pretty much part of the French Country Series.
That is enough for tonight - I promise I will post more later.
February 18, 2012 - LizzieKate auto came in this week. I really like her new flip it series - can't wait to see it in person in Nashville. I wasn't too sure about the Oh Baby! concept, but now that I see it, I think that it is a great baby/birth sampler chart. And then there is "Getting Old is not for Sissies" - what more can I say? All of her new charts are great - be sure and go to her website www.lizziekate.com and check out all the new designs. You might even find an old one that you have to have! She also released a new boxer - Inspiration Boxer 37 - What we are is God's gift to us. What we become is our gift to God. Billie and are going to Nashville on Friday - looking for lots of Goodies!
February 13, 2012. Nashville market will be here way too quickly and we are getting lots of info about the new things coming - here are just a few. Blackbird Designs will have a new book - For My Friend. Bent Creek has another 3 part series - Flake, Flake, Flake. Flake part 3 should be available at Nashville. It is a series of kits and part of their mantel series featuring snowglobes and snowmen and snowflakes. And Trilogy has just released a 3 part series featuring snowmen. Now if we just had some snow to go with these kits! Darlene O'Steen is retiring and is going to do one last release of her classic - The Proper Stitch. This is a fabulous book on stitching and samplers - a must for any library. And in the same vein - Twisted Threads has released a book with the best of the "Black Sheep" club releases. There is a part 1 - which is the charts and part 2 - which is the embellishment package. Another of my favorites is the Plum Street Samplers - My Brother's Keeper - the story of Cain and Abel. It is stunning, can't wait to see it in person. Kelmscott is releasing two new needle minders - a dog and a Fleur de Lys. Lizzie Kate is shipping her new automatic tomorrow and it promises to be outstanding - be sure and check out her website for the latest designs. Her new flip-it starts with Fear Less...Hope More. If you see anything you have to have - just let us know before we leave for market. It is the 25th and 26th of February - will be here before you know it!
February 9, 2012 - Billie and I were doing some organizing today - trying to make room for all the new things coming from market. Have you seen the new Glow in the Dark Neon Rays Plus from Rainbow Gallery? They are Fabulous! Now we just have to find a place for them - I am thinking the ceiling would be a good place! One of the things we found was a book from Leisure Arts - it has twenty designs in it including some fabulous animals fron Africa, flowers, fruits and samplers. You need to check this book out. Also, since it is almost spring and time for baseball season to start, Mill Hill has a new magnet design for a baseball mitt - perfect for a "baseball" scrapbook for your budding athlete. If you start now, you can have it stitched in time for Opening Day! It, and the other of the new spring series are on the Mill Hill website - check them out - www. wichelt.com
February 8,2012 - The new Prairie Schoolerr designs came in on Monday. Love them!! August and January are the last of the monthly designs. They are all still available except December. So many of her designs come and go so quickly. I really like January and the Bunnies book. You can see these on her website - www.prairieschooler.com I brought back from market a few of the canvases that are new for this market! Associated Talentshad some great "tree" ornaments and they have Don's great stitch guides. Also picked up some hearts from NeedleDeeva and cats from Danji designs. I will keep you up to date on new arrivals. Can't believe that Nashville market is just weeks away!
February 2, 2012 - I just have a quick note to let you know that we will be open on Sunday the 5th. Hope to see you there. I'll be there from 1-5. So far nothing has come in from market, but there should be some things coming by the end of February. Which is about the time we will be going to Nashville market! Lots of wonderful designs, threads, bags and who knows what else. Will try to keep you posted as things come
January 18, 2012 - Robin mentioned the large magnets on her blog - www.needlepointstudyhall.blogspot.com Thanks Robin. And thanks to the girls from Bestitched who shared these with me. We should have new magnets coming next week - cat, seahorse and an owl. Will let you know when they come in.
Yesterday the Duchess silk from Gloriana came in - so far just 15 colors but they are yummy. I heard about this new silk when I was at Baltimore market way back in August - so happy to see it and touch it!
On Friday I am off to Phoenix for the Winter Needlepoint show - Lots to see and lots to order! Just think - booth after booth of needlepoint and gadgets and fibers and more.
January 15, 2012 -Not much has come in this week - January Market is this week - it starts on the 21st - so no new needlepoint until that is over and not much happening on the cross stitch front either. That market is the end of February and all the designers are busy designing, printing and tweaking whatever they can.
We only have one each of the Button Buddies from JABC - guess I better order some more! I am sure they will have more at market. And they new magnets are almost sold out - I will order again the end of January when they come out with new ones - I know they plan a cat and an owl and I know that they have at least 4 more planned.
OK - time to go do some ironing and a few other chores.
January 9, 2012 - The new Button and Bead Kits from Mill Hill - it is a great series. I love the Luck of the Irish and they have a new shop for the Main Street Series - Millinery shop. Soon you will be able to put up a Main Street Series when you take down the Christmas Village set. If you stitch these on fabric instead of the perforated paper, they would make great "boxes" to sit around. Also from Mill Hill are the Spring Bouquet 2012 - Love the Yellow Ducky and the Butterfly. These come as magnet kits, but you could easily put a pin back on them and the yellow ducky would look so cute on a denim jacket. You can see these on the Wichelt website - or drop by the shop.
Little House Needleworks is starting a new series of Monthly ornaments - if you want to be on the auto list for those, just let us know. We have the Elizabeth Hancock Sampler from LHN in - It is outstanding! Can't wait to see the bottom half of the sampler - it has an Adam and Eve theme! I think that is it for now - I really need to change the graphic on the website. I am pretty sure that the autumn leaves are gone!
January 2, 2012 - First post of the new year! Can you believe it? Time is going quickly and in just 3 weeks I will be in Phoenix at market, trying to fill all the empty spaces. The year end sale was phenominal! Thanks to all of you - both those who came in and those who shopped on line. Generally this is a slow time (which gives us time to do inventory!) but not this year. The last Loose Feathers has shipped and the new "Button Buddies" from JABC are in the shop - too cute and so tiny and not much to do to put them together! There is a penguin and a sheep. I certainly hope there are lots more - those gals are so creative! And also in the shop are new magnets - don't you just love magnets? These are a little bigger than most - about 2" in diameter. Right now we have a Fleur de Lis, Flower, Cross, Scottie, Skull and Crossbones, and a Star. There will be some new designs in February. These are "silver" with rhinestones and are very flashy and very strong. Come in or give us a call if you need more information. Well, better get back to inventory before everybody figures out I am not counting! 1-2-3-4 etc.
December 24, 2011 - The sale is going great guns! Things are selling so quickly - maybe there won't be anything to count! Well, maybe just a few things. The sale goes thru next Wed the 28th, so get making your list before it is all over. Remember - we are closing early today and also New Year's Eve and before you know it, it will be 2012. Merry Christmas!
December 20, 2011 - Wanted to let you know that the Year End Clearance Sale starts tomorrow! Better you should have it, than we should have to count it! The sale lasts until next Wednesday - the 28th. If you cannot get in, just give us a call and we will be happy to help you! Do think about what you need and let us know before it is all gone. This sale covers in stock items only.
December 17, 2011 - Just a few things to tell you about. We will be closed on Dec 25th and Jan 1st, and will close at 4 on Christmas Eve and close at 2 on New Year's Eve. The Lizzie Kate did come in - and we have sold several charts from the auto and have re-ordered! Loved the new Boxer - it is the first in this series - it is based on Faith. The Blackbird Designs Books - Christmas Garden and Crowning the Tree - have both come in - as has the thread and the fabric . And they have sold out! We took care of everyone who had preordered and a few more, but I have re-ordered. Let me know if you are interested! It is a fabulous large sampler and a wonderful small stocking! JABC has announced that will be doing some Button Buddy pincushions for the New Year. One of them is a Penguin and one is a sheep - they are small! The body is a 3 cm (just over an inch!) in diameter! There is very little sewing to do - basically just sew the buttons on. We have ordered some, they should ship Dec 27th. If you need one, let me know. I am sure they will let me add to the order. Time to go to the Post Office - shouldn't be too busy!
December 5, 2011 - New LizzieKate ships this week - can't wait! There is a Marriage Sampler that is great and a new inspirational boxer! Blackbird Designs new books are on the way to the distributors and should be making their way to us - along with the fabric this week. Should be a good week!
December 2, 2011 - Just a quick reminder that this Sunday is the first Sunday of the month so we will be open from 1-5. Do come.
Blackbird Designs is about to release 2 new designs. One is Christmas Garden which has a wonderful (but large) sampler and the other is Crowning the Tree - one of the small stockings that they do. You can see them at their website - www.blackbird-designs.blogspot.com We are anticipating their arrival the end of next week. If you want one or both, let me know and we will hold one for you.
We had the new Little House Needleworks and Country Cottage Needleworks - but they all sold out and I have re-ordered. The Country Cottage have a pink/turquoise color scheme. I love the New England Sampler.
The November-December issue of Needlepoint Now is here! I love the snowman on the cover!
Come check all this out.
November 23, 2011 - I was looking at the Primitive Needle designs that we have left - more than I thought. Lisa's family has decided not to continue her business, so what we have is all we can get. These are the titles that we still have, please call or email if you are interested in any of them. Eliza's Sampler, Hare Game Board, Near Halloween, Her Wicked Best, The Witching Hour, Patriotic Game Board, Hallow Sampler, The Olde Settlement, Halloween, Retro Halloween, Annie Hyssop's Harvest Moon, Salem Village, 1612, Halloween Garden, Halloween Parcheesi, Gather and Gaze. As you can tell we were very fond of her Halloween designs. Let us know if you need any of these. Happy Thanksgiving!
November 22,2011 - Well, so much for posting more often! I have a ton of excuses, but sometimes life just gets in the way. I wanted to be sure and let you know our Thanksgiving Holiday Hours. We will close early on Wed. - probably about 3:00. And we will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. After you hit all the stores at 3:00 am and go home and have a nap, we will be open on Friday and Saturday our regular hours from 10:00 - 5:30. Billie and Terri are working on the 6 Fat Men from Lizzie Kate. They are doing the composite piece that is a free download from Linda's website. It is going to be great! Come in and check it out. We would like to get it finished before the snow (if we get any) is gone. We also got in the new chart from Scarlett House - Jingle All the Way. It is so great - we are playing with the colors. YOu can stop in and help us make up our minds. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
October 31, 2011 - LizzieKate is still so cute - we have re-ordered - again! Those little 6 Fat Men are so very, very cute! Check them out on her website. We have 2 of the Halloween Collection books from Just Cross Stitch left, and about 4 issues of the Just Cross Stitch Ornament magazine. These both be gone soon, so if you want one, now is the time to speak up. And speaking of magazines, the new Needlepoint Now should be shipping soon - at least I got the bill last week! It is such a great magazine and we are happy to put you on our automatic so you miss out. And speaking of shipping, I got the NeedleDeeva notice that the next Halloween Creep is shipping any day. I think we have one that is not sold and if you want it - let us know! Well, time to go get some candy for the trick or treaters!
October 20, 2011 - LizzieKate came today! The last 3 of the 6 Fat Men! If you are not on the list for automatic, give us a call and we will put a set back for you! It is such a cute set of snowmen. Also the Winter Alphabet and the next boxer in the Inspirational Series - this one is a quote from Mother Theresa. They should be up on her webiste. www.lizziekate.com
October 9, 2011- 2 new items from Wichelt this last week- from Jim Shore a great book of Monograms - includes a great birth sampler, Noel Bell Pull, and a Wedding announcement. These are graphed in red, blue and green - but you could easily change the colors to match your decor.
Also fromWichelt - new kits from Sticks - there are 4 kits - Think Spring, Enjoy Life, Enjoy the Harvest and Cozy In ( a great winter snow scene - with the snow outside the window!) These should be up on the website - www.wichelt.com
And as they say - Enjoy Life!
October 3, 2011 - and where did September go? Halloween is almost here! And speaking of Halloween, Terri has gone crazy stitching designs from Sue Hillis - "Candy Corn Crazy 1 and 2" There are 8 fabulous quick finish Halloween ornaments - and Terri has a done a great job finishing hers. She also finished a box out of one of the Mill Hill Debbie Mumm's Moonlight Madness series - it is fabulous.
And Billie has finished the Bent Creek series - Halloween the Branch ( I think that is the name of it - Bent Creek has two Halloween series and I get them confused!) It is really cute with an owl and a witch all on a branch. She has also finished the Fresh Market series - fruits and that is framed and in the shop. And now Sam Sarah has started the vegetable series. The first two are out - beets and garlic. Finally I framed Billie's Snowman from LizzieKate from Last year - he is really cute. We used an oversize white frame. The new scissors from Gingher have come in - These are called Tessa and are very different - a blue background and large "mod" flowers - I think these are my favorite from this series - although I still like the Cheeta scissors. We are waiting for the new mystery sampler from LaDDa - are you on the list? We still have a few that are not spoken for, let us know if your are interested. I am sure that Lori will do a great job on this sampler. Also the Blackbird Loose feathers part 2 should be coming soon. I think that is it for today - Billie will probably tell me something I missed and I will have to update the update!
September 28, 2011 - I need to update the finishing deadlines - officially the deadline for ornament finishing is done, but we can still get some of them done with a few restrictions - Hard pad flat or puffy ornaments ONLY! No kissing balls or "bell" ornaments and no embroidery of the name and date on the back. Because this is past the deadline there will be a rush charge - not sure what it will be yet. There is still time for pillows and stockings for Christmas - that deadline is Nov 4! But that is fast approaching - so get stitching!
September 18, 2011 - Well I found the information that Billie gave me... but I had good intentions! The sheep pincushions from JABCO that I ordered in Baltimore, arrived this week! We now have the the Voo Doo sheep and the Halloween Trick or Treat pincushions. Fabulous!! I think you can see the pincushions on the JABCO website - love them all. They did a little free pincushion "chart" on the Weeks website with JABCO. It is brown and pink wool from Weeks and pins from JABCO. It does require that you eat (or otherwise dispose of ) ice cream in a single serving Haagen Dazs ice cream cup. You could change the colors, pins and ice cream container to suit your fancy. It is simple enough to do as a craft for a birthday party for a young lady. New Mill Hill kits from Jim Shore have come in - Fairies! there is a yarn fairy, cupcake, needlework and ornament fairy. They are on the Wichelt website and there lots of other new goodies there to tempt you. We are anxiously awaiting the LaDDA mystery sampler - the first part is due to be released in October. We only have 3 that have not been spoken for if you are interested. We have ordered the 30 and 35 count fabric (it is still a surprise!) and will be able to get the 40 count if that is your preference. And, of course, the second part of the Blackbird Loose Feathers should also be coming in October. The Delta Fair is ended and congratulations to all the ribbon winners. Several of our stitchers managed to garner a ribbon or two. And on the Halloween front - the Creeps from NeedleDeeva have arrived (at least the first one has!) and it is too cute with a great stitch guide. There are only 2 that have not been purchased, so if you are interested, let us know! When I was in Baltimore for the Fall market, Praiseworthy Stitches had a few of the Pumpkin Etui kits - I picked up a few and only have 2 left. If you want one, now is the time to speak. When these are gone... Billie and Terri have been stitching madly for Halloween - Billie has finished the haunted branch from Bent Creek and is working on the Headless Horseman from the Halloween Collection. Terri has stitched a bunch of the Candy Corn designs from Sue Hillis, enough that we have sold out of the books and re- ordered! And another reminder to get your finishing in! You are pressing your luck for ornaments but pillows and stockings you have until the 4th of November. So get off the computer and start stitching!
September 11, 2011 - What a day with all the wonderful and touching stories of 9-11-01. We need to thank all the First Responders and all the men and women of the military who keep us safe. Billie gave me a list of things to mention and of course, I left the list at the shop. I do remember that I need to remind you all that the finishing deadlines are fast approaching! And I do mean fast! And I need to tell you that the deadline for Halloween has passed. The Christmas finishing deadline for ornaments is September 17th and the deadline for Stockings and Pillows is the 1st of November. We can sometimes fudge this a little, but that means that the items don't come back until Christmas Eve! So please, get your canvases to us now! Billie also wanted me to tell you that the fabulous Halloween Collection book from Just Cross Stitch is selling quickly - not sure how long we will be able to order them - but when they are gone - they are gone! Also a reminder that the Just Cross Stitch Ornament Magazine is in - this is one of the better years! Lots of great ornaments. So get stitching and I will try to find the list and finish this on Monday!
August 30, 2011 - Yikes only one day left in August and then we are off to the races with September! The Halloween Collection Book from Just Cross Stitch has come in! It is Outstanding! If you like Halloween you will love this book. There all sorts of styles - whimsical, traditiional and primitive! We have sold out of our first shipment - Billie has been so kind as to let us keep hers here in the shop so we can show people the book until the next shipment comes in - and I am thinking I will need to reorder again! This weekend is Labor Day Weekend and the first Sunday of the month, we would normally be open on Sunday, but due to the Labor Day Holiday we will be closed on Sunday and Monday. We will open on Tuesday morning and have regular hours the rest of the week.
August 23, 2011 - I knew I had more to tell you about! The new crescent colours - both cotton and silks are in. And the new book from Blackbird designs - A Schoolgirl's Work has come in. Fabulous book! And there are 11 charts in this book. A portion of the proceeds from this book goes to support the Spencer Museum and hopefully get some of these wonderful samplers on display at the Museum. That's it for today.
August 22, 2011 -The Lizzie Kate Auto arrived - love the new snowmen design. You can stitch these singly or in a group! Linda has a chart on her website that shows you how she put them together. And the new Santa! The new Blackbird Designs book has made it to the distributors and should be shipping soon - should have that by the end of the week - if you are on the list we will call you when it comes in - if you are not on the list, but want to be, just give us a call. We have also signed up for the new mystery sampler from La D Da - I guess this is the year of the mystery samplers! I am sure that it will be as wonderful as all her other designs. Have you seen the Raven? It is a companion to the witch's boot! Fabulous! Terri has started stitching JackieOLantern from Amy Bruecken Designs. On Chartreuse linen - she will not be hiding in the corner! She has a wonderful Pill Stem (box?) hat. I think that is all I was supposed to tell you about. If not, I will be back!
August 17, 2011 - Wow - I made it back from Baltimore! It was fantastic! I think I bought at least one of everything! and 2 of some. Loved the Blackbird Designs and PrairieMoon and Susan Roberts and Amanda Lawford and, and , and. I picked up the new colors from Gentle Arts and Weeks and have ordered the new Crescent Colors. And the new LizzieKate auto shipped on Monday so that should be here today or tomorrow. Seems like all of a sudden everything is turning up by the bushel basket! come see the new or give us a call. 901-681-9276.
August 11, 2011 - Not much to talk about today - I am off to Baltimore Market in the morning - taking a class tomorrow afternoon from Blackbird Designs, Jabco, Dames of the Needle and Cherrywood Designs - I should come home with 4 stitched models - noticed I said "should" we'll see. It is 4 classes in 1. We will see if I get anything done, that of course, assumes that my flight will not be delayed and I will get there in time! This is a cash and carry market with both needlepoint and cross stitch - so I should find something to bring home! I will try to get an update together the first of the week.
August 5, 2011 - Lots to tell you about today - better get to it! The last update, I told you that the Halloween issue was in - note this is not the big new book that is coming in September - but forgot to tell you about the Just Cross Stitch Ornament magazine - this should be released sometime in early September - are you on the list? Let us know if you need to be! I have ordered the new Blackbird Designs blockbuster book for the fall - A Schoolgirl's Work - this looks like it will be an exciting book! It will be shipped right after the market next week. It features samplers from the Spencer Museum of Art in Kansas City. Unfortunately they will not be printed in time to pick up at market - work is that there will be some copies there to look at, but not any to bring home! We have pre-ordered some and if you want to get one out of the first batch, be sure and let us know. I am sure that the first ones will go quickly. I hope they will have some models at the market from the new book. They should have some other new things - but no work yet about what exactly they will be. Terri has finished and framed her Witch's Wheel from Glendon Place. She is going to leave it in the shop for a while - stunning! And she even got the circle to meet in the middle! Stop by if you get a chance to see it. Wichelt/Mill Hill has released a new set of Debbie Mumm kits - High Heels on green linen! They are lots of fun - Billie and I like the whimseys. You can check them out on the Wichelt web site. The order from June market from Kathy Schenkel Designs has come in. I got a little carried away with the garland stars - Thanksgiving, Nativity, and Mr and Mrs Claus. You can get stuffed felt items to string them together. Great for a mantle or a doorway. Billie wanted me to remind you of the finishing deadlines! Halloween is Aug 20 - be here before you know it! Christmas Ornaments - September 17 - still a little while to stitch madly. Pillows and Stockings - November 4. Remember, the earlier the better. That is enough for tonight - can't type anymore.
July 29, 2011 - The Prairie Schooler designs have come in - Love them all! I will be re-ordering I am sure! The Just Cross Stitch Annual Halloween Issue came in this morning - better than last year! Not sure which design is my favorite. Billie likes the one from Blue Ribbon Designs - I think I like the Amy Bruecken design - EEK! Let us know if we need to hold one for you.
July 23, 2011 - Did you get up early to watch Will and Kate get married? The Studio has a set of topper ornaments just for Will and Kate. Will's is his bright red militart uniform jacket and for Kate the top of her lovely gown. What a great memento of that early morning!
July23,2011 - Prairie Schooler has released new designs!! You can see them on her website www.prairieschooler.com There are several designs that are a must for me! Love the 2011 Santa! Check these out. Our order is making it to us - if it doesn't melt! If you want to be put on the list for any of them let me know. Love the Blackbird Loose Feathers design - can't wait to see what they have in Baltimore! We have the fabric and the chart and the threads in stock. If you were interested in the Birds of a Feather Mystery sampler - all 3 parts have been released and you can see it on Norden Crafts. Fabulous! Heidi trunk show goes home on Tuesday. Be sure and come look if you are interested in any of her great designs. Unfortunately, there are no pictures available of her line, so this is your only chance to see them. Try to keep your cool.
July19,2011 - The Greater Memphis Chapter of the EGA has printed a cookbook - some really good looking recipes are in this cookbook! We have them for sale at the shop $10.00. If you need one, let me know. Makes me hungry just to look at it.
July 15, 2011 - The Heidi Trunk Show is Here! It will be here until the 25th. Lots of great designs - some are very different! Come see them. Not much is happening right now - all the designers are waiting to release new designs next month at the Baltimore Show - sure hope it cools off by then! The last of the Birds of a Feather and the first Blackbird did come in! They are great! I sure hope Brenda does another mystery sampler next year.
July 12, 2011 - Just a quick note - it is too hot back here at the computer to go on at length about anything - besides the heat. We are getting the Heidi trunk show - it will be here and out by Monday the 18th. If we get it earlier, I will let you know. Lots of great designs available. I think this will be an order only show. Tomorrow (Wed.) we should get a shipment from UPS that has the 3 rd and final part of Birds of a Feather, so we will be calling you is you are on the list. The same for the Blackbird Designs - Loose Feathers. We have 3 charts that are not yet spoken for - so if you are interested, let us know and we will add you to our list. Gotta go before I start dripping.
June 30, 2011 - It is the last day of June! Kids will be back in school and summer will be over before we know it! Just wanted to remind you we will be closed on July 3rd and 4th.. And here is another reminder of the Blackbird Designs new Loose Feathers design - My understanding is that it is only 3 releases. We have signed up for the charts and the thread and the fabric. Each release includes a chart and 2 bonus charts. We are taking sign ups for this series - the first one is scheduled to release in September. Let us know if you want to be on the list. And another reminder - call us if you want to be on the list for the Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament Magazine and the Halloween Issue.
June 24, 2011 - I am afraid that June has gotten away from me! I went to market in Columbus, OH June 10-14 and had a great time! Bought a lot - not much of which has come in! But will let you know as it arrives - I did get an order from Lee designs yesterday - 3 different looking pillow tops - floral but very contemporary. One of them sold this morning. New canvases should start coming in pretty soon. Then last weekend, I drove to Toledo, Oh - up on Sat and back on Monday. My mother sold her house and now we have to clean it out. She is making good progress and should be done by July 10th. I may have to go back one more time. We will be closed on July 3rd and 4th for the 4th of July Holiday. Don't shoot off too many fireworks! We have the new JBW designs charts - you can see them all on her website - www.jbwdesigns.com She has a new set of Christmas Trees and some great French Country designs - we have already sold out of the Christmas bells which I have re- ordered. The Birds of a Feather Mystery sampler is coming along nicely - so far parts 1 and 2 have been released. Part 3 should be released about July 10. So far we have sold all that we have ordered, but can always order a set for you if you find you can't resist. You can see it on the Norden Crafts website. And speaking of sets - Blackbird Designs is going to release a new Loose Feathers Series. It will be a 3 part set with the first part to be released in September. Each part has 1 design and 2 bonus designs and will be stitched on R&R fabric with Sampler Threads and Crescent Colours cottons and Silk Belle Soie. I am sure it will be fabulous. And finally Just Cross Stitch Magazine - I have ordered copies of the next issue which is the Halloween issue. It should release in August or early September. Also scheduled to be released in September is a new book - Halloween Collection - this soft cover book has 50 new designs and retails for $16.95. I have also ordered the Just Cross Stitch Ornament Magazine - also usually released in September. If you us to hold any of these for you - just let me know. We will have sign-up sheets for all three. I think that this is all the typing I can do for one evening. The new Lizzie Kate has come in - she has pictures on her website www.lizziekate.com be sure and check out the new designs. I love the Autumn Alphabet - and Wine a Bit.
June 6, 2011 - We received 2 new designs from a new designer today! The Scarlett House - she is a new designer - she only has 2 designs, but I hopw to see more designs from her in the future. You can see her designs on her blog - www.thescarletthouse.blogspot.com Check them out - I really like Death by Candy Corn. That is it for today - it is too hot to think!
June 3, 2011 - I got an email from NeedleDeeva today and the Creepy Characters are on her new website - check it out at www.needledeeva.com These ornaments are great and come with fabulous stitch guides - they will be released one at a time starting in soon - but not soon enough! If you are interested in the series - just let us know! You will also be happy to know that I finally changed the message on the answering machine - so back to normal hours. Don't forget to come in this Sunday.
June 1, 2011 - Wow June is here! If you call the shop today and the message talks about being closed for Memorial Day, it is on my list for today and I plan to get that changed - but if we are as busy today as yesterday, it may not happen until Thursday or Friday or... Don't forget, this is the first Sunday of the month - June 5 and we will be open from 1-5. Stop by and see all the new stuff. June - The month of pearls and roses! Kelly Clark has a great set of ornaments that have a monthly theme. The June ornament is a beautiful white orb - just like a large pearl. Check out her website www.kellyclarkneedlepoint.com she should have new canvases up soon - right after Columbus market. I got a flyer from Mill Hill yesterday - on the heels of the great new Button and Bead kits and ornaments/magnet kits - here come more new designs! 3 new Santa ornaments and 3 Wisemen ornaments and 6 "glass" ornaments. Love them all! There is a round red one that I am pretty fond of - not sure when they will ship or when they will be on the website. Will let you know when they arrive.
May 27, 2011 - Just a quick note to remind you that we will be open on Sat. May 28 and closed on the 29th and the 30th for Memorial Day. We will re-open on Tuesday, May 31. Enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend and think of our soldiers both at home and abroad.
May 21, 2011 - well after a quick trip to Ohio, I am back in the shop. Lots happened while I was gone - the re-order on the Mystery Sampler came in - can't wait to see the next chapter and of course, it will come while I am in Columbus for the TNNA market! And the new Mill Hill kits came in - they should be on the Wichelt site soon (if not already) www.wichelt.com This shipment covered Christmas (MH18 - 1301-1306 and MH14-1301-1306) Love them - they are so cute! Love the button and bead kit (MH14-1303) a red cardinal in the aspen trees on a great blue perforated paper! Billie loves the red door - mainly because the button is a black scottie! The six magnet kits (and you can make them into ornaments!) Are great! Love the moose running thru the snow with a garland around his neck. And there will be those who will love the Kris Mouse - not my cup of tea, but he is kind of cute. Billie liked the crossed candy canes. You need to check these out! If can't get in, check them out on line and order them. You can order on the Wichelt site (if you select us as your shop to fill the order, or just call us directly - 901-681-9276 - or email firstname.lastname@example.org Well got to go - lots to catch up on!
May 13, 2011 - Hurrah for the UPS! The box from Norden came today and the fabulous Mystery Sampler from Country Stitches (at least the 1st part) is here. It is going to be great! It is on Confederate Gray Weeks Linen with lots of lovely Weeks Dye Works cotton. We have the fabric in 30 and 35 ct linen - if you want to do it on 40 ct, we can get some for you. The border is great! Also, today we got some new floor stands from K's - they have re-worked the base - it is oak and has 2 legs. We got a frame that is all set up or you can buy just the base adaptor for the frame you have. Also some of the extreme tension scroll frames. Although I told Brett I thought he sent me mis-mash of parts, Billie and I got the frames together and love them all.
