Sunday, January 1, 2017
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I first met Heather Long through my jewelry. She would order an occasional piece and I would ship it off to Korea where she and her husband worked. We chatted via Etsy conversations and got to know each other a little bit.
Fast forward a couple years and I got to meet Heather in person! Yay! She and her husband are relocated back in the States and are making their home in Reston, Virginia. When I did the Loudoun Sampler Guild Christmas Celebration, Heather was there and I was so very, very happy to meet her. She felt like a kindred spirit.
Heather was easy to recognize by her name badge. She took a bird from my Pennsylvania Fraktur pattern and made it her own. It made me so happy! She has shared with me since that she used that bird again to make an ornament for a family friend.
How cool are these?!
And, for the Guild's ornament exchange, Heather used my Winter Swan design, stitched it over-one and changed the text to read "Loudoun Sampler Guild." Everyone loved it! (See first photo.)
I love the internet. I love how we can make friends, sight unseen. How we can connect to people we've never met and feel like they are true friends. And when we can meet these people in real life, it's such a joy.
Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2017 brings you health, happiness peace, joy and the opportunities you are hoping for.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
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I'm having a sale in my Etsy Jewelry Shop this weekend! From Thanksgiving day through Cyber Monday, please enjoy a twenty-five discount on all jewelry in my shop.
Below is a sample of what's available.
Wishing you all a Thanksgiving filled with friends, family and love!
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
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Marly, of Samplers and Santas fame, posted this photo on her blog (http://samplers-and-santas.blogspot.com/). I don't know who stitched this, but so wish I did. If it's you or if you know who did it, please let me know! This brilliant person needs to be rewarded.
When I first saw this, I had one of those "why didn't I think of that??" moments. It's so obvious! It's perfect. It's SO much better than my framed version and absolutely no background stitching is required. That's a huge bonus!!
Here's my version (I'm sorry to say):
Any help you can give me with locating the stitcher of the upper version would be greatly appreciated!
Hope you're all having a great Election Day!
Sunday, October 16, 2016
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Anne and I recently found a website with vintage photographs of women. I thought a lot of the jewelry was similar to the jewelry we make.
This one is quite the watch chain!
Gorgeous book chain on her necklace.
What a dress!
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
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Yep, I have another new design!! Kind of last minute, as it's a Halloween/Autumn design, but I was inspired and Beth is a super-quick finisher, so here you go! It's called Halloween on the Farm.
Not only did Beth do the stitching on this piece, but she did the finishing as well. And, her husband Wayne, made the slide/candle box to fit this design perfectly! Beth trimmed the design with Dames of the Needle's hand-dyed chenille trim (in Toasted Meringue), mounted the design onto something heavy, then mounted that onto the box lid. It's gorgeous!!
See what I mean?!
If you'd like Beth and Wayne to do the same for you, give Beth a call at 502-376-0282 or email Wayne at email@example.com.
The design is stitched on 36-Count Mocha from Weeks Dye Works using DMC threads.
It will be available in my Etsy shop on Friday, October 12th, thanks to the quick work by my printers!
Have a great Wednesday!
Thursday, October 6, 2016
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My sister Marty and I will be at Valley Needleworks in Middletown, Virginia this coming Saturday. Come see us!! The address is: 7969 Main Street, Middletown, Virginia. We will be there from 10:00 until 2:00 and we'll have lots of models and charts to show you!
Kathy's Sampler Charts & Antiques
- Kathy Barrick