May 13, 2011 - The wonderful boxes from Liberty Hill have come in - this box is a Thread Keepe! Painted with a lovely scene with sheep and other animals. Carolyn had some shipping problems, so ours got a little delayed, but they are here now. We have a few that are not spoken for - so let us know if you want one. No UPS yet, so the Mystery Sampler is not here yet! Any minute now.
May 12, 2011 - Today was needlepoint day! Got some great canvases from Alice Peterson - a fabulous magnolia and two super contemporary designs. One is blue and green with dots and circles and rings and one is plum and green with a dragonfly! Also a couple of stockings and some stitch and zips. I love the plum and green dragonfly. Also today was an order from Aviva - she called to check on us last week and to make sure we were not underwater before she shipped the order - how sweet was that? One of the canvases that came from Aviva is a fabulous zebra on a solid red background - very striking! I guess I was getting out of my comfort zone the day I ordered these! Another piece that came from her was a pillow top of fern fronds in green and golds - it would make a great pillow for a garden room. Got word from UPS today - the Mystery Sampler arrives tomorrow - we will let everyone who has signed up know as soon as we have them -we have a few that are not spoken for, so let us know if you are interested. Thanks to everyone who has called to check on us - we are high and dry - but many are not but the river is starting to drop - dropped 6" today. Cleanup will be a mess!
May 7, 2011 - It is a beautiful day in the midsouth! Sunshine and no significant rain in sight! Just a reminder that the Mystery Sampler from Brenda Gervais and Country Stitches should ship this week. It is scheduled to release on May 10 - and then it takes a few days to get here! Can't wait! If you haven't sign up and think you want to - now is the time to let me know. Liberty Hill is releasing a new wooden painted box - It is called a Thread Keepe and should be here any day! Let me know if you are interested and I will call you when it comes in. Happy Mother's Day!
May 2, 2011 - This Sunday is Mother's Day! Are you ready? I am not! And my mother is coming here for a quick visit, so I have to be ready. If your children are hinting for gift suggestions - gift certificates from Stitchers Inc are a great solution. Your children do not even have to come in - they can just call and we will take care of it - even send it to you in the mail! I was just going to re-arrange the walls and wanted to put up the GO TIGERS and GO VOLS canvases from & More - guess what - they are gone! Guess I will have to re- order. Hope you are not floating away - flooding is a real possibility here in Memphis now thru the 10th of May - so far so good. We have a celebration when the sun finally comes out!
April 30, 2011 - Well, it is Sat afternoon - it has been a busy day. But I want to remind you that tomorrow is the first Sunday of the month and I will be open from 1-5. Please stop by - you can sit and stitch or come in for a quick question - doesn't matter - I will be here. See you then! Lots of new canvases have come in - cross stitch seems to be quiet right now.
April 23, 2011 - We sent the Princess and Me trunk show back. So sorry to see it go - but it was time and now it goes to another shop! There a few canvases that we have to order - some for us and some for customers. It went well - thank you to all to stopped or called to order. We will have to look another trunk show for next year. Sold out of the Lizzie Kate Halloween Rules - but have re-ordered. Also have the new Blackbird (the last Anniversaries of the Heart) and the next LHN ornament on the way. They should have shipped yesterday - if not they will ship on Monday and should be here on Wednesday. Lots going on - have a Happy Easter and don't eat too many chocolate bunny ears!
April 19,2011 - Lizzie Kate came in yesterday! Love the new Quick-It - Flora McSampler Strawberry sampler. The strawberry looks good enough to pick and eat! Also the next in the Alphabet series - Summer Alphabet. So many uses for the little motifs in the design if you don't want to do the entire sampler. And the Land that I love - complete with a sailboat and little fishes! And - hurrah hurrah - the last 3(6) designs in the Halloween Rules. I am sure you can see all of these designs on www.lizziekate.com And yes, there is a typo in the Strawberry design, but just ignore it! Also new this week, from JBW designs and Leisure Arts - Sweet Nothings - Christmas! I believe there are 9 new designs in the book and it is only $9.95 - just over $1 per design. Need to address the fabric issue - it seems that right now all the fun and unique fabrics are not available. We have had fabric on back order for months and don't know when or if it will come. Just got a notice from Norden Crafts today that they are cancelling many of the back orders - they are just not sure when or if the fabric will come in! Hopefully they can get this problem addressed soon! This is not such a problem with the hand dyed fabrics as they mostly use white for the base fabric.
April 6, 2011 - New Mill Hill came in today! These are the new Fall Button and Bead Kits and the Autumn Harvest collection of small kits - these come with a magnet but can easily be made into an ornament or pin. Love these! There is a Pumpkin Man that would be great as a pin on a denim jacket! And there is yet another house for your Halloween Village - Haunted Mansion. There is also a Wizard design Moonlit Kitties. You need several of these - they should be posted on the Mill Hill website soon (if not already on there.) I bought a truckload of canvases back from market - Associated Talents, Alexa, Rebecca Wood and and and. There is lots to see and get stitching for the fall and Christmas. Yes, it is time to get started!
April 2, 2011 - Just a quick note to remind you that we will be open on Sunday from 1 until 5. Well actually, Billie will be open on Sunday. I am going to Dallas for a needepoint market - so go to the shop and see Billie. She will be there - see the trunk show - there is a 10% discount during the trunk show. See you when I get back.
April 1, 2011 - Billie and I signed us up for the new Mystery Sampler from Brenda Gervais. Brenda designs Country Stitches - which we love! It is a 3 part sampler - the border is being released May 10 and the next 2 parts will be June 10 and July 10. It calls for 18 Weeks Dye Works and is stitched on a fairly neutral Weeks Dye Works Linen - we won't know what it is until it comes! After the first design and threads come in - we will work on a conversion to silk for any one who is interested. But, we have to pre-order the fabric. It can be stitched on 30, 35 or 40 ct. We have ordered the 30 and 35 - if you are interested and want me to order the 40 ct let me know. This will be so much fun!
March 31, 2011 - The Princess and Me trunk show is doing really well! It will be here until the 20th of April - which will be here before you know it! Call or come in and we will take care of you! Sam Sarah came today - the Fresh Market - Lime came - Too cute! And the Walker Mesh bags. We got 3 of the "purse" size bags and one small cluth to go with the Fresh Mesh design. A pink swirly flower stitched on the bag! Come see all that is new! We also got canvases from Shelly Tribbey, Beth Gantz, and NMArts.
March 24, 2011 - The trunk show is HERE!!! It came a little earlier than anticipated! The box came yesterday - we have to wait to get the combination to open the trunk! I can't wait to open it - this is kind of like Christmas morning waiting for everyone to come downstairs before we can open any presents! So come on in and see all the special designs and models. We also got the reindeer carrots from Associated Talents and some great ornaments from A Collection of Designs. Lots of new needlepoint canvases to look at. Little House Needleworks has released some new designs - the latest in this year's ornament series has shipped! Gotta go - gotta open that trunk!!!
March 14, 2011 - This will be really quick - I need to remind you that we will have the Princess and Me needlepoint trunk show here in the first 3 weeks of April. Lots of cute, small ornaments - mostly Christmas, but also Halloween and Easter/Spring designs. The majority of these come with a stitch guide. We will have them from April 1 - April 20th. Come and see them! Also some more bird canvases came in today - a bright red cardinal and an owl. These are 2 sided ornaments and include tail feathers and clips to attach them to branches. As many of you know, Lisa of Primitive Needle died in a tragic car accident the end of February. She will certainly be missed by the entire industry, as well as her family and friends. Please keep them in your prayers.
March 7, 2011 - wow Feb really got away from me! We got 2 new publications in from Mill Hill today. Love them both! One is Spooky Town designed by Debbie Mumm- great little Halloween House and "people" All the figures are also charted separately -I love Jerimiah bullfrog. The picture on the front is stitched on black and the individual characters are on perforated paper! Too Cute! At the opposite end of the spectrum is Dream from Sticks. It is a great snowscene - but just a little funky. These should be on the website - if not, they will be in a day or two. Lots of beads and bright colors. This design is stitched on Nordic Blue - either 14 Aida or 28 linen. Check them out.
February 21, 2011 - Billie and I made it to Nashville and back. We were exhausted, but found some really great things. And as soon as I get them all organized I will try to post them. We found a new designer - All through the Night - great desings. NOt sure if she has a website - will try to figure this out. Also some great designs from AB designs - love the cupcakes and the new "Jack and Stein" after all it is never too early to start Halloween! Another designer with some new things - Sam Sarah. Love the mesh bag designs and the carrots. Her new designs are probably posted on her website. More to follow.
February 8, 2011 - The Prairie Schooler designs finally made it thru the drifting snow! 4 Great new designs. May, As the Crow Flies, Folk Eggs, and Sunny Days. They are all posted on her website www.prairieschooler.com May is one of the monthly designs - really cute sheep. Rumor has it that December is about to be discontinued. It is the first of the monthly series - there are 3-4 yet to be released. If you want all the months, you should act sooner rather than later. It is still on her website, but will go quickly once it is discontinued. As the Crow flies is another great autumn piece from Pam. She really nails the autumn feel. And if you start stitching now, you can get it done by September. Folk Eggs are wonderful little stitched eggs - you have got to love the rabbit desings. Sunny Days is another great design - lots of little summer ornaments. Great for a twig tree for the summer. Love them all!
February 7, 2011 - The new Lizzie Kate is great - Terri has already stitched "Forgive Quickly" It is really a great designs and Billie is starting the Halloween Rules. Blackbird Designs has a new book and probably a few other things coming at market - let me know if you want any or all. We will pick up extras, but it is always helpful to know how many people want a certain design. It is snowing here today - not much, just enough to be sloppy!
January 30, 2011 - Just a few updates - not much on the cross stitch front - still waiting for Feb market - but we did get the new Lizzie Kate auto - you can go to www.lizziekate.com to see the newest designs! Love them all - Billie has already started on Halloween Rules and she has already stitched the last Halloween Flip-its, she just could not resist! I signed up for the Princess and Me trunk show this week! It will be here in April - put it on your calendar! They are outstanding designs. A bunch of designs came in from Heidi this week - Heidi took a break from painting for a few years and is back at it. Most of the designs are new - fabulous! We got a shipment from Alice Peterson - Beautiful Angel stocking and new stitch and zips. I ordered the new ipad cover, some tallis bags and all the new stitch and zip designs. Merino wool - from Vineyard. We are starting this line - we finally figured out how to rearrange some things and make room for this wonderful fiber - it is a joy to stitch with. We started with 11 basic colors and will be adding as we go along! Well, that is it for January - see you next month.
January 23, 2011 - Billie is trying to get me to update this thing on a more regular basis and I have started off 2011 with good intentions - we shall see. Not much happening in cross stitch - designers are pretty much waiting for the Nashville market to release new designs. And from the emails that I have gotten from designers, I think there will be some really great things in Nashville. Some things are starting to come in from needlepoint designers - Raymond Crawford - we had Cheers but it sold on Friday - we 2 HO HO HO canvases - one peppermints and one ornaments - and Twilight and a Fleur de Lis His designs are always outstanding and fun to stitch. Birds of a Feather - Kathy's rabbit is back in stock and her canvas is off to the finisher. I also got some new designs from her - Toile Rooster, the Mermaid Sampler (which was in Martha Stewart magazine last fall) Kindness begets Kindness, the Bird Sampler and the Nativity - Billie stitched the model in the shop - and the Bird Sampler. We had No Work, No Money but that too sold last week! Zecca had some great designs - cosmos belt (yellow background) with great flowers. And a Night Owl - It is intended to fit the Lee Kindle cover ( this is a great design for a MUS mother) it could also be finished as an ornament. Karen also had a funky brown leaf cuff, a dragon fly canvas - very bright happy colors, and a fish and bones eye glass case. We have three heart designs - with stitch guides from Associated Talents - very bright, pretty colors! We have the 8th pear in Kelly Clark's Pear ornament series - stunning! Also a few of her new candy canes - even a candy cane with candy canes! Well, I think that is it for today -
January 15, 2011 - It is the middle of January and I have finished my Halloween lollipop - off to the finisher on Monday!! Billie will be so proud - and surprised that I finally finished it! I have returned from California market - great market and I bought a lot of canvases and threads and do-dads! Rainbow Gallery has released a new clear lime green in Neon Rays and Neon Rays Plus and of course I have ordered them all! So far this year, we have done 2 Rainbow Gallery orders and 2 Wichelt orders. And Billie will probably have more for me to order upon my return! I am back out in California! But this time, we are in Northern California. North of Sacramento - in the fog! Alan ( my husband) has retired from Ducks Unlimited and we came for a Conservation Program Committee meeting here. It has been great fun to be here as a volunteer. Last night, they said many nice things about Alan and gave us a magnificient Mallard Bronze statue! It is fabulous, now we just have to get it home! I will let you know what we ordered from market as it comes in. Sometimes we will both be surprised. Time to go look at ducks.
January 1, 2011 - Happy New Year! Hope you had a good New Year's Eve - we did! I stitched on the Halloween lollipop from Melissa Shirley that I had hoped to get to the finisher this week! Maybe next week. The sale is over, we had a very good sale - thanks to all of you. And now we can start inventory! The most wonderful time of the year. As we do inventory, we always forgotten treasures - many of which will make their way to the sale table. Give us a couple of weeks and come check it out. We also have some plans for new organization - but that will take a while. I am off to California market on Friday - hope I don't slide down the hill into the ocean. If there is anything in particular that you think we need to look for, just let me know. It is hard to believe that California market is here already and that it will soon be time for Nashville market! Time to go get some orders together.
December 23, 2010 - OK, we survived the first day of the sale - it was a little wild yesterday! But we have recovered and found some chocolate - thanks Jean - and are ready to do battle again today! Come see us today! We are here until 3 on Friday and the sale runs thru next Wednesday.
December 22, 2010 - Just a quick note to remind you that the year end clearance sale starts tomorrow. Everything in the shop will be 25% off and there some things that will be more - I will have to look this afternoon and see what I can come up with to mark down further. It will be a wild and crazy day - if you need anything and cannot get in - you can email or call us and we will try to take care of you. The sale only applies to in-stock merchandise. Now is the time to check for fabric and threads that you will need to finish those projects that are lurking in the back of the storage closet.
December 12, 2010 - Ginnie Thompson passed away this past week - she was 87. Ginnie was the "Mother" of modern cross stitch in the United States. I took a class from Ginnie and Ken in the late 80's - it was a great class! In Palm Springs in August - it was HOT, but we mostly stayed inside and stitched. She was a very nice person and a great stitcher - she will be missed. Little House Needleworks has released a new chart - The North Wind and her daughter has Snowflake Seranade. They are on the re-order list and should be back in this week. I really like the North Wind. Shepherd's Bush has some new kits - they are on order and should also be in this week. There is a Merry Be Pincushion - kind of a companion to Sadie's Christmas Pocket. Also - Take Joy and Every Heart. Another new release is the Come Adore Chart on the Newport linen fabric. Take care and please think of the members of the military service who are in Iraq and Afganistan.
December 5. 2010 - Not much happening at the shop right now as far as new arrivals. There are lots of new canvases coming that will shown for the first time at the January market in California. Got a flyer today that is a brick cover of a blue crab on a red and white check - really cute. Be a great piece at a beach/shore/lake cabin! Lizzie Kate sent out info on the new auto which will ship in January. She is starting a new flip it series - this will be a Halloween Rules! Should be really great - Billie is ready to start stitching. And speaking of Billie - she has stitched Christmas Blessings from La D Da - very primitive looking! Terri is working on a brighter version - or so I hear - they used the same fabric - sandcastle. We are getting ready for the end of the year - and inventory! So if you feel in the counting mood, just let me know. Alan and I are off to Spanish Fort, AL on Monday - he has a meeting with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and I can play for a day!
November 20, 2010 - Just a quick note to let you know we will have some special sales next week along with special hours. We will close on Wednesday at 4:00 and be closed on Thanksgiving and then open for regular hours on Friday and Saturday. Starting on Monday, and thru Saturday, all the 1/2 price cross stitch items and threads will be another 50% off the sale price. If Billie and I figured that right, those items will be 75% off the original price. We will also have some canvases that will be drastically marked down for the week - not sure what they are, but will figure this out between now and Monday! And we may add more things as the week goes on - you just never know. So come in and check it out!
November 18, 2010 - Thanksgiving is a week from today! Can you believe it? The November Pear design from Kelly Clark came in on Monday - they had some painter issues, so it was a little late, but well worth the wait. This one is wreaths on a bosc pear. It really is a great series. A little late - but plenty of time for next year - (or some of us could display it year round!) "Not all witches live in Salem" We have sold out, but I have reordered. And be sure and check out the new Lizzie Kate.
November 6,2010 - Quick reminder - Sunday is the first Sunday of the month and we are open from 1-5! Come in or call me if you have something you need - or just want to come sit and stitch. And see the new LIzzie Kate - these are the best designs ever! Linda has finished the Flip it series for this year. Sold out of the Snowman snippet and have re-ordered! Shipped yesterday, so it should be here either today or on Monday. I think she should have the new designs on the website by now.
Octobe r 30, 2010 - It is almost Halloween - watch out for ghosts and goblins! The new LHN came in - Love them and have re-ordered on some of them. Snow White - on Rosemary linen with a Belle Soie white silk. You could also stitch it on a blue if green doesn't work for you. Winter Band Sampler - stitched all in DMC - but work well converted to Belle Soie or a cotton overdyed. Love the house. And Joy to the World - the last of the ornament series - gotta love that angel and a quick stitch! The chart that we ordered from Cherry Wood at market - sold out at market quickly - has come in. "Thank You" a blessing for everyday - very simple but very pretty. And from a relatively new designer "OF Generations Past" - Salem, Massachusetts- It is in keeping with the Halloween season. I ordered a chart - "Not all witches live in Salem" it was back ordered - hope to get it soon.
October 21, 2010 - Just a quick note to remind you that the Online Needlework Show has opened. Take a look and if there is anything you would like, just let me now. I believe that is closes on Sunday night. www.theneedleworkshow.com Enjoy!
October 17, 2010 - WOW - the middle of Oct - almost time for Halloween. I managed to get out a few things today and put some pumpkins out. My little neighbor - she is 5! - loves Halloween decorations and does not understand why everyone does not decorate for Halloween - so... The pressure! Just a few things to mention. There are new designs coming from LHN, but they are not at the distributors yet. Diane only ships to distributors, so we have to wait. She has posted the new designs on her website/blog. And the new Lizzie Kate are coming the end of October. If you need anything, let me know so I can add it to the automatic. We have a new gadget - it is a round tacky thing on a magnet! How is that for an exact description! It is great for beading! Also a new flamingo ornament - complete with feathers! And 2 great ornaments - it is not too late for next year! A ghost swirl and a santa swirl ornament and a fantastic long skinny sock / black with a red tree. Different and a lot of fun! That is it for today - will let you know when the Lizzie Kate, LHN and new Blackbird come in.
October 10, 2010 - or 10-10-10! Just seems like yesterday two young friends got married on 07-07-07 at 7:07 in the evening! But back to needlework! The new Debbie Mumm kits have come in - Reindeer - on ICE SKATES! This is a first - but they are really cute and once again the pictures do not do the kits justice! Check them out on the Mill Hill / Wichelt website. I forgot to mention that we picked up a few stockings from Alexa - classic and fabulous! Also a few canvases from Melissa Shirley - wait until you see the new Debbie Mumm canvases from Melissa Shirley. We also got some pillowtop canvases from Jean Smith. They are such pretty florals - they look like watercolor paintings - and with very little shading. Also the next Pear came in from Kelly Clark - these are outstanding - give us a call if you are interested. Time to go - I am making more typos than not!
October 2, 2010 - It really fells like fall today! Great weather. Billie and I got everything priced and out and re-ordered already on a few items. Come see it all! New from Shepherd's Bush - another fabulous stocking - for Sadie! We are waiting for the charms and some of the Crescent Colors, but we have enough you can get started! Also from Shepherd's Bush - more in the little charts on the Newport Fabric - Hallow's Eve and Autumn Gives - would make such cute pillows! JBW had some great new designs in the country french line - an Angel, 2 Red Stocking charts, and Scaredy Cats (there is an error on the chart, but Judy is fixing it and you can certainly get stitching with no problem. The Scaredy Cats are shown in two shades of orange or all in black - really cute. I have started the black one over one on 28 - too cute! We picked up the new Erica Michael's designs on silk gauze - fabulous! Remember in silk gauze the holes are bigger and they really are easier to see that 40 ct fabric. give it a try...... And Teresa Layman had 3 new french knot desings - Pecking Order with fabulous chickens, Zach's Garden with an adorable scottie, and set called Berries and Cream - it has a needle case, scissor case, and scissor fob. She also has a new cross stitch design -"Merry Christmas" with her adorable little elves. And the elves are charted such that you can stitch them individually as ornaments. Guess that is all for right now - get ready for the new Reindeer designs from Mill Hill - they shipped yesterday.
September 25, 2010 - WOW Billie and I are just about worn out! And we have another day. We got to market on Friday - late afternoon - in time to register and then got right to the shopping!! With Gusto! Many of the designers were open on Friday evening and we took advantage of the opportunity. We picked up the limited edition kits from Lizzie Kate and saw the designs that are coming the end of October! Fabulous! I really liked the design - "Where's the Party?" And the rest of Christmas Rules - this series of Flip-Its is really worth stitching. Of course, Billie and I are ready to start stitching everything we saw! We saw Cherrywood Designs - bringing back some quick stitch designs. And Primitive Needle and I LOVE the Shakespeares Peddler. And wait until you see Boris from Plum Street Samplers and on and on and on. I will post more as we get things organized and out - you just have to come see it all - quick before it goes away.
September 17, 2010 - Billie and I were looking for something in the back room today - I don't believe we ever found it! - and we found the silk thread kit for the Noble pursuit. These are all Needlepoint Inc silks, I think! Somehow we ended up with one extra set of silks. Billie and I decided to put it out for sale. The original price was $65.00, but we have marked it down to $50.00. It is an excellent to increase your silk stash. These are not whole skeins, but enough to use for a small - medium project. Let me know if you are interested. It has been kind of slow as far as new releases this week, everyone is waiting for St Charles market next weekend. We are getting lots of emails and postcards about all the new stuff coming. Love the new Kelmscott and Little House Needleworks - just a little longer! We got one pair of the new Gingher scissors and they have sold, I had more on order but somehow managed to order the 5" rather than the 4", but they are on the way. Love them - the red is fabulous. Will let you know when I get some more.
September 13, 2010 - Some new canvases came in from Whimey & Grace today. More of those stunning star ornaments - both ornaments and Tree Toppers! Also another University of Memphis ornament - one is a pennant and one is a round- both are great. The newest Blackbird Designs Anniversaries of the Heart - Clara Ellen shipped today. We will let those of you who are the list know when they come thru our door. The plan was to finish the series up at the St Charles market the end of this month. Can't wait to see how they finish the series.
September 12, 2010 - Just think 2 weeks from now and Billie and I will be on our way back from St Charles market - loaded down with way too many purchases! There are lots of good things coming! It seems like there is another email every day tempting us with new designs! Now if I can just remain upright for the whole market, Billie will be happy. If there is anything in particular that you want us to look for or know that you just have to have it - let us know so we can be sure that we get one of whatever it is for you. Just Nan will not be at this market, but will have soon pumpkin stands for the witch's hats that she did in August. If you need one or more, just let me know so that I can order them for you. email me at email@example.com or call me at 901-681-9276.
September 9, 2010 - Billie pointed out to me that I had not told you about the Puffin & Company Scissor Pals. They are the cutest Scissor Fobs - so far there are just the Christmas Holiday designs - but she promises more - snowman, santa and a stocking. They are similar to the Needle magnet and other designs. Can't wait to see what else she comes up with.
September 7, 2010 - New from Mill Hill today! The Jim Shore Playing card kits - J,Q,K and Ace of spades. Really great designs for the card players out there. They would be really cute finished into a serving tray, or put on the corners of a card table cover. Check them out on www.wichelt.com. Billie and I went to the Delta Fair yesterday - lots and lots of people! And Terri won 2 Best of Shows! Congrats also to Debbie, Stacy and Dianne. And all the participants! May next year be even bigger and better! Kelly Clarks newest pear came in - beautiful! Only have one of them left - so if you want one, let me know! Although if they are gone, we can re order. And a great University of Memphis ornament. It is a round with a tiger and the block M - if you hurry you can make it in time for this Holiday Season!
September 3, 2010 - Yesterday the Just Cross Stitch Ornament Magazine came in!!! This year they put all the recipes in the back - I got a little distracted - may have to try the red pepper and lime soup. And then there all the cookies! Gain 5 lbs just looking at the magazine. It is always difficult to pick a favorite - love the Santa on the cover from Artists Collection and the Joy from Prairie Moon and and and... love them all! Definitely need to take this home and study it. We got some Dovo scissors in today - I ordered the white scissor with the little child-like drawings on them, the preemie scissors - perfect for you sewing basket or with some of the smalls. I want to take one of all the new pairs home with me!
August 31, 2010 - They both came today! The Anniversaries of the Heart #7 with bonus chart came today. Love it! All of these charts would stand alone, if you did not want to stitch them on one piece of fabric. Love the camouflage thread used for the water under the swans - may have to steal that idea in a mermaid chart I have been looking at. And the Just Nan - Time for Halloween! Tombstone Hill is fabulous - and the Witch's Hats - and the Owl thread winder. If you do all these you will be more than ready for Halloween! Billie brought in the finished Pumpkins Three from La D Da - now I have to find a frame for it! And Terri is really working on her version - love the gingersnap thread. You have to come in and see them!
August 30, 2010 - I forgot to tell you the other day that I finished my Needledeeva Halloween cupcake! It is so cute and I got it off to the finisher - hopefully in time for Halloween! It really should have been done several weeks before, but I kept getting distracted. And I had to beg Terri to do the beading. She loves doing cross stitch beading! And we got the 2 new Halloween designs from AB Designs. Amy really does some great things with Halloween - go to Norden or Hoffman and check out Wilma Witch and Stack of Jacks! Tomorrow the Blackbird Designs should arrive and maybe the new Just Nan!
August 27, 2010 - A few things came in today - From LHN - the Family Sampler - with lots of choices for prople, children and cats and dogs. Very cute! Also the next in the ornament series - Under The Tree. Each new one that comes out is cuter than the last one! Also from Waxing Moon - Halloween Fairies! So different. Also the Blackbird Anniversaries of the Heart - Swan Lake has shipped! Should be here on Monday or Tuesday. I seem to have lost track of where things are going! Lavender Wings has announced that they will be retiring this year - so if you have been waiting to buy the perfect chart - Now is the time. My favorite is Naughty or Nice! You can see them on Norden and Hoffman. Check it out and let me know if you need any.
August 25, 2010 - Sorry to have missed a few days - I was out of town for a few days. We went to Spokane, WA and enjoyed the cool weather for the weekend. I think that the high was 80!! Just a few things to mention -from Charland some wonderful pewter pendants! They are heart shaped and wonderful - they each have one word on them. We have - Peace, Believe and Stitch. I also ordered a pewter bellpull shaped like a bat! I am trying to convince Billie that she should re-stitch the Boo Club to the hardware. I think over 1 on 40 ct would about do it! Painted Pony sent the order from June Market - we have 2 left - Christmas and Magnolia! Magnolia is new and wonderful! Update on the Pumpkins Three! Billie is about 1/2 done and Terri has changed her fabric! Can't wait to see the finished ones!
August 19, 2010 - LizzieKate automatic came today! So very very cute! I can tell we are going to have to re-order! Lots! It should be up on her website www.lizziekate.com check it out! Don't know what I like best, but I do LOVE the Autumn Scissor Fob! Lara finished her 3 Pumpkins from Mill Hill into a standup box! It is a great design and really fun - it is on 14 ct black - and looks great. I had some pumpkin fabric to put on the back and with some black, green and orange ribbon! So cute!
August 17, 2010 - Got a notice today(well actually it was yesterday, but I forgot!) that the next Anniversaries of the Heart from Blackbird Designs has gone to the printer! And this includes one of the free bonus charts. If they do this as expected, at the St Charles market we will be able pick the end of the series and bonus charts in one book! I will let you know as soon as they come in!
August 16, 2010 - Are you ready to stitch a belt? If you get going, you can still get it done for Christmas. We got a couple of new ones in today - one is golf - white golf balls with tees on a tan background. And 2 fishing belts. There is also an airplane belt, motorcycles and lots of others. If you are interested, let us know. You can also look at the Elizabeth Turner Collection Website. She has lots of belts and we can usually get them in about 10 days. If you want it for this year - it is time to get going!
August 14, 2010 - Yikes - it is hot!! But there is not much I can do about it - so on we go. Just a reminder that the Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament magazine is coming in September - if you want one, let us know!
August 13, 2010 - Where has this week gone? Melted away, I think! We have sold out of our first order of Just Cross Stitch Halloween issue and have re-ordered. If you still need one, let me know so we can save you one! Got a notice from Just Nan about the new Halloween designs that are coming - if I remember correctly, they will ship the end of August. These are some great designs. They should be up on her website soon - if not already - you can look there or come in and look at the flyer Nan sent! Love them all. The Lizzie Kate auto should ship this week - lots of goodies coming and we have ordered the Autumn Fob, which is a limited edition. she will post on her website as soon as they ship. I will let you know as soon as they come in. We got a couple of needlepoint orders in this week - yes they are still coming in from Cols market, and there are more to come! There is an adorable bee angel ornament, and a couple of canvases from HP Designs. He has put some of his best selling 5X5 designs on 13/14 ct canvas so they are pillow topper size. Fabulous designs in bright clear colors. We sold the cat face today, but the bunnies are still in stock. I will let you know when the Lizzie Kate comes in - have a good week.
August 10, 2010 - Still too hot to type, but I will try anyway! We got several new canvases late last week - 2 are pet oriented "This house is ruled by a cat and a dog. Also a really funky, cute smaller Christmas Stocking. This would not be a primary stocking - at least not for Me! Way too small, but certainly large enough for diamonds! It is about 11" tall with a lime green background with a really cute lamb. Now that I look at it, it would be perfect size for a jewelry box with a diamond bracelet! May have to re-think this!
August 6, 2010 - Yesterday afternoon - when it was too hot to type - we got in a Mill Hill order! New Sticks Designs! Sleep Tight - great for a child's room - and Love me, Love My Cat,Holiday Ornaments and Ho Ho Santa - it even says HO HO HO on the brim of his hat. Very cute! We will see what the UPS man brings today!
August 5, 2010 - Got some great little canvases from j.child and matching tote bags from Beth Gantz. These are quick and easy little projects and she had them at market all finished and just used a 2 sided tape from Krienik. What an easy finish. There is a orange fish with turqoise bubbles on a lime green background and he is on a turqoise bag with lime green handles! These are little 5 x 5 designs. We have a golf design, dogwood and canada geese. Come in and check them out.
August 4, 2010 - Today is a "Just" kind of day! From Just Nan - Autumn glory - the last of the 2010 Humbug series. It has the cutest Harvest Moon Pin which is only available with the kit! "Just" think - autumn is not that far off - and maybe some COOLER weather! And from Just Cross Stitch - the Halloween Issue has arrived. There are some great designs - I was in the shop today and had about 5 minutes to look at it. I still have not picked a favorite - but I am sure I will! Billie is working a Pumpkins Three from La D Da - looks great on Guacamole fabric from Weeks Dye Works. Terri is going to stitch it on Straw ( the pattern suggests Havana!), but use an overdyed burnt orange (not sure exactly what it is...) So we will be able to compare the 2 versions soon! Too hot to type any more so...
August 3, 2010 - Canvases from Gimmies came in today - Marti has some really wild designs. We got some snowmen - sitting in ice cream cones! And some great gingerbread men (and ladies) so come check them out.
August 2,2010 - Yesterday, when I was reminding you about finishing deadlines, I forgot to mention the Delta Fair! The Fair is Sept 3-12 and entry forms must be in by Aug 19! You can pick up an entry book at the shop or check online at www.DeltaFest.com The Fair will be here before you know it! Also, wanted to let you know that we have 1 copy of the One Nation chart from ByGone Stitches. It is a fabulous design! If you want this last one - let me know! It is so hot! Feel like I need to find a big glass of iced tea!
August 1, 2010 - An order from Raymond Crawford came in yesterday! His new Christmas train - 3 cars that would be great as ornaments or you could make stand ups and put them on the mantel or under the tree! So fun - you can see them on Raymond's website. Just to remind you - finishing deadlines! Halloween finishing deadline is Aug 27th. Don't be late! And Christmas ornaments are due on Oct 1 and pillows and stocking Nov 1! Get stitching - these dates will be here before you know it!
July 29, 2010 -Some more Melissa Shirley Designs came in today - Beetles! These are rather small - but bigger than life size! At market, Melissa showed them in shadow boxes - they looked like mounted specimens!
July 23, 2010 - Wow this has been a busy day! New Blackbird Designs - Anniversariesof the Heart #6 and the Rosegarden Reward of Merit came in today. Also - from Little House Needleworks - the new designs Tall Pines and Sarah Street Faithfulness and the new ornament - Peppermint Twist also came in today. And La D Da - Three Pumpkins - and before Billie and I could figure out what to do with that one, they went out the door! So re- order! We also sold out of Thomas the Turkey from Not Forgotten Farm! One of our customers stitched it on 18 ct linen over 2 and we finished it into a fabulous pillow. Since Beth won't be putting it out until Oct/Nov, we have it on display. You should stop and see it. OK - time to head for the Post Office.
July 23,2010 - Can't seem to type this am--- but the new Prairie Schooler has come thru the door! Love them all! Billie and I have been plotting and planning what to do with Sweeping Cobwebs! Billie will be busy this weekend!
July 21. 2010 - Yikes time flies when it is too hot! I will just have to remember this in December and January! Melissa Shirley canvases - great as always! Love them! Got some of the Halloween ribbon candy canvases and a couple of new candy canes! Even got an orange one - Just for all the UT fans. I don't think Mallori will be stitching this one! And a great new design from the Mary Lake Thompson collection - Naughty or Nice with a snowman! From Alice Peterson - 2 great baby sampler canvases! Seems like baby sampler canvases are really in demand! And from Needle Deeva - somehow I neglected to order more of the Halloween cupcake canvases - must have just dreamed that order up. Oh, well - that gives me a little more time to finish mine before they come in. But I did get some great baby samplers from Needle Deeva - there is one with a yellow duck rattle on it - too cute! And they are on 13/14 ct canvas! Blackbird Designs has released the new house - Anniversaries of the Heart #6 - Happy Birthday. I think it shipped yesterday or today. Also a new Reward of Merit - Rosegarden - really lovely. And there are new releases from Little House Needleworks coming - can't wait for the next ornament - Peppermint Twist. And a great pumpkin design from La D Da. I love her designs... another one to put on the pile! Opps - Billie is calling - better get back to work.
July 17, 2010 - I got the notice from Liberty Hill this morning and have ordered some of the Salem Hill boxes - as always these are great hand painted items - they should come in the end of August or early September.Let me know if you are interested - these will not last long! I checked with Just Cross Stitch magazine this week and the Halloween issue has gone to the Printer! Should be shipping in a couple of weeks - if you want to be on the list let me know! New Prairie Schooler is on the way! The 2010 Santa is great! You can see a picture of the new designs on her website - www.prairieschooler.com Let me know if you want one. We got some canvases in from Melissa Shirley today and some Baby Sampler canvases from Alice Peterson - I will tell you more about them next week - haven't even had time to open the box! Guess I better go open it!
July13, 2010 - Some canvases came in from by Mindy today - The Halloween Tree is great! with JABCO buttons - there are some purple swirly buttons and a great witch hat button. Also a Christmas Tree in purple/green - this could also be done in hot pink and lime or Christmas Red and Green. Another one is the red and black stocking - fabulous designs. Just a note to let you we are taking names for the Just Cross Christmas Ornament magazine, the Just Cross Stitch Halloween issue and the Prairie Schooler 2010 Santa. Let us know if you want us to call you or ship to you when they come in.
July 12, 2010 - New Snow! And it is not going to melt! Caron Collection has come out with 5 new colors of snow. Icy Lavender, Tropical Ocean, Storm, Strawberry ( It was supposed to be Pistacio but...) and Chocolate! Great colors and as always snow is so easy to work with. You can see the colors on their website - www.caron-net.com Be sure and check them out!
July 10, 2010 - Just a quick update. Billie and Terri tell me I MUST let you know that we have a Mr. Bingle ornament. Now, I have no idea who Mr. Bingle is, but they are very excited! He came from Jude Designs - she is all things New Orleans and LA! Today, The Princess and Me ornaments came in - Prancer, an adorable white reindeer, It's a Puppy, Santa brought me a Kitty! And a couple of Santas - really cute! Gotta go take care of customers!
July 3, 2010 - Well I had good intentions to post more ofter... Today the new Kelly Clark Pear canvases came in - this is the second in a series of 12. They are great designs. After we take care of all the ones that are spoken for we only have 2 left. Let me know if you want to start the series. I still only have 3 of the 6 sections finished - I will get back to it! I promise. LHN has released the next ornament - it is a snowman and we have sold out and re-ordered! Should be here by Wednesday. The Just Nan Summer Humbug came in - love the butterfly pin. Can't wait to see what they have cooked up for Halloween. It is about time to order the Just Cross Stitch ornament and halloween issues. If you want either (or both!) just give us a call 901-681-9276 and we will put you on the list! Opps - almost forgot - ordered some Dovo scissors at market - ordered one pair of the premie scissors (they are really small, but cut like a dream!) If you are interested let me know. Did I tell you that the order of little gadgets came in? Lots of really cute and usefull things. Gotta go - Kathy needs soe help. Have a great 4th of July!
June 22, 2010 - Today the first order from TNNA market arrived! That was really quick! It came from Lee - they backordered some of the order - no Kindle covers - yet! But we do have some Kindle covers from Alice Peterson. From Lee - a coin purse and really cute canvas and a black leather wallet with a tiger eye canvas or a floral geometric canvas. From Needle Deeva - a lovely pink/red poppy small canvas - this is a left-over from Dallas market, but well worth seeing. From Puffin and Company - more Needle magnets and a heart scissor fob - she will have some winter scissor fobs in August - I have pre-ordered - really cute The new Lizzie Kate is here - Halloween! and Christmas! Go to her website to see it - www.lizziekate.com And Infant of Joy from Moira Blackburn came this week - classic design. I am sure there is more to report, but that is all I remember.
June 18, 2010 - Well, I am back from the TNNA market - this is an order market. So as canvases come in I will let you know. Saw lots of great stuff - and ordered lots of great stuff! I ordered from Melissa Shirley, Melissa Prince ( a new designer) , J.childs (new for us), and HP - some really great rabbits on 13 ct canvas. And on and on - will let you know as they come. On the cross stitch front - the last of the current Loose Feathers from Blackbird Designs came in. Not sure what she has in store for us next, but I am sure it will be exciting! Also the next house in Anniversaries of the Heart has come in - can't remember what number this is, and I am not at the shop to go look , but it is as stunning as the rest. There is some good stuff coming - Lizzie Kate auto should be coming soon, and the next Just Nan in Humbug series. I will let you know as it arrives. Gotta go - Billie is expecting me to show up at the shop on time!
June 8, 2010 - I don't think that I have mentioned that the LHN Merry Skater ornament has come in - and sold out! We re- ordered and it came in today. Also re-stocked on LHN Simple Joy that Billie is stitching - she will probably have it done this week! Also today, we got in the new Halloween designs from Amy Bruenken Designs - Frankster and 3 really cute small designs! I think that everything we got in today was already spoken for, but I will re-order next week when I get back from Columbus market. Gotta start getting organized - I will try to post from market!
June 5, 2010 - The Mill Hill has arrived - and ready to ship! My favorite is the Captain Santa - MH20-0301. H e has a pirate look to him! So cute! I worked on my pear a little last night - I have 3 of the 6 sections finished! You can easily finish these in a month and keep up. I think you should be able to do a section in an afternoon or evening. If you pull the right thread the first time! Lots of fun and instant gratification!
June 2, 2010 - Well first I have to report that I did not make much progress on Kelly's first pear. I took it with me and did not take the right threads! But now I am back home and will start on it soon! The canvases are here and all the out of town orders have been shipped. We still have 3 left ( and can order more!) If you want one just let me know - or you can come in and look at mine - or the picture Kelly sends with the canvas. Mill Hill has shipped the next set of kits - this year's batch of Santa ornaments and 6 Tiny Treasured Diamonds. The Santas this year are Seafaring Santas - really cute and the Treasured Diamonds will be great. The kits should be in the shop tomorrow! I think that is all I have to offer today - going to market next week!!
May 27, 2010 - I have been informed that I need to post more often - one person suggested EVERY day! Well, that is not going to happen, but I will make a better effort. The Kelly Clark Pears - well the first one - have shipped! I picked one up at the Dallas Market so I could get started - guess I better get on it! I am going to be gone this weekend and will take it with me for my project. If I can get going on it, I could probably finish it this weekend. ( Notice that I said if and probably!) The Just Nan Twilight Leaf Ball came in yesterday! It is stunning! And we have the fabric in stock. Please go to www.justnan.com to look at it or come in and see it. I think we 1 or 2 without a name on them. We may have to order some more. And speaking of this weekend, we will be closed for Memorial Day. Please remember those who have served in the military and an extra special prayer for those (including my nephew Alex) who are in Iraq and Afghanistan. My father-in-law (who is 92) and was a POW in WWII is the Grand Marshall of the Memorial Day Parade in his hometown in NW Ohio. Wish we could be there to see it. So have a good weekend and get some stitching done.
May 23, 2010 - I think I forgot to mention - at least lately - that we have signed up for Kelly Clarks Pears! They are fabulous! I have started the first one - picked it up at the Dallas Market - so I could get a head start so you could see it! I can't believe that there are that many shades of green - and I don't think she used them all! They should ship in early June - let us know if you are interested and we will let you know when they come in! I have also pre-ordered the new Gingher scissors - they should come in September - love them - red background with white flowers! Norden Crafts has them up on their website. Gotta go - ironing and laundry to finish.
May 20, 2010 - New Mill Hill came in today! Are you ready for Christmas? We are! There are 6 new Button and Bead kits - Hope you left room for more in you Christmas Village! There is a clock shop and through the woods - in a horse drawn sleigh! Also in the new releases are a Cardinal Forest, Frosty the Snowman and Snowfall, and a Gingerbread House - which is not part of the Christmas Village. These are all really great designs. They come with perforated paper, but you can put them on fabric! Also from Mill Hill are 2 new ornament kits series. One series is the Winter Holiday Collection - there are 6 in the series. My favorites are the Holiday Polar Bear and Be Merry. The other series is a new series - Festival of Trees. These are little rectangular ornaments - my favorite is the forest tree - a tree with rabbits! Both of these would make great Hostess Gifts or package tags - and if you start now you could have them finished by December. Check them out at www.wichelt.com or www.millhill.com Here comes a customer so I have got to get to work. check them out and let us know what you need!
May 17, 2010 - At last, the computer is playing nice today. I have not been able to get on since sometime the end of April. There is lots to report. Terri and Billie keep making me lists! Let's start with cross stitch. From Just Nan we have the Spring Frill - from the Humbug series. Coming soon - should ship next week (if I have not lost complete track of the days!) is the Twilight Leaf Ball. It is fabulous and the fabric shipped on Friday. Sometimes, getting all the pieces together is a bit scary, but this should work. We have 2 left to sell, so if you want one let me know. And it will come with the Ladybug pin and all the great finishing instructions. ByGone Stitches - We have restocked on Quaker Christmas, Quaker Virtues and Eloquent Christmas and have her new one in stock - One Nation. All the states of the union on the stripes of the flag. It is breathtaking! Little House Needleworks is releasing the next of the ornament series - The Merry Skater. Not in yet, but coming soon. The whole series is great! The Bee sampler is also back in stock. Blackbird Designs has released the latest Anniversaries of the Heart #4 - Pink Manor. It is in the mail as we speak. And Cricket Collellction has a new release - Peas & Qs (my favorite) and Picture Perfect, Celebrate America, and Summer - all are fabulous. We have sold out of some and reordered. We also have the Bee Happy Magic wand from Kathy Schenkel Designs, and the santa faces. I am pushing my luck with this computer - will finish later.
April 14, 2010 - Guess I will start with more bad news about designers! Just before income taxes are due! In addition to Good Huswife and Carriage House, Brightneedle, Lilybet, 4 My Boys, The Needlesmith and Wildflower Stitchers are also no longer designing. I can pretty much get designs before the end of June, but if you want something, now is the time to act! Not only is tomorrow income tax day, but it is also the first day of the Online Show. This year the show runs until Sunday night for non-retailers. Just go to www.needleworkshow.com and look and let me know what you need me to order for you - I will be placing orders on Monday - you can email or call 901-681-9276. There are lots of good things there. The Lizzie Kate auto came in - finished the Green Flip it Series. There is a free border that is available on line. I love Dog Lessons - we have re-ordered! You can see all the new stuff on her website. Blackbird Designs has released the 3rd in the House series - let me know if you need one of those . The last Loose Feathers for this year should be coming soon. The Little Shoppe Canvas Company canvases came in on Monday - there is a conch shell, a couple of apples and a pear, the 3D pears 12 Days of Christmas ornaments, and a new design - a caramel apple on a stick! Takes me back to the county fair. Some of the Melissa Shirley designs have come in - there are still more on order - love the gold candy canes! And the Mary Lake Thompson designs. I think that is all for now.
March 28, 2010 - Ok I have a short list from Billie and Terri - hope to get more later. The first news is the information that Carriage House is closing. She has posted on her website and will be completely gone - at least for a while - at the end of the year. So if you have been looking at any Carriage House designs and thinking maybe, now is the time to decide for sure. No More Houses of Hawk Run Hollow! Both Norden Crafts and Hoffman Distributing have most of her titles - so go look decide and let me know so that I can get them ordered for you quickly. Now for better news - Blackbird Designs is printing an engagement calendar for 2011. The book will retail for about $20 - my impression is that there will very few -if any- cross stitch charts in this book - if will be mostly photos. We are taking orders now. Let me know if you want one - you know it will be great! Also a great Christmas gift for any stitchers on your list. Lizzie Kate will be shipping her automatic on the 31st. It will be the last of the Green series, Dog Lessons and who knows what else. Well, I am sure that Linda knows but... The Just Nan that I ordered in Nashville has come in - Needle Tweets! These are the cutest little birds that are great little needle books with pins! Also the Keep A Little secret Design - this a peacock needle slide with a really fun and quick design. We also have gotten in some great canvases from Kathy Schenkel - I love the fireman santa! Kathy has some really great designs! also the Shelly Tribbey canvases have come in from the January market - she has a couple of new small skates and a really nice nativity and 3 wisemen ornament canvases. We also got the canvases from DS Designs - He is Amanda Lawford's son and lives right here in Memphis - that means delivery is really fast! I ordered some designs on 14 ct canvas that would be really great for a young girls room. And from Canvas Connection - are you ready for Halloween? She has a really cute carousel ornament with pumpkins and a black cat! I think that is it for now. I will try to get a little better organized.
March 24, 2010 - I can't believe it has been a month since I last posted! Yikes! Billie and Terri are working on a list of updates and I will post them soon! Lizzie Kate should ship on the 31st - including Dog Lessons! More later.
February 24, 2010 - Sorry for the delay in reporting back from Nashville market - had issues with the website! But it seems to be working now. Billie and I went to Nashville - we saw lots, we bought lots and we walked alot! Up to 4th floor, opps forgot something on the 2nd, now up to the 6th to get the fabric or buttons or threads for this chart. That is what we did on Sat. On Sun we were more organized and went each floor in order - except when we remembered something we forgot! We brought back the new Blackbird (I will reorder today as we sold out of several designs!) And the Lizzie Kate limited kits - love the Spring scissor for with the pink and turquoise little gem scissors that are only available with the kit, and Chicks Rule and do not Aging Artfully! And there is a Dog Lessons design coming. Cat lessons has been very popular, but everyone is asking about Dog Lessons. They should be in the next automatic. And the Carriage House Autumn Houses of Hawk Run Hollow - fabulous! And the Thread Gatherer overdyed silk for it is yummy! There is lots to see - come in and browse - or call for more details. The new canvases from Alice Peterson and Canvas Collection came in yesterday. From Alice Peterson, we have some great new Stitch and Zip kits - including some Kindle covers and Tallis bags. Also from Alice Peterson and great new brown and turquoise butterfly kind of abstract design. Most of the canvases were back ordered and will come later. From Canvas Collection, a selection of carousel ornaments. Noah's Ark, Nutcrackers, Angels and Happy Halloween. We also got 2 designs on 14 count that are too big for ornaments, but would make great stand ups for the Holidays. Time to get going - Billie is expecting me to come in sometime today, so better get going!
February 8, 2010 - And winter has come again! We have about 5" of snow - Yikes! This is a lot of snow for us - but 9 of the 17 salt trucks are out! Maybe the rest will get out before the storm is over! Shop opening will be iffy today - if you are planning on coming, please call before you try to make the trip - only to find us closed! I got an email from Carol - Associated Talents - yesterday! She is shipping our order this week. I can't wait - I ordered some initial ornaments and the cutest "little" carrots! We will have to see what else when the box arrives - it is always like opening packages at Christmas! Lots of surprises and beautiful things! Billie has finished Merry Christmas from the Blackbird Book - Joyeax Noel. It is Fabulous! She made a few changes - love it! Also from Blackbird - Loose Feathers #39. We have sold our initial order and have re- ordered! And the fabric is in stock as well. Blackbird has a new book and some new charts coming in Nashville - If I remember correctly - it is called "Honeysuckle Cottage" If you want one for sure, let me know. Also, Carriage House has a new Hawk Hollow chart - let me know if you need that chart or the fabric and what count you want. Well, time to go scoop snow off the front porch and walk and decide if it is worth the trip to go try and open the shop.
January 29.2010 - Well, winter has come to Memphis! We have rain, sleet, ice and snow - and lots of inexperienced drivers on the road! I went in for a little while this am - picked up some things that needed to be taken care of and put a sign on the door and a message on the answering machine. Now I have to remember to change it tomorrow! Terri has finished the Love Notes sampler from Plum Street Sampler - it is a great sampler and there is still time to stitch it before Valentine's Day! She, of course, changed the fabric and some of the threads - from 40 ct to 28 ct! We also have another Plum Street Sampler for Valentine's Day - Beloved. You can see both of them on the www.hoffmandis.com We have sold out, but have an order coming - should have come today but... So, if you are snowed in like we are - even if you are not - fix a nice cup of tea and sit down and stitch.
January 22, 2010 - Just a few things to offer today. First - Good Huswife is coming out with a new book at Nashville market - if you want one let me know before I go. She will have limited quantites of all 4 of her books. She is getting married and moving to Europe, so this may be the last opportunity to get one of her books. The new Lizzie Kate came in - you can see it on her website! Great new designs - love the "Green' Flip its - especially the "Be kind to animals. The first 3 of the six designs has been released with the other 3 to follow shortly. She has an Easter Quick it and a new "Boxer" - "We're not gossiping we're net working" Also she has a new design - kind of like the alphabet series - Cat Lessons for People. Hopefully there will be one about dogs soon! From Just NaN we have the WinterHearts kit. Very cute design and we only have 2 left( opps just sold 1 so now we only have 1) and I believe that they are sold out, so when these are gone... Love the Snowflake Pin! From Little House Needleworks - the newest ornament "He's a Flake" and Battle Hymn of the Republic and 2 other new ones. Be sure and check her website for pics. They shipped on Friday and we should have them on Tuesday! Also coming on Tuesday are the Blackbird Design Nov and Dec stockings. (We get them from Norden with the fabric, so it sometimes takes a little longer, but then we have the fabric!) Barb and Alma have some new things planned for Nashville Market! Cant wait for it!
January 14, 2010 - OK - We survived the market! And bought a lot and saw a lot and took some classes. This is an order market, so things (mostly canvases) will be coming in over the next couple of months. Some will come quickly and others take a little time. We have signed up for Kelly Clark's Patterned Pears - they are great! Kelly let me take some pictures of them - in her creative booth - complete with a window and shelves! I helped with the booth - all I did was put canvases on the the wall! I can take no credit for the design - altho I did a great job cutting the fabric for the walls! It did require cutting on the floor - cut one, get up fold it, get back down, cut it, get up... My body protested on Sat! But, the bottom line is - there was lots to see and order and think about. In fact, I ran out of time and still have a few orders to place. As the canvases come in, I will let you know.
January 3, 2010 - Hope you all had a Happy New Year. We had a very quiet holiday - asleep by 10! Yes, 10. Billie and Linda don't think I can stay up that late, but I managed. Inventory is all done - I think. There are always a few strays to round up, but we ususally find them. We also found a few little gems in the corners and I will mention those at a later date. I am off to Long Beach on Thursday for TNNA market. Lots to look at and buy! It always gets me going to go to market and see new products, designs and old friends. And speaking of old friends, Stitchers lost 2 very dear friends the end of December. Donna lost her long battle with cancer. We will miss her and her smiling face! Ginne died suddenly of a heart attack the day after Christmas. We will miss her and her spirit. Our thoughts and prayers are with both of their families. With tears and a heavy heart, I say good night. I will be back with an update after market.
December 24, 2009 - Almost the end of the year - Just a reminder that our Year End Clearance Sale has started! And we do not want to count all this stuff! Help us out! The sale goes until the 30th of December - so we can count and enjoy New Year's Eve. All of us wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We wish you all the best in 2010 and hope to see you in the new year if not before. Please say a prayer for all the military personel where ever they are stationed.
November 26, 2009 - One more update in November. Billie has given me a lot to put in - I did not realize how much has come in this month! Don't forget - We have Gift Certificates - they are alway available - but are great for the Holidays and they don't expire or start to go down in value if you don't use them right away. We also have some nice scissors and fobs and threaders that go nicely with a gift certificate. Now on the the new things - and remember you can always see the new cross stitch on www.hoffmandis.com and www.nordencrafts.com . The new Issue of Needlepoint Now if in - it features a great design from Raymond Crawford. And speaking of magazines - we are down to one copy of the Just Cross Stitch Halloween issue and I can't get anymore of those, we also have one issue of the Just Cross Stitch ornament magazine left and I have ordered more. From Liberty Hill - a First Colony Tombstone Cupboard. A great wooden box for your scissors and threads. There were only 300 of these left and we only have 2 left. These are definitely "Halloween", but if you want one - now is the time to act! We have the last of the Over the Top Tins from Just Nan - Glow. We also have one left of the Noella's Christmas Berry Bird and the Christmas Cheer Charts. We also have one left of Counting Bats, Sirens of the Sea and Harmony. Little House and Country Cottage Needleworks have been very busy - The Library, Sailing, Sailing, Yesteryear, Winter Greens, Joy, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Sugar Plum Fairy, Garden of Snow and the new Fa La La. Hinzeit has released Charmed Believe, Charmed Dear Santa, Welcome Home and we still have Jingle Bells. Puffin & Company has sent out Magnetic Needle Nannies - Sheep, Heart, and Cat. These are great to put with a gift certificate for the holidays. Another great thing to put with a gift certificate is a Stitchers Acorn - has a thimble, spool inside an acorn. And don't forget the threaders from Zecca. New from Lizzie Kate - Time for God has come and gone, so we have reordered and they should be in this week. Also she released Dogs Leave Paw Prints, Live Simply and the newest Boxer - Today was a total waste of Makeup! Blue Ribbon Designs - I Love their designs! Winter White Woodland, Just Add Tinsel - a 3D box much like the Halloween Coffin she did earlier and Autumn Leaves and Sunflower Seeds, Cricket Collection has released the All Through the House - outstanding design and Berry Nice Indeed. From a new designer -Silver Creek Sampler - Eye on the Sparrow. And from Hawkins House - Apple Tree Sampler. Bent Creek has released the Uber Turkey and the Uber Christmas Tree. These are such fun designs and stitched on large count fabric - altho you could do them on smaller count fabric and use floss instead of the #5 perle cotton. Imaginating has released a Nativity Trio - great design. And Drawn Thread has A House in the Country and another one that is a Santa that is a limited edition design. Sorry it has not come in and Billie did not put it on my list and I don't remember the exact name of it, but it has shipped. We also have some new charts from Stoney Creek - Christmas Delights, Cozy Cats, and Hanging Around for Christmas. Stoney Creek has some of the best Christmas designs. The Good Huswife - it is wonderful that she is designing again- has released PA Christmas. And there is the Bee Noel from Arachne's Silken Web - this chart has my sisiter's name on it. I may finish it before christmas 2010. I did not realize how big it was when I ordered it. Another design that has been popular is from JBW - French Country Noel Wreath and French Country Snow Globe. I think that is all for now - there is a turkey calling my name! HOpe you all have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy the day. Please take time to stitch and think of all your blessings.
November 7, 2009 - A few new things have come in and all the wonderful finished stockings and ornaments are coming in. They all look wonderful! The 3 part of the Christmas design from Raise the Roof (Sorry I can't remember the name of it!) has come in. Only one part left to come and then you can get it stitched in time for Christmas! These little kits come with the design and Crescent Color threads to stitch them. It is a wonderful little Christmas Village. Also coming soon from Little House Needleworks and Crescent Colors are little ornaments. The first in the series should be available mid- November. Another winner from Diane and Sharon. Also this week, we got a few more canvases from Melissa Shirley. There is a great Gingerbread men and candy canes canvas that would be a great stocking cuff or you could square it off and make it a Holiday pillow. Also a fabulous bucket with Red Star Gazer Lilies and Candycanes and a small bird. Very beautiful! And a fabulous spring pillow design - a white rabbit and yellow chick on a yellow design. We also got some wire threaders from Zecca with the wonderful and wild embellishments and some new belts from Zecca - I love all of them - they are very different! And Linda got back her pair of mermaid sandals from Birds of a Feather! They are so very cute! She will probably be wearing them all winter. Just looking at them makes you think of the beach! Time to get going...
October 14, 2009 - Billie has reminded me I need to put up more information from St Charles market - so here goes! The new series from Crescent Colors has come in - it is a Christmas piece from Raise the Roof . It comes in 4 parts and they have released the first 2. It is really a great Christmas village. From Birds of a Feather - a great Nativity Stocking based on the nativity pillow that Billie finished stitching. It is primitive and very cute! We also picked up the Bird Sampler pillow top. Jean Smith had some great florals - they are very pretty colors with a watercolor feel. Just the thing to stitch in this rainy gloomy weather. Melissa Shirley - great designs as always! We picked up the small rooster and hen designs, a couple of star angels (we have had these in the past and they are still great designs) We also picked up 2 new stockings - they are kind of funky but fun! A santa and one with a snowman. These would be so much fun to stitch. Shepherd's Bush - as always some really great designs. We got the Holy Night sampler and waiting for the box. We went on Sat afternoon and were too late - they were sold out of the box but they are busy making more and should be here any day now. Erica Michaels - what beautiful designs Linda had this time. I love these little designs on 40 count gauze. They are also great on 28 ct linen over 2 threads. She also had a fob that is stitched on 30 ct gauze if you want to give that a try. Mosey and Me - Frank and Judy always come up with the best designs. And this time was no exception - she had lovely Celtic love sampler, a Halloween chart and a Friendship chart to honor Kris from Norden Crafts. And Plum Street Sampler - these were some great designs! Paradise Lost - Adam and Eve - beautiful and the Garden of Eerie. We had sold out of the Garden and re-ordered. OK - this all the typing I can do (there was a reason I got a C in personal typing in high school!) I will try to finish the list in the next couple of days!
September 30, 2009 - Wow september is almost gone - and we survived the St. Charles market! Billie and I went and shopped and priced and shopped and stayed up too late, but we came back with some fabulous things! Billie made a list on the way home, the list is four pages long and is just the highlights! Great stuff! I will get started and finish it later in the week. I will start with Kelmscott - we picked up the new fish thread winders, Adam and Eve needle minders, and from Plum Street Samplers Paradise Lost! Outstanding! But then we only saw and bought outstanding and fabulous designs! The pile of stuff is overwhelming. And a new angel ornament and signed up for a monthly kit. It starts with an angel thread pallet. From Images Stitchery, we found some great new wooden bell pulls - including a tombstone one that is great for the Lizzie Kate Boo Club, and personalized wooden magnets. Of course, new threads from Weeks Dye Works, Sampler Threads, Crescent Colors. The new Belle soie colors are great. crescent also has a new monthly from Shakespeares Peddler that we signed up for - the first one will ship soon. We went into Colonial Needle - the brand new owners of Lee Needlearts. Hurrah! It would have been sad to see that line go away. And by January, they should be up and running with the whole line. We stopped at Leigh Designs - we took Renee's pumpkin face pillow and Sandra's three framed masks for Leigh to have as models at the market. I think Leigh was disappointed when Billie and I showed up on Sunday afternoon to reclaim them! Fabulous. They are in the shop for a few days if you want to see them. Namaste - we re-stocked the buddy cases - these are great little leather boxes for your scissors, needles, threaders etc and in great colors! Blackbird Designs - we picked up the new book - Joyeax Noel/Merry Christmas. They had all the mini socks stitched and hanging from the fireplace mantel! Billie and I just stood in awe and of course, the pictures do not do them justice! Makes you want to stop what you are doing and stitch them all, but you also want to do the Christmas and the Halloween and ... Way too little stitching time ! OK - that is all the typing my fingers can handle for the moment. I will get back to this later!
September 2, 2009 - Just a note - we will be closed on Sunday Sept 6 and Monday Sept 7 for Labor Day. Wishing you rest from your labors and lots of stitching to be done. The finishing deadlines will be here before you know it! Not much new in needlepoint - waiting for market the end of September. But lots to report on the cross stitch front. The Just Nan and the Blackbird designs have come in - they are both fabulous! Love the Witch's Hat from Just Nan. And Counting Bats has the cutest beads - some more mature eyes may need magnification to see the detail! And the Blackbird Designs Book is great - love all the designs - but that pumpkin pin cushion keeps calling to me! New Cricket Collection has come in - love all the new designs - the Open House is companion to a previous Halloween House- they would make a great pair - a little Halloween village! The Great Pumpkin Conspiracy - love all the bats and then Star Acorn and Autumn Apron. You can see all of her designs on her website. We have ordered the First Colony Tombstone Cupboard from Liberty Hill. It is a small box shaped like a tombstone and includes sewing smalls. You "need" to add a pair of black scissors to this - the scissor fob is wonderful. This should come in early September or early October - Carolyn is busy painting! New Blue Ribbon Designs - Afraid of the Dark and Sampling in the Square. Both are great designs and you can use parts to make smalls! Also Black Cats and Flying Bats. She also has all of her new designs up on her website. Don't for get the Just Cross Stitch Halloween Ornament Magazine - we have a few copies left - and the upcoming Christmas Ornament Magazine - that is due out in September - so should be coming any day. Again get on the list for this if you need it - we only have 40 copies on order!
August 21, 2009 - Just a quick reminder - the Halloween ornament issue from Just Cross Stitch and better than ever! The Christmas ornament magazine will be coming in September - are you on the list? If not, why not? You can call and let us know - 901-681-9276. The Blackbird Designs Halloween ornaments hasw been shipped and will be here any day! Call if you want to be on that list. Just Nan Halloween chart - Counting Bats and the Over the Top Witch's Hat are to ship on Monday - are you on that List? And finally (as in the last item for this update) the New Lizzie Kate is here! Once again, they are all great designs. You can see them on her website - www.lizziekate.com There is a new Tiny Tidings, Santa 09, the rest of the Merry Christmas Flip Its and the Giggle Box - "You can touch the dust, but don't write in it"
August 16, 2009 - This is a quick update! Billie and I are trying to clean out the back room - really we are! - and are finding lots of treasures. I am not sure how those things end up there, but there they are. One think that I know we found is one of Just Nan's Queen's Bluebird kit. It is really very wonderful - and these are definitely gone! There are some other things and I know we will find them. I will post them as they come to light. If you ever saw the back room, you would not question how things get lost back there!
August 9, 2009 - The New Prairie Schooler charts have shipped - should be in this week. We are getting all the charts and the 2009 Santa - v ery cute with ice skates, a hockey stick and puck. The other designs are great - I love the Santa in the sleigh. You can check them out on the Prairie Schooler website - www.prairieschooler.com If you need any of these designs, just let us know.
August 7, 2009 - for a time of the year when not much is supposed to be happening! The Just Cross Magazine that is the Halloween issue, came in today! Fabulous! I love the design from La D Dah - especially if you did the one from last year and have started on the boot (Something Wicked this way comes!) It is a perfect companion. And the Prairie Moon stocking ornament and the AB Designs (Have you seem Witchy Poo?) and the Just Nan (Have you seen the Counting Bats design - it is up on her website - due to be released later in Aug?) And I have not even really had a chance to look at it! If you want an issue, let me know! NOW!
August 6, 2009 - We got a great big box of prework needlepoint today! Hurrah! We even have a few bunnies! But not many - if you want one... I don't know when or if I will be able to get any more - this has been about a 2 year process! We also got in today, more of the craftlite magnifier/lamp units. They really are great. They have a small magnifier and an LED light. And you have to have something to clip it on, it won't replace a big light/magnifier, but it works well for travel! Time to get some dinner on the table.
August 5, 2009 - Guessed I missed a second posting in July! There are some great new releases coming in August (or at least there should be!) Blackbird Designs is doing a book of 13 Halloween mini stockings (similar to the monthly ones they have been doing) , if I remember correctly, they should ship the middle of August - although I don't think Alma has finished the photography for the book. It will be worth the wait! We have the book and fabric on order, so if you want one I suggest you speak up now. Not sure how long these will last. Prairie Schooler should release the new 2009 Santa in August - hopefully soon. Just Nan has a new Halloween tin coming and there is also a chart - Counting Bats. You can see them on her web site www.justnan.com they should ship the end of August. And don't forget Just Cross Stitch Ornament magazine - that should ship in Sept. If you want us to hold one, let us know - There is also another Just Cross Stitch Halloween issue coming and that should be here before the Ornament magazine. We have a list for both. Hope you can keep track of all this. The bottom line is, if you think you want any of these, you need to let us know! you can call 901-681+9276 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org There is also all the normal stuff coming in, although a lot of new stuff will not be released until the St Charles market the end of September. I really will try to do a better job of doing updates. Need to have Billie do a list for me. You can always check Hoffman, Norden Crafts and Wichelt for what they have that is new.
July 13, 2009 - Wow time flies when you are having fun! Last week seemed to fly by and we were very busy! Making up for being closed on the 4th, I guess. On the cross stitch front we got a few new things in - Homespun Elegance has come out with a _Witches Stitch Too - it is very cute and stitched on 30 ct straw (you could also do it on 14 ct desert cream aida) and with a star brass button. We have re-stocked on Witch Shoes shall I wear - from Cherry Wood, andWitchy Poo from ABdesigns - also very cute, Amy has such a wonderful view of the world. We got our order from Little Shoppe Canvas - 3D canvases! 12 Days of Christmas shaped like pears (with stitch guide), apples, pears, strawberries, shells, and a fabulous pumpkin! They are so cute finished! I started the green apple last night ( it has a great stitch guide!) I am changing a few threads, but it is fabulous! Princess and Me ornaments came in - these also come with a stitch guide! I love the grilling santa and the cookie queen. That is all I have time for this morning, when I get to the shop I will organize what else I need to tell you about and post later. That is it for now.
June 30, 2009 - Managed to get one more update in for June! Actually not much to add, but could not resist the opportunity to update 4 times in one month! We did the last shipment of canvases from Lee Designs yesterday. Got a nice selection of crosses and a couple of the tiny Kimonos. And a beautiful angel stocking. Hopefully they have found someone to buy the line and keep it going!
June 19, 2009 - Wow 3 times in June and it is not the end of the month yet! Lizzie Kate automatic came in today! Fabulous - you can see it on her website - www.lizziekate.com - the new series of double flip its spells Merry Christmas - she has released the first 2 - Merry - also so a Snippet - Stitching forever -Housework Whenever! And a new design - Quick it - Sampling Halloween. And a new giggle box - If you want breakfast in bed - sleep in the kitchen. These are great and fun!
June 17, 2009 - Back from market! I need to rest! I helped Kelly Clark this market. Went in on Friday and helped her set up - you don't realize how many designs she has until you start putting each and every one of them up on the wall. That took most of Friday. Then I went to Sample It! What a madhouse! I got the new Weeks Dye Works and Gentle Arts threads, some Associated Talents canvases, and some notions. It was exciting to see all the vendors being over run by retailers with cash! On Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning, I helped Kelly with her booth - taking orders. I expect a phone call any minute - what do you mean by this or we can't read your writing! And then I shopped and ordered and ordered and shopped in the afternoons. And then it was over and I helped Kelly take down the booth and sent her home to Shaker Heights. We visited and ate and explored the market. I would find something and send her to go look at it. It was fun to see the market from a different perspective. She has lots of wonderful ideas and things planned - all she needs is time to do them! Of course, all the time we were at market, I was nervous about the weather here in Memphis. Do we have power? Has everything in the refrigerator spoiled? But we came home to power and no downed trees in our yard! It was wonderful! Mill Hill has new Jim Shore Santas coming later this summer - they are fabulous. They make great companions to his snowmen from last year. Lizzie Kate ships today - will let you know when it comes in. Looking at her website, it looks fabulous - can't wait. Gotta get going - there is laundry to do - but no refrigerator to clean out!
June 6, 2009 - Just a quick update - the new Mill Hill kits for Christmas have c ome in. You can see them on the website. There are 2 new designs for the Christmas Village - Firehouse and Snowday. I "think" that makes 16 choices for your Christmas Village! All you need is wall space or do them for a tabletop. So, hurry up and finish that Halloween so you can get started on the Christmas. Love them all!
May 30. 2009 - For those keeping track - this is update number 4! Just a little note to remind you that Lizzie Kate has an automatic coming in mid-June. The third in the Giggle box series - If you want breakfast in bed, A new snippet - Stitching forever, Housework whenever, A new Quick it- Random Halloween, and the first of a new set of Christmas Double Flip-its! The giggle box series has been very popular! I go to the TNNA Summer Market on June 11 and back on the 16th. Lots of looking, thinking, planning and ordering to happen. This is an order market, so won't be bringing much home with me, but it will trickle in. Customers are coming in, so I guess I better get going.
May 25, 2009 - Three times in one month! This must be a record! Just a few things - not much is coming in right now - waiting for Columbus market. I have ordered the Just Nan mermaid design - Sirens of the Sea! It is great - and should come mid-June. We have the fabric, now all we need is the silk and the chart! The chart includes a beautiful scallop charm! Can't wait to see it! Got 2 new charts from abDesigns - Boo and Eek! It is never too early to start Halloween. You can see the charts on Hoffman - www.hoffmandis.com - they are lots of fun. And the Needlecrafters Travel Companion has come in - it is a great Travel guide of needlework shops across America! Time to get the burgers on the grill - have a great Memorial Day and please include our service men who are in harm's way in your prayers.
May 8, 2009 - Hoorah! Billie has finished the Boo Club! It is fabulous! And of course, we sold out of the charts and the fabric almost immediately! But I am re-ordering! If you need inspiration to finish yours - come see Billie's! I will let it hang in the shop for a few weeks before I frame it, so come see it! We got in a few of the older Blackbird and Birds of a Feather designs in on Wednesday. If you are interested in the Birds of a Feather charts, the ones that are still available are on www.hoffmandis.com , take a look and if you see any you would like, just let me know and I will be happy to order them for you. Gotta go - just had to let you know Billie had finished the Boo Club!
May 6. 2009 - well, I did not make 3 posting in April. Maybe in May! I went to Dallas Market the end of April and brought back some outstanding canvases! I found 4 pillow tops from Dede that we have not had for a few years - red geranium, star gazer lilies, petunias and fuschias. These are all stunning! And of course, I found lots of little things - both Halloween and Christmas. I found 2 nutcracker stocking that are on the smaller side! The smaller ones are hard to find. If you are the one doing the filling - smaller is better! Large oranges are great. Call or come see what the new things are. New designs from Little House Needleworks - Alphabet Nursery Rhyme and a Bee design. ( I am at home and don't have the exact titles) but you can see them on her website. Billie has almost finished the Boo Club from Lizzie Kate - it is cuter everytime I see it. Linda is shipping the next auto in May (after her daughter's wedding) Another in the Giggle box and new Christmas Double Flip-its. Those are scheduled to ship about the 15th - but could be later due to wedding exhaustion! Time to go - call. come in or email (email@example.com) if you have questions.
April 20, 2009 - If I work at it, I could get 3 postings in this month! One of our customers finished the Lizzie Kate Double flips - Christmas - and it is framed and hanging in the shop! It is so cute! If you have the charts and need some motivation! And if you are not quite ready for Christmas, surely you are ready to start thinking of fall and Halloween! Just got some new kits from Mill Hill ( www.millhill.com ) 6 Button and Bead Kits - 2 designs are fallish, 2 are Halloween and 2 are Kitchen - how's that for a mix? I love them all - Opera House (really very spooky!) and Balsamic Vinegar. Also from Mill Hill are 6 Treasured Diamonds and 6 magnet/ornament/pin kits. All of these have a fall/Halloween theme. I love Mr. Bones, Trick or Treat, Boo and Spooky. Come in and check these out! Going to Dallas Market this weekend - it is a cash and carry mostly needlepoint market. Should be fun!
April 3, 2009 - Just 2 quick notes - New LizzieKate - the rest of the Boo Club, Giggle box and boy's - you can see them on her website - www.lizziekate.com and a heads up from Prairie Schooler - This have discontinued Santas and Snowmen (which we are sold out of!) and Number 140 - Pumpkin Patch - we have 2 left. Let me know if you want them.
March 21, 2009 - Billie gave me a list of things to put up! Looking at the list, you can see that it has been a while since I posted anything! So here goes! Raymond Crawford - Larry the Turkey - this is a great canvas and comes with a stitch guide! He is so cute for Thanksgiving. You could finish as a standup, a pillow insert, or an ornament! He is on Raymond's website. New from Just Nan - last month was the biscornu and this month is Harmony - it is a seasonal piece and comes with the silk and the beads. Mill Hill has done some new releases - Jim Shore Snowman Kits , there are 4. and Mill Hill has the Wildlife set - a set of 6 animals - great for a kids room. We did a model with 3 (frog, lion and elephant) and put them all in a fun purple frame. You can see these on the Mill Hill website. Terri stitched Tis the Season to go with Peggy's A Very Merry Christmas. And Terri also stitched Lizzie Kate's new limited edition kit - Easter Chicky! Very Cute. Billie also said to tell you that Weeks Dye Works has discontinued some colors and we have them at 1/2 price. Check your patterns - because when these are gone - that is it! Billie has also been working on the Boo Club from Lizzie Kate -she has the first 6 designs done and is waiting for the next 6! They should ship the first of April and then Billie will be off to the races! Linda also has a new Giggle Box coming with the next automatic. Got the rest of the order from Alice Peterson in - 2 great new stockings - I love the nutcracker! and some pillow tops and ornaments. There is an orange bulb ornament - great for the UT fans - stitched in a flat and metallic orange ! Got some new purse canvases from Red Thread - giraffe with pink, zebra, magnolia, and turquoise with a white bow. Also got the blue jeans purse in again with a stitch guide. From Winnetka Stitchery - a set of nativity ornaments - they are stunning! Opps - customers are coming in - I will finish this over the weekend!
February 28, 2009 - Just a few new things this week -From Prairie Schooler - 4 new designs. I love the Welcome Spring - with the barnyard animals - Hen, rabbit, ducks, sheep and of course, a pig! You can see all 4 designs on www.prairieschooler.com or Norden Crafts or Hoffman Distributing. Also the new chart from Just Nan - Floral Fifteen - a 15 sided Biscornu. It is great - as are all of the Just Nan designs. It is stitched on 2 different fabrics - a Mint Green and Antique White. Billie is on the last of the first 6 designs for the Boo Club. She will leave it in the shop until the next 6 designs come in April. If you do Halloween you need this one. The weather here is looking ugly - cold, raining and snow is possible. Wish there was a fireplace here in the shop where I could sit and stitch. Guess I will just have to make a cup of tea and pretend!
February 17, 2009 - WOW Nashville market was awesome - got lots of goodies! Some have sold out and been re-ordered! I think it was a great market and hope you will too. So here goes. Little House Needleworks - a great new kit - Traveling Stitcher - with a finished kit to go with. All you have to do is add fabric, stitch and attach to the pre-finished items. This is a great piece - and the finishing kit is sold out! Hoffman sold out of them before at the "Meet and Greet" on Friday night. So if you want one, now is the time to get it! Lizzie Kate had some new little limited edition spring kits. I think they sold out of those at market as well. We still have the Easter Chicky kit. Billie is working on the Double Flip It Boo Club. It is looking great. She has 3.75 designs stitched. She has to finish 6 before the next (and last) group comes out in April! Sue Hillis designs - Sue has some great little pirate designs - these are not so very new, but worth mentioning. My favorite is the "Don't mistake endurance for hospitality" with the cutest pineapple design - it looks so elegant until you read it. And there are many more things - too numerous to mention. If you are looking for anything in particular, just send me an email or give me a call. A few more needlepoint orders have come in - Raymond Crawford - great little Santa pillow, Kelly Clark - great stocking cuffs - with heel and toe - and of course, she has lots of other great things, new threads from Rainbow Gallery - with a new rack for all the new threads. Some great belts from Barbara Russell and Dede designs, new beginner kits and the list goes on. Come in or give us a call and we will try to tell you all the great things. Gotta go - customers are knocking on the door.
February 1, 2009 - My, but it has been awhile since I updated - so here we go! Since I last posted, we have had a end of the year sale, survived Christmas and New Year's, and went to California for the TNNA needlepoint market. And this coming weekend I am on my way to Nashville for the cross stitch market. I printed off the list of vendors there - it is going to be a busy market! We have gotten 2 needlepoint orders from market - it tends to take awhile - some really cute carrots from Associated Talents. They have them on their website and they are great. Also a few things from Shelly Tribbey - a couple of new mini skates and a pink poodle insert for the Stirling purse. It is really cute and would also be a great pillow insert for a young (or young at heart!) girls room. She also has her new stuff posted on her web site. We have gotten another in the Sea to Shining Sea series from Little House Needleworks and Crescent Colors - they have some new things coming at the Nashville market. And best of all, from Lizzie Kate - Her Double Flip it to start this year - the Boo club. Billie has started it and it is so Cute! :You have to see it. The pictures do not do it justice. It is posted on her website. The first 6 designs are available and the rest will come in April. Let us know if you need them! Time to go and hope to talk to you soon - at least sooner than the last time.
November 2, 2008 - It has been a busy fall - Halloween is over. We only had 3 trick-or-treaters - but they were 3 of the cutest little girls ever. Butterflies and princesses still live! We got the new Lizzie Kate in - the last 2 double charts for this year's Holiday Flip its. These are great charts - stitched one at a time or all together. Linda has a free chart for the border. Check them out on her website www.lizziekate.com . Also in this week are the new Little House Needleworks and Country Cottage. You can see them at www.hoffmandis.com or www.nordencrafts.com If you haven't been at the Norden Crafts website lately, it has been completely re-done and looks great. And now I can order on line - at least there is the possibility once I figure this out. This is the first Sunday of the Month, so we will be open and all are welcome to get a break from the football games and come and sit and stitch. This is not really super organized, but do feel free to stop by with a project and sit for a while. Time to get going.
October 14, 2008. The Crescent Colors/LittleHouse Needleworks from Sea to Shining Sea has come in. This is a 6 part series that is great! Billie and I both loved it when we saw it in St Charles! We have the first 2 of the series - the border and the West Coast house came in today. There are 4 more houses to come - I think you can see them on the Little House website. We have sold out of the Just Cross Stitch Ornament Magazine, but I have re-ordered. It appears that the Halloween issue is gone - we have sold all of ours and re-ordered once. I tried to re-order again, but they are backordered so I am not if or when we will get them! New stuff is showing up all the time, so come in and check it all out.
September 17, 2008. Billie and I made it back from the St Charles Market. It was a great market and we found some great things! But now market is complete without an adventure! On the way up, we stopped for gas and then I made a wonderful 3 point landing in the parking lot! By the time we got to the hotel, my knee was so stiff and sore that I could not walk! fortunately the hotel had a wheelchair and Billie was able to push me around the market. We got some great new designs from LaDDa (a witch's boot that is to die for!) Primitive Needle, Lizzie Kate, Just Nan, and Leigh Designs - and many more. After we get everything priced and ready to go, I will sort it all out and update the website. But you can check out www.hoffmandis.com and nordencrafts.com and lizziekate.com and justnan.com and so on. Anything you see, just call or email us and we will be happy to help you. The Just Cross Stitch ornament magazine came in on Monday. We have called everyone who is on the list and have some left over. If you need one, just let us know. We will be able to order more if we sell all these. Now to limp into the shop and see what else needs to be taken care of. One last parting word - the pavement is NOT as soft as it looks!
September 3, 2008 - Once amonth is not a bad schedule is it - maybe it is better than every 2 months! Billie and I are going to the St Charles market - leaving on the 13th I think - This is a new market and we shall see how it goes. I think Billie and I are going to have to split up to cover the entire market! This is a cash and carry market - so we shall bring lots of goodies home. I should report when we get home. New Lizzie Kate! The 3rd and 4th in the Double Flip it series and other holiday goodies. Check them out at her website! This is a great series! The 5th and 6th (and final) flip its should be out before the end of the year. She will have some limited edition things at St. Charles. Blackbird Designs - Loose Feathers has been released! Love it - they are selling quickly. We have sold out of the Just Cross Stitch Halloween issue - but more are on order. Not sure how long they will be available, but will try to get one for you if you still need one! Looking forward to the Just Cross Stitch Ornament issue - should come in mid-September (or any day!!!) If you are not on the list, give me a call and we can add you. I think we have about 10 that are not spoken for, but can still up the order or re-order if needed. Gotta go - gotta check on when we are going to St Charles and then go and come back and post another update. I am worn out and we have not even left yet! Remember, we order from Norden Crafts, Hoffman Distributing and Mill Hill frequently, so if you see something you need and we don't have it in stock, we will be happy to order for you and if you can pick it up there is no charge for shipping!
August 3, 2008 - Wish I had some fantastic excuse for not posting, but I don't. But fear not, Billie made a list for me so here goes! First, we were cleaning out the back room - a very scary place! - and found some things that had not made it out to the shop. From Just Nan we found 1 more of the Queen's Bluebird Box - a fabulous piece and probably the last one available. Also one each of the In The Tin series - Hop and Sizzle and a fob and pin wheel. These to are in short supply! Now some new things - we got our Shepherd's Bush order from the June Market - Sail Away, Queen Sheep, Into the Night (A personal favorite) and a new Halloween Roll - Happy Pumpkin. You can see these on Shepherd's Bush website. From Lizzie Kate - Hocus Pocus, Fall Squared on the wonderful overdyed gingham fabric. And the first two of the latest Flip Its - Holly & Stocking and Cookies & Santa. I like Cookies and Santa the best! She also has a border if you want to do them all in one. It is available on her website as are pics of the new charts and new Boxers - Check it all out! The last of the Little House Needlework Sweet Treat has come in - this is the Cake. This is too cute - you can see it on LHN website - along with all the other great new designs. We have ordered Queen Bee, Chocolates and Strawberry House. Prairie Schooler ! The 2008 Santa has been released - along with 4 new charts. You can see them all on her website. Another bunch of winners. And this year she has done snowmen! The Just Cross Stitch Halloween Issue is in! We only have 4 left and it just came in on Friday! Better call and reserve your copy now! Also be sure and put your name on the list for the Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament Mag, it should be coming in September! Be sure and check out www.hoffmandis and www.nordencrafts.com for all the latest designs. If you see anything you like, just let me know and we will be happy to get it for you. Now, for what is new in the shop as far as Needlepoint! From Raymond Crawford and Melissa Shirley - Halloween Witch Hats! These make up into real hats with a brim and everythig. From NeedleDeeva - some fabulous Santas and Ghosts. From Shelly Tribbey - Little purse canvases - Cosmopolitans, Cupcakes and Hearts and great little leather clutches to put them in. And from Kathy Schenkel - A Beach Santa and a Polish Santa. Also a Black Cat purse ornament (Peggy has already finished one and sent it off to the finisher) and a Scottie/Westie purse ornament. Check all this out! Come and See Us!
May 30, 2008 - Yikes, I almost missed May! I would have been in real trouble then. We have gotten some great things in from Mill Hill in the last weeks- a few weeks ago we got some great Jim Shore designs in. These are in the leaflet form and not a kit. The 3 publications are Santa's Workshop, Harvest Trio. and Awaken the Day. There are also 3 kits available - these are quilted cats - Petunia, Scarlet and Sapphire. Or purple, red and blue. These are great designs based on the work of Jim Shore - you can see his non stitched pieces at Hallmark stores. I love the Harvest Trio - as the summer months come, I look forward to fall. Now just in today from Mill Hill - the Winter Bead and Button kits - Joy to the World, Deck the Hall, Silent Night and Jingle Bells. They have also released 2 more in the Christmas Village set - Caroling and Needlework Shop. If you are keeping count, there are now 14 designs in the Christmas Village set. It is hard to decide which ones to leave out! The carolers have taken their Scottie dog caroling with them! Also 2 sets of ornaments. The first is a set of Winter Greetings charmed ornaments - Frosty, Jingle, Merry,Peace, Noel, and Believe. These kind of follow the fall ornament series of Hot Stuff,Thanks, Tabby Cat, Stars and Stripes, Moonlight Ghost, and American Eagle. Also there is a set of Tiny Treasured Diamonds - Dove, Holly Noel, Menorah, snowflake, Poinsettia and Star of David. Between those and the Spring set, you should be able to find something to suit your fancy. And last, but not least, is the Winter Holiday kits - Nutcracker Ballet! Drosselmayer, Clara, Mouse King, Nutcracker, Sugar Plum Fairy and Prince. These are all great and would make great teacher gifts for the fall and winter (no, it is not too early to start thinking about next fall and Christmas!) You could use them as gift tags or add a magnet to the back or whatever! They are really very cute! As always, check out all this stuff on the www.millhill.com website and order to your hearts content! Just be sure to pick us as your vendor to fill your order. Time to go weed the garden and spread some more mulch!
April 22, 2008 - Better be careful, April almost got a way from me! April has been so very busy! I went to the Dallas market the first weekend in April and have not caught up since! I got a ton of great canvases at Dallas - several from Raymond Crawford. Picked up a few cakes and a cupcake from Raymond, took a Peppermint Berry class (one of his canvases!) Brought back several stockings and ornaments and a few new pillow tops. Brought the calla lilies from Alice Peterson - outstanding! I have signed up to take a class on the single calla lily at the June market. Some cross stitch has come in - the new Lizzie Kate - you can see them on her website www.lizziekate.com They are fabulous as always. And the fall Mill Hill kits have come in - both the button and bead kits and the fall ornaments. You can see those at www.millhill.com Remember, we are a vendor for Mill Hill and if you want to order from their site, please select us as your vendor! You can also order anything on the site - not just Mill Hill, but also fabric, floss, needles, Kreinik braid and on and on and on. So if you do not have a LNS, keep us in mind. Well, I have names to put on some stocking and some ironing to do so...
March 29, 2008 - Aha a second posting in March! Billie will be so proud! And I repeat - Go Tigers Go - in the Elite Eight! The game against Michigan State was awesome! But as Coach Cal says - one game at a time! The Raymond Crawford re- order came in and with it a Halloween cake and it was out the door almost before it came in. I have ordered another. I am looking at the Christmas cakes and cupcakes. I think a cupcake would make a really cute ornament. I will have to look at them when I am at Dallas market next weekend. I have so much to look for in Dallas and only about 1 1/2 days to do it all! We have put in the line of Vineyard silk and Shimmer silk. Vineyard silk is perfect for stitching on 18 ct canvas with no plying! We have the complete line of shimmers and are putting the Vineyard line in gradually. We have 70 of the 180 colors. Just keep adding about 10 new colors every time we order! We will have them all in no time. The Quacker Virtues chart from ByGone Stitches has come in - fabulous! Barbara has finished the Quaker Christmas - she must stitch in her sleep - it is wonderful. And we have re- stocked on those . I am waiting on the order of Balsam Fir and then off we go. Off to put a name on a stocking and Go Tigers Go!
March 15, 2008 - Well at least I will get one posting in during March! We had snow in Memphis last week! 7"! I think that is more than I have seen in Memphis the entire time we have lived here! Not really a lot to report - We got the Raymond Crawford order in, sold the favorite cat and dog ornaments and have re-ordered. They are so cute and would be so much fun to stitch. Also some canvases from Alice Peterson - 2 geometrics and a couple of florals. Several of those have sold! Love it when that happens. Still no shipment on the Kelly Clark mini socks - they are so cute, everyone needs at least one. I am trying to convince Kelly to do some Halloween mini socks, we will see how that goes. University of Memphis won the C USA conference title today - for the third time in a row. They should be sitting pretty when they announce the NCAA tournament teams. Go Tigers! There are a couple more canvases orders still coming from January market - hope they get here before I head to Dallas market!
February 28, 2006. Just made it to have another update in February. Billie has been nagging and finally I sit down to do it - again at home and in my nightie. Lots to update you on - in cross stitch, needlepoint is just starting to come in from Long Beach. Needlepoint - Kathy Schenkel Designs came in last week - the major new things from her - the "cat" ornaments. The 12 days of Christmas in the shape of a fish with 12 different cats! Even I have to say they are cute! Kelly Clark - a partial order - new stockings big and small! We finally got Billie's mini sock back from the finisher! Very cute! So cute I ordered 10 more mini sock canvases from Kelly! You can see all of them on her website - www.kellyclarkneedlepoint.com Now on to the Cross Stitch - This could take a while - may have to get another cup of tea to finish this. Check out the new stuff on Lizziekate - www.Lizziekate.com Notice that she is having a "Crazy Caption Contest" The winner gets $100 worth of LK designs. Put your thinking caps on and go to work. I think the entries have to be in by Mar 18. ByGone Stitches - Barbara has finished Quaker Christmas! Stunning! Now they have a new one coming - Quaker Virtues! It is equally stunning. It is stitched mainly in blue, but you could pick other colors to suit you - there are some Belle Soie silks that would be great! LHN and Country Cottage - new kits from them with Crescent colors. From CC - Sweet Treats the first kit is in - for one of the squares and the border. It finishes about 12x12 and will great for a "sweet" lover in your family! Check it out on her website. Another stunner - Quaker Turtles from With My Needle. These are great "smalls" - although I think these are even smaller - about the size of a quarter and stitched over one - but equally charming stitched over two and the size of a fifty cent piece! Check them out on her website. Lots of other new designs - check them out on www.hoffmandis.com and www.nordencrafts.com ! Time to get dressed and get moving!
February 6, 2008. I always start out with good intentions to update more frequently and here I am - just wait until August and I will slip back into my old habits. Lizzie Kate came in today. I am working from home and going by what Billie tells me so not much detail. I just checked her website and the new designs are not up yet, but should be soon! Billie really likes them. Also in today - new Dovo scissors. I really blew the budget on these, but they are great scissors and we have not had any for awhile. Sorry not to have more LK detail but hopefully she will get them up on her website soon.
February 2, 2008. Did not realize it has been so long since the last post! Had a few computer issues and then the problem of doing inventory and going to Long Beach market! Maybe things will settle down a bit before I go to Nashville market next weekend. I doubt it! A few things to bring to your attention. Mill Hill has issued the new Spring Button and Bead kits and pin kits. They are great - I love the margarita and martini designs! You can see them at www.millhill.com. Please note that Wichelt has put almost all of their catalog on the website, so if you need any other items or linens or fibers you should be able to find a lot there. Also the first of the Lizzie Kate new flip-its have come - check them out at her website - www.lizziekate.com - quick before she releases the second set next weekend! While doing inventory, we found some older Just Nan charts, we have put them on 1/2 price. There are some great designs there - we just need to make room for the newer charts. Just call us or come in to see what we have available. Needlepoint canvases are starting to come in from January market. It usually takes a few weeks for the first ones to come in. Lots of good stuff coming! Good Lord willing and the creek don't rise, I should be able to put up info about the Nashville market the end of next week - or Billie will yell at me! Happy Stitching!
Nov. 4, 2007 - Christmas is getting closer! finish that last ornament! Hurry, Hurry! And just in case you have finished everything, we have some new designs from Little House and Country Cottage. We have Gingerbread Cottage, Snowflakes, and Winter Whites. These are all fabulous designs, and will definitely get you in the mood for the winter season. You can see these on both www.hoffmandis.com and www.nordencrafts.com
From Mill Hill we have some new designs from Debbie Mumm. These are little kits with Aida cloth and the floss and beads (these are from Mill Hill!) These are small kits and would be good for beginners - not real big and not real complicated. They are kitchen oriented - that eliminates me! - Toasty, Easy as Pie, Mix it Up, Lil Cupcake, I'm Jsmmin', and Bowled Over. They would look great in a kitchen. You should be able to see these on the Mill Hill website - www.millhill.com
Check these designs out and come and see us, or call if you need me to ship.
October 25, 2007 - Three times in one month! Must be a record! We are busy trying to get the last minute finishing done. Stitch faster! And just in case you need something to stitch for the holidays - ByGone stitches has come out with Quaker Christmas. It is a fabulous design! And it only takes 20 skeins of Crescent Colors. We ordered 6 and I think we have sold at least 3, more on order. This would be a great design to stitch over the holidays for next year, unless you are a turbo stitcher and can get it done for this year! There is new Mill Hill coming, I am waiting for the rest of the Bent Creek Red Thread Snapper design to come out. Happy Halloween and watch out for the ghosts and goblins!
October 14, 2007 - Halloween gets closer - can Christmas be far behind? I think not! Finishing deadline is Nov 1! Get stitching! Happy to report that Mill Hill seems to be getting back on track after the flood and mudslide! They are shipping in a more timely fashion, but many items are back-ordered, which is certainly understandable. Hopefully everything from the summer markets has come in - although we are always re-ordereing. If you need something let us know! Better get to work on the finishing!
October 5, 2007 - time does fly! Went to the Mid-south Fair last week to look at the needlework and quilt exhibits. Several of our customers won blue ribbons - Congratulations! Need to have more entries next year! Not much new to report - re-stocking some items. We have sold out of the original order of Just Cross Stitch Ornament Magazines and have re-ordered, if you still need one. Also we have re-stocked the Prairie Schooler designs and Rosewood Manor - Red Threads. We have also gotten The Loose Feathers in stock again! A great design. Mallori is working on hers and it looks great!
September 20, 2007 - well here I am again! Blackbird Designs Loose Feathers came in yesterday. I don't remember the name but it is fantastic! It a blackbird with autumn leaves! It is finished as a sewing box lid and a needle cushion to match! Fantastic - And the finishing directions are great and would not be very difficult. Or you could finish it as a tray insert or frame it! Take my word for it - if you love birds, autumn and Blackbird Designs, you are going to love this!
September 17,2007 - Oh My, I did not realize it had been so long since I updated this! No way to go back and cover 3 months worth, so I will just start from here and go forward (and try to be more diligent!) Since June we have gotten many things in - and I went to another market! I swore in June that I would not go to another market until next January and well... In August I decided to go to the Phoenix market. It was really hot in Phoenix in August - surprise! I stayed at the Embassy Suites Biltmore hotel. It is in a fantastic location, but the air conditioning did not work in all the rooms! And mine was one of them! The hotel was full so I was stuck! I ended up sleeping on the floor under the ceiling fan! But I did find some great things. The best thing I found was a dog tree from Kathy Schenkle. It has the 12 days of dogs ornaments! My favorites are 7 Scotties skating, 8 beagles barking and 10 labs leaping! Too cute. And she has a wooden tree for them! She also has a new nativity. These designers are too creative! There have been a few new cross stitch designs - Prairie Schooler - see www.prairieschooler.com and Cricket Collection has a great chart that is the legend of "Sleepy Hollow". Carriage House has released the entire alphabet with border chart. Check out her website as well - I can't remember these websites, but www.hoffmandis.com has designer links to all of these. Workbasket has a great new Quaker chart. And JBW has some great Quacker designs - a rabbit, pear, mitten, and stocking. That is enough for tonight - my fingers are starting to hit the wrong keys! But there is a lot of great new things out there! Check them out! Come in or call!
June 22, 2007 - We got some great things in this week - from Alice Peterson some great little baby nightlight thingys. You will have to come in to see them. They are too cute and a fairly quick stitch ( always a good thing when the baby is already on the way!) also a cardinal and Christmas lights stocking. It will be lovely when finished. I hear that Shepherd's Bush June order is winging the way to Tennessee! I can't wait to stitch one of the fobs for the Glory scissors! You can see the new stuff on their website - www.shepherdsbush.net Also new this week is the T. Layman designs - I am a member of the Knotty Girl Society! We got the Bee Hive Pincushion kit in and I have it started ( something about good intentions!) and also a Fish to go on a basket purse. We also got in a few of the pendant kits and the Gingerbread Reel and a couple of Gingerbread Lane designs. These are so much fun to stitch! You really have to try a french knot design. We also have a notebook with all her designs shown and we can order any of them! Come and see us and all the new stuff!
June 17, 2007 - Happy Father's Day to all the father's out there. Have a great family day! Friday was Lizzie Kate Day! The new automatic came in - the monthly flip its - Aug, Sept, Oct came in - and yes, you have time to stitch this these little bits before Nov arrives! Also the Summer and Autumn Banners Boxers came in. So now you can do 3 of the 4 on one piece of fabric or individually. I kind of like the one piece of fabric idea - one piece, one finishing and one place to put it. I am not really good at the seasonal replacements. I usually end up changeing out the 4th of July piece sometime in Oct or Nov! So I like the idea of one piece! She also released a fall crazy chart with some great fall ornaments that fit her feather tree (if you got that for the Christmas ornaments) and a stitching design. You can see all of the new designs ( and the old ones as well) on her website - www.lizziekate.com check it out! Time to start the reminder for the annual Just Cross Stitch Ornament magazine - where else can you get 75 ornament designs and some great recipes for $6.99. If you want to be on the list to get one, let us know. By the time they get here - usually in late Aug or early Sept - they will all be spoken for. Call now or email and get on the list 901-681-9276 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Gotta run.
June 9, 2007 - And Mill Hill week continues! This week we got the pin/ornament kits with musical instruments for the holidays! I saw them at market and they are truly lovely! Unfortunately for Billie there is no trombone, but the rest are beautiful! Also 6 new banding kits - nutcrackers and snowmen! Too cute! You can check them out at the Mill Hill website - millhill.com.
The Market was last week - lots of good needlepoint. Good cross stitch, but not lots! I ordered the new Just Nan, but I think I am sold out of the Bluebird box already! When they come in, if there are any to spare I will let you know. I did not order many as they were to be available after market as well - or until she ran out! Well guess what? She ran out! I also ordered the new house - my mind has drawn a blank on the title - It is the 3rd in the series. When they come in and I can remember the title and the price I will put it up. If I remember correctly, it should ship in August!
At Sample it, I got 4 Halloween canvases from Associated Talents - there is only 1 left, guess I better order some more! Also ordered from Kelmscott - including the Halloween needle minder. They came in today and only 3 are left! If you want one let me know. I will re-order if necessary!
I ordered more needlepoint than I intended and as it comes in I will let you know! Lots of goodies coming! May 18, 2007 - This must be Mill Hill week - today we got the newest "Outside the Box" The title is Snug as A Bug! It is so cute with a ladybug button! It should be up on the website! Don't forget if you are out of town you can call and order, or go to the Mill Hill site and order and select us (of course!) as your vendor. There is a special instructions section on the order form if you need any products that are not on the Mill Hill site.
May 17, 2007 - Not much happening right now - most people are holding new designs for June market. Just a short time away! Today the Holiday designs have come in from Mill Hill. There are 6 new buildings to go with the Christmas Village of last year. Very cute! There is a Queen Ann House, St Nicholas Cathedral - with last year's set, you could do 2 houses and a church or 2 churches and a house if you did not want to do all 12! If there is anyone on your gift list who collects Department 56 villages these would make a perfect gift. Also 3 new Santa ornaments and 6 new pin/ornament kits. All very cute! Check them out at www.millhill.com !
April 27, 2007 - If you live locally (or can see the Commercial Appeal newspaper online) Today's paper has a picture on the front page of M Section from the Vesta Home Show. It shows a set of bar stools with needlepoint backs, these are of bunnies in tulips - and we have the canvas. It is a prework canvas so it would be a quick stitch. And what an different use for needlepoint! You need to come in and see the canvas. I am planning to go to the Vesta show this weekend and plan to take some more pictures.
april 22, 2007 - Wow - what a two weeks! first of all, the new LizzieKate is in - love it! You can see all the new stuff at www.lizziekate.com I like them all - Billis is trying to organize it all so we can order the fabric to go with. I have ordered the little prefinished things from Stitch a Gift for the Golf and the Watermelon design.
Lots of new needlepoint designs! I went to Dallas market Apr 14-15. And brought back lots and lots of canvases. Mostly Halloween and Christmas ornaments and Christmas Stockings. A few belts - including a red swirly design on 14 ct (most belts are on 18 for more detail, but 14 works on this one) and a yellow lab belt. There are a few new pillow tops and of course there are more new ones coming from January market. You must come in and see what we have, or call and we will try to describe what we have!
Time to get to the ironing! Take care until the next update.
April 2, 2007 - 2 new charts from Little House and Crescent colors came in this morning. They are doing little kits with 5 full skeins of Crescent colors and the chart. This group is Goodwill and Strawberries. Strawberries has 2 cute bunnies on the bottom and Goodwill is the scripture - He who seeks good finds goodwill. They are both nice pieces and are an easy finish - they are about 5x5 depending on the fabric you use. You can see them on Diane's website - www.littlehouseneedleworks.com. Have a good day.
March 31, 2007 - Whew - I made it in March! We have been very busy with lots of new things coming every day! Yesterday the new Kelly Clark canvases came in - fabulous! Another designer whose booth I need to stay out of! You can see all of her designs at www.kellyclarkneedlepoint.com We have the Teddy Stocking and the Gingerbread men stocking. And then an assortment of Santas and snowmen and mini sock and mitten ornaments. Too cute to pass up!
Also this week, Bongo - you have got to love the flamingo mini sock and the scottie Halloween and Scottie Christmas!
Also Amanda Lawford came in - I seem to have ordered a bunch of cats from her! They are just too cute - from Mariko King - there is "Sushi for One", "Free Kittens" and Gold Fishing. They have Black and White checks around the edges.
Well, time to open the doors and get to work.
March 18, 2007 - Several weeks have passed and lots has been happening in the shop - stuff flying in and out the door, almost before we can get it priced! Although I do manage to find a price in a hurry if I need to! I wouldn't want you to have to wait to spend your money!
New Blackbird designs loose feather - the title escapes me - but it is a great design - features blackbirds! And this year we are getting the fabric on auto with the charts so we have the charts and the fabric at the same time! It is a really cool fabric. Aren't they all - this is why we all have a stash of fabric, just because it was too great to pass up!
The new Cricket Collection charts have been released - you can see them on Hoffman and Norden Crafts websites. They have some really great designs this time. I still have to get the buttons and check the fabric. That should happen this week!
Also got some painted canvases in for the "Jewelry" line. I just checked back and see that I have mentioned it previously. It is a fun concept and makes a pendant or earrings or cufflinks (for those who have stitched cummerbunds) They are a quick stitch - the large pendant is only 25 stitched square - even I can get that finished, and I have! It is in the shop, so stop by and take a look. I ordered some painted canvases from JP for these - a frog, a bee, a ladybug and matching earrings, a fleur de lis, and a chinese calligraphy design. I imagine I will have to reorder on these as well.
Well, my patient is calling, so I better get going. Thanks for stopping by.
Feb. 25, 2007- More goodies came in this past week from San Diego market and I got the last of the Nashville market goodies out - although there are still lots of goodies coming!
From Artist's Collection - several Mile High Princess canvases - Harietta Hutch - a snowman with a bunny and Scottie Sue - with a Scottie, 2 dog Christmas stockings and 2 cat - very cute. From Shear Creations - 2 Halloween stockings (these have already sold and I have reordered!) The 2007 limited edition Santa is not quite ready - Pat is putting the last touches on it - so it should be coming soon.
Got some really cute ornaments from Stitchits - A very cute sweater orn with dog paw prints on it! and some black and white check ornies - a light bulb, a gingerbread man. And a Tree lite shape with Joy and peace.
The new Prairie Schooler is in - I will probably have to re-order before the week is done. They are fabulous! You can see them at her web site - www.prairieschooler.com - I would like to do the Spring one first, but probably should start with the Summer - but I really like the sheep and the bunny!
At Nashville, I restocked the pineapple and strawberry tins from Periwinkle Promises - fabulous!
Time to go take care of my patient! Be sure and check the new cross stitch releases from www.hoffmandis.com and www.nordencrafts.com Lots of good things. If you see anything you like, just let us know and we will be happy to order it for you.
Feb 16, 2007 - My husband had back surgery again yesterday - 3rd surgery in a year! Hopefully all is well. This surgery is a little more involved that the last two and they kept him overnight. As I sat in the waiting room, sharing stories with others waiting for loved ones, I realized that our troubles are few - he will recover from the surgery and he may have pain but he will recover. Others are not so blessed.
I still have much to put out from Nashville - spending the day in the hospital kind of sets you back - but I will get it all done this weekend. Lots of good stuff - the Hillside Samplings limited edition pieces are wonderful, and the tray with the matching cross stitch is fabulous. Bent Creek has a new snapper series - Red Thread - it is another great design series. There is a new Halloween series coming from Prairie Moon - details will be coming - it is a wire tree with stitched and other ornaments.
Well gotta run - off to physical therapy and then maybe to the hospital to bring Alan home.
Feb 11, 2007 - I am back from Nashville market and starting to wade through all the goodies - and there are many! I saw lots of good stuff and will put it up as I can. Also to let you know that the first part of the order from A Collection of Designs has come in - some Easter cookies, and some ornaments. It is not too early to get started on ornaments. Finishing deadline is coming soon!
Feb 6, 2007 Another month has gone by - and I am getting ready to go to Nashville market. I will do my best to buy everything you need and want. It should be exciting and always fun to see what is new and different. There are about 165 vendors there so there should be something for everybody.
We have the new Lizzie Kate designs in - they are really great designs - I love the Spring Boxer and can't wait for the rest. Of course, there are 2 new flip-its - so now we have Jan, Feb, Mar and April. You can see all of her new designs on her website www.lizziekate.com - she has so many great things to see - check out the old ones as well.
I have to start getting my lists together and I will try to keep up with all the new stuff when I get back.
January 20, 2007. Wow it has been a long time since I last posted - but it has been busy! I developed a frozen shoulder - obviously not enough stitching! - I would not recommend this! It is very painful and apparently takes a long time to recover! I am getting to know the folks at physical therapy. I went to San Diego Needlepoint market last weekend! It was great - I spent a lot of money and ordered some really neat things. This is an order market, so the canvases will be coming in slowly over the next 3-4 months. I will try to update you as they come. Some high points - New stockings and some great Halloween ornaments from Rebecca Wood. She has a one-eyed mummy who is just too cute! Melissa Shirley had some adorable candy cane ornaments and on and on. A different concept is needlepoint jewelry - as soon as it comes I will let you know - I ordered pendants, earrings and cufflinks. These are really quick stitches. Also ordered some great ( I should say alot of them) Laurel Burch bags. They are fabulous and there are even a few with dogs, fish, and horses, but most of them are cats! And they will be at a great price. I will post when those come in - if you are out of town, you can call us and we will tell you all about them and then ship them to you - no problem. Next month I will go to the Nashville market - this is the cash and carry needlepoint market! So I will be coming back with lots of new goodies! Can't wait - it will be exhausting ( it is easier to take the steps between floors than the elevator - going down is always easier than up!) but exciting at the same time! I guess that is it for now - lots of great new things coming! December 23, 2006. The sale has started this morning - it has been busy!! And we have sold a lot - and there is still plenty left! Everything in stock is 25% off and there are lots of canvases and cross stitch charts that are 50% off. If you are out of town or can't get in you can call and we will be happy to pull and hold for you or charge and ship. Time to get back to work. We are open on Sunday Dec 24th from 1-5 - just for the sale. We will be closed on Christmas Day.
November 30, 2006. Well I managed to one last update before the end of November! We have been very busy with Christmas finishing and hope to have it all to its happy home before Christmas Eve! This is always a worrisome task, but somehow it always seems to fall into place. Not much being released right now - the designers are getting ready for the holidays as well!
All the Lizzie Kate ornaments are in stock and would be a really quick stitch! We have some little tuck away pillows for a quick finish. Great for a last minute gift.
If you have not seen the Christmas Village framed piece from Mill Hill - you should stop by and see it. It really is wonderful. Every day I change my mind about my favorite buildings.
Hope all is well with you and yours and that you had a great Thanksgiving.
November 13,2006. Yikes, it has been a while since I last posted. My husband had back surgery the first of October and it has been a slow recovery! But at least he is back to work part time. There is light at the end of the tunnel!
2 New things to mention - from Blackbird designs - loose feathers club chart. It is titled Moonlit Garden and features the verse "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven" It is a great piece with a house - it has a autumnal feel to it.
Also from Mill Hill are the new Words for Life series - Truth, Love,Beauty, Faith, Purity and Hope. They are stitched and beaded kits on 16 ct fabric. Each word features a different flower. They are very pretty and would make a nice gift. I checked this morning and Mill Hill does not have them up yet, but you should be able to see them soon on their website - www.millhill.com check them out.
September 28, 2006. Well I got 2 updates in September! We have a few of the Just Cross Stitch ornament magazines left that are not spoken for - 4 to be exact so if you need one call and we will hold one for you. For some reason that reminds me of the Prairie Schooler Santas - don't try to follow the logic - the 2006 Santa is in and I re-discovered that I can order single copies of many of the older ones, so if you need any to fill in some holes just let me know and I will be glad to get them for you.
Birds of a Feather has two new Halloween charts with fabric - they are great. We ordered yesterday and they should be in soon. Cricket Collection has some new ones coming - I have ordered them, but they are not here yet, but look at them on Norden - www.nordencrafts.com. They should have the Birds of a Feather up soon! All of a sudden there are lots of new things coming that are really great. Ordered some of the new Erica Michaels today as well.
Also some Christmas ornament canvases from Rebecca Wood - 2 funky mini socks with a santa and one with a nutcracker! And speaking of funky - a bear holding a fish wrapped in gift wrap! And snow pup and a snowman who looks like "so big" We also got 3 of the more sedate snowmen who are so cute. It might push you a little to get them done for this year - although they are fairly small, but they would be fun to work on on Christmas Eve! I think that was all I was supposed to put up - I'll check with Billie and see what she says!
September 8, 2006. Hope you had a good and restful Labor Day. We were closed and enjoyed the extra day off, did not get much done - as is the norm - but a little bit.
I ordered some old and some new Halloween and Thanksgiving charts today - they should be in next week. Yes, it is time to get started on these charts - or maybe time to get started on Christmas items! The new Lizzie Kate came in yesterday - too cute! I think I like the "Is it too late" chart - you can see them all at www.lizziekate.com. Go look they are great!
August 30, 2006. Well August is almost (but not quite!) over. It has been busy in the shop the last couple of weeks- and this is good. Back to school and lots of things to do - now if I could find some time to stitch. Maybe on Monday! We will be closed on Labor Day - but open on Saturday and Sunday - since this is the first Sunday of the month! But I will be playing nurse to my husband - again! Another epidural shot on Friday. I would like to think this is the end, but seems to be just a stop-gap measure. I really need to get stitching and finish those sandals before it is too late to wear them - might already be too late!
Lots of great Mill Hill designs in the shop - check it out at www.millhill.com and if you are out of town you can order from us thru Mill Hill. I still really like the Christmas Village kits and don't forget all the great Halloween and fall designs they have! I have restocked on the MDesigns tree ornaments and have the newest - Christmas tree and Wish on the way! Fabulous designs and you can stitch these in whatever colors and embellishments you choose. Great way to use up some of those left over threads and fabrics. Check out what is new at www.hoffmandis.com and www. nordencrafts.com and let me know if you just have to have anything!
Take care, and have a safe and sane Labor Day.
August 18, 2006. Billie asked me today if I had put any of the new stuff on the website -opps! Better get to it! The Prairie Schooler arrived as promised. They are all great designs - I am leaning toward the Autumn Winds design in hopes of having it ready for next fall (2007) It should not take all that long it is just getting to it!
Lots of new needlepoint has come in - Some great Halloween canvases from Mindy. Love her designs and so well painted! From Jane Nichols some great butterflies and flowers. These are smaller pieces but painted on 14 mesh canvas. They are maybe 9x9. Bright and fun! Re-stocked some of the Easter Egg canvases from Kathy S. So quick to stitch and fun little pieces that come with their own "feet" to stand on.
Cross stitch market was just in Charlotte last weekend, it was an order market and it will take a while for stuff to make it into the pipeline! Lots of good stuff!
Just a reminder - Christmas finishing deadline is 1 Nov. - don't be late - it's a very important date!
Take care and have a good weekend.
July 28, 2006 - Jeepers July is almost gone. Prairie Schooler designs are in the mail - released in July as advertised. I talked to Nancy today, a small problem with shipping, but our designs are on the way! If you want to see them go to her website www.prairieschooler.com The 2006 Santa is fabulous and then 4 great new samplers - I probably will stitch the autumn one as that comes first - or maybe I should do one of the Christmas ones so I have more time to finish it! What a problem.
Tomorrow is the last day of the sale! And on Monday we will take stock of what is left and what needs to be ordered and re-stocked. If you want anything at the sale price - tomorrow is the last day to come in, call or email me with your needs!
July 17,2006 - Another slow period going here. Not much new coming in - always seems to straggle in after a market. We do have the 10th Anniversary ornament magazine from Just Cross Stitch. Makes you want to sit right down and start stitching. The 2006 ornament magazine won't be here until Sept. Be sure and let us know if you need to be put on the list for that issue. Also, still no sign of the 2006 Prairie Schooler Santa - he should be coming any day now. If you need him, let us know. So hurry up and wait!
None of the needlepoint that I ordered at the June market has come in, usually takes about 6 weeks for that to make it into the mail. I will let you know as it comes in.
Well, take care and try to stay cool - seems everybody is really heating up this summer!
June 25, 2006 - Another week has flown by - Lizzie Kate came in this week. Check them out at www.lizziekate.com some really cute designs for fall.
June 11, 2006 - I am at the TNNA market - lots to see and take in! Lots of punchneedle - I think it is time to give it another go. I found some really cute, light and bright kits and an inexpensive needle. I have ordered them and see how they go. I saw ( and ordered!) lots of new designs - can't wait for them to come in! I will try to post them as they come.
Time to hit the hay - lots more to do tomorrow!
ay 23, 2006. More new stuff from Mill Hill. The July/August Windowpane kit has come in! It has dog on a park bench and the cutest little hot pink flower in a pot to stick on the frame. And a quick stitch 10 ct Betsy Ross linen - don't your eyes need a break from stitching on the 40 ct? You can see them on the www.millhill.com along wwith the new Button and Bead kits and winter ornament kits. When I posted about the Village kits, I forgot to mention that you can always stitch them on 28 ct linen as well as the perf paper. I am going away for a few days - need to take one or 2 with me! Do you need a vacation project? We can help!
May 20, 2006. Spring has come to Memphis - or should I say summer! It should get to 90 degrees today and/or tomorrow and then upper 80s the rest of the week! Ugh!
We got a few new things in this week - Mill Hill has released the new Christmas Buttons and Beads kits and the Winter pin/ornament kits. They are all great! The 6 Button and Bead kits are a Christmas Village - Toy Shop, Country Church, Post Office, Train Depot, Victorian House and Tree Farm. They would like great all framed in one frame with a mat to separate them, or you could stitch them on fabric instead of the perf paper that come in the kits! Or Stitch the Train Depot and add the little train car from the ornament series to the frame. Lots of possibilities! Check them all out at www.millhill.com. If you can't get into the shop, you can order them on line and pick us as the shop to fill your order!
Other than that, things are kind of slow as designers get ready for the June market in Indianapolis. Should be lots of fun and great new designs! This is an order only market, so things will trickle in over the summer! I will let you know what I find when I get back!
Gotta go jump in the pool! 'Til next time.
May 9, 2006. Yes, I know twice in one week is a little much, but what can I say?
I got a notice from Mirabilia this am that they are retiring several designs. When the current inventory is gone that is it! The ones they are retiring are: The Dreamer, My Lady's Garden, English Roses, Baby Boat,Stone Roses, Blooming Bride, Giggles in the Snow, Under the Friendship Tree, Le Nouveau Sampler, The seaside Kingdom, The Blossom Harvest, The Lady of the Flag, Fairie Treasure, and Guardian Angel. You can see these on her website www.mirabilia.com. If any of these are on your to purchase list - do it now or you will be paying a lot of money on ebay in a couple of years! If you want any, let me know and I will try and get them for you.
May 7, 2006. Yikes! It is May already! Don't forget Mother's Day is next Sunday - we can always do gift certificates - and don't have to be local to buy one. Now is the time to get one.
We had a few things come in this week - I'll start with needlepoint today. From Raymond Crawford, some great little 5x5 for girls - soccer girl, tennis girl, shopping girl, wine girl, riding girl. He has a million of them. They are really cute and would be great inset into a pillow or framed.
Also from Canvasworks - we re-stocked on the little nativity canvases. They are so cute. They come 3 (or more) to a canvas- a great way to use little bits of left-over threads from other projects.
In cross stitch, we got the Strawberry Garden - as I understand it has really been discontinued this time, but we have a few left from the re-order. So if you want one, call or stop by NOW! Quaker Garden is also close to being out of print, I think we have 2 left! These Blackbird Designs are really flying out of here and being discontinued quickly. They have usually not been out of print until they had been out for a year, but not this year.
I think that is it. Talk to you next week.
April 25, 2006. Almost the end of April - time is flying by! Got info today on the 10th Anniversary Just Cross Stitch ornament magazine. This is a special issue - it will have favorite designs from all of the past 10 years of publication of the Ornament issue. There will be 92 designs and it will cost $19.98. That is about all I can tell you about it at this time. They will have it at the June market and I will be able to see what is really in it as well as the 2006 magazine. You can see the cover at the Just Cross Stitch website. So now you know as much as I do - and it will ship the end of June. Let me know if you are interested and I will order one for you. Also time to start thinking about the 2006 issue! But that won't come until later in the summer.
Got some new canvases from Rishfield designs this morning. 4 Fabulous Bunnies - they would look great as a grouping either framed or a series of pillows. Not really sure what kind of bunnies they are - besides bunny 1,2,3 & 4. Maybe Billie can educate me when she sees them. Also from Janet Gaynor some very cute Tooth fairy pillows, one for a girl and one for a boy.
Guess that is it for today. Almost forgot, I only have one of Blackbird Design Quaker Garden left, and not sure I can get anymore so speak up if you want it.
April 21, 2006. Wow the Cricket Collection came in today! Summer and Flip Flops. Carrying on with the idea of little things to hang on a tree - here comes flip flops. They would also be really cute on a T-shirt, on Jeans (I can see them going up a leg or on the seat - very cute!) or on a summer tote bag. There are flip flops with a sun, cherries, lemons, a sea horse, palm tree, pea pod, pansies and an anchor and a wonderful beach house with adirondack chairs - take me to the beach, I am really ready! I am sure they will be on Norden, Hoffman and Wichelt soon. The automatics just went out and the distributors should be getting them soon!
Also this week I got 2 really great needlepoint canvases - one is frogs and dragonflies. It is really fun. Also the checkerboard bunny. This canvas has been around for a few years, but it is still very cute. Come in and check it out.
Gotta go, the dryer just buzzed and I want to get the shirts out so I don't have to do serious ironing!
April 11, 2006. Right after I did the update on Sat, in came the new Erica Michaels charts - they are great. Military Wife's Prayer (Very nice!), Love and Cherish - A wedding sampler, and Hospitality. You can see them on www.nordencrafts.com. The prayer is very nice and would appropriate for any military wife.
For the month of April, Stitchers is the retailer of the month on the Teresa Wentzler website. You can find us at www.twdesignworks.com. Teresa has a very nice website and we do appreciate the opportunity to be on her website. Especially since my computer died in the middle of the preparation and I had to send her hand written copy for her to put in. Above and beyond the call of duty on her part!
April 8.2006. This week has been rough for TN weatherwise. Tornados in Dyer County last weekend and then Nashville yesterday. We had wind, rain and hail and that is all. There were many deaths and still some unaccounted for. If you are in TN (or anywhere there has been bad weather) we hope you are all well and safe.
Last weekend, I went to Dallas for the Destination Dallas market. Lots to see and lots to buy - and buy I did! Bought some more Kelly Clark designs - she new ones since San Diego - you can see her designs on the internet - www.kellyclarkneedlepoint.com . I think that is it - if not google Kelly Clark and you will find it. She also has 2 new stockings coming. She has never done stockings before, but I ordered them both and they should be here the first part of May. Also picked up the snowmen to re-stock.
I found some nice florals from Rosalie Peters, Patti Mann, Alice Peterson and JP Designs. They are really nice designs and some are a little different than we have had before. Alittle more geometric than just straight florals. Patti had some little nautical designs - very cute.
From Strictly Christmas she had some new ornaments including a NASCAR santa and a motorcycle santa. Very cute. New to this market was Designing Dogs - she had a Welcome Bone and a Bone Sweet Bone! From the point of it all - 2 belts a golf tee belt and a fishing belt. From JHL 2 dog belts one is scotties and one is lab heads with bright kerchiefs. Black, chocolate and yellow - very cute!
On the cross stitch front, this week the new Mill Hill kits came in - for the FALL! Believe it or not it is time to start thinking about fall and then can Christmas be far behind? I think the new ones are on the Mill Hill website. They are so cute and you can put the little "pin" guys on the frame. Be sure and take a look. www.millhill.com. And that about sums up this week. Lizzie Kate should ship next week.
March 26, 2006. Wow time flies when you are having fun. I did not realize that it had been 2 weeks since the last update. So here goes. I am making progress on the computer front. I am typing this from my new desktop unit at home. Of course, the cable for the printer did not come, so I can't set that up yet, maybe next week. I plan to take the laptop to the shop to use it there and see if I can start checking email and ordering from the shop! I am excited!
Now for what is new in the shop. We sold the last of the Blackbird Design Loose Feathers designs - Strawberry Garden. That went very quickly and is now out of print! Apparently that was very popular! I have some new Birds of a Feather Designs on order from Norden. Don't ask me what they are, the list is at the shop and I can't remember their names. But you can see them on www.nordencrafts.com. They are very bright and come with the hand dyed fabric. I think you will like them if you like Birds of a Feather at all.
The Kelly Clark model is in the shop, I need to send it back to her in May so she can take it to market in June! It is outstanding! If you want to see it, you need to come in to the shop soon. If I had the printer cable and knew how to scan and put pictures on the web site, I would do that. But I have had all the computer education I can handle for one week right now. But I digress.
Got a great canvas from Cheryl Shaeffer - Don't make me get my flying monkeys! It really is fabulous and would make a great throw pillow.
Still more canvases to come, again the list is at the shop and I am here! But they are not, so it does not really matter. I will just have to let you know as they come in.
I am going to Dallas Market on 1 April and back on the 3rd. Should be able to bring lots home-so I should be able to post lots of needlepoint after I return. This is always a quick trip, but if I can price it while still in Dallas, I can get it out quickly when I return and hopefully post it quickly. By next post, I should have the designs from Birds of a Feather and maybe even remember their titles.
Lots of new cross stitch should be coming in April - Cricket Collection, maybe another Just Nan, some new designs from Erica Michaels, Workbasket and who ever else told me in Nashville that they would be releasing new designs in April!
I guess that is enough for today, time to get to work on my shoe flaps. The white is all done, I think that the black comes next - save the cherries for last!
March 12, 2006. Another busy week - everybody getting ready to go out of town for Spring Break! Maybe I can get some of those chores done this week. I need to get the office cleaned out before Mallori is home for her Spring Break! I promised her I would work on it while she was at school!
Not much to report on the Cross Stitch front - we did get a few things in this week. The Prairie Schooler charts came in - I think they came by way of Singapore! I really like the Birdsong titles. You can see them on all the usual websites as well as the Prairie Schooler site. Also managed to some more of Strawberry Garden from Blackbird Designs. It just came out since the first of the year and is already all gone and word is she will print no more! If you want one let me know NOW!
On the needlepoint front! We got 4 stockings from Dee Ross Designs. They are really fabulous, I had forgotten what they were until they came in - I ordered them last October! - there is a very nice angel stocking, a black cat, candles and a cross word puzzle design. Very nice and at a good price!
From Patty Paints, the shoe flaps came in. These make really cute sandals that are based on Dr. Sholl's shoes. The turtles,pink pineapples, pink poodles and lighthouses have all sold. We still have the goldfish school, Kitty kats and multicolor dots on black left. The Venice scene was backordered, but I hope it will be in soon! Now is the time to get started on these so you can wear them this summer.
We are doing well with the Kelly Clark Designs. I ordered an initial in pink and green and have sold 3 so far. They are also available in blue and yellow. So cute and perfect for a little girls room. I hope to have a model soon - come in and check it out!
I am sure there is more, if you come in I might even remember what else there is.
March 5, 2006. Another whirlwind week, and many thanks to all of our customers. Thanks to you I have had to re-order almost everything from market! Outstanding!
New cross stitch designer this week. My Big Toe Designs. Not too sure about the name of her company but some really nice designs. You can see her designs at www.mybigtoedesigns.com.
Some new needlepoint came in this week. From Kathy Schenkel - adorable Easter designs. They are egg shaped and when finished sit on a little painted foot! Also from JMalahy designs and Teen Zone sign and a snowman that is holding a menora and a string of christmas tree lights. Great for families that celebrate both holidays! Also a magnolia ornament.
Also some canvases from Amanda Lawford. Some nice Christmas pillow designs and the Holiday Cardinal is back in stock.
That is all I can think of, I am sure there is more and Billie will remind me tomorrow of what else I should have included.
They lots of the new stuff up, we have sold a lot of it and re-ordered. Be sure and check out Blue Ribbon Designs. They have an alphabet sampler that is very interesting. Each box incorporates a different letter of the alphabet, some of them are a little difficult to figure out, but they are in alphabetical order.
We also got an order from Princess and Me. We ordered Santas and the cutest Penguin, they come with stitch guides.
Hopefully this will post and I will not be cranky the rest of the weekend.
February 12, 2006. Well I made it up to Nashville and back - despite the rain, snow and sleet! I brought back MANY things. And the bags seem to get heavier every time I lift them. I picked up the collaboration sampler - A Noble Pursuit. The pictures do not do it justice! It is fabulous! Lakeside Linens did not have enough dyed fabric to bring, so I had to order. It calls for silk thread, and they were not there, so I have to check my supplies and order on Monday. In a perfect world, the thread and fabric will come about the same time! There were many beautiful things to look at and buy and buy I did. So now I have done my part and I hope you will do yours!
I picked up the rest of the Winter Snapperville set from Bent Creek. You can see it at www.bentcreek.com. I think I like the horse drawn sleigh the best. There is a chart for around the outside if you do all 4 - it was shown in swirls of blue with white snowflakes and a few white buttons.
I also bought some Ewe and I and Friends charts from Twisted Threads. I think Ruth has them up on her website - www.twistedthreads.com. There were lots of "Valentines" charts that I picked up from Ruth. Also check out the new design from Heart in Hand. Cecelia has done a great job with her new charts.
I check out Mosey and Me - Frank was not there so Judy was in charge. In Frank's wonderful style - a dog, rabbit, pig and cow. Sorry no cats, but I did manage to buy more cat charts than dog charts. I think this is unfair, however...
I really did buy lots of cat charts - you will have to come see them. I even bought some mesh project bags with an assortment of designs - nurse, dog, cats, tulips, rabbits and 3 others! Really cute and fun. I also got some ort bags with scotties!
Not much for gadgets at this market - apparently we are gadgeted out! Maybe by June there will be some new ones. (Hard to think about June sitting here with snow on the ground!)
That is all I can remember right now, but I will get on it and try to get organized and post more this week.
February 8, 2006. Can't believe it is time to go to Nashville market already! This thing rolls around faster every year! I will be back in the shop on Monday and will be putting things out as fast as I can. I always have good intentions to price what I buy on Saturday on Saturday evening and then do the Sun purchases on Sunday evening. But that concept never seems to work!
The new Lizzie Kates are in - more of the Christmas ornaments and a chart so you can stitch them them all in a square. The chart calls for 32 ct, which makes each ornament 2" square. If your eyes are over 40, you can easily do it on 28 ct. And they would be 2.25" square and the charm would still fit! There is also a spring boxer jr and 2 other spring charts. Check them out on her website - www.lizziekate.com. She will have a few new things at market, but mostly what has already been released at market.
Bent Creek will have some fun things - they always do - from their designs to their booth. And the new Snapperville chart will be there.
A few needlepoint canvases came in this week. Florals from Village Needlecraft - including a new Historic Charleston piece. Also some stockings from Lee Needle Arts. And a cute cat and dog piece from Raving Beauties. Raving Beauties has been out of the market for a while, but she decided to come back to needlepoint. Lots more coming.
Time to get to work. I have got to get ready to go to Nashville before Friday afternoon.
January 29, 2006 - Still quiet here. I went to Needlepoint market last weekend and saw lots of new and exciting things and even ordered a few. As they come in, I will put them on the website. Ordered some new things from Melissa Shirley, Rebecca Wood, Kathy Schenkel and a host of others. And in 2 weeks, I go to Nashville for Cross stitch market. That is a cash and carry market so I will bringing lots home. Give me a few days to get it organized and out, but there should be some great things coming back with me.
The new Lizzie Kate automatic is selling very well. They are some great little ornaments. They are also some inspirational words on them that would make nice little gifts to friends or people in need of special thoughts - hope, friends, peace etc. You can see them at www.lizziekate.com.
Also, from one of the black cat people, little monthly cats and we found a little black frame with pegs that is the perfect size. You could use it as a key holder and change the design monthly.
The third design of the new Bent Creek winter snapperville should be coming soon. There will be one more in the series and we will start the Spring Snapperville series. You can see them at www.bentcreek.com.
Enjoy the Super Bowl next week, and rest up for when I get back from Nashville!
January 14, 2005 - Not much to report this week, my husband had back surgery on Thursday - had to be there at 5:30 am! We made it and he made it thru the surgery and is doing well! But he does seem to be high maintenance!
Still not too much new has come in - the cross stitchers are waiting for Nashville market and I have not been to Needlepoint market - that is this coming weekend. Remember if you want me to look for anything at either market - let me know.
Did get a few things in from a needlepoint vendor. A couple of floral canvases - pink tulips and a poppy piece that we have had in the past. Also a great cat piece - it is boxes of outlined cats. Does that make sense? But it really is kind of neat - it is black, white and red. You could do the cats in black, or white or orange or all different or all the same!
We are getting lots of interest in the Collaboration piece. It is a limited edition piece and probably won't be available for too long. If you want to see it - go to www.withmyneedle.com. It is called a Noble Pursuit. Let me know if you want one.
Time to go back to my nursing duties!
January 7, 2006 - Well one week down in 2006, pretty soon I will be reminding you about the finishing deadlines for Christmas. Not much happening here - trying to order, we let stock dwindle at the end of the year - less to count and less to pay taxes on! And we have to make room for the new stuff. Going to Needlepoint market in 2 weeks and then to Nashville in February. We have cleaning and re-arranging trying to make more room, but it never really seems to happen. I took some pictures today. Hope they don't look too cluttered. If they turn out, I will try to get my friend to put them on the website - but no promises.
The Lizzie Kate designs are going well. I ordered a new Petei santa today - Paul Bunyun. Big santa with a big ax and little tiny trees. Too cute.
Do come in and check out the new sale items!
December 31, 2005 - I forgot to mention yesterday that we have finished inventory and have found some new things to add to the 1/2 price table. We still have some canvases that are 50-75% off, some 1/2 price frames and all the Americana designs are 1/2 price. We added some new cross stitch designs, including some Santa and Snowman kits from Lorri Birmingham. If you are out of town and interested in any of these give us a call and we will tell you what we have.
Again, take care and Happy New Year.
December 30, 2005 - Well this should be the last update of 2005. Seems like just yesterday we were all worried about the new millenium and what that would do to computers etc. Guess we survived that one!
Not much is new right now - everyone is waiting for market! I can't wait to go - it always gets me excited and ready to stitch lots of new things. And speaking of market - don't forget the new collaboration sampler from With My Needle and friends. I will be picking up the chart, fabric and silk thread kit at Nashville. So if you want one, let me know. You can see it on Ellen's website www.withmyneedle.com I think it will be a great sampler - and also great big. Remember this is a limited edition (I am not sure how many!) so it probably won't be around for long. Check it out!
New Lizzie Kate came in yesterday - three great little ornament flip its - Love, Friends, and Hope. There will be 12 in the set. If you want to finish them the way Linda has, just let me know and I will order you a kit of Weeks Dye Works overdyed wool and extra buttons. These are stitched on 32 ct lugana, but Billie and I think you could stitch them on 28 is you wanted. They will go in size from 2" square to 2.25". The charm should still fit with no problem. Also, a new boxer - These are the Days. You can check all this out on Linda's website - www.lizziekate.com.
There have been some rumors about the Just Cross Stitch Ornament Magazine. They intend to continue the magazine! So don't be concerned that you won't be able to get those fabulous Christmas ornament designs.
And speaking of rumors - there should be new designs from Drawn Thread coming in mid-Janaury. It has been a while since she has done new designs, hopefully there will be many great new designs from Drawn Thread in 2006.
And with that, I wish you and yours a safe and Happy New Year, and safe travels for all. And that is it until 2006.
December 23, 2005 - did not realize it had been so long since the last post. My computer has been having problems. First I "lost" java script, which I need to post an update, then the thing crashed, got it fixed, still no java, crashed again, got it fixed, but still no java and then it crashed again and now I have a very nice door stop. I haven't figured out what to buy yet, but working on it. I the meantime I am checking email etc on a friend's computer. Hope to be up and running in 2006!
Not much new has come in, it is the end of the year blues - waiting for Nashville! And speaking of Nashville, the Collaboration Sampler is up on www.withmyneedle.com. It looks really neat. I can hardly wait to get my hands on it. It is a limited edition and I do not expect it to last long, so if you want one, let me know now so I can be sure to get one for you.
Gotta run, Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Maybe by the next time I do an update I will be on my own computer!
November 21, 2005 -Not much happening this week, everyone is getting ready for Turkey Day. We have a turkey in the refrigerator and bread is set out to get stale for the dressing. Might even make a pie this year. Maybe!
Several customers have stitched the Lizzie Kate - Mr and Mrs Pilgrim - they are so cute and make a wonderful sit about for the front hall or your buffet table. You can see them on her website - www.lizziekate.com. And the stamp it - flip its are completed for the year. Don't know how she keeps coming up with these great ideas year after year.
Got the new Mill Hill window pane kits for Jan/Feb for 2006. They came in today - really cute with snowmen - already for winter. You can see those at www.millhill.com.
Take care and don't eat too much turkey!
November 12, 2005 - Hope all of you have had a chance to check out the new Lizzie Kate. The Think Winter is so cute. I can't wait for the new flip its - they are going to be a set of 12 ornaments! How cute is that?
Also on Friday the new spring Mill Hill kits came - if you have finished your holiday stitching and are ready to start on spring, we are ready. These should soon be posted on the Mill Hill website - www.millhill.com. There are 6 button and bead kits and 6 pin kits. I love the little blue bird and of course, Billie loves the frog. check them out.
Now, if you are really planning ahead, there is a new design coming at the Nashville market. It is called the Nashville Collaboration and is from 10 of our favorite designers - bright needle, LaDDa, primitive traditions, with my needle, W orkbasket, Carriage House, Hands to Work, Patricia Ann, Praiseworthy Stitches and A stitch and a Prayer. Each designers contribution can be stitched individually or as one large piece. The chart is to retail for $40, and will be stunning. If you want one, now is the time to reserve it. As I learn more I will post it.
November 9, 2005 - Hope you all survived Halloween and all the ghosts and Goblins! We had a nice night and had a fair number of trick or treaters! So now it is time to stitch for the holidays in earnest! It will be the end of the year before you know it! Lizzie Kate even has a new chart for New Year's. She has some really cute new releases which you can see at www.lizziekate.com. Also the Dec snapper is out, so that completes that series. She has a new series coming for next year, those should come the end of December. I will let you know when those come.
Bent Creek has a new set of Snappers - there will be 4 in the series. To cover the whole year - they are on order - you can see them at www.bentcreek.com. Let me know if I need to save you a set. You can stitch them all together or individually.
Time to get to the ironing - hope you all have a good week.
October 30, 2005 - I thought I did not have much to post - if anything, but started looking around and here are a few things!
From Blackbird designs - Blessings be Thine. It is a great Holiday piece with red and green and holly, I think it could be out from Thanksgiving on! Alsosold out of Star and Skeleton Crew, they are on re-order and should be in this week.
Little House Needleworks has released another pair of winners. Dog House and Kitty Cottage. Another chance to see if Dogs or Cats are more popular. You can see all of these designs at www.nordencrafts.com or if it is not the middle of the night, come in and see them in person.
A great new limited edition kit from Mirabilia - this is to be the first of 6. The kit includes the fabric and threads including Crescent Colors. It is called the Christmas Elf Fairy and you can see her at www.hoffmandis.com.
Guess that is it for the week. Take care.
October 23, 2005 - Wow! Fall has almost come to Memphis, we are even going to light a fire in the fireplace tonight! First time since last winter! I am sure we will have some warmer days, but it is nice.
What is new? Not much right now! Waiting for market in January and February. But we do have a few things. And don't forget the 1 Nov finishing deadline! Stitch like a madwoman to get this stuff done!
From Painted Pony - the Cowboy Santa. I have him partially stitched. He comes with leather for the chaps. If I had not deleted the first time I mentioned him... He really is cute and a pretty easy stitch.
Also got a few of the Shelly Tribbey small skate canvases, it is a little late for this year, but not too early to start for next year. Although they are so small, with some dedicated stitching, they could still make it for this year.
From Mill Hill the last Pixie Picket is in. As I understand, it is the last of the year and the end of the series. There will be no Pixie Picket next year, but there will be the Window Pane series. As always, if you want to sign up for automatic, just let me know. This one is really cute - with a Santa. You don't have to have the entire series to do just one month. With the little frame, it would be so cute year after year! You can see the whole series on the newly revamped www.millhill.com.
Also from Shepherd's Bush, Star is in, the buttons came yesterday, so I should get it together on Monday. It really is great and can be seen on www.nordencrafts.com
That's about all I have to offer today, Have a great Halloween and don't eat too much chocolate!
October 14, 2005 - I guess I better do an update - a customer pointed out today that I had not done an update since Oct 2! I guess if people are going to read this...
A few new canvases in today - from Painted Pony, the cowboy and cowgirl angels. I took these classes at market this year and I love them. The Cowboy is almost finished, guess I better get on it and bring it in so you can see how cute he is, and then get started on the girl.
Also a few new pre-work canvases - some birds and a really cute pair of kittens. And speaking of cats, I have the kitty cat sandal flaps that go on Dr. Scholl's sandals. Now would be a great time to get started and have them already to go when spring rolls around!
Blackbird Designs - the new loose feathers - Garland Fair. Another great piece. Also I have re-ordered the Trix or Treat book. Several great designs. And I have also reordered an older book from them - which I think is called Fall Collection! Fabulous.
Mill Hill - the November Pixie Picket Kit is in - great little piece with crows and a shock of wheat. Also the Window Pane Design - A tree and Santa looking out the window. You can see them at millhill.com.
Shepherd's Bush - a new leaflet - Star. The buttons are on order. Very nice for the holidays. You can see this at hoffmandis.com and nordencrafts.com.
I guess that is all I have to offer, but will definitely try to keep up in the future.
October 2, 2005 - Just a quick update today. A few new things from Shepherd's Bush - don't forget Reed's stocking - there is still time to get one of their stockings done for this year. Reed's is a shepherd and a little darker colors than usual. 2 new kits - Thankful Sheep and Believe. The titles kind of explain them. Believe is on a larger count fabric - 10 ct I think and Thankful sheep features a sheep with a pilgrim hat!
I ordered some needlepoint sandle flaps from Patti Paints for some customers - got the Venice Gondola pattern and Kitty Cats in. These are so cute, do stop and see them.
The Sophia scissors are in - I love the Red. I definitely need to order more! And we are getting low on the ornament magazine -I think we just have 2-3 copies that are not spoken for!
Gotta run - time to get to the shop. Take care and have a good week.
September 25, 2005 - Looks like Hurricane Rita did not do as much damage as Katrina and for that we are grateful. Hopefully there will be no more Hurricanes this year and Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas can all get about recovering, although this will not be an overnight kind of thing.
I am going to try to go to the Mid-south fair today - at least 2 customers - Robin King and Melanie Simmonds got Best of Show Ribbons. I will try to get some of the winners into the shop for you all to come see if you can't get to the fair!
Not much new this week, but several sell outs and re-orders will be the order of the day on Monday. La D Da Gabrielle Rose is gone again, OUr Daily Bread is almost gone. From Imaginating, Thankfulness and Bethlehem have been flying out the door. Still have not had time to stitch a shop model! Cricket acorns and Skeleton ship are still selling well. The ornament magazine is selling quickly, I think we have called everyone on the list. The rest seem to be going out the door.
New from Shepherd's Bush is Reed's Stocking - a little trouble getting the charms, but they should come this week. Also new from T. Layman (the French Knot Queen) is Bluebirds and Bluebells. This is another set of stitching accessories.
Two updates on accessories. Daylight apparently lost the order from Columbus market and so those are finally in. I had pre-ordered the Gingher Sophia scissors from 2 vendors, finally ordered from a third. They shipped on Thurs, so should be here on Mon or Tues.
Hope you are all safe and dry, and our prayers are with those who are along the Gulf and their families. We pray for no more Hurricanes this year.
September 12, 2005 - As I was saying, the Just Cross Stitch Ornament magazine should be here on Monday! It really has some great designs and some new designers. It won't last long - so if you want it, let me know! I always seem to find several designs that I just have to have. The santa from Artist's Collection always grabs me - especially since they did not do a limited edition Santa this year!
Also in today, the latest Cricket Collection - www.cecricket.com. This series is bunch of acorns in all different sizes and colors. And while you are checking them out, be sure and look at the Halloween design - 16 men on a dead man's ship! I love the skeleton fish swimming by the ship.
A customer came in today with her Thankfulness almost finished! She is stitching on 14 count country grain with wildflowers. It really looks fabulous and she has really enjoyed stitching with the wildflowers. Maybe I can get her to leave it in the shop for a few days when she finishes.
Gotta go - check out the new stuff and let me know about the ornament magazine.
September 10, 2005 - I was hoping the old pages would magically appear - just as they magically disappeared! Oh, well, now I don't have to delete old pages!
Just a reminder that the Just Cross Stitch ornament magazine is scheduled to ship the end of next week, we will call those who are on the list. It looks like we will have about 15 extra copies, so let me know if you want to be added to the list!
In case you missed it, we got a new shipment of the little (and a few of the large) needlepoint canvases of love, joy, peace and noel. They really do make wonderful ornaments or you can put them together in a 4 square holiday pillow. We have several sets in stock, but they won't last for long.
Also in this week are the collegiate santas and snowmen from Carol Dupree. We now have a good stock of UT and Univ of Memphis, Ole MIss and of course Bama (for Mallori!)
The Lizzie Kate new designs are selling quickly, be sure and contact us if you want them. I am sure we will be reordering is these continue to sell like hotcakes.
Finishing deadline is 1 November, so get stitching and get your stocking in tome soon.
September 9, 2005 - I seem to have lost the old pages, guess we will start from here! I thought I pushed the right button, but...
Now for the third time today - this is not my day! Yesterday we got the Lizzie Kate automatic! It is all great - be sure and go to her website to see it all! www.lizziekate.com.
My favorite is the Pair O Pilgrims. They are companions to Needle Nick and Flossie Claus, but are in chart form this time. Fabric and buttons are coming, so you should be able to get these done for Thanksgiving. The chart includes finishing directions.
Another favorite is the 2005 Santa - he is ice skating, has a checked coat and 2 peppermint buttons from JABCO. Another favorite is the Tiny Tidings X. Billie loves the Mistle Toad and I am partial to the Dog - Plaid to meet you. There is also a cat design. Also the Oct and Nov Flip Its.
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September 9, 2005 - Since I lost the first posting, I will try this again. By the third time it gets really short!
Yesterday, we got the new Lizzie Kate automatic! They are all great designs! You can look at them on Linda's website - www.lizziekate.com. There are new flip its, Tiny Tidings X, Family and Friends Boxer etc. Tiny Tidings has great little holiday designs - Billie's favorite is Mistle Toad and I love the Dog - Plaid to meet you. There is a cat design for all of the cat people! There is the 2005 Santa-he is ice skating and has a plaid coat with 2 peppermint buttons from JABCO.
But my favorite is the Pair O Pilgrims. These are really companions to Needle Nick and FLossie Claus, but they are in chart from this time, but they still include finishing instructions! They are really cute, I ordered fabric and buttons yesterday, so you will be set for Thanksgiving!
Check out her website!
September 3, 2005 - It certainly has been a week in the mid-south! Hope you and yours are doing well. Memphis has taken in many from Mississippi and Louisiana. It certainly is a difficult time for many. We have friend who has a medical clinic in Marksville, LA and saw over 2000 people last week. They are overwhelmed. We sent 3 boxes of assorted supplies this week and will probably send more next week. They seem to need only the basics right now, but I am sure that list will change.
It seems difficult to talk about needlepoint and cross stitch right now, but we must carry on while still thinking of and doing what we can for those in need. One of the charts that comes to mind is from Imaginating called Thankfulness. It has pumpkins and such with the words - Give Thanks Always. Truer words were never spoken. Also from Diane is a chart called Bethlehem. It is all in one color and features a Nativity.
La D Da has some new charts - her 100th design - Gabrielle Rose. It is intended as a birth sampler, but would also work very well as a wedding sampler. If you are having trouble with this concept, you can see the chart on Norden Crafts or Hoffman. She has lots of great charts! Another poplar one is Our Daily Bread. I have order 2-3 times and need to reorder.
Take care in the coming week, enjoy Labor Day with family and friends and think of those in LA, MS and AL. Give whatever you can to the relief effort, and count your blessings is you were not directly affected.
August 18, 2005 - Wow another hot week. I went to the post office this afternoon and my car thermometer said 102 - I believe it. They are predicting a break next week, but I will believe it when I see it.
Two quick things today - A Hallowed Eve from Plum Pudding Needleart. 3 delightful Halloween ornaments for Punch Needle. However we are doing them in French knots and Colonial knots. They are really cute. I brighten the colors a little - as we often do and plan to put it on a small flange style pillow. You can check out the pattern at www.hoffmandis.com.
Also a needlepoint order from Julie Marr came in today. 5x5 floral canvases - iris, tulips, and of course poppies. Also a great scissor case with poppies and a beautiful blue background. If you are not ready to start on Halloween and don't want to let go of summer, these will make wonderful projects.
August 13, 2005 -Another week - Mallori went to the Florida beaches this week, then she is back for a week and then back to Alabama. I talked to her yesterday and she has been madly stitching! Finished a mini sock that we are going to finish as a stand up and a Halloween hat that we are going to combine with the witch coat that she stitched last summer and put them on a wreath with a witches boot that Billie has just about finished!
New stuff this week -(I really should not try to do this from memory on Sat night!) - Some new charts from Tink Boord-Dill, including another alphabet book from Tink. Just when I think she can't do another alphabet, she comes up with a whole alphabet!
Another canvas from Raymond Chandler - he's seems to be sending them one at a time - I'm a Desparate Housewife. It is only 5x5 and would make a great pillow insert or matted and framed! Fun!
I ordered, and should get on Monday, the new book from Blackbird Designs. Trix or Treats. YOu can see it on www.nordencrafts.com. Can't wait to see it! Have you seen the new Workbasket designs and the La D Da have been flying out of the shop - I have reordered Daily Bread twice, and Thanks be to God from Sisters and Best Friends. This must be the year to stitch "Thanksgiving - Fall" style designs.
Shelly Tribbey sent 3 of the church half rounds. Mallori stitched it last year and it really is very nice. We may have to stitch it again for a shop model as Mallori gave hers to her Grandmother.
That is all I can think of and it is time to hit the sack.
August 02-2005 - Another month down the drain - time to start thinking about holiday finishing! Most finishing is 1 Nov. And that means it will be Christmas Eve before you see it. If you need it before that, keep that in mind and try to get it finished earlier and let us know if you need it earlier!
Got some new canvases in today. From The Studio - a NASCAR topper ornament (we also have a racing theme mini sock from KS designs and a mini charm racing theme design from Hinzeit), and a couple of Halloween pieces and a Dragonfly purse. It really is a nice design and finishes into a beautiful purse.
From Petei we have the Nativity pieces back in stock and she has added a palm tree - very cute. Also a new Santa -with a toy train. You can see them at www.petei.com.
July 27, 2005-I did so well with updates in June and then July came and it all went to heck. We took a short vacation to New Hampshire and Cape Cod. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed it all. I only got to eat lobster twice, but I really enjoyed it!
And now back to work! We really haven't had a lot of new designs, but will try to remember to include them all! Lizzie Kate- 2 more stamp flip its! August and September and a sampler kind of chart - Think Autumn! Great pumpkin with a crow perched on top! Linda never ceases to amaze. Check out the new designs at www.liziekate.com.
The long awaited Prairie Schooler annual santa has arrived! He is a stitcher this year. Also a set of 3 leaflets that cover the 12 days of Christmas. I think I like the 5 golden rings the best! Also a chart called Folk Art Christmas - 6 little ornaments. See them all at her website - www.prairieschooler.com.
La-d-da has some new designs - Our Daily Bread, Jasmine's Song and Softly walk. They can all be seen on www.nordencrafts.com. Also on the fall - Thanksgiving theme is Sister's and Best Friends - Thanks be to god - a pumpkin with an alphabet. Also I reordered the Cedar Hill Thanksgiving piece and Cricket Collection - Be Ye Thankful.
And to continue the oldies and fall theme, Birds of Feather - Fat Cat, Scaredy Cat and Remember me. There is another but I can't remember it so... you'll have to come in and see them. These are old ones, but certainly worth another look!
Also in are the new Just Nan designs - a Stocking - Victor's stocking. The birth of a grandchild always influences a designer! Also some adorable ornaments and halloween ornaments. Also available are some little frames for these!
Now to needlepoint - a collection of designs - some great ornaments and a candy and cookie stocking on 14! Also some great halloween cookies. From Danji - 2 smaller stockings and a beach scene. From Canvasworks - a set of the nativity canvases. These are smaller and 3 to a canvas.
I am afraid I am getting hungry and I don't remember what else we have gotten. Tomorrow when I get to the shop, I will ask Mallori and she will tell me what I have missed and what I got wrong! I'll try to finish up and make the corrections soon!
June 25, 2005 - The year is almost half gone! I made a motel reservation for the Nashville market yesterday! It just keeps going.
A few new things to report. From Teresa Layman, the french knot designs are here! Fabulous! If you need help doing french and colonial knots, we can help and these will cure all your fears. Sweet Harmony - 3 sewing accessories. a fob, a scissor case and a needle case. Bunny Run - a circular piece, only 4 inches in diameter with darling bunnies and carrots. Wild Salmon, A fish Tale (a mermaid) Outstanding in their field (sheep), Kitty Frolic, and Bees and Trees. Too cute.
From Tristan Brooks, 4 great sets of ornaments. These can be worked on congress cloth or linen. Great Designs and Barbara is lending us the models until she goes to the next market! Come see them!
From A Collection of Designs - a new candy stocking on 13 mesh. She just started doing them on 13 count. And as always great ornaments. More gingerbread men and some Roly-Poly guys - nutcrackers, a penquin, and a moose. These can all be seen on Janet's website.
A few new canvases from Raymond Chandler - a striking Chinese character canvas. A star is born, and Momma says, Save your pennies. (Although that saying always came from my father!)
That is all I can think of, will post more as it comes in!
June 15, 2005 - Well, I survived Columbus market! It was great - big and exciting and lots of new designs, and of course, I ordered way too much, so prepare your credit cards!
This is an order market, so as things come in I will post them. Just let me say, get ready to do French knots! I found some great little designs that are totally French knots! And in needlepoint, a new designer - she used to design for Seabrook Wallpaper - some great Santas and a fantastic 12 days of Christmas series! Can't wait for it to get here!
I will post as things come in, so check back frequently. Mallori mailed the sale cards while I was gone. Sale starts on Sat. June 18th and runs for a week. We have to make room for the new stuff! If you are out of town or going to be on vacation, you can always call or email and we will take care of you. We will be open on June 19th from 1-5. Special hours.
Almost forgot, I saw the new Just Cross Stitch ornament magazine at market - well, just the cover and the stitched models! This looks like a winner! Be sure and put your name on the list. I can't wait for it to get here! Late August, early September!
May 28, 2005 - Another week gone and Columbus market is getting closer. I suppose I will pack the morning we leave! It should be a good market and I hope to come back with lots of goodies!
Just in from Mill Hill - 3 NEW perforated paper Santas. They are so cute and quick to stitch. They make great ornaments - little hostess gifts for the Holidays! And just think how smug you will feel to have a bunch stitched and ready for the Holidays! They are Ice Cap, Polar and Glacier. Stitching them by the pool this summer will just make you feel cooler.
And 6 Winter Medley designs. These are little bell pulls stithched on 16 count banding fabric. Very cute! The titles areSnowy Tree, Startopped Snowman, Winter Wreath, Bearing Gifts, Santa Socks, and Joyful Stars.
And a series of 6 Charmed Mitten Ornaments My favorite is the Santa with a stocking. Hopefully they will be up on the Mill Hill website soon. Check it out or just come in.
May 16.2005 - Friday I went to Nashville to see my niece graduate from Vanderbilt. It was a very nice graduation, a little warm, but we all survived. And now she is off to Cincinnati!
While I was gone, a few things came in. From Just Nan, 2 new designs - Robin's Wreath and Morning Flower. Both are lovely. Morning Flower is shown finished as a bell pull, but also be nicely framed. You can see them on her website www.justnan.com.
Also just in from Mill Hill - the Christmas designs. Yes, it is time to start stitching for Christmas! New Button and Bead - Tree Shopping, Star Noel, Rooftop Santa (my favorite), Woodland Grace, Winter Chill and Royal Tannenbaum. Also some really cute bell pull kits - Tree Treasures they are called. They are stitched on 16 count banding fabric. They finish up so fast and make really nice little Christmas Happies.
Also from Mill Hill - the Holiday Pins Series XV. These are so cute and look great as a pin, refrigerator magnet, or ornament. There are 6 in the series - 2 santas, an angel, 2 snowmen and a christmas tree.
Hopefully Wichelt will get them up on the web soon, but if you can't wait you can call or email for more detailed descriptions. email@example.com or 901-681-9276. Time to go!
May 9, 2005 - A few canvases came in today from Leigh Designs. This is almost the end of what I ordered at the January Market -before I go again in June! These designs are beautiful flowers. They are a little abstract - depicting the center of the flower. There is a great magnolia, a red poppy and a peach tiger lily. There are a few smaller ones as well. They are all fantastic and the larger ones are painted on 14 ct canvas.
Speaking of market, if there is anything you want me to look for, let me know. There is so much to look at, and it always helps to know if someone is looking for something in particular. Also at this market, they should announce the 2005 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Magazine. I will be placing an order and then will start taking orders, probably in July. It is usually released in August or early September. It is always fun to see whose designs make the front cover, not that it really matters as they are always great little ornaments.
May 6, 2005 - Lizzie Kate automatic came in today. The 2 newest stamps - June and July. I really like these. And a new kit - Long May She Wave. It is really cute. And a new sampler - Summer. I would guess that it will be followed by fall, winter and spring. What do you think? Check them out on Linda's website - www.lizziekate.com or just come in and get one of each!
May 5, 2005 - May day has come and gone. And it was a beautiful day here in the mid-south. Before summer begins!
A few new designs in this week - The new Little House Needleworks designs from Dianne. Rose Sampler - wonderful roses and an alphabet. Also Daisy Lane Cottage. A cute little blue house and a picket fence and Home Sweet Home. She has such nice designs. From Trilogy, a small chart called Cat Treat. 3 different cats and Meow. So cute and fun. From Creative Moments - Easter Stack Banner. Very cute with a bunny, a chick, and a sheep. Just a bight little happy. It says Happy Easter, but you could change that to Happy Spring and leave it up a little longer. You could also do a little changing and make it a birth sampler. So cute.
And finally from Prairie Moon - Son of Chickens? Not really sure how to describe this except to say it is a chicken weather vane and flowers. It really is cute and kind of grows on you!
You can see all these on the Hoffman web site. www.hoffmandis.com. Be sure and look at them.
April 28, 2005 - I forgot to mention in yesterday's post that I have a few kits of the old Stitchers Surprize Kits left. We stopped doing these about 3 years ago and have a few kits left. I have on of the Spring Watering Can left. It has 3 flowers with bugs on wires in a little metal water can. Only one left! We will feature one all the time and when it goes we will change the feature. Call or come by to check it out. These are little kits done on large count fabrics and include chart, fabric, thread and buttons.
April 27, 2005 - I seem to be on a roll here, so I will keep going. I don't really have anything new to post from yesterday, although we did get in 2 new canvases from Alice Peterson - poppies and butterflies - a great light canvas in reds and yellows, and a birdhouse with cardinals. Both are on 14 mesh and would be great fun to stitch.
No new cross stitch, but I thought I would remind you of some older designs that are still great and spring oriented - quick before summer sets in! From Elizabeth Design's - Green Old Gardens, a wonderful piece of Elizabeth's in great shades of green and don't forget Nature's Alphabet, make a great gift if you stitch Friends or Welcome. Or you could stitch the whole alphabet, great piece. I found some old "semi" kits from the flowers and friends club of a few years back. I put those on the sale table. Be sure and check the sale table when you are in, we even have a section of 10 cent books!! Also on the sale table are a few of the Charlette's Collectible bunnies, they are on white perforated paper - too cute!
Another favorite for spring is the Spring Sticks from Fanci That. We made little pillows out of them a great chick and bunny. We put one on purple fabric and one on yellow fabric. fun little projects for spring. From Lizzie Kate we still have a Needle Nana. A little late for Easter, but still a great spring stand up.
From Mill Hill there are the seed packets designed by Debbie Mumm. There are four of them in the series. DMST 1-4. These are on the Mill Hill site. Great beaded designs for spring. Also are the Bent Creek zippers, there is an adorable bluebird, sheep in the meadow, spring and the seasonal houses. I think we have all 4 seasons.
If you can't come in to check these out, be sure and give us a call and we will try to describe them and we can always ship to you.
Have a happy May Day, and remember since this is the first Sunday, we will be open from 1-5. Remember it is not too late to do some of these quick projects for Mother's Day!
April 23, 2005 - Cricket Collection came in today. Two great books of Heart designs in the great Cricket style. The first is Works of the Heart - It includes 2 heart designs and a quotation from The Little Prince. "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye." And 2 great heart designs. The second book has 2 heart designs also - cherish which is finished as a heart with a little pocket for special notes and a heart with 3 roses. They are so cute. I am sure they will be up on the Hoffman website and the Norden crafts sites soon.
April 21, 2005 - A few things came in today. From Little House Needleworks - 2 new designs. Peace and Plenty and Plant Kindness. You can see them on the Norden Crafts site. www.nordencrafts.com. They have so many designs, be sure and look around. Just let me know if you want any of the designs you see.
Also today, we got new Mill Hill. The new pocket picket - Sunny Day, Great design with an inch worm and a butterfly. Also the button and bead kits for the fall, and the pin whimseys. Lots of pumpkins and black cats. I just checked the web site and they are not up yet, but should be soon. www.millhill.com.
Please call or come in if you have any questions about any of these designs.
April 18, 2005 - Well, I made it back from the Dallas Market with lots of needlepoint goodies. The January market was the fish market and this was the art deco market. I got several pieces from several different designers. They are a different look for us. Not at all whimsical or bright!
And speaking of whimsical, I did manage to find a few things in the Maggie & Co room. I re-bought the golf mama and the tennis mama and added swimming mama - 3 gals in bikinis! Too cute for the beach. Also picked up a few cats - they are a little art decoey - and a little abstract. One is called bird watching. Also managed to find a great chicken and red and white. Also a companion pair of cats and dogs! You really have to come in and see these! Also picked up the JOY cats. 4 cats dressed for the holidays holding placards that spell out JOY! Great piece!
And of course, I managed to spend a chunk of change at Artist's Collection. I really need to stay away from them! But I managed to come home with some smaller pieces - santas, angels, and witches! Too cute! And replaced the limited edition santa. It is a great design and includes a stitch guide.
Got a notice from Lizzie Kate today - she has a new patriotic design/kit coming. You should be able to see it on her website - www.lizziekate.com. Linda always has great designs, we should be seeing the May and June stamps pretty soon.
Well, gotta go, but will try to add some more tomorrow.
March 26, 2005 - A few things came in this morning, so I decided to a quick update.
From Mill Hill - Drizzly Day, this is the May release. It is so cute with little chicks and an umbrella. So cute for the spring. Also the May/June Windowpane. Bluebirds and birdhouses. Perfect for May/ June! You can see these at www.millhill.com.
Got a few needlepoint canvases from The Collection also. Re-stocked on the Believe. It is a great ornament for Christmas or for year 'round. We also have Hugs, Kisses, and Amour. Those are lots of fun for Valentines! Also for the Edgar Allen Poe fans - Nevermore. A raven and a glass of red wine. And a great Nativity carousel ornament. And a Pooh birth sampler. Time to get started before the child graduates from college!
Stop in and see the new things. There are new things coming everyday!
March 20, 2005 - OK, I will try again - 3rd time is a charm. Hope I don't lose it this time.
I sent the Petei trunk show back. Thanks to all who came in and looked and to those who ordered by phone. They are so cute. I think I gave you the wrong website - it is www.petei.com. Sorry about that. You can still look at her website and if there is anything you would like, we can always order.
Alice Peterson order came in - a few more pillow tops and re-stock on a lot of the Stitch n Zips, they do seem to keep selling.
Got more Shelly Tribbey in. The new large skate and the new skate ornament, The large skate is of Christmas packages and the ornament is a cup of steaming hot chocolate. And of course the 1/2 round ornaments of the nativity, the three wise men, peace on earth and the country church. They are of course, all great.
I am going to market in April this is a cash and carry needlepoint, so I will probably come back with all sorts of wild things. All my favorite Texas designers are there and a few more. I plan to get some more of the Kathy Schenkel santas - all I have left is the AMerican one with the statue of liberty in the background. And of course, most of hers come with stitch guides.
March 1, 2005 - Well, March came in like a lion this year! Maybe we will have nice weather for Easter!
The Petei Trunk show came in today, I think she sent us one of every Santa she paints! They are so cute - you can look at them on the Petei website - www.peteidesigns.com. Great little Santa ornaments! Or you cound finish them and hang them on a wreath, and it is not too soon to be thinking about Christmas needlepoint. We will have them until mid- March, I think it is the 19th, come and see them.
Just got an order in from Leisure Arts, re-stocked Romeo and Chicks - or as we say, Chickens with an attitude. Also the newest Paula Vaughn book - Through a Father's Eyes. It is a beautiful design. And also the Toy Story book - Woody and Buzz. More great designs.
Lee's Needle Arts designs came in - stocked up on crosses, lots to pick from and they are all beautiful. Most you can finish as a pillow a picture or an ornament. Also ordered some of her fans. They finish into a very elegant pillow or you can frame them.
Melissa Shirley came in this week - reordered some old designs, but added a few new ones. There are a pair of yellow bottles with gold border and flowers, one has a dragonfly on it they are elegant.
Lots of great cross stitch. This market seemed a little heavier into sampler type designs and scissor and needle cases. Also got 2 of the stockings from Carriage House Designs - Noah's stocking and Quaker stocking.
February 14, 2005 - I suppose it is too late to change the graphics on the page to hearts! Happy Valentines Day ! Mallori and I went to Nashville cash and carry cross stitch market. We brought back lots of goodies - even some Mallori and Billie told me not to buy. I am busy trying to get it all priced, so come in or call anytime and we will give you an update.
Lizzie Kate came while I was at market. Really cute - Baby Sampler It is a birth sampler or a little box or pillow. Little yellow ducks, a pram, a rattle and other baby stuff. Think Spring - bunny in a basket, yellow chick and a butterfly charm. Welcome Tooth Fairy - Do you need a tooth fairy pillow? And new Flip-It Stamps - April and May. And a Spring Boxer - Clean Houses Never Last (NOt sure how they get that way) - Hugs and Kisses Do. You can see them on her website www.lizziekate.com.
Time to get back to work on that pile of cross stitch, will try to add more soon. Also got some new canvases in.
February 5, 2005 -Survived the trip to Needlepoint Market. It really was great! Saw and ordered lots of neat canvases. Some of the things that have come in so far - and it dribbles in over the next couple of months - are some great pillow tops from Alice Peterson - some fish and some florals and some pansies. I guess this was a fish market for me as I ordered several fish canvases from several different vendors.
Also order some purses from Sophia Designs - we have not had them for a few years so we got some new ones. These purses are great - no finishing involved! Just stitch them and go and you can use different flaps on the same purse as they are zipped on.
From Village Needlecraft - some more great florals and a seashell canvas and a beach chair. Also ordered several ornaments from her - ballet slippers, flamingo, santa, golfing santa, and some others. Great designs, easy to stitch and a reasonable price.
Also in this week - some new cross stitch designs - Cross Eyed Cricket came in - 2 new charts of hearts. So cute. They are setting up a website so you can see all the new stuff. It is not up yet, but should be by the end of the month.
This weekend is the Nashville cash and carry market - so I should be bringing back lots of cross stitch goodies. Will be putting the stuff on the website after we get it all priced! Come see it the following week. It usually takes me a while to get it all priced - but will put it out as I price it. Come see!
January 16, 2005 - WOW, I guess December really got away from me. One of my resolutions for 2005 is to post to the website more often. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year. Not much has been coming in to the shop, this is kind of a slow time for most designers.
I do have some new cross stitch charts on order which should be coming in this week of the next. We do have the new Lizzie Kate's. You can see them at www.LizzieKate.com. This year she is doing the stamp collector flip its. She explains the rules on her website and the designs are really cute and a quick stitch. Most of the new cross stitch will come next month. The cash and carry market in Nashville is Feb 12-13. There will be lots of new designs and of course lots of old friends. I will bring back whatever I can cram into the vehicle.
This weekend, I am going to Long Beach for the big needlepoint market! There will be lots of fabulous designs there - this is an order only market, so whatever I order will come in over the next 6 months. It will be a lot to see and do in just 2 days!
Almost forgot to mention the new Mill Hill - they have new spring pins and button and bead kits and the new Pixie kits. You can see them at www.millhill.com. Also a quick reminder about the Petie santa cannvas trunk show - don't forget - Mar 6-19. You can see her designs at www.peteidesigns.com. If you are out of town, check out her designs and let me know what you want and I will ship it right out to you!
November 23, 2004 - Got a few new needlerolls from Shepherd's Bush today. I love to stitch those, and any of the Christmas ones would make a great hostess gift for the holidays. You could put a ribbon on them and use them as an ornament. It is not too early to start on the Thanksgiving roll for next year, this year is a little iffy! And on that note have a Happy Thanksgiving! We will be closed on Thursday, but open regular hours on Friday and Saturday.
November 19, 2004 - the end of another week! Thanksgiving is almost over, followed closely by Christmas. Guess it is time to start thinking about Christmas shopping!
Signed up for a Petei Santa trunk show today. It will be here in March. That should be about right for starting for Christmas 2005. Petei has the cutest Santa canvases. And I have several months to figure out where I am going to put the trunk show!
Ordered some new canvases from Artists Collection and Mile High Princess. Some from the last order sold way too quickly so I reordered those and ordered some new ones. All of these canvases were featured in recent issues of Stitchers World. They are great and some of them have stitch guides. I will tell you about them when they come in.
November 14,2004 - guess I need to start doing updates more frequently. The New Cricket Collection is in. The twelve days of Christmas! They are outstanding ornaments and fit on the same tree that she used for the Easter Tree - almost time to get that out again! I know, I know it isn't even January yet, but it will be before we know it! Seems like I can't keep up anymore.
New from Bent Creek - a new zipper - it features a penguin. Also a chart and new snappers. You can see them on www.bentcreek.com The zipper is great as always - and on big fabric and a complete kit.
Hope to update you sooner than in the recent past.
October 23,2004 - Can't really say where the time has gone... so I won't try. The new Lizzie Kate is in! Love it. Flossie Claus is the new companion to last year's Needle Nick. Barbara has brought in her stitched model of Needle Nick from Last year so you can see him. Flossie will be just as cute. Check it out at www.lizziekate.com.
Remember the finishing deadline is fast approaching. Nov 1 is it! Get your finished items in now!
Just Cross Stitch Ornament magazine - only one copy left! If you want it, speak now!
Just in case you haven't heard, there is an election this year! Don't forget to vote!
September 1. 2004 - I have a few things to mention. The Just Nan has shipped, probably will be in on Thursday. This automatic consists of Winterhaven - the 2nd of the 4 part series. It is a great piece and can be stitched in DMC or silk. The other new piece is Ghastly, Ghostly Ghouls. This is a Halloween piece that features a skeleton charm. You can see these at www.justnan.com.
We also got a few holiday pillows from Pine Mountain. 2 new tie on designs, thanks and ho ho ho. We also have a few of the Halloween - with a great purple ribbon to tie it on. Also in the smaller pillows, Peace on Earth and Christmas Four some. Also a new friends piece. These are great little hostess gifts and last minute gifts. They also make great little holiday pillows to set out.
We got a few new needlepoint canvases in this week. Some new florals from Alice Peterson and Village Needlecraft. Included are red oriental butterflies, blue and yellow butterflies, a garden scene, a beautiful red poppy, bright nasturtiums, a sports themed stocking and a stocking with the three wisemen. Also 2 new cats - one white and one black and white. Lots of good things, time to get started for the holidays. Ornament finishing and belt finishing deadline is Oct 1 and pillows and stockings etc is 1 Nov. Get those fingers moving!
August 24, 2004 - Apparently I forgot to mention the Drawn Thread designs. They came in last week. We restocked the Tocatta I and II. Barbara is still letting us hang her stitched pieces - they are fabulous. The new designs are a reproduction sampler and Souvenier. Souvenier is a great design with the opportunity for you to personalize it. You can put names, initials, special charms, buttons, pieces of fabric whatever you want. A very special design. You can see it at her website - www.drawnthread.com. Be sure and check it out.
Have you seen the large needlepoint skate from Shelly Tribbey? We got the nutcracker in today. I think we have all the designs in stock and a stitched model. Stop in and check them out. You can see them at her website - www.shellytribbey.com. She has lots of great designs, check them out and let me know what you need.
August 21, 2004 - Just looking at the past few posts, I noticed the one about the Bent Creek automatic - I said Spring House, but I should have said Summer House. It must have been late at night -or early in the morning - when I typed that. Also got the Brownbird Sampler. That is part of a great series - Bluebird, Redbird, Blackbird. You can see them at their website. www.bentcreek.com.
We got some new Mill Hill in this week - in the picket fence series. It is Whimsey Wanda. So cute with a witch, pumpkin with a ghost treasure and a moon. It looks really cute on the wheat picket fence. Also a new book from Mill Hill - Pumpkin Flight. I love the flying witch and the Apples chart. Billie likes the haunted house. You can see these and lots of others at www.millhill.com. Be sure and check out all the cute pin/ornament kits for Halloween and Christmas. Remember, these make great teacher gifts.
Got some new needlepoint ornaments from Strictly Christmas this morning. They are all Santas. A really cute little boy one - frogs and snails , and a little girl one - sugar and spice. Also got one of her package ornaments - a package with gingerbread men. So cute!
Another reminder about the Just Cross Stitch Ornament magazine. Coming soon - have you put your name on the list? Do so now!
Guess that is it for today. Have a good weekend.
August 17, 2004 - not much new, but a few things. We have restocked on the Thomas Kincaid books, both from Leisure Arts and Candamar. Those are great pieces when they are all finished and framed. Also back in stock is the Barnyard Pair. A hen and a rooster, lots of stitching, but fabulous when it is done.
New stuff - some scissor cases from Danae Designs - bees, lemon slices, and animal print - great if you have the Cheetah scissors from Gingher - and a magnolia. From Homespun Elegance, their newest designs are Delivering Harvest (one of the "wagon" series), Wishing Thee Plenty, and the Cinnamon Stick Christmas XIX - Rejoice in Peace. Number 19! I am still trying to finish number 7. Better get on it. This one is really great, with a lamb!
That is all I can think of for right now. Probably more later this week.
August 9. 2004 - wow another week almost gone. We have gotten in some new things, and some stuff that came in that I think I forgot to mention.
From The Oak Tree - some great santa and snowman ornaments. Mallori has stitched up the Calico Santa face. I am sending him off for finishing, but made a color copy of the finished design. Now I have to get Mallori to detail what she did! She really enjoyed stitching him.
Can't remember what I have already mentioned and too lazy to scroll thru it all. If I have already mentioned it then obviously I really like it and you need to come get it. First of all, a reminder about the Just Cross Stitch Ornament Magazine, should be in soon. Get your name on the list.
New Bent Creek Zipper - Spring House. These are great kits all ready to go including big count fabric. The series just keeps going on.
Just Nan - another release coming in August - the next in the series of houses, We have already gotten Marching Orders (the Red Hat Society), Girls Night out - Witches with a red hat. Serafina - the thirteenth in the angel series. Seems like each year the angel gets better and better.
Got the newest Teresa Wentzler - Christmas Collection. 8 Holiday designs and 6 ornaments. A great value for $19.95.
2 New Books from Shepherd's Bush - Grins of Delight. A scary design with cats, pumpkin faces and spooky eyes. And Be of Good Cheer with flowers and Bee Hive. Both designs are embellished with great buttons from Just Another Button Company.
Well, I think that is enough for tonight, I will finish this later.
August 3, 2004 - The rest of the Prairie Schooler came in today - XYZ, the Mittens and the Stockings and the Santa Stars. All very cute. Another home run from Prairie Schooler. Some great new canvases came in today. From Mary Englebreit - 4 great little ornaments, a Sunflower Pillow top and Holiday pillow "Peace" and it is on 14 ct canvas.
Also from Artist's Collection, great Millenium Santa - he is mostly white and tan. Also a couple of Mile High Princess ornaments. They were featured in the last issue of Stitchers World.
From Tapestry Tent a series of "funky" santa stockings. A santa coming out of a chimney, with a sack of toys and dragging a tree. These stockings are a little smaller and could be done in time for Christmas (yes this Year!)
That is all I can remember - Billie will make me a list soon. Oh, just remembered, we got the new book from Blackbird. Can't remember the name, but it has some great designs. I will work on the list as soon as I can.
July 30 , 2004 - Wow July is almost over and the Holidays will be here before we know it. Time to start those projects. The Prairie Schooler Santa is here. You can see him at her web site - www.prairieschooler.com. He is really great. Let me know if you want one Call at 681-9276 or 1-800-761-1088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This is the third time I have tried to post this, so I am going to give it up, besides I have to wait for Billie to tell me what to put on the website.
July 9, 2004 - The new Cross Eyed Cricket Collection came in today. 4 charts - Stars and Stripes - great little star shaped ornaments. Great for a seasonal wreath - Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, Labor Day or Veterans Day. Also great for Patriotic collectors. Haunted Treehouse and Scary Corns - these hang on a tree. They show them on the same tree they used for the Easter Tree. My understanding is that there will be more ornaments for that tree. The tree is available in limited quantities and for a limited time. If you want one, NOW if the time to act. The 4th book in this release is - Love is the Reason. A great anniversary sampler - 25 or 50 or whatever. It is a very nice sampler in classic Cricket tradition.
Don't forget the Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue for 2004 will be out soon. Let us know if you want to be on the list.
July 3, 2004 - Just a quick update. I ordered some red work designs from a french company - Dessins DHC. They are fabulous! And I got what I ordered! She didn't speak much English and I speak even less French! One has a mermaid on it - may have to stitch it in a teal blue overdyed.
Hope all you have a happy and safe 4th of July.
June 28, 2004 - I didn't finish telling you about all the good stuff. See how far I can get today. First, while at market, I ordered the 2004 issue of the Just Cross Stitch Ornament magazine. It should be coming early September. Let me know if you need this year's issue. We are starting a list of people to call and will also ship them to you. Just let me know.
We have gotten the Bright Needle in - Small Samplings and Garden Party. We also restocked Spooky Halloween. Also ordered an acorn needle case, but the needle case won't be here until August.
Two new designs from Trail Creek Farms - Holiday Glitz and part of the continuing series, Fall Potpourri.
A great wedding sampler from Sweetheart Tree. It is really beautiful, a great companion piece to the Anniversary sampler.
Elizabeth's Designs - Little Things, Give Thanks and Seaside Cottage. Seaside Cottage includes a great seagull charm and a stitched lighthouse.
Lizzie Kate - Acorn Scissor case - a companion to this Spring's Strawberry Scissor case. Also restocked Liberty Sam. A great patriotic standup.
Shepherd's Bush - some great new kits for fall - Spooky Sheep, Oh Say, and Peace for All. And 2 new charts, Grins of Delight and Be of Good Cheer. There will be more in September.
Heart Strings - 2 books of seasonal designs stitched on the new painted perforated paper from Mill Hill. They are fabulous designs. At market, I took a class of a santa stitched on red perforated paper. I have it about finished and then we will have it available. Only shops who attended the class will have the chart. Also, Heartstrings has the 2004 Limited Edition kit available this year ( they didn't do one last year). It is called Over the River and features Santa and a snowman in a sled.
Needlepoint - several new designs. From Alice Peterson, a cat and a rabbit. These would also be great beginner pieces as they are just 2 colors and no shading to deal with.
Lee's Needle Arts - Some more of the 5x7 crosses, a small dragon design with a turquoise background, a santa stocking, a crane fan.
Just in today from Strictly Christmas, 3 new nutcracker ornaments. These are really great nutcrackers - they have a really mean look to them.
That's all I can think of for now, but will probably have some more to put up tomorrow.
June 25, 2004 - Wow do I have a lot to tell you about! Billie has given me a huge listing of what has come in this week. I will try to do it all, but make no promises.
Heart in Hand - lots of good things. Autumn Medley - one of the series. This one is great with pumpkins and of course, great buttons from Jabco. Heart in Hand Sampler, Pocket sampler Boo with silver charm. autumn and Thanksgiving sampler kits. You can see them at www.heartinhand.com.
Gentle Arts - the new colors are in - grasshopper, mistletoe, holly berry, currant and buttercrunch. Buttercrunch is the low carb version.
Pine Mountain Pillows - More of the great tie on pillows! Summer and Halloween!
Hinzeit - lots of new mini-charm charts. Racing ( for the Nascar fan), Princess (in pink), 12 Days of Christmas, Apples, Bathtime, Gingerbread men, Halloween, Haunted House, Peace on Earth, Tea for Two and Washroom. These are great little designs - quick and easy and fun!
Kreinik - we are now a shopping mall shop for Kreinik, so we are trying to keep all the stuff in stock. New kits from Kreinik for fall - Great little dogs on silk gauze,and several kits from the remember the ladies series. You can see these at www.kreinik.com.
Tacky Bobs - do you have yours yet? We have a new shipment, with lots of color selection. These are great and they really work! Makes beading a snap ( you still have to thread the needle yourself).
Leisure Arts - the best thing is they have a new Teresa Wentzler book - the best of Christmas. Butterfly Fairies, Barnyard Pair ( a great pair of chickens ). Great designs.
Bent Creek - New Zipper - Land of Liberty - red stars and blue birds. Lots of great new things coming later - a fall vertial row. I will let you know when they come in.
Waxing Moon - new designs - Live Simply, Roots and Wings, Summer Sampler. You can see these at www.waxingmoon.com
June 15,2004 - I am back from market, at least I think I am. This was an order market, so as the things come in, I will let you know about them. There was lots to see at this market. It was a combination of needlepoint and cross stitch. I focused on cross stitch at this market, but I did wander into a few needlepoint booths and placed a few orders. Some new things from Strictly Christmas, A Collection of Designs, Painted Pony and Kathy Schenkel. Also Lizzie Kate has come out with a few hand painted canvases. They are so cute, not sure when they will get here, but will let you know.
Lizzie Kate Automatic came the day I left for Market, as did new Artist's Collection hand painted Santa canvases. The new Lizzie Kates are really cute. I did not see them at the shop, but did see the stitched models at the market. Another set of great designs from Linda. You can see the designs on www.lizziekate.com or come into the shop and see them. I also reordered Liberty, the stand up of Uncle Sam.
I took a class at market from Pat Thode, from The Artist's Collection. It is a great Santa ornament cross stitched on red perforated paper using Rainbow Gallery threads. I hope to finish it soon, come and see it.
Found some new gadgets, which will trickle in. New magnets, new magnet holder, thread straightener (really great for neon rays). I will keep you up to date as we go along. Lots of good things coming.
June 8, 2004 - Needlepoint canvases in today from Susan Treglown. 3 new stockings, a nutcracker, a snowman, and a santa. I think this is all the stockings I have ordered for this year. We have a really good selection now, so come and check them out.
More from Mill Hill today, Charmed Stockings. These are great little stocking ornaments. First you stitch the stockings, then you stitch the little embellishments. They look so good. And all on perforated paper. 4 of them are on brown paper and 2 are on green paper. Great little hostess gifts.
Also from Mill Hill Winter Birdhouses. 6 seasonal mini bell pulls on pre embroidered edged aida cloth. And, of course, each design features a birdhouse. See them at www.millhill.com.
June 3, 2004 - Some great canvases from Kathy Schenkel Designs came in today. I really like her designs. Her new design this year is a series "The Twelve Days of Christmas" I have almost finished stitching the partridge. These come with stitch guides and are really cute.
Also from Kathy, 2 Baby samplers with giraffes, in pastels or primary colors. These also come with stitch guides. Also I got several mini sock ornaments. There is a darling panda, a race car, Lion and the Lamb (with a cardinal) and cardinals at a birdbath. These are all great.
Also, from Birds of a Feather, they have several sandal canvases. These designs come with the wood sole and then you put them together - kind of like a Dr. Scholl's sandal.
Come see all these great new designs.
June 1, 2004 - Another month done - and in June I go to Columbus market. Moving it back a month, really throws me off track. But I am ready to go, almost! If you need anything in particular, let me know.
New kits from Mill Hill today - 3 new Santa ornament kits. This series is the Mountaineer series - Mt. Mc kinley, Mt. Whitney and Mt. Ranier. These kits are so cute and make great gifts. Don't forget teacher gifts or package tie-ons. Also from Mill Hill today - Snowfun Medley. These are stitched on pre-finished fabric and are very easy to finish. This seasons group are snowmen. I really like the Winter Knitter, complete with knitting basket. You should be able to see these soon on www.millhill.com.
Also in today from Little House Needleworks - 2 new charts. Blackbird Inn and Fruit Bowls. Fruit bowls has a bowl of strawberries and a bowl of pears. 2 more great new designs from a new designer. You can see her designs at Norden Crafts or Hoffman Distributing.
Also in from Stoney Creek - Hearts in Harmony. Another book of great wedding and anniversary designs.
I am looking forward to lots of great new designs to bring home from Columbus. More later.
May 28, 2004 - Just a note to let you know, we will have special hours on the 31st. To celebrate Memorial Day, we will close at 2:00. Please enjoy the day with your families and remember those in the Military who gave their lives for America and for us.
A few new things- a needlepoint canvas of a "Docked Boat" Don't ask me what kind of boat is is - it floats and it has sails - that is all I know about boats!
From Bent Creek - a new Zipper. And a new Snapper - they both have a patriotic theme. Great new designs. You can see them on their website - bentcreek.com.
Have a great Memorial Day weekend and be sure and stop in and look for summer vacation projects.
May 26, 2004 - Yikes, another month almost gone. New Year's Eve will be here before we know it. Followed closely by the year 2525! Time flies faster every day. Not much happening right now. Market is next month and then there will be lots of new stuff.
This week, we got some new Stitch N Zip kits. Lots of the new scissor cases. Stitch them, zip them up and you are finished! No finishing! We still have a selection of eye glass/cell phone cases and cosmetic and coin purses. They make great gifts for Christmas. Time to get going.
Got a few new baby sampler canvases in. These always seem to go quickly, so stop by soon for the best selection.
If you have been in and have seen the Shelly Tribbey skate model, you know how great it is. We have some new canvases in. We have in 2 different Santas and the Let It Snow (the same as our model) These make great Holiday decorations.
I stitched a model of the newest Mill Hill Santa pin kit. It is so cute - not sure I can wait until December to wear it. I love those beaded beards. They are so easy and look so great.
Come see us for some stitching to take to the beach or other vacation spots. We were just in Calgary, Canada. Great place for a summer vacation. We drove up to Banff in the snow - while it was 88 here. In July, I will be thinking of that snow, and the elk and the big horn sheep in the park and on the golf course in the town in the park!
May 18, 2004 - Are you ready for Christmas? It is time to get going! And Mill Hill is ready to help you get started. Just in today, 6 new Button and Bead kits. cardinal Wreath, Holly Jolly Season ( a really cute Santa) Winter Whimsey ( a snowman) , Ho Ho Sampler, Peace Angel and Holiday Splendor. My favorite is still number 73 - a great Santa that I will finish sooner or later. Probably later since I started it several years ago. And the new Holiday Pins. How do they keep coming up with great new designs? Curly Ho Ho, Mistletoe Kitty, Christmas Angel, Frosty Presents, Ginger Cookie and Holly Stocking. You can make these into pins or ornaments, they also make great teacher gifts. What teacher doesn't like a new pin for the holiday season?
We also got the new Monthly Welcome and Picket Fence kits in today. These are so much fun to stitch and make great seasonal gifts.
And don't forget to check out the new autumn kits. You can see them at www.millhill.com.
May 14, 2004 - It has been a rainy week, hope it will dry out soon. They can't fix the leak in the roof until it stops raining. Course then it is not leaking! Oh, the joys of home ownership. Well us and the bank - sure wish the bank would come take care of some of these tasks.
New canvases from Beau Geste - just got them in today! Fabulous! We got the Chinese word canvases back in. These are Chinese characters on colored canvas, they come with a stitch guide and are quick stitch projects. An elegant finished product. Also a few ornaments, a star shaped Santa with a stitch guide, and 2 wonderful pillows - Joy and Noel - in red and white stripe letters. Stitch it in red and white frosty rays with a white wool background. Great holiday pillows!
And speaking of elegant pillows, the large love, joy, peace and noel canvases are back in stock. Have you seen Mallori's stitched Love model. Very simple, but very elegant!
The pillow forms for the Homespun Elegance Pineapple Sampler finally arrived this week. Great, but easy project for pineapple lovers. Just stitch it and put in a pillow form and you are done!
May 7, 2004 - Some new canvases appeared in the shop today. From Melissa Shirley, 2 great new Santas. This year is a Nordic ( very colorful! great for using lots of little scraps of leftovers) and Magic (very whimsical!) santas. They are so great. Also a pair of chickens with red trim.
From Elizabeth Turner Designs - 2 great belts - one with guitars and one with roses. The guitar belt has different colored guitars on a black background and the rose belt has a Mary Engelbreit feel with pink roses and a black and white background. Also back in stock, the pineapple welcome. We have a model of this canvas, I only buy it once a year and then it is gone. I got three canvases in this time.
Remember it is not too late to get that last minute Mother's Day Gift - a gift certificate from Stitchers. Tell your family, they can call me and we can take care of them, they don't even have to come in! How painless can it be?
May 5, 2004 - May 5 already! Where does the time go? And Mother's Day this weekend - don't forget to tell your family that we do gift certificates for Mother's Day.
I am trying to get together a group to stitch the My Stitching Chair Necessaire from Hillside Samplings. It is a minimum order of 10, so I am testing the waters to see if there is any interest. It is a lovely piece that lays across the arm of your chair to hold your stitching items. You can look at it on Leslie's website - www.hillsidesamplings.com. It is under group projects. If this is successful, we may look at doing the Strawberry project next. If you have any interest, let me know.
We have some cross stitch charts back in stock. From Teresa Wentzler, The Twelve Days of Christmas, and from Workbasket, Thistles, Americana and Landscape. A new chart from Workbasket is the Quaker Sampler, it is shown on the cover worked in 4 Sampler threads on a cream linen. At Nashville Market, they had the model all worked in black. It would be a great piece in any overdyed. They also had it worked on the runner from Brunnerhaus, which is already hemmed.
New from Homespun Elegance - we had a little problem with the automatic - but we now have the Sheep Button Sampler, Pineapple Pillow Sampler and Snow Buddies. Snow Buddies is worked on the Pointed Pillow from Olde Colonial. You can see these on Sandra's website - www.HomespunElegancew.com.
And now to needlepoint, from Strictly Christmas, we have 3 stocking cuffs. These are great, especially if you don't want to stitch an entire stocking. There is one with a snowman and trees and candy canes and a red and white checked wavy border. Also a smaller one with garland and nutcrackers and a musical instruments cuff. The border on this one looks like piano keys. Great design. Also 2 new nutcrackers from Karen - a blue one and a red one with a cape and a drum. He has a real "nutcracker" face.
Hope you can get in to see these soon - it is time to start stitching for the Holidays. And if you are interested in the Hillside Samplings project, let me know.
April 26, 2004 - A few new things in today. From Bent Creek, the next Holiday snapper - Happy Arbor Day and another of the street series. (I am having trouble with the computer at the shop, so I am doing this from home and my memory is a little faulty) I think it is Summer. It is really cute and I liked the design.
On the needlepoint front, a great canvas from Amanda Lawford, Joyeaux (I think!) Noel. It is in great colors. Also from Petei, the classic frog carrying Santa. It really is cute with a frog carrying a Santa in a cart. It is great for all the frog lovers.
April 25, 2004 - April is almost gone and that means that the first Sunday of the month is fast approaching. Next Sunday is May 2 and I will be there from 1-5. Come see me. Hopefully the rain will have ended and we will have a beautiful day. See you then.
April 22, 2004 - The order from Carol Dupree came in today. Collegiate Snowmen and Santas - they are so cute. We have the UT snowman stitched as a model in the shop. The Santas are new - UT, BAMA, Ole Miss. Also a snowman ornament and 2 santa face ornaments.
I added our name to the list of shops at www.catscradleneedleworks.com. We have not had a lot of things from her, but I liked what I saw and intend to order at Columbus market if not sooner. Check it out and see if there is anything you like. I would be happy to order from her for you.
That's it for today.
April 21, 2004 - Hope it is nice and sunny at your house today. It has rained here off and on all day. I planted some flowers on Sunday afternoon and they needed a nice slow soak.
Lots came in this week - Mill Hill. Are you ready to start your fall and Halloween stitching? They are! I am still working on Christmas! 6 new button and bead kits - my favorites are Midnight Magic, Mr Gobble, and Knock Knock ( reminds me of all those Knock Knock jokes) and 6 Autumn Harvest Pins - Turkey Feathers , Broom Ride are my favorites. Also the new picket fence designs. You can see all these (and the ones I can't remember) at www.millhill.com.
On the needlepoint front - from Designing Women a very nice bellpull with Christian symbols. It is worked mostly in gold and is painted on 14 count canvas. It would make a very nice gift for a special person.
From Shelly Tribbey - I think this is the end of my market order. We got two new large skate canvases. These are fabulous designs - one is of nutcrackers and one Santa faces. They finish into skates - they look like you could put it one on and go skating. Start now and you could be ready for the ice next winter. Also from Shelly, a great little spring piece. It has some little brown bunnies and spring flowers. Also the last of the new mini skates - a little polar bear. Very cute.
And from Rebecca Wood - A great Woodland Snowman stocking, and some little snowman ornaments - I really like the one with a black top hat and the cutest plaid muffler. Also ordered 3 little toy soldier ornaments - red, green and blue. But then I love all of her designs.
Have you been in to see the new Daylight Lamp? We sold out and have restocked. It is a great floor lamp on castors - so it is easy to move around - It is a great lamp and a great price. Come try it out.
April 16, 2004 - Wow, another week gone by. There have several new things this week. New from Little House Needlework - Plant Your Seeds and City Stitcher - Country Stitcher. I really like the Plant Your Seeds and Billie likes City Stitcher. Be sure and stop by and see Barbara's stitched Two Red Houses. You can see these charts on both Hoffman and Norden.
Are you stitching the new Lizzie Kate Flip-it Blocks? The June and the July versions were released this week. Also Summer Basket, Summer Cottage Boxer, and Hooray for the USA complete with a sterling silver flag charm. And speaking of flip its, we have stitched the 4th of July Flip it and have it in out "Lizzie Kate" frame. You can stitch all the Holiday Flip its, and change them out seasonally. The frame has a hook for keys or whatever.
Also, from Lizzie Kate, she will be releasing a new kit this spring, it is called Liberty Sam. It continues in the tradition of Needle Nick and Needle Nana. Let me know if you need me to reserve one for you.
We have collected several teacher and graduation charts. Putting them together as we find them in the shop. The end of the school year is fast approaching, now is the time to start.
Pine Mountain - "My Mother - My friend", a new kit from Pine Mountain in the tie on series. And just in time for Mother's Day.
On the needlepoint front, from Susan Roberts a black cat with red and white checks. It is a great canvas, and the cat is very regal looking. Also from Canvas Connection, several baby birth samplers. It seems like I bought birth samplers from every vendor at market, yet we never seem to have enough.
Did you get a Tacky Bob? If not you need one! I placed an order and should have 40 more coming our way on Monday. It is the best thing since sliced bread - and why didn't I think of it???
April 10,2004 - Well, another week is coming to a close. Where does the time go? I need to tell local customers ( and those coming for a visit) that the Memphis Jewish Community Center is having an exhibit of Netty Vanderpol's work. Ms Vanderpol is a Holocaust survivor and fiber artist. Her exhibit is at the center from April 4 - 25. It is well worth the time to go see. Ms Vanderpol will be here on Sunday April 18 and will speak about her art at 2:00.
The Community Center sent me some information about her and I am sure her talk will be very interesting. Be sure and go see this exhibit.
More new things this week on the needlepoint front. From Associated Talents, some cute baby samplers, and in the Christmas plaid series we got in Merry Christmas, Joy, Santa's Watching and all I want for Christmas is a hole in one.
Re-ordered from Drawn Thread, so we have Tocatta 1 and 2 back in stock, along with most of the silks called for in these charts. Great designs.
Alice Peterson - a nice supply of Stitch and Zips and some great new canvases. I re-ordered the ladybug pillow top from Alice Peterson. It is a great, bright pillow top. Perfect for a Florida room or a sunporch. Also a brilliant poppy on a black and white check background. 2 adorable baby samplers. They show a baby bed with stuffed animals - there is a boy and girl version. And a horizontal piece with large hearts - great for a teenager's room.
Also this week, more little flip flop ornaments from Shelly Tribbey Designs. I think we have a black cat design, a watermelon, and a palm tree. These are fun little ornaments with finishing kits included.
I think that does it for this week, I will try to keep you posted as new stuff comes in this next week.
April 2, 2004 - Well, I made it back from the Dallas market. It was great, and I brought back many canvases. I also brought a new gadget. It is called a Tacky Bob. It is a case with tacky insides and holds beads like you won't believe. You can even drop it and the beads stay in place. If you bead, you need this!
Also, a frog repelling scissor fob. The scoop on this fob is that if you use this fob, you will never have to do the frog stitch - well almost never! It has a series of green and silver beads and a silver frog charm. I am sure it will repell the frog stitch.
And also we now have ort bags, these are little scrap bags. Great for travel! So small, so cute, and so useful.
New from Bent Creek - a new Zipper, Puppy dog row and the Easter Holiday snapper. Great designs as usual from Bent Creek.
Now a few words about all the canvases I brought back from Dallas. Lots of ornaments from A Collection of Designs, Painted Pony and Strictly Christmas. Some great florals from Bettiray Designs. Whimsical designs - cats, frogs and animals - from Patti Mann Designs. You need to come in and see ALL the new things. They won't last long!
March 24, 2004 - New from Mill Hill this week. The May seasonal welcome - part of a series, but can be stitched and hung alone. There is a frame that works for each of these, just pop it out of the frame and change for the seasons. Also the May Nesting kit for the picket fence. This is a great design with birdhouses. You can see these and lots of other designs at www.millhill.com.
Have you seen the Empress Thread cutter from Charland? This is a small, delicate silver cutter, great for airline travel and a great thread cutter for at home stitching. It is very pretty and very useful. This really looks like a nice piece of jewelry rather than a utilitarian cutter.
Drawn Thread has released new designs. You can see them at www.drawnthread.com. There is a new Tocatta, you can see Barbara's stitched Tocatta I in the shop. It is beautiful and Barbara did a great job of stitching it. The new designs are in the mail (technically I think it is Fed Ex) but anyway they are on their way. I have ordered the Needlepoint Inc. silks for these pieces, so with any luck the charts and the threads will be here at the same time! There are 2 other new designs, Love and Wisdom, and a Chatelaine. All three are great designs in the Drawn Thread style and well worth the wait. They should be in the shop this week, or the beginning of next week.
Barbara, the mad (and quick) stitcher, has also finished 2 Little House Needleworks designs. They are both at the framers and should be back soon. She stitched 2 Red Houses, I love the black and white check design across the bottom. She also stitched "Sweet Little Berries". This design is a promo design from Crescent Colors and Little House Needleworks. The chart is available with the purchase of the threads. I will let you know when it is back from the framers.
Also in this week, Santa ornaments from Petei. These are great designs and can be seen on Petei's website - It is www.petei.com. Great ornaments. There is a great Santa on a polar bear, and one on a wild hare, and a canoe . Billie's favorite (which is back-ordered) is a frog cart with a Santa. You have to see it to understand. My favorite (actually 2) are the flying Santa and Santa on the polar bear. They both have flowing beards and hats.
I am going to Dallas Market this weekend. This is a cash and carry market, so I will be putting new canvases out on Tuesday! I am looking forward to lots of good things.
Mallori will be home for Spring Break, and will be in the shop on Sat and Mon and then Wed and Thur. She will probably take a few days off for Spring Break. I already have some Turkey Work for her to cut while she is here. Come and see the new stuff!